We chose the British Isles as our itinerary this time on Oceania. We wanted to go in August so hopefully it wouldn't be too cold. We were lucky in that mother nature cooperated and it was only cold and rainy in Edinburgh.
We had take on other Oceania cruise three years ago, then two Azamara cruises in between. We remembered Oceania as having better food, so we went with them this time.
Although we were disappointed by some aspects of the experience, we would cruise with them again.
Unlike the first time we cruised Oceania, the food was average. My prime rib in Polo was inedible, a pink slab of meet no marbling, dry, virtually inedible. Other dishes aboard the ship were outstanding such as the sea bass in Red Ginger. We found few of the desserts to be very special, baked potatoes were served with watery sour cream, very little butter
unless we asked for more.
The captain didn't show for his cocktail party ( this NEVER happened on Silversea or Azamara. We rarely saw any ship's officers ( unlike Azamara), the only time I spied any was when there were 3 trying on sunglasses in the gift shop.
The crew by and large were not very friendly. The servers in general had smiles on their faces and at least pretended they were glad to see us. The crew that were at the embarkation and disembarkation spots at the ports were not friendly at all.
The staff serving drinks during the captain's cocktail party for the most part acted as if they'd rather be anywhere else!
We saw two pretty decent shows, the string quartet grew tiresome after 12 nights, and the guy in the piano bar was average at best.
All in all, not as good an experience as last time on the Nautica. I hope they try and improve their food and customer service.
The balcony cabin midship eight floor was very nice, clean with a spacious bathroom.