We chose the cruise around Australia because of the itinerary. We loved this ship, which is the same as the three other smaller Oceania vessels. The entertainment was good to excellent, using Aussie talent as we cruised around the continent. Dining was wonderful, as usual, with excellent food in the Grand Dining Room as well as the specialty restaurants. We used private tours, so I cannot comment on the ship tours, but we heard positive responses from other travelers about them. Embarkation was slow, but this was the fault of Australia, not Oceania. We had a "A" cabin, which I would substitute for a "B" cabin next time on the smaller ships of Oceania because there was nothing special about being in concierge versus a balcony cabin. Cabins are small but nicely appointed and our cabin attendants couldn't have been any better. The staff is well trained and professionally friendly. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants, especially Red Ginger. I miss Toscana, which was merged with Polo to form the Tuscan Grill. It was successful as a meat and seafood venue, but I missed the pasta of the day and emphasis on Italian food that Toscana offers on the other ships. However, other travelers loved the blended restaurant, so it's a matter of taste. We were able to book extra times in Red Ginger, being flexible and willing to share tables with other passengers. Be aware that there are no facilities for children and we've seen very few on Oceania. The typical passenger is older, well traveled, and looking for new ports and adventures. We are longterm Oceania travelers and were very satisfied with our trip. We've already booked our next adventure.
There are few advantages to booking a concierge cabin vs a veranda cabin. Next time we'd move down to "B" category. On the larger Oceania ships there are advantages to being in concierge, but not on the smaller ships. I feel it's not worth the extra expense for a lap blanket, an extra specialty restaurant reservation, and a free tote bag. My TA says she believes the room service menu is larger, but we don't use room service so I can't comment on that.
Private tour. Excellent.
Too many buses, too crowded, but interesting to see. If we could have done so, we would have taken a private tour instead of ship tour.View All 0 Papuan Coastal Villages Reviews
Interesting small town. We hailed a cab and had a wonderful tour of the area.
Not much to see in the town. Next time we'd be sure to snorkel here. Some on the ship had a fabulous snorkel/SCUBA experience.
Easy to get around town on your own. Excellent public transportation.
Fascinating look at more rural Australia
Easy transportation on your own. Many helpful volunteers from Australia to make sure you have a great time.
We took a private tour out to the 12 Apostles. It's a long drive, but beautiful, and worth the effort
Private tour, wineries, cheese factory, beautiful views from the top of the mountain.
Darling little town. Excellent Arts and Crafts shop run by locals. A great place to walk around and enjoy a 1950's style town, beautiful beach, and lovely scenery.