Had been with Oceania in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed it. That cruise was a comfortable, fairly sophisticated experience, and was always was keen to repeat the experience.
The company brochure is now really misleading. It shows elegant well dressed people, where in actual fact on this trip the majority of people were dressed in baseball caps, T shirts and dad trainers. We are in out late 60's and were very much at younger end of the guest age range.
There are good dining rooms and a very good choice of menus but most seemed to eat in the café.
Picked this cruise because of the itinerary 16 days in the South Pacific. There was some attractive offers namely 400 dollars ship credit free internet and cabin upgrades. I now know why. The ship was about two thirds full and mainly elderly Americans, with a few Canadians and fewer Europeans.
The ship itself is fairly shabby, stained and worn furnishings and carpet throughout
The dining rooms are excellent although in a sort of Disney/ Las Vegas way.
The Grand Dining room is an enormous space decorated in a sort of Las Vegas Baroque. On our cruise it was largely empty few people using it. The speciality dining rooms also serve excellent food, although in Red Ginger blonde east European waitress in a sort of oriental costume add to the Disneyesque experience. There is a degree of pretension in Red Ginger and Toscana. Being offered a choice of colour of chop sticks is surprising and have not see that in Asia. In Toscana being offered a huge choice of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip your bread in is unlikely to be replicated in Tuscany. The Polo Grill and Jacques were a bit more realistic. However in Jacques there was a window in to the kitchen where you could see "Out of Order" notices on ovens. The window had a curtain but it was kept open. Why? Breakfast buffet was more or less standard, of course there was no back bacon only pork belly done to a crisp.
Entertainment was not bad except that most of the shows were on in the late afternoon. Maybe because of the elderly clientele. It meant that there was not much in the way of things to do in the evening.
Martinis should be a nice place to have a drink. However its use seems to be for party games such as quizzes and indoor putting.
Happy hour is somewhat strange as in the main lounge the band don't start till after happy hour. Not many people actually came.
The quietest place on the ship is the grand bar which usually had people sleeping or reading in it. A very good string quartet did play there though.
The library has a lot of foot traffic going to the speciality coffee shop. There is good coffee although the place can be a hang out for ships staff in coveralls. Several times there was crew in boiler suits leaning against the bar. The library has a couple of once beautiful ship models now largely falling to pieces. The models are not encased and no doubt have been frequently prodded. It all sort of points to the general air of neglect.
The free internet was also not much use as it was off for several consecutive days because of "local interference".
In general however the staff are excellent. Except for Destination Services and Reception. They are supercilious bunch who don't listen. Only asked one thing from reception and was haughtily told that they could deal with it. They got it wrong. It took three visits to destination services to get my disembarkation correct. It would appear that they don't read the forms they ask you to fill in.
All in all Oceania for all its pretentions seems to have become just a mass market cruiser albeit with very good food and mainly good service. However as a premium brand it seems have lost its way.
Cabin was well used and resembled an airport hotel room where there is a different guest every night. Lots of minor chips and dents on the veneer on the furniture. There was damage to the forward wall. The balcony door frame was loose and was wedged to stop it rattling. The door leaked and air whistled through. The door between the balcony and the balcony aft of ours was missing door stoppers and continually rattled. The daily news letter delivered to the cabin proved invaluable in lessening the noise after being folded up and jammed into crevices