To start with, other people may feel very different about this cruise line. It really depends what you are looking for in a cruise. For us, it was just not a match. We did not like it as much as other cruises we have taken. The buffet was much smaller then what we were use to (should be expected on a smaller ship) and the servers actually put the food on your plate so it's more like a cafeteria line or soup kitchen line then a buffet, again some people may like this, but not us. My wife is a vegetarian and the options for her were extremely limited. The servers and wait staff actually "reuse" food and drink which is just crazy. I saw our waiter pouring what was left of and old glass of orange juice into one of our glasses to "top it off" before he brought it to the table for breakfast, the same night I ordered pasta with red sauce at the "buffet" which they cook in front of you, and after they heated the sauce, and put the noodles in, they served the noodles to me in a small bowl, then put the remaining sauce back in the metal bin with the original cold sauce. Strange.
So some things you may or may not like are that this ship has no photo staff. No pictures of any type are taken to sell by the cruise ship. No dinner photos, no port photos, nothing. There are no waiters walking around to sell you drinks on deck, the bars are very accessible so drinks are easy to get, but no one walking around asking "drinks?"
The staff is very friendly, very helpful.
The excursions were a complete mess. The times changed multiple times, the descriptions were not always 100% accurate of the places we visited, not to mention Oceania's excursions are priced insanely high. For example, private 8 hour all day tour through a local island company (included 3.5 hour walking tour, 3 hour car tour, lunch, drinks, etc) is $100.00 per person as a group tour or $130.00 per person as a private tour. Oceania charges $479.00 just for the 3 hour car ride portion (this is per car, not per person), another $89.00 per person for the 3 hour walking tour. By time you add lunch, it would cost about 4 times as much to book through Oceania. Unless you pay for the $439.00 per person to get the passport excursion collection, then you only pay $299.00 for the 3 hour car ride (still more then the entire day trip from the local company). I understand they need to make a profit, but sometimes it is just obscene. All the excursions meet on the ship, so our morning excursion ran longer than expected (even though we missed one of the advertised stops), we got off the bus and had to get back on the ship (through the metal detectors, etc) and get to the lounge to exchange our evening shore excursion tickets for bus numbers so we could go right back to the area we just left to get the bus for our evening excursion.
The beds are comfortable and soda is included in the regular fare, which is nice. We did not like the shows, but we are not into singing and dancing type of shows. If you are ,you may like them. We prefer comedy, magic, etc.
The decor on the ship did not match our taste. I didn't mind it much, but my wife said she just kept thinking it was decorated like the titanic.
The pool is very small (only has one), but there is no issue at all finding chairs around the pool. It is nothing like other larger ships, there were always chairs available.
One great thing that they had that other ships are lacking is a TV channel guide. Seems like this would be so easy to print out for guests, but this was cruise # 11 and the first one that has had it. They also had a guide that had what movies were playing on the three in room movie channels for the duration of the cruise.
As I said, it was an OK cruise, but I don't think we will be going on Oceania again, at least not anytime in the near future.
Not enough time in the valley, too much time on the bus. We actually lost our group on the farm and the bus driver moved the bus, so for 10 or 15 min we actually though they had left without us, but we found the bus, then realized everyone else had gone into the barn for the tabacco demonstration, needless to say we missed that. After booking the tour, Oceania released something saying that sailing the underground river that was advertised was no longer on the tour. Of course we didn't read it until we got back to the room after our second excursion of the day.
We also booked the Tropicana show which (according to the Oceania info) was a 3 hour tour to start at 8:00. After we boarded the bus for the show, the driver told us that it was a 20 to 30 minute ride to the show and it started at 10:00 and was almost a 2 hour show. We did not get back to our room until almost 1:00 AM.
On the second day in Havana we booked a excursion through a local company, rode in a classic American car, did a walking tour, had lunch at a local place. It was great.View All 10 ViÃ±ales Valley Reviews