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This cruise was influenced by politics from its start. Travel to Cuba was banned, so Oceania substituted other Caribbean islands from the original three-city tour. Then, the coronavirus caused a world-wide panic and pandemic. Measures ... Read More
This cruise was influenced by politics from its start. Travel to Cuba was banned, so Oceania substituted other Caribbean islands from the original three-city tour. Then, the coronavirus caused a world-wide panic and pandemic. Measures were instituted aboard the ship to keep everyone safe by limiting access to food and ensuring sanitizers were used regularly before entering restaurants. Everyone was urged to wash their hands often for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. As a result, no one got sick. Because of U.S. travel bans, Europeans from the Schengen countries disembarked in Antigua four days before the end of the cruise. The rest of the ports were eliminated for all the passengers on March 13. Despite the extraordinary circumstances, the crew and staff pulled together to provide enjoyable activities, games, and entertainment. Food is the best on any of the ships we have traveled, and the entertainers really get to know the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We had a great cruise for two weeks in the Caribbean visiting nine beautiful islands. This was our 27th cruise overall on five different lines and our third cruise on Oceania. They are still the best. The weather was very good 13 out ... Read More
We had a great cruise for two weeks in the Caribbean visiting nine beautiful islands. This was our 27th cruise overall on five different lines and our third cruise on Oceania. They are still the best. The weather was very good 13 out of 14 days. Our next to last day was rough seas and a little difficult for everyone but the Captain & crew did everything they could to make us comfortable. It passed & our last day on board was great. We ate meals at seven restaurants & they were all delicious. Constantly changing menus provided a wide array of choices each day. Menus are available on your cabin TV so you always know what is available. Grilled Lobster, Lamb Chops, and Steaks were available every night in the Terrace restaurant Grill in addition to the ever changing evening selections. Service was very good throughout the ship and some of the staff are truly exceptional. Everyone was very friendly & always willing to help. Our cabin, a Deluxe Ocean View, was larger than many similar cabins on other cruise lines, very comfortable and well maintained. The bathroom was always clean. Our cabin Steward and his associate were exceptional! Entertainment on board was varied & available all day every day. Everyone can find something to do all day long. Evening shows were very good. The production shows showcased some very talented young singers and dancers. The comedian had the entire audience laughing from beginning to end, and all without a four letter word! We were very surprised by the magician who was talented at magic and a real entertainer. Great entertainment overall, not what you would see on a 4,000 passenger ship, but we did not want to be on a 4,000 passenger ship. It was a lot of fun for a ship this size. We have chosen Oceania for our last two cruises because of the individual service you receive and the quality of the staff. We highly recommend this cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The biggest take-away from this cruise is to say that if you do take medications, take an extra seven days worth with you. We were lucky and did, which we have done on previous cruises. You never know what may happen. After you read the ... Read More
The biggest take-away from this cruise is to say that if you do take medications, take an extra seven days worth with you. We were lucky and did, which we have done on previous cruises. You never know what may happen. After you read the rest of this you'll understand. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. This was a Buenos Aires to Lima cruise around Cape Horn. We were also looking forward to the Oceania post-cruise tour to Machu PIcchu. We arrived a day early and opted for the pre-cruise hotel offered by Oceania. The hotel was very nice. The check-in was quite awkward and individual rooms were doled out one at a time. The only status was that everyone would get into their rooms by 3:00 PM. The cruise started out as all the other Oceania cruises that we have been on. This was the first time we have been on the larger ship in quite some time, so it took a bit to get re-oriented. We opted for a PH2 cabin category. The cabin was appointed nicely and had ample storage and closet space. Our butler and stateroom attendant were there quickly to introduce themselves and so see if there was anything that we would require. Our butler was great throughout the cruise and was able to get additional dinner reservations in the specialty restaurants, which he did with us asking.The ship departed on time and we headed off to our first port. We selected some some of the Oceania tours off the ship. They were all preformed well and we especially enjoyed the Falkland Islands Penguin Safari. I never thought that we would be on a privately owned sheep ranch that had an entire penguin colony resident on the beach. Walking very close to the penguins in the wild was a real treat. From there we continued on to cruise around Cape Horn. The Captain did a 360 degree turn around the island so that we had a great view of the farthest point south of the continent. That was the point that there was more and more reports on the Coronavirus started coming in. The staff made sure that they would try to do everything possible to ensure that we were kept as sanitary as possible, including restaurants, common amenities, and individual cabins. We departed San Antonio, Chile to next port was Pisco, Peru. That morning I thought we were cruising along at a good speed and we were due to be in port. I turned on the TV and checked the cruise map and saw that we had passed Pisco and it looked like we were headed to Lima. Shortly thereafter, the Captain came on the PA and indicated that they had just received word that Peru closed their ports of entry. He said that we would turn around and got back to Chile. After then cruising back south for a few hours, We were informed that Chile had closed their ports of entry and the Captain indicated we would turn around again and head to Panama. The next morning as we were cruising on our way to Panama, the Captain informed us that we would anchor off the Canal, wait for a slot to transit the Canal. After the transit we would head to Miami. We were also informed things Oceania would do to help ease the extra length on the ship. These included free ship to shore telephone calls, additional laundry services, open bar for happy hour for two nights, reimbursing portion of any airline change fees because of the changes, refund of excursion cost, for ports missed post-cruise extension, free port transfer to the airport, and offering 50% off on a future cruise. We were supposed to have completed the cruise on 03/15, but with the additional time required to get to Miami, we didn't get off the ship until 03/23. Except for missing the two ports the rest of the cruise went fine. It did not appear that there were shortages of anything on the ship except for a couple of minor things. One outstanding item we saw was that we were kept informed, by the Captain and staff, all long the way of the status and any changes. The cruise line and Captain deserve strong kudos for that. It did give us time to react to inform family, house sitters, and our travel agent of changes in our arrival at home. Our debarkation was handled well, just as other Oceania cruises. We felt that Oceania did a very good job with the changes and adjustments that had to be made as a result of the Coronavirus. Some additional things to mention include having a featured speaker, Sportscaster Verne Lundquist have a few talks about his career and stories of different sports players. He also added a couple of Q&A sessions when the cruise extended. Also, there was a speaker that narrated some of the events that took place, going around Cape Horn and also the canal transit. The chef's demonstrations were also very good and the head chef made them quite entertaining.The specialty restaurants were very good and the menu selections at Toscana were excellent. The Terrace Cafe was, as always, very good for breakfast and lunch. We did not use the Cafe for dinner. Service in all the restaurants throughout the cruise was excellent. One new venture we tried was a dinner at La Reserve wine pairing dinner. This was an excellent and enjoyable evening. We also participated in a wine tasting, whiskey tasting, and single malt tasting. We enjoyed all of those. We don't usually go to any of the shows. We prefer to just have an after dinner glass of wine and do some reading. To sum up the cruise, we really enjoyed it, even with the unexpected additional time. We thought the ports on this cruise were good choices and we enjoyed the tours we took. Cabin staff was very good along with the dining venues. We would recommend Oceania for additional cruises and do have additional cruises booked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I was worried that Oceania would ruin me for all other cruise lines. Oceania was my first luxury cruise. All previous cruises I had been on were main line cruise companies; Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean. ... Read More
I was worried that Oceania would ruin me for all other cruise lines. Oceania was my first luxury cruise. All previous cruises I had been on were main line cruise companies; Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean. Well that worry was fruitless. I would tell people I was going on Oceania some would say “Ohhh Oceania”. I thought when the vacation finally got there I would get on the ship and think Ohhhh. Although Oceania had some high points I was never really “Ohhh-ed”. The first problem were the missed ports. I fully understand that it was the governments that made the decision to not allow us to make our visits. But how Oceania handled it is what I had a problem with. We book this cruise based only on the itinerary. We have a goal to visit all US National Parks. The very first person we spoke to once we boarded the ship was at the Destination Desk. She was who informed us the Pago Pago, American Samoa stop was cancelled. Pago Pago is where American Samoa National Park is located. You can imagine our disappointment knowing that we are on a VERY expensive cruise that now is not making the stop we booked it for. I said “what! thats the only reason we booked this cruise”. This the response I got from the Oceania representative “You signed a contract, we can make changes”. I guess to Oceania I’m just a contact and money, not a person devastated because something I had been planning and preparing for for several years was cancelled. The ship was nicely decorated and was well maintained. Our cabin was also very well maintained, also nicely decorated and clean. Our cabin steward was great very attentive and pleasant during every meeting. She was great. Most of the food was very good with only a few exceptions. On embarkation day we had our first dinner in the Grand Dining Room. I ordered lobster bisque (one of my favorites). It was not good and the color seemed odd. The waiter saw that I didn’t eat and ask if I didn’t like it? I said no it’s not good. He picks it up an said “alright I’ll tell the chef. Didn’t ask if I would like something else just whished it away. My husband didn’t enjoy his main dish either and only took a couple bites. They didn’t even ask about it. I left the dining thinking cancelled ports, bad food and bad service. I’m not Ohhh-ed!!!! I have to say though, I never had a bad meal after that, everything was very good. Although the Grand Dining Room serves didn’t really show much improvement. I usually only drink water with my diner meal (the weather was really hot and the ship recommended 10 glasses of water a day) it was not unusual for my glass to only be refilled once if at all. I remember nights that my glass would be empty before appetizers arrived and never get refilled. I felt on most cases the serves was better at the Terrace Cafe during dinner then in the Grand Dining Room. There were a few exceptions to the Grand Dining Room serves, some waiters were good and there was one I remember refilling my water glass frequently. The young ladies who was at the Grand Dining podium would very pleasantly greet us by name. She was always smiling and asked about our day. She was a joy to interact with. She is an example of what I thought all Oceania Crew members would be like. Now for the theater. To say there isn’t a bad seat in the house, would be a 110% exaggeration for the Regatta. It was the worst theater I’ve seen at sea or otherwise. The entertainment was ok. Two gentlemen got on the ship with us in Auckland, a magician and a singer. Both provided great shows. The singer/piano player was excellent. When I heard him I thought “well Oceania knows how to get talent” “too bad I can’t see him”. They each did two show. I started going to the theater an hour early so we could get seat where I could see. They also brought a local Fijian dance troop on board to perform before we sailed. They were amazing. There was standing room only in the theater. Since I had to stand I did see a good portion of the show. After that we spent four days at sea passing our scheduled port, the only theater entertainment was various crew members. We quit going it wasn’t worth fighting for a seat with a view. The ship offered free self services laundry facility. The room was always clean and the machines were in good repair. I think that it was a great service they offered their guests. It also acted as a social event. That where you could get cought up on all the gossip. Because I tend to be a bit of a Nervous Nellie I always book my excursions through the ship. Oceania’s excursions are way over priced. I opted to buy the all inclusive package. I found most of the excursions to be good, some only fair and some spectacular. Now when they sell you an Excursion Package do you think the price is same for every sailing or is it based on the amount of stops? With ports be taken away and some being added in we still didn’t go to the amount ports promised. I feel like at the very least Oceania should have offered a prorated refund of my excursions package. I also feel that, again at the very least, Oceania should have refunded the port fees for missed stop as well. But as previously mentioned “I’m just a contract to Oceania. I think because of the size of the ship the activities were limited. I don’t feel like there was enough of a variety of activities. However, when we ended up spending four very long days at sea I felt like the Activities Department did try to come up with things for us to do. The Country Fair was corny but fun. Very unique. So, all said and done, even if no problems with itinerary had came up, my water glass still would have been empty, the theater would have still had horrible seating and I still probably wouldn’t have been ohhh-ed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for the ports that we wished to visit. But we ended up having to cancel 3 of the ports due to the corona virus. While we understand the chiefs of the various islands deciding against our ship visiting, there was no ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports that we wished to visit. But we ended up having to cancel 3 of the ports due to the corona virus. While we understand the chiefs of the various islands deciding against our ship visiting, there was no offer of compensation for even the port taxes. Also we learned of the cancellations much earlier than was announced by the ship's captain. When we went to guest services to inquire all they said was they didn't know anything. We feel the communication with the guests was poor. We upgraded our cabin to the concierge level and that was definitely not worth the added money - a tiny cabin, almost unusable shower (due to size) and the only benefit was 3 bags of laundry at no charge. In addition, embarkation was the slowest of any ship we have ever cruised - not counting the added time for health screening, once we got upstairs to check in, it was a 45 minute wait! The excursions were ridiculously expensive - we only did one and booked all the rest privately. The food selection in the Grand Dining Room was ok - but the service ranged from outstanding to very mediocre. The staff was lovely - we do not fault them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
First time on Oceania. Picked the cruise for the itinerary. We had been to New Zealand and the South Pacific before and wanted to see a few more islands. Unfortunately, coronavirus concerns by the island governments forced the ship to ... Read More
First time on Oceania. Picked the cruise for the itinerary. We had been to New Zealand and the South Pacific before and wanted to see a few more islands. Unfortunately, coronavirus concerns by the island governments forced the ship to cancel Mare Island, Samoa, American Samoa and Huahine. No new ports were added, just longer stays in Nomnea and Papeete. Spent a couple extra days at sea, but I suppose it could have been worse. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly, as it should have for a small ship. Ship is in very good condition after the recent refit. Some signs of age on exterior, but a solid ship with many years of life remaining. Public areas are very upscale and comfortable. The ship never felt crowded. We particularly enjoyed the Terrace Café outdoor space. We dined there most of the trip. We had a penthouse suite on the 8th floor, which was very convenient to the activities and dining on the floors above. Room was very quiet. Rooms were outfitted with US power outlets and USB ports everywhere. Balcony was narrow, but adequate. Bathroom was very small for a penthouse. Bathrooms and showers in smaller suites were tiny. Very large flat screen TV in the room. We attended a few guest lectures and port talks, which were very well done. The WIFI was free on board, which was huge for us. Service from staff on board was outstanding. I had heard good things about the friendliness of the Regatta staff and we were not disappointed. Our butler was phenomenal. As the Oceania offered shore excursions are outrageously expensive, we arranged all of our own through Viator or independent tour companies. Cruise Critic was huge in this effort through the roll call and posts. We ended up on a few of the same ship tours at less than half the price. Oceania needs to fix this. We particularly liked the river cruise in Suva and the snorkeling in Raiatea. The only criticism we have was with the ship's communication with respect to the cancelled ports and changing itinerary. We understand that conditions did change after we were at sea, but few of us felt we were informed timely or completely. The food on board was excellent almost every day. Oceania clearly excels in this area. Overall we had a great time despite the cancelled ports. Maybe a few more days at sea on a small ship than we expected. We did book another Oceania cruise while on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I selected Oceania because I liked the cruise itinerary. Being this was my first cruise with Oceana I was pleasantly surprised how friendly and helpful the staff was during the entire cruise. The stateroom attendant, Joy, was amazing. ... Read More
I selected Oceania because I liked the cruise itinerary. Being this was my first cruise with Oceana I was pleasantly surprised how friendly and helpful the staff was during the entire cruise. The stateroom attendant, Joy, was amazing. Her name fitted her personality because she always greeted me and had a smile on her face. From the staff member scrubbing the decks to the Captain, I found everyone to be genuinely pleasant. The food was delicious in every restaurant. Chief Raia did an excellent job providing a wide variety everyday. Portions were generous and filling. I travel several times a year and will consider Oceania for another cruise in the future. I was amazed how many different (517) cruises are available. The only suggestion I have is Oceania revisit their solo traveler policy. They offer very few promotions for us. I think paying double occupancy for a cruise that runs in the thousands is very unfair. There are more solo travelers now days and there would be more if the single supplement was waived. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I have read a few of the recent reviews from guests, but I have to disagree with most. The suite we had was a Penthouse Suite 2 and the environment in our room was perfect. We could control the temperature on our own thermostat and it ... Read More
I have read a few of the recent reviews from guests, but I have to disagree with most. The suite we had was a Penthouse Suite 2 and the environment in our room was perfect. We could control the temperature on our own thermostat and it work well. The tub and shower option was excellent. The staff on this cruise was not the same smiles that we were used to having but the service was still the great service we have come to expect from Oceania. The reviews that say that they can see the difference between Frank Delrio and Bob Binder are correct. The cruise line has become more oriented towards making more money since the prices go up a lot, but on the Riviera this ship was still quite full and the guests are taken care very well. The service in the buffet dinning room was exceptional. There were more than enough personal to take care of our every need. There was only one place where the service was slow for us and that was in the Polo Grill where there were fewer servers than they needed. Do not know why this was, but it existed? The butler we had was excellent. When we put the do not disturb sign up, and we were never disturbed. In fact I thought our butler who was from India was outstanding. One more word the cruise director also was outstanding and could not have been better. He booked very good entertainment acts and had them well spaced on the nights that would go well for the guests. A really nice job. Ok you may believe that I am connected to Oceania? No, I have no connection at all with the cruise line or any of the ships or any of the staff. This has just been my honest opinion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
When our (my wife and I) scheduled Crystal Cruise to SE Asia fell apart due to multiple schedule changes, and with 3 weeks suddenly open on our calendars, we opted at the last minute to schedule this Rio to Buenos Aires itinerary (as far ... Read More
When our (my wife and I) scheduled Crystal Cruise to SE Asia fell apart due to multiple schedule changes, and with 3 weeks suddenly open on our calendars, we opted at the last minute to schedule this Rio to Buenos Aires itinerary (as far away as possible from covid-19 issues). We literally booked on Sunday before a Wedn departure from Rio. We considered a Celebrity Buenos Aires roundtrip as well as an Azamara Buenos Aires roundtrip which fit the dates but we picked this one because it was one-way and had more stops. When we arrived at the pier in Rio on Wedn, our names were not even on the passenger list, but we got that straightened out easily enough. We booked a Veranda stateroom which opened up at the last minute---the cruise being completely booked when I first checked it. Embarkation went smoothly after our status was straightened out and we were thrilled to find a beautiful stateroom- bigger than most in this category and well-appointed. After a much needed nap, after having flown overnite from the US, we embarked on getting to understand the most important element of this cruise and cruise line-- the FOOD! Four specialty restaurants are available at no extra charge and the game (at least for us) was to try to get reservations at these restaurants whenever possible because all agreed it was a superior product to the Grand Dining Room or the evening buffet. All guests were entitled to at least one night in each. The four are comprised of Asian (Red Ginger), steak (Polo Grille), French (Jacques), and Italian (Toscana). Since we booked so late for the cruise, we had no advance reservations, so we headed to the reservation desk and got to work. If you are flexible as to times and whether or not you will be at a group table (usually 6), generally you will get in. On evenings where all advance reservations were full, we would show up at 645p (all restaurants opened at 630p) and ask if there was a late cancellation or no-show. This worked and we ended up eating at a specialty restaurant all 12 nights of our cruise, 3 times in each one. All are truly excellent and would be $100 meals (or more) at a nice restaurant in a big city. We thought Red Ginger was the most unique with a Sea Bass to die for. Jacques was a close second, but the others were terrific as well. You can't go wrong with any of them! Breakfast and lunch were fine at the Terrace Grille. The Grand Dining Room was fine but a little ponderous for both those meals. This cruise had two speakers, Verne Lundquist (an American sports broadcaster) and another who was a South American history and geography specialist. Verne was well-received by the Americans on-board but others did not know him. The S.A specialist (whose name I do not recall, sorry) was interesting. We did not use Oceania excursions at all because of our late booking. We did use Viator and Tours by Locals online. I looked at the Oceania pricing and they seemed about double what you might pay through Viator. Oceania had a very competent on-board group of singers and dancers who put on some excellent shows, including the obligatory Broadway show. Their two single performers (a comedian and a ukulele player) were simply not up to standards expected on a major cruise ship. The comedian was especially off in his second show when he regaled us with stories of a major fraud crime he apparently committed in his past as well as ending his set with a story about "spiking" someone's drink. The audience literally cringed. Service throughout was excellent. Staff come from a wide variety of countries and all who deal with direct customer service spoke English very well. They were truly one of the stand-out parts of the ship. All in all, we had a very good experience on a cruise line we had barely any knowledge of before this trip. The food and the port-heavy itineraries make them well worth considering on all cruise planning. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Super luxurious . Fabulous food and staff. Really was the trip of a lifetime .. Highly recommend though we went for the splurge option by having a penthouse with butler service. We would definitely use Oceania again . The only negative ... Read More
Super luxurious . Fabulous food and staff. Really was the trip of a lifetime .. Highly recommend though we went for the splurge option by having a penthouse with butler service. We would definitely use Oceania again . The only negative of the entire cruise was the dull yoga class ! Otherwise great. Avoid the extremely overpriced excursions other than the lovely schooner trips. You can either walk or use public transport in the ports that this cruise visits. Eg , subway in Buenos Aires and hop on bus is Montevideo . Other ports are easily walkable around .... Restaurants all excellent and it's the food , the amazing staff , the outstanding afternoon tea and the very interesting sociable guests who made this cruise so enjoyable. The ports that we visited were lovely , even Rio Grande was interesting and the tender process is extremely efficient. All in all , a wonderful experience ... Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Heard Oceania was wonderful so friend and I decided to take this cruise. I had done similar cruise in terms of ports on Princess the month before with husband, daughter and 6 year old granddaughter. Speciality restaurants were excellent. ... Read More
Heard Oceania was wonderful so friend and I decided to take this cruise. I had done similar cruise in terms of ports on Princess the month before with husband, daughter and 6 year old granddaughter. Speciality restaurants were excellent. Food in dining room for dinner was good but not outstanding. As this is small ship, buffet limited. Casino is tiny. No craps table. Very limited programming on ship. Lovely large library which was wonderful as Princess eliminated on ships. Met some lovely people and enjoyed both shared tables and dining by ourselves aome nights. Bartenders at bar in Martinis were great. Loved happy hour every night. Also pleased we could get cappuccino and latte at no extra charge. Dining room hours need to be expanded, in terms of opening earlier for dinner and staying open longer at breakfast. Spa prices high like on other cruiselines. Will try one of their larger ships but won't go on their small ships again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Electronic Bookings and web site are relatively user friendly for both planning and managing the reservation. We were given dates at which time we could book shore excursions, specialty dining restaurants, and offered other information. ... Read More
Electronic Bookings and web site are relatively user friendly for both planning and managing the reservation. We were given dates at which time we could book shore excursions, specialty dining restaurants, and offered other information. On board, the Internet service is slow as on all cruise ships but the fact that passengers can use hand held devices means that for easy access it is best to log in very early in the morning or very late at night. Registration and Documentation was straight forward. The line publishes a splendid Cruise Vacation Guide that included stick-on baggage tags (3 per person). The booklet is very complete and was received 5 weeks before sailing. An update is sent to the travel agent about 7 days before sailing. Out of our 17 cruises this booklet is the most complete guide we have ever received. Embarkation was complicated by the procedures implemented by Oceania due to the panic associated with the emergence of the Coronavirus in China. The body temperature of each passenger was to be verified and anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 F or 38 C was to be denied embarkation. Anyone having been to China or holding a Chinese or Hong Kong passport was denied boarding. However, the process was smooth and we were on board in 45 minutes with our room ready by 1:30 pm. Cabin/Stewart & Amenities. Concierge level offers some neat amenities all listed on their web site and in the cruises guide. This level of cabin is recommended. We emptied our suitcases with ease into the space available. In order to place luggage under the bed it is necessary to lift the base as it sits too low for some suitcases to pass under. The furniture and appearance are near perfect. We were very impressed with the result of the latest re-fit. The bathroom is tiny as is the shower but that is not a major problem. The toiletries were of high quality. The toilet being 30 degrees off the wall meant that you had to sit at an angle. Never had to do that before not even in the military … On the positive side, there is a soap bar for the shower as for the sink. Better than gels although these are also available. The Stewart did a good job. The fridge is stocked with free soft drink and there is ample water supply. The welcome bottle of Champagne was actually real Monopole Champagne not just sparkling wine. Impressive welcome. For the Restaurant/Food/Service we compared the meals hours between Princess (similar ship) and Sirena and even if they were less on Sirena we did not have any issues with the food. On the contrary we still managed to overeat and the quality was the best we have seen so far in our cruise experience. In the buffet, you cannot reach for food, the staff will serve you and the plates are kept bottom up so as not to contaminate them. We had dinner at both specialty restaurants and Red Ginger provided us with a birthday cake. Public Facilities are all very good but we particularly liked the beautiful library that houses a huge selection of books including a soft cover exchange section. It is comfortable and quiet, just the place to read and relax. In addition, this ship is immaculately clean with hand sanitizer dispensers everywhere. The Spa private deck is superb for Concierge and suite passengers. The ship Panache String Quartet was excellent providing popular classic music at different venues during the day/evenings. Smoking is our nemesis as my spouse is asthmatic and cigarette smoke can trigger a negative reaction. There is a smoking room on deck 10 but also an outside smoking area in the pool area deck 9. The latter is a problem for non-smokers. Itinerary was fine but not the major focus of our holiday; we just wanted the ship experience. The ship omitted the Costa Maya stop due to high winds and waves. Shore Excursions was used only in Belize and Roatan with satisfaction. The room has a large umbrella that came handy in Roatan. Disembarkation was well done by managing the flow of passengers closely thus no waiting in line in a hot terminal. Taxis were readily available. Communications were good as the Cruise Director limited his interventions and the Bride communicated twice a day. Just lovely. When the decision was made to skip the first stop in Mexico due to high winds and rough seas the Captain explained the situation in great detail and we hear not a single complaint throughout the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The ship is beautiful. The cuisine is fabulous. We couldn't wait to get off. We were in stateroom 7033. The heating and air conditioning system only blew cold air. No matter how much we turned up the thermostat, the unit, located ... Read More
The ship is beautiful. The cuisine is fabulous. We couldn't wait to get off. We were in stateroom 7033. The heating and air conditioning system only blew cold air. No matter how much we turned up the thermostat, the unit, located right over the right side of the bed, blew cold air. Even with the veranda door open, it blew cold air. Sleeping under the cold and perhaps dirty (dust? mold?) air made for a miserable nights sleep. Exhausted, and at wits end, we shoved flat pieces of paper into the grate to deflect the incessant cold. It helped, but didn't solve the blowing cold. After several days we left a note for our room stewardess, and she immediately called in her supervisor. We waited as long as we did because having an HVAC repair person in our cabin wasn't what we wanted. Apparently the volume of air was adjusted. However, we still had cold air. Never warm. The "Tranquility Bed" they promote is a joke! It is too small and my husband's feet hung over the end. The sheets (not fitted) and mattress cover were a wrinkled mess. We constantly tried smoothing and tucking the bottom sheet, to no avail. The bed was the pitts! By the sixth night, we decided to try sleeping sideways. That helped me get out from under the constant blowing cold air, and we both slept a little better. The bathroom is very nice, however the water temperature in the shower vacillated between freezing cold, and scalding hot. The fluctuation varied within each minute, so if I timed it right I could attempt to rise off a head full of shampoo and a face full of soap in the few seconds between extremes. I thought about requesting a plumber, and decided I didn't want our bathroom torn apart in an attempt to fix what may be just part of cruising. After all, I wasn't the only one on a ship with 1400 guests showering. I understand some fluctuation, but the water in stateroom 7033 was a roller coaster of extremes. We had some rough seas. So rough, that one of our stops, that would have required a tender, was cancelled. Dinner conversations centered around remedies for the banging closet doors. Oceania really messed up with their closet placement, and sliding doors. The doors bang, and hangers bang up against the doors. The remedy? Place a bath towel over all the hangers, and shove a washcloth between the doors. Doing so will allow quiet during the night. One last thing: You may wish to bring your own pillow case. The environment is humid. Bedding is damp. My pillows stunk. I requested a cleaner pillow, but still came home with a badly infected eye, I suspect was caused by my stinky pillow. Loved the food, the fellow passengers, and the beautiful ship, but will think twice about sailing again on Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have had excellent trips on Oceania and were on the Riviera three years ago. We had particularly enjoyed the food and the very excellent service from a dedicated and well trained staff so we eagerly chose Oceania/Riviera again. ... Read More
We have had excellent trips on Oceania and were on the Riviera three years ago. We had particularly enjoyed the food and the very excellent service from a dedicated and well trained staff so we eagerly chose Oceania/Riviera again. Unfortunately, Oceania had been bought over by NCL recently and the change in management was very evident. The food was still very good to excellent, the cabin category we chose, penthouse 1 was still very well appointed, clean and comfortable. What was really different was the quality of the service. We had always been impressed by the helpfulness, kindness, speed and efficiency of the Oceania service. The NCL management seems to be saving on staff. Everywhere, the staff was rushed, harassed and seemingly uncomfortable. In the Terrace and Grand dining room, the service was seriously understaffed leading not only to longer wait times for food delivery but also to less personal attention. On earlier trips, Terrace staff immediately would see me, an older person, and rush to carry my plates. On this last trip, that happened only occasionally - perhaps not because of the service staff but because they were all rushed off their feet most of the time. Friendly chats with staff which we had enjoyed on earlier trips were really not possible. The housekeeping staff did their jobs very well but it took longer for cabins to be cleaned in mornings because there didn't seem to be enough of them to do the job. And, finally it seemed to us that many of the staff no longer had happy, smiling faces but seemed to be unhappy, going through the motions of service while counting the days to their next home leave. NCL has a different philosophy of cruise ship management catering to a different and younger clientele but applying the same criteria to Oceania has led to a downgraded service. We are not sure if we will choose Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Oceania Riviera Cruise – Caribbean Feb. 4 – Feb. 14, 2020 Why this cruise? Out of our 41 ocean cruises, we had done 8 on Oceania vessels, and greatly enjoyed their small size, excellent food and general high quality of service; ... Read More
Oceania Riviera Cruise – Caribbean Feb. 4 – Feb. 14, 2020 Why this cruise? Out of our 41 ocean cruises, we had done 8 on Oceania vessels, and greatly enjoyed their small size, excellent food and general high quality of service; as well as good itineraries. Riviera is the same size as Oceana Marina, with 1250 passengers, and about twice the size of the four other ships in their fleet. But we felt like spoiling ourselves with a Penthouse Suite on this ship for a relaxing 10 days in the Caribbean, sailing to some ports we had not visited, and others we had not seen in some time. It was a worthwhile and very pleasant trip. The Ship With a gross tonnage of over 66,000 and a passenger complement of 1250, the space ratio per passenger was a very generous 52.86 cubic feet; far more than the normal cruise ship range of 30 to 45. The crew numbered 800, giving the ship a ratio of 1.56 passengers per crew member, again one of the best afloat, far ahead of the normal cruise ship, and bested by only a few of the super luxury lines. Riviera was built in 2013 and redone in 2019. It’s décor is very pleasant, leaning to striking modern art and low key walls, floors and public areas. The furniture is varied and comfortable. Our cabin was 405 square feet. This is plenty of room. There are two small chairs and a table at the foot of the bed, opposite some drawers, the refrigerator, dressing table and TV. The “suite” area has a full sized couch, table and arm chair and a large desk with ample drawer space. The verandah has two wicker arm chairs and a table. The closet is a walk-in, with plenty of space, plenty of clothes hangers, several drawers and shelves and the usual safe. The bathroom has a large sink, a shower bath and a separate shower. There is more than enough space for all one’s toiletries. The lighting system is excellent, with both the bed and the couch having separate gooseneck reading lamps in addition to normal lamps. The thermostat worked and we were able to maintain a good temperature level. We had this same cabin on Marina for its first Transatlantic crossing In November 2011, and knew these quarters to be a fine place to spend a cruise. As noted above, the ship is of a decent size, and laid out pretty well. Deck 15 has the delightful Horizon Room forward. Deck 14 features Toscana and the Polo Grill, the library, computer station, Barista coffee bar aft and the spa and fitness center forward. Deck 12 has the Terrace Buffet and Waves grill aft, the pool midships and some luxury cabins forward. Decks 11 through 7 are all cabins. Deck 6 has the Grand Dining Room aft, the Great Bar, Casino and Martinis Lounge midships. Deck 5 contains Red Ginger and Jacques midships, and the shops, Reception and the theater forward. Deck 4 has the Medical Center and tender debarkation. There are two elevator locations, one with two and the other with four units. There was seldom any delay on them except outside the theater after the shows, which can’t be helped. Dining Oceania is surpassed only by Crystal in the quality of its food. Riviera has its Grand Dining Room and Terraces buffet, and four specialty restaurants that have no extra charge; Red Ginger for Oriental food, Jacques for French Dining, Toscana for Italian and the Polo Grill for steak and beef lovers. The food in all of these venues (we did not try the Polo Grill) is excellent and the service beyond reproach. We had two dinners in the buffet, which was well set up with table cloths and fine table ware, as well as having an excellent selection. While all the restaurants were busy, none were noisy, and all moved smoothly. The selections were quite varied, and the desserts marvelous. Entertainment There were five production shows, including one on the pool deck which we did not attend. This is far more than on any ten day cruise we have taken. The production team consisted of six males and six females, and they were quite talented in comparison with most cruise line offerings. Once again, Crystal sets the mark. The theater is on the small size, although it was never completely full. It does not allow for any spectacular routines, but we did appreciate the fact that the sound was kept to a reasonable level. We did not see any of the other entertainment offerings, with one exception. This was the Ocean String Quartet – four young ladies from Poland who played every day in the large Horizon Room for 4:00 P.M. tea, and three other daily sessions in the Great Bar area outside the main dining room. We greatly enjoyed their music. There were other shows in the Theater, but we do not enjoy comedians, and were not moved to attend any other acts. All the evening shows started at 9:30 P.M.; which seems a little late given that most people dined starting at 6:30. There was an Enrichment Lecturer, Dr. Greg Wheeler, an archeologist who spoke on all sea days and was reasonably entertaining. On board announcements were not made into the cabins, with the exception of the Muster Drill and the word from the Captain that we could not tender into Punta Cana, DR due to rough seas. Ports Nassau was our first stop, but with five other cruise ships in the harbor, we were docked at the farthest pier, and did not feel up to walking to the cruise terminal. The next day was a sea day (which we love) followed by Punta Cana, where, as noted, the sea was too rough to tender ashore. Our next port was Marigot on St. Maarten where we did a ship’s tour which was quite nice. Sunday saw St. John’s, Antigua, but it was raining, and while my wife strolled around town, not much was open. The next port was St. Lucia, where we had a private tour that was also very nice, and we enjoyed this island. The last stop was St. Barts. This is a French island, with mostly French inhabitants, unlike the other stops. It also caters to the wealthy, with several multi million dollar yachts in the harbor, extremely expensive hotels, homes selling for several million euros, and very expensive restaurants. We limited ourselves to strolling around the port area. After that, it was two sea days and then Miami. The Crew With 800 crew members we were well taken care of. Oceania manages to keep an experienced group. Our cabin stewardess had been with them 13 years, almost as long as the company has been in business. Our butler was very pleasant, and although we did not use him much, he was always readily available, and checked on us every day. The Executive Lounge concierge was very helpful when I ran into an airline reservation snag. The medical staff was very efficient, and the reception staff always pleasant and able to come up with an answer. As noted above, the dining staff was first rate. We noted that the Executive Chef often visited and observed the buffet and main dining room service during times when food was being served; often accompanied by the General Manager and/or the Executive Concierge. That is a sign of an excellent management attitude. Miscellaneous The cabin TV had some excellent features such as a number of movies, and a clear passenger account record, but the news was somewhat limited, with only European sports and a very poor navigation reporting system. This seems odd in view of the fact that all intercontinental airlines have excellent navigation systems at every seat. Other cruise lines also do a much better job In this area. The daily on board activities were typical, and the enrichment speaker was able to fill in with a lecture when we did not stop at Punta Cana. Conclusion This was a very nice, if not spectacular cruise. We had booked it for a fairly quiet trip, and that was what we got. We looked forward to a delightful cabin, excellent service and great food, and we received what we expected. What more can one ask for. Bon Voyage Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
As veteran cruisers, we had high expectations for our first cruises (2/4 and 2/14, back to back) on Oceania. Our expectations were exceeded. Outstanding staff, cuisine, and a beautiful ship. We found the food in all venues to be ... Read More
As veteran cruisers, we had high expectations for our first cruises (2/4 and 2/14, back to back) on Oceania. Our expectations were exceeded. Outstanding staff, cuisine, and a beautiful ship. We found the food in all venues to be wonderful, from the pool grill to the four upscale speciality restaurants. Totally professional wait staff in all venues. The only negative issues we encountered during this cruise were a toilet that backed up several times (common problem on our deck, according to the engineer who serviced our unit), plus two issues on the pool deck. The pool deck smoking area is not enclosed, and the cigar smoke is noticeable on the entire starboard side of the deck. We also encountered on the first cruise many entitled chair hogs who “reserved” up to 8 chairs many hours in advance of actually getting to the pool deck. Many guests complained and the pool deck staff stepped up their efforts, per their stated policy. Not much of a problem on the second cruise. We didn’t book any ship’s tours. Instead we did a few taxi tours on our own. Some of the ports (St. Bart, St. Maarten) were wonderful, others (St. Vincent, St. Lucia) were sad and poor. We will strongly consider Oceania for our future cruising. We are veterans of Cunard, Azamara, and others. Oceania is definitely top tier. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I thought it was going to be a luxury cruise, but it was the worst cruise experience I've had in about 30 cruises. We got off the ship before the schedule disembarkation date because it was so bad.The ship was feces, urine and mold ... Read More
I thought it was going to be a luxury cruise, but it was the worst cruise experience I've had in about 30 cruises. We got off the ship before the schedule disembarkation date because it was so bad.The ship was feces, urine and mold infested. Gastrointestinal infections were widespread. The ship was classified code red, meaning it was so unclean and unhealthy the government had to step in and instruct the crew on cleanliness protocols. My traveling companion got food poisoning. There were no table cloths, salt, pepper, or other civilized dining standards for the first two weeks of the cruise. They literally spilled a large amount of urine and feces sewage on the carpet in the hallway outside my cabin, so I had to hold my breath going to and from my cabin, the smell was so intolerable. It was not a 5 star ship. It was an old ship. There was nothing special about it. The cabins were a hazard with many sharp surfaces to bump into and not enough space to get around them. There was very little to do onboard. Most importantly, the sewage systems failed, leaked, and contaminated the ship. The staff was rude, obnoxious, and offensive. The Executive Concierge, an objectional small man who should not be in customer service, set the tone of offensiveness in the cruise terminal. Because my travelling companion is disabled, we arrived early for embarkation and requested wheelchair assistance. The ship was so filthy it was causing illness, and had to comply with government mandated cleaning standards higher than their usual standards. Extra time was needed for cleaning before anybody could board the ship. Oceana neglected to notify the passengers, so we were delayed for hours. When the process of boarding the cruise ship started, the cruise terminal employees wheeled my companion to begin boarding because we were waiting the longest and were disabled. The Executive Concierge stood in our path, without inquiring about the health or welfare of my disabled companion, and in an unbelievably nasty tone of voice, and with a sneer on his face, ordered us to the back of the line. We had to wait until everybody else got on board the ship first, because boarding was in order of who paid the most for their cabins! Many staff members were offensive on the ship. We were refused ice cream from the ice cream station, because it was about to close, even though it had not yet closed and it was scheduled to be open. I was ordered to hand over a Danish to a crew member, and given no choice to take it outside to eat on the deck. I was ordered not to take my room service tray out of my room. Our time was disrespected as we waited for tenders. In general, I felt like I was treated more like cattle than a passenger on a so called luxury cruise. The entertainment was bad. On a 32 day cruise, with two legs to the cruise, there were only three shows by the cruise singers and dancers. Rather than having new show content, the shows from the first leg of the cruise were repeated on the second leg. The cruise management lied to us, misled us, and mistreated us. It started with sending us our itinerary too late. Moreover, they never notified us of the illness and health hazard in advance, or of the delays in boarding the ship. They withheld information from us in daily briefings, stating it was their intention to surprise us. We had nothing but negative surprises. Further, when ports of call were cancelled they took us into rough waters unnecessarily without warning us. They cancelled ports of call and kept us in the dark about whether upcoming ports of call would be cancelled, so we could not make decisions about whether to stay with the cruise or disembark early. They gave us an unnecessarily hard time disembarking early. On balance, it was a horrible cruise experience such that my travelling companion would never consider cruising again. I would certainly never cruise with Oceana. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and our past experience with the vegetarian food on Oceania. We have only sailed on the larger Oceania ships - this was our first time on one of their smaller ships. We could ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and our past experience with the vegetarian food on Oceania. We have only sailed on the larger Oceania ships - this was our first time on one of their smaller ships. We could not have been more disappointed in the food quality and selection. The limited number of options were vegetables that were either fried, soaked in oil or in a cream sauce that tasted horrible and was highly caloric. Two nights in a row featured the identical menu for Pan-Asian food; another two nights in a row featured New Zealand cuisine - again, the identical menu. One of the evening they did not even offer a green salad. My husband lost 8 lbs. because there was nothing for him to eat at dinner. This cruise was a nightmare, from start to finish. We paid for a penthouse and were told, in writing, we could board at 11 a.m. We had to sit in the terminal for 2.5 hours because they had to disinfect the ship from the prior cruise, where guests suffered from a gastro-intestinal virus. When I asked why they didn't send people an email to this effect, they said they did. We never received an email, and all of the other guests waiting at the terminal said they did not, as well. For three quarters of the time on the ship, they sprayed disinfectant all over the tables and chairs, which landed on the food we were eating. The smell and taste of disinfectant served to ruin our eating experience even further. There were no table cloths or place mats for more than half of the trip. The first evening we sailed, the captain chose to go out on seas with 30 foot waves and not inform the guests. As a result, the majority of guests with whom we spoke got motion sickness. I was so violently ill that the doctor had to come to my cabin twice to administer shots of zofran. I was billed $327 for this - which added insult to injury. After 24 hours, I felt well enough to leave my cabin. Upon speaking with the Executive Concierge, I was told the captain had "made a mistake" by not informing guests of the impending 30 foot waves, and that I should just file a claim with my insurance company. Other guests shared that glass bottles and glasses flew from their table tops and shattered in their cabins throughout the night. Oceania never apologized to anyone. We could have stayed in Sydney that evening, since Oceania cancelled our first port of call (Eden) due to the brush fires. There was no reason to take the ship out into such rough seas. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg regarding our experience. We will never cruise on Oceania again. We cruise often and this was absolutely the worst experience we have ever had. The only thing positive was our Penthouse cabin. The ship was not in good condition and it really should be put out of service. This was anything BUT a luxury cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Our cruise was wonderful and though the ship had challenges out of their control (previous cruise had GI case and then, on board more GI cases) which necessitated a deep clean before embarking which delayed everyone in Sydney and then ... Read More
Our cruise was wonderful and though the ship had challenges out of their control (previous cruise had GI case and then, on board more GI cases) which necessitated a deep clean before embarking which delayed everyone in Sydney and then strict Code Red Level 2 protocols until the GI cases abated though they continued sanitizing and started taking temperatures half-way in NZ due to increase threat of the Coronavirus). Our TA sent us the Oceania emails advising us about the GI cases so we were prepared and Captain came on each day to give us an update as well as the CD, Corey. Sailing under a Code Red Level certainly dampens the O experience in dining rooms etc., however we found the crew to be very pleasant and provided top notch service (other than one or, two). We loved all of our ports of call (other than Gisborne): Burnie, Tasmania, Dunedin - Napier - Tauranga and beautiful Akaroa, NZ! Especially, enjoyed our encounters with Australian wildlife: koalas & kangaroos and even the Tasmanian devil. Then in NZ, the albatross centre outside of Dunedin, sheep farm in Akaroa, little penguins in Napier. We took a combination of O shore excursions and independent (we still find good value if you purchase YWC 25% off if you book 6 or more on this cruise and always compare total $ compared to taking OLife Excursions). The ship's renovation is beautiful and as we have been on many O cruises, we liked the new lighter colour scheme. Crew were fantastic. Food also great though did notice that the GDR dinner menu mimics the Terrace which is disappointing as limits variety; further, found we enjoyed the Terrace food better than the GDR for dinner. The Exec. Concierge was very helpful and found the Maitre d' from India in Polo and then Toscano outstanding! Recommendation to all passengers: wash your hands as even with Code Red, my husband noticed men not washing hands after using the toilet! Other: we do wish all passengers abided by the country club casual dress code and wish O was firmer to passengers as enough with the lumberjack shirts in the Speciality restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
All staff and crew were brilliant - it was a nightmare situation for them to deal with. Everyone was behind them - they did all they could to keep us all safe and happy. A wonderful crew and we love Oceania anyway!!! Everyone is very ... Read More
All staff and crew were brilliant - it was a nightmare situation for them to deal with. Everyone was behind them - they did all they could to keep us all safe and happy. A wonderful crew and we love Oceania anyway!!! Everyone is very friendly, the crew relate so well to the guests, nothing is too much trouble and there is a general feeling of bonhomie. Even before the refurb of Nautica, we were quite happy with the ship! Will happily only ever cruise with Oceania and love all their ships but (haven't been on Serena) Keep up the good work Oceania !!! Loved all the entertainment and thought that Carson was the best cruise director we have come across on Oceania. Meanwhile, Abram did a terrific job having been dropped in the deep end when Julie was removed from the ship. Coronavirus created many problems but Oceania dealt with them admirably and sympathetically at all times. We felt safe. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I had sailed with Oceania before it was taken over by Norwegian Cruise Lines. This was our first cruise since then. Dining room service so horrible. I complained in writing and was approached by an Assistant Captain while we were dining ... Read More
I had sailed with Oceania before it was taken over by Norwegian Cruise Lines. This was our first cruise since then. Dining room service so horrible. I complained in writing and was approached by an Assistant Captain while we were dining with friends in the evening. He wanted to talk about my dining room complaint. When i suggested we do that at another time, he said he wanted to do it now (in front of my friends while we were dining.). I was so appalled I told him that I didn’t want to discuss it now and would he please leave. Spa had no attendant; locks on lockers were broken and didn’t work; no sign that the hot tub was co-ed and was under the Horizons Club where people could see you. Luckily I realized that before completely removing my robe. Engine trouble, electrical trouble, elevators not working; concierge service does not mean you have a Butler. The room attendant does practically nothing besides cleaning the room. The usual bathroom shampoos are one at a time. Attendants not allowed give you more. Shower is so small that it’s hard to turn around. I am tiny 5” 112 lbs. i had trouble. I can’t imagine a slightly heavier person or a really large person. Entertainment: Magician 3 nights, Ukulele player 3 nights. Very average. Singer/Dancers poor. Lectures: horrible Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Family recommended this cruise line and went with family and friends. This is our 7th or 8th cruise in last two years. Pros: Staff was friendly, accommodating, room very clean. John at the omelette station was an artist and made ... Read More
Family recommended this cruise line and went with family and friends. This is our 7th or 8th cruise in last two years. Pros: Staff was friendly, accommodating, room very clean. John at the omelette station was an artist and made breakfast very enjoyable. Sauna, steam room and showers very good--Great water therapy tub with jet movement Cons:: Dining and food experience horrible. Meat and fish bland, flavorless, and poor quality. Choices on dinner buffet same as main dining room. Only had one or two meals that were ok. Breakfast same every day. Specialty dining (2 restaurants) were ok--nothing special and service very slow. Same pizza every day--cannot customize like just get a tomato pie like other ships. Entertainment: Singer and piano player at show was very good. Show last night of cruise was good. The rest of the shows were terrible. One night was Super Bowl and tonight is the Oscars on our TV or in lounge. NO LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE POOL EXCEPT FOR ONE HOUR IN 10 DAYS, AND THIS WAS JUST THE HOUSE BAND. Activities: Very limited and nothing that interest me or wife. There are two hot tubs in the pool area--However they are not hot--they are warm. I complained along with many others and was told that temperature was 80 degrees F and met regulations. This is my 7th or 8th cruise in the past two years--Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America. Just cruised Royal Anthem of the Sea last month for 11 nights almost same itinerary and paid $3,000. Sirena cost $6,000 for same room (Balcony) COMPLETE RIPOFF--- Cabin: Shower designed for children, not grownups. Toilet placement made it impossible to place one leg. I had to use public bathrooms on other decks to have a bowl movement. Room very poorly laid out with bed in center and no space to walk around. Bottom line question:: Would you go again? No--Not on this ship Would I recommend Oceania to a friend? Definitely not this ship. I've heard good things about Rivera, but won't take a chance again. One more thing about age, I'm 71 and wife is 70. Probably 95% of passengers were in their 80's or 90's. I hope I made it to my 80's and 90's but much older crowd. No babies on ship or little kids. I still had a great time being with friends and family, but just too many misses and issues with this ship. Everyone was disappointed that we couldn't embark at the private beach the last day cause of high winds--but that was not fault of cruise line--- Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We normally cruise on Celebrity .We wanted to try an Oceania Cruise and the price was right. The cruise was disappointing .The ship was very small. You felt the ocean and every movement . There was not much to do. We are used to a much ... Read More
We normally cruise on Celebrity .We wanted to try an Oceania Cruise and the price was right. The cruise was disappointing .The ship was very small. You felt the ocean and every movement . There was not much to do. We are used to a much bigger ship with more activities. Oceania hypes the food as the best at sea, I did not find that to be the case. One night in the main dining room we had to wait a long time for our dinner to be served. We were told there was a problem in the kitchen. We had ordered rack of lamb. When the food did come all four of us found it to be inedible. It was tough and tasted awful. They took our cabin numbers and we were told it would be taken care of. For all of that we were sent a bottle of wine. Pastries and cookies were awful, I was told this is how they bake there goods. There were some good points . Cabin was small but very nice. Excellent bedding and pillows. The bathroom was small , but it served its purpose. The shower was very small, if you dropped something you couldn't turn around to bend down and get it. The staff and service was excellent. Room steward was outstanding. The entertainment was what we expected on this small a ship, very low key. The entertainment staff and the band were very good. I would not cruise Oceania again. Celebrity cruises was as good or better, but we gave it a try. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We've traveled on Oceania in the past and wanted to try one of the smaller ships - hence, the Sirena. The ship is lovely, after the recent renovations, but is not for everyone. The cabins are quite nice- the bathroom is not - ... Read More
We've traveled on Oceania in the past and wanted to try one of the smaller ships - hence, the Sirena. The ship is lovely, after the recent renovations, but is not for everyone. The cabins are quite nice- the bathroom is not - it's sooo tiny,,,and the shower - well, let's just day it''s a challenge. One wonders why they were not enlarged...The itineraries seem port-intensive, which is a good thing, as there its relatively little to do on board but visit the (fine) library, read and sit by the pool (if you can find a chair). The food was good though. not as good as I recall from the larger ships and items ran out quickly. Over the 10 days, the ship ran out of figs, mangoes, and fresh orange juice, the items you go on an Oceania cruise for (given their reputation for high-end dining) and this was just at breakfast... The entertainment in the evening was the cruise director serving as a magician, an overly-loud singer and a poor production show. The sound system amplifies everything so that you hear booming noise rather than attractive voices. Would we do the smaller ship again? probably not... Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We thought we should try another line as we had only done many cruises on Crystal. Positives- our cabin was very nice, our steward was great, and room service was good, tea was nice. Unfortunately the tiny table on our veranda was so ... Read More
We thought we should try another line as we had only done many cruises on Crystal. Positives- our cabin was very nice, our steward was great, and room service was good, tea was nice. Unfortunately the tiny table on our veranda was so small that we had to eat with our plates on our lap. Negatives- terrible service regarding drinks at dinner ( we had the premiere package), terrible food in main dining room , Toscana dinner was bad, other specialty restaurants were good, buffets were fine but crowded. Supervisors were excellent at avoiding eye contact. The servers were all very good, but clearly would rather have been somewhere else. Pool area had jerks leaving items to reserve leaving many with nowhere to sit. Chairs crammed in. Certainly Crystal is more expensive, but if you want a great experience book there. This line couldn’t care less if you come back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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