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Oceana Fly Med

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Having just returned from Oceana Fly Med cruise I wanted to let you guys know what I thought as I had a few mixed reviews before I went so was a little apprehensive as to whether I'd chosen the right ship/sailing...........I shouldn't have been concerned as we had a fantastic cruise!!!!!!!!

Itinerary – Malta, Athens, Mykonos, Katakolon, Sarande

The port at Malta is small and well managed.  We stayed at the Grand Excelsior the night before which is a fantastic hotel with a huge pool, it has a small private section of beach which you can take 3-4 steps down into the sea for a swim, well equipped gym, indoor pool and fab restaurant.  We had a private taxi to the cruise port which took 5 minutes and pulled up right outside where there were porters right at the door to take your case and you walk into a small check-in building.  There are P&O staff there waiting to assist you if necessary and there are water dispensers should you need a drink.  You then proceed into the duty free shop and then onto the ship.  The staff at Malta were friendly, polite and helpful, the check-in and embarkation was hassle free and took about 20 minutes from getting out of the taxi to stepping onto the ship.  This port would be suitable and easily managed by disabled passengers.   Airport transfer is approx 15 minutes from the port.

We had a walk around Malta on the first day which has great restaurants and shops in the main street and we had our evening meal in a great little restaurant Cockney’s by the waterfront.

Athens was hot!!! 42 degrees at the top of the Acropolis which is a must see! We took a 15e hop on/off bus which has 3 different routes you can enjoy throughout the day.

Mykonos town is a cute little place with great jewellery shops – you can take the sea bus right outside the ship for 4e return

Sarande is quite a small port of call with a few local shops – if I was to return here I would definitely do a shore excursion next time.

There were three of us in a standard picture window cabin, so although space was minimal we were not expecting to be in our cabin much of the time.

Walking around the ship it was easy to navigate and I never once saw anything that would make me feel she was ready for a refurb.  The atrium was a lovely light, bright open area and very welcoming.  

I'd heard a few grumbles about the standard of food served on P&O before our cruise,  I can only assume they must dine in Michelin restaurants every night as we thought the food was superb.  The presentation, menu choice and service was fantastic.  My partner is a fairly fussy eater and even he thought it was great.  There was not one negative comment about the restaurant/food throughout the week and the other guests we met throughout the week felt the same way.  

The entertainment onboard was good, there were different types of live music which catered for most needs.  There was a guy singing 60/70's, a pianist in the atrium, jazz band and a group singing a mixture of music and a Michael Buble tribute who was fantastic.  There was a tropical themed night on top deck and a white themed night which were both lively and good fun so Oceana is ideal whether you are the quiet and early to bed type or if you like a bit of a party. 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was showing in the theatre which is a great option for kids looking for something to do and the kids clubs are great!

There was a ventriloquist in the theatre, not my usual kind of thing, but he was absolutely hilarious, had the whole audience in stitches. 

There are quite a few different types of bars to cater for all tastes.

The nightclub was empty most nights, I was really surprised about this, it's only very small but I thought people would opt to go there after the theatre shows but the three occasions we had a look in there were 3-4 people.

Oceana is a great choice for couples as there are plenty of choices  throughout the ship to keep you entertained.  It is also a great choice for the older guest too as she is a medium sized ship and very easy to navigate with a wonderful atrium area where evening dancing can be enjoyed.  Singles can enjoy activities and meeting other single travellers with notifications in Horizon and I think there is no better holiday for a single traveller than a cruise, the traditional dining time makes travelling a little less daunting for single people also.

I have always preferred the ease of Southampton sailings and i'm not too keen on flying, however this cruise completely change my mind and I did find it really easy and hassle free so if you're looking for a bit of sunshine not too far away I can definately recommend this one! I'm hoping to try the Croatia itinerary next year!

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