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January 22, 2017

All About Oceania,
A Destination-Rich Boutique Hotel Experience 

Luxury Shore Excursions That Will Fuel Your Imagination,
Delight Your Senses, and Make Your Heart Race

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All About Oceania, A Destination-Rich Boutique Hotel Experience

Best for:

Affluent, well-traveled adults who want a sophisticated, destination-rich, casual cruise experience, with superior food and service. Oceania commands a high degree of customer loyalty.

Atmosphere and experience onboard:

Oceania guests expect (and have) a destination-rich boutique hotel experience with superior food and service. The ships are luxurious (and traditional) in appearance, with rich dark wood, and fine art work and soft goods; the atmosphere throughout is country-club casual. Many cabins have balconies.

An outstanding Oceania feature is the Bon Appetit Culinary Center, the world's only culinary studio at sea, were master chefs provide instruction (guests must be 18 or older) on great regional cuisines and more.

Master chef Jacques Pepin is the Oceania's executive chef, which enhances the line's reputation for culinary excellence. In addition to the better-than-average main dining room experience, there are excellent alternate restaurants: four aboard Regatta, Insignia and Nautica and six aboard Marina and Riviera. The latter two ships have Jacques restaurants, named after the famous chef; they feature some of Pepin's classic French dishes, including foie gras and duck. The newer ships also have the Red Ginger (Asian) restaurant, the upscale Waves Grill and La Reserve wine-tasting menu.

As the line's motto is "Whatever you want, whenever you want," dining is open seating, though reservations are required at the alternative venues. Also in keeping with this motto, the dress code is country-club casual, with no formal nights.

Entertainment includes some standard cruise-type shows, social events and lectures by distinguished scholars and authors. As the itineraries are destination-intensive is not as varied or as important as it is on big ships.

All ships have small casinos, Canyon Ranch spas and fitness centers, which offer the usual aerobics classes, Pilates and yoga.

Though the base fares aren't exactly cheap, the do represent solid value for money; they do no include shore tours, liquor or pre-cruise hotel stays. The line occasionally offers such promotions as two-for-one fares.


Well-traveled adults with an appreciation for solid value, excellent country-club-type service, fine dining and destination-rich cruises aboard small ships. As the line recently added a children's program (similar to Regent's) to its Alaska cruises, you may find families on those cruises.

Policies regarding children onboard:
Infants must be 1 year of age as of the first day of the cruise. Guests traveling with a young infant that does not meet the infant policy will be denied boarding. No refunds or other compensation shall be due from Oceania Cruises to anyone as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage infant or any accompanying guests.

Oceania Cruises does not provide for the care, entertainment or supervision of children – with one exception. The line recently added a children's program (similar to Regent's) on their Alaska itineraries.

Learn More About Oceania Cruises:
Oceania Cruises Specials
Oceania Cruises Shore Excursions
Oceania Cruises Reviews
Oceania Cruises Deck Plans

Oceania Insignia
Oceania Marina
Oceania Nautica
Oceania Regatta
Oceania Riviera
Oceania Sirena

Want a first-hand account of the Oceania experience? 

Gerry Barker sailed on the Oceania Riviera over Christmas and New Year's. 

This trip is Oceania's “Sunny Celebrations,” a 13-day, Miami-to-Miami voyage that includes stops at seven Caribbean destinations: Nassau, St. John’s (Antigua), Fort-De-France (Martinique), Bridgetown (Barbados), St. George’s (Grenada), Castries (St. Lucia) and Philipsburg (St. Maarten). Read his daily reports.

Here's an excerpt: "
Today is Christmas — our first time to celebrate this special occasion at sea. Santa has already made a surprise visit to the atrium on Deck 5, and actually stopped by our room as well.

There was a wrapped package on our bed, compliments of Oceania. Inside was a colorful glass ball and stand commemorating our cruise and marked with the date. Thank you Santa, and thank you Oceania!

Later in the morning, a chorus of volunteer passengers, led by Emmanuelle, the ship’s social hostess, offered up a selection of favorite Christmas carols. Afternoon Tea also had a Christmas theme, and the movie of the day was “Love Actually.”  More...

 Read his daily reports.

5 Luxury Shore Excursions That Will Fuel Your Imagination, Delight Your Senses, and Make Your Heart Race

What is your greatest dream adventure? Whether it’s high adventure, a cultural immersion, or a day exploring your most-loved interest, with the right planning, you can incorporate it into your next cruise!

Based on consumer feedback, CruiseCompete knows that shore excursions are at the top of the list of their guests must-do experiences. CruiseCompete is partnered with a Shore Excursions, a third-party excursion provider, giving their guests access to unforgettable cruise shore excursions at substantially lower prices than the cruise lines. Shore Excursions offers 24/7 support for travelers, a full refund if you miss your shore excursion due to itinerary changes or weather, and guaranteed return to your cruise ship.

To take advantage of this feature, guests need only click on the name of a cruise line or cruise ship to find available excursions on the CruiseCompete Cruise Shore Excursions page.

Following are examples of the spectacular luxury shore excursions that can be booked via CruiseCompete:

1.  High Adventure With Heli-Ice Caving / Price: $2,091 per person

This epic aerial adventure starts high above of the geothermal area near Reykjavik before landing on the Hengill volcano. You’ll then fly high above Thingvellir National Park, privy to its rugged mountainscape, then accelerate toward the Langjokull glacier. When you touch down on an area accessible only by helicopter, step out onto the ice, and breathe in some of the freshest Alpine air on earth.

Upon landing, you’ll be able to literally climb through its man-made ice tunnel.

This Reykjavik tour is for the traveler interested in an exceptional experience. Click here to get more details:

2.  Private Group Jeep Safari- Rhodes Island / Price: $5,525.00 for a group of 25

Enjoy an open top jeep tour for a full day trip of the beautiful island of Rhodes.

“…You continue your journey through the mountainous middle portion of the island driving towards Laerma, a small traditional inland village. You will rejoin a paved road to take you around the mountain, before heading off road again on a dirt road that leads into the valley of Ataviros mountain. You will come to Arnitha, a small picturesque village hidden amongst hills where you will stop for lunch at a local typical restaurant.

After lunch, you will make your way towards the village of Asklepeios, passing by the beautiful monastery of Tharri. We rejoin paved road just before passing through the village of Asklepeios, named after the god of healing…”

Read more about this fantastic excursion here:

3.  Private Group Gourmet and Gastronomy in Santorini / Price: $3,720 for a group of 10

Tendering in Fira, leave your ship and board a private boat to sail along the edge of the caldera. After you disembark, you will drive to one of the most famous restaurants in Santorini for a multi course meal paired with Santorini’s world famous wine. The owner, one of the most renowned culinary masters in Greece, is waiting to cook, mix and mingle with you during your stay on Santorini.

Experience distinctive and flavorful flair influenced by Greek and other Mediterranean cuisine typical of Santorini. The chef will demonstrate cooking techniques, utilizing the area's freshest ingredients, share recipes and participate in a question and answer session.

Then, to the sounds of classical music, enjoy a three-course lunch prepared by the chef featuring his signature dishes and matched with pairings of Santorini's world-famous wine. The menu will be based on what the chef can get fresh that day.

Foodies won’t want to miss the details of this excursion! For more information, click here:

4.  Private Bear Viewing at Hyder with Misty Fjords Flightseeing / Price: $3,698.00 per boat – Maximum 6 passengers per boat

Take a one of a kind flight into the Misty Fjords Monument, north and east from Ketchikan, culminating at the quiet headwaters of Portland Canal, a 70-mile-long saltwater fjord that forms the southern boundary between Alaska and British Columbia.

Your tour will include the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Deck, where, in addition to viewing brown and black bears gorging on spawning salmon, you may see herons, harlequin ducks, bald eagles and beavers. Bring your camera to record a wildlife experience few have the chance to see!

Those who adore the majestic beauty of nature mustn’t miss this Alaskan tour! Click here for more information:

5.  Tuscany Village Wine Tasting Excursion / Price: $499 per person

Tuscany is one of the most famous tourist locations in Europe, with its blessing of nature, art, history, and scenic hillsides, streaked with green cypress trees and snaking sandy roads, leading to earth-tone-colored farmhouses. Stunning Tuscan villas dot the landscape.

This region of Italy is also known world-wide for its unique wine. Tuscany is the land of Renaissance - the birthplace of new beginnings. In Tuscany, wine is king, and Tuscan wine has especially strong ties to both art and religion. At the same time, Tuscany thrives on a modern wine industry.

On this excursion, stop in the tiny village of Lari, situated where three ridges of the highest Pisan hills meet, and visit Pastificio Martelli, a local pasta factory. The next stop is a visit to a farmhouse dating back to the 16th century, located in the Cenaia area. After touring the estate's vineyards and cellars, which produces its own red and white wine, enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by a snack.

If this meeting of history, culture, and wine-tasting sounds like your dream day, get more details here:

A well-chosen shore excursion can be a beautiful entry in your life’s book of experiences. For more shore excursion information and choices on CruiseCompete, you can click on the name of a cruise line or cruise ship to find available excursions or call for expert advice to help select the best excursions for your cruise. You can find shore excursions by port at

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