I've cruised before, but my husband had not. I wanted to take an excellent cruise to convince him this is a great way to vacation. It worked; we booked another cruise before this cruise ended.
We choose our own air and own pre-cruise hotel, because he travels a lot we had lots of points to use. We took a bus tour to Stonehenge on our way to Southampton. It was enough time for a quick visit to the site and we met some of our fellow passengers too.
Embarkation was a breeze, our PH room was ready when we boarded the ship.
Our cabin 10014 was lovely. Plenty of space and storage in bathroom and closet. We really enjoyed the private deck and we know we'll never sail without one. We realized we didn't need all the room space, we can get a smaller room for our next trip.
There are so many different common areas that we could always find a place to spend time and we didn't want to stay in our room. Our favorite spot was a sparsely populated enclosed balcony on 14. It has double occupancy lounge chairs. We liked the library and the lectures were very informative. Like most guests, we weren't impressed by the entertainment.
We choose Oceania primarily because of its food reputation. We enjoyed most meals. Jacques was the best restaurant on board. The drink prices weren't as daunting as we expected. The wine list isn't long or impressive, but there was just enough to enjoy.
We found Oceania's shore excursions are expensive and limited in scope. We joined other guests for Overlord tour in Normandy and highly recommend that touring company. Fortunately, most ports were walking distance to the city's downtown, so we walked around a lot on our own.
Service was fantastic. British Air lost my luggage, and the concierge was very helpful in trying to locate it (we never did, but that was British Air's mistake, not Oceania's)