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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.
Oceania offers four different types of staterooms: Inside, Ocean View, Veranda and Suite. All accommodations are appointed with minibars (restocked daily), LCD flat-screen TVs and Bulgari toiletries. All lodging options also include 24-hour room service and twice-daily maid service.
Covering 160 or 174 square feet (depending on the ship), Inside Staterooms can comfortably accommodate two guests. They are outfitted with a queen-sized bed or two twin-sized beds, plus a desk and a sitting area. Although these cabins do not afford ocean views, their midship location makes them less susceptible to the ocean's movement. For this reason, Inside Staterooms are the best lodging choice for passengers prone to seasickness.
These 143- to 242-square-foot cabins comfortably accommodate two guests with a queen-sized bed or two twin-sized beds, a sitting area and a dining table. Oceania's Marina and Riviera ships contain all Deluxe Ocean View category staterooms, which afford the same amenities found in standard Ocean View rooms, plus a little extra space and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light.
Oceania offers two options in this cabin category: Veranda Staterooms and Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms. Veranda Staterooms and Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms measure either 216 or 282 square feet (including a balcony), depending on the ship. Standard Veranda Staterooms are equipped with a queen-sized bed (or two twin beds) and a breakfast table. On the other hand, Concierge Level Veranda staterooms afford exclusive Concierge Level benefits, including priority check-in, unlimited access to the Canyon Ranch Spa's private terrace, a welcome bottle of Champagne and the complimentary use of rentable iPads during your voyage. Guests staying in this category of rooms also receive free laundry service and room service from the Grand Dining Room menu during lunch and dinner. Concierge Level Veranda rooms are granted priority reservations at specialty restaurants. You'll find Concierge Level Veranda rooms located on the upper decks of Oceania's ships.
Suites measure from 322 to 2,000 square feet, though the exact size and configuration vary by category and ship. All suites afford butler service, spacious bathrooms outfitted with a shower and tub, queen- or king-sized beds (that can be converted into two twin-sized beds), furnished verandas and all the perks of staying in a Concierge Level Veranda stateroom. Vista Suites come with even more offerings, like surround sound systems and gourmet evening canapés. If you splurge on an Owner's Suite, you'll enjoy all the same privileges along with flat-screen TVs, a furnished veranda, indoor and outdoor whirlpool baths (on the Marina and Riviera) and a complimentary in-suite bar. Staying in select suites available on the fleet's larger ships – including the Penthouse, Oceania, Vista and Owner's suites – grants you access to even more amenities, including a media library and multiple closets.
What's Included in the Price
Meals at Specialty Restaurants
Oceania offers numerous ways to stay busy at sea, including art classes, spa treatments and theatrical performances, among other activities.
You can partake in enrichment programs, such as complimentary art classes and cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Center (offered aboard the Marina and the Riviera for an additional fee). Or, take time for yourself and curl up with a good book at the onboard library. Meanwhile, on the Insignia, Nautica and Regatta, you'll be able to reserve your own exclusive deckside cabana (for a fee), delight in wine tastings and play board games or bridge in the Card Room. Each ship also offers therapeutic treatments at the Canyon Ranch Spa and some fitness classes at the gym (classes are free unless otherwise noted).
In the evening, you can test Lady Luck at the onboard casino, catch a comedy or a magic show at the theater or savor a cocktail with fellow cruisers at one of Oceania's bars and lounges.
Oceania offers a host of dining venues that cater to a wide variety of palates. With the line's open seating dining, you'll have the flexibility to eat whenever and wherever you want. For a casual dining experience, you can sample light fare at Waves Grill, eat inventive dishes at Terrace Café or savor afternoon tea every day at 4 p.m. For a more decadent meal, you can sit down for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Grand Dining Room, which serves European-inspired continental fare.
Should you crave more variety, you can take your pick from Oceania's specialty dining venues: Polo Grill, Toscana, Jacques, Red Ginger or Tuscan Steak. You can fill up on prime cuts at Polo Grill or delight in traditional Italian fare at Toscana. Tuscan Steak is a hybrid of both, serving up menu items like hand-rolled gnocchi, filet mignon and Maine lobster. Red Ginger, on the other hand, dishes up Asian-inspired fare, such as roast duck and watermelon with cashews. Lastly, Jacques features entrees like Mediterranean fish and lobster stew. Specialty dining venues fill up quickly, so you'll want to make your reservations in advance. While gourmet meals at these specialty restaurants are covered in Oceania's cruise fare, keep in mind Red Ginger is not available on the Nautica or Regatta. Meanwhile, Jacques is only available on Marina and Rivera.
Aboard Oceania Marina and Riviera, you'll also find private dining options at Privée and La Reserve. At Privée, you can reserve a table for up to 10 guests (for a fee) and create your own menu from Polo Grill and Toscana. Meanwhile, La Reserve features a wine pairing program from Wine Spectator and menus crafted by celebrated chef Jacques Pépin.
Food and Drink Packages
Bottled water, coffees, teas, juices and soft drinks are all included in the cost of your cruise. You may choose to purchase a beverage package (ranging from $39.95 to $59.95 per guest, per day) to cover the cost of alcoholic beverages.
Dress codes are not enforced on Oceania cruises. However, "country club casual" attire (such as cotton shirts, khakis, skirts and sundresses) is recommended during the day, and elegant resort attire (button-down shirts and coat jackets for men; skirts, slacks or cocktail dresses for women) is suggested in the evenings in public areas. Guests are expected to refrain from wearing jeans, shorts, T-shirts and tennis shoes inside the ship's upscale dining venues. On the flip side, tuxedos and gowns are never required.
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