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4.5 / 5.0
804 reviews

Known for their Food? Tell me another.

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Marina
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2015
Cabin: Concierge Level

We'd heard great things about the food on Oceania. Of course we'd also heard there was nothing to do on the ship(quite true). But let's get back to the selling point -- the food. Well maybe it would have been better if they hadn't gotten to the Noro Virus, or as they preferred to describe it, a gastro-intestional virus stiking more than 2% of the passengers. Because once they got the sickness bye bye to snacks. Bye bye to carpaccio or raw fish. Bye bye to medium rare steak.

But even before that, the food in the Grand Dining Room was certainly no better than the food on any other ship. And the specialty dining rooms never seemed to be available when we tried to book an additional night(you get four. Some people got another thirteen or so. We didn't). We didn't despite being in concierge and on that note, worst concierge ever.

Don't spend the money for that. I found most of the crew pleasant and accommodating, but the conciergess, Tom and Javier, you know who you are, were a lot of talk and no follow-through.

Cabin Review

Concierge Level

Cabin A3

Port Reviews


Wonderful interesting city with great shopping, food, sights and people. Don't miss Museo Largo. We stayed at the Country Club Hotel which was very pleasant and historic, but the pool is tiny.

Puerto Limon

Unless you are very active, there isn't much to do in Puerto Limon although the people are very friendly and they sell crafts at the terminal. The Pacific side of Costa Riva iss much more interesting.


Charleston is a beautiful city with many attractions for the independent traveler. The Huegenot Church was very interesting and beautiful. Lunch at Husk was a treat. The Charleston Craft shop has wonderful items and great sales people(artists).

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