Oceania seems to fit a niche that offers luxury travel at considerably less expense than the very high end cruise lines.Its prices are higher than premium competitors like Azamara Club Cruises,but below lines like sister company Regent Seven Seas cruises.
The mid-sized ships of Oceania Cruises provide the ideal size to allow for the certain intimacy, warmth and elegance that helps to set them apart from much of their competition. The warm and caring staff onboard each of Oceania's ships are exceptional, showing what it's like to cruise the seas in true luxury. The staff takes great pride in being able to anticipate your requests and cater to your every need.
The staff takes great pride in being able to anticipate your requests and cater to your every need.
All of the ships have a casual, low-key, country club feel, and days are programmed in a relaxed way, with few organized activities and announcements. Instead, the emphasis is on letting guests relax at their own pace, enjoy the ports of call, and just unwind.
life onboard: What few activities there are are calm and orderly: enrichment lectures themed on the region you’re sailing; informal health and beauty seminars; cruise standards like bingo and shuffleboard; and classes in fitness, photography, art and computers. The line’s newest ship, Marina, also offers a great Culinary Center for hands-on cooking classes, and an Artist’s Loft manned by guest instructors Otherwise, guests are left to their own devices. If you want to be pampered, head to the spa, run by the famous Canyon Ranch. Those in a reading mood can grab a leather armchair in the ships’ comfortable, old-fashioned libraries. If you feel lucky, you can do a bit of gambling in the small casino. If you feel athletic, hit the gym or pool. In the evening, guests can go dancing or see a movie; sing at the occasional karaoke session; enjoy a pianist playing standards in the Martini lounge, or a string quartet in the atrium; or take in a comedian, singer, or other guest headliners in the main theater.
Dinning: Since Oceania first started up, it’s put a lot of emphasis on dining both the experience and the cuisine, the latter created by legendary chef Jacques Pépin. Both main restaurants and specialty options come free of charge, all have an open-seating basis though you have to make reservations for the smaller rooms.Two of them on the line’s older ships: the Mediterranean-style Toscana restaurant and the Polo Grill steakhouse, and four on Marina and Riviera: Toscana and Polo Grill, plus the excellent pan-Asian Red Ginger and the charming, rustic French restaurant Jacques, created by and named for Jacques Pepin.
The Grand Dining Room
The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe’s marquee restaurants in 5-star hotels that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, classic fabrics and soothing colors, the expansive dining area exudes splendor. Tables are beautifully set with elegant bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens. Remarkably, as sumptuous as the Grand Dining Room’s décor is, guests always feel completely at ease within its grandeur. Much of that is a direct reflection of the formally attired and classically trained wait staff, graciously serving course after course of European-inspired cuisine or delectable alternatives such as healthy, savory Canyon Ranch® selections or Jacques Pépin’s signature dishes.
Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the décor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of a time-honored favorite, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes, such as whole Maine lobster, are also classics in their own right. Caesar salads are prepared according to tradition as well, tableside and with gusto.
In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and every aspect of this magnificent restaurant pays homage to this beloved region of Italy. Just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the grandmothers and mothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Similarly, the sommeliers are from long lines of wine-producing families, so they inherently know the characteristics of each vintage, which ensures that their recommendations perfectly complement the simple yet keenly balanced Tuscan cuisine. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, each dish is a masterpiece that exemplifies the essence of Tuscany and celebrates Italy’s culinary passion.
Exquisitely decorated with heirloom antiques, pickled wood furnishings and art from Jacques Pépin’s personal collection, Jacques was modeled after a Parisian bistro. Comfortable and eclectic, the ambiance is pure French, as is the cosmopolitan yet wonderfully embraceable cuisine. Luscious aromas waft from the gleaming show rotisserie, where chicken, duck, pork and veal roasts slowly turn. Each dish is a classic, ingeniously reinterpreted by Master Chef Pépin. Absolutely magnifique, Jacques is featured aboard Marina and Riviera.
The Grand Dining Room offers a surprise transformation into an authentic French bistro each afternoon during lunchtime. Inspired by the family recipes of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pépin, Jacques Bistro offers classic dishes that capture the essence of French cuisine. The menu reflects the rich range of flavors from regions throughout France with an emphasis on seasonal dishes such as Herb-Crusted Free-Range Chicken with Pumpkin Gratin, Five-Peppercorn Flap Sirloin Steak with Brandy Demi-Glace and Lemon Sole Fillet with Caper Butter & Crispy Croutons. Bon appétit!
Tuscan Steak, our all-new specialty restaurant, exudes the warmth and Italian flair of Toscana while preserving the classic appeal of Polo Grill. Featuring glossy wood paneling with platinum and silver accents, the elegantly appointed interior of Tuscan Steak aptly reflects its modern take on the traditional steakhouse. The innovative and diverse menu features the best of both worlds, so you can savor Filet Mignon and our Signature Bistecca alla Fiorentina cooked to perfection, along with rustic Italian favorites such as Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi. Seafood lovers will delight in succulent dishes such as Maine Lobster alla Gratinata and Linguine Cioppino.
With a nod to feng shui, Red Ginger radiates harmony and tranquility aboard Marina, Riviera and Sirena. The interior simply glows with ebony woods, hand-blown glass light fixtures and striking, modern Asian artworks. To complement the stunning décor, Red Ginger’s chefs have created contemporary interpretations of Asian classics. From the miso-glazed sea bass to the lobster pad Thai, Red Ginger’s gustatory pleasures are as striking as the visual ones.
Informal and carefree, Terrace Café is wonderfully inviting whether you dine indoors or alfresco. First thing in the morning, the entire space is infused with natural sunlight, stimulating the appetite for the sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted meats and the magic of the pizzeria’s oven. In the evenings, the cuisine takes on a local flair, such as a hearty paella in Spain or a rich beef bourguignon in France. The following day, an entirely different series of menus will delight you.
24-Hour Room Service
After a day of enriching shore excursions or relaxing activities onboard, you may wish to dine in the privacy of your suite or stateroom. An extensive room service menu is available 24 hours a day. Owner’s, Vista, Oceania and Penthouse Suites also feature Butler service, allowing guests to enjoy course-by-course, in-suite dining with cuisine selections from the onboard restaurants
;People who love to learn: An Oceania cruise offers numerous enrichment series and lectures. Each visit to a new port is preceded by a presentation on the historical background, culture, traditions and language of that destination. Also, celebrity lecturers are frequently scheduled, and each cruise offer a series of culinary demonstrations, dance lessons and arts and crafts classes.
The fleet: Currently, Oceania has a fleet of six ships. These range from the R-Class Insignia, Nautica, Regatta and Sirena formally operated by the now defunct Renaissance Cruise lines. These intermediate sized ships offer an intimacy not available on the larger, middle of the road lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian. Oceania’s purpose-built beauties, Marina and Riviera are two 1,258-guest Oceania Class ships the largest ships in Oceania's fleet (in comparison to the 30,277-tons ships). Each Oceania Class ship has six open seating restaurants, as well as a variety of luxurious suites. No matter which ship you choose, Oceania has put a great deal of effort into ensuring its country-club-casual atmosphere and high quality standards are present throughout the fleet. While many guests love the larger Marina and Riviera, the R-Class ships (so named because of their past lives as built for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises) still draw a loyal crowd; Oceania responds by keeping these intimate ships sparkling with new amenities and
Oceania Cruise Destinations
Award-winning itineraries visit more than 300 ports,Oceania Cruises has made of point of building more overnight stays into its itineraries.In December 2016, Oceania Cruises announced it had received approval to begin sailing to Cuba in March 2017.
Australia & New Zealand
The Caribbean and the Panama Canal
Europe, including the Mediterranean and The Baltics
The Middle East