Oceania Cruises has 2 classes of ships in its fleet of 6 ships. The difference between the 2 classes is that one has extra restaurants and amenities. Oceania Cruises attracts affluent travelers seeking luxurious accommodations and amenities. The target market is generally older travelers age 50 or older. Oceania Cruises travels to popular destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Europe, Mediterranean and more. Plenty of travel packages are available for those desiring to travel to more than one destination location. Free upgrades and airfare amenities are also provided in certain packages.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#14
oceana
$1,499
1,250
5.2

The Good

The dress code is country club casual. The décor features dark mahogany wood and colorful carpets. The atmosphere is generally very quiet. Jazz music is often played in the background. Announcements are kept to a bare minimum. There are no large crowds and accommodations are spacious. Staff members are friendly and professional.

Oceania Cruises offers a wide range in duration for its cruise lengths. Typical journeys last 7 days. However, there are journeys that last up to 180 days for those who are interested in traveling around the world. Oceania Cruises provides plenty of special offers to make cruises incredibly affordable. They also travel to a number of destinations providing guests with multiple options. These cruise destinations include:

  • Africa
  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Baltic and Scandinavia
  • Canada and New England
  • Caribbean
  • Panama Canal
  • Mexico
  • Mediterranean
  • South America
  • South Pacific
  • Tahiti

Open-seating dining is available. The 3 specialty restaurants onboard do not incur extra charges. Asian, French, and Italian cuisine are the main staples. Afternoon tea is served daily. Guests can also brush up on their culinary skills by taking an enrichment class onboard. Plenty of offshore excursions are available at extra cost.

Oceania Cruises feature extensive libraries onboard. Art classes and many other enrichment programs are also offered. Evening activities consist of conversing with fellow passengers, participating in karaoke or dancing the night away, and enjoying Broadway styled shows. Before reaching ports of call, guests are educated in the history and culture of the upcoming destination. Standard amenities found on all ships include:

  • FREE airfare guaranteed regardless of airfare price increases
  • Multiple open-seating gourmet dining venues, at no additional charge
  • FREE and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • Port-intensive itineraries featuring must-see destinations and boutique ports
  • Overnight stays and evening departures for extended exploration
  • Luxurious yet relaxed country club ambiance
  • Spacious, sumptuously appointed suites and staterooms, 85% with private verandas
  • 24-hour Butler service in all suites
  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub® treatments and cuisine
  • Dedicated concierges for personalized service
  • Highly-trained staff selected from internationally acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
  • Smoke-free environments throughout ships

Spas are operated by Canyon Ranch and provide premium services for relaxation and rejuvenation. Free use of a thalassotherapy whirlpool on one of the 3 smaller ships is available with purchase of a spa treatment. The fitness center onboard features Yoga, Pilates, and aerobic classes.

The Bad

Activities are geared for senior citizens. Activities include shuffleboard, table tennis, and board games. Casinos are small, with plenty of slot machines. There are no children’s programs or activities. Socializing with fellow passengers appears to be the most important focus of the onboard experience.

Many of the complaints stem from the service fees charged. These fees include but are not limited to the following:

  • There will be a charge for single occupancy of 200% of the double occupancy suite or stateroom fare.
  • Government taxes, port expenses, fees, and onboard service charges are additional.
  • For guests occupying staterooms, gratuities of $16.00 per guest, per day will be added.
  • For guests occupying Penthouse, Oceania, Vista or Owner’s Suites where Butler Service is provided, gratuities of $23.00 per guest, per day will be added.
  • In addition, an 18% service gratuity is automatically added to all beverage purchases, spa services and dinner at La Reserve. Naturally, guests may adjust gratuities while on board the vessel at their sole discretion.
  • Onboard dry cleaning and laundry services are offered. Both regular and express services are available at an additional fee.

Oceania Cruises only offer two different unique specialty cruises. This is surprising considering the number of ships and destinations they have to offer. The featured cruises include:

  • Your World On Sale features free pre-paid Gratuities, free unlimited Internet plus up to $500 Shipboard Credit per stateroom. $3,000-$5000 per person.
  • 2 for 1 Cruise Fares plus Free Airfare: $3,000-$5000 per person

Despite the many good things that are offered with Oceania Cruises, and higher pricing is something that would suggest it best to look elsewhere for a good cruising experience in cases where a possible issue or complaint does occur.

The Bottom Line

Oceania Cruises is not a recommended cruise line. They are not designed for families with young children or teenagers. There are no children’s activities or programs for entertainment. Oceania Cruises is designed for affluent senior citizens and single adults seeking a kid-free experience. Travelers may find a better experience with another cruise liner other than Oceania Cruises.

We would suggest looking at other recommended cruise lines.

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Audience & Convenience

Oceania Cruises caters to affluent travelers. 7-180 day cruises are available year round.

Destinations for 2015 and 2016
  • Africa, Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Baltic and Scandinavia, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Mediterranean, South America, South Pacific, and Tahiti.

Transportation Services from airports to the ports

  • Airport transfers to ports are available for an additional fee.

Safety

Do they have any security? How do they prevent theft?

  • Oceania Cruises has zero tolerance for crime on board its vessels. Criminal activity will be reported to authorities.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention? None

Vacation Protection
  • Oceania Cruises offers a package of travel insurance coverage and worldwide emergency assistance services for guests.

Price

Featured Cruise Trips

  • Your World On Sale features free pre-paid Gratuities, free unlimited Internet plus up to $500 Shipboard Credit per stateroom. $3,000-$5000 per person.
  • 2 for 1 Cruise Fares plus Free Airfare: $3,000-$5000 per person.

Activities/Services

Standard on all cruise ships

  • FREE airfare guaranteed regardless of airfare price increases
  • Multiple open-seating gourmet dining venues, at no additional charge
  • FREE and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • Port-intensive itineraries featuring must-see destinations and boutique ports
  • Overnight stays and evening departures for extended exploration
  • Luxurious yet relaxed country club ambiance
  • Spacious, sumptuously appointed suites and staterooms, 85% with private verandas
  • 24-hour Butler service in all suites
  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub® treatments and cuisine
  • Dedicated concierges for personalized service
  • Highly-trained staff selected from internationally acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
  • Smoke-free environments throughout ships

What services/activities are unique?

  • Onboard Shows & Entertainment
  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub
  • Culinary Classes
  • The Finest Cuisine at Sea

Service Fees

  • There will be a charge for single occupancy of 200% of the double occupancy suite or stateroom fare.
  • Government taxes, port expenses, fees, and onboard service charges are additional.
  • For guests occupying staterooms, gratuities of $16.00 per guest, per day will be added.
  • For guests occupying Penthouse, Oceania, Vista or Owner’s Suites where Butler Service is provided, gratuities of $23.00 per guest, per day will be added.
  • In addition, an 18% service gratuity is automatically added to all beverage purchases, spa services and dinner at La Reserve. Naturally, guests may adjust gratuities while on board the vessel at their sole discretion.
  • Onboard dry cleaning and laundry services are offered. Both regular and express services are available at an additional fee.

Contact Information

Guest Relations / Reservations: 800-531.5619

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    November 7th, 2016 Sun City Center, FL

    Recently cruised on Oceania to Alaska. They speak as having the best food at sea. Have you eaten a 2oz Lobster lately? or perhaps a roasted chicken that was presented looking like a squab and all dark meat? Needed to speak to a person in the medical dept at 11Am was told they are closed until 4PM. We’ve been on 15 cruises and the BBB ranks them with an F along with MSC how true it is. They are very expensive, the cost is way over priced. Oh by the way don’t expect any good entertainment, go to bed early.

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