You can always find things on a cruise that can be made better. This cruise was no exception. But, in general, the cruise was good and enjoyable. For people looking for more to do and a slightly younger crowd--look for something else. Oceania, is known for the food on board and in general I would say the food is nicely prepared, presented and good. In the main dining room there is something new everyday, always served by a great staff. The Terrace cafe, is less formal and more casual. It's a buffet. I have sailed more than once on Oceania and I never saw before this trip the same meal items presented twice- on different days- in the Terrace Cafe. That was a disappointing.
The itinerary for this cruise was very good with the exception of the stop in Bristol, UK. I talked to other guests who felt that we could have skipped that port and spent an extra day in Belfast or Liverpool. The Irish weather is unpredictable, so you never know what to expect. We saw the sun for one day, yet, never had a rainy day. The Irish countryside is beautiful. The Irish people are helpful and go out of their way to be welcoming. Be prepared that many of the Irish ports require a tender to get into. This causes delays and often you end up taking a bus or shuttle into the city area.
The ship itself is small, so be prepared for small bathrooms and very small showers. The lack of activity on board compared to other cruise lines I've taken is a negative. There is a Cast or visiting act every night, at 9:30, and compared to previous Oceania Productions on other ships, these were very good. I could tell that Oceania took past criticism of their Productions to heart and upgraded it. Maybe because of the age of the passengers, and the time the Productions end, activity is limited to general dancing after the show.
see above comments.
Itinerary and the opportunity to sail again On Oceania. Kilkenny Castle and grounds a must see. 30 minute drive from port.
Beatles tour. Much to see if we had more time in Liverpool.
What's not to like about Dublin--Guinness, pubs, Irish dancing, Trinity U, James Whiskey, Leely River?