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Cruising with Oceania

Oceania Cruises' six ships – Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Nautica, Insignia and Sirena – stand apart from other midsize cruise ships thanks to their low 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratios, gourmet cuisines and comprehensive itineraries. Oceania sails around the world, with 2019 trips spanning Europe, Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific, among other places. Oceania's shore experiences are just as varied as its sailings: passengers can sign up for activities ranging from glacier adventures in Juneau, Alaska, to vineyard hopping in Santorini, Greece. Should you wish to extend your time on shore, you can sign up for a pre- or post-cruise land tour with Oceania, which includes lodging, dining and transportation costs.

On board, you'll find plenty of ways to fill your time at sea. Wine and martini tastings and educational presentations are offered on the line's smaller Regatta, Nautica, Sirena and Insignia ships, which carry up to 684 guests. Cooking demonstrations and art classes take place aboard the larger Marina and Riviera ships, which can carry up to 1,250 guests. During your voyage – which, for 2019 cruises, can last anywhere from seven to 180 days – you can also take advantage of the casino and the Canyon Ranch Spa. And if you're a foodie, be sure to sample the offerings available across the fleet's numerous open-seating dining venues – including the Grand Dining Room, which serves French fare at lunchtime from a menu created by master chef Jacques Pépin.

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Oceania Cruises' six ships – Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Nautica, Insignia and Sirena – stand apart from other midsize cruise ships thanks to their low 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratios, gourmet cuisines and comprehensive itineraries. Oceania sails around the world, with 2019 trips spanning Europe, Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific, among other places. Oceania's shore experiences are just as varied as its sailings: passengers can sign up for activities ranging from glacier adventures in Juneau, Alaska, to vineyard hopping in Santorini, Greece. Should you wish to extend your time on shore, you can sign up for a pre- or post-cruise land tour with Oceania, which includes lodging, dining and transportation costs.

On board, you'll find plenty of ways to fill your time at sea. Wine and martini tastings and educational presentations are offered on the line's smaller Regatta, Nautica, Sirena and Insignia ships, which carry up to 684 guests. Cooking demonstrations and art classes take place aboard the larger Marina and Riviera ships, which can carry up to 1,250 guests. During your voyage – which, for 2019 cruises, can last anywhere from seven to 180 days – you can also take advantage of the casino and the Canyon Ranch Spa. And if you're a foodie, be sure to sample the offerings available across the fleet's numerous open-seating dining venues – including the Grand Dining Room, which serves French fare at lunchtime from a menu created by master chef Jacques Pépin.

Pros & Cons

  • Ships make voyages to off-the-beaten-path destinations

  • Wide selection of specialty dining venues

  • Can earn benefits, such as shipboard credits, through the Oceania Club loyalty program

  • Not all onboard services are included in the cruise fare

  • No programming, facilities or supervision for children

  • Fewer daily activities than larger luxury ships from other lines

Rankings

Oceania Cruises has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

4.15Scorecard
  • 4.3Expert Rating »
  • 4.1Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »
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Nautica
Last refurbished in 2014, Oceania Nautica is outfitted with passengers favorites like the Terrace Café, a putting green and a coffee bar. Onboard activities are geared toward an older crowd, ranging from afternoon tea and wine tastings ...
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On Board

Oceania Cruises attracts affluent retirees looking for a refined, no-frills experience. That said, Oceania's sophisticated atmosphere also draws solo travelers and couples in their 30s who are looking for an atmosphere without kids. Regardless of which cruise you choose, expect to sail with an American crowd.
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On Shore

While exploring different destinations, you can choose to navigate on your own or reserve a customized shore excursion. Activities vary by voyage and itinerary, though many expeditions promote cultural immersion through art, history and cuisine. Excursions might include artisan demonstrations in Bali or a food and wine tour in the Amalfi Coast . Consult Oceania's Shore Excursions...
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Before You Book

  • The price of your cruise includes lodging, meals at specialty dining venues, soft drinks, bottled water and most onboard entertainment.
  • Shore excursions, baggage handling, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, gratuities, spa services and other onboard services (such as laundry and medical services) are not covered in the cost of your cruise.
  • Those who require medical care during their voyage or have an existing medical condition must notify Oceania in writing at the time of booking to ensure the cruise line can accommodate their needs.
  • A $750 deposit per person is required for Inside, Ocean View and Veranda category staterooms, while a 20 percent deposit per person is required for those booking Owner's, Vista or Oceania Suite category rooms. (Deposits for Grand Voyages are $1,500 per person.) Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure on cruises lasting fewer than 15 days, and 150 days prior to departure for cruises that last 15 days or longer.
  • Cruise cancellation fees depend on the cruise length and whether you purchase the cruise line's Travel Protection Program. For more information regarding cancellation and refund policies, consult Oceania's website.
  • Individuals must be at least 6 months old to sail with Oceania, and at least 12 months old if the cruise has three or more consecutive days at sea.

Before You Board

  • You must acquire all necessary travel documents (such as any applicable visas) for your selected itinerary. This includes a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months after the cruise ends, as well as any essential inoculation records. You may be denied boarding if you do not possess the necessary documentation. 
  • Depending on your itinerary, you may need to get vaccinated before setting sail. Prior to departure, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which features a list of routine and additional vaccines you may need. 
  • You must board the ship at least two hours prior to departure. Priority boarding is available for guests staying in Concierge (or higher) cabin categories.
  • Suitcases exceeding 70 pounds are prohibited.
  • The number of specialty dining reservations you can make depends on your ship and stateroom selection. 
  • Shore excursions can be booked up to 240 days prior to embarkation.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.