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Wave Awards winner: Winners 2021 Best for Cuisine

There's a new Vista on the horizon for Oceania Cruises, with the foodies favourite welcoming a new 1200-guest ship in 2023, to be followed by an as-yet unnamed sister in 2025. The Miami based line - a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings - also offers four 684-passenger former R-class ships and two purpose-built vessels that take 1,250, all of which have been extensively renovated in recent years. Oceania, which prides itself on offering "the finest cuisine at sea" will be hoping to raise the culinary bar even higher with Vista. which will feature a grand dining room decorated in early 20th-century Parisian Belle époque style.

Why choose this cruise line?

Travellers who want a sophisticated and intimate cruising experience with fewer kids in tow should opt for Oceania.

It goes without saying that the food onboard is exceptional and if you’re passionate about the history and culture of cuisine around the world, then the cruise line’s culinary tours are not to be missed.

Oceania ships are well-designed with elegant public spaces and spacious cabins. The cruise line also has an extensive wellness programme which includes the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Centre, offering an array of spa and holistic treatments, as well as wellness-themed excursions.

From visits to ancient mineral baths outside of Rome to a traditional teahouse in Myanmar, these tours have been designed to give guests an insight into the timeless wellness practices of locales around the world.

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Reviews for Oceania Cruises

Cruise Overall
4.5 / 5
Value for Money
4.5 / 5
Ship Overall
5 / 5

Oceania Cruises Customer Reviews

By Carol on 09/06/2022

Having visited an Oceania ship many years ago in Southampton we decided to treat ourselves to an upmarket cruise. The ship was beautiful, the service exemplary and the food was to die for. However the...

By Howard on 09/05/2022

Oceania's food and the itinerary for this cruise on-board Marina were spot-on - enjoyable and idyllic. Couldn't fault anything - I think one of the barrista machines briefly went out of order. One of ...

By Susan on 09/05/2022

Poor weather affected the start of the cruise otherwise it was the normal Oceania combination of great food and good service. I would prefer more by way of enrichment and would love an indoor swimming...

By John on 09/05/2022

Absolutely outstanding- we love Riviera. The food was amazing as always and the ship beautiful. Staff can’t do enough to help. We didn’t want to get off and are looking forward to our next cruise with...

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Cruising with Oceania Cruises

Priding itself on ‘the finest cuisine at sea, Oceania’s Cruises is famed for its food. Its 1,250-passenger MS Marina and MS Riviera feature restaurants by Jacques Pépin, offering decadent six-course dinners with wine pairings, along with a cooking centre where passengers of all cooking skill levels can take classes.

The line also offers culinary-themed shore excursions designed to immerse guests in the local food of the region.

Oceania’s four smaller Regatta-class ships also have excellent dining options.

The line’s elegant fleet of ships provides passengers with an intimate, sophisticated and cultural cruising experience. Smaller in size and with luxurious decor, the ships are more akin to floating boutique hotels than cruise liners.

As for newest ship Vista, her 18 Inaugural Season voyages will begin in April 2023 and span more than 24 countries across four continents.

Oceania: The ships are more akin to floating boutique hotels than cruise liners. Credit: Oceania Cruises

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Who should travel with Oceania Cruises?

With its emphasis on food and cultural experience, passengers onboard Oceania voyages tend to be mature couples with an appreciation for the finer things in life, although you will find some families on board during the summer months.

Entertainment is sacrificed for the sake of fine dining, but if you’re a person who values outstanding food, this is a sacrifice worth making.

The ships feature luxurious amenities, ideal for those passengers who value the finer things in life, but it’s worth noting that Oceania has less inclusive fares than some of the luxury lines.

Oceania Cruises destinations

Oceania Cruises offers destination immersive cruises around the world with itineraries typically ranging between 10 and 14 days, sailing to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, North America, Alaska, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, Asia, Africa, South Pacific and Tahiti, Australia and world voyages.

Oceania Cruises cabins

Oceania’s goal is to make sure that its cruisers stateroom or suite is their sanctuary.

The spacious dimensions of Oceania suites and staterooms offer an ultimate luxury experience. Interiors are decorated with a luxury design custom-crafted furnishings and original artworks.

Every suite and stateroom features the Ultra Tranquillity Bed, free soft drinks, 24-hour Butler service in all suites, free room service menu 24 hours a day, Bulgari amenities, maid service twice-daily, a writing desk and much more!

Guests are also able to upgrade their experience to an exclusive Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom and enjoy an expanded room service menu and free laundry service.

Suites and staterooms:

Owners Suite - 2,000+ sq. ft. (approx) - Large living room, king-size bed, two walk-in closets, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, entry foyer with music room. Also includes exclusive card-only access to the Executive Lounge featuring a private library.

Vista Suite - 1,200-1,500 sq. ft. (approx) - Lavish interior design by Dakota Jackson and premier location overlooking the bow of the ship. access to the exclusive Executive Lounge, large walk-in closet, a second bathroom for guests, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas and your own private fitness room.

Oceania Suite - 1,000+ sq. ft. (approx) - Living room, dining room, fully equipped media room, large walk-in closet, king-size bed, expansive private veranda, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas and a second bathroom for guests. Also included is access to the private Executive Lounge.

Penthouse Suite - 420 sq. ft. (approx) - Dining table, separate seating area, full-size bathtub/shower and separate shower, walk-in closet and private veranda. Enjoy exclusive card-only access to the private Executive Lounge and a dedicated concierge.

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom - 282 sq. ft. (approx) - Private veranda, plush seating area, refrigerated mini-bar and an oversized marble and granite-clad bathroom with a full-size bathtub/shower and separate shower. Guests also enjoy access to the private Concierge Lounge featuring your own dedicated Concierge.

Veranda Stateroom - 282 sq. ft. (approx) - Furnished private veranda, plush seating area, refrigerated mini-bar, spacious closet and a marble and granite-clad bathroom with a bathtub/shower and separate shower.

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom - 242sq. ft. (approx) - Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, generous seating area, vanity desk, breakfast table, refrigerated mini-bar and a marble and granite-clad bathroom with a bathtub/shower and separate shower.

Inside Stateroom - 174 sq. ft. (approx) - Spacious marble and granite-clad bathroom with a shower, vanity desk, breakfast table and refrigerated mini-bar.

Oceania: The Owner's Suite boasts a large living room, king-size bed, two walk-in closets, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas. Credit: Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises dining

The Grand Dining Room – A tribute to the spirit of Europe’s marquee five-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambience, the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Toscana – An authentic Italian restaurant, Toscana offers Tuscan cuisine and is open on Oceania Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Insignia & Nautica.

Polo Grill – This restaurant is a class steakhouse with each course representing an honoured favourite open for dinner onboard Oceania Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Insignia & Nautica.

Jacques – A French restaurant exquisitely decorated with heirloom antiques, pickled wood furnishings and art from Jacques Pépin’s personal collection, Jacques was modelled after a Parisian bistro opened for dinner on Oceania Marina & Riviera.

Red Ginger – A harmonious and tranquil restaurant, Red Ginger offers bold Asian cuisine on Oceania Marina, Riviera & Sirena.

Tuscan Steak – Inspired by Polo Grill & Toscana, this signature restaurant onboard Sirena exudes warmth with its remarkable Italian food.

Terrace Café – This restaurant offers informal dining any time of the day on all of Oceania’s ships.

Waves Grill – Alfresco dining that offers a mouth-watering menu on all ships, on Riviera and Marina there is even a raw juice and smoothie bar.

Horizons – Available on all ships, Horizons offers afternoon tea at 4 pm.

Baristas – A coffee bar where you can enjoy complimentary illy espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by master baristas on all ships until early evening.

Toscana offers Tuscan cuisine and is open on Oceania Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Insignia & Nautica. Credit: Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises entertainment

The Culinary Center – Onboard Marina and Riviera, this is the first hands-on cooking school at sea that teaches cruisers how to prepare exquisite dishes.

Casino – Cruisers can enjoy the casino by picking up their Oceania Cruises casino player card.

Onboard shows – Onboard Oceania’s ships there are dazzling performances such as pianists, classical string quartets, dynamic vocalists and spectacular headliners.

Lecturers – Oceania’s ships offer inspiring destination, cultural and wellness talks on all of its ships.

Boutiques – There are lots of stylish boutiques that are featured onboard Oceania’s ships from designer handbags to Oceania Cruises logo wear.

Artists Loft – Artists can gather on Oceania’s ships to paint with oils, and create watercolours, sketching, creating collages and more.

Library – Guests can visit the library to read its collection of 2,000 books.

Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center – This spa has been thoughtfully designed to enhance your experience through an array of wellness encounters.

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Cruise inclusions

  • Dining at all speciality restaurants
  • Unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • Room service dining 24 hours a day
  • Artist Loft enrichment center
  • Nightly entertainment

Unique selling points

Hands-On Enriching Activities

For budding artists, the Artists Loft enrichment centre is where talented artists in residence offer step by step instruction to paint with oils or watercolours, perfect your needlepoint skills or create amazing arts and crafts.

Complimentary Fitness & Wellness Classes

Enjoy over two dozen complimentary fitness classes on board. From Sunrise Stretch and Relax to Sunrise Yoga on deck, or more comprehensive programmes such as Boot Camp or Core Conditioning, instructors will guide participants through the class, offering advice and helpful tips.

Vegan Menus

Oceania boasts one of the most expansive vegan menu offerings. Vegan menus are now available in the Grand Dining Room and Terrace Cafe. For a healthy refreshment, stop by the Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar and try the Tropical Green smoothie or Açai Berry bowl.