This was the second in a b2b, our first time on Oceania. We've been on most of the mainstream lines and decided to try something more upscale. What a wonderful experience, worth every penny.
High Points: Food, Service, the Ship
Food was outstanding. Ironically, the two specialty restaurants were not wonderful, but the GDR was amazing. Most lines have good food, some excellent. But Oceania was consistently out of this world.
Service was excellent. Every crew member was friendly and helpful. Just outstanding. This really made our cruise memorable. The large number of staff really does make a difference.
The ship itself was beautiful. I really liked how uncrowded it felt. It was a world away from the small cities at sea common to other lines. No waiting for anything. Well, once, see below. No ship photographer, art auctions or loud announcements. Our cabin (standard balcony B2) was comfortable but cramped.
Low Points: A few minor glitches
The DVD player in our cabin didn't work.
The toilet had some problems. We were told that parts had been ordered and would be installed for the next cruise.
Shore excursion staff needs training. Total chaos on arrival in Israel for local customs officials.
Shore excurions themselves were good, but overpriced.
Port lectures tended to be mediocre.
In all, a fantastic experience. We ended up booking a Panama Canal cruise on Regatta for December.