Thoughts on Oriana for 28 day cruise in November


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#1
Wales - UK
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Joined May 2011
Hi cruisers. We are tempted with this cruise from Southampton to Caribbean and back. The reviews of Oriana on here are poles apart so wondered if anyone similar to us had any thoughts for/against.
In mid 70s. I'm not able to do lot of walking. Hubby A1 in that dept. We like good food and also good theatre shows. Not too worried bout daytime activities. From our last P&O cruise I remember drinks were more reasonable than the American lines. Still applies?
Also have looked but not sure if I can see some steps into one of the pools not just ladders. Anyone answer that plse?
Thanks in advance.
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#3
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK. No Carlisle is not in Scotland
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Joined Aug 2009
Don't do it.
The vibrations in the MDR will put you off your food.
Most cabins only have showers over bath. The bathrooms are small and cramped.
No automatic doors or other concessions to limited mobility. The ship was built before wheelchair access and such like was considered.
Plus the frequent engine problems causing loss of power, air conditioning etc.
Yes drinks are cheaper than American lines, but that applies to all P & O ships, not just Oriana.
#4
UK
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Joined Jan 2013
Originally posted by FangedRose
Don't do it.
The vibrations in the MDR will put you off your food.
Most cabins only have showers over bath. The bathrooms are small and cramped.
No automatic doors or other concessions to limited mobility. The ship was built before wheelchair access and such like was considered.
Plus the frequent engine problems causing loss of power, air conditioning etc.
Yes drinks are cheaper than American lines, but that applies to all P & O ships, not just Oriana.


On Oriana the freedom dining MDR is midships not at the aft where the vibrations are, we had no movement at all in that restaurant and we were on Oriana in November. The club dining room is the one at the aft of the ship. Just a short Western Europe cruise but we loved it.


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#5
Whitley Bay, North East England
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Originally posted by P&O SUE
On Oriana the freedom dining MDR is midships not at the aft where the vibrations are, we had no movement at all in that restaurant and we were on Oriana in November. The club dining room is the one at the aft of the ship. Just a short Western Europe cruise but we loved it.


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We were in club dining in May. Did not notice any problem with vibration. Lovely ship, I would go on this 28 night Cruise. Only we are on a 19 night Cruise the month before.

Oh on Oriana.


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Originally posted by P&O SUE
On Oriana the freedom dining MDR is midships not at the aft where the vibrations are, we had no movement at all in that restaurant and we were on Oriana in November. The club dining room is the one at the aft of the ship. Just a short Western Europe cruise but we loved it.


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I would agree with the above we had a very enjoyable cruise on her last August and had no problems.
Enjoy your cruise.
#7
Dorset, england
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Joined May 2011
We have cruised on Oriana several times, including earlier this year when we had an adapted/accessible cabin.

Even without the accessible cabin, we have always had a stand-alone shower, never a bath.

The doors of the accessible cabins are automatic opening, just put your card in the slot from the outside (or push the button from the inside).

Cabins are generally small, we found we had no room to store my manual wheelchair without falling over it in non-accessible cabins, but enough room to hold a dance in an accessible one!

I would cruise on her again in a heartbeat
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#8
Wales - UK
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Thanks for taking the trouble to reply folks. Down to us now to make up our minds.
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P&O Ventura, Fjords
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Queen Elizabeth, North Cape
Golden Princess, LA to Buenos Aires
Celebrity Elcipse, Baltics
Emerald Princess, Canary Islands
#9
bournemouth uk
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Joined Sep 2011
Four of us booked on Nov Caribbean cruise.....we haven’t been on here for a few years but liked the itinerary....


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