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Oceania is a Distinct Cruise Experience that is Not for Everyone - But is for Me

Marina Cruise Review by Rbben

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

My wife and I are experienced cruisers (over 40 cruises) and Oceania in particular (over 15 cruises). I will start out by saying we love Oceania and have 4 more cruises on them currently booked. I will not comment on my last cruise since the ports are well covered elsewhere. Rather I will comment on Oceania in general.

I am always confused by people who are not happy with an Oceania cruise because the items they complain about are exactly what Oceania is all about. They usually just did not do their homework.

Here is what, in my opinion, is good about Oceania.

Oceania’s raison d’être is food – and it almost never fails. It’s hard not to get an excellent meal at any of the venues. The specialty restaurants (especially Red Ginger on the two larger ships) are great. However, it seems the food has gone down a notch (particularly in the Main dining room) since Oceania was acquired by NCL

The ships are small (4 Regatta class -600 passenger vessels and 2 Oceania class -1200 passenger vessels). They go to some unusual ports that the larger ships can’t get to. So you get itinerary’s that are better than most.

The ships’ common areas are comfortable and have an elegant feel to them.

The ships are uncrowded – no waiting on long lines like the larger ships. You don’t need reservations to eat except at the specialty restaurants. But you are guaranteed a certain number of reservations depending on the length of the cruise.

Depending on your perspective – almost never any children.

The passengers tend toward experienced travelers.

Everything is usually included, even the specialty restaurants, except for alcohol.

Their rewards program is very good – as you cruise more the benefits can be extraordinary (large ship board credits, free internet, free gratuities, and ultimately free cruises).

The service is always excellent.

Excellent fitness center (although crowed at times) and the wonderful Canyon Ranch Spa.

Here is what, in my opinion, is not so good about Oceania:

The entertainment is third rate. (except the small on-board entertainment staff are usually quite talented). The shows for the most part are just OK – and can’t compare to the shows on the larger ships.

The ships are starting to show their age – the 4 smaller ships are old Renaissance Cruise Line R-Class ships built in the 1990s that have been refurbished (several times). Even the Marina, which was built 2011 needs a little freshening. The “new” Sirena is just an old R-class that became the Ocean Princess before finding its way to Oceania. We were on it recently and it’s hard to distinguish it from the other 3 Regatta class ships.

The in-room entertainment system is just awful – you can get better on your flight to the cruise. By now they should have upgraded to on on-demand system.

The Wi-fi is terrible – but this may be unavoidable since it goes through a satellite.

The tours offered by the ship are grossly overpriced. You need to plan ahead and book you own tours.

Depending on your perspective – the passengers tend toward seniors.

Again - depending on your perspective – there are not a lot of ship board activities – the most common being ship board lectures and cooking classes.

So – Oceania offers a specific cruise experience – and if it’s for you great


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