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Oceania Vista Review

Nice ship but port stops way to short

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Oceania Vista
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andrew2401
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023
Cabin: Veranda Stateroom

This was our first cruise on Oceania and we picked this cruise for the itinerary and of course the Panama Canal. The boarding process was fast and easy. We spent a few nights in Redondo beach first and really enjoyed being on the marina. We stayed at the Shade hotel there and it was excellent. A taxi from LAX was around $30 and an Uber from the hotel to the cruise terminal was around $35 including tip. Very easy to do without the stress of renting a car.

The cabin was great, fresh and new with one of the largest bathrooms we have ever had on a cruise ship. The balcony was a decent size and the two chairs were very comfortable. The food onboard was good mostly and I thought comparable but not quite as good as Viking. We had the standard wine/beer/champagne package that cones with lunch and dinner. We thought the wine selection and beer was very good overall (we do not profess to be wine experts). The specialty restaurants are not easy to get into but we managed to eat there 8 times during the 16 days. We booked four nights before we boarded and managed to secure four more nights during the cruise. If you are prepared to share a table or eat later (after 7:30) you will have plenty of opportunity to eat in them. A final thought, the Viking specialty restaurants are in my opinion much better but at the end of the day that will come down to personal taste.

We did not take any of Oceania's tour as we prefer to use local tour companies or walk/explore the local town. The big disappointment for us was the allotted time in port and in most cases not enough time to even sample the area properly. The odd thing was there was an NCL ship that was pretty much in every port we were in and they had much longer in port!

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Veranda Stateroom

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