Has anybody been on Oceania cruise line?

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Oct 28th, 2003, 09:40 AM
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Has anybody been on Oceania cruise line?

Oceania cruise line started in 2002. They are advertised as being 5 star upscale country club casual. Please rate the accomodations, public spaces, service, food, entertainment and general age group. Thanks
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Oct 28th, 2003, 11:37 AM
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I have heard favorable reports regarding Oceania although I have not cruised them. Being that they're new, they have some very good pricing to build a client base.

The only negative I've heard and read is that they have too strict of a smoking policy (no smoking in cabin or on your own balcony). This though may be considered a positive....
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Oct 30th, 2003, 01:05 PM
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We have just returned from a 14 day cruise on the Regatta, so far the only ship in service for Oceania. Actually the ship is leased and was formerly Renaissance 2.Most of the passengers had cruised with Renaissance in the past. We had not. Accommodations were lovely, bathroom a bit tight but enough space for all the usual stuff, nice toiletries provided.
Public spaces were beautifully appointed, elegant and comfortable.
Service was uniformly attentive, pleasant and we heard none of the passengers complaining.
Food was excellent. Dining room had open seating which I had never experienced, but loved since we had a chance to meet so many fellow passengers and were not rushed to meet a deadline. Worked great! Most passengers who had sailed with Renaissance before said that the ship was better than ever and the biggest differnce was that the food was much improved. We had zero complaints. Buffet breakfast was varied, omlet station not usually crowded and the staff was always there to fetch more coffee, juice or anything you asked for. Dining room breakfast was a bit confusing with so many options for the waiters to keep track of. Only ate there once for breakfast.I have found this true on any cruise. Two specialty restaurants were excellent, no extra charge and a system which attempted to allow all passengers equal opportunity to book reservations to them.
Entertainment. NO BIG VEGAS STYLE SHOWS. Thank God I say! Low key, easy going. Just right for a cruise which was more destination driven, not to have to sit through long lavish production numbers. GREAT band on board to listen to or dance to each evening. A great magician entertained 2 or 3 times, and a fun Liars event which was hilarious.Talented cruise director entertained us one night. We liked the fact it was low key.
General age group,50's,60's and a few on either side of that.We met some wonderful folks. Mainly US.
We already booked another cruise with Oceania for next June. Oh and by the way, no suits were evident, and most men wore sport shirts to dinner. Hope this helps!
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Oct 31st, 2003, 05:02 AM
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Hi Petlover,
After reading your review I can't wait to sail on the Nov 25 Regatta cruise we booked months ago! Just our kind of cruise, but then, that is why it appealed to us.
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Oct 31st, 2003, 07:12 AM
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Peggy Ann: Are you saying that there was no entertainment on some nights, or just no Production type shows on the cruise. I look forward to evening entertainment on cruises. After dinner they are a nice addition to the day.
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Oct 31st, 2003, 12:36 PM
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Hold: Each evening there was entertainment in the Regatta Lounge. It just was not the big show like other cruises we have been on. Oh yeah, they kept us entertained. There were some very talented folks! Shanie, the social director gave a beautiful and elegant show one night, as mentioned a magician did two fantastic and very differnt shows, we had a name singer backed up by the orchestra, poolside dancing one evening, and there was a wonderful young pianist/vocalist in the Martini lounge late each evening. There was plenty to keep us up past midnight. Great social crew who were all over the ship. Then there was the casino which we did not go to.
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Nov 9th, 2003, 06:39 AM
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PeggyAnn:

Which cruise were you on? We were on the Sept 13 Dover-Barcelona and are signed up for the June Dover-Dover on Insignia.

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Nov 10th, 2003, 09:56 AM
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Did Oceania have transportation from London to Dover? We will be doing the Dover to Stockholm cruise next year.
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Nov 10th, 2003, 02:21 PM
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Go the the boards on cruisecritic.com to get more information. It is a very helpful resource when planning a cruise. Oceania gets good reports.

I for one to not mind the absence of production shows. After a while, they are all the same. If you want a good show, go to Vegas or New York.
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Nov 10th, 2003, 05:32 PM
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Yes, Oceania does provide transportation for a fee and they may provide it as part of a package if you are buying air through them. We didn't take it because we flew to England a few days early and traveled around Suffolk and Kent before boarding the ship in Dover.

You will love the Dover-Stockholm cruise. We cruised the Baltic a few years ago on the R-8. (Oceania's Regatta is the former R-2 and the Insignia, which starts opporating in April, used to be the R-1). Of all the cruises we've taken, it was my favorite.

Along with the Cruise Critic Board I would recommend you sign up on the Oceana Board at Yahoogroups.com. (That was not a typeo. The board was named before Oceana had to change its name to Oceania because of a name conflict.)

Marilyn

P.S. Another site to check out is www.oceaniaatsea.com. You can check out the Bridge Cam day or night. Well, usually you can. It doesn't seem to work when the ship is near St. Petersburg.
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Nov 11th, 2003, 07:13 AM
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Marilyn

Thanks for the information. I would love to drive around Kent on our way to Dover, but after 2 weeks of driving on the left last year I was very happy to turn the car in. I'm not sure I could do it again. LOL.

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Nov 12th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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Paula:

Truthfully, after THREE days of doing it
I'm not sure I'd ever do it again.

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Nov 13th, 2003, 07:36 AM
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Marilynfaye: We were on the September 27 Barcelona-Venice cruise, and we are going to take the June 1 Dover-Stockolm trip. So I guess we hopped on when you left in Barcelona. We are going to travel independently to London on May 30 and will spend one night in London and then take the train from Victoria Station to Dover, then cab it to the docks which I understand are a mile or so away. I learned this is possible from posting on the Europe section on Fodors. Did you also enjoy yhe Regatta and all the staff? We loved their orchestra (Band), and the piano player in the Martini Lounge. We're hoping some of the crew faces will be familiar when we sail again in June.
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