A consummate cruiser, have done close to 20 cruises in the last 5 years.
the ship revolves around a lot of activities geared for the older crowd. The ports were ok and you could get around pretty much on your own. The most OUTRAGEOUS issue I have is charging 250 dollars for 1000 minutes of Internet. That's 25 cents a minute folks. And that is buying the most expensive package. The smaller packages come out to .75 cents a minute. And then it is relative slow less than 1 mgs of speed. So you spend time waiting for things to open. All the ports had excellent wifi so don't buy the package. The Pinnacle specialty restaurant offers a lunch special of 10 dollars vs their regular 45 dollar charge for night dining but it's only offered on sea days and there is only one sea day.
Entertainment is lousy at best. Don't bother. The pool area is nice and never any crowds. Nice to have the covered dome open during good weather. Their burger and hotdog venue in the pool area has the best fries. Addicting. The rear adults only area has a foul smell all the time. Great pizzas you can order as you like.
Main dining is good. Food plentiful and well presented. The room I had was a ocean view but it was totally blocked by the side of the ship. They had ocean view rooms called lanai which are great as the room actually opens to the public promenade and you get two nice lounge chairs to boot. The door and window allow you to look outside but those outside can't see in. Nice if you don't want to pay for a private balcony. The library has its own librarian and has a great selection of books and public computers and nice comfortable chairs and its own small cafe but teas and cafes are not free. The buffet is ok. Not a lot of variety day to day but one night they had a seafood special with lobster and jumbo shrimp. Nice touch.
The ship is really a compendium of different bars, the shopping area is small and they don't hawk their merchandise as other cruise lines. Thank goodness.
The art gallery were the worst pushing their overpriced and lousy so called artwork.
Two formal nights in the seven day cruise if you like those things. All in all it was an ok cruise but I needed a little more excitement.
Where Cruise Directors go to die
The boarding luggage procedure at Rio was a disaster. No available porters and when we found the place were we could give our bags they told us we couldn't drop them because they were to big. Really?
the gangway were stairs so if you needed assistance, too bad.
The ship is well mantained but it's showing it age. Our room is spacious but there are no electrical outlets on the bedside unless you call engineering to install a transformer to I could connect the Cpap machine. Refrigerator is stocked with water and soft drinks and are
complimentary. Bathroom has shower curtain with tends to drip water
to the bathroom floor. Hair drier in bathroom is from the 90tys but
there is another portable one. Our was broken but the steward
promptly replaced it. Room is quiet and the air conditioner is great.
Beds are great and we got good night sleeps
internet cost 600 dollars for 20 days and worst than dial up. RCCL is the way to go if that is important.
Do NOT serve yourself at the buffet lines. That's a no-no with Oceania. I'm ok with that because you don't handle the serving spoons other guest have used before you and avoid catching viruses. It also keeps you in check in putting too much food on your plate
Free water available before going on an excursion not like some cruise lines that charge 4.95 a bottle. ( RCCL)
The daily Current has good info and you also get a daily 4 page newsletter with the world news sports and weather. Tv has 3 channels with up to day free movies and change everyday. Nice touch and also a list is provided of an extensive video CDs to check out and watch in your room. Room service is 24 hours and great menu and is also free.
Turn down every night includes chocolate on the bed and ice in the bucket. Towels are fluffy and