We love Oceania, especially the smaller ships so we were excited to embark on this cruise - we were not disappointed, We had never been to Portugal, nor Spain and could not think of a better way to visit than by cruising.
We went by train from London to Southampton - this was a breeze, spent a night there pre cruise and the cab fare to the port was quite cheap.
Embarkation was a bit slow but we were allowed into our cabin not long after boarding and everything after that went without a hitch,
The food was up to Oceania's usual high standard, we were offered an extra night's dinner at Toscana which is one of our favourite speciality restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed the meals we ate at this restaurant - yum!
We loved our cabin, bed so comfortable and we really loved sitting on our veranda with a glass of wine at sail away and with a coffee in the mornings. The bathroom was a bit cramped but we were expecting this and it was really no bother.
The excursions we took with Oceania were okay but some did not quite live up to their advertised descriptions - our travelling companions sometimes got a better deal using the local "hop on hop off " bus. A couple of the ports of call seemed a waste of time and I notice one is not included in any similar 2016 cruises.
We only went to one show, A Salute to Edith Piaf, we enjoyed it very much but were often too tired to bother with the onboard entertainment preferring to snuggle up with a good book or simply sit on our veranda after dinner.
Service was excellent, our cabin stewards were absolutely brilliant but we did have reason to complain about one of the waiters and were satisfied with the response.
Internet was expensive - free on our next cruise thank goodness.
I hate disembarkment - always feel they can't wait to get rid of us.
Overall we had a great cruise, and have already booked a 23 day cruise for early 2017.