The P&O Oceana: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide
P&O Cruises' Oceana is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Oceana.
DestinationThe P&O Oceana sails to such destinations as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Channel Islands, Spain, Norway, Canary Islands, Belgium and northern Europe. This cruise ship offers two- to 35-night cruises all year long.
Luxury ShipThe Oceana is an informal, family-friendly, midsize cruise ship. It includes 11 decks and holds up to 2,272 passengers.
Special FeaturesThe Oceana features four swimming pools, six hot tubs, a gym, a sports court, a spa, a golf simulator, a casino and several lounges. In the evening, enjoy Le Club and its fiber-optic dance floor, or the nautical-themed Yacht and Compass dance club. Musical performances can also be enjoyed at the 500-seat Footlights Theatre.
AccommodationsAccommodations on the Oceana include inside twin cabins, outside and balcony cabins and junior suites. Private balconies are featured in more than 70 percent of the rooms, and 19 are available for disabled passengers. The twin cabins include two beds that convert into a king-size bed. The mini suites include a private balcony, marble bathroom with a whirlpool bath, shower and a walk-in wardrobe. All accommodations come with mineral water on arrival and luxurious "pamper packs."
CostThe price of a cruise on the Oceana runs from about $350 to $11,130 per person. Prices vary depending on time of year, cabin and length of voyage.
ExcursionsThe Essence of Rome excursion offered by the P&O Oceana is highly recommended, as it includes a visit to the Vatican. This tour also includes a visit to the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and Trevi Fountain.
Dining ExperienceThe Oceana has restaurants with fixed dining times as well as those with flexible, or "Freedom," dining. Choose from Cafe Jardin, a bistro by Marco Pierre White, or steaks and seafood at the Horizon Grill. Hamburgers, hot dogs and fish are options for an afternoon meal at the grill.
Maiden VoyageThe Oceana embarked on its maiden voyage in 2000. It has always been a passenger ship.
In The NewsAn outbreak of norovirus, which is extremely contagious, was reported on the Oceana in 2005, two days after a departure out of Southampton, England. More than 200 passengers suffered headaches, nausea and vomiting. Ailing passengers were asked to isolate themselves in their cabins with a compensation offered for each day of confinement. During this time, the crew disinfected the whole ship.
A passenger video taken while aboard the P&O Oceana.
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