This was our first Oceania cruise, although we have cruised many times before on various cruise lines and locations. We had a great time and met many, many nice people. We especially enjoyed the Trivia games, the Bridge lessons and the Mah Jongg sessions! We made friends at all of these activities, and if you are reading this, you know who you are! We also enjoyed visiting the various ports of call. although it was disappointing that we have to cancel two ports of call, due to the bad weather/ice. But better safe than sorry. -- and we did see icebergs not very far away! The food was very good to delicious, and there was good variety. We liked the fact that we could get smaller meals/sandwiches at lunch, rather than more big, dinner-style meals. Thanks to all who posted advice/notices etc. on CC prior to the Cruise, as this was very helpful to first-time Oceania cruisers. I will definitely check out CC every time we cruise from now on. Thanks also to Mura and Ron and any others who More
organized the M&G.
We took most of the ship's excursions, which were all quite good, but seemed more expensive than on other lines we have experienced. They were no better or worse, no more or less crowded than on the other lines. We met quite a number of fellow travelers who either arranged for outside tours or did not take any excursions at all. I think Oceania should look into the price of their excursions, as it appears that many fell that they are too expensive. Several similar cruise lines are now including excursions as part of their price.
As for the enrichment activities--the talks by the outside lecturers were great, especially the music professor. The cooking classes were interesting and the Chef was very fun, with delicious recipes. We also liked the Bridge lessons and thought the teacher, Barbara, was very generous with her handouts and very knowledgeable and interesting in her presentations.
Our cabin was fine -- spacious enough, with a nice bathroom. It was mostly too cool to use the balcony, but we appreciated the extra space. We also liked being able to get American news channels for most of the trip, which we were not able to get on most other cruise lines outside of the U.S.