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Routan had sparking waters for terrific snorkeling, the 7 hour shore tour to the ruins was terrific, Cozumel was fine and Key West was...well ey West only compared to ten years ago it is all cruise ship oriented and lots of funny, but ... Read More
Routan had sparking waters for terrific snorkeling, the 7 hour shore tour to the ruins was terrific, Cozumel was fine and Key West was...well ey West only compared to ten years ago it is all cruise ship oriented and lots of funny, but obscene T shirts mostly....But mostly, above all else, the ship was great. Service was better than ever, food was its usual fantastic, and the production shows, especially World Beat were all just great....World Beat is the best show I have ever seen at sea-incredibly fast paced and in several languages which garnered a major ovation. There are a number of innovative new menu items like a small eclair with caramel filling and caramel corn on the top...very fun. My hubby loved that there was a new steak on the always fantastic Red Ginger menu which continues to be the best specialty restaurant at sea. The Artist Loft this time featured Andre Allen and he has you making these awesome looking glass plates that are easy and fun. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Oceania Riviera, 20161215 to 20161222 western Caribbean. This was our first Oceania cruise. We did not care too much about the itinerary, we came for the food, and we were not disappointed. Here is a very brief rating, by various ... Read More
Oceania Riviera, 20161215 to 20161222 western Caribbean. This was our first Oceania cruise. We did not care too much about the itinerary, we came for the food, and we were not disappointed. Here is a very brief rating, by various aspects. Food:,excellent. Strangely enough, we rank the restaurants as follows: Jacques, Toscana, Red Ginger, MDR, the buffet restaurant, and the Polo Grill a dead last. If you can't serve a top notch steak, don't bother with a steakhouse. Ship:,excellent, ideal size, lots of little spots to relax for a quiet few hours. We really liked the coffee bar between the library and the Internet lounge on deck 14. Ships's technical aspects: noticeable yaw in the rear of the ship on quite a few days. Captain blamed it on the crosswinds. Otherwise very good. Excursions: we didi not go on any, so can't offer an opinion. Cabins: we were in concierge. Good size cabin, but the bath is wasted space IMHO. However, my wife decided to tske a bath one day snd really enjoyed it. Our cabin attendant was OK. No better and no worse to Celebrity or RC. Onboard activities: the enrichment guest speaker was very informative and engaging. We saw two shows, and both female singers were very good. We attended mist of the trivia sessions. We are trivia buffs, and what I don't understand is the tendency of ALL cruise lines to become EXTREMELY stingy on prizes. i would have to win one trivia quiz every day just to win a crappy t- shirt! Overall: we liked it enough to book another cruise in February, this time to the eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose Oceania for the timing of the cruise. As we sailed and completed our cruise on 12/22 just before Christmas. First the ship: The Riviera is a beautiful ship. Well appointed public areas. Nice pool deck and fitness center. If you ... Read More
We chose Oceania for the timing of the cruise. As we sailed and completed our cruise on 12/22 just before Christmas. First the ship: The Riviera is a beautiful ship. Well appointed public areas. Nice pool deck and fitness center. If you want a rock climbing wall or are traveling with kids, Oceania is not for you. Cabin: We had a veranda cabin. We found it well appointed and spacious, with probably one of the biggest bathrooms we have ever had at sea. The room at 28 sq/ft is as large as a mini suite on many other lines. Restaurants: The four speciality restaurants were outstanding, enough said there. The main dining room was very good, no complaints. Entertainment is definitely the weak spot on the Riviera. The string quartet and piano player are fine. The larger entertainment was marginal at best. Casino is big enough for most and was generally busy. The only complaint I have with Oceania was on our bill. We had $600 ship credit that we had to use. We took $200 cash and were told that this was not part of ship credit...OK fine, I understood that. A day before the end of cruise we got a preliminary bill and it showed the $200 being deducted from our on board credit. We inquired and were told our bill was accurate. We even asked twice. At the end of the cruise our bill was $210 and they said we had an unused credit of $157. I feel that there was a bit of "bait and switch here". We'll be smarter next time. All in all highly recommend. At 57 I was one of the younger people on the ship, so know that in advance, it is definitely an older cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 23rd cruise and we wanted to try a higher end cruise line. Our agent talked us into this cruise on the Insignia in a penthouse suite. We would never cruise on this ship again. Would only go on this cruise line if travel agent ... Read More
This was our 23rd cruise and we wanted to try a higher end cruise line. Our agent talked us into this cruise on the Insignia in a penthouse suite. We would never cruise on this ship again. Would only go on this cruise line if travel agent found the deal of a lifetime. Had lobster dinner in Toscana and it was bad; got sick. Chef's attitude was poor. They sent us a platter of chocolate covered strawberries next day as apology. Food overall was not good. Ordered meat rare, came med to med-well. Over cooked seafood. Very rarely did servers ask if our meal was good or not, even when we left half or almost full plates. One meal the server started breaking down the table while we were still eating dessert. The "penthouse suites" were small. About the size of a deluxe balcony or mini suite on other ships.The prices of bottles of wine was a joke. Wines that we drink at home were marked up over 200%. The staff was wonderful, which was helpful on this cruise. Always a smile and wanting to help. Butler service was good. Entertainment in lounge was average. Seating was tough. If you got seat in the back, you could not see. Bad sight lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This is our second Oceania cruise and it did not disappoint. Our previous trip was on Regatta with 650 people, Riviera holds 1250. There was no time we felt crowds. The ship is lovely and beautifully appointed. The Concierge level was as ... Read More
This is our second Oceania cruise and it did not disappoint. Our previous trip was on Regatta with 650 people, Riviera holds 1250. There was no time we felt crowds. The ship is lovely and beautifully appointed. The Concierge level was as nice as the PH we previously had sans the Butler. We love the spa deck forward of the Canyon Ranch to relax. The staff was wonderful. The food was excellent and the 5 star service is one of the best we have ever had. The itinerary was great and we booked some private snorkel tours in Grand Turks and St. Barts that were the highlight of the trip. The Culinary school was interesting and fun. We had only one hiccup embarking. We were told J dock and when our driver dropped us off and left we were left standing with about 10 other people. One called and was informed it was now B dock, so we had to hire another taxi to bring us over. Poor communication on the part of Oceania, but otherwise things went off smoothly. We are looking forward to another Oceania cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first Oceania cruise. We are avid cruisers in our mid to late fifties sailing on thirty some voyages on many different cruise lines. Celebrity has been our "go to" for years booking "Aqua Class" staterooms ... Read More
This was our first Oceania cruise. We are avid cruisers in our mid to late fifties sailing on thirty some voyages on many different cruise lines. Celebrity has been our "go to" for years booking "Aqua Class" staterooms and achieving "Elite Plus" status. We have always wanted to try Oceania as we know quite a few people that have experienced their ships from the old "R" class to the current "O" class with Marina and Riviera. We picked this particular cruise as it was strictly for "R and R" as we had visited almost all the ports. We really wanted to experience a more upscale ship which offered premium dining as well more refined service on a beautiful smaller ship. In other words, would this cruise experience offer excellent value for the premium dollars paid? You always wonder when a cruise line spends so much of their budget on sending you countless upscale beautiful brochures on a weekly basis and you read the hype and say: "Are they for real?" Lets say our expectations were met if not exceeded! I have given this cruise a five star rating as overall we had an excellent experience. Lets start with the ship: age demographic, average age was seventy to seventy-five years young, so we were on the younger side, which may sound funny, most passengers were American and Canadian with some Europeans present. At four years old the ship is in excellent condition, from the public areas to the staterooms, a little wear and tear was noticed on the furniture in our stateroom as well balcony, rust was noticeable on the steel, our seat cushions were dirty but were quickly replaced. A larger table to eat breakfast at and foot stools are a glaring omission on the verandah as there is plenty of room to accommodate these. The stateroom was larger than most, very well appointed and the bathroom was the real highlight with a full size bath tub and separate shower stall. Everything is in marble, very tasteful. We booked Concierge Class, almost mid ship right across from the elevators. Access to everything was excellent at this location but it was a little noisy in the morning with people traffic so we would book away from this location in the future. Concierge class was definitely worth the extra money spent as you received some additional perks, the most important one being the private Spa Terrace with an infinity type pool with whirlpool therapy and showers to boot. A very pleasurable sanctuary. You also receive "champagne" not Cremant French sparkling wine which was a touch of class, as well complimentary pressing of clothes, shoe shine and a host of other luxuries. In our opinion well worth the additional cost. The ship was elegant in an understated way, top quality furnishings throughout the public areas without being ostentatious.The main "Grand" dining room is huge and was like eating in a five star hotel restaurant in the grand hotels of Europe or North America. The Canyon Spa Ranch area, gym and all other areas of the ship were top notch. So much of this ship was under utilized and the sports deck, spa area, gym and countless other venues were deserted. This ship was sold out with 1250 guests on board, you would not know it! Finally, the food and service, the most important thing of course! We experienced all the specialty restaurants six times in total, twice in Jacques, twice in Toscana, once in Red Ginger and once in the Polo Grill with three dinners in the "Grand" dining room and the absolute highlight was an epicurean experience at the "Wine Spectator" "La Reserve". If you are looking for an exclusive seven course wine matching extravaganza this is amazing! Only 24 guests, we only had 20 the night we went, this experience should not be missed as the wine is matched perfectly to each course, the service was excellent, a private function, meeting a lot of very nice fellow diners. I could go on and be very specific with this special event , lets say even at an extra cost of $95.00 per person it is well worth it. We experienced the Odyssey menu, there are two others and we will do this again on our next voyage. Our favorite specialty restaurants were Jacques and Red Ginger with Toscana a close third. We were some what underwhelmed by Polo Grill as the service was excellent, but the surf and turf came out cool/warm as opposed to the other restaurants the food was served piping hot! There was one other dining venue at the back of the ship centered between Polo and Toscana called "Privee" . This is a beautiful private dining room decorated in elegant white and accents of red for dining of up to ten people. If you travel with family or friends this would be simply sublime as the chefs from the kitchen serve you directly. The rental of the room is $250.00 so if you had a party of ten, it would be well worth it. There is no additional cost for the food as you you may order from both Toscana and Polo Grill menus. We ate breakfast in the main dining room, very comfortable and quiet, lunch in the Terrace Cafe or Waves Grill, service and food quality was very good in both. Afternoon elegant tea was served in the Horizon's lounge and this must not be missed, not so much for the tea, but the experience of being served by tuxedo clad gentleman and ladies, white glove service, the spectacular canapes, sandwiches and desserts. Four to five each day, very graceful fine experience. Entertainment, we only went to two shows as every dinner exceeded two hours every evening and the shows started promptly at 9:30 pm. We did however see an amazing Ventriloquist...excellent talent as well we experienced the farewell show which featured the entire staff of the ship going up on stage and being thanked by the Captain and as we were leaving the theater the staff all applauded us as we walked down the hallway to exit. Ports of call, fortunately the weather every day was hot and beautiful, I scuba dived in Tortola and we took private tours off the ship on all the islands. We missed the Dominica Republic port as there were swells and the tenders could not be used so it turned into another sea day, which was great for us! Again the reason for this trip was "R and R" with the emphasis on food if you have not noticed! We did not book a future cruise on board as the incentives were not strong enough and I am glad we didn't as the subsequent offers have exceeded those offered by Oceania post cruise. In summary, we are converts and will book another cruise with Oceania, we will still sail on Celebrity but when you extrapolate the differences between the two, factoring currency differentials, Celebrity fares being increased and based on food and amenities alone the prices are close if not the same. The Oceania experience is definitely superior. I think we have found our new "Go to". Treat yourselves, yes there is Regent, Silversea, Seaborne and Crystal but none will give you best bang for your buck in our opinion. Oceania has figured out how to do this! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We recently completed the 23-day Caribbean and Amazon Rivers cruise on Oceania Regatta. Our overall assessment of the cruise is that it was, in general, a good cruise. However, for the pricing, we were expecting quite a bit more. This ... Read More
We recently completed the 23-day Caribbean and Amazon Rivers cruise on Oceania Regatta. Our overall assessment of the cruise is that it was, in general, a good cruise. However, for the pricing, we were expecting quite a bit more. This cruise, along with other Oceania cruises, prices out at about $500/day for a standard balcony cabin. Regatta is an R-class ship and we have sailed on two other R-class ships (Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess--the latter is now the Oceania Sirena) as well as the Seabourn Sojourn, which is also similar in size. So my comparison points are Princess on the lower end of the spectrum (at about $150/day for a balcony cabin or $200/day for a minisuite) and Seabourn at the high end of the scale (at about $500/day for a veranda suite). Bottom line is that Oceania, although priced like Seabourn (and other ultra luxury lines such as Crystal and Silversea), is much more comparable to Princess. But at 3x the cost. So it was a good cruise, but nowhere near worth the money paid. We had a “penthouse suite” (exactly the same cabin as what Princess calls a “minisuite” in their R-class ships) and were disappointed that it was not better appointed than Princess. We have had both a balcony on the Pacific Princess and a minisuite on the Ocean Princess. The Oceania penthouse suite is essentially the same as the minisuite on Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess. And smaller than the veranda suite on Seabourn (the bathroom is significantly smaller than Seabourn). Very comfortable, but is it worth the upcharge? Probably not. Dining was our biggest overall disappointment. We booked this cruise because we were told that Oceania had the best cuisine of any cruise line. Clearly, that is not the case. Seabourn exceeded Oceania in all areas of cuisine and there were certain aspects (pastries and desserts) where even Princess was better. The main dining room offerings were more extensive than Princess (typically 8-10 entrée choices vs. 5-6), yet the food quality and presentation was similar. Princess had several dishes we preferred over Oceania, although we would give a slight edge to Oceania. Being able to go to specialty dining several times at no additional cost was a nice additional perk. The pastries onboard were among the worst we have experienced on a cruise ship, including Carnival and NCL and other mass market cruise lines. The cookies were almost inedible, the sticky buns were not sticky nor even moist. We learned quickly not to order any dessert with flour as an ingredient. I asked the Executive Chef about the pastries and he said these are the recipes they are given by Corporate and he was not allowed to vary from them. The buffet (where we typically eat lunch) was overall much better on both Princess and Seabourn, very disappointing on Oceania. Breakfast served to the room was excellent as long as you didn’t order any pastries or breads. Shows in the theater were hit-and-miss. The production cast was very good to excellent, although rather small (four singer-dancer combinations and two dancers). One evening the show was a singer from the production cast. Although he was good, he is not solo act level and it was a wasted evening (but apparently done by Oceania to save on their entertainer costs). The other lead female singer did a solo show as well, it was better than the male singer, yet still not solo performer quality. There was a magician-comedian who was so bad we actually walked out during the performance (something we rarely do unless the act is very bad--and he was). The highlight solo act shows were the husband-wife classical guitarists and the tango dancers. The seating configuration in the theater was extremely cramped and crowded, since there was only one show each evening at 9:30, so they had far more chairs in the theater than in the comparable Princess ships (where there were two performances each evening). One true high point of this cruise is that the Cruise Director (Ray Carr) was excellent. Perhaps the best Cruise Director we have had in 40+ cruises. He was funny, witty and he kept announcements short and to the point. On many of our other cruises, guests would leave at the end of the show because the Cruise Director would come on the stage to babble for 5 minutes about stuff going on in other parts of the ship. Ray actually made it interesting, talking about the port the next day and keeping us entertained. Great sense of humor combined with self-deprecating humor made for a fun combination throughout the cruise. The activities onboard were being played for “O Points” which people collected throughout the cruise in order to get merchandise at the end. While it could be argued that this works better than giving away pens, etc. throughout the cruise, it took away from any actual tournaments, since people would play until they got their O Points, then leave. And people who didn’t normally play, did, just to get the O Points. So each daily event was crowded with the standard O Point crowd. The pool deck on Regatta is a considerable upgrade compared to Princess and comparable to Seabourn. Nice teak decks and comfortable, cushioned chairs and chaise lounges throughout. The Captain on this particular cruise seemed to have difficulty staying on schedule. We completely missed one port (St. Barts) due to both leaving Miami late as well as slow progress in rough seas, but we were also consistently late in other ports as well. To the Captain’s credit, he was able to work out a later departure in Manaus, leaving 2 hours later, which helped everyone who had a full day planned. He also stopped the ship directly on the equator in both directions, a nice additional touch. We received free Internet while onboard as part of the “O Life” package, which was very nice to have available. However, the system would consistently log you out after a short period of inactivity, so if you were composing an e-mail that took more than a few minutes, you had to login again to send. And the login procedure typically required closing the browser, restarting, clearing cache, then logging in again, making Internet access cumbersome. Yet it was “free” (paid for as part of the O Life upsell). Wine at dinner was typically $10-$14/glass + tip, quite high compared to other lines (and free on Seabourn and other ultra luxury lines). Gratuities were $23/day per person (over $1,000 for our cabin for this 23-day cruise--yikes), which is the highest we have ever paid for gratuities. Seabourn includes gratuities, another reason Oceania is as expensive or even higher than Seabourn after paying for additional charges such as these. Service onboard was consistent with what we had seen on Princess, but not up to the level of Seabourn (where the crew called you by name after a day or two). Although the ship was only 70% full (489 passengers vs 680 full capacity), Oceania reportedly furloughed some of their staff due to sailing at less than capacity. The result is that those remaining we stretched too thin in many areas of the ship, such as the buffet, where you often had to wait to be served at each station, since they were not all individually covered. Dining in the main dining rooms was often painfully slow as the wait staff were stretched to their limit, in spite of there being many open tables in the dining room. Service in the specialty restaurants was noticeably better and more efficient. ----- So would we sail on Oceania again in the future? Possibly, but only if their price point comes down. As long as Oceania continues to price at the same level as the ultra luxury lines, it will be a better value to simply sail the ultra luxury lines. We like the small ship experience, but we can still get that same/similar experience on Princess as 1/3 the cost. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship was very nice, it was our first small ship experience. We had a Balcony Stateroom which was the same size as we had on other cruises. The Bathroom and the shower were too small and not very functional. You had to sit on ... Read More
The ship was very nice, it was our first small ship experience. We had a Balcony Stateroom which was the same size as we had on other cruises. The Bathroom and the shower were too small and not very functional. You had to sit on an angle on the toilet, no room to hang towels to dry and the shower a size for kids. The food in general was very good for dinner and lunch in the dining rooms. The first time at the Polo Grill we had Shrimp Cocktails as appetizers like from a Shrimp Ring, terrible. This happened once only, but.... Breakfast was a different story, fried eggs, egg Benedict were most likely under cooked with the egg white running, We also got old whole wheat rolls for breakfast twice. We never had happen at any cruise line, hurrah Oceania!!! Have some nice pictures of it. I even had an interview with the Executive Chef and the Maitre D about some of the issues, these were not the only once. I thought, well, they react very quickly to any complaint, which is good. Very little changed though. Some of the entertainment was very good and we had some very good lectures. The service was excellent, the staff was always friendly, and it was like a big family, just like on the website. That's were the nice things end. It started with the "Complimentary" Internet for Concierge Class "Guests" according to their website, it does not exist. No response from the "Guest relation Dept" so far. Shore excursions are like this: You pay your money (more is better for Oceania) and then you get what they give you. It might not be the same, or of lower value, but they respond by claiming "nobody complained, sorry you did not like it" They run the same tours with 40 people and 20 people. They find nothing wrong with all paying the same thing!!! The price takes their attitude, they are not liable for putting your safety, health and equipment at risk by not checking the conditions of the areas. People slipping and sliding in mud, trying to hang on to trees and branches, barbed wire close to you. Oceania advertised it as "pleasant hike" Same standard response from "Guest relations" The other thing I find mind boggling, the Sommelier and Bar Service are trained, according to them, to serve 5 glasses of wine per bottle at 6 Oz each. Well, you do the math and call it what it is. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose the sailing because it was one of the few offerings going to Manaus on The Amazon River and because Oceania was offering major inducements as they were not full. We ended up with only about 489 passengers, which resulted in a high ... Read More
We chose the sailing because it was one of the few offerings going to Manaus on The Amazon River and because Oceania was offering major inducements as they were not full. We ended up with only about 489 passengers, which resulted in a high staff to passenger ratio and generally an uncrowded feel. This was our first experience with Oceania and we were impressed with the overwhelming friendliness and efficiency of the crew, the overall feeling of restrained elegance and the meals in the buffet, dining room and speciality restaurants. Every day in the coffee bar, we enjoyed some of the best Italian style cappuccinos outside of Italy. We also appreciated the lack of formal nights, the lack of photographers constantly in our face and the lack of constant sales promotions for the onboard shops. The onboard activities and nightly entertainment were of high quality, We did get tired of the constant promotion of future cruises. We also would have greatly liked more port time in most ports. The veranda cabin layout was more cramped than others we have experienced, The cupboard doors interfered with the bathroom door and the entrance door. The bathroom was a bit smaller than we were used to. Our best memories really are of the smiling, helpful staff. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had not been to the Amazon before and chose this cruise for its Itinerary. We chose Oceania because we have sailed with them before enjoying their high quality dining, and excellent service. In part, this experience was spoiled by a bad ... Read More
We had not been to the Amazon before and chose this cruise for its Itinerary. We chose Oceania because we have sailed with them before enjoying their high quality dining, and excellent service. In part, this experience was spoiled by a bad shore excursions. One was advertised as a tour in a luxury 4 x 4 jeep to remote parts of Barbados. The tour was actually in the back of a truck and was completely on main roads. It was mostly a bumpy drive by at high speeds (40 - 50 km ph). Even the ship's escort said he was surprised by the vehicle supplied and it was certainly not luxury. Bench seats facing each other with spread legs of the man across from me in shorts that exposed his private parts. I spoke to a shorex clerk upon return and she said she would inform Paul the Manager and he would contact me. No one from the ship ever followed up in any way. On another Shore Excursion we were supposed to visit a Sugar Factory but it was closed when we arrived. There was also a beautiful mural on a long wall that should have been a highlight of that excursion, but only those sitting on the other side of the van could view it and those of us on the other side had no way to see over those sitting in front of us. We were disappointed to see these poor offerings from Oceania. A couple of other minor issues -- salt grinders almost never worked, and omelets are cross contaminated because the attendant makes two at a time using the same spatula for both transfering bits of one person's omelet to the other. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
It is our favorite line and this cruise with the great cruise director and her fabulous husband enhanced the experience. Sirena's crew were great the dining venues superb and the cabin attendants were wonderful. The extra sea days ... Read More
It is our favorite line and this cruise with the great cruise director and her fabulous husband enhanced the experience. Sirena's crew were great the dining venues superb and the cabin attendants were wonderful. The extra sea days were great as a result of the a recent hurricane The Captain was aware of possible dangerous conditions and made sure our safety came first. General manager was attentive and pro active. As a frequent cruiser we felt at home and there were many familiar faces from the crew. Food was fabulous as always. Panama canal crossing was quite inspiring. When you think that the btechnolgy is over a 100 years old it amazes. The new restaurants are excellent additions to the culinary experience you experience on Oceania. All in all it was one of our best cruises we have ever had on Oceania and we booked two more while on board. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Well the Owners Suite 8064 was fabulous. There were several bad reviews of these suites right under the Terrace Cafe on deck 9.. because of the tables and chairs scraping on the floor above but since the retrofit in 2014 they must have ... Read More
Well the Owners Suite 8064 was fabulous. There were several bad reviews of these suites right under the Terrace Cafe on deck 9.. because of the tables and chairs scraping on the floor above but since the retrofit in 2014 they must have put some material under the Teak floors above to silence the noises.. We only heard something a very few times and was very unremarkable. Crew was so gracious and ready and able to take care of any item you needed. Granted we were in an Owners Suite and the Butler wouldn't let us do anything for ourselves.. I actually was upset that I walked up one flight of stairs to get us a beverage at the bar directly above.. Said it was HIS JOB .. i just told him I would call him next time... I DIDN"T... just sneaked up and got them myself.. I needed to Move my body... LOL Food was superb in all the restaurants.. Give them a 6 star on food ...for sure.. Loved the specialty restaurants so much we only ate in the main dining room 2 times out of 12 days.. the rest were in Polo Grill and Toscana Italian.. Ok the only complaint is the fact you have to buy your own beverage package and shore excursions and pay gratuities.. Since they are owned by NCL and it owns Regent SevenSeas which includes everything in the price it would be great if they did that with the other 6 star line Oceania... Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were a little suspect of Oceania since we had been inundated by marketing material since we booked our cruise - back in March. But we enjoyed it very much. The Regatta is the perfect sized ship - easy to get around, you didn't ... Read More
We were a little suspect of Oceania since we had been inundated by marketing material since we booked our cruise - back in March. But we enjoyed it very much. The Regatta is the perfect sized ship - easy to get around, you didn't have to hike from one end to the other. We noticed many special features that other cruise lines don't have..... free water and sodas in your cabin; free water when you leave for excursions; 4 free excursions; free dining in the specialty dining rooms; two "happy hours" each night with buy one-get one free drinks (and they weren't watered down drinks); and even free "virgin" cocktails. The staff was very warm and helpful. The excursion staff was very helpful, and didn't rush you into making a decision. Unfortunately, because of tropical storm Otto, we had to miss two ports, one of which was the Panama Canal, but that wasn't the fault of the Captain or the staff. The menus were varied and attractively served. We met many people who had sailed MANY times on Oceania. We perused the upcoming itineraries and booked our next cruise for two years out. The cabins are about the same size - other than suites, but it is the "extras" that might get you to upgrade - like extra options to eat in the specialty dining rooms, and priority embarkation and disembarkation. In-cabin dining was very special, prompt and the food was hot - even hotter than at the buffet. Highly recommended.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had sailed HAL for years, and unfortunately our experiences with food and the ship's conditions were steadily declining. We decided to try Oceania, and that was not without some concern based on the reviews and only 59% of people ... Read More
We had sailed HAL for years, and unfortunately our experiences with food and the ship's conditions were steadily declining. We decided to try Oceania, and that was not without some concern based on the reviews and only 59% of people saying they would sail Oceania again. Our experience was terrific and we are already booked with them again. The cabins are comfortable (and we were in an inside cabin!). The toiletries are nice. The bed, linens and towels were top notch. The staff - I mean all of them - are amazing. Within 1 - 2 days many of them knew our names, even when they had not directly interacted with us. Restaurant servers quickly remembered your preferences for water, coffee, wine, you name it. The food was outstanding. There was an occasion misstep - quickly and calmly corrected. The quality of the food never wavered. Special requests were welcome and always met. Entertainment is the weakest link, but that is not to say it was a big deal, or that I have had better experiences on other cruises as I have not.. The production staff is talented and friendly, interacting with the passengers during the day and after the shows. The other guest entertainment was a mixed bag, some good and some bad, but even over 73 days I never felt that was an issue. There are enough activities to keep you busy during the day. The ship's orchestra is amazing. The excursions were mixed bag, the biggest challenge being that the descriptions did not match the experience. Some had much more shopping than disclosed and that is not why I travel, while others were labeled as strenuous but were not and I missed out on some great journeys. Would I go again - EMPHATICALLY YES! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I were on the Insignia July 1-19 for the Northern Crossing trip from Miami to Reykjavik. Overall, what a wonderful cruise; we really enjoyed the ship, several sea days, the ports and, most especially, staying in Reykjavik ... Read More
My husband and I were on the Insignia July 1-19 for the Northern Crossing trip from Miami to Reykjavik. Overall, what a wonderful cruise; we really enjoyed the ship, several sea days, the ports and, most especially, staying in Reykjavik for a few days after disembarking. But this is about the ship. We had sailed previously on the Marina (three weeks around South America in 2013). We also have sailed on Regent's Voyager three times and previous to that on Holland America and Costa a few times. The Insignia was very well maintained; I didn't see any torn or stained carpet in the public areas; the ship gleamed every day from continuous thorough cleanings. Staff we encountered were not only unfailingly polite but, in most instances, also very warm and genuine in wanted to assure your positive experience and providing you a great trip. We stayed in a Vista Suite, Cabin 7004, at the front of the ship. We were directly below the bridge so heard almost nothing except an occasional footstep. The suite has 1 and 1/2 baths which is a particular reason why we chose it--no fighting in the morning for space! The bedroom did not have a walk in closet; instead it had wall units around two walls which provided more than adequate space both hanging and drawers. There was also a desk in the bedroom and two small bedside tables (just enough to hold our cell phones at night). The living room had a large piece of furniture which was a bar and storage space for glasses, napkins, menus and a small refrigerator. There was also a small dining table with four chairs, a sofabed, two chairs, two side tables and a coffee table. More than enough room! Our balcony extended across the front and had enough room for two loungers and a table with four chairs. We really liked this suite. We had wonderful room attendants. Victoria and Nilesh provided superb service promptly and efficiently. They were never too busy to stop and chat for a few minutes. I think they had eyes in the back of their heads because when we left the cabin in the morning for breakfast the room would be thoroughly cleaned by the time we got back. They were just amazing. Mishra, our butler, was also incredibly service oriented. He never failed to give us more information about what was going on in the ship than I would have imagined he would know. He knew about the laundry routine for cleaning our clothes, he knew the weather forecast and would recommend how to dress when we were going out for excursions, he would tell us about the menus in the dining room, the specials that evening in the Terrace--he was just incredible and so very, very kind. We used the balcony quite a bit in spite of getting the headwinds and a bit of "jostling" on afternoon on our way out of Halifax. There were several days/nights when the furniture on the balcony was tied down due to wind. However, there were other times when we could stand/sit on the balcony despite the wind and feel perfectly safe that we weren't going to get blown overboard. Dining on board was delightful. We found the food very good to excellent (with one exception which I will get to shortly). There was plenty of choice regardless of the venue and we felt all dining rooms were well staffed and service was of very high caliber as well. Our favorite dining room was the Grand Dining Room. I know this flies in the face of many Oceania regulars but our experience was that there was plenty of choice every day we ate there, the service was excellent, the ambiance was elegant and classy and the overall experience was truly one of grand dining. My husband defines me as high maintenance as I usually ask for some change to my meal from how it is described on the menu. For example, at lunch one day, I asked for the Nicoise salad if I could have it with grilled chicken instead of tuna or salmon (which were the choices listed). No problem. Many times I would ask to have the starch deleted and add a second vegetable--no problem. Mercy, the hostess in the GDR, did an outstanding job. I think she remembered everyone's name by day three of the cruise! Walter, the waiter we had most frequently, remembered our desires after only the second time. The food was always well prepared, hot when it was supposed to be hot, room temperature if it was supposed to be so and my, did it taste good! I do not enjoy the Terrace Dining Room at all. The food is usually not at the appropriate temperature, the choices to me were uninteresting and uninspiring in general, the grill which many rave about provided about the toughest steak I have ever had and the most dried out lobster tail I ever experienced. I hated the experience of trying to find a table. I found numerous other guests pushy and demanding from the staff unlike any other bar or restaurant on the ship, and the overall experience for me in the Terrace was very "Golden Corral" level of dining and I do not mean that as a compliment. Give me the level of service and food preparation in the GDR; I think we ate only three times in the Terrace Dining Room during the entire trip. My criticism of the Terrace does not extend to the Waves Grill. We loved their sandwiches when that was our mood and the warmth and courtesies delivered by all of the staff whose daily job was the Waves Grill. We ate twice at Toscana and twice at Polo. We actually had reservations for one additional time at each (because we were in a suite and due to the length of the cruise we had the opportunity for three reservations in each specialty restaurant). We ended up cancelling the last two reservations of the six because we enjoyed the GDR so much. There was nothing wrong with either Toscana or Polo; we thought the quality of the food was very, very good. However, we received the same level of attention and quality of food with more choice in the GDR. We both really love sea days because the opportunity to enjoy the ship is so special on sea days. By the way, once we got north of New York City (July 6 onto July 19) the weather became much cooler (it was heat indexes of over 100 degrees in Cape Canaveral, Charleston and New York). From Bar Harbor on we wore sweaters and slacks every day for excursions or on sea days; it was quite refreshing! Anyway, back to the sea days. Oceania doesn't offer a lot of activities and the schedule doesn't vary much on the sea days. Having said that, we did Bingo every sea day and I actually won $80 one day. Then my husband always went to the Blackjack and Texas Hold 'Em Tournaments every day; he didn't play he just enjoyed watching and talking with the folks. I went to some of the enrichment lectures--Joseph Campbell did an outstanding job and we both had massages and haircuts on the ship. We were pleased with the quality of the spa services. I am a voracious reader so I found the library quickly and loved the room. There was plenty of choice among the books offered. We also attended a couple of cooking demonstrations and really enjoyed the humor of the executive chef (and, of course, the recipes). So what didn't we like about the ship? Having sailed first on Marina, we missed the cooking classes and the greater choice of specialty restaurants that one has on the larger ships. We were in an Oceania suite on the Marina and liked that size and décor much better than the décor on Insignia; the décor on Insignia was too fussy for me. Given the weather on this cruise, we couldn't enjoy the decks very much. We did know that was likely going into this cruise so this is certainly not a fault of Oceania or the ship, just an observation. On the days when we could use the decks it was hard to find loungers. We also were supposed to have a dedicated tablet (IPad like electronic) in our cabin for our use. Although the equipment was there we were unable to use it because Oceania had not updated the software to make them usable--this we got from the Computer Room guru on the ship. I thought this was very tawdry and cheap of Oceania to use in their marketing when they knew the tablets were unusable! How can they be so elegant in the classiness of their ships, the quality of the food, the outstanding training they provide to staff and be so cheap as to pretend they are offering this great advantage to us and then just refuse to update it to make it usable--unbelievable! I should mention here that Internet was not available many days due to the lack of satellite access-not an Oceania problem or responsibility. Contrast this with how they handled a cancelled excursion which we received "free" due to the OLife offer of five "free" excursions. When it was cancelled, Oceania made an adjustment in our shipboard account to add back $100 credit. Now that was classy! We had the Prestige Drink Package and I disliked having to show my card every time I wanted a drink. I get why Oceania does this--I just don't like it and find it cumbersome. You can see that my dislikes are far smaller than my likes. I still really enjoy Oceania and would choose it again for another cruise. I loved the itinerary and enjoyed all of the Canadian ports as well as the three Greenland ports and Iceland. Who knew I would find Greenland so charming and Iceland so spectacular?! I loved the cool weather. If you have finally read this far I am amazed as this is probably way too much detail. Thanks to all of you who provided me with such fun reading over the last three years and helped me plan a great trip on Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I like smaller ships and have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. A friend found this 16 day cruise that began in Miami and ended up in our home port of San Francisco with dates that worked for us. We found the ship to be very ... Read More
I like smaller ships and have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. A friend found this 16 day cruise that began in Miami and ended up in our home port of San Francisco with dates that worked for us. We found the ship to be very comfortable, the food was excellent and varied, the staff were very friendly and efficient (and represented 57 countries), and the lectures and activities were wonderful. We were on a waiting list for a veranda cabin but ended up with an ocean view cabin with a large picture window and small sitting area. I found the cabin to be small and the bathroom even smaller. (I've been spoiled by Regent Navigator's cabins with separate tub and shower and walk-in closet.) We had enough storage space for our things - but in a small wardrobe and lots of different little cabinets and drawers. The shipboard experience really was wonderful, and we met so many interesting people. Most of the travelers were retirement age. (I think we saw only two couples under the age of 50 and no children at all & this really isn't a ship for children.) The entertainment was very good and varied. Singers/dancers put on 4 great shows, the string quartet also had 2 lovely shows as well as playing in the upper hall at dinner time. There were also two very good pianists - one played in one of the bars and the other did two shows. We didn't see the harpist's shows nor the magician/comedian so can't rate them - other couples' opinions on them were divided between great and ok. I've reduced the number of stars due to the poor selection of port excursions and their cost. My friend and I have mobility challenges (walk with canes and can't walk long distances) and there were several ports that offered not a single tour option for us. The one we did take was in Costa Rica and was an Eco Mangrove Swamp tour that involved about an hour plus bus ride (air conditioned) to and from the swamp to board the small boats with very uncomfortable seats. The tour guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about wildlife and birds and shared some of his country's history and challenges with obvious national pride. The boat driver was quite alert and spotted many different crocodiles and animals and birds - he also would reverse and turn the boat so that both sides could see. The base in the swamp had clean restrooms, and offered free and delicious pineapple, bottled water, and Costa Rican beer after the boat tour of the swamp. We had arranged a private tour in Acapulco, but the captain decided to skip Acapulco due to a shooting and violence in the streets. We were a bit disappointed but would rather be safe and appreciated that the captain made a difficult decision. Instead of Acapulco, the ship stopped at Zihuantenejo-Ixtapa. and had scurried to offer a couple of excursions. Amazingly, there was one suitable for us, but going ashore was by tender and we didn't feel secure enough to try that with the heavy swells so passed. To sum it up, the ship is older and has smaller cabins, but it is very comfortable. The food is truly outstanding and with a lovely variety. Activities and entertainment on board were great. The excursion offerings were expensive and limited. And the staff were amazingly friendly, funny, and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was an excellent cruise with many positives and very few negatives. It was in high demand and overbooked. We were astonished to hear the offers some people received to cancel and rebook a future cruise. We had a concierge level ... Read More
This was an excellent cruise with many positives and very few negatives. It was in high demand and overbooked. We were astonished to hear the offers some people received to cancel and rebook a future cruise. We had a concierge level stateroom and although it was small, it was very clean and comfortable with a balcony. The housekeeping staff is a very hard-working group of people and they made sure we always had what we needed. The condition of the ship is excellent although we did notice a couple of spots that needed a little repair. The entertainment greatly exceeded our expectations. Last time we were on the Regatta in 2008 there wasn't much in the way of entertainment after dinner. There was the orchestra and one cabaret-style singer as I recall. Now there is still the talented orchestra in addition to a very entertaining and talented young group of 6 singers and dancers. They played to standing-room-only crowds. On their off-nights there was other entertainment. Gran Volta are 2 young Russian women who gave energizing and modern violin and cello performances. Very entertaining. The piano player, Stephen Kane, was also excellent. During the cruise is was announced that the Port of Acapulco was cancelled because of recent violence so they added Zihuanatnejo, Mexico. We were slightly relieved about that. With only a couple of days notice, Oceania was able to put some shore excursions in place. This is a port that gets very few cruise ships and it was the first time the Regatta had been there. We took Oceania's shore excursions in every port except Key West. They were okay, but quite expensive. I have to admit that I was growing weary of being on a 40-passenger bus where the loading and unloading process is painfully slow. It made us reconsider how we're going to tour ports in the future. The food, of course, was outstanding. The presentation, quality and taste was truly wonderful. Some of the more memorable meals for me included the sea bass wrapped in a banana leaf with jasmine rice in the GDR and the dover sole in Toscana. The choices of olive oil in Toscana was amazing. I thought that Polo Grill didn't quite meet the same high standards. The surf and turf was the one "miss" that I experienced. The lobster was good but the steak wasn't. I ordered it medium well, which should have a little pink in the center. Instead there was no pink and it was dry. So, one not-so-great meal and many great meals. Polo Grill made up for it on a later night when my husband ordered rib-eye and it was very good. We bought the 7 bottle wine package, a variety of red and white, and each bottle was excellent. I have read on this board that the officers of Oceania do not make many appearances. I have to disagree. The Captain was visible and has a wonderful sense of humor. One day he and the General Manager did a chat with the Cruise Director in the Lounge where they talked about their careers and then did a Q & A session. Very interesting. Another day there was an Officer's Challenge where the passengers had a friendly competition over table tennis, golf putting, etc. Everyone had a lot of fun. Our cruise director was satisfactory. We heard he was new to Oceania. We felt like he was just going through the motions and was not in his element. I think he'll improve over time. Disembarkation in San Francisco was easy. Definitely an advantage of being on a smaller ship. All in all, this was a wonderful cruise with many great memories. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Reviewers are 65 yrs old and married, 40+ cruises on 12 lines including 7 on Oceania. Overview: Over the last several years under multiple owners Oceania has fallen from a premiere line to a line without identity. Under the holding ... Read More
Reviewers are 65 yrs old and married, 40+ cruises on 12 lines including 7 on Oceania. Overview: Over the last several years under multiple owners Oceania has fallen from a premiere line to a line without identity. Under the holding company the food and service dropped to extremely low levels. The food budget has been noticeably restored by NCL, and so has the friendliness, but the service is very poor particularly in the dinning rooms where the numbers and training level is about as low as it gets in the industry right now. Dining: See above. While the food budget is better than a year ago; however, the French Chefs are gone and there is a German cook. The drop in quality preparation from the original Oceania line could also be associated with the quality and numbers of assistant chefs remaining. Suffice to say, food is no longer the reason to take this line, and it once was the best reason. The Ship: The so-called R-ships are some of the nicest with only 650 passengers and a beautiful design. Oceania has 3 of the 8 R-ships. The ship is well maintained and extremely enjoyable. Entertainers: They were very good except for the comedian. The string quartet was excellent. The show performers were very talented and their shows were exceptional. Itinerary: Very good and well managed. Enrichment series: Unfortunately the gentleman giving these lectures was neither a gifted speaker nor an organized lecturer which was unfortunate because his knowledge of history was fairly good. Service: The service staff was extremely limited in number in the key food service areas and their skill/training was noticeably below historic Oceania levels. Cabin staff were very good and efficient; although, you out of the room early or you room was not made up until afternoon. Future of Oceania: They announced at the the party for loyalty members that they were delighted to have these five new Oceania ships in the NCL fleet, so I think that covers where the line is headed. NCL is the only major line we have never taken because we have always been discouraged to do so by virtually everyone who has taken it. When Carnival buys a line like Seabourn or Cunard it tries to keep that fact as unapparent as possible and maintain some pretense of a quality line while reducing service to increase it shareholders demands for more profits. NCL is hiding nothing. Value: To be fair, I booked this near the sailing with heavy discounts and then took the offered options the day before sailing to get a balcony upgrade. I paid no more for the balcony stateroom for 12 days than I would have paid on a mass market line, so the value for me was very good; however, if you want to book a balcony or suite at regular rates, Seabourn, Silver seas, and other premium lines would be cheaper and definitely better in my opinion. Shore excusions: This is always a large profit item for the line and I am happy so many people supply that profit, but some the excursions was unbelievably expensive. We rented a car with another couple and did the exact same Plantation Tour in Charleston that the ship offered. We paid an average of $38 per person and the ship tour was $180 per person and of course took an extra 1.5 hours because of organizing the group and getting everyone on and off buses. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I will start off by saying this cruise was about relaxing for us so might be boring to read my thoughts This was our 6th cruise on Regatta so it was very familiar to us We were on a B2B this was R/T Miami with port stops in ... Read More
I will start off by saying this cruise was about relaxing for us so might be boring to read my thoughts This was our 6th cruise on Regatta so it was very familiar to us We were on a B2B this was R/T Miami with port stops in Bahamas, Bermuda, Norfolk, Charleston, Port Canaveral. When I saw Bermuda with 2 days in Hamilton that was the selling point for me We spent our honeymoon there way back when After leaving Bahamas the seas were a bit bumpy & the sick bags were out It did not bother us too much we had been in worse It was very hot & humid most of the trip in April, not sure I would choose this same itinerary again Bermuda was lovely though not too hot The only port we did a private tour was Bermuda ...I pre booked David Fox & shared with 4 others from the roll call We saw a good portion of the island between the Lighthouse & St Georges We had lunch in St George's at Wahoo's as per David's recommendation He suggested the Wahoo bites ..now keep in mind DH does not eat much fish but he ordered the bites & loved them ..he did share a few pieces with me David even found the guest house we had stayed in many years ago with minimal information I would highly recommend him arriving in Hamilton late afternoon Friday we went ashore just to check out the area, next day was our tour Sunday several of us took the ferry from Hamilton over to King's Wharf to shops there We were to leave at 4pm that afternoon but due to a storm front the Captain decided to stay in Bermuda until the next afternoon Many grumbled we would miss Norfolk but I would rather that than be in a storm in the Atlantic The next day we just did a walk around Hamilton looking in the shops etc... untill the rain shower sent us into the gift shop ..how awful it did not last long and we headed back out for our walking tour We made it to Charleston & overnighted there We walked up through the market & shopped a bit It was very hot & humid so I did not fare well in thew heat so headed back to the ship & the A/C There I stayed until Miami Food It is subjective but we found it quite good as usual ..a couple of misses but nothing in life is perfect We ate dinner mostly in the GDR, Breakfast at Waves & lunch at Waves or Terrace The service was uneven & some nights it took 2-3 hrs for dinner even at a table for 4 Way too long to be sitting, not sure if it was a staff issue or what the problem was Barristas was very good & the girl there was quite pleasant & we would try to learn Italian from her The Production shows were a bit better than in the past the solo performers were hit or miss I did not go to the comedian shows ..how many bad jokes can you take in one night We had a sizable OBC so we tried some spa treatments (not something we normally do) quite enjoyable. A good way to use up the OBC if you are not a ship's excursion person or drinkers Overall the cruise was great for us but we just like the motion of the ocean We like to size of Oceania ships so all is good Life is short ..go cruising Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Judging from the reviews and boards of Cruise Critic at least, It’s not been a good year so far for Oceania with all of the norovirus on RIVIERA and continued worry or real experiences that “things aren’t the same” under new NCL ... Read More
Judging from the reviews and boards of Cruise Critic at least, It’s not been a good year so far for Oceania with all of the norovirus on RIVIERA and continued worry or real experiences that “things aren’t the same” under new NCL ownership. For us, it was returning to REGATTA for our sixth cruise in her and our first since 2011 having sailing in the meantime once in MARINA and three times in RIVIERA. My wife prefers “the big ships” (especially the cabin bathrooms with tubs!) but I still prefer “the little ships”. This cruise in REGATTA reinforced that for me and reassured me that Oceania remains largely “as is” and a superb cruise product across the board. REGATTA was just the right size for this 12-day itinerary, a new one for us, from Miami to Nassau, Bermuda (and yes with that preferred Hamilton Front Street berth), Charleston (delightful!) and Port Canaveral. Our call at Norfolk was sadly cancelled owing to bad weather in the Atlantic and the captain wisely deciding to spend an additional (and idyllic) day in Bermuda instead. April in the Atlantic is a crap-shoot weather-wise but was was pretty good with only first evening and morning out of Bermuda rough although it was quite windy and cloudy in Bermuda one day. This was our first return to REGATTA since her extensive refurbishment in 2013. Happy to see that Oceania retains the original Edwardian décor of the original “R” ships which I prefer to the flashier style of the RIVIERA/MARINA. The Grand Dining Room, Hall and staircase remain among the most handsome spaces afloat. Sadly, I think they ruined the Terrace Café, replacing the charming murals and light pastel colors with institutional fake wood laminate and plastic covered chairs right out of a nursing home. Oddly, the lovely colorful mosaics on the lido deck have also been replaced with the most harsh and dreary grey rough stone. A lot of the charm and character of these areas have been spoilt and for no good reason it seems. Essential maintenance remains excellent but high-use Martinis not tidied up anywhere near as often as before (or as necessary) and the gents dressing room in the Canyon Ranch Spa and the outside spa deck were often a mess of heaped, used towels, robes and sandals… something you’d never have seen before. Our own cabin (7074, a Concierge Veranda) was kept immaculate and the cabin stewardesses were superbly efficient, friendly and helpful. Food, food, food… Oceania has always been as obsessed about eating as its passengers. And happy to report, it remains as superb as ever. Tastes and expectations vary and you can’t get more subjective than food but I thought it was uniformly excellent in choice, presentation, quality and finished product and in every venue and every meal. If anything, our experience in Toscana and Polo were the best of our ten Oceania cruises, making the prospect of them being “combined” as Tuscan Steak all that more sad. We love the little bar in Polo on these ships. Service in the Main Dining Room can be slow, yes… the menus are simply too extensive I think for anything else… and there remain long (15-20 min) waits for tables for two even after 8.00 pm. But this is one good dining experience make no mistake. Oceania may focus too much on food but the results are very tasty indeed. The most enjoyable aspect of cruising with Oceania for us has always been the crew and we always come away having made new friends from all over the world and delighted to be reacquainted with some familiar faces from cruises past. Adrian (Mexico) the deck steward was my prize this trip serving up the best margaritas afloat and in quantity as well as a quality. Some really delightful staff (especially Oscar from Peru) in the Terrace Café and dining room and Horizons, too. Service in Martinis was frankly not very good, so poor in fact that we complained when it seemed obvious that people with the beverage package were not getting the same level of service. Our complaint was promptly handled by the bar manager and the service did get better but we preferred Horizons on this trip for service and friendliness. REGATTA, Oceania’s first ship and still the flagship of the ever expanding fleet, remains an utterly charming and delightful vessel offering exceptional standards of cuisine, service and surroundings. And most of all, some very nice people to look after you. Adrian’s margaritas already seem a distant memory. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We arrived in Miami the day before, we always arrange our own flights. Arriving at the terminal on embarkation day it was quiet and relaxed as normal, no hustle and bustle at the Oceania terminal. Very smooth operation to get us on board, ... Read More
We arrived in Miami the day before, we always arrange our own flights. Arriving at the terminal on embarkation day it was quiet and relaxed as normal, no hustle and bustle at the Oceania terminal. Very smooth operation to get us on board, we went straight to the buffet for lunch while we wait for our cabin to be prepared. Don't take any notice of people that complain they had to wait for access to their cabin. It takes a long time for the cabin stewards to make sure everything is perfect on change over day, consider you have to be out of your cabin by 8.00am on disembarkation day, that doesn't give them long to clean etc. before the next batch of cruisers start coming on board. Luggage was waiting for us at the cabin door when we arrived at our cabin. We had an obstructed view cabin, gives some daylight, on short cruises 12 days or less don't mind the small cabin, have got used to the small bathroom but don't live in it, This is our 5th cruise on the Regatta so didn't have to explore the ship. The dining was very good in the Grand Dining room and also Polo Grill, husband had a wonderful prime rib and I had a filet mignon. We ate at Toscana twice which was OK. The maitre 'D , Bruno was outstanding arranging a table for 9 of us on our final night. We only had one bad experience in the GDR, we arrived for lunch a bit later than we intended and hoped to be served quickly, but we walked out after nearly 15 minutes due to the fact we were completely ignored, the wine waiter was there immediately but we said we would just have water, the other waiters kept walking around our table and said nothing. If they had acknowledged us and said they would be with us in a moment we would have stayed, but nothing was said. We mentioned it to the Head waiter and after that everything was perfect. The entertainment was OK, somehow I cannot get too excited, perhaps because we both like classic rock listening to them singing Brat Pack songs is not our cup of tea so to speak. However we loved the string quartet, Ravels Bolero was magic. we both took part in the on board activities for Big 'O' points, surprising how competitive people get when competing for these points, just to get cap at the end of the cruise! Always take part in the afternoon trivia, then race upstairs for Afternoon tea. The staff always greeted you with a smile and a hello. We had to miss Norfolk, VA due to bad storm off the east coast and the captain took the decision to stay another day in Bermuda. The day we did leave Bermuda heading for Charleston, SC the seas got a bit lumpy but OK for us. I think a few people got sick. The captain certainly made the right decision to stay so we only got the southern edge of the storm. In Bermuda we took a private taxi to the Crystal and Fantasy caves, worth seeing. In Charleston we took a nearly 1 hour Red Sash horse and carriage ride and the following day a boat ride to Fort Sumter for 2 1/2 hours, both tours cost us $41 each, an absolute bargain.. We get back on the Regatta in May for an Alaskan cruise (again), and in September we board the Marina for a 32 day cruise. Looking forward to both. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The Riviera was highly recommended to us. It was our 2nd cruise with Oceania (Insignia, before), and I should have known better. My husband and I go cruising to relax, have nice meals with good service, and then dance the night ways! ... Read More
The Riviera was highly recommended to us. It was our 2nd cruise with Oceania (Insignia, before), and I should have known better. My husband and I go cruising to relax, have nice meals with good service, and then dance the night ways! This just was not possible. Embarkation was fine, although we were not advised that we could board at 11 a.m. (Concierge Level) -- our "ticket" read 12 noon. The ship was beautiful, apparently no Norovirus, lovely works of art, our stateroom (9058) was very nice, but very noisy; the bathroom, somewhat small -- tiny shower, big tub, and small vanity. The Lounge at the Concierge Level was small, the Concierge always too busy, same "hors d'ouvres" every day -- not worth the extra cost. We did not go on any of the ship's excursions, as we had already been to the first two ports-of-call and really wanted to enjoy the ship. We did get off in Gibraltar, but went on our own. We attended the end of one of the concerts by a very talented couple of violinists, and that was lovely. I attended the Bridge lessons and enjoyed them very much -- they were very useful in bringing back a lot that I have forgotten in 16 years without playing -- good teachers. Service was fine, but I did hear "no" a few times -- unheard of on the Crystal -- before them hearing "maybe." The specialty restaurants, very nice, but not any better than on Regent or Crystal. The BIG disappointment was the dance music. The orchestra - mostly Eastern Europeans -- were just not interested in this type of music. They probably play wonderful Classical and Chamber music, but they left a lot to be desired. No variety in their repertoire, no desire to please, lots of very slow waltzes, lots of cha-chas, and rumbas, and very little else. They were more interested in their watches, so see how much longer they had to play (I guess), than on their public. The alternates, a pianist and a singer, were more or less the same -- played from a playlist and no deviation from that! No idea what they were playing and could not care less. I wonder where the Filipinos are - they were pleasant, agreeable, had rhythm, beat, a desire to please, interacted with the public, etc. I really miss them. Disembarkation went smoothly, no problems there. Caveat, if you like to dance, look elsewhere. I do not believe that there will be a third time on Oceania, perhaps I too am "a Crystal person" as another lady wrote on another review on this ship! P.S. Wish cruise line would let one know what kind of music will be available on board... I would be a much happier passenger! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Having had a wonderful experience on the Marina on a recent South Pacific cruise we decided to do an east-bound transatlantic on Riviera, her sister ship, sailing from Miami on April 11 and arriving in Barcelona on April 25. This was ... Read More
Having had a wonderful experience on the Marina on a recent South Pacific cruise we decided to do an east-bound transatlantic on Riviera, her sister ship, sailing from Miami on April 11 and arriving in Barcelona on April 25. This was our first spring transatlantic (our previous one was on a Princess ship in the fall) and we weren't sure whether to expect rough seas and/or very cool weather but everything turned out well...generally pretty calm seas and on most days we were able to sit out on deck and enjoy the sunshine and we saw quite a few passengers in the pool. We were also apprehensive just prior to the cruise since Riviera was on a code red because of the norovirus outbreaks ( 2 -3 since last November, the latest having been in late March) and there had been extensive discussion of the problems in the cruise critic forums. Fortunately we had no problems on this particular cruise which was a great relief. All passengers seemed to be happy in co-operating around using the sanitizing spray before entering the restaurants and the fact that the crew served all the Terrace cafe made a lot of us more comfortable. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants, especially Red Ginger. Although we also enjoyed Toscana we felt the service was rather hurried and we generally felt rushed during the meal. The experience there was not as good as our experience in the Marina Toscana. We went to the Grand dining room on several evenings. The choice of items was very good and the standard of cuisine was excellent. The only negative comment is that if you want a table for 2 you have to get there by 6:30 - otherwise you have to share. We loved afternoon tea in the Horizons lounge (especially tea and scones with clotted cream and jam) and the accompaniment of the Platinum quartet who were excellent. The quartet also plays in another part of the ship in the evening and it is very pleasant to stop and have a cocktail there en route to dinner in the Grand Dining Room. We often went for the 5-6 happy hour in Martinis or the Horizons Bar - highly recommended. Nice to have 2 for 1 drinks although the martinis are half the size of the usual Martini ones....still it is nice to share rather than have the usual larger one. We had some excellent entertainment especially Tom Drake a stand up comedian who had everyone in stitches over several evenings..One of the best we have ever heard. Other entertainment included a cast production with a strong international flavour which was excellent, a magician and a duo of violinists performing a very electic repertoire. The educational lectures were very good - Dr Cartwright covered a number of different topics including the Battle of Trafalgar and the sinking of the Titanic on which he and his wife have published. The excursions were generally good - especially the ones in Bermuda and Gibraltar. Unfortunately we had rotten weather in Madeira and we never got to see the famed Girao cliffs which are reputed to be the highest in Europe. It was a dreadful day - very soggy indeed and the rainwater was sloshing around the streets and the dock area which deterred some passengers from venturing off the ship. Fortunately we took a cable car ride soon after we docked and we had quite a good ride up to Monte before getting thoroughly soaked in the Tropical Garden. We really enjoyed Gibraltar (especially seeing the macaque monkeys at the top of the funicular ride which is a must). Unfortunately on another stop we had a very unfortunate incident when we suddenly realized (after reboarding our coach) that it was running backwards towards the cliff and the driver wasn't on board! We were very fortunate that he managed to jump back in and apply the handbrake very quickly and saved us from disaster. I think a lot of the passengers were shaken up and some, sensing what was happening had actually jumped out. It could have been a very bad situation but thank goodness the driver acted in time. One of the Oceania crew was on the bus with us and we asked him to file a report with Oceania. We have no idea what caused the problem. We had no problems occupying ourselves in reading, attending lectures and walking around the ship. Others took part in art classes, culinary experiences and bridge classes. We dont dance so can't comment but we saw several couples dancing each day. Nor can I comment on the spa which we never use. We liked the Platinum string quartet but found the Riviera orchestra rather loud. I must confess I am not a fan of the sax but others will differ. Dottie our cruise director was one of the best we have ever had. She did an excellent job and we enjoyed her jokes before each evening show. We had a concierge level stateroom very far aft...but we never had any problems with seasickness...however we did see others wearing patches. The room was perfectly adequate although it would be nice to have more room in front of the closet. Nataliya and her assistant did an excellent job in keeping our stateroom in near perfect condition. The bathroom which had separate shower and bath with shower was nicely appointed although the shower door did not close properly and water leaked out until it was fixed. We found the vast majority of the crew on the ship were very pleasant and helpful and went out of their way to be as helpful as possible. Internet coverage (which was included) was ok but generally slow and a bit spotty. Best to use it early in the morning or later at night when usage is down. Fellow passengers? I would estimate average age of 65-70. Most were very experienced cruisers who have travelled extensively. A lot of passengers had mobility issues but that didn't deter them one bit and several of the excursions were open to those in wheelchairs (however some are restricted because of difficult walking conditions) Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and indeed we enjoyed it so much that we have booked a different transatlantic on Marina next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife found the cruise from a brochure for Oceania and talked 6 of us into going. Our first time aboard any Oceania vessel. We were very pleased! No NORO, after a discussion on cruise critic roll call of this cruise and some ... Read More
My wife found the cruise from a brochure for Oceania and talked 6 of us into going. Our first time aboard any Oceania vessel. We were very pleased! No NORO, after a discussion on cruise critic roll call of this cruise and some unnecessary worrying, there was no Norovirus that I ever heard of. A lovely time, cruise critic met each sea day it was an excellent cruise. The internet is the same speed you would expect at sea, we used my laptop and I am glad I did cause I could watch Fox, MSNBC as I waited on the internet. We used Apple's FaceTime to call home and see the grandchildren live. The shows are not on ship's television so I only went to one. The restaurants on the ship delicious with new dishes I have never had, I began to let the restaurant waiter pick my meals, that worked spactacularly, never had sea bass and it was the best meal I had onboard, then there was the prime rib, tuna salad, very healthy too, I only gained 6 pounds over our two weeks aboard. The stops Bermuda (5th visit there) we took a tour of Bermuda just the 6 of us (three Cabins) it was a beautiful day , consider taking a peek at Morgan's beach a post card photo. Funchal Maderia, a beautiful and friendly stop our first time there a delight so much to see but it was raining so hard you could not see across the street which is rare for Maderia, we will go back there. Gibraltar, another beautiful friendly stop, another land tour for the six of us, Ill bet you didn't know there are over 40 miles of roads within the Rock of Gibraltar. Barcelona, so much to do there not enough time we were ready to go home missing the grandkids. Flights - the necessary evil - push for a non connection flight back home, I wish we did, we waited 2 hours for a light to Frankfurt (you can't get a Frankfurter hot dog there) ending up on Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 with built in video for each passenger it made the 8 hour flight to Boston. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I had always wanted to try a TA cruise and this was a perfect opportunity. It turned out even better than my expectations. The greatest aspect was the leisurely pace, not having to get up early in the morning for a shore excursion, ... Read More
I had always wanted to try a TA cruise and this was a perfect opportunity. It turned out even better than my expectations. The greatest aspect was the leisurely pace, not having to get up early in the morning for a shore excursion, having plenty of time to linger over meals, and lots of the during the day for reading and napping. My wife and I did only the 14 day TA crossing and returned from Barcelona but those 14 days were wonderful. And the Oceania experience cannot be duplicated anywhere else. The service and the food were excellent and we had the added benefit of reasonably good weather, no major storms, just a bit of rain. We enjoyed our concierge level stateroom and had excellent service from our stateroom staff. The concierge lounge was great for a quick cup of coffee in the morning. We also took advantage of the fitness area that had ample and well maintained equipment. The shore excursions were not the primary attractions on this voyage but were interesting. The excursion through Bermuda was interesting and the excursion in Gibraltar was not only interesting but the tea at the Rock Hotel was quite lovely. Unfortunately, it rained fairly steadily in Funchal making that excursion a bit more problematic. The real attraction was that there were not many shore excursions leaving plenty of opportunity to sleep late which was needed since we had several time changes during the voyage, all setting the clock ahead. Finally, the entertainment was very good, with some outstanding performances and the music for dancing in Horizons was pretty good as well although we would have preferred a bit more variety. Nevertheless, we danced every night and enjoyed it immensely. Overall, a wonderful cruise definitely up to Oceania standards. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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