Even though I have been on 50+ cruises, this was my first cruise on Oceania. On most levels, they met or exceeded my expectations. The ship was beautifully maintained. The staff was engaging and friendly. Food was very good, often excellent. Afternoon tea was beautiful. Specialty restaurants were outstanding.
I was booked in a penthouse suite, 8035, and found it spacious and well appointed. Bedding was comfortable. Balcony area was adequate with two relaxing chairs, two ottomans and a small cocktail table. Bathroom space is smaller than Seabourn, but larger than SeaDream. Bulgari amenities, Q-Tips, cotton pads etc were provided. Erik, the butler, provided great service without being intrusive. Even cashmere "throws" were provided in the stateroom in case you needed a cozy wrap. Champagne was iced down upon arrival and complimentary soda and H20 was refreshed throughout the cruise.
The gym/spa was large for a "small" ship. It had all of the usual equipement...treadmills, bikes, elipticals, free weights and Precor stations. Classes (spin, yoga etc) were offered, often requiring and extra charge of $11.00 per class. The locker room was nice...razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, combs and body lotion were provided gratis. The steam-room in the men's locker room was large and rarely used. All in all, you could get in a great workout.
Embarkation/disembarkation was simple with NO wait time. The only time I encountered any lines were on tender days but even then wait time was brief.
Shore excursions were well organized, but overpriced. Better to go on your own. Drinks could also be on the pricier side, but happy hour was offered daily from 5pm-6pm.
One important note is that Oceania deals with a bank located in Ireland. This means ALL purchases charged to your credit card may incur a foreign transaction fee. If you contact Oceania, they will refund this charge, though it is easier to use a fee free card (ie:Capital One).
It was a very enjoyable cruise and I wouldn't hesitate to book with Oceania in the future. I did miss the marina on Seabourn/SeaDream.
The ceiling clearance is low...I am 6'2" and my head scraped the ceiling. I often showered in the spa where there were very nice showers. Some noise could be heard from the pool deck above, but generally quiet. Door "slams" could be heard from neighboring staterooms. Only bathtub in the penthouse suites. Adjustable/European style shower-head. Sofa, two chairs, dining table, desk/chair and lots of closet and drawer space. Comfortable bedding.