This was my first experience of an Oceania ship and I was extremely impressed to say the least! I took a lot of photos on the ship but have just included a selection in my blogs so you can get a feel for the ship and lifestyle on board.
I have decided to split my experience over 3 parts to give you a more in depth overview of the various areas of the ship and Oceania in general. I could talk about this ship and my new love and enthusiasm for Oceania all day!
Part 1 of my blog will tell you about Oceania overall, with a few tit bits from my day on the Marina.
When I saw the ship berthed in Liverpool I could tell I was going to really like it from first glance, I just had a feeling, so to speak!
I would position Oceania above Celebrity Cruises and slightly below Regent Seven Seas and can highly recommend them to those of you who enjoy sailing with Cunard, Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.
There are 6 ships in the fleet, 2 of these ( the Riviera and Marina ) were built and designed by Oceania and the other 4 are ships which belonged to the old Renaissance cruises brand. These ships are Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and the newest in the fleet which is Sirena.
Sirena had been sailing as Ocean Princess and has undertaken a huge multi million dollar refit by Oceania to bring her up to their standards.
Something that I think is unique to Oceania is that all their ships have a refit of the public areas every 18 months to keep them feeling fresh and up to date. I don’t know any other line which does this so frequently.
The staff on board are extremely highly trained, and have worked for the likes of the Ritz Carlton group on land and pride themselves on providing the best service at sea. Oceania are highly regarded as the best cruise line to work for as the staff are very well looked after by the company. The gratuities paid on board are split equally between all staff members from housekeeping to the chefs, which is great to know. The butlers on board, who look after Penthouse suites and above, are all English trained and will be as hands on or hands off as you wish.
The dress code with Oceania is what they like to call ‘Country club casual’ so no formal dress is needed.
In 95% of ports featured on your itinerary there will be a complimentary shuttle bus in to the nearest town which is always handy!
You will find only 1 announcement made on board which is the morning and is only in English. This is a bug bear for a lot of people so this is a definite bonus!
For those of you that don’t want your every move captured and then sold back to you, unlike some other cruise lines, there is no ships photographer on board! Of course any member of staff will be happy to take your photo but they will not charge you for the privilege. I do like this little offering!
Before I sign off on this blog, below is a little taster of things to come in my Oceania tales….
I am not a connoisseur in art work but for a ship to feature at least 3 genuine Picasso’s ( one is even in one of the public area ladies loo’s! ) plus a huge collection of Murano glass, to name a couple, I think it is very impressive. Oceania don’t have the normal art galleries where you can buy pieces of work they just have a huge amount on show in the public areas on the ship. There is a self guided art tour you can take which will take you around the various pieces on the ship, this is definitely something I would do, even as an art novice, as I was really intrigued by nearly every piece I saw!
Part 2 is coming soon so please check back for my next installment….
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