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