Oceania Vista Review

Really enjoyable transatlantic on this new ship

Review for Transatlantic Cruise on Oceania Vista
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2024

This was our third Oceania cruise and the first on Vista (previous ones on Marina and Nautica). It was also our first transatlantic and we were really looking forward to all those sea days – we knew it would be a much more relaxing holiday than O’s usual port intensive cruises.

We’d flown from our local airport to London, on the Sunday, staying overnight at Heathrow, then on to Miami the next day. We spent a couple of nights at Miami Beach. Flights and Miami hotel had been arranged by our cruise travel agency, meaning the whole deal gave us protection under consumer law as a “package holiday”, protecting us should the agency, Oceania or British Airways go bust. Unlikely in the latter two cases but good to know that we covered.

Oceania had given us a check-in time of 13.30 at the cruise port. So, what to do between our hotel check-out of 11.00 and then? Well, we wondered about just turning up early and see what happened. The worst might be that we were denied entry to the terminal and had to hang about there. My partner asked for advice on an Oceania Facebook group and received the consistent reply that they would be no problem going early. So we did. Unfortunately, so did everyone else. We joined a long and slow moving queue but, in due course, we were on board and heading for the Terrace Café for lunch. It wasn’t that long till it was announced we could go to our cabin.

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