We prefer slightly smaller ships but in the same or better class. This was our first exposure to Oceania and we were comparing this experience to Seabourn. The ship was very nice and the Penthouse Suite was just a bit larger than the standard suite on Seabourn. Food was very good overall and the 4 specialty restaurants were a pleasant surprise--we tried all of them and a couple of them more than once. But I did notice they used a lot of salt in their menus--I would have preferred a bit less salt. Cooking classes were fully booked so I did not get to participate in those. Only one show per night was surprising for a ship with 1000 passengers (ship was not full so don't know if this was the norm). Decor and public areas were very nice but it took a bit to find those "special places" to hang out on sea days. Shore excursions on Cape Verde and Recife were marginal. We did an independent excursion from Cadiz to Seville which was much better than the one done by the ship (having compared notes with those who took that one). Overall a very good cruiseline--we would definitely take another Oceania cruise but Seabourn is a bit better.

First time on Oceania

Marina Cruise Review by Tilly91

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite
We prefer slightly smaller ships but in the same or better class. This was our first exposure to Oceania and we were comparing this experience to Seabourn. The ship was very nice and the Penthouse Suite was just a bit larger than the standard suite on Seabourn.

Food was very good overall and the 4 specialty restaurants were a pleasant surprise--we tried all of them and a couple of them more than once. But I did notice they used a lot of salt in their menus--I would have preferred a bit less salt.

Cooking classes were fully booked so I did not get to participate in those.

Only one show per night was surprising for a ship with 1000 passengers (ship was not full so don't know if this was the norm).

Decor and public areas were very nice but it took a bit to find those "special places" to hang out on sea days.

Shore excursions on Cape Verde and Recife were marginal. We did an independent excursion from Cadiz to Seville which was much better than the one done by the ship (having compared notes with those who took that one).

Overall a very good cruiseline--we would definitely take another Oceania cruise but Seabourn is a bit better.
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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH1 11065
We were offered an upgrade to the Penthouse Suite and took the upgrade. Room was excellent except for two things:
Sliding Door to walk in closet could did not have a latch and we had some rough seas--rolling. The door kept opening and slamming shut. Had to stuff a slipper in between the panels to keep it closed.
Hair Dryer and lighted makeup mirror were not compatible with the outlet at the vanity--only worked at the desk--an inconvenience.
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