This was our second cruise on Oceania after sailing the much smaller Insignia a year earlier. We wanted to try out all the things that the 'O Class' Ships can offer that aren't on the more intimate 'R Class' Ships ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Oceania after sailing the much smaller Insignia a year earlier. We wanted to try out all the things that the 'O Class' Ships can offer that aren't on the more intimate 'R Class' Ships including: The Culinary Center, La Reserve by Wine Spectator, Jacques, and Red Ginger.
As with the smaller ship Embarkation (and Disembarkation) were a breeze. Only the Terrace Cafe is open on embarkation day for lunch, but with a noon boarding (PH and up) we found plenty of seating which was an improvement over the smaller Insignia experience where it was quite crowded and seemed understaffed.
So how did we find the 'O Class' only amenities:
We found the cooking lesson in The Culinary Center quite fun, though our excellent instructor struggled a bit dealing with two late comers who seemed to have had a bit too much to drink prior to class. The "Greek Cuisine" menu was inspired by our Mediterranean itinerary and included items sourced on the cruise like local olive oil from Sicily, Feta from Corfu, etc. It was definitely worth the time and money.
Dinner at La Reserve with the "Connoisseur Menu w/ Wine Pairings" was an additional $389.40 for two of us. The food, wine, presentation, and dining company made for an excellent evening. This is not for everyone: picky eaters, light drinkers, and those who like to dine at a table of two should probably steer clear.
Red Ginger lived up to its reputation as one of the best specialty dining options at sea with decor and service to match the excellent food. As many others have noted, Jacques just didn't wow us. Everything was well prepared, if a bit bland.
With a stop every day and generally an early tour we didn't go to any shows nor did we miss them.
Our cabin attendant and butler were both wonderful and kept our room clutter free and sparkling from start to finish.
We hadn't anticipated using the Executive Lounge much, but found it to be a convenient place to grab a self-serve espresso in the afternoons rather than heading to the sometimes busy Barristas on Deck 14 and even used an attendant to print a few items for our trip back home.
One special note is that I'm Gluten Free which is one reason why I love cruising. Oceania does an excellent job accommodating dietary requirements and provides menus for your restaurant for the following evening each day for you note what you would like and then drop it off at the MDR each morning. The system works beautifully and my wife likes getting a sneak peak at what's for dinner the next day. Read Less