Oceania Luxury Cruises
Oceania have value options to over 450 destinations. With 7 day voyages right through to 180 days, what will you choose?
Recently I was invited to attend a presentation by Oceania Cruise Lines.
Whilst I had heard of Oceania Cruises, I didn’t really know much about them, so intrigued to know more and with promises of vino and canapes at the Yacht Club I thought, why not?
I’d say I am typical of most travellers who are looking for quality experiences that are different and provide value for money. Since most cruise lines offer many common features, I am only going to mention the more distinctive features that stood out to me … this is what I learnt about Oceania Cruises.
Oceania is an under-the-radar Luxury cruise line with 6 intimate ships that offer an elegant, relaxed ambience for either 684 or 1250 guests. Smaller ships are common with Luxury and Ultra Luxury lines who concentrate more on high quality service and boutique destinations.
Considering Oceania only have 6 ships they manage to visit over 450 destinations which seems pretty amazing. I had a good look at Oceania’s itineraries and they seem to have a focus on port choices, longer stays to enjoy the destinations and I like that they review their itineraries every year to offer new options for guests who have cruised with them many times.
Oceania Marina and Riviera Ships
The Marina and Riviera are Oceania’s larger ships which cater to 1250 guests.
Additional features on these ships include:
- Culinary Centre with a hands-on teaching kitchen for Foodies
- Artists Loft offering creative workshops
- Raw juice and smoothie bar, relaxation room and heated ceramic lounges
2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards – the Riviera was a first-place winner for Best Cruise Overall, Best Cruise Ship Cabins, Best Cruise Ships for Dining.
Oceania Cabin Choices
Oceania offer ocean and inside cabins in addition to suites, which gives more choice of cabin type and price, whereas Ultra Luxury cruise lines tend to offer suites only.
Oceania OLife Choices
As an alternative to Ultra Luxury cruise lines who offer all inclusive voyages that include all beverages and shore excursions, Oceania offer an inclusive variation with their ‘OLife Choices’ where you select one of 3 options:
– Free Beverage Package or Free Shore Excursions or Free Shipboard Credit.
The number of excursions and shipboard credit varies depending on the duration of the cruise.
These options seem like a good idea given that everyone has different priorities and interests when on vacation.
Oceania Cruise Free Inclusions:
– Free Internet – which is great since cruise ship wifi is notoriously expensive.
– All Oceania Specialty Restaurants are free.
– Unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees, teas, juices and smoothies.
– 24 hour room service.
– Dedicated Concierge, unlimited access to the private spa terrace and 24 hour Butler Service in all suites.
– Free shuttle buses to city centres if not near the port.
Oceania Variety of Destinations and One-Way Itineraries
The main thing that made me personally warm to Oceania is the variety of destinations and one way itineraries.
Oceania’s one way itineraries have the advantages of:
a) Maximising your time since you do not double back to the starting point.
b) Being able to easily extend your stay and explore the destinations at the beginning and end of the cruise.
c) Making it really easy to combine cruises and save with Oceania discounts for combining 2 or more consecutive cruises.
For me personally, I like that Oceania’s European cruises for example include places like Mallora in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and coastal Spanish ports like Alicante and the Costa Del Sol for visiting Seville and Granada.
I appreciate that given the high cost of travelling to Northern Europe and Scandinavia, cruising is a really good option and Oceania have many very interesting itineraries including one with 3 days in St Petersburg.
Oceania also travel down to the South Pacific twice a year for New Zealand, Australia and Papeete, there are voyages to Africa and Asia and the ships are small enough to cruise the Amazon. There are several itineraries that visit Cuba and if you have Iceland on your list, Oceania have one way voyages like Southampton to Reykjavik or Reykjavik to New York so you can spend more time in Iceland at the beginning or end of the cruise.
With cruises from 7 days to the ultimate 180 day voyage, and with over 450 destinations, whether it’s Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Reykjavik, Havana or St Petersburg that takes your fancy, Oceania are worth considering for your next cruise adventure.
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