This was to be the cruise of a lifetime. A chance for my wife to visit some of the many places I had visited while on business travel. Titled by Oceania “Museums to Mosaics” We called it the “Cruise from Hell” along with some other long time (29 Oceania cruises) cruisers.
Things stated going downhill at our second port – Halifax. It was very cold and started snowing as were leaving the port. The next morning there was over a foot of snow on the swimming pool and deck. Many of the crew members had never seen snow and found it fascinating. The visit to St Johns, Newfoundland was canceled due to stormy weather. My wife had lived in Newfoundland 50 years ago and was anxious to see how it had changed over the years. All in all it was a very disappointing start to the cruise.
Crossing the Atlantic in the heavy seas for five days did get many people quite queasy, which led to distributing barf bags by the elevators. It was rough enough that safety belts for the beds would have been appreciated. People had to hold on to the railings and walls to go along the corridors to keep from falling. When we arrived in Cork, Ireland the wind was very strong with sideways rain and very cold. Fortunately the Jameson Distillery tour was indoors. The visit to Dublin for the next day was canceled due to heavy seas and gale force winds so we spent the day in our cabin in Cork.
We have always used a suite on Oceania. We were quite happy with room attendents and our butlers. We are quite fussy about deck level and location. We were fairly close to the forward elevators but they are extremely quiet. We only choose a deck that is both above and below another cabin floor. This avoids deck noise from the swimming pool and dining rooms. At 400 ft2 the Penthouse suite is roomy enough to avoid running in to each other.
Visit canceled by ship. My wife lived there for a year a long time ago.
Enjoyed tour of Jameson Distillery.
Port was canceled due to weather
Did not take any tours as there were none easy to walk.
Shuttle buses were available to take us down to financial district.