The Oceania Experience focuses on exceedingly luxurious dining and service and is considered one of the best value-for-money experiences in luxury cruising. Luxuriously polished décor is the standard for these cruises, and the smaller sizes make them easy to navigate.
Four onboard restaurants are available on Oceania, including the traditional main dining room with no set tables or seating times. Three specialty restaurants are available with no additional charges and with menus by Pepin, the line’s executive culinary director, previously personal chef to three French heads of state. Unique specialties include Asian fusion and French fare.
A game room is available with ping-pong, shuffleboard, and Monopoly. The Oceania onboard spas include premium services at reasonable prices, and the thalassotherapy whirlpool on the three smaller ships is complimentary with a spa treatment purchase. The ships’ fitness centers offer Pilates and yoga as well as traditional aerobics classes. Small casinos with a variety of slot machines are available, as are numerous bars and lounges, as well as daily afternoon tea.
Crowds and Destinations
Oceania is not inappropriate for children; however, no children’s programs are available, so young ones may get bored easily. Oceania guests are usually older, well-traveled Americans, but it is not uncommon to meet English-speaking travelers from U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Destinations include Europe (Eastern and Western Mediterranean, Western Europe and the British Isles, and Northern Europe’s Baltic and Norwegian Fjords) during warm weather and Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, Asia and Australia during colder months.
Elaborate afternoon tea is served every day onboard Oceania Cruises. Passenger capacities range from 684 to 1,252. Their Insignia ship is being ushered out as they bring in a new fleet.