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We have made two trips on the Oceana, both return trips from Southampton. One was to Norway in 2009 and the second was around the Iberian coast in 2014. On both trips we stayed in Cabin D315. Pictures of this cabin and the ship facilities can be viewed in the Oceana's photo gallery.

The Oceana is classed as a medium sized family friendly ship of 77,000 tons. It is a sister ship of the Sea Princess on which we have also made one trip. The layout of both ships are identical the only difference being the Sea Princess is based in the Caribbean and the currency used on board is the US dollar whereas the Oceana is based at Southampton and the currency used on board is GB pounds. Another difference is that the Oceana does not have any pool or spa hoists. Cabin D315 was suitable for a full time wheelchair user and we found the twin bed layout excellent. Storage was ample with all draws and cabin fridge accessible. The dresser had easy access and the mirror was the right height. There is only one 3pin square UK style 230 volt socket which we found met our needs with a little bit of juggling. There is also a 110volt USA style socket but for the British traveller an adapter would be required to use this. One of the the ships' shops did sell these. The wardrobe had a low rail but the cabin safe was not really accessible from the seated position of a wheelchair. The en-suite bathroom provided plenty of hand rails, a wheel in hand shower or a fold down seat if you required it and good access to the wash basin. However, the toilet seat was low. Public wheelchair accessible toilets were available in several convenient areas but, like the Sea Princess, we found a number of areas not accessible to a wheelchair. These were the adults only pool and spas at the stern of the Riviera deck (deck 12) and all of the sun deck (deck 15) with its splash pool and Pennant bar.

Oceana has 19 wheelchair accessible cabins and as with other ships these are very much in demand and they are very often fully booked as much as 12 months in advance. If you require one of these it is advisable to book very early.

The food and service were good and all dietary needs can be met if they are given notice of requirements before sailing.

Cruises taken on the Oceana:

Norway 2009

Iberian Cruise 2014