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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We enjoy good food and Oceania provides it. The ships are not crowded staff are very polite. Speciality restaurants are outstanding. We never ate in the main dining room. Was not thrilled with the menu. Entertainment was good we heard. ... Read More
We enjoy good food and Oceania provides it. The ships are not crowded staff are very polite. Speciality restaurants are outstanding. We never ate in the main dining room. Was not thrilled with the menu. Entertainment was good we heard. . One show at 9:30pm each evening. A little late for us as we are up very early. That did not bother us. I would like to see more speakers on board. Not just someone chatting about jewelry shops. One lady did a chat on bananas. They have a good selection of DVDs and very nice library on board. The excursions are no different from other cruise lines. Maybe a little more expensive we took the 4 free excursion package. One was canceled our money was refunded. The ship is quite cold in public areas This was our third cruise with Oceania. We booked an Alaska cruise for June on Regatta a much smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We love Oceania cruise line and this itinerary was perfect for a January cruise and getting out of the cold weather! Originally scheduled to visit San Juan and St. Maarten, we were taken to St. Kitts and rescheduled to visit San Juan. ... Read More
We love Oceania cruise line and this itinerary was perfect for a January cruise and getting out of the cold weather! Originally scheduled to visit San Juan and St. Maarten, we were taken to St. Kitts and rescheduled to visit San Juan. The East coast of the US was experiencing bad weather during our cruise and perhaps we were on the fringe of it---Nassau was very windy and not very warm. But our balcony allowed us to be out of the wind! The food in the main dining room, grill and cafe was excellent as well as the speciality restaurants . Our mini-fridge was replenished daily with soft drinks. Our room attendants were very efficient. The staff in the restaurants were professional and efficient also. We did not take any of the ship's excursions and the only comment I heard was that the prices were too much (this is probably a universal truth). The on board lectures were interesting and helpful. We did not do bingo, bridge, etc. so I cannot comment on those. We appreciate the casual style observed by Oceania and country club casual is perfect for evening attire! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Everything was excellent. Bring a sweater as the public areas are sometimes quite chilly. Service in all food areas was excellent. Always someone available to assist anyone needing a plate carried. Dining room service very attentive! ... Read More
Everything was excellent. Bring a sweater as the public areas are sometimes quite chilly. Service in all food areas was excellent. Always someone available to assist anyone needing a plate carried. Dining room service very attentive! Waves area excellent. Always pool seating available with clean covers. Bar service excellent, Some slight changes since purchased by Norwegian-some of the meats at dinner were not as good as previous cruises on Oceania! Please understand that this is just my opinion. Baked goods are delicious as well as soups! Food portions seem to have gotten a little smaller but that is good saving on waste! New laundry service in Concierge is a real bonus and returned to cabin within 3 to 4 days clean and nicely folded! Entertainment was outstanding with excellent in-house singers and dancers as well as excellent outside entertainers-magicians, singers, comedians, and piano players. In- house orchestra is excellent as well as string quartet. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We love Oceania's food and they didn't disappoint, again. The Grand Dining Room is very good, but the four specialty restaurants are truly special. They also went out of their way to accommodate the special dining needs of several of our ... Read More
We love Oceania's food and they didn't disappoint, again. The Grand Dining Room is very good, but the four specialty restaurants are truly special. They also went out of their way to accommodate the special dining needs of several of our co-sailors. All you needed to do was ask. The ship is wonderful, not too crowded, plenty to do, and with service that is in line with other luxury lines. The cabins are fine; not particularly large but sufficient and well appointed. The nightly entertainment was spotty - sometimes very good and sometimes quite forgettable. But the daily activities were top-notch and fun: daily bridge, trivia, putting contests, casino tournaments, culinary center classes, afternoon tea, etc. No comments on the ship's shore excursions, since we didn't find a single one that we were induced to purchase: like some other lines, they are not sufficiently interesting and are over-priced. Overall, Oceania does a great job on the things that matter and we really enjoy the understated elegance. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We love these R class ships as they get into ports the big ships don't. Being docked overnight was a new treat, especially when you can literally walk across the street to attractions and restaurants. Fabulous staff. Ship was clean and ... Read More
We love these R class ships as they get into ports the big ships don't. Being docked overnight was a new treat, especially when you can literally walk across the street to attractions and restaurants. Fabulous staff. Ship was clean and for 20 years old it was in good shape. Only a meal or two not up to par, but since I didn't have to cook, who cares! Polo grill is fantastic and preferred over Tuscana. We speculate that because it was over both Christmas and New Years, the average age was rather elderly. We are 57-58. Night life in Horizon bar was dead except for New Years eve. Nightly shows seems well attended, though we didn't see all of them. We selected this cruise 1st for the itinerary, and 2nd for the ship/cruise line. Only our 3rd time with Oceania, last in 2010. Most negative aspect of cruise wasn't about Oceania, but listening to others gripe about trivial stuff. Stuff happens, deal with it. Leave America back home and embrace new cultures and experiences. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Although we've cruised a dozen times or more, mostly on Celebrity, we booked a December 17 Oceania sailing over Christmas, mostly for the long (12 night) itinerary. Although the Marina holds 1250 passengers, we kept hearing that our ... Read More
Although we've cruised a dozen times or more, mostly on Celebrity, we booked a December 17 Oceania sailing over Christmas, mostly for the long (12 night) itinerary. Although the Marina holds 1250 passengers, we kept hearing that our sailing carried only 810 passengers, so we certainly received the benefit of excellent passenger:staff ratio!! The food was terrific, and since the ship was not full, we were invited to enjoy each of the four specialty restaurants TWO times. We were particularly impressed that the dinners in the main dining room were equally as tasty, creative and varied as those in the specialty restaurants. Dinner at Red Ginger was my personal favourite, but my husband swooned over both red meat meals at Polo SteakHouse. I liked that I could dress up, or down, and always felt in line with other passengers. An over-riding theme of this trip was rough seas! This was our first experience on a smaller ship, and the 'discomfort' of high rolling seas dampened my enjoyment for about half the cruise. Many nights, the dining rooms were almost entirely empty, and a couple of nights we didn't feel comfortable leaving the cabin. Some of the crew confirmed for me that these were unusually rough seas, but I would pause before booking on a small ship again, as I could definitely feel the rolling waves under my feet. We were also on the 11th floor, which contributed to the motion. My husband and I are not in full agreement about this, but I felt that with a 12 night cruise, the entertainment became repetitive, and I missed the multiple options/venues available on a larger ship. We did not attend any of the big show productions, as there was only one show per night (9:30pm) and that always seemed to conflict with something else going on. The casino tables were very well used, but the slots were usually quiet. The small size of the casino meant lots of repetition there, also. The pool area was great and we spent at least a couple of hours a day relaxing on the comfortable chaises. We liked the gym -- unexpectedly good size for the size of the ship and seldom too busy. We didn't do any shore excursions. The Oceania excursions were too expensive for our budget, and since we'd been to most of the ports, we often stayed onboard and enjoyed the quiet pool deck. Finally, I was surprised and slightly disappointed at the lack of emphasis on the holiday (Christmas) season. Other than a decorated tree, and a 10 minute appearance of Santa on Christmas morning, there was very minimal attention to this being a 'holiday' cruise. So if you were booking a Christmas cruise thinking it would be a good substitution for lavish holiday customs, I think you'd be disappointed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I had been told repeatedly that I would love Oceania. My fear was that once I experienced Oceania, there would be no going back. However, although there were aspects I did love, I realized that there are tradeoffs. We were travelling ... Read More
I had been told repeatedly that I would love Oceania. My fear was that once I experienced Oceania, there would be no going back. However, although there were aspects I did love, I realized that there are tradeoffs. We were travelling with our adult daughters on a 6 day Insignia cruise out of Miami. The highlight was a stop in Havana. We had sailed on the Azamara Journey so were familiar with the smaller ship. We opted for 2 oceanview cabins on deck 4. The cabins were smaller than we were used to but had plenty of storage space and a nice large window. The bathroom was small; the toiletries were very nice. The small ship size had many advantages. I was always able to get a chaise at the pool and a table at the buffet. There was no wait at the dining room. However, there was an hour wait at embarkation which was much longer than we experienced on much larger ships. The other glitch was a crush of people converging for tenders. Dining was definitely the strong suit. We divided our time among the specialty restaurants, GDR and buffet. All were excellent. I have never been a fan of buffets on Celebrity but on Oceania the selection was amazing and the limited table service and outdoor seating made for a pleasant dining experience. Both specialty restaurants were on a par with Celebrity’s. More variety in specialty restaurants would be good for longer cruises as the larger ships offer. The dining room had good menus but at times unusually slow service. While the food lived up to our high expectations, the service did not. I have the feeling that the staff saw this short cruise as a respite before the longer cruises began. There did not appear to be pool attendants and there were small children, including a baby and unsupervised toddler in and around the hot tub. We were unable to get staff to respond. The entertainment and activities, however, exceeded my expectations. Tbe ship offered very nice Hanukkah services and the enrichment lecture we heard was interesting. The 9:30 showtime seemed late. I enjoyed the violinists and singer very much. Both cabaret style shows were well done. Tea with the string quartet or pianist was lovely. I also enjoyed the T pool at the spa and the relative quiet at the pool. There was also a nice Captain’s reception. We made our own arrangements for the ports. The info sheet on Cuba given out at embarkation was confusing and incomplete. More comprehensive info earlier would have been helpful. My daughter would have liked to jet ski on the private island but that was cancelled. The island was beautiful but not well staffed. Disembarkation went smoothly and it was nice to have the option of a full breakfast before we left. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable cruise and I would definitely cruise Oceania again ( maybe in a larger ship) if the price and itinerary were right. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
WE booked this 6 day cruise with a day in Havana to try out the Insignia. Our sights are set on longer 30 day cruises and we wanted to check out how we felt about the smaller R Class ships. Bottom line, we loved the experience. The ... Read More
WE booked this 6 day cruise with a day in Havana to try out the Insignia. Our sights are set on longer 30 day cruises and we wanted to check out how we felt about the smaller R Class ships. Bottom line, we loved the experience. The ship was well maintained and all the venues were perfect. Ships staff was friendly and helpful. The MDR. specialty restaurants and lounges were wonderful We ate at Toscana and Polo 4 out of 6 nights. The Terrace Grill was too busy for us and so we elected to eat at the MDR when it was open. The Terrace Grill food was fine but we don;t like the hub bub atmosphere. Havana was a great experience. We elected to use the ships' excursion and book the 3 hr classic car tour . Once we debarked at Havana, we were bused to the National Hotel where 15 pristine classic cars were parked . We had the choice of any of the cars and my wife snagged at red and white 55 Chevy Bel Air with a/c. The tour was a caravan, but since it was Sunday, we moved briskly through the city and saw all of the important sites. We ended back at the National Hotel and had the opportunity to tour the hotel. Since we live in Orlando, we plan to go back to Havana by air and do a more in depth visit. Cuban immigration was a breeze as was the money exchange. We have been to Cozumel many times and had nothing to do, so we went to the Chocolate Factory. Warning this is a TOURIST TRAP. but, as part of the visit. we were bused to the east side of the island and found the tour at least scenic. We found some great Xmas gifts at the huts on the east side beach. We did not have high expectations for Great Stirrup Key our expectations were met. We took the tender onshore and promptly returned on the next tender back. The ship was nearly empty and we had a delightful time. Having a upper level suite, embarkation and debarkation were non events. The new customs procedure with no forms to fill out were very efficient. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second cruise on Riviera. The first was 4 years ago. Riviera has maintained its outstanding level of personal service. All staff, including room attendants, dining wait staff, bartenders, and administrative people were ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Riviera. The first was 4 years ago. Riviera has maintained its outstanding level of personal service. All staff, including room attendants, dining wait staff, bartenders, and administrative people were uniformly courteous and friendly. The food, which is our main attraction to Oceania, was once again outstanding, although the Polo Grill was not quite up to its usual standards on the night we were there. The portion sizes on the Surf and Turf offering were miniscule! However, I was immediately accommodated with a second serving. We did not partake of any of the entertainment offerings in the Riviera Lounge after sampling them on the first night. We are not fond of big "production numbers," and don't expect the entertainment on Oceania to be first rate. Had there been a comedian or a magician on board, I would have attended. We originally booked a B-4 cabin but took an upgrade to an A-3 when offered. We greatly enjoyed the Concierge Level amenities, especially access to the large spa tub and deck chairs forward of the Canyon Ranch Spa. We did not book any shore excursions through the ship, since we find them to be overpriced compared to similar excursions we booked privately. We did one in Belize and one in Roatan. Read Less
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