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Just as introduction: I like Oceania's smaller ships a little bit better than their bigger ones, but mostly we choose by itinerary. We're Oceania regulars, but occasionally cruise on Viking Ocean, which we also love. We've ... Read More
Just as introduction: I like Oceania's smaller ships a little bit better than their bigger ones, but mostly we choose by itinerary. We're Oceania regulars, but occasionally cruise on Viking Ocean, which we also love. We've also cruised about 4 times on other ships. We were happy to find that Oceania's quality had not gone down in the year plus it had been since we had last cruised. The itinerary was what we like, and what Oceania generally offers -- a mixture between lesser-known ports and better-known ports, with a decent ratio of port to sea days, as I really like being in a port almost every day. However, when you're cruising a large country/continent like Australia, you have more sea days than expected. I managed. Service and food were still wonderful (with a few exceptions, of course - nobody's perfect, and each person's taste is different). The crowd was a little older than usual, and there were a good number of Aussies and Kiwis on board, which is a first for me. Most of the people had been on the cruise for the previous cruise or had embarked Dec. 6 to do a circumnavigation of Australia, embarking/disembarking in Sydney. There were only about 80 of us embarking in Bali of the completely full ship (788 max, I believe). Regatta was re-furbished maybe 4 months ago, and it is now nicer than when I cruised on her last. I loved the new, more modern and light decor and furniture in our stateroom (we were in an inside cabin) and the enhancements to the TV system, although I mostly used the TV to watch/listen to port talks/enrichments lectures/destination talks rather than movies or music. It seemed like there was more space in the bathroom for things - plenty of room, and not on shelves, but hidden behind the mirrored cabinet. I also liked the two part mirrored cabinet, as I could put things I used a lot in that part of the cabinet and just open that part. The new hooks were nice, but I would have preferred if my spouse had NOT hung things up there. I should have made HIM sleep on that side of the bed to solve the (tiny) issue of having to walk carefully to avoid hitting clothing and a backpack when going to bed! Our cabin steward, Rosario from Goa, India, was absolutely the best we've ever had, in all our Oceania cruises, plus on other cruise lines. When I heard he alone would be cleaning our cabin, I was thinking his attention to detail might be stretched, since on our last couple cruises, the steward had a helper. But Rosario kept our room immaculate, and he was extremely personable/friendly, while still being professional. He read my quirky husband like a book, which made for some fun times. Service throughout the ship was excellent; so was the food. We really liked some of the lesser-popular food at Waves (salmon, for example - real salmon, not salmon cake!). We ate dinner on the Terrace a lot, and sat outside a lot if it was warm enough. We didn't eat in the Grand Dining Room a lot, but when we did, we asked for a fast waiter and a 2-person table. Julio was great. We seldom take very many ship offered excursions, but the ones we took were quite good. We enjoyed the free internet, although at times it could get a little bogged down, and ran slow. But using it at dinner time through bed time or first thing in the morning solved that problem for me. And while only one person (device) per stateroom can receive it for free (at least in an inside cabin; not sure about suites), that was no problem for us. Cruise director Corey Powell did a great job. There were the usual activities and entertainment, although I didn't go to many of the shows or even the activities. I'm just not much of a "doer" on any cruise ship. My spouse had a great time doing activities, though, especially the trivia. Entertainment, as is the case with Oceania, was not the splashy affairs that the larger ships have. However, it seemed certainly adequate for my spouse and I. There were some local Australian performers brought on for a show, which was nice. Lecturers were good. My husband liked seeing the Southern Cross with a group of people and the enrichment lecturer, who covered astronomy, history and nature topics. There were some nice touches for Christmas and the New Year's Eve party was great. There were a couple disappointments due to missed ports (weather, etc.) but I've learned that those are just a part of cruising, and so I roll with the punches if they occur. Of course, it didn't help that we cruised when Australia was experiencing far-reaching bush fires and high winds in the SE part of the country. The ports we visited were great, and Australia really seems to roll out the carpet for cruisers in many ports. Overall, I thought it was a fabulous cruise, and my opinion of Oceania remains high. I will no doubt cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
It had the itinerary that I was interested in. My cabin mate and I were quarantined for 48hrs prior to reaching Honolulu and then advised that because I was still symptomatic we would continue to be isolated for another 48hrs and kept ... Read More
It had the itinerary that I was interested in. My cabin mate and I were quarantined for 48hrs prior to reaching Honolulu and then advised that because I was still symptomatic we would continue to be isolated for another 48hrs and kept in isolation until I was no longer was symptomatic. She had no GI symptoms, only myself That was an unworkable option for me since I suffer from acute claustrophobia which morphs into anxiety attacks probably caused by PTSD. I'm a Vietnam veteran which explains the PTSD. It was recommended by the ship's doctor that we disembark in Honolulu which we did. We had upgraded to a Penthouse Suite 10 days prior to Honolulu for an additional $4,000 that became available in Honolulu. Our belongings were transferred from cabin 7115 to 8022 in Honolulu after we docked. CDC came onboard and conducted required sanitation procedures. While this was being done we were released from quarantine and I checked into the Tripler Medical Center Emergency facility (VA Hospital) for further evaluation and lab tests that took three hours. We returned to the Regatta and packed our suitcases located in the new cabin. We were in our new cabin for 35 minutes while we accomplished that task and then were escorted off the ship and checked into a hotel in Honolulu. We were advised by the Executive Concierge that none of the monies spent on the cruise even the $4K would be recoverable. There were many pax in the lobby waiting for their cabins to be ready, some requesting cabin upgrades. Obviously 8022 was now available so they flipped our cabin for another $4-6K before the ship left port. As I indicated, the food and staff were superb, the entertainment average and the land excursions below average. Guest speaker for the cruise was Adam Tanner who was also superb! Because of the horrible mishandling and the way we were treated.........it was apparent that those making decisions wanted us off the ship, I'm giving Oceania Cruises an "F". Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
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