Oceania Cruises feature a splendid blend of intimate luxury and unparalleled style leading guests toward a sense of personalized comfort. From their 450+ destinations to their wellness-inspired spa and vitality center, here are some hallmarks to expect from an Oceania cruise.
Awards: Oceania has been chosen as the Best Overall Cruise Line by Cruise Critic, Boutique Cruise Line of the Year by Food & Travel magazine, Best Onboard Dining by Travel Age West magazine and Best Premium Cruise Line, by Virtuoso.
Unique ship features: With suites and staterooms of generous dimensions, nearly 70 percent of which feature private verandas, Oceania’s cabins possess an esthetic on par with world-class hotels. This includes the exclusive Ultra Tranquility Bed, marble and granite-clad bathrooms and shower.
Fleet: There are six ships in Oceania’s fleet: two 1,250-passenger vessels, Marina and Riviera; and four 684-passenger vessels, Nautica, Regatta, Sirena and Insignia. As for the vessel layout, ships with a capacity of 1,250 guests are designed with 16 decks, a length of 784.95 feet and a beam (or width) of 105.65 feet. Oceania cruise ships with a capacity of 684 guests are designed with nine decks, a length of 593.7 feet and a beam of 83.5 feet. Smaller ships provide greater freedom in entering boutique ports while providing more intimate spaces on board.
Though its fleet is impressive, Oceania Cruises is not one to rest on its laurels. The cruise line has a multi-year project named OceaniaNEXT, which entails a number of initiatives that raise the bar of its intimate and luxurious service. By early 2022, all six ships will have received extensive refurbishments as part of OceaniaNEXT, making them all better than new.
New Ships on the Horizon
Oceania Cruises has also announced the introduction of the Allura class ships — two new 1,200-passenger vessels, with the first one entering service in 2023. The first ship, named Vista, will exude residential-style luxury and all-veranda accommodations. Vista will also feature a new category of Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms, which we at Cruise Specialists anticipate will be very popular!
Life onboard: In terms of accommodations, Oceania’s suites measure from 322 square feet to 1,000 square feet on the smaller vessels and from 420 square feet to 2,000 square feet on the larger vessels. The ships’ intimate size lends to more socializing and relaxation. One can make new friends at the pool and sports deck, golf putting green, fitness track, bars and lounges, boutiques, and casinos.
For your entertainment, guests can enjoy live production shows; or a number of bars and lounges, such as Martinis, Grand Bar, Lounge, Horizons, Casino Bar and Wave Bar. There are also unique onboard programs, for those seeking more creative outlets. On Marina and Riviera, guests can join the Artist Loft to learn the intricacies of painting, sketching or creating collages. Also, on Marina and Riviera, guests can enroll in the Culinary Center, to learn from skilled chefs how to prepare a variety of healthy and delicious dishes. Finally, for those who enjoy the fine ritual of conversation over a cup, High Tea is held at 4:00pm in the Horizons lounge on all ocean vessels. No reservations required.
So what kinds of passengers sail upon these vessels? Oceania cruise guests are seasoned travelers, solo voyagers and typically couples in their 50s+; though there are multi-generational programs in several destinations. During the day, guests enjoy country-club casual, while at night, they tend to dress up. Regarding the service on board, with a 1 to 1.6 staff-to-guest ration, Oceania’s attendants and butlers provide personalized service for their guests and adjust suites to the preference of travelers.
Cuisine: Renowned Master Chef, Jacques Pépin is Oceania Cruises’ Executive Culinary Director, resulting in a culinary program that serves “the finest cuisine at sea.™” To earn such a title entails selecting the best ingredients, efficient galley equipment and some of the most talented chefs worldwide. There are no surcharges for specialty restaurants, enabling you to choose from a variety of five-star dining experiences.
Savor authentic Northern Italian meals inspired by the mothers and grandmothers of the culinary staff at Toscana. Enjoy the traditional favorites of a classic steakhouse at Polo Grill. Appreciate the artistry of French bistro cuisine at Jacques; from its delightful Parisian decor, to mastery of such meals as duck, veal roasts and sea bass filet. Each specialty restaurant isn’t available on all ships, so check with your agent for details. And of course, the Grand Dining Room on all Oceania vessels is a study in stateliness, harking back to the spirit of Europe’s marquee 5-star hotel restaurants. No reservations required.
Unique itineraries:With 450+ destinations, Oceania’s destination-intensive itineraries are crafted to showcase the most astonishing locations worldwide. Oceania’s smaller ships travel to more boutique ports, featuring overnight visits, as well as extended evenings in port.
Unique shore excursions:Whether your heart is geared toward adventure, enlightenment or a taste for local delicacies, Oceania crafts its shore excursions based on your interests and experience as a traveler. For example, the Go Local tours are immersive destination tours that introduce you into the fabric of a local community for engaging one-of-a-kind experiences — from artisans to shepherds, everyone has a story to share. Meanwhile, the Culinary Discovery Tours, offered on board Marina and Riviera, provide an insider’s experience of a local culinary scene. Indulge in the secrets of authentic regional foods during your day shore.
OLife Choice Amenities: Oceania Cruises also has its OLife Choice Amenities, which includes roundtrip airfare, view promotion terms and conditions, free Internet plus a choice of one of the following: free shore excursions, free beverage package or free shipboard credit.
These amenities are provided by Cruise Specialists on select voyages:
When you book an Oceania Cruise with Cruise Specialists, you may enjoy exclusive amenities such as prepaid gratuities, hosted cruises with exclusive shore tours and/or private car and driver.
To learn more about Oceania Cruises, contact Cruise Specialists.