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Oceania Cruises Line Review

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Oceania Marina in Sydney, Australia - Photo by Oceania Cruises

Best For

Sophisticated couples or friends who like great food, wine, design, art, and service, as well as a casually elegant atmosphere will fit in splendidly on Oceania.

Not For

Families, since the line just launched its first kids’ club program on a limited basis. 

We Love

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La Reserve has just 24 seats.
Photo by Oceania Cruises

  • In addition to three 15-year-old former-Renaissance ships — the Nautica, Regatta, and Insignia — Oceania has two new builds: the Riviera and Marina. 
  • The two new ships may just be the “foodiest” at sea, with the eponymous Jacques Pepin restaurant and a truly authentic Pan-Asian restaurant, Red Ginger.
  • The wine-pairing restaurant on the two new builds — La Reserve — is elegant and beautiful, and serves modernist cuisine using techniques like sous vide. 
  • Oceania's impressive art collections — with pieces by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Damien Hirst — are worth taking the time to explore.
  • The Ralph Lauren suites on the newer ships are as elegant as boutique hotel suites on land, which is not a statement we make often
  • The new ship’s cooking school offers market tours, visiting chefs, and do-it-yourself, hands-on classes.
  • The Artist Loft offers classes on sea days by a rotating list of artists in residence.

We Could Live Without

  • The three older ships in Oceania's fleet lack some of the bells and whistles of the newer ones, but a stint in dry dock in 2014 should help.



Sherri Eisenberg

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Sherri Eisenberg has circled the globe as a travel editor for almost two decades. Along the way, she scored chili crab in Singapore, leather sandals in Mykonos, and embarrassing sauna stories in Finland.



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