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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our second cruise on Oceania. We received a lot of press on the new Sirena. We booked a Penthouse SG2 with no specific stateroom. This was a first for us not having a Stateroom; one of their promotions. We were going to be in ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Oceania. We received a lot of press on the new Sirena. We booked a Penthouse SG2 with no specific stateroom. This was a first for us not having a Stateroom; one of their promotions. We were going to be in Europe so all seemed good; bad decision. We did not realize nor did our travel agent, that Oceania advises you of your stateroom the day before sailing. Thus you options to select another stateroom or cancel was not an option. My recommendation would be never to book a cruise without you knowing where you will be. As to the ship, the Sirena is a 17 year old ship and it still looks like it. Other than make all the staterooms smaller to gain more revenue, it is a mystery as to where the money went. The biggest shock was the size of the Penthouse. It had no closets and very limited space to put your clothes. Any cruise over 12 days would be an issue. The bathroom is a joke. You can almost take a shower, go to the toilet, and shave without moving. The width of the bathroom is so small it is hard to describe it. The shower is approx. 3’X 4’ I feel sorry for the passengers that did not have penthouses. On the positive side, the food was great. The ports we visited were great. The disappointment was their decision to stop in a great port on Sunday when 90% of the sights were closed. They stayed there the full day loading ship supplies. Making things worse, is the ship hit an underground cable due to a Pilot error. We had to stay another day in port and miss a great port that was on the itinerary. They offered everyone a $200.00 shipboard credit on a future cruise; they can keep it. I strongly recommend you stay from this ship if you want to experience a great cruise; there competitors offer such better choices Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary however; the two ports I was looking forward to were skipped. The entertainment was awful for the most part. This tour was originally listed as a 21 day cruise but ultimately was changed into ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary however; the two ports I was looking forward to were skipped. The entertainment was awful for the most part. This tour was originally listed as a 21 day cruise but ultimately was changed into two separate cruises a 10and 11 day cruise. The ship was in poor condition for an "alleged" reconditioned ship from the Princess cruise line. So many things needed to still be fixed. The dress code was supposed to be smart casual, no shorts or jeans in the dining room, but this was not adhered to. Since, Norwegian cruise line took over the company, I noticed a steady decline. They need to get their act together. Even though we heave deposits on three more cruises, we will have to seriously weigh this. The only ships from this line that we will go on are the Marina and Riveria. We are so disappointed. The specialty restaurants on the Sirena were disappointing. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise primarily because of its itinerary (Lisbon, Porto, Gijon, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Biarritz, St.Malo, Le Havre. First time with the Oceania cruises. The room was small and obviously not completely refurbished, as promised. ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because of its itinerary (Lisbon, Porto, Gijon, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Biarritz, St.Malo, Le Havre. First time with the Oceania cruises. The room was small and obviously not completely refurbished, as promised. Bathroom was definitely the worst part of it. However, the food was excellent, the staff helpful and entertainment not so bad. The biggest disappointment was without doubt an extra night we had to spend in Bordeaux, due to hitting the water marker while docking. As a result we had to sail directly to our final destination (Le Havre) and we missed St.Malo, for our and many other passengers, the highlight of the entire cruise. As a compensation there was a 2-hour open bar the next day plus 200 $ bonus valid for the next cruise within the next two years. However, we thought this was more of a sales trick rather then a compensation for the "damage" that happened on this cruise. We tried to talk to the reception to get some on-board credit instead, but were denied. Overall, the cruise was not disappointing and we wouldn´t mind cruising with Oceania again, but definitely not Sirena. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise primarily because of its itinerary (Lisbon, Porto, Gijon, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Biarritz, St.Malo, Le Havre. First time with the Oceania cruises. The room was small and obviously not completely refurbished, as promised. ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because of its itinerary (Lisbon, Porto, Gijon, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Biarritz, St.Malo, Le Havre. First time with the Oceania cruises. The room was small and obviously not completely refurbished, as promised. Bathroom was definitely the worst part of it. However, the food was excellent, the staff helpful and entertainment not so bad. The biggest disappointment was without doubt an extra night we had to spend in Bordeaux, due to hitting the water marker while docking. As a result we had to sail directly to our final destination (Le Havre) and we missed St.Malo, for our and many other passengers, the highlight of the entire cruise. As a compensation there was a 2-hour open bar the next day plus 200 $ bonus valid for the next cruise within the next two years. However, we thought this was more of a sales trick rather then a compensation for the "damage" that happened on this cruise. We tried to talk to the reception to get some on-board credit instead, but were denied. Overall, the cruise was not disappointing and we wouldn´t mind cruising with Oceania again, but definitely not Sirena. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We have been on only two ocean cruise (but 5 river cruises) and both on the Regatta. I imagine there are better ships out there (i.e. Regent level) that could be worth all 5 stars but for our tastes, the Regatta is just fine and would ... Read More
We have been on only two ocean cruise (but 5 river cruises) and both on the Regatta. I imagine there are better ships out there (i.e. Regent level) that could be worth all 5 stars but for our tastes, the Regatta is just fine and would have no qualms about sailing on her again. If necessary, some easy ways to save would be to make your own transfer, airfare, trip insurance and some excursion arrangements. Our cruise was overbooked and we, along with many fellow passengers were offered generous compensation to reschedule. While there were planned activities available for young people, this line is doesn't focus on that segment of cruisers so there were few on board. Average age seems to be 60-ish. Food was generally excellent in any of the dining venues. There is a formal main dining room, two specialty dining rooms (steak and Italian) with slightly better atmosphere + a nice buffet (excellent ocean views). You are given the choice either to sit by yourself or meet new friends by sharing a table. ALL staff was very courteous and friendly. Wines and excursions were a bit more expensive than I think necessary but quality was always very good. A high point for us was afternoon tea in the 10th level fore lounge and watching the scenery in style. Sitting right in front of their string quartet was another treat. Showroom entertainment was perfect for our mature age level. 2 superlative entertainers and all others just fine. Very smooth operating procedures - they seem to have all the details covered. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
The ship in general is looking tired and needing a refit. On deck 14, some of the windows were loose due to rust having eaten away most of the fasteners. Decks need some refinishing but the crew were diligent about trying to make it look ... Read More
The ship in general is looking tired and needing a refit. On deck 14, some of the windows were loose due to rust having eaten away most of the fasteners. Decks need some refinishing but the crew were diligent about trying to make it look nice. The food was as expected, good, albeit almost a repeat of the menu on the cruises we did in the winter. Not much imagination, just the same menu for almost 8 months. Cleanliness was good with the room attendants doing a thorough job. Service was variable in the restaurants and even the Grand Dining Room seemed to have issues with some meals arriving luke warm. Boarding process in Stockholm was a shambles with people lined up in a sunny parking lot for 15-20 minutes to clear a screening with people looking through pile of printouts. This is 2016 but the embarkation was more 1996. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit as many of the Baltic countries as possible and because we liked the variety of Excursions. We also chose it because Marina seemed a very gracious and well appointed ship. We chose it ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit as many of the Baltic countries as possible and because we liked the variety of Excursions. We also chose it because Marina seemed a very gracious and well appointed ship. We chose it also for the large well appointed cabin with a veranda for the open dining and no mandatory dress code. Many things have been written about this ship and many questions asked. FOOD: is amazing with a huge choice of high quality food. By far the Best Restaurant is the Terrace Café pleasantly situated at the top of the ship. Although it is self service of the highest quality the waiting staff would always serve you at table if you knew what you wanted. The standard of service is also excellent. The food and service in the Terrace Restaurant are of a MUCH higher standard in than in the Grand Dining Room or all the other speciality Restaurants - we tried them all. The public rooms are magnificent but we found them very underused and at times it seemed as if the ship was half empty though in fact it had its full complement of 1200 people. We hardly joined in any of the activities - bingo - trivia - deck golf - we are not dancers so no late nigh revelling. The price of alcohol was prohibitive and so we did not frequent the bars, making our 200 dollar on boad credit stretch to just 3 bottles of wine! Dress code is easy - men certainly not obliged to wear jackets and the women were always nicely dressed in 'country club casual style' in the evening and any nice clothes you have will be fine so don't buy specially and no one really takes any notice of what you are wearing! Excursions were excellent with departures organised in a most orderly fashion. Many went right into the countryside so you could get a real ethnic feel. It certainly was 'Your World your Way' and so recommend if you want something a little classy and relaxing. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This cruise was chosen for the ports of call in the Baltic and only having 1 sea day. This was my first time with Oceania and I had previously sailed with Azamara. The Marina is twice as big as Azamara but you didn't notice it had ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for the ports of call in the Baltic and only having 1 sea day. This was my first time with Oceania and I had previously sailed with Azamara. The Marina is twice as big as Azamara but you didn't notice it had 1,200 passengers. The food on the Marina was excellent, including the dinners in the Terrace Cafe (Their options were top notch.). I wished the main dining room varied the menu more--about 1/2 the choices were always on the menu. The special restaurants at no cost made the food experience better than Azamara. (Just make sure you make the reservations from home.Once on board we were only able to get 1 additional visit.) The downside to the Oceania dining experience is that you are charged for beer and wine and the cost for a house wine is high. Azamara and other ships in this category include beer and wine with lunch and dinner. For our O-life option we choose to pick 4 excursions. We took this option because this was the easiest way to get to Berlin and Gdansk. We hired a private company for a 2-day tour of St. Petersburg. The entertainment was fine--nothing special. The cabin was "large" with ample storage space. The bathroom is large. The separate shower is small and if you use it you will get wet from head to toe. The tub also has a shower which gave you plenty of room. The shower and tub have glass enclosures so you are not fighting with a shower curtain. I would recommended Oceania. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our 5th Oceania Cruise and 3rd on the Marina so we like it a lot. The staff are excellent, the rooms a generous size, the food is really excellent and we don't go for the entertainment. A nice set of ports, starting in ... Read More
This was our 5th Oceania Cruise and 3rd on the Marina so we like it a lot. The staff are excellent, the rooms a generous size, the food is really excellent and we don't go for the entertainment. A nice set of ports, starting in Stockholm. We went 2 days early, not enough for a first visit. Then Helsinki, very nice and then 2 full days in St. Petersburg which was a highlight port. Then Talinn (better than expected), Klaipeda (could have skipped) Gdansk (OK), Warnemunde (we didn't take the LONG ride into Berlin--too much bus for too little city), then Copenhagen (great), Oslo (also great) Kristiansand (could have skipped) and after a day across the North Sea, Southampton. We would highly recommend this cruise line and perhaps a slightly shorter version of this cruise (7 day Stockholm to Copenhagen or reverse perhaps). Oceania goes all out on the food, with no extra charge for any of FOUR specialty restaurants, no extra charge for fresh barista made espresso drinks, also for milk shakes and smoothies. What more can I say, it was a winner. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We have cruised on the larger Oceania ships before and were so pleased. We've done most of Europe already but this was a special cruise that featured the wine regions of Portugal, Spain and France. We cruised on Oceania Sirena. ... Read More
We have cruised on the larger Oceania ships before and were so pleased. We've done most of Europe already but this was a special cruise that featured the wine regions of Portugal, Spain and France. We cruised on Oceania Sirena. The ports were ok for the most part. We used Tours by Locals for most of our tours, rather than the costly ship tours. I felt our butler did not go over and above his service requirements. The food was excellent, as usual. I did not feel that the Sirena was as luxurious as the larger ships. It had undergone a refitting a few months back, but it still lacked the refinement of the other ships we sailed on. Although we did not attend any of the evening entertainment shows, I heard from several others that they were not great. I seriously doubt that I would ever sail on the Sirena again, but I still love Oceania. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Disembarkation was easy at each port, even for those not taking Oceania tours. (Would not recommend using Oceania tours a la carte for St Pete, as each tour would return back to ship through all the traffic.) Heard of no virus ... Read More
Disembarkation was easy at each port, even for those not taking Oceania tours. (Would not recommend using Oceania tours a la carte for St Pete, as each tour would return back to ship through all the traffic.) Heard of no virus outbreaks, & even at the buffet, servers spoon out your food, so no one touches the serving utensils without gloves. You can request your saved bottle of wine in any of the dining rooms & specialty restaurants, which were so fun & had delicious food. Spa services were excellent--that was the only time that I could use the sauna & steam room, as my cabin was not on that floor. Enjoyed this cruise, although it is quite tiring to go for walking tours for hours at each of the 10 stops (not really sure why our ship stopped in Kristiansand, but adored St Pete, Oslo, & Tannin). Would recommend. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We loved everything about this cruise except for the wifi. So let me get that out of the way first. Oceania, you MUST upgrade the wifi. Really a shame that you are charging for this, and it doesn't work about half the time. A real ... Read More
We loved everything about this cruise except for the wifi. So let me get that out of the way first. Oceania, you MUST upgrade the wifi. Really a shame that you are charging for this, and it doesn't work about half the time. A real rip off, and not up to your standards. MANY guests were complaining about it, remarking it was the only negative on an otherwise perfect trip. It was particularly important to us because we were traveling with teens, and needed it to communicate locations on board. We were unable to do so. Whew, got that out of the way! Everything else was wonderful. Service is terrific. The servers are friendly and attentive. The meals are very good. Of particular note is Toscana and Red Ginger -- spectacular meals. The ship is beautiful and clean and maintained perfectly. We had a penthouse suite, and really enjoyed the extra space and the butler. We used two Oceania excursions. One was great, and the other was pretty bad. They probably need to improve the quality of their tour guides. But we loved almost everything, and e will definitely travel on Oceania again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Coming off of a RSSC cruise on Voyager, also in Scandinavia, expectations were high. Oceania, while not the same all-inclusive experience, offered better dining and an altogether better value proposition as well as a more lively crowd. ... Read More
Coming off of a RSSC cruise on Voyager, also in Scandinavia, expectations were high. Oceania, while not the same all-inclusive experience, offered better dining and an altogether better value proposition as well as a more lively crowd. Our PH1 suite, 8030, was extremely well located, quiet, clean, and well maintained though wardrobes and bathroom were a bit small, at 6'3" had to duck to use the shower. Early embarkation was a breeze and luggage delivery was less than one hour after getting access to our cabin. Specialty dining at Polo and Toscana were great and offered twice in each restaurant as suite passengers on the 10 night cruise. In MDR suite status seemed to ensure (not an advertised perk) seating at prime 2-top tables by the windows unless we requested group seating. We opted for top-flight beverage package based on number of sea days, but wouldn't opt for this again as we felt "pressure" to make the most of it. Have read other reviews that pan this ship, I understand that there was an unfortunate fire and norovirus outbreak on the ship which seem to have pushed down the overall score. Our experience was top-notch and we would have no reservations about booking on Insignia again. In fact we enjoyed the cruise so much we booked another on Riviera for next year. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
If you love the Nautica, Insignia or Regatta you will love the Sirena - it is the same ship (almost). I have done over 35 cruises and 10 on Oceania. I sailed on the Sirena when it was the R4 and when it was the Pacific Princess. I love ... Read More
If you love the Nautica, Insignia or Regatta you will love the Sirena - it is the same ship (almost). I have done over 35 cruises and 10 on Oceania. I sailed on the Sirena when it was the R4 and when it was the Pacific Princess. I love Oceania and loved our most recent cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon. Some observations - Oceania billed this as a "renovated" ship" - I was not able to see much "renovation". New bed and new carpet - but that was about it. The food in the Grand Dinning room was even better than before and we chose it over the specialty restaurants on occasion. The loss of the Polo Grill is no big deal and the addition of Red Ginger is great. But Tuscan does not compare to Toscana - Tuscan was actually quite disappointing. Saw too many kids on the cruise - never saw that before on Oceania - not well received by the typical Oceania passenger. Oceania entertainment has always been third rate - they added a small production group to our cruise and it improved to 2nd rate. I had hoped with the presence of NCL that the entertainment would improve. The rooms are comfortable and the room attendants are terrific. As usual, Oceania's tours are grossly over priced and we continue to book our own when possible - did twice as much in Casablanca for 1/3 of the cost by booking our own tour. I see that a number of reviewers complained about how hard it is to get additional reservations at the specialty restaurants. You should know that the higher priced cabins can make reservations on line early - before the cruise and also get more guaranteed reservations. You need to go to the Terrace Cafe during the day and ask to put on wait list for the specialty restaurants. All in all - it was Oceania - we just booked two more cruises on them! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
The Sirena was the new addition to the fleet and having sailed on all the others we thought we would like to be on it's inaugural voyage. We took the section from Barcelona to Le Havre, 21 days. The SIrena is another of the old ... Read More
The Sirena was the new addition to the fleet and having sailed on all the others we thought we would like to be on it's inaugural voyage. We took the section from Barcelona to Le Havre, 21 days. The SIrena is another of the old Renaissance ships. It was sold twice before Oceania purchased it last year and "refurbished" it. We expected something new and different, we got something old and the same. Nothing really wrong with that, but it was EXACTLY the same as the other sister ships, down to the same pictures on the walls! They did renovate the suites and higher priced staterooms but everything else was the same. The main reason we wanted this ship was that they included Red Ginger as one of the specialty dining rooms. Unfortunately they tried to combine the Polo Grill with Toscana and failed. It was neither a steak house nor an Italian restaurant. They lost a lot of the key menu items from both venues and missed. The decor of both were terrific, the service great as always but lacking in identity. Red Ginger had all the menu items but on the larger ships they always offered a special. They said that because of the smaller kitchen they couldn't do it on the Sirena. The Main Dining room was superb as always. We had booked the cruise as a 21 day cruise. It actually was a "Back-to-Back" which we didn't find out about until we reached Lisbon. The downside was that the magician was on two nighrts before we reached Lisbon and then two more nights after we left. Also the production numbers that the Staff put on, they were great BTW, were repeated. We have been on longer cruises and never had that happen. We would check on any other B2B's before booking. Our cabin had some mechanical problems. The AC control didn't work. We had AC but it was freezing. The toilet didn't flush properly and the shower water temperature control was set to cool water. It took 3 days of complaining to get all the items repaired. We really love Oceania, have already booked another cruise for next year but I don't think we would revisit the Sirena unless they really do a lot of work on it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was my first cruise ever, and the first for my mother since she took the Queen Mary in the early 60's. I traveled with my mom (69), sister (29), aunt and uncle both early 70's. My sister and I were definitely in the minority ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever, and the first for my mother since she took the Queen Mary in the early 60's. I traveled with my mom (69), sister (29), aunt and uncle both early 70's. My sister and I were definitely in the minority on the trip, but it was an amazing adventure for us. Embarkation and disembarkation were seamless for us. It seemed at several ports, especially Vancouver, that the larger cruise ships were having to accommodate for much longer periods of time, taking away from their time off the boat. The ship was incredibly small which made the whole experience seem intimate. It was only sold 575 (85% capacity) so there were never lines (except to buy bingo cards!). The cabin size was adequate, we were in an A2 Concierge Level Veranda which made it much more open feeling. We had three tall people in it, that overpacked, but it didn't feel out of control. The fold out felt like a gym mat when it pulled out, but we've slept on worse. It was adequate. We started every day with a latte made by Valentina in the caffe outside of the Grand Dining room, followed by a full breakfast in the dining room. The fresh fruit was always that, fresh. I thoroughly loved the omelets prepared in the traditional French style, with goat cheese and chives. The coffee refills were quick, and they were able to get us additional lattes from the bar. The croissants are literally to die for, I probably gained 8lbs on the trip because the food was so incredible. The only down side was that breakfast was over by 9am which limited our ability to sleep in. Lunch was either off the boat or at the outdoor burger/sandwich joint. All were good but after eating such a hearty breakfast and in preparation for dinner we usually skipped this. For pre dinner drinks we met for aperitifs in the Martini Lounge for drinks with the head mixologist, Igor. For dinner we were lucky enough to get 8pm reservations at Toscana and Polo Grill for 4 of the nights. The rest of the nights we ate in the Grand Dining room. We are pretty flexible on timing for meals (never a rush) usually going through several courses so it never felt truly delayed. Individual drinks were cost appropriate to the level of the service and were consistently fabulous. Occasionally we would order a bottle of wine for the table, and realized upon receiving the final bill that buying into the unlimited beverage plan would have cost the 5 of us almost $3,600 and saved more than $1,600 buy paying per drink. We also took part in spa treatments, all of which were adequate, not the best I have seen from all inclusive trips before (the ones we have had in Miami and Cancun were much better) but they did the trick. They were rather expensive though. We did not participate in many of the nightly entertainment performances because we were generally still eating. If we weren't exhausted, we would stop by the Martini Lounge again for after dinner drinks and slots. The only time we spent time with the entertainment group was during our daily game of Bingo, they were great and extremely funny. The ports were exceptional, apparently we were consistently told that the weather was more perfect then it had been in ages with little to no rain. The Hike and Bike through theThe only issue we had was in Vancouver, for a hop on hop off tour. It was a nightmare, no one had any idea why but it took us 2 hours to get off the boat and then no one knew what was up. Poorly executed and a frustrating end to our trip. Overall, I loved the trip and was able to do exactly what I wanted to do: explore the beautiful state at my leisure, expand my photography experience, relax and enjoy amazing food. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
chose this cruise for the places it was visiting, food in Red Ginger was excellent, the Steak House was marginal would have eaten at Red Ginger more often but they told us they are sold out the day of boarding...hmmm. cabin stewart ... Read More
chose this cruise for the places it was visiting, food in Red Ginger was excellent, the Steak House was marginal would have eaten at Red Ginger more often but they told us they are sold out the day of boarding...hmmm. cabin stewart Victoria was outstanding, nice that we could bring our own wine aboard, nice that in some ports they had shuttle buses to and from town,nice that all soda and special coffee were free (however the best cappuccino I have had so far sorry has been on Princess) this coffee was so bitter and strong..plus the small cups to take back to you room were about 6 ounces...way too small..the wave grill by the pool had great angus burgers, great grilled mahi mahi only problem that it and the "soda fountain" closed at 4:30 p.m. every day, no ice cream, no soda, no malts, no smoothies so if you came in from a tour and the dining rooms were closed no where to have a small plate until 6:30 p.m. each night. no one told us laundry room only took tokens so lost some quarters but husband retrieved them, the phone did not work in the laundry room, the dispenser for soap, was also out of order and two washing machines and one dryer not working...hotels we booked with Oceania in Barcelona was fine, hop on hop off bus was a block away and locals shopping center next door with wonderful restaurants in lower level... inexpensive from airport to hotel 28.00 not near "the action" now they charge to visit Fatima church and we were not aware of that so it was sold out...buy your tickets in advance..Sete was fogged so proceeded Majorica - delightful island, nice shopping , Ibiza, too much time left for shopping when we did not walk to e in those areas and could have saved about two hours )and Casablanca (you could keep...again Casablanca on a sunday and everything closed or so they told us when they took us to some govt bldg to shop...Cartagena was beautiful, nice shopping area to walk in ..Seville was just ok...Lisbon was beautiful, Sintra, Cascais gorgeous, could have stayed in hotel closer to town but it was a good walk for us down a beautiful blvd with loads of top end stores then leading to the city center, small cafes and restaurants. Gibraltar ...saw the rock and again we are on a saturday and a lot of stores closed due to sabbath, glad we changed dollars at airport for small euros to use for cabs, tips, etc....very very hot, bring a hat, had to buy one like so many others Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
While having cruised about 25-30 times on various popular lines, this was our first cruise on an Oceania ship. We chose this one for it's itinerary which included Scotland, Shetland and Faroe Islands, Ireland, Greenland, and Iceland ... Read More
While having cruised about 25-30 times on various popular lines, this was our first cruise on an Oceania ship. We chose this one for it's itinerary which included Scotland, Shetland and Faroe Islands, Ireland, Greenland, and Iceland (multiple ports). We met many lovely fellow cruisers. The ship is richly elegant, not glitzy like the more popular lines. The room was pleasant (veranda), but the shower was quite small! The one disappointment was the food, which Oceania makes a big deal about. We found it to be good, but no better than Celebrity, Royal Carib, or others. While the cruise was more expensive , we found the OLife incentives to be quite worthwhile. Taking this into consideration, the price difference was not that much to be concerned about. Would we travel on Oceania again? Absolutely! What we found particularly interesting was that the breakfast and lunch buffets were served to us. We did not handle the serving pieces ourselves. Therefor the passing of germs from one person to another was greatly diminsihed. The was an absence of sickness and coughing, so prevalent on other lines. Very nice! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Great ship. No line up at embarkation, just walk up to the ship and register. Asian porridge for breakfast everyday and waffles on order. Lobsters, lamb chops and steak every dinner at terrace cafe besides a wide variety of roasts for ... Read More
Great ship. No line up at embarkation, just walk up to the ship and register. Asian porridge for breakfast everyday and waffles on order. Lobsters, lamb chops and steak every dinner at terrace cafe besides a wide variety of roasts for lunch and dinner. A good spread of salads and local fruits for breakfast lunch and dinner. The services and menu in the speciality restuarants, Red Ginger, Polo Grill, Toscana and Jag are excellent and there are no extra charges for dining there. One of the best hamburgers served on poolside; Texan, Swiss, top with blc, you name it and they have it there. We loved the fries there too. We do not drink and so can't comment on the choices onboard. Local tours are expensive but you can choose to go on your own. Entertainment, not that great but there are many places you can go to relax after lunch or dinner. We chose this itinerary for the exotic routes but unfortunately we were not able to go on shore at Pitcairn Island and Easter Island due to the rough seas. Neither were we able to stop in Equador due to the recent earthquake. I would recommend this cruise line to my friends. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Close friends cruise with Oceania on this ship every year, sometimes twice a year, so our maiden voyage on the Riviera came with high expectations. Overall we weren't disappointed. We occupied a PHI penthouse suite on deck 11. The ... Read More
Close friends cruise with Oceania on this ship every year, sometimes twice a year, so our maiden voyage on the Riviera came with high expectations. Overall we weren't disappointed. We occupied a PHI penthouse suite on deck 11. The accommodation was both spacious and elegant with walk-in wardrobe, flat screen TV, a spacious verandah and one of the most comfortable beds we've slept in. One criticism was the bathroom - single, rather than double sinks and a somewhat cramped shower cubicle. Good quality linens and a plentiful supply of towels, changed twice a day. Our butler, Titus, and stewardess Natasha, couldn't have been more gracious and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and service was impeccable, as it was pretty much throughout the ship. Overall, the ship has all the amenities one might expect, although the main pool area became pretty crowded on sailing days. By contrast, when we stayed on board while others went off sightseeing, there was more than enough room to spread our wings. The live shows were spectacular. A 12-strong troupe who work their talented socks off and the cruise show finale was breathtaking. Food in the buffet-style Terrace cafe was good at breakfast, though somewhat unremarkable and verging on boring at lunch and dinner. The poolside Wave grill was good for hot dogs, sandwiches and burgers and the ice cream bar, too, was great for shakes, malts and ice creams, which changed each day. The Grand dining room is something of an enigma. We had a really poor meal on our first night on board - tepid food, miserly portions and pretty indifferent service. So much so that we gave it a wide berth until the final night of the cruise, when we found a big improvement. The speciality restaurants are on the whole very much better, save for Toscan, where we ate twice and where I would not return. Awful food and slapstick service, with plates being dropped all over the place. By contrast, Red Ginger was fabulous and we would have liked to eat there again. Polo Grill try hard but surprisingly for an American cruise line. they can't quite replicate a high end American steak house. Jacques, the ship's French restaurant is good, but I wouldn't give it the rave reviews that others do. My lobster thermidor was unlike any version of the dish I'd previously enjoyed and I was disappointed that my crepes suzettes were served plated, rather than flambeed at the table. Indeed, the food throughout the Riviera lacks the sense of theatre so often found on other cruise lines. What with the afternoon canapes served in our stateroom, we never quite made it to afternoon tea. And as for excursions, because we'd visited so many of the ports of call before and because we were there for a rest, we stayed on board other than in Barcelona, where we took a half-day coach tour and Portofino, where we tendered and spent a gorgeous half day strolling around the port. Would we go back? No question. For all its shortcomings the Riviera is a beautiful ship, the service is fabulous and it represents great value. Our cabin came with a useful $400 per person on-board credit, which can be applied to gratuities, drinks packages and shore excursions. Wi-fi internet came free with the package. The other noticeable thing about this cruise was the large number of children on board, especially as the ship does not particularly cater to this age group. Also a very cosmopolitan crowd, with large numbers of Americans, South Africans, Chinese and Japanese and even the odd Aussie. Which all made for a great atmosphere. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Our penthouse suite (#8000) is spacious and very nice except for one big problem -- we are right below the Card Room, which the ship is using as a playroom for the kids' program. From watching a few kids run around the Card Room, you ... Read More
Our penthouse suite (#8000) is spacious and very nice except for one big problem -- we are right below the Card Room, which the ship is using as a playroom for the kids' program. From watching a few kids run around the Card Room, you would never guess how much noise it makes in our suite. We have called each night but the ship management clearly does not care. So maybe you get the nice luxury suite that you paid for, or maybe you don't, and they already have your money so they don't care. And this time they're using the Card Room for kids acrobatics, but next time it could be some other room and maybe right above yours. We were so excited when we first arrived that we talked about booking another cruise next year, but after this, it won't be Oceania. Everything else is really nice. It's really sad. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Excellent everything except cabin, Bathroom so small could barely enter and shower was a joke. 95% of passengers couldn't fit because of age or their size. Common areas were cozy, beautiful and inviting. Food in any venue was ... Read More
Excellent everything except cabin, Bathroom so small could barely enter and shower was a joke. 95% of passengers couldn't fit because of age or their size. Common areas were cozy, beautiful and inviting. Food in any venue was gourmet. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy. Luggage arrived well before sailing. Entertainment was good for the size of the ship. The cruise director, Dottie was excellent and amazing. She was everywhere and seemed to work 24/7. The captain was very talkative and seemed to enjoy mingling with the passengers. The ports were ok altho the Prince Rupert stop had no appeal except to satisfy the Jones Act requiring a foreign port. Luckily the weather defied the forecasts with sunny skies, calm seas and no need for any medication. Service by the staff was excellent and not forced. Had sailed before on their larger ship and whole experience was 5 star. Scheduled for Sirena in December if I get a picture of the bathroom. If not, will cancel. I don't want any surprises. Sirena is sister ship to Regatta but refurbished in Aprils, 2016 Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This cruise was a anniversary gift to ourselves as we both have wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. We work with a travel agent who guided us to Oceania, when she understood our desires for something small and somewhat casual yet luxurious. ... Read More
This cruise was a anniversary gift to ourselves as we both have wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. We work with a travel agent who guided us to Oceania, when she understood our desires for something small and somewhat casual yet luxurious. The trip was sensational with great food options, wonderful entertainment and fabulous service. Embarkation and disembarkation were amazingly quick and very well organized (neither was more than 15 minutes.) Food options were great with 3 primary restaurants and two speciality restaurants, which were excellent although booking requires pre-trip planning (note: this function did not work on the website at the time we were booking, so I would recommend you call the client support desk before you leave.) We did not buy the wine/drink packages and instead used our on-board credit, which worked out fine although the way the program operates was confusing to begin with, all worked out. The entertainment team was really far beyond what we expected; very talented, full of energy and fun. The cruise director was very special, she has been doing this for a long time and her professionalism was very obvious. The entire crew was friendly, courteous and very helpful. The captain made sure we could experience a glacier up close (200 meters). This was wonderful for us as the Tracy Arm glacier we were supposed to see was not approachable due to excessive ice caving,so he found another he felt to be a good alternative. In fact, we were in closer than some of the small expedition style cruises. As for excursions, we booked one through our travel agent instead of the cruise line and spent other times exploring the ports. It was a wonderful trip and we will definitely be setting sail with Oceania in the future. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this Alaska cruise on the Regatta for a few reasons - generally good reviews and reputation of the cruise line, the itinerary, and the excellent deal we got from our travel agent. We absolutely loved it! Only our 2nd cruise and ... Read More
We chose this Alaska cruise on the Regatta for a few reasons - generally good reviews and reputation of the cruise line, the itinerary, and the excellent deal we got from our travel agent. We absolutely loved it! Only our 2nd cruise and the first one for our traveling companions (my brother and sister-in-law). Embarkation was very easy and we got a table outside on the Terrace Cafe as soon as we boarded for some lunch. It was a gorgeous day in Seattle - sunny and not too cool! Our staterooms were ready on time but we lingered a little longer and toasted the start of our cruise with some excellent Prosecco. We then headed in to unpack - and our stateroom (PH2/8007) was gorgeous! It was spotlessly clean, superbly comfortable bed, lots of storage space and beautiful bathroom. Also very quiet even though it was opposite the elevators. We invited our family down for the departure and had champagne (complimentary) on our veranda while we left port. We ate at Toscana that night - it was amazing! Slept so well in the bed that night with some gentle rocking as we headed for the Inside Passage. Our next day at sea was beautiful - we had good weather and the scenery was just stunning. Breakfast in the Terrace Cafe was delicious - all well prepared and good variety. Loved the coffee (espresso or cappuccino on request). The tea was not great - the water just not hot enough to really brew it well and I'm not a fan of Twinings. We also enjoyed our meals in the Grand Dining Room (one breakfast had to be sent back as eggs were not cooked as ordered but it was very quickly remedied). Our evening in the Polo Grill was amazing - everything was perfect. We loved going to Martini's after dinner to listen to Valentina play the piano and Horizons for some late night dancing. We are not fans of the musical theatre shows but the venue was full every night with many folks who seemed to be enjoying the show. Lunch at the Waves Grill was very good - the burgers were fantastic. The ship did not seem crowded at all - often we were asking ourselves 'where is everyone?' But we thought that was great (and why we chose a smaller ship)! Our companions loved the steam room and hot tub in the spa area although the fitness area and classes were not up to par. We did the Misty Fjords flightseeing (booked through Viator) in Ketchikan which was truly stunning - we were very lucky to have good weather. It was rather cold and drizzly when we got into port but by the afternoon it cleared a bit and the views were incredible. We just wandered around the small town of Wrangell - the museum was good and lunch at Zak's was as well. In Prince Rupert we took the Grizzly Bear tour - an all day boat trip - it exceeded our expectations and we recommend it! All the staff and officers on board the Regatta are excellent. Our stateroom was kept in beautifully clean condition during the whole trip by Svitlana - who always had a smile on her face. The 'country club' decoration of the ship is very nice although I could understand how some may not care for it. We visited the veranda stateroom and it did seem a bit small (certainly by comparison to the Penthouse) but our family members were very comfortable in it anyway. We really liked the 3 days at sea - time to rest and relax. The trip up the Endicott Arm to the Dawes Glacier was stunning - we got very close and saw some calving (the Tracy Arm Fjord was too full of ice). The giant Celebrity ship we saw coming out of the fjord could not venture in to see it given their size. Disembarkation went smoothly and we enjoyed one day in Seattle afterwards (check out the EMP Museum!!). The whole experience in the Regatta was wonderful and we are already planning our next Oceania cruise. We have highly recommended it to friends and family! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Chose this cruise after reading al the hype about Sirena and the refit. Having cruised on similar ships we knew what to expect regarding size, layout, cabins etc. Although the carpets, linen, furnishings, deck chairs etc. all appeared new ... Read More
Chose this cruise after reading al the hype about Sirena and the refit. Having cruised on similar ships we knew what to expect regarding size, layout, cabins etc. Although the carpets, linen, furnishings, deck chairs etc. all appeared new there did not seem to be too much "refitting" of the cabin itself. The earlier images appeared to show refits to the bathrooms however this was not the case. We are not big people so the space in the bathroom was adequate however I can see how it may be on the small size for larger people, particularly the shower. The food and service in Red Ginger was unbelievably good. The same cannot be said for the Tuscan Steak in which the food was way below average and the service almost non existent. We attended only one show, which was so bad that we did not want to go to any more. Although they seemed understaffed, overall the service provided by cabin, pool, administration and food and beverage staff was both friendly and excellent. Les, the "so called" entertainment director was without doubt the worst I have come across in over 10 cruises. Prices for drinks, particularly wine were extremely high particularly after service charges were added. We ended up buying wine ashore and bringing it back on board at each port, which was never questioned by security. There seemed to me that there was no interest in those passengers who, like us, prefer to do our own thing and not pay the high price being asked for the ship's excursions. There were shuttles provided in most ports, however we were usually docked so far away that it took almost an hour by the time you left your cabin until you got off the shuttle. With limited time in most ports this extra travel consumed valuable time going from and returning to the ship. It was also disappointing to dock in so many container ports rather than cruise terminals, given the standard promoted by Oceania. This was our 3rd Oceania cruise, given this experience would I cruise with Oceania again, most likely not. Read Less
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