Cruise Reviews: The Oriana
Reese King from Cruiseabout Tauranga set sail on P&O Cruise's The Oriana, and on her return shared her thoughts on the experience...
I boarded P&O's ship Oriana in Auckland and was soon opening my cabin door to my twin share outside cabin on deck 5, midship. For first time cruisers, the cabin size can initially make you feel a little claustrophobic, but once you've unpacked your bag and put it under the bed it tends to feel bigger than initial impressions. The decor onboard the Oriana is contemporary and there is plenty of storage room, 2 single beds and a small couch along with a small bathroom with shower.
The Oriana has a very British feel to it and would appeal to a more mature traveller. The sailing I boarded was part of a world voyage and therefore the entertainment was more catered towards those 50 years and above, who are taking time out to enjoy life.
Food onboard was amazing. There were so many restaurants, catering for all tastes and dietary requirements. Relax with alfreso dining at "Alfresco" which has great bacon and eggs, pastries, fruit, coffee etc for breakfast, and pizzas and pastas for lunch. Or for something a little more formal Peninsular Restaurant offers a full English breakfast, lunch and dinner. All day buffet dining is available at The Conservatory while The Oriental offers a sit down formal dinner. Of course, if you don't want to leave your cabin there is always room service.
The currency onboard is in British Pounds, and to give you an idea of costs it was approximately $9 for a gin and tonic when converted.
Activities onboard include the gym, sports courts, golf nets and movie theatre, plus shows which are very entertaining and make for a wonderful night out. I watched a movie and found the seats comfortable and very much like being in a regular movie theatre. For guests wanting some relaxation and pampering, I would recommend the Oasis Spa - it was fantastic!
Dress code during the day is casual and most evenings smart casual. Formal evenings required formal dress though.
The Oriana seemed to have plenty of passenger to space ratio - the pools were never crowded and neither were the gym or spa area. Ambience onboard was wonderful, with staff who are friendly, helpful and had impeccable manners. I also enjoyed the housekeeping of the cabin, which was great and comes complete with turn down service.
It was a fabulous three nights and I came home completely relaxed and refreshed, although my clothes were quite tight from all the food I had eaten!!
For more information on P&O Cruises on the Oriana please contact Reese King at Cruiseabout Tauranga or call a Cruiseabout cruise specialist on 0800 22 11 00.