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11 Oceania Vancouver Cruise Reviews

We have cruised with other lines, Cunard, Celebrity, Azamara and wanted to try Oceania as we had heard the food was so good.....they did not disappoint, but more of that later. Also we have been to Alaska before but not Sitka or Prince ... Read More
We have cruised with other lines, Cunard, Celebrity, Azamara and wanted to try Oceania as we had heard the food was so good.....they did not disappoint, but more of that later. Also we have been to Alaska before but not Sitka or Prince Rupert. We made our own arrangements for hotels and stayed near English bay, got a taxi to the port which was $11. Embarkation was the easiest we have ever had, filled out one form and we were on, it is all very low key, two people directing people to the buffet as our cabins were not ready. Had a wonderful lunch, they announced at 2pm all cabins were ready, our cases were inside when we got there. Plenty of room for two ladies sharing to hang and put away all the clothes, our cases fitted under the beds, but the steward can take them if yours is too big. We all know the showers are tiny and so is the toilet, I am tall and could not fit on the seat!!!! From the very first meal, to the last the food was wonderful better than most Michillen Star Restaurants we have been too! I am vegetarian but also have a food allergy, they could not have been kinder asking me to choose and offering to cook something different if nothing on the menu was suitable, I did have to do this the night before but did change my mind on arrival at dining room which was never a problem. Our waiter Jeffrey was the best. The food in the waves grill and the buffett were all good and the milkshakes are out of this world! Everything was served hot, the two meat eaters and 1 person who ate fish all had excellent meals, we could not fault it. The shows are low key, but all of the entertainers had good voices and could dance. Dottie the cruise director was brilliant. We really enjoyed the ensemble playing classical music they were excellent.The quizzes were good fun and I liked the little gesture of O points to win prizes.you could always get a chair on deck in the sun it was never crowded and the weather was very hot all the time. The service from every member of staff was the best we have ever had, everyone said hello, smiled and asked if we were having a nice time. The shore excursions were a mix, some I thought were a little overpriced and I wish we had done a bit more research and done our own thing, the trip to the valley to see the bears was the best day out, worth every penny. We were lucky to have a lovely mix of ages on this trip, as I understand it is often older people who go, we were aged 59-65, it made for a fun trip, one of the best we have ever had, I would book again and recommend it especially if you like good fun & nice service. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this cruise for the itinerary, which was rewarding for the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The excursions were generally good. After cruising on Viking and other cruise lines, we found ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this cruise for the itinerary, which was rewarding for the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The excursions were generally good. After cruising on Viking and other cruise lines, we found the Regatta to be aged, worn and dark in decor. It was like returning to the 1980s. The staff were generally well trained and responsive to our needs, although there were some issues with language. Embarkation in Vancouver was a taxing experience, as the facility was not designed to be used as a cruise terminal and involved a lot of unnecessary walking and up and down escalators in order clear processing and board the ship. Dining was hit and miss. The speciality restaurants were comfortable and well serviced. However, the food quality was less than what we are accustomed to. Over ten days, Regatta's kitchens failed to deliver one serving of meat done at the requested medium rare temperature. At our first dinner in Toscana, my veal was so tough that it was unchewable. Dining in the Terrace buffet was inconsistent, but probably average for a cruise ship buffet. Service in the Grand Dining Room was often slow and inattendant. Oceania's claim that it has the best cuisine at sea is not accurate. Being a smaller ship with older technology, Regatta rocked and rolled in the Gulf of Alaska seas, leaving my wife queasy at times. The ship's elevators were reminiscent of old buildings that had elevator operators and barely held six people. The headboard above our bed generated a vibration noise while cruising that kept us awake at night. In addition, the HVAC system in our room emitted strange noises that sounded like a phone ringing without being answered. The European style half-shower/tubs are extremely frustrating for someone accustomed to a comfortable, roomy shower experience that doesn't flood the floor. Disembarkation in Seattle was smooth and uneventful. Overall, there are better alternatives for a higher end experience for the money. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Alaska has been on our bucket list and since it does involve some walking, we thought this was the right year for us to go. Plus we liked the Vancouver embarkation and Seattle ending as we wanted to spend some time in both. With three at ... Read More
Alaska has been on our bucket list and since it does involve some walking, we thought this was the right year for us to go. Plus we liked the Vancouver embarkation and Seattle ending as we wanted to spend some time in both. With three at sea days, there was more time on the ship than normal but we enjoyed the lectures and found plenty to keep us busy. We did not book the specialty restaurants ahead of time and that was a mistake, The Main Dining Room food was very good but did not have as much variety as we expected. Excursions booked by Oceania were good but local providers were available and we used several of those at 1/2 the price. Cabin was kept very well, room service was excellent. A very good cruise. Would like to see more interaction from the ship officers other than the designated events.Entertainment was good. Interesting that there were so few on the Cruise Critic Roll Call - not even enough to have a reception. The Captain did an excellent job of doing a 360 degree turn at the Hubbard Glacier. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose cruise because of length of trip, size of ship as we prefer small ships, and the itinerary. Fantastic experience with stunning scenery, lots of wildlife and all on well-organised shore excursions. Seeing the Hubbard Glacier so close ... Read More
Chose cruise because of length of trip, size of ship as we prefer small ships, and the itinerary. Fantastic experience with stunning scenery, lots of wildlife and all on well-organised shore excursions. Seeing the Hubbard Glacier so close was extra special. Excellent cruise director, great entertainment and lectures. The crew were great, giving a superb service. Our only complaint on board was how cold it was. Not referring to the Alaskan weather, but the freezing cold temperature in the public rooms on board. When we disembarked, one of our cases was damaged - the fabric was split and we were concerned about its security for our onward journeys. We reported the problem to the port agents, SMS (Guest Port Services). A written report was completed and we were told we would hear within a few days. That was on 20th June. Since then, we have exchanged several emails with the SMS Seattle port supervisor, who in turn has been in contact with Oceania. We have had no contact whatsoever from Oceania. We have also sent an enquiry direct to Oceania, using their online contact service and still have received no reply. It is now 8th July. In this, they have really let themselves down and tarnished our view. We understand that things go wrong, but expect the company to put things right. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose for itinerary and reputation for dining. Previous cruise on Nautica had been great. Lack of timely service in grand dining room appeared to be due to a shortage of staff. Food was not always served timely or warm. Waves had good ... Read More
Chose for itinerary and reputation for dining. Previous cruise on Nautica had been great. Lack of timely service in grand dining room appeared to be due to a shortage of staff. Food was not always served timely or warm. Waves had good selection and nice assortment of food and dinner themes. Room was kept clean and neat with ice and water. Embarkation and debarkation were well handled. Much of decor in public areas has not been refreshed. E.g. Sports pictures in bathrooms were from renaissance days. Wine and wine packages expensive and $25 corkage fee seemed high. Shore excursions were expensive but handled well and we enjoyed the ones we took. Entertainment was creative and enjoyable. Have another Oceania on insignia in December and hope that it is more up to the previous Nautica standard. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
Sail Date May 2016
After about three dozen cruises over the past 40 years we took our first cruise on Oceania's Regatta. The service was excellent. We have never had such attention from staff on any of our previous cruises. My wife who has a brand-new ... Read More
After about three dozen cruises over the past 40 years we took our first cruise on Oceania's Regatta. The service was excellent. We have never had such attention from staff on any of our previous cruises. My wife who has a brand-new hip was experiencing some difficulty walking and the solicitousness and care and concern of the staff just blew us away. Food was also excellent and we certainly appreciated the ability to dine at will and decide whether we would share or eat privately. We did both and managed to thoroughly enjoy every meal onboard. The one shocking disappointment was when we walked into the cabin on embarkation day. We had seen the size of the cabin in the advertising brochure, but did not realize that the figures published also included the balcony. So when we walked into the cabin we thought we were in the wrong place. We could live with the smaller cabins as long as we know that that's what we will be getting. Overall however the experience was so positive, then we have now booked a spring trip on the Riviera. Here at least, the rooms are larger and we will be prepared for subtracting balcony size. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise to Alaska on the Regatta. We had taken advantage  of the "third passenger travels free" promotion. We took my elderly disabled mother with us. Other than being a little crowded in a stateroom ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise to Alaska on the Regatta. We had taken advantage  of the "third passenger travels free" promotion. We took my elderly disabled mother with us. Other than being a little crowded in a stateroom meant  for two, the three of us managed just fine. It was relatively easy to maneuver through the ship with the wheelchair. Staff would leap to help if thresholds or restaurant seating presented a problem. We were able to  fold the wheelchair for storage in our stateroom so that was also not an issue. The only trouble spot in our room was the 5" step down from the bathroom to the bed area. Service Exemplary Food Fabulous We had reserved tables in the the smaller restaurants four times but enjoyed eating in all locations on the ship. Dinner one evening in the Polo Grill stays in my mind, especially because of the combination of exceptional service, fine view and one double martini. These perfectly prepared foods landed on our table -- crab cakes, escargot, Cobb salad, French onion soup, filet mignon, grilled asparagus, grilled tomatoes, creamed spinach, baked potato, potato au gratin, key lime pie. Neighbouring diners were celebrating an anniversary. The dining crew assembled around their table and sang, then two Filipino crew members and her husband serenaded the wife with a love song. That was fun. Ports Every stop in Alaska was shrouded in fog or rain clouds. This was not an issue for us because on this cruise we intended to spend time with my 91 year old mother who required a wheelchair and for whom most excursions would have been impossible or most inconvenient. We did feel sorry for people who expected to see the beauty of Alaska from the tram, hiking trail or helicopter. The rain was relentless. Those who did go on the excusions did not complain in our presence. We were able to access all Alaska ports from the pier (except Hoonah which was accessible by tender). Due to rough water, Sitka was eliminated and Wrangell was added to the list of ports. Hubbard Glacier early in the morning on August 18th was a highlight of the cruise. We were early enough to find port side seats with a good view in the Horizon Room, a spot with many windows and comfy chairs on Deck 10. Just as we were getting settled, an argument erupted amongst the passengers along the front windows on the bow. Seems someone was saving three seats which would remain unoccupied for the half hour prior to our arrival in the bay nearest the huge tidewater glacier. A tall robust woman with a long cane seated behind the saved seats took issue with the male passenger's effort to save good empty seats and in the end she got her way. Drama! The sun came out only after we reached Victoria and it stayed out until disembarkation in San Francisco. We had a great time poking around Victoria, BC and Astoria, OR on our own. Entertainment We attended most of the shows which featured either the band and the comedian, Tom Drake or the band backing the four singer/dancers. We laughed hard at the Celebrity Liars' Club in the Regatta Lounge on Tuesday evening. Four "celebrities" ( like the ship's doctor) made-up hilarious definitions of weird words like "Wiliwili", "Williwas", "Bablitrice" and "Flagatation". Only one celebrity had the correct definition in each round. The audience had to vote for the most likely definition. Lots of laughs. We went to a culinary demonstration complete with samples of the food. Like most presentations on the ship, this happened in the Regatta Lounge. We had some trouble understanding the thick French accents of the two chefs but no trouble with the samples. We learned a few new cooking tricks. It was interesting and fun. We attended numerous lectures. One afternoon we heard Dr. Paula Smith speak on the topic, "And you thought Prince Charles had problems" which sounds like a history lesson on the scandals of Royals in history. It should have been good for a laugh. After 45 minutes and wasted potential for humour, the speaker had only progressed from William the Conqueror to royal scoundrels in the 15th century. We left the theatre and went to the Horizons lounge for high tea, an improved use of our time. We appreciated the fact that lectures were taped and broadcast later on the ship's system as we could catch up on those we missed. The best presentation was that of the captain who explained modern piracy and methods of combatting it. We played our first ever bingo game (Cost $35 for five games and we won $25). We tried the slot machines. We didn't swim, play ping pong or shuffleboard this time. High tea with the chamber music was our mother's favorite activity. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We had never cruised before and my cousin recommended Oceania. Many on the ship told us we had started at the top. Overall, we had a fantastic time. The weather was great and what we saw was wonderful! Our dining experiences. We ... Read More
We had never cruised before and my cousin recommended Oceania. Many on the ship told us we had started at the top. Overall, we had a fantastic time. The weather was great and what we saw was wonderful! Our dining experiences. We usually had supper in the Grand Dining Room and found that it was better to arrive early because otherwise service could seem a little slow. If you are careful about your diet, order the optional steamed vegetables; otherwise, you will discover that the chef uses a lot of butter. My wife's memorable dessert was the salted caramel ice cream and although it only appeared once I really liked the French apple pie. Portions, thankfully, were not huge. The pastries at high tea, especially the scones, were great! Our shore excursions. We took level one excursions because my wife's knees are, at times, an issue. We would definitely recommend the railway trip from Skagway not only for its scenery but also for its engineering. We also took the Kenai Fiords cruise and it was spectacular for scenery and wild life. The Misty Fiords seaplane tour was also very impressive. Our ports. As other reviewers have commented the big three (Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway) are too touristy; the other places we visited gave you a better appreciation of what life is really like for Alaskans. We loved the string quartet and were disappointed that the guitarist had a canned accompaniment. He told me that to play a guitar solo in the lounge would have put his audience to sleep. The library needs more literature and the few times I wanted to go on line I didn't have the patience to wait for the hook up. A larger launderette would help. My wife used the massage services four times and loved the masseur; she used the personal trainer twice and was impressed. I was luckier than most and probably made a little money on the slots. The stateroom staff were helpful and friendly and left a very good impression. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We chose Oceania based on recommendations from friends that cruise 1-2 times each year, and we would go again. We boarded the ship in Anchorage, but met at the convention center and were transported to the port where we boarded the ... Read More
We chose Oceania based on recommendations from friends that cruise 1-2 times each year, and we would go again. We boarded the ship in Anchorage, but met at the convention center and were transported to the port where we boarded the ship directly. We were given a time for boarding, and we were able to board a little early, but the room was not ready until the advertised time. The convention center arrangement went smoothly, and checking in at the ship went very well. Perhaps it had to do with passengers arriving one busload at a time. The room was very nice and the cabin staff very attentive. In fact we were well treated by all of the staff, and many were willing to talk, and that seemed to improve the service even more. We were pleased with the dining arrangements, usually arrived early, and although there were just 2 of us, we were usually able to dine at a table for two close enough to another couple to enjoy conversation. Service was exceptional most of the time, and earlier comments must have had some impact. We got to know a couple of the servers, and again, that helped with service. Early AM room service was helpful for the early tours. The tours/excursions were expensive, although not consistently. I found that some I could book independently for about half the amount, some of the independent tours were about $20 less, and one we took was actually a little bit more than the one organized through Oceania. We spent a week in Alaska on our own before the cruise, so we did not spend much time in the shops, even though the jewelry stores offered "special" prices. Entertainment was not the strong point of this cruise -- we chose this one because of the ship size, Oceania's reputation, and the amount of time we spent in port. It would be more enjoyable with a small group, but I did not need to see Alaska with 3,000 of my closest friends. I was a little surprised that our tours went well, even when in Juneau and Ketchikan where there were about 10,000 other passengers. The internet was slow and expensive, but downloading my office and personal email and keeping up with the news did not take much time. Downloads were not as slow as I had feared. Disembarkation in Vancouver went well, and the transfer via bus was easy. We had an enjoyable time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This was my 2nd cruise on Regatta and frankly it was not quite up to my expectations compared to my previous cruise. Embarkation was not as slick as that in Amsterdam. Seemed a little disorganized. The main problems ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise on Regatta and frankly it was not quite up to my expectations compared to my previous cruise. Embarkation was not as slick as that in Amsterdam. Seemed a little disorganized. The main problems occurred in Tapas (Terrace Cafe). I either received too much attention or none at all. There seemed to be no staff assigned to particular areas. Some people received double drinks. They placed an order and the waiter disappeared only to be replaced by another waiter who took drink orders again. Getting refills was either difficult or overdone. On one occasion dishes were removed while I was at the buffet( my purse was on the table) & when the waitress saw that I was back she brought my tea back from the dirty dish tray! Finding a sommelier seemed impossible sometimes which seemed odd since I am sure Oceania makes a great deal of profit on alcoholic drinks. Much of the food is bland which probably in deference to the average cruse passenger's age. Surprisingly the most delicious meal I had the entire cruise was the curried lamb and it was in the Terrace Cafe Toscana's and Polo were great as ever but at Toscana, at a group table, we had to ask for someone to wait on us. The Grand Dining Room remains my favorite as it is usually consistent (they did miss serving a salad to a guest at our table). Guests outrageously abused the "country club casual" suggested dress even after being reminded in the daily news letter. The stateroom was well appointed, comfortable and service was great. However I did report early in the cruise that there were 2 wet spots on the floor. Have no idea if anyone checked it out. The daily news letter should include, when necessary, a statement that the evening show is adult entertainment. There were a few kids on this cruise who attended the late shows forcing the show to be adapted. If the parents still wish their children to attend then they are responsible for their hearing suggestive material. Internet fees are outrageous as most of time is spent waiting & waiting. The attendant was gracious refunding fees when the internet went out. But, he was not always there. I learned to never use my cell phone on board & also found internet cafes on shore (best one in Ketchikan). Had some difficulty in communicating with crew on this cruise. For example, took some time to explain at Waves that I didn't want the sides with my hamburger. This was never a problem on last cruise. On 7/26/11 I received a $200 coupon from Oceania which had to be redeemed within 45 days of my disembarking. Since I disembarked on 6/17/11 this left me little time to make a commitment to a new cruise. What a shame. The coupon was on my bed the last day of my previous cruise & I did redeem it for this cruise. Ports were neat! Ketchikan was touristy but almost a relief after 4 very quiet ports. While excursions were expensive 2 were especially fantastic - the jet boat in Wrangell & the float plane in Ketchikan! The jet boat afforded me the opportunity to see icebergs with beautiful deep blue compressed ice up close. In Icy Strait Point our guide was so proud of their students' accomplishments (4 graduated this yr.). For example, a student group in robotics participated in the nationals & placed 10th. Was also an experience to walk in Spasski River Valley with an armed guard. The Tingits have done a great job with their investment in tourism! Was nice to have Terry Breen on board. Her talks were very imformative. We certainly could have used some spekers on last year's Baltic cruise! Fortunately I had not opted for the Oceania "excursion" to the Vancouver Airport. I went in a van ($13 for seniors) which was available as soon as I disembarked. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
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