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Oceania Cruises

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Oceania Cruises

My wife and I have sailed on many cruises but in the past few years we've been somewhat dissapointed with the manner various lines have cut quality and service. We are looking into sailing on an Oceania cruise during the holidays from Los Angeles to Miami. We are willing to spend the extra money as compared to other lines but would like some feedback from previous guests as to whether the overall presentation is worth the expense.

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1. Re: Oceania Cruises

We really like Oceania & for us it is worth the extra $$

Whether it is worth it to you is another matter

You can read the reviews some good some not ... check the reviews on cruise critic

Everyone has different expectations on what a cruise should be for them

If you have specific questions I might be able to answer... so feel free to ask

Lyn

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Lyn, Thanks for your reply. If you wouldn't mind we will likely get back to you with some specific questions when we book. Glad you enjoyed your experience on Oceania. We are recent retirees in our 60's so I guess that is the average age of most passengers. By the way, we spent a wonderful few days in your great city of Toronto a couple years ago. We are big Phillies fans and saw games with the Blue Jays. Stayed at the Rogers Centre. Thanks again.

Maury

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Yes most passengers are 50-70 but a few either side

We are mid 60's so you will fit in just fine

Lyn

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We travelled from Istanbul sailing to Ephesus, Santorini, Rome,Livorno,Monte Carlo Marseille and Finishing in Barcelona on their newest ship "Rivera"

We had a Penthouse Suite, well worth the space and a butler. The ship was clean, the food amazing.

There are no queues or people rushing and pushing, it's very civilised.

Their not like the large cruise companies and it's a bit quite during the day if your not touring, which I like.

My only complaint is the shore excursions are way beyond proportion $$$$$$$ for what their offering. It's NOT value for money. We were horrified, we paid $650 US to do a tour in Rome for two,which was described as luxurious, we were taken to a DUMP. Of course we complained and Oceania attitude appalled us ever more.

Even though the cruise was great, they do not maintain a standard on shore, once they have your money, FORGET IT.

Annette

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Most experienced Oceania cruisers do their own tours or private tours

Too bad you did not find others to share a tour with

What DUMP did they take you to instead of Rome??

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The tour was to the Catacombs, drive through the Italian country side and lunch at a farm house.

The Catacombs was fine, the countryside was the drive from the port of Civitaveccia to the farm house, not anything worth the money we spent. Lunch was dried up Lasagna It was served on plastic plates, salad look tired, and tiramisu was leftovers, by rude staff that were in a hurry to get on with it.

We were disgusted . Complaining to the management was worse , they just didn't care.

All the tours from the ship are very $$$$$$$ but we feel like we were cheated, they advertised something completely different to what we received

Its NOT good enough, by Oceania, all we head was how good Oceania is the entire cruise by them but when we complained, OH MY GOD they went to melt down, couldn't cope with a negative.

Annette

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That is why a lot of Oceania cruisers book private guides

the ships tours are pricey & stuck on a bus with 30+ people

we like Oceania but they are not perfect & we very seldom take their tours

Hope your next cruise is a better experience

Edited: 10:21 pm, June 14, 2014
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We recently sailed in Regatta to Alaska and were extremely disappointed with the on-board experience as we expected a 5 star ship to be markedly better than previous trips on Norwegian Cruise Line (10 years ago), and Dawn Princess in 2011. It was not. Our stateroom was no bigger than the other ships and was just as worn and grubby. The much-hyped food was the biggest disappointment. The menu sounded great but much of the flavour was lost with heavy over-flavoured, salty sauces. The maître-d did try to address our concerns by arranging salt-free meals but this seemed to cause great confusion in the kitchen and meant we had to make our choices the previous day. Some of the dishes were great, most just average and some just awful, the continental in-room breakfast being some of the worst we've ever had.

It seemed mean and petty to remove the bathrobes the night before disembarkation and they were ripping up carpets in the dining room and hallways while we were still on board.

This ship was not worth the extra expense and we decided that it would be better to spend the money on a bigger stateroom on a lesser-starred line if we cruise again. However some frequent cruisers we met on board said that the bigger Oceania ships were much better for space and food.

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We just finished up on Oceania's Riviera Venice to Rome 7 night cruise. Oceania has great food. But that's it. Service was terrible, sometimes non existent. We have cruised on Holland America, Celebrity and Silversea. The concierge could really care less if you have a problem. We could not sleep, we chose expensive cabins based on their location, verified with the cruise line we would not have rocking and rolling at night, well, we did - we were thrown back and forth all night - this was not due to rough seas (I checked) it was due to the captain driving the ship as fast as he could between ports. It did not matter if the port was close or far - he gunned it the entire way. I will never use them again.

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For people like me who have searched here on "Oceania", we have been on 2 Oceania cruises, one Mediterranean and one Caribbean. I would still recommend this line above two others we have sailed with. The itinerary for Oceania's sailing really maximises your time on shore at the wonderful selection of destinations. (Unlike many other cheaper cruise lines around Asia in particular, who seem to use their onboard casino to offset their cheap fares by being out of port as much time as possible so their casino can open.)

Oceania had really nice food - i quickly developed a liking for Maine lobster which was available at one of the restaurants almost every night. Yumm! Very extensive breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice and personal coffee orders brought to your table like cappuchino. If smoked salmon wasn't part of the breakfast buffet selection occasionally, the staff would still find some on request. I would recommend upgrading to Concierge level, its worth the extra.

The Alaska cruise we did with Holland America had lovely big rooms (we upgraded) but ancient bathrooms with badly stained,pitted old baths. Their food by comparison with Oceania in their main dining room was quite basic and more mass-produced, except at their special restaurant which was very small and was completely booked out so we only went there once. Also it was very annoying to have to queue for up to half an hour for the main dining room when the top "dress circle" area (featured in their brochure was never open. I guess that way management saved money on operating costs.) Also several white wines on their wine list were out and were not restocked. Same with English breakfast tea, odd to run out before the ship left on the first day? - what were their supply people doing?

Edited: 4:30 am, October 04, 2014
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