First time on Oceania line. First time on a smaller ship (700 or so passengers). Terrific experience overall and a wonderful series of ports in Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina.
Highlights: food, service, housekeeping, complimentary water and soft drinks, bar and wine staff, cruise director (Leslie Jon), premium restaurant (Toscana), cruise entertainment staff, veranda, ample deck seating, excellent Terrace Cafe for all meals, no annoying photographers, and a ship Master/Captain with personality.
Wishes to be Different: casino slots boring with mechanical problems, cramped card room, few at sea day activities available, uneven entertainment (Juggler Michael Mena), Polo premium restaurant, mixed server competency in the Main Dining Room, and very costly shore excursions that don't quite live up to Oceania's reputation.
Kudos to Cruise Director Leslie Jon, the best we've seen in our 14 other cruises. Personable, singing and storytelling talent, mixed with the passengers, always available and visible. Great communications re: weather, tender issues, etc.
More Kudos to Ship's Master/Captain. Also visible walking the ship, not just at the Captain's cocktail party. Kept up informed via PA announcements as well as TV briefings.
Beautiful ship inside and out, well maintained and up to date. If using Oceania again we would prefer their larger newer ships.