We cruised Oceania for the first time on Marian on Jan 7, 2016 from Valparaiso to Papeete. This was our 40 something cruise. We cruised previously with Seabourne, Crystal, Azamara, HAL, Princess and RCC, but first time with Oceania. We are mostly itinerary driven so we picked Oceania because she is scheduled to stop at Easter Island for two days. As it turned out, we were there only one day because the Captain said the sea was too rough for tender the second day (no compensation). We love the ship: it is well designed and spacious. The food was good with 4 specialty restaurants (with no extra charge), two casual venues plus the main dining room. The staff were attentive and courteous. They have a generous liquor policy for people to bring wine on board and even provide a cork screw in the room. The not so good part comes on services outside of the ship. The included (and probably not separable) air package which does not have user friendly itinerary. Transfer and shore excursion are expansive. Any deviation are subject to non-bashful charges. But the worse is the fellow passengers. Some probably take the Oceania slogan, "Your World, Your Way" too literary and think and act to have "Their Way". In my travel experience, have never encountered so many episodes of unfriendly, uncivil, rude and downright aggressive behavior from fellow cruisers. So when I sat in the hot and humid, none air conditioned airport in Papeete at 9pm, after disembarked since 9am, waiting for the flight home, even before witnessing those people cutting in line to board, I concluded that it would be a long time, if ever, I would travel with Oceania again.

Not Our Cup of Tea

Marina Cruise Review by paladin99

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
We cruised Oceania for the first time on Marian on Jan 7, 2016 from Valparaiso to Papeete. This was our 40 something cruise. We cruised previously with Seabourne, Crystal, Azamara, HAL, Princess and RCC, but first time with Oceania. We are mostly itinerary driven so we picked Oceania because she is scheduled to stop at Easter Island for two days. As it turned out, we were there only one day because the Captain said the sea was too rough for tender the second day (no compensation).

We love the ship: it is well designed and spacious. The food was good with 4 specialty restaurants (with no extra charge), two casual venues plus the main dining room. The staff were attentive and courteous. They have a generous liquor policy for people to bring wine on board and even provide a cork screw in the room.

The not so good part comes on services outside of the ship. The included (and probably not separable) air package which does not have user friendly itinerary. Transfer and shore excursion are expansive. Any deviation are subject to non-bashful charges.

But the worse is the fellow passengers. Some probably take the Oceania slogan, "Your World, Your Way" too literary and think and act to have "Their Way". In my travel experience, have never encountered so many episodes of unfriendly, uncivil, rude and downright aggressive behavior from fellow cruisers.

So when I sat in the hot and humid, none air conditioned airport in Papeete at 9pm, after disembarked since 9am, waiting for the flight home, even before witnessing those people cutting in line to board, I concluded that it would be a long time, if ever, I would travel with Oceania again.
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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B2 7060
Roomy as far as stateroom goes. Bathroom has separate bathtub wit shower and a shower stall. Well lite. adequate storage room though drawers are small and few in number.
Room enough to have breakfast in room but they only serve continental breakfast on 7th floor,
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins