Oceania Vista Review

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The good, the bad and the ugly

Review for the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Oceania Vista
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jfeldm1
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jun 2023
Cabin: Veranda Stateroom
Traveled with disabled person

The good. The food on this cruise was the best I have ever had on a cruise. The bathroom in my standard stateroom was the nicest I have ever had on a cruise. Our room steward was amazing throughout the two weeks. He never failed to keep our room clean twice each day. He went out of his way to refill our refrigerator and ice bucket. They do not nickel and dime you on this boat which is very refreshing. Soft drinks, mocktails, and the self-service laundry was all included. There is no ship photography which is extremely nice.

The bad. The grand dining room and specialty restaurant service was very inconsistent. At times it was too fast and at other times it was too slow. You never knew which experience you were going to get so it was very hard to plan your after-dinner events because you were never on time. You were either late or early. The entertainment on this ship was mediocre at best. The ships singers and dancers were good but only performed 4 out of 14 nights. The live music was fair. If you are young or young at heart you are going to be disappointed at the offerings for two weeks. There wasn't a live 6 string guitar on the whole ship. All of the lead guitar parts were piped in, in both in the showroom and the night club.

The ugly. The pain I experienced on the flights to and from this ship is just totally unacceptable and would be the single reason I would not use Oceania again. They upcharge you for premium economy and then do not have flights to and from your destination city which have premium economy. There is nobody in their offices or onboard ship to help you. You end up with unreasonable connections with seats in economy. The transportation to and from the airport and the ship is extremely disorganized. Give yourself 24 hours each way if you choose to fly overseas to get on or off this ship. My brother's flights home took 48 hours from Rome to outside Philadelphia. My mother uses a walker, and they gave my parents a very nice ADA room. However, that's where the concern for anyone physically handicapped comes to an end. Floor 5 of this ship does not go all the way through. It is a design flaw that causes too much unnecessary walking to go from the dining room to the showroom. There was almost never any accommodation for her at the port. Some of these ports require a tremendous amount of walking from the ship to the transportation area to take your tours and they had no consistent shuttle service for her. The worst was trying to leave the airport in Rome. The bus dropped everyone off at terminal 3, but her flight home was from terminal 1. Oceania refused to drop her off at terminal 1 and she had to walk with her walker for about a half hour. Needless to say, she almost dropped dead. Do not take an Oceania cruise if you are in any way unable to walk without assistance.

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Veranda Stateroom

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