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Sail Date: March 2018
xcellent staff was very efficient service spotty in Terrace cafe getting a drink of teat took forever Service every else was excellent The entertainment on the front part of the trip was mediocre to terrible It improved substantially from ... Read More
xcellent staff was very efficient service spotty in Terrace cafe getting a drink of teat took forever Service every else was excellent The entertainment on the front part of the trip was mediocre to terrible It improved substantially from the Hawaaian Islands to LA.Entertainment has never been this lines strong point cuisine however is fantastic anywhere on the ship The line even provided a Passover dinner and Haggadahs which was a plus This cruise director was new to us but he was excellent and very professional My wife who is an avid bingo player indicated that this bingo game was one of the best ever The flight from LAX to Papeete was not bad considering it was coach .Better than any of the US based airlines we fly on cruises We are loyal to Oceania as this was our 12th cruise and we have booked 13,14 ,15 and 16 to date Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Good value for our money. We ended up with a lot of shipboard credit and put it to good use. This was our 65th cruise and this ship is the most beautiful we have sailed. We especially liked the lack of children on board which made for a ... Read More
Good value for our money. We ended up with a lot of shipboard credit and put it to good use. This was our 65th cruise and this ship is the most beautiful we have sailed. We especially liked the lack of children on board which made for a very relaxing cruise. I am a Mah Jongg player and they had 5 sets in the Board Room which was a lovely area for games. There is also a book to sign up for games and locate other players. The Riviera Production cast was very good and the shows were most entertaining. We enjoyed the Happy Hour in the Horizon Lounge and the early evening shows. The Internet was terrible! Lots of good reading material in the comfortable library. The dinning experience is too good. The main dinning room is plenty large, very attractive and comfortable and pretty quiet. Food in all venues is wonderful with many choices. The 4 specialty restaurants; each has it's own personality and many tasty food choices. We booked a 14 day cruise on this ship for next spring, I like the sea days best so, our next Riviera cruise will be a 9 sea day transatlantic. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We got a brochure in the mail (it seems we get one every other day). My husband had heard great things about Oceana, so we decided to call and get some info. The agent for Oceania told us we were getting a great deal, so we bit. We ... Read More
We got a brochure in the mail (it seems we get one every other day). My husband had heard great things about Oceana, so we decided to call and get some info. The agent for Oceania told us we were getting a great deal, so we bit. We were looking for the great quality of food aboard. We ended up having to send back 8 entrees because of overcooking the fish. Actually had to send back a filet in the specialty restaurant, Polo. Not only was it overcooked, it looked like no other filet I have ever seen. Very difficult to cut also. Had to send back fish in the specialty Toscana twice because of overcooking. Wine list was not too varied. Mot of the wine was $$$$$. Drink prices were $$$$$. The cruise was $$$$$ in my opinion, but worth $$$$ or $$$. Entertainment was minimal and only offered once per evening. I guess this is par for the smaller ships. Seating in the Riviera Lounge was not slanted enough to have a good view no matter where one sat. Activities during the day were limited also. For instance, "Needlework, Coffee and Chat" was an option. Sound Exciting?? Also, the typical Trivia went on daily. Mensa activities?? Come on.... Jewish service but no Christian activities that we noticed. We won't be going for another Oceania cruise again. Oh--we're not young either. We are 73 and 76 but the activities seemed to be geared for people at least in their 80s or 90s which there were many people of that age. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our 7th cruise with Oceania and second on Riviera. We love this cruise line. The food in all venues are terrific (4 specialty restaurants - all included in your cruise fare) plus the Grand Dining room, Terrace cafe and a very ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise with Oceania and second on Riviera. We love this cruise line. The food in all venues are terrific (4 specialty restaurants - all included in your cruise fare) plus the Grand Dining room, Terrace cafe and a very casual spot called Waves. The entertainment team was very good on this cruise and we've complained about that on previous cruises. We enjoy the string quartet as well. Service, as always, was wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and skilled at their work. Oceania does a really good job of training staff. The ambience on-board is lovely. We appreciate knowing at the beginning what we will be paying rather than paying for each thing individually. We don't drink so we also appreciate not paying for alcohol and being able to choose a different amenity. We have two more cruises already reserved on Oceania so we will definitely continue cruising with Oceania and highly recommend it to the adult traveler. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Reviews and references from friends. We chose this trip because we wanted to try out this ship since we are sailing in Europe with them in May. It was outstanding with an A grade or 6 stars all the way. The Trivia Team nights were really ... Read More
Reviews and references from friends. We chose this trip because we wanted to try out this ship since we are sailing in Europe with them in May. It was outstanding with an A grade or 6 stars all the way. The Trivia Team nights were really a great add on! Pool was great in that it had actual stairs for entrance as opposed to other cruise lines (luxury) who have only steps. One big problem, which I understand will be addressed at the refit, is the smoking area is not closed in and when you get off the elevator to go to Horizons, you get a whif of second hand smoke...from the smokers area in back of the elevators... Food was excellent...big kudos to Red Ginger and Toscana...their host and hostess go way beyond to be sure the customer is happy. I highly recommend and will look forward to sailing this ship again after the refit....highly allergic to second hand smoke. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Embarkation went very well. Quick, organized, efficient and we were able to board earlier than anticipated, which was nice. Toured the ship before anyone got on and got fabulous photos. The Riviera ship is beautiful. Not a bad word ... Read More
Embarkation went very well. Quick, organized, efficient and we were able to board earlier than anticipated, which was nice. Toured the ship before anyone got on and got fabulous photos. The Riviera ship is beautiful. Not a bad word could be said about the decor, cleanliness, furnishings, finishings, etc. Just beautiful. The disappointment came at our first dinner. The waiter rushed us and we were done with dinner in 40 minutes. It was awful. We were not thrilled with the food or menu options in the Grand Dining Room. Everything was too done up. Some simpler items would have been well received. You know you eat so much food on a cruise, that it gets sickening after a while, let alone when everything is prepared with so much going on. We started to enjoy the food more when we discovered that the simpler items like grilled lobster tails, lamb chops, rib steak, grilled shrimp, etc., were being done nightly in the buffet a la minute. It was disappointing however, that we had to eat in the buffet to get items that we preferred. The food overall was bland. Things that should be crispy were soggy. No one could cook a potato anywhere. The mashed potatoes were like soup, they were so runny, they were almost comical. The boiled potatoes were always soggy, water logged and overcooked. I was so excited about the food on this cruise, as all you hear about is how it is the best dining at sea. Wrong! After returning from a Regent cruise the month prior, there was just no comparison. I suppose if you are used to mid range cruise lines, then you might have enjoyed the food on Oceania, as it is a step up, but as foodies and regular travelers, this food was a big let down to us. The specialty restaurants are a tad better, but still not up to par for what I was expecting. The service is very efficient, however, I found many of the crew not to be very friendly. They weren't bad by any means, just not as friendly or smiley as one would have hoped for. The cabin was decent, tho the wooden furniture and closet was a little rickety and dated. The activities were not good at all. Scarf tying? Really?! The production cast was quite good. The singing and dancing was enjoyable, however, having only musical entertainment every night of the cruise (10 days), got to be a bit much. There should have been some variation with a comedian, magician, ventriloquist, or something other than music every night. Plus 2 of the acts, were repeated on two nights. Seeing them once was more than enough. The pianist was excellent, but he should not be allowed to sing. It was dreadful. The age range is 60-80 as a whole. Not a good ship for children, but we knew that going into it. Daily trivia was always fun, and we met nice people there. Spa services were good and the private spa terrace (with our concierge cabin) was a nice retreat. The price was very good for this sailing and we are glad we went. Would I sail with them again? Probably not. The food is very important to me on a cruise, and it just wasn't to my liking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We had cruise three time she fore on Celebrity Solstice class before (Caribbean and twice in Mediterranean). We have just discovered a whole new world with Oceania. Oceania is for you if : (1) You like luxury at an affordable price (the ... Read More
We had cruise three time she fore on Celebrity Solstice class before (Caribbean and twice in Mediterranean). We have just discovered a whole new world with Oceania. Oceania is for you if : (1) You like luxury at an affordable price (the fact that alcoholic drinks are not included in the base price (compared to other luxury cruise lines) help to reduce the costs for those of us who can get by with a few drinks a day. (2) You love excellent food. Except for the main restaurant which was ok (a bit less quality than the main dining room on Solstice class in our experience), the rest is awesome. How many pool grills out there have Florida lobster and tenderloin burgers for lunch? We ordered them without buns. They were awesome with delicious fries. Also, the buffet is really good. Again, Florida lobster tails, lamb chops, sirloin steaks, etc every night. And snow crab claws at least three or four times during the cruise. Absolutely delicious buffet. The four specialty restaurants are very good. I stuffed myself with Dover sole at the French restaurant (Jacques) twice and at the Italian one. My wife was delighted with her rack of veal at Jacques and her tenderloin at Polo Grill. Red Ginger was also a favorite with lobster pad thai and miso crusted sea bass (the best sea bass you will ever have, trust me). (3) You like great service. Both of our room attendants as well as almost all the crew were both highly efficient and very nice. (4) You enjoy little touches of luxury like white gloves afternoon tea with scones, whipped cream, clotted cream, etc. And a very talented string quartet that has a very large repertoire of classical music. (5) You do not like to pay for everything : free bottles of water, free pop, free specialty coffee and free specialty restaurants! Of course, the destination was very romantic with all ports of calls (except Nuku Hiva) very interesting, no....wonderful. Ah Bora Bora... Tips : (1) You may want to do your own air booking. It costs more to do your own booking, BUT you arrive and leave when you want. For example, we arrived three days before the cruise and left two days after. We don’t like to be rushed and it allowed us to both adjust to the time difference and check the prices of items before leaving for the islands on the cruise. (2) In French Polynesia, you want to buy pearls : the range of colors and the quality are unbelievable. Wait for Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands. This is where most pearl farms are located and the variety and price-quality ratio are unbeatable. Will we go ba k with Oceania? We have already booked our next cruise... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I have seen a number of negative reviews, so I felt that it was important to write a review that would detail a very different experience on Marina. First, we didn't have any major virus outbreaks on this cruise. We also had near ... Read More
I have seen a number of negative reviews, so I felt that it was important to write a review that would detail a very different experience on Marina. First, we didn't have any major virus outbreaks on this cruise. We also had near perfect weather at a time when it could be the complete opposite. Embarkation: No issues at all - even for Papeete. I had some problems before the cruise identifying an area hotel that would offer an independent day room. We decided to just head to the ship, drop off our bags (which we were told that we could do), and then walk around the port area. The Oceania folks allowed us on the Marina at 9am!!! We had to stay in the lounge, but it was cool and comfortable. We were very happy to sit and relax after the travel. Our experience with Oceania's excellent service started during the embarkation process. The staff went out of the way to help us, explain the process, and provide timely updates on when we would move to the next step. Everything happened in an orderly and timely manner. We were in our cabin by 11am. Cabin: We decided to treat ourselves and picked a Vista suite - 12001. The suite was spectacular. The veranda was massive and wrapped around the starboard bow. I can't say enough about it and would highly recommend it to anyone! Our butler was Rathesh. Our stateroom attendant was Valentina. Both were above excellent. I can't say enough about their professionalism and level of service. Tendering: I selected the Vista suite mostly because of the priority tender service. If you are in a Oceania, Vista, or Owner's suite, then you don't need to get a tender ticket. You just go down and get on the next tender. For this cruise, where all but two ports are tenders, I thought that this would be invaluable. It was a nice perk. But, to be honest, you probably don't need it. The Oceania excursions were spaced out enough that independent travelers were called quite often. We always were with our tour buddies on one of the first tenders out. Communication was excellent and the tenders ran smooth. Oceania does use their lifeboats for tendering in FP, so expect it to be a bit warm with limited air flow. Food: Perfect, excellent....really can't say anything bad. We had fresh catches most days and they delivered the quality that I have come to expect from Oceania. Service was excellent throughout the specialties and Terrace. We didn't eat in the grand dining room. We also don't drink so we didn't visit any of the ship's lounges. Entertainment: Other than attending the night where the local folks came in to do a warrior dance performance, we did not attend the shows. The one we did attend was great. Fitness: I used the gym and the fitness track daily. My only feedback would be for better direction when using the jogging track. There is no instructions about what direction to walk/run and where to walk and where to pass. This lack of instruction caused some near misses around that tight turn where I, as a runner, almost ran into a walker who was walking to the left. The gym was well appointed and clean. No complaints. Ports: It's French Polynesia and we had near perfect weather. It was everything that I expected and more. We did use the excursion O-Life benefit and did find that these tours were significantly shorter than those offered by private companies. In the future, I would probably take the stateroom credit and tour 100% independently. Disembarkation: Smooth for us. We walked off without needing to be called. You can do this before 7:30. We were the only people in the tent to gather our bags, so we had about 10 folks helping us. We got the bags, walked over to the ferry building and were on the ferry to Moorea within 30 minutes of leaving our room. We had no issues with the Papeete airport. We left two days after the ship's disembarkation, so this probably helped. Summary: Amazing suite, excellent service, and unprecedented beauty at the ports. I would recommend this ship and itinerary to anyone who asked my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise primarily for the ports of call and they did not disappoint. Japan bonus: Cherry blossoms came early, just in time for our visits to Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. This was our first time on Nautica; the fact of this ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for the ports of call and they did not disappoint. Japan bonus: Cherry blossoms came early, just in time for our visits to Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. This was our first time on Nautica; the fact of this being a smaller ship was a big advantage in certain ports, especially in Hong Kong, where we docked right in Tsim Sha Tsui and could walk to Kowloon. At night, we had a wonderful view from our balcony across the harbour to the magnificent skyline of HK, the light show and the ferry boats. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Small size also made embarkation & disembarkation a breeze. As alway, staff and officers on Oceania are amazing. The level of service is top notch Food was very good. Despite not having Jaques or Red Ginger, the Grand Dining Room often featured special menu items from these two favorite specialty restaurants which we have frequented on other Oceania ships. Extra sessions @ Toscana and Polo Grill were bookable, which was a treat in the case of Toscana and not so much in Polo (not our fave). Barista's has a place of honour in this ship in a dedicated lounge near the main dining room. We appreciated the classy atmosphere there and the extended hours. We enjoyed the enrichment lectures throughout the cruise. Some of the entertainment was very good: Classical pianist, comedians. Others we avoided, not being fans of the broadway show type revues. But a lot of our entertainment comes from the internet and that has had a huge improvement. No delays logging on; uninterrupted service. Kudos for the improved service! All in all, we are happy with the Oceania experience on this cruise, as well as all the previous ones we have taken with O. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Our pre-cruise with Oceania to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors was wonderful. Oceania took care of every detail. Our hotel in Shanghai and Xian were both excellent. The airport transfers with the pre-cruise was smooth and ... Read More
Our pre-cruise with Oceania to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors was wonderful. Oceania took care of every detail. Our hotel in Shanghai and Xian were both excellent. The airport transfers with the pre-cruise was smooth and uneventful. Our guide traveled with us to from Shanghai to Xian and back. He spoke English very well and was a wonderful guide in Shanghai when we toured Old Town Shanghai before generation. We had another tour guide for Xian, who was very knowledgeable about the Terracotta Warriors and in the museum. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. My TA told Oceania that I was allergic to down feathers and my preference for diet cokes. We were in our cabin only a few minutes when our cabin attendant welcomed us and assured us the down feathers were removed from our cabin and to assure me the diet cokes would be checked to make sure we would not run out! Our cabin attendant and her assistant were excellent. My husband and I both thought the cuisine was outstanding at the informal Terrace, Waves, Grand Dining Room, and Specialty restaurants. We were also very happy with the cappuccino bar. We had a mixture of private tours and Oceania shore excursions. All in all, we were happy with the Oceania shore excursions. We only had one tour guide in Okinawa, Japan that was hard to understand. We loved all the ports we visited and even spent one night off the ship in Kyoto. We will definitely cruise on Oceania again especially the smaller ships like Nautica and Insignia. Read Less
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