First time on Oceania. Picked the cruise for the itinerary. We had been to New Zealand and the South Pacific before and wanted to see a few more islands. Unfortunately, coronavirus concerns by the island governments forced the ship to cancel Mare Island, Samoa, American Samoa and Huahine. No new ports were added, just longer stays in Nomnea and Papeete. Spent a couple extra days at sea, but I suppose it could have been worse.
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly, as it should have for a small ship.
Ship is in very good condition after the recent refit. Some signs of age on exterior, but a solid ship with many years of life remaining. Public areas are very upscale and comfortable. The ship never felt crowded. We particularly enjoyed the Terrace Café outdoor space. We dined there most of the trip.
We had a penthouse suite on the 8th floor, which was very convenient to the activities and dining on the floors above. Room was very quiet. Rooms were outfitted with US power outlets and USB ports everywhere. Balcony was narrow, but adequate. Bathroom was very small for a penthouse. Bathrooms and showers in smaller suites were tiny. Very large flat screen TV in the room.
We attended a few guest lectures and port talks, which were very well done. The WIFI was free on board, which was huge for us.
Service from staff on board was outstanding. I had heard good things about the friendliness of the Regatta staff and we were not disappointed. Our butler was phenomenal.
As the Oceania offered shore excursions are outrageously expensive, we arranged all of our own through Viator or independent tour companies. Cruise Critic was huge in this effort through the roll call and posts. We ended up on a few of the same ship tours at less than half the price. Oceania needs to fix this. We particularly liked the river cruise in Suva and the snorkeling in Raiatea.
The only criticism we have was with the ship's communication with respect to the cancelled ports and changing itinerary. We understand that conditions did change after we were at sea, but few of us felt we were informed timely or completely.
The food on board was excellent almost every day. Oceania clearly excels in this area.
Overall we had a great time despite the cancelled ports. Maybe a few more days at sea on a small ship than we expected. We did book another Oceania cruise while on board.