Reviewers are 65 yrs old and married, 40+ cruises on 12 lines including 7 on Oceania.
Overview: Over the last several years under multiple owners Oceania has fallen from a premiere line to a line without identity. Under the holding company the food and service dropped to extremely low levels. The food budget has been noticeably restored by NCL, and so has the friendliness, but the service is very poor particularly in the dinning rooms where the numbers and training level is about as low as it gets in the industry right now.
Dining: See above. While the food budget is better than a year ago; however, the French Chefs are gone and there is a German cook. The drop in quality preparation from the original Oceania line could also be associated with the quality and numbers of assistant chefs remaining. Suffice to say, food is no longer the reason to take this line, and it once was the best reason.
All balcony rooms are the same floor plan regardless of level. This one is unique because it looks straight forward which interesting, but more sound coming into ports getting lines out. This far forward can be very rough in even modest seas. We like that but this was a bit much.