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8 Oceania Lima Cruise Reviews

We enjoyed this cruise very much. We have been on Oceania before, and chose this cruise for the itinerary of Lima to NYC. It was the middle leg of getting the ship from Tahiti, where it had spent the winter, to Europe, where it will ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise very much. We have been on Oceania before, and chose this cruise for the itinerary of Lima to NYC. It was the middle leg of getting the ship from Tahiti, where it had spent the winter, to Europe, where it will spend the summer. We love O for the food, and the food was quite good. The new Dom Perignon events were great (separate charge, but great value for the money). The wine service has stepped up a bit - the wine stewards seem to have more training & knowledge than they used to (not a high hurdle, but much appreciated). Service in general was excellent - friendly, effective, welcoming. The onboard entertainment, a typically cited weak point for O - well, we can't comment, we tend to use dinner as our entertainment. We did not use any ship's tours; we did appreciate the free shuttles offered in Peru and Ecuador. The ship's activities were plentiful and interesting; one sea day I actually programmed the events I was interested in into my phone so I didn't miss any, although getting sidetracked or relaxing wouldn't be so bad either... We ate more times in the specialty restaurants on this cruise than ever before. A couple hundred people were on since Papeete (so had already had plenty of time to enjoy), the ship wasn't 100% full, and we did get into a code red (GI cases - apparently most likely from street food in South America). We enjoyed all the restaurants; the steak at Polo continues to be hit-or-miss - my spouse has decided that ordering something other than steak (lobster, veal oscar, etc.) is the way to go - although my ribeye was great. The main dining room (GDR) and Terrace Cafe were both excellent. There were a few small items in our room that needed fixing, but were fixed within an hour of mentioning (loose handle on door to veranda; mis-aligned closer on bathroom door). Our room stewards were top-notch. The lectures were interesting, with well-selected topics. The presenter quality was a bit mixed - one quite good, one very knowledgeable but not quite as engaging. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because Oceania has smaller ships and their food is excellent. This was a South America cruise going from Lima Peru to Buenos Aires Argentina. Being the month of March in the Southern Hemisphere, we expected and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Oceania has smaller ships and their food is excellent. This was a South America cruise going from Lima Peru to Buenos Aires Argentina. Being the month of March in the Southern Hemisphere, we expected and received September type temperatures like the Northern Hemisphere. Sirena is very well kept still clean and attractive though it will be renovated soon. I like all the colors and schemes she has now but that will disappear with the addition of gray interior decor. My only issue with the ship was the aggressiveness and interruptions of the wine stewards and waiters in the main dining room. Those personnel need to be trained to present themselves and be recognized. So many times they would interrupt the table guests which to me is rude. On the last bus tour in BA, there was a passenger that was coughing incessantly. I caught his cold and am still suffering from it. I wrote a separate letter to Oceania suggesting that their ship chaperon(s) on the tours provide disposable masks on those busses for the "coughers" and on the vessel too. There are sick people who come on the ship even though they are given a questionnaire prior to boarding. Passengers do not have to divulge that they have a cold. Anyhow, I would recommend the Sirena and Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The South Pacific Islands and Easter Island had been on the bucket list for years, and we finally decided to take the plunge, sailing from Lima, Peru to Papeete, Tahiti on our favorite cruise line. Unfortunately it became apparent several ... Read More
The South Pacific Islands and Easter Island had been on the bucket list for years, and we finally decided to take the plunge, sailing from Lima, Peru to Papeete, Tahiti on our favorite cruise line. Unfortunately it became apparent several days into the cruise that some folks were suffering gastro illnesses, which turned into a full blown outbreak of Noro virus. The crew did their level best to staunch the spread, but, alas, we all know how insidious that illness can be. As I said, the crew did their best. And I'm happy to report that most of the passengers with whom I had contact made the best of a bad situation. Perhaps we were just lucky, but none of my new-found and old friends got sick. Guess we were careful about washing hands and using sanitizers provided everywhere on board. Just wish all had done so! As I just said, we made the best of the situation and were able to enjoy a fabulous cruise, and we were not disappointed. As I mentioned, Easter Island (Rapa Nui, its traditional name) was on our itinerary for a two day opportunity to visit the island. We were fortunate to have as an on-board lecturer James Grant-Peterkin, a long time resident of the island. He was great, and each of his lectures turned out to be standing room only! And a group of CC members (ourselves included) had pre-booked the two day tour on EI with the tour company he owned, Easter Island Spirit, which certainly did not disappoint us in any way! I'm sure many of you know just how 'iffy' it is to be able to go ashore on EI due to the sea swells usually encountered in this area of the Pacific, but I'm happy to report that the Marina was blessed to be able to accomplish this on not one, but both days. An experience not to be missed! Two days later we had the residents of Pitcairn Island board the ship with offerings made on the island. A great opportunity to meet these hardy folks. Our on-board experience on this cruise was exceptional, which we have come to expect on Oceania (discounting the MINOR inconveniences of not having use of the self-service laundry and coffee machines). The entire staff who worked like dogs to control the noro, from cabin attendents through upper staff members, retained their cheerful, friendly attitudes. I'm sure the additional sanitizing duties had them all worn out, but you would never see it either in their faces nor their attitudes. They all deserved our gratitude, not our criticism! The Marina was in her usual pristine condition - again discounting the noro, which was not the ship's fault, but rather the fault of those passengers who either picked up the bug on their flights or neglected rudimentary personal sanitation procedures. All dining venues continued to please our personal preferences, and service was exemplary. Kudos to all! Will we be back? OF COURSE! In closing, I just want to point out a few items that folks here seem to blame Oceania for both of which are, and will continue to be, out of their control: boarding in Callao (Lima's port city) is not an Oceania shortfall; rather the blame lies with the port authority which owns/manages the port. And secondly, the outbreak of noro which is solely attributable to the passengers failure to practice hand washing/sanitizing, and to report illness promptly! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
WE love Oceania Cruise Line. We didn't specifically choose Insignia, we choose the itinerary. That being said, being on Insignia was an added bonus. This was our third adventure on Insignia. From Captain Flokus to crew members, the ... Read More
WE love Oceania Cruise Line. We didn't specifically choose Insignia, we choose the itinerary. That being said, being on Insignia was an added bonus. This was our third adventure on Insignia. From Captain Flokus to crew members, the vessel is small yet large and very personal. The food was excellent. Booked on Marina this October. Cusomter Service, specifically, William Park, is extraordinary! The entertainment was great!We happened to be on board over Halloween and there was a great Halloween party. Sanitation is a big deal.... no novovirus there! Personnel are friendly, learn your name and your drink orders. WE were in a penthouse suite with excellent butler service. No problem to order room service at 3 a.m. Safety of the passengers and crew is of utmost importance. WE have traveled with Oceania 5 times, our 6th will be in October and and couldn't be happier. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I wanted just to get away and see something that I hadn't seen before. We did a pre-cruise to Machu Picchu and it was awesome! On board the ship was small and intimate. There was a variety of dining areas that were included in the ... Read More
I wanted just to get away and see something that I hadn't seen before. We did a pre-cruise to Machu Picchu and it was awesome! On board the ship was small and intimate. There was a variety of dining areas that were included in the price, Italian, Chinese etc. The Red Ginger (Chinese ) was the best. Had a lovely coffee bar. We had been up graded to a penthouse suite which was great except came with a butler, therefore extra gratuities. On the whole it was nice and roomy, good size closet and cupboards, nice sized balcony. We travelled through the Panama Canal, great. Stopped At Honduras, Cape Canveral, Miami then NYC---which was an over night, so we went and saw Matilda on Broadway, lovely. The service on the ship was fantastic. All polite and helpful. The entertainment was OK. Lecturers were great---lot of info for next port of call. Good excursions. Great cruise! I travelled with my sister for the first time. She is a bit younger and was therefore more energetic than me ( I have back issues). I would definitely travel with Oceania again---I like the size of their ships. You get to know more people and can arrange dinners or outings with them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We recently traveled to South America on Oceania's Regatta. This is the 4th time we have been on this ship and will travel again on it. We had a P2 and loved the space and the balcony. The couch was a bit bigger for us and we do stay ... Read More
We recently traveled to South America on Oceania's Regatta. This is the 4th time we have been on this ship and will travel again on it. We had a P2 and loved the space and the balcony. The couch was a bit bigger for us and we do stay in our room to watch the scenery go by. We had a great Butler Rahman. We didn't ask for anything so he just started bringing us little canapes and they really hit the spot. We enjoy all the dining spots on the ship. The Grand Dining room is run by a great Portuguese gentleman and he keeps it spinning. We love dining at Polo but Toscana is our favorite. The waiters are professional, courteous and just the right touch of being friendly The Captain did a great job we saw many Fjords he said 144 miles more fjords that any other cruise. He did a great job when the water was rough and moved to a smooth cruising area. He was also friendly. The ship's crew was always friendly and helpful. We took a pre cruise tour of Machu Picchu which was fabulous and ran like a dream. We were so happy we did this. We also met a great group of people before the cruise which we stayed friendly with throughout the cruise. We have been on other ships and do prefer this cruise line and look forward to our next trip with Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My wife and I sailed with the 1200 passenger Oceania Marina on their 16 day cruise from Lima, Peru to New York. We have typically traveled on smaller ships, including Sea Dream, Silversea and Seabourn, and I have to admit to having ... Read More
My wife and I sailed with the 1200 passenger Oceania Marina on their 16 day cruise from Lima, Peru to New York. We have typically traveled on smaller ships, including Sea Dream, Silversea and Seabourn, and I have to admit to having reservations about the ability of the ship to meet the service and food standards of ships half their size or less - especially since Oceania originally had only smaller ships (600+). Our experience with the other lines mentioned was that it was extremely hard for them to bring the smaller ship personalized service and dining to the larger ship. I needn't have worried - Oceania has done a masterful job, and in many categories I rate them better than the other lines on which we have traveled. That was an unexpected and very pleasant surprise. In fact, I would have to say that overall, I would now put Oceania on the top of the list of Cruise experiences. Below are some of the specifics: The Ship There was clearly much thought that went into the design of Marina. There is a vast amount of public space, and there was always space in the lounges to sit comfortable without feeling that everyone was on top of each other. The lounges are well spaced and designed, furniture comfortable and well chosen. The pool area was designed in such a way that there is a lot of space for sunning and swimming. We had 8 days at sea, and my wife and I never had trouble finding a place to sit, whether we wanted sun or shade. The spa is good sized, with a relaxation room for quiet reading if one is in the mood. There are also nice little touches. Specialty coffees were available at the Barista during the day, and I worked very hard to avoid the stand near the pool where mail shakes and frappes were made to order. Staterooms Oceania has done a very good job of space design in the staterooms. We were in room 9107, which was toward the back of the ship. I have always four it amusing that cruise lines sell the center of the ship as the place to be fro the smoothest cruising, and yet the best suites are always at the ends of the ship. Go figure! The verandahs are a bit smaller than we are used to - first time there were chairs instead of loungers on our verandah - but the truth is that unless you want to spend a lot of time in your cabin, it doesn't make a lot of difference. Plenty of room for clothes, even without a walk-in closet. Stateroom service was extremely attentive. Rooms were made up twice a day, and the few times we wanted assistance from our stewardess, she was responding within the minute. I wish the showers were a bit larger - just don't drop the soap! - but not a big deal, and the fact that there is a full size tub made my wife very happy! We were on the concierge level, which is actually the same size room as a regular verandah suite. The difference, however, is worth it if you are going to regularly use the steam and sauna and relaxation areas(free if you are on concierge level), and/or the concierge services. William was the concierge on this trip, and he could make just about anything happen. He arranged for us to get reservations on "local" excursions in two different ports, and was helpful in several other areas, including dinner reservations at the specialty restaurants. Dining I am in awe of the quality of the food on this ship. While in our experience ships like Seabourn, Silversea and Cunard seem to be using the dining room as a place to save money, Oceania seems determined to live up to its reputation as a "foodie" ship. It seems that everything is cooked to order, and they have food service and quality down. There are several dining options. The main dining room is open seating, come whenever and eat with whoever. The food was consistently creative and delicious. The room itself is nicely decorated. My only suggestion is to try to get a table away from the middle of the room - the tables there are just too close together and the maneuvering the staff has to do to get you your food is distracting. There are four other specialty dining rooms. Red Ginger (our favorite) had an oriental flare. Don't miss the glazed Sea Bass! We only went to Polo, which is their steak house, only once. It was the one meal that disappointed. I had a Strip steak that, given that it is represented as prime beef aged 30 days, came out as basically tasteless. On the other hand, had steaks in some of the other venues and they were fine, so.....? Toscana is their Italian restaurant, and there as well the food was terrific. The fourth restaurant is country french. Food was also really good, the french bread to die for! Room design....meh. One can also eat at the Terrace Cafe at night, which is buffet. We only did that once. The food was also very good, but we found that the buffet style put us in a mode that was less relaxing. Not their fault, I think for us buffets lend themselves to quick eating, and that is not what we enjoy at dinner. Service I save the best for last. The culture of service on this is really exceptional. We have cruise on ships much smaller in size, but I would have to say this was the best. I was impressed not only with the personal attention, but the genuineness with which it was delivered. Two quick stories. The first night we went to Horizons bar before dinner. A gentleman named Clifford was behind the bar where we sat, and we ordered our drinks from him and chatted a bit. 10 DAYS LATER we returned, and he remembered exactly what we had ordered that first night! If you had told me that could happen on a 1,200 passenger ship, I wouldn't have believed you. Second, a manager interrupted my steam room time to quickly enter, excuse himself, and briefly fool around with the emergency button. I figured they were having problems with it. About a minute later one of the staff entered the steam room to ask if I had pushed the emergency button. As I found out later, it was a random drill to make sure procedures for emergency assistance were followed! I have been a consultant most of my life, and know how difficult creating and maintaining a culture can be. I am awed by how well this ship does it.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We enjoy the smaller ships. Our ship has a maximum of 684 passengers with staff of around 400. Service is exceptional. They keep there staff. We have cruised with them for 10 years and still see some employees from our first cruise. We ... Read More
We enjoy the smaller ships. Our ship has a maximum of 684 passengers with staff of around 400. Service is exceptional. They keep there staff. We have cruised with them for 10 years and still see some employees from our first cruise. We have stayed in inside staterooms, concierge level and penthouses. It doesn't matter to the staff what level your stateroom is. There food is the best at sea. Almost everything they serve is homemade on board. Fresh fruit, milkshakes, hamburgers, high tea, homemade ice cream and sorbet daily. They have 2 specialty resturants. Polo Grill, steak and sea food, and Toscana, Italian food. All breads and pasta, sauces made from scratch daily. These specialty resturants are included. You can make reservations for these resturants. My favorite thing with Oceania is that it is a resort casual cruise line. I never have to dress up. I can where jeans and shorts during the day and put on slacks and a blouse for dinner. My husband can wear casual slacks and a collared shirt. No jacket or tie required. If you like to dress up that is okay too. The ports are great and not all the normal spots. With the smaller ship they can go more places. The entertainment is a group of 5 to 7 entertainers performing most nights. They do a variety of shows. The cruise line also brings in talent. A comedian, musician or magician. One very important thing this cruise line does not have any accomodations for anyone under 18. While they can't keep you from brining children they tell you up front they have nothing for them. Believe it there are no programs, activities or anything else to accommodate children. Enjoy your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
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