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Anthea Caruana

Age: 52

Occupation:Teacher

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: P & O Cruises

Ship: Oriana

Sailing Date: July 14th, 2002

Itinerary: Norwegian Fjords


I had seen Oriana from the outside many times as I live in Gibraltar and she often visits here. We wanted a big ship and we chose this one as the Fjords is a place we wanted to visit.

The decor is well kept and tasteful but it lacks the "Oomph" of the RCCL when you enter the atrium. The cabins, we were on F deck inside cabin, are somewhat more roomy than expected with plenty of freebies in the bathroom plus a hospitality tray and a small fridge. The cabin steward who has been "invisible" on other cruises was around but quite helpful although my second blanket was removed before the final night.

The dining room and food were both excellent and even though the passengers are mostly English all tastes were catered for. Staff were also very good.

Entertainment was fantastic and there was always plenty of room for folks to sit either in the theatre or the lounges around the ship.

Shops were very good too plenty of choice and a bonus for us as it is English money!!

Ports of call = out of this world, so much so I have already booked for the same cruise on Aurora in 2003.

Points to improve on in my opinion!......

RCCL has an electronic map so you can see where exactly you are ,have been and have to go.
Holland America has a cake corner where you can get your own slice at certain times of the day....not that you need it!!
Details of weather /sea conditions and not just temperatures would be interesting.

All in all it was a very enjoyable sail, beautiful scenery, calm seas and a superb ship.

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