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1 Oceania London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury) Cruise Reviews

We've been regular cruisers on Crystal but decided to give Oceania a try because many people told us it was equivalent, and with better food. The food was perhaps a tad better but everything else was much worse. Especially the (lack ... Read More
We've been regular cruisers on Crystal but decided to give Oceania a try because many people told us it was equivalent, and with better food. The food was perhaps a tad better but everything else was much worse. Especially the (lack of) quality on-board entertainment. The Master of Ceremonies was okay but the dancers/singers and other acts were way below Crystal's standards. Their version of 'The Bistro' was a tiny coffee counter with almost no seating. Very uninviting. Staff was a bit 'snooty'. My wife was told she couldn't go into the main dining room for dinner one night due to wearing 'shorts' - she was wearing capri pants, not shorts, and stood up for her rights. We were seated but only after an argument with the hostess. This would never have happened on Crystal where the customer comes first- not a power play by the staff. On-line bookings for specialty restaurants kept that class-warfare going. Once you book a shared table you are told what cabin class your table-mates are staying in. Very gauche and unnecessary. There was no on-board movie theater. Oceania offered DVD check out at the front desk but without the ability to browse. There were no newspapers available in a sub-par library and not much seating anyway. We love walking laps on the promendade decks of Crystal ships. On Oceania that was impossible due to 'no outside access' on the lifeboat deck. Oceania nickeled and dime guests for everything extra. Shuttles to town centers often ran badly, had long waiting times and were unorganized messes. Excursions were grossly overpriced as were transfers to hotels from the ship at tour's end. Oceania charged $299 per person to get from the dock to downtown Copanhagen hotels while the cab fare (payable by credit card) was under $29 including tip. My wife liked the gym very well and was also pleased with the Artists' Loft program (leave to paint). Our cabin staff was quite good. The personal trainer at the gym was very passionate and professional. At certain times of day it was almost impossible to get a snack for my wife, who needs to eat small amounts frequently. Booze was expensive although always available (as a high profit item). Overall, our first Oceania cruise will be also our last and it functioned as a great advertisement for the Joys of Crystal.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
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