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Thoughts about Oceana

This is our first cruise on Oceana, so this is a new P&O ship for us! Most of our P&O experience has been on the larger ships – seven or eight cruises on Ventura and Azura, and one on Britannia. We have cruised on a couple of the smaller ships – Oriana and Arcadia – […]

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Foreign Currency Blues

As a result of the weather we are not in Dubrovnik today (Tuesday); instead, we are at sea and will be calling at Messina tomorrow. That’s fine, we have no complaints about the change of itinerary. But an issue has arisen for us. As I said in an earlier post we had carefully spent almost […]

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Dubrovnik cancelled…

We’ve just sailed out of Zadar and as soon as we had departed the captain announced that our call at Dubrovnik tomorrow has been cancelled. This is due to a front moving south (almost with the ship) which includes some very strong winds – the captain mentioned gusts in excess of 50 knots. Given the […]

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A wet morning in Zadar

Today we’re in Zadar, and the weather has not been kind, being grey and overcast from very early on. We had nothing arranged for the day, we were always just going to go ashore, so before we left the ship the questions were all about the weather: should we expect it to get better, or […]

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A day in Venice

Today we we’ve been in Venice. Oceana entered the lagoon around 6:30, by 7:30 we were sailing slowly through St Mark’s Basin and past the Palazzo Ducale, and by not long after 8 o’clock we were tying up at the cruise terminal. Oceana is one of five or six ships that we’ve seen in port […]

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Today we were in Split, and we were booked on an excursion, Sights and Sounds of Split Riviera. This consisted of a drive to Trogir, a guided walk around Trogir, a visit to the cathedral there, a refreshment break at an old mill, and finally a quick walk into old Split and an introduction to […]

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Transfer to Oceana

It’s Thursday so it must be time to transfer from the hotel to Oceana. We already knew that the transfer was to be at 11 o’clock, and we were in the hotel lobby checking out before 10:30. We found a P&O rep who was organising the collection of luggage, and who also gave each of […]

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A Day in Valletta

Today was our full day in Valletta. We didn’t really have a plan for the day, we just decided to explore. We learned that the hotel runs a free shuttle up into Valletta at 10 o’clock, and back at 6pm so we decided to take advantage of the shuttle into town, at least. So by […]

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Sleek vs. Ugly

Val has insisted that I should post this comparison of two ships (I use the term loosely) that we saw in Valletta harbour this afternoon…..

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Getting to Malta

This covers the usual first day stuff, with the difference that this day doesn’t end with embarkation but with arrival at our hotel on Malta for the first of our two nights there. First, though, we had a night at a hotel at Manchester Airport before the flight. This was OK but would have been […]

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