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31 Oceania Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

Our first Oceania Cruise was on the Marina and we were so “wowed” we booked the Sirena to sail 5 months later. We did not come back from this one overwhelmed with a sense to book the next one ASAP. First, the things that were a ... Read More
Our first Oceania Cruise was on the Marina and we were so “wowed” we booked the Sirena to sail 5 months later. We did not come back from this one overwhelmed with a sense to book the next one ASAP. First, the things that were a little less than fantastic The spa deck was very small and hard to find a seat on some days. So, the concierge upgrade was not really worth the money. The bathrooms were very tiny and, we knew going in it was a smaller ship but, if you are on the toilet with the door closed it was sideways sitting. The room stewards were not as intuitive as to what we needed. For example- on day one we had champagne in a bucket that we didn’t drink on boarding as in it was more fun after sail away. When we came back to the room to drink- the bucket was gone and the champagne on the counter. We had to call to get the bucket back. The buffet restaurant was not quick with water, tea or coffee. Most breakfasts we had to flag someone down to get us more. There was link flexibility in changing restaurant dinner times even with empty tables. The good- heck it is still a fantastic line! The food is fantastic and who doesn’t like grilled lobsters. Honestly, the best food you can have at sea. The main dining room and speciality restaurants had great service. The ship is very clean. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Husband's Big 80 birthday - chose Oceania as previous experience on Riviera was very good. Love our food. Very nice itinerary, so we thought, out of Southampton finishing up in Barcelona. Ship - very similar to Riviera. ... Read More
Husband's Big 80 birthday - chose Oceania as previous experience on Riviera was very good. Love our food. Very nice itinerary, so we thought, out of Southampton finishing up in Barcelona. Ship - very similar to Riviera. Beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. We had Penthouse Suite which was excellent. Very good design. Everything worked except WiFi which was dreadful and you could only have one device working (if it did!) at any one time. Cabin staff were excellent - always cleaned and ready for when we returned. Butler was helpful but we don't really use the Butler. Concierge was awful, rude, arrogant, ignorant both to me and about other guests. Overall the food was good as you would expect from the Cruise line that advertises "The best food at sea..." However........service was slow and seemed disorganised in the Grand Dining Room, the buffet area you had to have everything served to you, often not what you really wanted, which slowed down the process. Often plates were taken away before you finished your last mouthful which I hate! It was over busy at times - I think because the Grand Dining Room was certainly not up to standard. When we did go to the GDR for breakfast there were issues. The worst kipper and smoked haddock I have ever seen - so awful we walked out! Speciality restaurants were good but we were not keen on the Italian Restaurant. Polo Grill, Red Ginger and the French restaurant were all good. There was little coordination between the booking systems and the actual restaurants. Wine was very expensive. The added on gratuities plus another Spanish tax made it a ridiculous price. Entertainment was mixed - some excellent and some awful. Art loft..... well I've never seen such awful examples of a tutors work. The sessions were ok but overcrowded and chaotic. The Culinary Centre was good. Fun and informative . The Special Dining in Prive was an experience, interesting and the food delicious. There were some booking issues for other guests though - they were not happy! Gym was good, classes limited. Front Spa area not serviced, loungers uncomfortable, jacuzzi far too hot on one occasion and outside shower not working. Ports were very interesting - we do not do Ships excursions as we prefer to be independent. Transfers to the ship however were poor in a number of the ports and trying to get accurate info difficult. This did cause us issues as often long waits for buses without any seated waiting areas - my husband cannot stand for long. Some very long unnecessary walks off the ship into the port - little consideration for anyone with any disability. Other Cruise lines seem to have far better in port service. We had a number of Public Holiday days in ports which meant access to attractions was limited and shops closed. The 2 nights in Bordeaux was not 2 nights as they moved the ship on the second day making any independent excursions very difficult especially as it was a public holiday. We saw the Captain once during the whole cruise. He did not attend his drinks party nor did he attend the Thank you parade for the staff. Poor! Would we travel with Oceania again?. Sadly I very much doubt it. I think if we go 6 star again we will try another company. The rudeness of the Concierge was unacceptable. Oh and they got our final account wrong... so beware - we have never had that on a cruise before they are normally spot on! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Getting aboard was painless. Oceanview cabin was small clean and quiet! The food was incredible, the servers were ALL polite and efficient. Could get a reservation at the specialty restaurants anytime. The food in the main dining room ... Read More
Getting aboard was painless. Oceanview cabin was small clean and quiet! The food was incredible, the servers were ALL polite and efficient. Could get a reservation at the specialty restaurants anytime. The food in the main dining room was just as good as the specialty restaurants!. Free Pop and water were filled in the fridge everyday. Specialty coffees, smoothies, milkshakes were available all day at no extra charge!! Entertainment was hit and miss....the average age on board was 70 so the shows were geared towards this generation. Went on a few shore excursions sponsored by the ship... they were good but waaaaay overpriced. Would recommend going with private tours that are everywhere as you arrive. Yes this was fairly pricey but you get what you pay for...You can pay up front or be nickel and dimmed to death. One final comment no photography or art sales were EVER mentioned. Would go again in an instant...have been on NCL and princess and this was a big step up. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship broke down after leaving Honolulu, had to be towed by tugs back to port. Stuck in Honolulu for three days. Missed 40% of ports of call on the San Diego to Papeete Cruise. Feelings of insecurity, uncertainty and disappointment. ... Read More
The ship broke down after leaving Honolulu, had to be towed by tugs back to port. Stuck in Honolulu for three days. Missed 40% of ports of call on the San Diego to Papeete Cruise. Feelings of insecurity, uncertainty and disappointment. Oceania offered $500 shipboard credit on cruise in 2018/19 as compensation and that's all. No respect or empathy for passengers. Trying to benefit from passenger misfortune and their failure to provide a sea worthy ship. This is an example of anonymous corporate bean counters sabotaging the hard work and sincere efforts of the crew and staff to provide a high quality cruise experience. Many passengers were extremely angry and frustrated and will take legal action, write trip reviews and certainly not sail with Oceania again. The company emphasizes their committment to passanger satisfaction but when they have an opportunity to prove it we realize it's all just marketing lip service Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I love Alaska, this was my second cruise through Alaska. Chose Oceana for food reviews. Didn’t disappoint. Excellent in dining rooms and buffets. They took great care to serve you at buffet so as not to contaminate service ware. They ... Read More
I love Alaska, this was my second cruise through Alaska. Chose Oceana for food reviews. Didn’t disappoint. Excellent in dining rooms and buffets. They took great care to serve you at buffet so as not to contaminate service ware. They have organic food which is important to my digestive system. Shows were good. Tours were fair, we enjoyed hiking the rain forest, kayaking in the rain, loved it all. I’m physically challenged, none of the tours were difficult and we chose the most athletic ones. Never needed my cane. Until the next day. LOL. Wish we had toured the college fiords. Room service was amazing. Surf n turf burgers were my favorite by the pool. Alaska never disappoints. Love the ship size, great ages. Few children. Cabins are small but adequate for two. Traveling with best friend, her first cruise. Will definitely go on Oceana again. Tried to book Nov Tahiti, ended up on Seabourne October. Excellent gluten free choices, daily homemade ice creams. You won’t be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We choose this cruise because chef Jacques Pepin was going to be onboard! Unfortunately, the entire cruise was overshadowed with the onboard illness of some cruisers and staff! We were told little about it except that protocol and ... Read More
We choose this cruise because chef Jacques Pepin was going to be onboard! Unfortunately, the entire cruise was overshadowed with the onboard illness of some cruisers and staff! We were told little about it except that protocol and precautions were put in place to handle it! Thus for the entire remainder of the cruise we had no laundry, no concierge lounge, no preset tables, no salt and pepper shakers, and informal dining area that was wrapped in Saran Wrap and difficult for us and staff to use! but we did have the constant wiping of tables,railings and chairs etc as we tried to dine, and/ or enjoy the views! They were able to have chef Pepin provide us with a book signing, although it was poorly promoted and we heard about it through word of mouth,and a demo and question and answer time, which we enjoyed! We felt the staff were tense, and under pressure. The captain gave us very little info, although several days after his first announcement he did say it was not a norovirus but precautions were going to continue for the rest of the cruise! We are glad this wasn't our first cruise or one that was for a very special occasion, because we would have been very disappointed! We enjoyed our shore excursions, liked the ship size and ease of getting around, also liked that the age of our fellow passengers had gotten younger since our last Oceania cruise! We do not go to evening entertainment,or the casino. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We cruised with Oceania in January 2016 from Hong Kong to Bangkok and had a very good time. In November 2016 we did a Med Cruise going from Venice to Rome, however this one was a bit of a disappointment. It was billed as a Jacques Pepin ... Read More
We cruised with Oceania in January 2016 from Hong Kong to Bangkok and had a very good time. In November 2016 we did a Med Cruise going from Venice to Rome, however this one was a bit of a disappointment. It was billed as a Jacques Pepin food oriented cruise and it was advertised as one with special menus, food talks, excursions, etc. There was one cooking demo by M. Pepin which was very interesting, but no real innovative menus or other presentations. By the time we booked (We'd tried to book the cruise early in the year but were told it was sold out.), all the shore excursions involving cooking were booked as well as all the ones on board with no additional selections added. Some of our shore excursions involved some time spent with a tour guide and then too much time on our own for shopping. We don't visit foreign countries and pay for shore excursions to shop for more than an hour at several different stops. Also, if you're looking for variety among your ports of call, this is not the one for you. Several of them were very similar. We found out mid way on the cruise there was noro virus on board. Their beautiful library was locked down from the very beginning and a few days into the cruise, the laundromat was locked up. We expected some consideration in a price break on ship's laundry but there was none. Internet was very bad so lots of folks were not happy about that. The evening shows didn't start until after 9:30 so all of those were out for us since we're not late night people. I don't think we'll consider another Oceania cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose the cruise based on its reputation. Despite the so called refurbishment, the Concierge Balcony windows and door are not properly sealed, causing the room to be cold and uncomfortable. We could not view the sea because we had to ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on its reputation. Despite the so called refurbishment, the Concierge Balcony windows and door are not properly sealed, causing the room to be cold and uncomfortable. We could not view the sea because we had to close the thick curtain to conserve the little bit of warmth all the time. The quality of the food is poor. On several occasions, the fish in the Buffet Restaurant is "fishy", i.e., not fresh. The carved meats served there on two occasions were just cold and dry. The cold atmosphere in the Buffet Restaurant as well as the Tuscan Steak Restaurant certainly does not help. In addition, the steak served in Tuscan is of such low quality, rendering it tasteless and chewy. The appetizers served there were probably prepared well ahead of time, with the plates as cold as the refrigerator. The food in the Grand Restaurant is a hit or miss. Dinners are acceptable, not great overall. The fruit plates served at breakfast are icy cold. One morning, the pancake was good. They serve only one piece, quite stingy. The next day, the Canadian bacon served with Eggs Benedict is tasteless, probably stale. The Service personnel, as on any cruise ships, work hard. The officers are not the same. The Restaurant officers kept on bothering us, asking us for our opinion, in a manner which is more self-aggrandizement, as opposed to being helpful. Above all, the ship raced through rough waters on its way to Halifax, causing the ship to bounce up and down as well as side to side. In addition, the ship course was changed. Despite the big change in skipping Bermuda, the passengers are merely reimbursed by a future cruise credit of $250 per person. With this experience, I have serious doubt on cruising Oceania again. Above all, the cruise line did a great disservice to the Pepin family. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My husband and I are in our early 60's and just returned from our second Oceania Cruise in Europe. This was our sixth cruise having been on Royal Carib and Princess to destinations in the Caribbean. Oceania is a much more ... Read More
My husband and I are in our early 60's and just returned from our second Oceania Cruise in Europe. This was our sixth cruise having been on Royal Carib and Princess to destinations in the Caribbean. Oceania is a much more luxurious and low key experience than the others we've been on. There were only 900 guests. The boat holds 1200. Plus 800 employees. So obviously the service was extremely attentive. If you're looking for late night partying with big splashy shows this is not the cruise line for you. However, the entertainment that they did have was certainly fun and enjoyable. There are no zip lines or fake surfing but there was a concert pianist who was terrific and other offerings we enjoyed. The passengers are mature and hail from all over the globe. We enjoyed sharing our dinners with others we met and especially our dinner at La Reserve. It costs extra but is a very special evening involving a tasting menu and wine pairing. But all the restaurants are excellent. Going to La Reserve is just an extra special treat especially if you are celebrating a big life event such as a milestone birthday or anniversary. The excursions we took with Oceania were very good. Our day in Capri was awesome. I was a bit disappointed with the winery excursion in Sicily. When you go on a bus tour you spend too much time getting on and off the bus and making stops to the rest rooms. This cannot be helped I suppose. Our best day was in Marseilles where we hired an outside company called Provence Connections. We were the only two on the tour. Fabrizzio was our guide and he was awesome. I think hiring a local tour rather than using the ships excursions is probably less expensive and more meaningful and I will do more of that on subsequent voyages. We were in stateroom 7063. Being in the center of the ship is best if you get seasick. But try to be on the 8 or 9th decks. The 7th deck is okay but a bit higher up is preferable. The spa is small but I had the best facial! Expensive but worth it. My husband said his massage was just okay. Embarkation and debarkation were a breeze. Very orderly and quick. I LOVED our trip and can't wait to plan my next cruise on Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first cruise but the couple we were with have cruised 17 times. From the initial contact to our disembarkation the experience was an absolute positive one. Our flight from Montreal to Rome was long but uneventful and was ... Read More
This was our first cruise but the couple we were with have cruised 17 times. From the initial contact to our disembarkation the experience was an absolute positive one. Our flight from Montreal to Rome was long but uneventful and was completely organized. our arrival at the Marriott Flora was expected and we were greeted at the entrance by an Oceania Representative. The next day we were transported to the Marina which was such a positive and exciting event. Once we received all the necessary accreditation we went to the Grand Dining awaiting the final prep of our Stateroom. The room itself was large with a very large balcony; it remained spotless the entire cruise. The staff maintaining our stateroom exceeded our expectations. From the Capitan Leo, General Manager, Damien Lacroix, Cruise Director, Peter Roberts, Food and Beverage Director, Marc Walter, Chris Rogan Development and Head Chef Alexis every single person to the deck staff were so helpful and accommodating. The Ports of Call and the organized tours were excellent and even the tours we coordinated on our own great. Thank you Marina for a holiday Adèle will never forget. (Thanks Diane and Louis). The food was exceptional and exceeded all our expectations. i cannot say enough about the Entertainment Team headed by Jason and the Social Director, Katie. One of our favourites on the Ship were the Bellissimo String Quartet with Sasha, Inna, Kristina and Polina; we looked forward to hearing you every day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We went on this cruise because we did the Baltic last August and it was superb. We signed on for another cruise in the exact same Oceania suite. The recent experience was not so good. I was served a raw chicken leg in the dining room ... Read More
We went on this cruise because we did the Baltic last August and it was superb. We signed on for another cruise in the exact same Oceania suite. The recent experience was not so good. I was served a raw chicken leg in the dining room and the lobster thermidor in Jacques was lukewarm, the beef in the steakhouse was tasteless and tough, caeser salad dressing tasted like it comes from a bottle. Overall the food was not nearly as good as last year. The service was not as good a last time either. We were served dinner in out suit over an hour late one evening. Was there a merger in the past 13 months? The shore excursions are pretty boring and pretty expensive. We won't be back. At this point I would rather fly to europe, stay in a good hotel and get a better feel for the country. Since the trains are so good in europe why not use them? Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This the best cruise we have taken (20). The weather was not the best so two of our stops were cancelled. The food was excellent (the best) and the one Sunday buffet was superior. The ship was filled but not crowded and the passengers were ... Read More
This the best cruise we have taken (20). The weather was not the best so two of our stops were cancelled. The food was excellent (the best) and the one Sunday buffet was superior. The ship was filled but not crowded and the passengers were polite and friendly - there was not one negative experience. The cruise director was the best and most helpful of any we have seen and seemed to be always present. Her memory for names was outstanding - she met us once and never forgot - two Sundays in a row she knew every person at the worship service after meeting them. The captain ran a good ship and crew and set the example for being friendly and accessible. Every member of the crew we met was happy and smiling no matter what their job. Not one time did we see someone in an upset or poor mood. In fact, the attitude of the crew made the cruise a delight even with the stormy weather. The entertainers were as good as we have seen - we both thought the smaller theater made the atmosphere most enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Oceania's Marina has the best quality food of the 8 cruise lines we traveled on, but there are major problems in entertainment and excursion policies. We were booked in a Concierge cabin and dined 6 times in specialty restaurants. All ... Read More
Oceania's Marina has the best quality food of the 8 cruise lines we traveled on, but there are major problems in entertainment and excursion policies. We were booked in a Concierge cabin and dined 6 times in specialty restaurants. All served superb food, especially Jacques. All pax get 4 free reservations and our Concierge was able to arrange two extra dinings. The 4pm tea service and violin concertos were excellent. The service quality in all areas and room were outstanding -- no complaints about the ship or its personnel. It was my 2nd cruise on the Marina. However, Miami HQ has major policy flaws. Passengers (pax) are given a choice of on-board-credits or free excursions; however, the OBC can only be used after departure. All of our excursion requests were fully booked by other pre-cruise pax and the prices are about 25% more expensive than other cruise lines. If you book five pre-cruise excursions, the price is reasonable. HQ simply doesn't arrange enough excursions to meet demand. To use our OBC we booked two $193 massages and paid for tips. Other OBC pax bought liquor or items in the boutiques. You should not select the OBC option. There is only one show at 9:45 pm every night and that is past our bed-time for early next day events. The reason is dining only starts at 6:30 pm and specialty restaurants also offer 7:30 and 8:30 options. On average dining took 2 hours 45 minutes, so there can only be one late show. All but one other cruise line we traveled on had an early show that Oceania refuses to offer. This voyage started in Southampton thru Copenhagen. Since we couldn't book excursions, we arranged our own thru cruise critic blog or per trip advisor recommenda-tions. We visited most ports before and enjoyed all of them. The lectures by a Professor were academic, but didn't help much for independent travelers. We never knew what berth we were docked in or that free shuttles were provided to city centers in Zeebrugge, Goteberg, and Copenhagen. There were continual problems with accessing online wifi especially in late afternoon. I used the fitness center and group lessons. On my prior Marina trip the fitness classes were too crowded, but not this time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have been on only two ocean cruise (but 5 river cruises) and both on the Regatta. I imagine there are better ships out there (i.e. Regent level) that could be worth all 5 stars but for our tastes, the Regatta is just fine and would ... Read More
We have been on only two ocean cruise (but 5 river cruises) and both on the Regatta. I imagine there are better ships out there (i.e. Regent level) that could be worth all 5 stars but for our tastes, the Regatta is just fine and would have no qualms about sailing on her again. If necessary, some easy ways to save would be to make your own transfer, airfare, trip insurance and some excursion arrangements. Our cruise was overbooked and we, along with many fellow passengers were offered generous compensation to reschedule. While there were planned activities available for young people, this line is doesn't focus on that segment of cruisers so there were few on board. Average age seems to be 60-ish. Food was generally excellent in any of the dining venues. There is a formal main dining room, two specialty dining rooms (steak and Italian) with slightly better atmosphere + a nice buffet (excellent ocean views). You are given the choice either to sit by yourself or meet new friends by sharing a table. ALL staff was very courteous and friendly. Wines and excursions were a bit more expensive than I think necessary but quality was always very good. A high point for us was afternoon tea in the 10th level fore lounge and watching the scenery in style. Sitting right in front of their string quartet was another treat. Showroom entertainment was perfect for our mature age level. 2 superlative entertainers and all others just fine. Very smooth operating procedures - they seem to have all the details covered. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
If you love the Nautica, Insignia or Regatta you will love the Sirena - it is the same ship (almost). I have done over 35 cruises and 10 on Oceania. I sailed on the Sirena when it was the R4 and when it was the Pacific Princess. I love ... Read More
If you love the Nautica, Insignia or Regatta you will love the Sirena - it is the same ship (almost). I have done over 35 cruises and 10 on Oceania. I sailed on the Sirena when it was the R4 and when it was the Pacific Princess. I love Oceania and loved our most recent cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon. Some observations - Oceania billed this as a "renovated" ship" - I was not able to see much "renovation". New bed and new carpet - but that was about it. The food in the Grand Dinning room was even better than before and we chose it over the specialty restaurants on occasion. The loss of the Polo Grill is no big deal and the addition of Red Ginger is great. But Tuscan does not compare to Toscana - Tuscan was actually quite disappointing. Saw too many kids on the cruise - never saw that before on Oceania - not well received by the typical Oceania passenger. Oceania entertainment has always been third rate - they added a small production group to our cruise and it improved to 2nd rate. I had hoped with the presence of NCL that the entertainment would improve. The rooms are comfortable and the room attendants are terrific. As usual, Oceania's tours are grossly over priced and we continue to book our own when possible - did twice as much in Casablanca for 1/3 of the cost by booking our own tour. I see that a number of reviewers complained about how hard it is to get additional reservations at the specialty restaurants. You should know that the higher priced cabins can make reservations on line early - before the cruise and also get more guaranteed reservations. You need to go to the Terrace Cafe during the day and ask to put on wait list for the specialty restaurants. All in all - it was Oceania - we just booked two more cruises on them! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my first cruise ever, and the first for my mother since she took the Queen Mary in the early 60's. I traveled with my mom (69), sister (29), aunt and uncle both early 70's. My sister and I were definitely in the minority ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever, and the first for my mother since she took the Queen Mary in the early 60's. I traveled with my mom (69), sister (29), aunt and uncle both early 70's. My sister and I were definitely in the minority on the trip, but it was an amazing adventure for us. Embarkation and disembarkation were seamless for us. It seemed at several ports, especially Vancouver, that the larger cruise ships were having to accommodate for much longer periods of time, taking away from their time off the boat. The ship was incredibly small which made the whole experience seem intimate. It was only sold 575 (85% capacity) so there were never lines (except to buy bingo cards!). The cabin size was adequate, we were in an A2 Concierge Level Veranda which made it much more open feeling. We had three tall people in it, that overpacked, but it didn't feel out of control. The fold out felt like a gym mat when it pulled out, but we've slept on worse. It was adequate. We started every day with a latte made by Valentina in the caffe outside of the Grand Dining room, followed by a full breakfast in the dining room. The fresh fruit was always that, fresh. I thoroughly loved the omelets prepared in the traditional French style, with goat cheese and chives. The coffee refills were quick, and they were able to get us additional lattes from the bar. The croissants are literally to die for, I probably gained 8lbs on the trip because the food was so incredible. The only down side was that breakfast was over by 9am which limited our ability to sleep in. Lunch was either off the boat or at the outdoor burger/sandwich joint. All were good but after eating such a hearty breakfast and in preparation for dinner we usually skipped this. For pre dinner drinks we met for aperitifs in the Martini Lounge for drinks with the head mixologist, Igor. For dinner we were lucky enough to get 8pm reservations at Toscana and Polo Grill for 4 of the nights. The rest of the nights we ate in the Grand Dining room. We are pretty flexible on timing for meals (never a rush) usually going through several courses so it never felt truly delayed. Individual drinks were cost appropriate to the level of the service and were consistently fabulous. Occasionally we would order a bottle of wine for the table, and realized upon receiving the final bill that buying into the unlimited beverage plan would have cost the 5 of us almost $3,600 and saved more than $1,600 buy paying per drink. We also took part in spa treatments, all of which were adequate, not the best I have seen from all inclusive trips before (the ones we have had in Miami and Cancun were much better) but they did the trick. They were rather expensive though. We did not participate in many of the nightly entertainment performances because we were generally still eating. If we weren't exhausted, we would stop by the Martini Lounge again for after dinner drinks and slots. The only time we spent time with the entertainment group was during our daily game of Bingo, they were great and extremely funny. The ports were exceptional, apparently we were consistently told that the weather was more perfect then it had been in ages with little to no rain. The Hike and Bike through theThe only issue we had was in Vancouver, for a hop on hop off tour. It was a nightmare, no one had any idea why but it took us 2 hours to get off the boat and then no one knew what was up. Poorly executed and a frustrating end to our trip. Overall, I loved the trip and was able to do exactly what I wanted to do: explore the beautiful state at my leisure, expand my photography experience, relax and enjoy amazing food. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this Alaska cruise on the Regatta for a few reasons - generally good reviews and reputation of the cruise line, the itinerary, and the excellent deal we got from our travel agent. We absolutely loved it! Only our 2nd cruise and ... Read More
We chose this Alaska cruise on the Regatta for a few reasons - generally good reviews and reputation of the cruise line, the itinerary, and the excellent deal we got from our travel agent. We absolutely loved it! Only our 2nd cruise and the first one for our traveling companions (my brother and sister-in-law). Embarkation was very easy and we got a table outside on the Terrace Cafe as soon as we boarded for some lunch. It was a gorgeous day in Seattle - sunny and not too cool! Our staterooms were ready on time but we lingered a little longer and toasted the start of our cruise with some excellent Prosecco. We then headed in to unpack - and our stateroom (PH2/8007) was gorgeous! It was spotlessly clean, superbly comfortable bed, lots of storage space and beautiful bathroom. Also very quiet even though it was opposite the elevators. We invited our family down for the departure and had champagne (complimentary) on our veranda while we left port. We ate at Toscana that night - it was amazing! Slept so well in the bed that night with some gentle rocking as we headed for the Inside Passage. Our next day at sea was beautiful - we had good weather and the scenery was just stunning. Breakfast in the Terrace Cafe was delicious - all well prepared and good variety. Loved the coffee (espresso or cappuccino on request). The tea was not great - the water just not hot enough to really brew it well and I'm not a fan of Twinings. We also enjoyed our meals in the Grand Dining Room (one breakfast had to be sent back as eggs were not cooked as ordered but it was very quickly remedied). Our evening in the Polo Grill was amazing - everything was perfect. We loved going to Martini's after dinner to listen to Valentina play the piano and Horizons for some late night dancing. We are not fans of the musical theatre shows but the venue was full every night with many folks who seemed to be enjoying the show. Lunch at the Waves Grill was very good - the burgers were fantastic. The ship did not seem crowded at all - often we were asking ourselves 'where is everyone?' But we thought that was great (and why we chose a smaller ship)! Our companions loved the steam room and hot tub in the spa area although the fitness area and classes were not up to par. We did the Misty Fjords flightseeing (booked through Viator) in Ketchikan which was truly stunning - we were very lucky to have good weather. It was rather cold and drizzly when we got into port but by the afternoon it cleared a bit and the views were incredible. We just wandered around the small town of Wrangell - the museum was good and lunch at Zak's was as well. In Prince Rupert we took the Grizzly Bear tour - an all day boat trip - it exceeded our expectations and we recommend it! All the staff and officers on board the Regatta are excellent. Our stateroom was kept in beautifully clean condition during the whole trip by Svitlana - who always had a smile on her face. The 'country club' decoration of the ship is very nice although I could understand how some may not care for it. We visited the veranda stateroom and it did seem a bit small (certainly by comparison to the Penthouse) but our family members were very comfortable in it anyway. We really liked the 3 days at sea - time to rest and relax. The trip up the Endicott Arm to the Dawes Glacier was stunning - we got very close and saw some calving (the Tracy Arm Fjord was too full of ice). The giant Celebrity ship we saw coming out of the fjord could not venture in to see it given their size. Disembarkation went smoothly and we enjoyed one day in Seattle afterwards (check out the EMP Museum!!). The whole experience in the Regatta was wonderful and we are already planning our next Oceania cruise. We have highly recommended it to friends and family! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Chose this cruise after reading al the hype about Sirena and the refit. Having cruised on similar ships we knew what to expect regarding size, layout, cabins etc. Although the carpets, linen, furnishings, deck chairs etc. all appeared new ... Read More
Chose this cruise after reading al the hype about Sirena and the refit. Having cruised on similar ships we knew what to expect regarding size, layout, cabins etc. Although the carpets, linen, furnishings, deck chairs etc. all appeared new there did not seem to be too much "refitting" of the cabin itself. The earlier images appeared to show refits to the bathrooms however this was not the case. We are not big people so the space in the bathroom was adequate however I can see how it may be on the small size for larger people, particularly the shower. The food and service in Red Ginger was unbelievably good. The same cannot be said for the Tuscan Steak in which the food was way below average and the service almost non existent. We attended only one show, which was so bad that we did not want to go to any more. Although they seemed understaffed, overall the service provided by cabin, pool, administration and food and beverage staff was both friendly and excellent. Les, the "so called" entertainment director was without doubt the worst I have come across in over 10 cruises. Prices for drinks, particularly wine were extremely high particularly after service charges were added. We ended up buying wine ashore and bringing it back on board at each port, which was never questioned by security. There seemed to me that there was no interest in those passengers who, like us, prefer to do our own thing and not pay the high price being asked for the ship's excursions. There were shuttles provided in most ports, however we were usually docked so far away that it took almost an hour by the time you left your cabin until you got off the shuttle. With limited time in most ports this extra travel consumed valuable time going from and returning to the ship. It was also disappointing to dock in so many container ports rather than cruise terminals, given the standard promoted by Oceania. This was our 3rd Oceania cruise, given this experience would I cruise with Oceania again, most likely not. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had never travelled on Oceania but our travel agent recommended this cruise as we were going with our parents who are older people and need help in many ways. She said the service was great and the food was excellent and the itinerary ... Read More
We had never travelled on Oceania but our travel agent recommended this cruise as we were going with our parents who are older people and need help in many ways. She said the service was great and the food was excellent and the itinerary was also interesting for all our age ranges (from 10 to 82). Since we embarked the cruise we felt a personal service, we went to have lunch at the buffet and the waiters were ready at any moment to help my parents carry their plates or ask them if they needed something else. Before the drill someone from the crew came to my parents cabin and told them he was in charge of taking them to the drill station, help them put on their life jackets etc.. very nice of Oceania to do that. The cabins are very spacious and the shower is great. The cabin attendants great and the laundry area in each floor very useful. The food is simply fabulous either at the buffet or at any of the dinning rooms. You have many options to choose from. What I really liked is only the staff serves you the food from the buffet, you are not allowed to serve yourself which is good because you reduce the risk of transmitting viruses. We loved the ports, and the excursions were great. The Destinations crew was very professional and open. We were lucky that is was not too hot. The pool area is also very nice and the afternoon tea was great. My mom hurried us every day from the excursions so she could arrive in time for tea. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We just returned from Oceania's Riveria 17 day cruise(Medieval Meanderings) from Barcelona to Rome. This was actually two cruises combined - July 3 cruise Barcelona to Lisbon and July 10 cruise Lisbon to Rome. This was our 5th ... Read More
We just returned from Oceania's Riveria 17 day cruise(Medieval Meanderings) from Barcelona to Rome. This was actually two cruises combined - July 3 cruise Barcelona to Lisbon and July 10 cruise Lisbon to Rome. This was our 5th Oceania cruise. We cannot say enough good things about how fantastic this cruise was including the Oceania staff, food, ports, excursions and ship. We used Oceania Air arriving and departing day of cruise. I was somewhat concerned about this but it all worked out well. They provided tickets from Miami-to-Atlanta to Barcelona returning from Rome directly to Miami. We lucked out going over because we arrived in Barcelona at 8:15 in the morning and only waited about 15 minutes to go through their airport passport review. We heard later that people arriving had to wait over 3 hours for this process. We took a cab from the airport to the ship which only cost $39 euros and not a problem getting a cab. Oceania transfers were far more expensive. I was concerned about the return flight since it left at 10:40 in the morning the day we arrived in Rome but we used Oceania transfers at 7:00 am. (expensive $139 each) and we were at our gate ready to depart by 9:05 a.m. so it was not an issue at all. Once arriving at the port around 10:30. They had chairs in the waiting area and we were so happy that we hadn't run into issues with the travel we didn't mind the wait at all while talking to other passengers also arriving early. Oceania started boarding around 11:00 and we were able to get on around 11:30 since we did not have one of the priority cabins. We could immediately go to lunch on the ship. I cannot say enough about the quality of the food on the ship wherever we dined, the service, our stateroom attendants (OLGA) and general customer service. We believe the food and service has even gotten better if possible than our previous cruises. We had an inside cabin which is 175 feet. Only downside is the shower is very small. Most of our prior cruises have been in balcony cabins but with this cruise all day almost everyday at a port we were very happy with our cabin. We was center of the ship, quiet and good use of space. The best improvement with Oceania from our previous sailing is that for us we each had seven excursions included with our price and we thought the excursions were terrific. Also some of the stops Oceania provided shuttle to town center which were excellent. Aliciante Spain - since we arrived the day before we did not want to book an excursion here. We enjoyed taking the free shuttle from the ship walking around town. Almeria Spain - Oceania excursion - Clisol Greenhouses & Almerimar Marina - Wonderful. We visited one of the largest greenhouses, the owner explained the planting and harvesting process and we had a tasting. Then we strolled through the coastal resort town of Almerimar. Gibraltar, UK - we booked an excursion with other people on cruise critic. We used Rock Tours Gibraltar. Fabulous tour including the rock, the caves, castle, monkeys, beaches etc. Only complaint is that the guide did not return us to the port. He dropped us off in town telling us it was a 10 minute walk to the port. Walking fast it was almost 1/2 hour and this is not what was promised when we booked the trip. Being tired after touring all day he should have taken us at least to the security entrance at the port. Casablanca, Morocco - Oceania Tour - Imperial Rabat - Fascinating. This was the only port that was poor and in sharp contrast to the rest of the trip. We saw Al Fez mosque, Kasbah area etc. Lunch was provided in a local restaurant in the Kasbah (chicken). The food was okay but paled in comparison to any meal we had on the ship. However, eating lunch in this area is essential to being part of the local culture. We heard some comments from other people touring with us that they did not like the tour while others loved it. For us we are so glad we did it to see the actual life in Morocco and this is difficult to go outside of Casablanca on your own. Seville (Cadiz Spain) - Oceania Tour Scenic Cadiz & Flamenco - One highlight of our trip. First a city walk then Flamenco dancing with Tapas. I thought it strange when we signed up that the dancing was in the morning but it turned out great. The dancers were wonderful and the atmosphere of the restaurant wonderful. Tapas was just cheese and ham (which we don't eat) and 2 soft drinks and beer. Lisbon Portugal - Oceania Tour - Portuguese Riviera & Sintra - Explanations as we drove out of Lisbon about 1 hour ride to Sintra which is a beautiful mountain town. Toured the Queluz Place and then a little time to walk around time. Stopped on the way back to Lisbon at a picturesque harbor area to take pictures. Since we had 2 days in Lisbon the next day we did the hop on and off bus which gave us a great detailed view of the city. Beware however the bus did not stop at all the stops in the brochure and even though we boarded the bus near the port we had quite a walk back on the way back because he did not go back to that stop due to construction. Malaga, Spain - We met friends and road a horse and buggy around town. It is a beautiful place and after our ride we walked around the city and enjoyed visiting the market. Cartagena, Spain - Easy walk into town and enjoyed exploring Roman ruins the shops and going to a craft market that had items made by local artists. Ibiza, Spain - Oceania tour - Island Discovery and all day tour seeing the entire island with lunch. Saw a lot . Only objection is we took a long time driving to the north end for lunch in Portinatx at a restaurant with a beautiful view of the water. Seafood Paella was served which we didn't like at all. We've had other Paella in Spain that we like. Even the ice cream for dessert was inedible with chucks of ice (low quality). We has seen so many beautiful towns on the way here we would have been better off eating elsewhere. Barcelona Spain - We've been here many times before so we arranged for an English tour of the El Palau de la Musica Catalana. Just fabulous! Another highlight of the trip. We walked from the shuttle drop off (Columbus monument ) (about 20 minutes). Provence (Marseille) France - Oceania tour Aix-En-Provence & Marseille. Walking tour of Aix but this was a day after the terrible Nice attack and we were surprised how crowded the city was. The tours to Nice were cancelled. Good way to get to around but finding our bathroom was a major issue. Oceania should have something arranged for people on this tour. Only one of 4 public bathroom was working with a long waits and not convenient to where we were touring. The guide told us to use a bar after purchasing a meal. Everything was extremely crowded and this took away from our enjoyment of the area. We loved Marseille, the views from the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and walking around the boat area. Monaco - Right at the port is the hop on and off bus (20 euros) and this took us all over town. Fabulous way to see the city. We also visited the Oceanagraphic (14 euros) which was crowded. But we hadn't been to an Aquarium for a while so we enjoyed it. What an exciting place to dock. Fantastic views of the city, and enjoyed eating and watching to boats. Portofino Italy - Oceania Tour - Scenic Rapallo and Sestri - We walked through part of Portofino first then boarded a modern boat (good bathroom on the boat )to visit the other town. Another highlight of the cruise. Portfolio is small and the shopping is expensive. Beautiful riding along Italy's coast and seeing life in the towns. The tour was very well run with just enough time in each of the town we stopped at to enjoy walking around. The boat left each place exactly when they said so beware to be back on time. We elected to remain on the boat the last day of the cruise to relax before the long trip home. We had toured Florence before. Every meal we had on the ship was a work of art with taste to match even in the main dining room. Except for one day you could also have lunch there. Afternoon tea is wonderful even though with the full itinerary we only attended once. I can't express enough how the staff went out of their way to help us. The last night after 10:00 pm I realized I had a problem with the private transfer I had arranged to the airport. Even though the destination service desk was closed they were able to get us on their airport shuttle from the ship at 7:00 a.m. the next morning. That says it all. Also the Internet was hit and miss. Not as good as home but even in our inside cabin one of us using at a time we could at most times access it. When not many people were on the ship it was speedy, other times slow but very usable. We also had use of the computers in the computer room with our free internet access one at a time. Lecturers on the ship were good discussions of the history of our various ports of call. If unable to attend the lecture I was able to watch it on the TV in the stateroom. We enjoyed many of the shows on the ship. Nolan Dean is the best cruise director at sea. We loved listening to Emmanuelle Adda and she did a fantastic show with the music of La Mome Piaf. Also, the World Beat show was one of the best shows we've seen at sea and we've sailed Royal Caribbean, Holland, Celebrity etc. One problem we've never had on an Oceania cruise before. It was summer so we expected some children on the ship. As a grandparent I love children around. However, some parents allowed their children to run up and down the halls at all hours. We did not complain but I know people across the hall called the reception desk. After their formal complaint the running in the halls ended. We've done many trips but we never enjoyed, saw so many beautiful places, fantastic food and customer service as this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had previously sailed on Oceania's Marina. We appreciated the smaller size of the Regatta but otherwise found Marina much more to our liking. Regatta's staff overall ( there were some exceptions) seemed much younger, less ... Read More
We had previously sailed on Oceania's Marina. We appreciated the smaller size of the Regatta but otherwise found Marina much more to our liking. Regatta's staff overall ( there were some exceptions) seemed much younger, less experienced and less inclined to be helpful. The weather was not warm or dry which meant folks were struggling to find space inside to do things and to be during "at sea" days. I felt crowded wherever I went. The food was inconsistent, with the exception of desserts which were, on the whole, not very good. Fresh Alaska fish was served only twice--the day it was brought on board and then the next day as leftovers. While we enjoyed the Alaskan silver salmon, it would have been nice if the cruise line that brags about great cuisine had served Alaska halibut, Alaska crab, etc. God forbid that you wanted anything to eat in between meal times at the restaurants. At the end of a day's excursion where I went without food, I stood in the lounge where tea service was shutting down, looking at a tray of mini-sandwiches and starving, and was told point blank I couldn't have anything but peanuts and pretzels because tea "was over." As for concierge service, I only learned AFTER the voyage that we had the option of going to the private deck others have mentioned here. I do not feel we got anything for that level stateroom except more reservations in the speciality restaurants. So, we paid $500 each for better dining on two occasions. A couple of ports of call seemed contrived. Who goes to Ketchikan to buy diamonds? Rumor has it that the diamond stores are owned by the cruise lines. There were bright spots on the cruise. The Captain setting us in front of the Hubbard Glacier is the best part of the trip. On board, one bartender, in particular, was accommodating. A maitre de stands out for her ability to remember passengers and to put interesting folks together at the large "share" tables in the Grand Dining Room. A faux pas in that dining room resulted in a treat being sent to our stateroom--a generous gesture and welcomed. A waiter in the Horizons lounge learned to expect to see me every morning at 5 am and knew how I liked my coffee within about a day. Our steward was excellent. But, to risk being repetitive, this kind of service abounded on the Marina but was spotty on Regatta. A final bright spot--our fellow travelers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We booked this cruise based on the itinerary and reviews of amazing dining and attention to detail. The ship was very nice. The dining rooms and public areas were beautiful. The staff was excellent, and service was always prompt. Our ... Read More
We booked this cruise based on the itinerary and reviews of amazing dining and attention to detail. The ship was very nice. The dining rooms and public areas were beautiful. The staff was excellent, and service was always prompt. Our inside stateroom is similar to that of any other ship on the market. The bathroom was tiny, cramped, and skipped during renovation. The room itself was sufficient for sleeping, and not much else.The finishes were very nice. The dining on the ship was top notch. We were able to eat in both specialty restaurants during our trip, and both provided a unique exclusive experience. The daily buffets were delightful, with a wide variety of options and friendly service. As reported, you can order lobster tails every single night! Where this cruise really left us disappointed was limited on and off ship options for the younger crowd. All of the nightly shows and all of the shore excursions were certainly tailored for a 70+ crowd. The one active shore excursion we found was cancelled due to lack of participation. The ship made no apologies for us, just excuses that we (a group of 30 somethings) were not their target audience. It almost made us feel unwanted. I also feel like Ancona Italy is not a stop that any ship should bother to make. What a wasted day! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This is a cruise for more discerning foodies who want quality, service and luxury and don’t want to be herded along with thousands of other passengers on a monster ship. After reading other reviews below, two alarm bells rang in our ... Read More
This is a cruise for more discerning foodies who want quality, service and luxury and don’t want to be herded along with thousands of other passengers on a monster ship. After reading other reviews below, two alarm bells rang in our minds. Firstly, that the ship had serious Norovirus problems during its recent Caribbean stint and secondly, that Oceania has recently been taken over by Norwegian and that standards and quality may have dropped. Fortunately, both concerns proved to be entirely unfounded. There has been no signs of norovirus aboard the ship since it crossed the atlantic to Europe. As to the second concern, the onboard service, portions and quality of the food and the overall attention to detail was also top notch. Not having sailed with Oceania before, if it has indeed deteriorated since Norwegian’s takeover, then I can only assume it was previously of Michelin three star quality! We did a 7 day cruise from Barcelona stopping at Palma, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Portofino, La Specia (Cinque Terra), Livorno and disembarking in Rome. The average age was about 50 ish, lower than we expected. Among the typical middle to older age cruisers were a noticeable number of younger couples and a few 3 generation family groups. Passengers were about 40% American, 30% British and an eclectic mix of French, Germans, Belgians, Russians and surprisingly, several Argentinians. Everyone was friendly and generally well behaved (unlike on certain larger cruise ships I could mention!). Embarkation was a breeze at 12.00pm with almost no queue. We were onboard within 15 minutes of exiting the taxi. Despite the slightly younger age, the ship was typically deserted each night by 11.30pm save for a handful of die-hards in the bars and casino. Perhaps this was due to the slightly limited entertainment options, or the port-intensive itinerary on this particular cruise, or perhaps just the rather high drinks prices. The Gym was well equipped with many cardio and weight machines plus limited freeweights. CONCIERGE LEVEL / LOUNGE Our cabin was about 6 doors away from the Concierge Lounge, which features 24 hour hot and cold drinks and biscuits/cookies, newspapers, an internet station and a periodically manned Concierge desk to assist with planning and info. So is a Concierge Level stateroom worth the €300 or so extra? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. Basically, the cabins are identical to non-Concierge balcony staterooms. You get to board the ship at 12.00pm as opposed to 1.00pm with the regular guests (whilst suite guests come aboard at 11.00am). There is a free bottle of drinkable champagne (real French variety, but an almost unknown brand). You get a laptop PC in your stateroom (or an ipad on request), priority advanced booking on the speciality restaurants, bulgari toiletries, an Oceania Tote Bag to take home, plus a few other odds and ends thrown in. I’d say that if you use the lounge frequently (it’s actually good for grabbing an early morning coffee and newspaper) then it is just about worth the extra. Otherwise you might as well book a regular stateroom. THE SHIP The ship is beautifully decorated and has a real opulent feel throughout. Being a medium sized cruise ship, it is possible to explore all the major areas of the ship in about 45 minutes, something that is definitely not possible on the larger behemoths. It is extremely easy to get around the ship. You can reach most places on the ship within 5 minutes. There are plenty of elevators and we never had to wait more than 10 seconds for one to arrive. There is one reasonable sized swimming pool (saltwater chlorinated) and two Jacuzzis with an ample supply of deckchairs and several bali beds. The only time we couldn’t get a chair directly around the pool was during 2 different sailaway times when everybody seemed to hit the pool deck. There are several bars on board, none of which ever seemed to be full and getting a seat was never an issue. SERVICE The service could not be faulted. The high crew/passenger ratio means that whatever you are doing, there always seems to be a crew member (or three) ready to assist you. In the buffet restaurant, this almost gets annoying. Perhaps due to the norovirus risk, every station is manned with numerous personnel waiting to pick out the items you select and place them on a plate for you (no passenger is allowed to touch the buffet food!). More waiters then even offer to carry your plates to your table (I can carry my own buffet plate thank you!). It is great however if you forget your drink, or need a sauce bottle, etc etc. Almost all crew members greet you when you pass in the corridor and several will remember your name next time they see you despite there being 1200 passengers on board. Service levels are clearly drummed into them from day one. FOOD / DRINK One word, outstanding! We did not have a bad meal during the entire week and we sampled each and every dining option at some point. The food is fresh and tasty and there is no feeling of mass production that you get on the larger ships. The buffets are both amazing with a wide selection. Each of the speciality restaurants even has its own dedicated galley, ensuring each particular restaurant runs like clockwork. Our favourites were Polo Grill (an opulent Steakhouse with warm wood and button leather chairs you sink into) and Red Ginger (Asian fusion cuisine with sushi, Japanese, Indonesian and thai dishes. Red Ginger elicited a “wow” from every passenger we spoke to. Polo Grill served delicious Black Angus USA meat which did not disappoint. Jacques (French) served fantastic typical French food, but we were not particularly impressed by the décor, which seemed disjointed and somewhat clashed with the surrounding ship fittings and layout. Toscana (Italian) was also impressive and elegant, but we find Italian food very samey and predictable, and this restaurant did nothing much to stand out from the crowd. If you like Italian, you will surely love it though. Drinks onboard are very expensive. Everything is in US Dollars. A half-decent glass of wine, a cocktail or a name-brand mixer will cost you $15 once the 10% Spanish sales tax and 18% onboard gratuity has been added. Piña Coladas are particularly bad value given that the non-alcoholic version is available free in all bars, so you are basically paying $15 for a shot of rum! The frequent happy hours (2 for 1) can help a bit, but many people swore the measures were smaller during happy hour. The wine selection was reasonable but rather limited for Spanish wines (the ship sailed from Barcelona after all!)The mark up is also very high. For example, Protos Crianza Ribera del Duero (which costs $18 in most European supermarkets) was over $75 onboard including taxes etc. Knowing this, we brought onboard our full allowance of 3 bottles of wine per stateroom, for which you can open in the restaurants and pay a $25 corkage charge. If you enjoy bottles that cost over $30 in the supermarket, you will definitely save money doing this, plus you will draw envious glances from fellow diners who are stuck with a $15 value Zinfandel and wish they had done the same. We saw one theatre show (an excellent tribute to Edith Piaff) and we saw the comedian in Horizons Lounge one night. Entertainment on Riviera is low key, so if you are the type that needs to be constantly entertained, then best to choose another ship. All entertainment takes place only at 9.00 – 10.00pm, so if you like to eat late, it is easy to miss everything. We explored certain ports independently, as the ship excursions were ridiculously overpriced. PALMA We took the free shuttle round the harbour to the cathedral. We then walked a couple of blocks behind the cathedral where there is a bicycle rental shop. We rented a couple of bikes and followed the extensive trail of bike paths throughout the city and along the seafront (runs for several kilometres). We booked lunch at Ola Del Mar in Portixol, easily the best seafood restaurant for the money in the Palma area. MONTE CARLO Catch the Bateau Bus (water bus) across the harbour and then explore all the main sights on foot. The town is all steep hills but there are several public elevators dotted around to assist you if you know where to look. PORTOFINO We did the hike across the headland to San Frutuosso (about 2.5 miles). The views are spectacular but the trail is difficult in parts and not for the unfit or the faint hearted!!! We had lunch by the beach and then caught the ferry back to Portofino, which leaves from the far end of the bigger beach every 30 minutes past the hour (weather permitting). For an easier trip, simply catch the return ferry between Santa Margarita – Portofino – San Frutuosso and spend an hour in each place. CINQUE TERRA (LA SPECIA) A free bus takes you to the cruise terminal. We then walked 400 yds along the promenade and then caught the ferry, which stops in turn at each of the 5 famous villages. There is also a train line serving all but one of the villages. Best to do some internet homework on which village you want to explore. The only one with a sandy beach is Monterrossa and only the train goes to Corniglia. ROME After getting the free bus to the port terminal, walk the 15 minutes or get a taxi to the train station then catch a train directly into Rome. For Vatican area, stop at ‘St Pietro’, or for Pantheon/Spanish Steps/Trevi Fountain/Collosseum etc, go to ‘Termini’. Train ticket is about €7 each way and takes 45 mins to an hour depending on being a fast or slow train. Overall, we loved the ship and would thoroughly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Its an excellent value for the money compared to may upscale cruises. Everything first rate and staff could not do enough. Some of the excursions just okay but still fantastic. I'd rather they gave less excursions but better ones! ... Read More
Its an excellent value for the money compared to may upscale cruises. Everything first rate and staff could not do enough. Some of the excursions just okay but still fantastic. I'd rather they gave less excursions but better ones! The food is the finest I've had at sea. They could use a cigar room on board-they have a place for cigarette smoking but not cigars which seemed rather unfair. An older clientele-ranging from 60-70 years mostly. Make sure you take drink package otherwise you will feel ripped off if you like to indulge. Cabin nice size and beautiful tile bathroom which was quite comfortable size fore a cruise ship. Dont pay extra for concierge service didnt find it necessary or that helpful. I liked the casual country club dressing-stylish yet comfortable. The shows were nice but I wish they had more music and dancing for 50's crowd. Wouldve like to try the culinary classes people seemed to genuinely enjoy them. If you go to Marseille dont bother getting off the ship-dirty and a little unsafe-take an excursion and go to Provence or stay on ship to relax and enjoy the beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
First Timers review of Oceania Alaska I have cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Century, Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Paul Gauguin, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean & Scenic. This was our 6th cruise to Alaska. 20 ... Read More
First Timers review of Oceania Alaska I have cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Century, Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Paul Gauguin, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean & Scenic. This was our 6th cruise to Alaska. 20 May – Arrived at Canada Place at 1 pm. We were herded upstairs to a big hall where we sat for 30-40 mins before doing ship check-in. Then we went next door to another hall where we were given group # 10 to sit for 20 mins. They were up to # 79. Then they said “I have already called # 1-79”. Ok, so now we go back downstairs to join the line for security screening. The line goes quickly but I got dizzy walking round & round so fast. After security screening, we go to another hall: Canadians & Americans go to the right, International guests go to the left ( to another hall to sit for another 30 mins ). Finally, we are called to the US immigration line. This is when I see more than 20 self-serve passport kiosks & am perplexed why they are not being used as they only have 6 agents for each line ( CAD/USD & International ). Finally we board the ship at 3:34 pm, rush to the Terrace Cafe for a quick lunch & back to our stateroom at 4 pm to bring our life-jackets to Muster Drill at 4:15 pm in the Regatta lounge which lasts 45 mins. Afterwards, we head to the outside deck for sail-away & the spectacular scenery as we sail under the Lion’s Gate bridge with Stanley Park on our port side. I was disappointed that there was no Sail-away party. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm in all venues. Since this is a 10 day cruise, I’m pacing myself with the Canyon Ranch Spa menu. It’s tasty. For dessert, they have homemade cookies & Petit Fours on request. Out of curiosity, I order them. The homemade cookies are too large for dessert & they taste bland. I like the acarons but they don’t have them everyday. The evening show is at 9:30 pm. We attend the Welcome Aboard show which includes the singers & dancers performing 4 numbers. Their singing is quite good. If you finish dinner around 8-8:30 pm, head up to Horizons Lounge on deck 10 for the beautiful scenery every night. You may even see something in the water ! 21May – sea day Breakfast starts at 6 am in Waves Grill, 6:30 am in the Buffet, 7 am in the Dining room. Everyday for Breafast, there is a Smoothie Special, Egg Special & a Bakery Special. Although not advertised, they also have soy/almond milk. Afternoon TeaTime 4-5 pm daily. Captain’s Cocktail Celebration – 5:45 pm in the Regatta Lounge Complimentary cocktails 6-8 pm in Horizon Lounge & Martini Lounge John Palmisano is the Enrichment Lecturer. He speaks on the history of Alaska today. Everyday in the Grand Dining room for Lunch, they have the Taste of the World featuring a sampler plate of International Cuisine. Today it’s Mexico. Every evening, they have Happy Hour in the Horizons Lounge & Waves Bar from 5-6 pm & 10:30 -11:30 pm Buy 1, Get 1 of the same drink. Tonight the show is Good Lovin’ ( This is a must-see if you love Motown with a Twist ). 22May – Ketchikan Comedian Lee Bayless Taste of the World – Scandinavia 23May – Juneau Free wifi at the library at Berth E. Library is on the top floor of the parking garage. $ 2.00 City bus to Mendenhall takes 45 mins. You get off & walk another 1.5 miles. This bus is best left to the locals as it gets quite busy with seniors & young families. Go early in the morning & allow a minimum of 6 hours to see & do everything here. Tours only spend 45 mins here. I think the Blue Line express takes you directly to Mendenhall Glacier for $ 30 USD roundtrip. Taste of the World - Greece Entertainment – singer Joey Gian sings Rat Pack & Ray Charles Alaskan Dinner Buffet in the Terrace Cafe. 24May – Haines Population 2500 year round. Other than Oceania, Holland America is the only cruise line to visit this port. There are washrooms at the end of the pier. There’s also a golf cart shuttle if you can’t walk the length of the pier. Free shuttle around town. Most shops open at 11 am or 12 noon. Bald Eagle Foundation is $ 10.00 USD. Quite expensive to see a diorama of animals & viewing a live eagle. Only tours will also have a live presentation of an Eurasian owl. Look up as you’re walking around the town as they’re many bald eagles here. Washrooms at the Visitors Center, Library & Fort Seward. Entertainment – Gatsby’s ( pretty good ) Taste of the World – The Caribbean 25May – Hubbard Glacier We were at the Glacier from 12 – 2 pm. The Captain turns the port-side of the ship towards the glacier for 30 mins & then the starboard side for 30 mins. We were so close & there was so much calving...it was breath-taking. Disappointed there was no commentary while we were at the Glacier like other cruise lines: Disney, HAL, Princess Entertainment – Cruise Director David Bradshawe “ With a Song in my Heart” ( a tribute to Rodgers & Hart ) Taste of the World – Italy 26May – Hoonah ( Icy Strait Point ) They have a new 400 ft dock & a golf cart shuttle if you can’t walk it. $ 5 USD per person roundtrip to Hoonah cruiseline shuttle Or I think there is a Red Trolley that parks a little further from the shuttle stop that costs $ 3 USD operated by the City of Hoonah with free wifi. We took the shuttle to Hoonah & walked down to the Community Trail where there are mudflats for bird-watching. We spotted a kingfisher. Taste of the World - Provence Entertainment – Tuxedo ( quite good ) 27May – Sitka Free shuttle to town. Free wifi at the library. Also, a water bottle refill station here. We walked to the Sitka Heritage Park, then onto the Alaska Raptor Center $ 12 USD. Very pretty here. We loved it. Taste of the World – Morocco Entertainment – Lee Bayless ( this show is a hoot, must watch ) 28May – Cruising the Outside Passage Taste of the World – Asia Entertainment – Get on the Floor & Dance ( I thought the 1st part was too much like the Good Lovin’ show ) Most activities onboard earn you O points which can be redeemed for merchandise today: 20 points – logo visor or purse hook 40 points – blue/while athletic t-shirts 45 points – baseball cap 50 points – blue/white long sleeve t-shirts 29May – Victoria Shuttle to town $ 10 USD/$ 12 CAD per person roundtrip Or You can walk the scenic 1.5 mile route. We walked along the David Foster Harbour Pathway to Fisherman’s Wharf where there are quaint floating homes & seafood to sample. Then we walked along Heron Cove where there was a Great Blue Heron & further on, an Oystercatcher. Then past the Empress hotel to Chinatown onto Beacon Hill Park to admire the lovely gardens & ponds. Then back along the Ocean path back to the ship. All this in 4.5 hours without stopping in a single shop ! Taste of the World – India Entertainment – Joey Gian sings more Rat Pack Luggage outside your room by 10 pm. 30May – Everyone out of their stateroom by 8 am & off the ship by 9 am. US immigration only collects the customs form, nothing else to do. FYI: Internet - $ 27.99 per person per day for Unlimited Internet or $ 160 for 200 minutes or $ 0.99 per minute There are 4 computers that have MS WORD for you to type documents before pasting it to your email. Printing is free. Coffee from the Coffee Bar is better than anywhere else on the ship. 24 hr beverage machine in the Terrace Cafe. Daily ice-creams & sorbets are different in the Waves Grill, Terrace Cafe & Dining room At the Waves Grill, try the Surf & Turf & the Kobe Burger. I asked if they had Sweet Potato Fries. ‘No, we don’t” They have it on Regent. “That’s why you pay more on Regent, I know I was there.” Might be true but I don’t think that’s an appropriate response. Same bread basket nightly just like Regent. Only Toscana had a different bread basket. Dinner in the Polo Grill ( steak & seafood ) is really good. Toscana is not for those with dairy allergies. This is a very low key cruise. Good for people who like to create their own amusement. The dinner menus have a bit more variety in that not everything had dairy in it. But after 5 days, the menu started to repeat. Captain Meinhardt Hansen is very personable & his English is good. He has captained the Regatta for 3 years now. We enjoyed the ease of getting on & off a ship with only 648 passengers. However, for destination immersion; Princess still does it best with Alaskan Seafood in several venues daily, bringing on local talent, Alaskan-themed onboard activities & an Alaskan Park Ranger for commentary onboard. We enjoyed our stateroom 4009 for being close to the water but everytime we were docking or un-docking, the whole room shook ( a good natural alarm clock ) Read Less
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