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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all ... Read More
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all interesting and well-organized. Honfleur was wonderful to stroll through. We took a specialized private tour with Overlordtour to the Canadian D-day landing sites, museum and cemetery. Well worth it. I love the libraries on the Marina and the Riviera -- extensive book selection, gorgeous leather armchairs and proximity to the Illy cafe with madeleines and cappuccinos. The food is to die for, not just in the specialty restaurants but all through the ship. After dinner, we often went to the piano bar to listen to the talented Valentina. On both cruises I have taken to date with Oceania I have taken a culinary class. You certainly pick up skills and enjoy a gourmet meal that you have cooked. This time I spent some time in the gym -- it has everything plus a view. Oceania in my view has achieved perfection for its guests. If you want to party every night or have small children, it is not the solution, but if you are 50+ foodies who want to travel in style, hard to imagine anything better. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We sailed Oceania 5 years ago and loved it. This time we felt something different. We found out that it was bought out by Norwegian Cruise Lines. That explains it all. When we entered the room we had to get housekeeping to come back ... Read More
We sailed Oceania 5 years ago and loved it. This time we felt something different. We found out that it was bought out by Norwegian Cruise Lines. That explains it all. When we entered the room we had to get housekeeping to come back and clean the room. The service was not consistent throughout the ship. There were some wonderful people, trying very hard to please us and there were some that were actually rude. Many times I got up to ask for water or coffee. In the main dining room, had to wait for tea, or dessert. Sometimes we were served our meals at different times. The specialty dining was good but the main dining room and the buffet food varied. The food lacked the consistency that it had before when everything was delicious. The shuttles at the port were not run well. Sometimes they only provided service every hour and if that shuttle was full, you had to wait for the next one. We took taxis from the ports. When I told someone on board the problems with late shuttles or shuttles not coming--they said it was the ports problem not theirs. Going from a dedicated Oceania customer who adored the trip 5 years ago, I will no longer travel or recommend Oceania cruises. I must say, however, that there were some lovely employees on board who tried their best but there were some that really needed to be retrained (or trained or let go). I also feel that they may have cut back on staff to save money. IT JUST WASN'T THE SAME. The buyout could be the explanation. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
After having just read the review by Shoko I feel like we shared the exact same experience! I, too, discovered that Oceania was bought out by NCL and also found out that NCL is trying to 'come up' to Oceania's high ... Read More
After having just read the review by Shoko I feel like we shared the exact same experience! I, too, discovered that Oceania was bought out by NCL and also found out that NCL is trying to 'come up' to Oceania's high standards. Well, in dong so, I often felt that Nautica was going DOWN to NCL! My husband and I were always promoting Oceania to our friends in EVERY area from service to food to the way that we were taken care of when we landed in the ports, etc. After this cruise we won't be able to do so and will have to consider whether we will take our next cruise on Oceania or pick a different line! While embarkation did go smoothly and I was greeted by our darling room attendant who was most eager to know what she could do to make sure we had everything we wanted exactly as we desired for our stay, I was amazed that something as simple as not having the Kleenex box filled in the cabin had been overlooked; Then we were to disembark it was almost as if we were to be literally thrown out as quickly as possible since items in the fridge had been disposed of the night before our departure. While most of the servers in the various dining venues went above and beyond to be charming and helpful (and I've mentioned them in my review sent directly to Oceania) there were the occasional who were close to downright rude; this would never have happened on a past Oceania cruise. For the most part the food was good and occasionally excellent but when one orders a Jacques Pepin signature dish (steak/frites) and gets an inedible piece of meat that is overcooked it makes one wonder. The final disappointment was the manner in which we were treated when it came to the ports. In the past there have always been shuttles when we didn't get off within EASY walking distance to the town/city. Here we either didn't have a shuttle (Gibralter) OR the shuttle came every hour and if it was filled you had to wait for the next one! When asked, we were told that Oceania had decided not to pay for the shuttle services! IF we were paying for an inexpensive cruise line I could understand being nickel and dimed but Oceania is NOT an inexpensive line so this seems to be a clear case of NCL thinking, yes? In conclusion, we'll consider our options for the future...something we never did before as we went directly to Oceania without a second thought. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We wanted to find some sun and liked the itinerary detailed for this cruise. We have been on the Riviera's sister ship the Marina and knew it was exactly the same size and also had the same Speciality Dining options which we had ... Read More
We wanted to find some sun and liked the itinerary detailed for this cruise. We have been on the Riviera's sister ship the Marina and knew it was exactly the same size and also had the same Speciality Dining options which we had previously found to be excellent. Oceania arranged our flights and transport to the ship/airport. This was one of our few criticisms as rather than flying us directly from Manchester to Barcelona we were routed via Amsterdam and our return to Manchester from Athens was via Heathrow. This added hours to our journey. The ship was lovely with good public rooms. Our cabin, a grade B2 cabin was an excellent size with a bath and separate shower. The cabin was kept clean and tidy by the conscientious cabin stewards. I am always pleased to have shower gel etc in the bathroom as not all cruise ships provide these amenities. Dining was excellent in the Speciality restaurants and we particularly enjoyed Red Ginger. Dinner in the main dining room was good though the service at breakfast was rather hit and miss. We tried to attend all the evening shows though this depended on the time we were dining and the shows mainly started at 9.30pm. We enjoyed the classical pianist and the shows put on by ship's company. We didn't have much spare time to join in the onboard quizzes but they seemed to be popular. Apart from breakfast (on some days) the service was excellent. We enjoyed all the ports but 'did our own thing' as regards to excursions finding the prices for Riviera's own trips very dear. The shops had a poor selection of sizes particularly in the men's clothing. Other items such as handbags were 'overpriced' when I compared them to prices in the U.K. However we had a lovely holiday and would certainly book again if the price and itinerary suited us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Chose this trip because of itinerary and time of year, in addition to Oceania's "O" live promo. Deciding to choose a package tour. It worked out great for us. The service aboard was just amazing. I had a very pleasant ... Read More
Chose this trip because of itinerary and time of year, in addition to Oceania's "O" live promo. Deciding to choose a package tour. It worked out great for us. The service aboard was just amazing. I had a very pleasant experience. Every corner of the ship was in impeccable condition. The food was terrific for us. We visited all of the restaurants. The only negative about the restaurants is that they need to change the curtain situation; there are magnificent views from the windows, and they had curtains in all indoor restaurants that covered about 1/4 of the view. Understand something is needed for direct sun or heavy glare, but the curtains hang at a diagonal from top to bottom. Every port of call on this voyage was good in our estimation. Crew got everyone on and off very effectively when the ship tendered and easy on/off when docked. Have booked another Oceania cruise in November in South America. This time on the smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
This cruise being a repositioning cruise offered a penthouse with butler at an affordable price on one of Oceania newer vessels the Riviera..The butler was able to get us into the specialty restaurants on additional nights as well as ... Read More
This cruise being a repositioning cruise offered a penthouse with butler at an affordable price on one of Oceania newer vessels the Riviera..The butler was able to get us into the specialty restaurants on additional nights as well as deliver in room breakfast of any food not only the ones listed on the breakfast card Highlights included some outstanding tours particularly the one organized by the Culinary Institute in Madeira which includes sampling wines shopping in an open market where we were give 5 euros per individual to buy food and lunch where we were able to taste some local dishes such as the black scabbard fish The ships food is excellent and I particularly love the lobster tails off the grill. The entertainment ranged from excellent to mediocre depending on the evening The room stewards were excellent and so was our butler We only travel on Oceania because there in no dressup and no photographer Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We have looked at Oceania cruises and always thought they were a bit too expensive for us. We were sent details of a repositioning cruise from the Med to Miami at a great price with several freebies thrown in.... free wifi, free transfers, ... Read More
We have looked at Oceania cruises and always thought they were a bit too expensive for us. We were sent details of a repositioning cruise from the Med to Miami at a great price with several freebies thrown in.... free wifi, free transfers, $1000 on board credit and a drink package so we gave in to temptation. Having completed the cruise on Riviera we are now spoiled for cruising with any other company! We flew from Heathrow to Barcelona then had a shared transfer, arranged by our agent, which was not great. Having landed at 2pm we didn't get on board till after 4pm. Last boarding was 4.15 so we just squeaked in, phew. We had no time to check out our cabin because it was time for safety drill. Just grabbed our life jackets after spotting our bottle of champagne chilling nicely in an ice bucket. A very nice welcome touch. We chose this cruise especially so we could visit Bermuda and the Bahamas, new destinations for us. The other ports (Cartagena, Malaga, Funchal) we had visited before. We prefer to do our own thing in ports, excursions are too restricting for us and we knew we could find our way around the ports with ease. The highlights on board for us were the concierge facility, speciality dining restaurants and the lovely staff. We had a cabin on deck 9, just a short walk to the laundry and concierge. We used all of the specialty restaurants, our favourite was Red Ginger and we paid extra for a night at La Reserve for a 7 course extravaganza with wine matched to each course. That was wonderful. Our wine package provided free drinks at lunch and dinner. The wines were hand poured, topped up frequently and we were able to have different wines with each course if we wanted to. We got into the habit of having a glass of champagne as we selected from the menu then moved on to a red or white with our main course. The wifi on board is a bit of a joke, so glad we didn't pay for it. But I was able to send emails with photo attachments if I persevered. Opening the door of the cabin improved the signal and going up to the library on deck 14 helped too. The lecturers on board were a mixed bag. An awful woman who was doing history of navigators, she should not be allowed to lecture as she merely read from the PowerPoint slides she had made. I walked out after 5 mins and never went back. The naval officer who lectured was brilliant, a proper presentation style and interesting subject matter on naval battles. We were lucky enough to have some ex Apple employees on board who did a couple of help sessions for iPhone and iPad. Very useful. Entertainment is not really our thing. The singers and dancers were fine, they had great back lighting and sets which enhanced the shows. We missed the soloists, think we were eating! We saw two comedians. One should have been keel hauled for telling jokes we had all heard before, although some audience members yucked it up. The second one was much better with great audience interaction. Can't remember their names so they weren't that memorable. Cabin service was excellent, our room maid introduced herself and always greeted us by name. Her helper was friendly too and they worked so hard to keep our cabin tidy. Not an easy job when we were making a boat for the sailing competition! Lots of scrap left lying around and an overflowing rubbish bin most days. We enjoyed our overnight stay in Bermuda. We took the ferry to Hamilton, not really worth a visit in our opinion but we used it as a staging point to get the bus to the beaches. We walked from Warwick Long Bay to Horseshoe Bay, as described on the cruisecritic boards. We then caught a bus to Somerset bridge, walked a bit of the old Railway Trail then caught a third bus back to the dockyard. Nassau was interesting. Still some debris lying around from the storms but the clean up has been done amazingly well. We walked up the Queens steps to the fort then on via the heritage village and national art gallery to Adastra zoo. We didn't go in, at $18 each we felt it was too expensive. I know, we spent £100s on the cruise, but we felt we wouldn't get value from the zoo. Instead we went to Arawak Cay and had conch at Goldies restaurant. Delicious! In Miami we used the ship transfer, although we already had a pre paid shared transfer to the airport. The Big Bus company collected us from the port, stored our luggage, took us on a tour then shuttled us to the airport. Good value at $79 each. Yes, dearer than the zoo but exactly what we needed to use up the time till our flight home. As I said in my title the only thing not to like was the cookies. Celebrity line does them better, but that won't stop us from looking out for another Oceania cruise. Thanks for reading. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We enjoy the sea days on repositioning cruises, and this 14-day Oceania Riviera voyage from Barcelona to Miami gave us five in a row, from Madeira to Bermuda. The meals were excellent, and the service exceptional. The penthouse suite ... Read More
We enjoy the sea days on repositioning cruises, and this 14-day Oceania Riviera voyage from Barcelona to Miami gave us five in a row, from Madeira to Bermuda. The meals were excellent, and the service exceptional. The penthouse suite cabin was very roomy with a comfortable bed and lots of storage space, including a walk-in closet. The cruise director, Nolan Dean was among the best (great sense of humor, and a high level of energy) we have had on Oceania or Azamara. In addition, the art class, expertly provided by Graham Denison the resident artist in the Artist’s Loft, was really fun. We painted in acrylics, although his forte is oil, using the palette knife. There were typically two class sessions per day during sea days. One small downside to our experience was that team trivia was held in the lounge, using theatre style seating. This is not very conducive to team trivia. The other negative point was the disembarkation in Miami, which was disorganized and very slow. In summary, however, this was an A level cruise. We do love Oceania! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Took a Transatlantic cruise on Riveira. If u want comfort, good food, service, good cabin space , excursion treats and a happy smiles from all those who surround u----then take a Oceania. They are truly a notch above Celebrity, RCCL ... Read More
Took a Transatlantic cruise on Riveira. If u want comfort, good food, service, good cabin space , excursion treats and a happy smiles from all those who surround u----then take a Oceania. They are truly a notch above Celebrity, RCCL and Princess. You pay for what u get and that is Oceania all ways. The port selections of Barcelona, Carthegena,Malaga, Madeira, Bermuda and Nassau were excellent. Took short 4 hr tours at each port. Gave a good overview Seas were never an issue. Even though ship smaller than the mega ships they sail relatively smooth. Pax are about 1250 @ max Specialty restaurants are wonderful. Food delicious and service excellent. You get served at Terrace Cafe . Spa area including work out and steam baths delightful. With smaller amount of pax onboard, makes everything easy, embarkation and disembarkation Customer Services is always willing to help. They are quite accommodating. Shoppes on board a bit pricey and selection limited in clothes. Lots of jewelry and watches. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We wanted an R&R trip and we prefer "sea days." This trip met our goal, and Riviera was loaded with extras -- attention to small details. We've now gone on one Oceania "small ship" and one "big ... Read More
We wanted an R&R trip and we prefer "sea days." This trip met our goal, and Riviera was loaded with extras -- attention to small details. We've now gone on one Oceania "small ship" and one "big ship" and we're definitely like the Oceania staff's service and attitude -- polite friendly and proud of doing their jobs well. Most of our fellow passengers had traveled on Oceania before also -- the large number of "repeaters" testifies to the quality of the Oceania shipboard experience. We only went to a couple of the evening entertainments so can't express much of an opinion on them, although the one "whole cast" show we attended was very well done. And we didn't attend any of the Enrichment Talks -- this was an R&R trip and all we wanted to do was read, enjoy the sea air, look at the ocean and sleep! And we mostly did just that. All in all, a very satisfactory trip. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
The transatlantic was my first. It was a bit cool on a few days but NO SNOW as at home. The food is top notch and the service impeccable. The entertainment was diversified and wonderful. The Riviera show troupe were very talented as ... Read More
The transatlantic was my first. It was a bit cool on a few days but NO SNOW as at home. The food is top notch and the service impeccable. The entertainment was diversified and wonderful. The Riviera show troupe were very talented as was the Social director Emmanuella Adda . She and the cruise director , Nolan Dean, put on a great show. The orchestra in the evening and at afternoon tea were terrific. Disembarkation was a bit slow but that is due to CBP only having 4 to handle 1000. I did not take any shore excursions as I am a free spirit and do not like going with the masses. I had already been to Barcelona and Miami so did not do city tours but would recommend a few days early in Barcelona to explore this beautiful city. I went down the hill in the basket in Funchal!!!! I would very likely do this again as you get to spend more time enjoying the ship itself. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We just returned from our 21 cruise with oceania and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding and the service is splendid. From juice coffee and great omelet in the morning to a wonderful lunch in the afternoon, the nightly ... Read More
We just returned from our 21 cruise with oceania and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding and the service is splendid. From juice coffee and great omelet in the morning to a wonderful lunch in the afternoon, the nightly meal is out of this world ! You can enjoy grilled shrimp and lobster tails every evening at the terrace grill, which also has many other choices from salads to a carving station to desserts. From the loyalty programs that Oceania has, we took our free cruise (20) to the far east. Oh my, what an experience, no hangups, no delays, no missed connections. When we arrived in Singapore it was 6am and we could not board till 1pm, so Oceania took us to a 5star hotel where we were given a full breakfast buffet in a very good atmosphere and a lounge to rest . At 12 a bus furnished by Oceania took us to board the ship. Once again a smooth cruise, Boarding and leaving the ship is very efficient because of the number of passengers 1,250 on Riviera and Marina..Do yourself a favor and cruise Oceana!!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
From the moment we embarked at the port, we felt very welcomed. All of the crew we encountered at the restaurants, bars, pool deck, housekeeping,and security were wonderful. They all bent over backwards to make sure we had a positive ... Read More
From the moment we embarked at the port, we felt very welcomed. All of the crew we encountered at the restaurants, bars, pool deck, housekeeping,and security were wonderful. They all bent over backwards to make sure we had a positive cruise experience. Without a doubt, the food was delicious and the variety more than adequate. The daily tea was something we did not want to miss. Wonderful presentation of tea sandwiches and pastries and a string quartet to serenade us in a beautiful environment. We especially enjoyed dining at Red Ginger, a specialty restaurant. The cuisine was outstanding and the service even more so--a most memorable experience. This was our second cruise with Oceania and it was even more enjoyable than our first. We chose this particular cruise for the port itinerary and were not disappointed. The disembarkation process was well organized. This was a very memorable cruise experience and we look forward to sailing with Oceania soon. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Our travel agent suggested Oceania's Riviera for a sister's cruise, and we are so very happy she did! We didn't have cruising experience to which to compare, but we DO know quality and service. The Riviera provided these at ... Read More
Our travel agent suggested Oceania's Riviera for a sister's cruise, and we are so very happy she did! We didn't have cruising experience to which to compare, but we DO know quality and service. The Riviera provided these at every turn. The ship is beautiful, food was very good, service was outstanding! We did not have any problems with embarkation or disembarkation, but we have no comparisons. However, we were greeted with smiles, and they never stopped! The tour guides for excursions were knowledgeable and friendly. Julia on Bus 50 to Florence & Pisa (Tues, Nov 1) was outstanding! Having grown up in Florence, she gave great insight, and restaurant recommendations :) There was no problem with getting to buses or tenders. Oceania had a covered water/lemonade station at the tender in Portofino, which was so nice with the unseasonably warm temperatures. Nightly entertainment was enjoyable; Trivia every day was a blast! The Captain's Reception provided free champagne :) , and introduced us to a lovely couple, with whom we spent a lot of time. We also rocked out karaoke, and danced every night at Horizons. The cruise director, Nolan D, was fantastic! He was funny and charming, and knew everything :) Emmanuelle A, a beautiful and talented singer and director, was so sweet, I want to adopt her. Ismael, Destination Services, graciously helped us change an excursion. Agnes from Poland was professional and efficient, both at Terrace Cafe and the Grand dining room, and turned out to be hilarious! And, she was immediately by my side, ready to perform the Heimlich, when I started to choke from laughing at our great dinner companions. The whole cruise experience was smooth and lovely, while also being opulent and elegant. Although I've commented on our room in the "Cabin review" section, I would like to again thank our steward, Rosario, for his warmth and attention. Again, this was our first cruise, but neither of us can imagine a better experience. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We'd been with Oceania just once before, when Marina was new to the company, and were far from impressed by the poor levels of service, so vowed to give the company a miss! As we had cancelled a cruise with another 6* line, we ... Read More
We'd been with Oceania just once before, when Marina was new to the company, and were far from impressed by the poor levels of service, so vowed to give the company a miss! As we had cancelled a cruise with another 6* line, we decided to give Oceania another chance to impress. We spotted a decent deal , so opted for a shorter cruise on Riviera , and we are so very glad we did... It was wonderful, exceeding all expectations. As we were late , embarkation was speedy, our cabin was ready, but we were far too late for lunch! Our cabin was delightful and Oceania had kindly upgraded us to a deck 10 Concierge level. Sitting in the lovely cabin was a tempting bottle of decent champagne , so we decided to postpone unpacking, and enjoy the moment, sitting on our balcony, waiting for what turned out to be an excellent room service light lunch. A good start! The cabin was elegant , well laid out , with decor in serene tones. The bed, as we remembered , was sublimely comfortable with lovely linens, and plenty of fluffy towels in the bathroom which was first class, with both tub and shower cubicle, and to our delight, had a full range of a favourite Bulgari toiletries. We did eventually unpack, and had a stroll round the ship, familiarising ourselves with the layout, identical to sister Marina, with wonderful artwork, beautiful furniture, plenty of space and cosy bars. The deck area was superb, lots of lounge chairs, Balinese beds around the pool, and a decent range of sports activities laid out. As we'd had a very early start, we decided that we'd dine early, so showered and changed from our travel clothes into something more suitable for dining in style. We enjoyed relaxing cocktails in the Horizons lounge, but at an early hour it was very quiet.We had no reservation for that evening, so had lots of choice. We chanced trying one of the several speciality restaurants , and the friendly, efficient maître d' of the Polo Grill was happy to accommodate us . As a non meat eating guest, I wondered if this steak house style restaurant would work, but in fact there was a choice of several fish dishes, plus vegetable options. The meal was superb, the service efficient and friendly, and we settled to enjoy the first of many excellent meals. As we had a wine package, we were able to enjoy both white and red wines, poured by the glass, and finish with some excellent port. The package surprised us, as we'd anticipated just house reds and whites, but the " wine by the glass" menu had a wide choice to suit all palates. By the time we'd dined, we wanted nothing more than to listen to some live music , and to retire early, rocked by the gentle waves. We only managed to go to one of several shows just twice as there was only one each night, and dining was leisurely, but we did listen to an excellent singe on the one night we did go. It was nice to note, that on Oceania with its relaxed dress code ,most guests dressed as if going out to a good restaurant, cocktail dresses and smart jackets sported by the majority of couples As there was a port most days, we just got off the ship, and enjoyed whatever was on offer, be it architecture, scenery or local attractions. We'd visited all of the ports several times over the years, so shore excursions did no appeal. We loved revisiting the huge weekend market in Sete, stocking up with garlic, herbs and local specialities. Our cabin attendant was most appreciative of some wonderful freshly Nougat, which she had never tasted, and in each port we tried to find something small, local and inexpensive, which was much enjoyed by very hard working young lady. Another favourite port was Livorno, as we could catch the local bus to busy Pisa, with its amazing Miracle Square. Once we'd been to see the Baptistry, Cathedral and Leaning Tower, which were all teeming with locals, visitors and tour groups, we decided to just sit and watch the world go by ,sitting in a tiny restaurant, enjoying freshly made pizza and a pichet of local wine. By the time we'd caught the bus back to Livorno, to rejoin the ship, it was good to relax in the warm November sunshine by the pool. An officer told us that they were amazed by how kind the weather was being so late in the season! Each night we dined in a different venue , enjoying the wonderful cuisine in each, a favourite being the Italian Toscana . Oceania is known as a " foodie" line, and we had to pace ourselves, not wishing to expand our waistlines , so we ate sparingly for both breakfast and both lunch. Lunch was a delight with daily dishes on offer, excellent breads and cheeses, and we enjoyed a soup ,salad and fruit light meal daily . Each night we were astounded by the superb level of attentive service. We dined twice in the lovely, elegant ,spacious main dining room, but realised we preferred the intimacy of the speciality restaurants. Even on our last night, Polo Grill was able to find us a table, a lovely way to finish what had proved to be a superb cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Let me start off by saying WOW!! I have sailed on other cruise lines to more local destinations in South Africa so it wasn't my first time @ the rodeo BUT my experience on the Oceania Nautica was nothing short of mind blowing!! ... Read More
Let me start off by saying WOW!! I have sailed on other cruise lines to more local destinations in South Africa so it wasn't my first time @ the rodeo BUT my experience on the Oceania Nautica was nothing short of mind blowing!! Embarkation and dis-embarkation were easy breezy, previous experiences on other cruises led me to dread these two activities and in fact I had nothing to worry about. It is a boutique cruise with roughly 500 - 600 guests so you make friends very easily. We stayed in a Veranda suite and the cabin was a good size with enough hanging space for clothes. The bathroom was a bit of a low point really as was the shower curtain but I have had much worse on other cruises. It was compact as to be expected but I felt like it could have been better. Friends of our in higher priced suites had much better bathrooms though. The Ship has two specialty restaurants on board as well as on deck Cafe, a Buffet restaurant and the "Grand Dining Room". There are two official Bars as well as a Lounge where they had evening shows which also had a bar. You can smoke in a dedicated Smoking Area in the top Bar as well as a certain area on deck. The Food is UNBELIEVABLE, every meal was just divine. I especially loved the 4 - 6 course meals we had in the Grand Dining hall with lots of wine between each course. Everyone we spoke too commented on how good the food was with comments like "The best cuisine @ sea" being spoken, The Casino was okay has few old machines but I feel it could have an upgrade. The staff were delightful at the restaurants and bars but we found the reception staff to be a little cold. We made such lovely friends on board and didn't want to leave :( To me a cruise is the absolute best as you unpack once and a new city or country comes to you every day. I can't wait for our next trip!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Friends recommended oceania cruises because of the good food. The food was good, but compared to the other cruiselines where we booked balcony huts in Europe since 2010, this was by far the worst in size, also the bathroom was far too ... Read More
Friends recommended oceania cruises because of the good food. The food was good, but compared to the other cruiselines where we booked balcony huts in Europe since 2010, this was by far the worst in size, also the bathroom was far too small. The service was very good and the ship is very quiet compared to MSC, Norwegian, Costa. The food was good, but not exceptional. Dinner in the Polo restaurant was disappointing, The ship did embark in city centres, which was very convenient. The prices are ridiculous, especially prices of the wine at table and the prices of transfers. Book your own transfers! Because we did not like to be on a waiting list for dinner in the grand ding room, we went there around 9, when there was no waiting list. Therefore each night we saw only the last 10 minutes of the entertainment. The library is big, very quiet and 24/7 open. We will consider cruising again with oceania, but not with the old ships like the Nautica. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have sailed Oceania 6 times and this time we were disappointed, not in the amenities or service which was outstanding. We chose a transatlantic crossing thinking there would be movies, lectures on varied topics beside the usual games ... Read More
We have sailed Oceania 6 times and this time we were disappointed, not in the amenities or service which was outstanding. We chose a transatlantic crossing thinking there would be movies, lectures on varied topics beside the usual games and such. All we got was 5 days of the same games and the usual banal nonsense. We played bridge but the instructors were not thrilling. The shows are what we expected as all cruise ships give you the same old, same old. We were fortunate to hear a wonderful classical pianist and a very funny comic/magician. In its favour was that the staff was outstanding. The dining room was wonderful as were the specialty restaurants. The wait staff was top notch as was the front hostess. This is a refurbished ship and everything was new and fresh but it is exactly like its sister ships in look and layout. We like Oceania because it's a ship for grown ups but grown ups needed more mental stimulation for 6 days at sea. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I chose this ship and this cruise for the following reasons; a) My partner and I are pass cruisers with this line. b) we had completed six weeks in Europe and this was the perfect way to return to US. c) ship newly ... Read More
I chose this ship and this cruise for the following reasons; a) My partner and I are pass cruisers with this line. b) we had completed six weeks in Europe and this was the perfect way to return to US. c) ship newly refurbished. Embarkation for us was early and wonderful. Cabin was ready before expected. Cabin, Category A1 was nothing special. It was clean and well finished off. Our outside veranda was roomy, however the floor drain was clogged for the entire trip. This rendered the deck not so usable. The food was beautiful and not anything to complain about in both the specialty restaurants and main dining room. The Terrace Cafe however was disappointing and congested. Tables were too close, isles were too small, servers were not helpful and spook and understood limited English. We had the unfortunate event to go to Hospital which was the most expensive thing I did while on the ship. Two batches of pills, for 10 days, were over $550.00USD which was not disclosed prior. My efforts to speak with ship officers about the high price went no where. Having had just completed a 30 day cruise on Sirena's sister-ship, Nautica, We also sailed on a 30 day cruise on Marina and thought that Sirena's refurbishment was short changed and not worthy of a repeat visit. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We read so many negative comments on Cruise Critic about the Sirena, we were worried about this experience ! Well, not to worry.... the cruise was wonderful ! Sirena is absolutely beautiful!!! Well appointed in every area! Horizons ... Read More
We read so many negative comments on Cruise Critic about the Sirena, we were worried about this experience ! Well, not to worry.... the cruise was wonderful ! Sirena is absolutely beautiful!!! Well appointed in every area! Horizons has been much improved and is lovely, even adding bathrooms! Contrary to many complaints I read, the food is still 5 star! Jacques Bistro at lunch in the GDR is a nice addition with yummy daily specials! Speciality restuants equally yum, especially Tuscan Steak House! The Terrace Cafe and new grill, the best!!!! STAFF is beyond compare!!! From first greeting to disembarkation goodbyes....the staff exceeded expectations! Shout outs to Veni. Waylon. Maria. Ariel Glen(room service was awesome). Angeline, Clifford, Lucy...... the list goes on and on Entertainment....diverse and enjoyable. Especially the Production Show company! They sang their hearts out for us!!! Guest lecturer....fascinating!!! A + Sirena and staff!!!! We did excursions on our own.... mostly hop on hop off buses. In Bermuda, we were right downtown Hamilton !!! That was awesome ! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Smaller ship for us which we enjoyed, clean, recently refurbished, no loud music, no kids on this cruise, many areas to read and relax, easy access around the ship, no lines, superb food, good selection of wine, smaller cabins and ... Read More
Smaller ship for us which we enjoyed, clean, recently refurbished, no loud music, no kids on this cruise, many areas to read and relax, easy access around the ship, no lines, superb food, good selection of wine, smaller cabins and particularly small shower area, plenty of storage. Excellent large library. Good fitness center not busy. Very nice large steam/shower room and the private hot tub, and rarely any other passengers on my many visits. We were a party of 10 sometimes eating dinner together and enjoyed the round tables for easier conversation. Particularly enjoyed the grilled lobster tails/jumbo very fresh tasting shrimp and sushi in the Terrace Cafe almost every evening. The illy coffee in the barista was outstanding. Non alcoholic drinks are all included. Entertainment/shows were ok for a small ship. Several movies. Nice laundry room normally not crowded takes tokens for nominal charge at reception desk. We would usually meet at Martini bar or Horizon lounge up top for pre dinner drinks. Our onboard credits more than covered all on board expenses including gratuities,alcohol and even some clothes purchased in the shop.We had read the many negative reviews prior to our cruise so we were pleasantly surprised as we certainly enjoyed the ship and the overall cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Had another strong experience with Oceania on the Marina. We didn't notice much difference between the Riviera and the Marina, given they are only one year different. The restaurants were excellent, the staff very service-oriented. ... Read More
Had another strong experience with Oceania on the Marina. We didn't notice much difference between the Riviera and the Marina, given they are only one year different. The restaurants were excellent, the staff very service-oriented. Embarking and disembarking all went smoothly. We took one of the cooking classes, which was a lot of fun, and we learned some valuable items. The fitness room was plenty large enough and was never difficult to get equipment. The two things that could be improved upon are the entertainment and the excursions. The entertainment choices were not ideal, e.g. pianist, soprano, and the vocal talent of the cruise team wasn't that strong. While the excursions are expensive compared to what you can arrange on your own, it might be worth it if they were consistently good. But the reports were mixed, so it's not worth paying three times the price for comparable tours. Overall, the value for the money was excellent. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise for the ports. We flew into Barcelona on Sunday before the Tuesday cruise. We loved the Hilton, and had a great time viewing the sites. I had requested wheelchair access transportation, which was prompt and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We flew into Barcelona on Sunday before the Tuesday cruise. We loved the Hilton, and had a great time viewing the sites. I had requested wheelchair access transportation, which was prompt and available at the airport. There was a delay getting to the ship, due to traffic. Our room was lovely, spacious and room for wheelchair turn around. there were 2 problems. Our adult daughter slept on the hide a bed, which had an uncomfortable bar in the middle. She put her mattress on the floor to sleep. Staff saw this and brought a second matress, which helped some. However, the sofa bed is just not comfortable. I had difficulties with the height of the bed. it is too high for a direct wheelchair transfer. Luckily my husband can help me, but this could be a problem for someone who has to transfer directly from chair to bed. The overall appearance of the ship is great. Lovely decor, everything is spotless. The service in the dining venues is prompt and friendly. The Asian restaurant did not seem to have enough staff the night we ate there. We did not participate in the ships shore excursions, since they were not accessible for a wheelchair user. We also did not go to the entertainment, as we were usually tired after a day of touring. We really appreciated the crew's assistance in helping me on and off of the ship, especially when the ramps were steep of stairs. The only real complaint was that the request for accessible transportation was not carried forward to leaving the ship to go to the hotel. This was a bit of an ordeal, but the staff did find a cab that worked for us. We had to pay for the cab, after we had paid for the transfers as part of the hotel price. Read Less
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