We chose this cruise purely for the itinerary, which is different from most of the cruises in this area. Firstly, before booking, we had consulted the reviews, and knew roughly what to expect.
I get fed up with listening to some of the professional whingers who seem to revel in complaining about some detail or other. READ THE REVIEWS FIRST BEFORE BOOKING, then you won't be disappointed.
Yes Oceania Cruises are more expensive than some of the other cruise lines, the question is whether the extra expense is value for money.. We were certainly very happy with what we got for what we paid.
We were already aware that the cabins were more compact than some other ships, and yes,the bathrooms were a bit cramped. But the food was excellent, and NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for the specialty restaurants . Also there is free soft drinks available all day long, and on sea days the deck attendant continuously came round with a trolley of soft drinks , in addition to the bar servers.
The evening entertainment was very limited, but we were already aware of this. We saw a few shows and the individual artists were good. The ship's entertainers were enthusiastic , making up for lack of experience. They are young, probably starting off in the business, learning the ropes the hard way!
I was impressed with the professionalism of the crew, cabin attendants and many of the waiting staff remembering your name after just a couple of days. All of the crew of whatever grade or department showed good training, by acknowledging you, rather than ignoring you. All serving staff showed the training and standards required by serving correctly, e.g. drinks always being served off a tray as opposed to being handed to you.
The captain's midday announcement was always entertaining and informative, even though some people choose to be ignorant of others and talk through the announcements. Such is life!
I would comment that the drinks, other than soft drinks were ferociously priced, but we opted for the drinks package which worked out to be a much better option.
We did go on some excursions, which as usual are pricey, but the ones we went on in East Africa and Kuala Lumpur were worth doing. Many ports , again after research can be done on the "open top bus", or by clubbing together and hiring a taxi for a few hours.
At least that way, you avoid the obligatory stop for shopping at some mall that is favourable to the cruise company.
Overall we enjoyed the cruise, thought it worth the money, the little details making the difference. Yes the ship is a bit quiet at night, but that suited us.
Big enough for the two of us, enough hanging space, properly serviced by the two cabin attendants. The balcony furniture has seen better days, but still usable.