This was our 6th Oceania Cruise, 3 on each Riviera and Marina. This size of ship suits and have not tried the smaller ones.
We booked our flights independently and flew to Lisbon on the day of the cruise arriving at the terminal about 11am, had a quick coffee at the coffee shop next to the cruise terminal and a Pasteis de Nata which was delicious.
Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on board by midday. Included in our package was the Classic drinks package which we upgraded to the Prestige package as soon as we got on board, this cost was $20pp per day which was quickly used up after having one glass of champagne, so upgrading is definitely worth it.
Headed to the pool bar for a pre-lunch drink then headed to The Terrace for lunch. As usual the buffet was very good, the selection of food was very good and the service was excellent, plenty of staff and lots of sommeliers so no problem getting a drink.
Our cabin was ready by 1pm so we headed down to have a look, we were located midships beside the lifts and stairs an ideal location. The cabin was in good order, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, bathrooms were still as plush so we were very happy. The suitcases were already in the cabin when we went in so we quickly unpacked and headed back to the pool deck.
Food in the GDR was very good and again the service was first class, attentive waiters and sommeliers, again no problem getting glasses topped up and we were often asked if we would like another bottle. We took advantage of the 4 speciality restaurants and these didn't disappoint, the food was excellent in each of the restaurants.
What lets Oceania down is the poor entertainment, the production company were poor, weak singers and the guest entertainers were poor especially the comedy magician who was on twice and he was embarrassing to watch, the exception was the violinist and the group which played in Horizons. Oceania really need to up their game when it comes to entertainment, there was the usual Trivia in Martinis at 4:30 which is a pain if you want to have a drink as inevitably you need to keep quiet as this is taken very seriously by the teams playing.
Oceania trips in my opinion and well over priced and would not book them. We had been to most of the ports with the exception of Alicante so we just did our own thing.
We have embarked in Monte Carlo before but never disembarked there. It was a bit chaotic as there is only a very small area for collecting suitcases, this is outside and uncovered, so if it was raining it would have been a bit of a nightmare, also the number of cars in this small area was dangerous.
We didn't see much of the Captain or Officers however overall this was an excellent cruise, we met many interesting people and look forward to our next Oceania Cruise.
The cabin was in a good location, midships beside the lift and it was in excellent order, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, exceptional bathroom and a nice balcony. No problem with the hairdryer as I thought it was quite powerful. The location was usually quiet except for first thing in the morning when people were going to breakfast.
Our cabin steward Isobel looked after the cabin very well, she as quick and efficient and usually by the time we came back from breakfast the cabin had been cleaned.