This was our 20th cruise . We started in 2007, and have travelled with Celebrity, (Elite) HAL and Regent, amongst others.
Embarkation was quite slow.
We appreciated NOT having the often seen picture-taking employee. We noted that there was no welcoming sparkling wine ( I dislike seeing people refer to champagne when it is not), possibly because Oceania frequent travellers get a bottle of sparkling wine in their cabin.
We had booked a guaranteed balcony cabin,and our cabin was very well positioned, a few steps to the elevator,one floor up from the MDR, with no issue whatsoever with noise.
We found the service excellent; neither familiar,nor pompous or obsequious. The food was delicious,well prepared and presented, and the portions were not obscene. The specialty restaurants were very good as well. Food preferences are objective; no need to comment.
We found the cruise director,Roy Perez, somewhat lacking in easy- going and sunny personality. Mind you, the poor fellow had to defend against ethnocentric jabs from Americans who objected to his"accent".
Entertainment was so so,but the classical quartet,a regular feature on the ship, which welcomes you upon arrival, was lovely.
Two excursions were cancelled. Considering that they pride themselves on unique destinations, it makes me wonder about the reliability of the itinerary.. L'Anse aux Meadows was one, apparently because of potential icebergs. This was a disappointment, as it was one of the salient reasons for our choice. This is the area where you find the earliest Viking presence(11th century) in North America. The second cancellation still baffles us. This was Falmouth. There were numerous sail boats out. The ship log noted small waves of 4.9ft and wind speed of 18 knots. As a sailor,I scratched my head when hearing the captain say that it was not safe to tender....
Some of us found unusual that he had to back out of the Dublin port, seemingly having difficulty making a forward exit.
I am not sure how to say this delicately, but our trip was marred by the rudeness of some passagers, all from the same area of the US. Other passengers had warned us, but we had to experience it to believe it. One of them, for instance, came to us as we were seating in a lounge, and asked us to move as it was "his" seat. I will not waste my time with other examples,too many for us.
Despite the cancellation of the port prior to disembarkation which allowed the ship to sail early , and an announcement that we would be in Southampton at 4:30am, the ship only docked at 7am. There was some mechanical problem which delayed the luggage being put to shore. It did not bother us as we travel with our carry on only,having experienced too many luggage issues before such practice.