If you’re in the market for an up-scale cruise, Oceania is definitely one of the cruise lines that should be on your radar. Based in Miami, Oceania has been offering luxury cruises since 2002. Although it’s owned by the same parent company as Norwegian and Regent, there is plenty about Oceania that makes it the perfect choice for certain travelers. If you’re interested in seeing what it’s all about, check out our breakdown below!
As of now, Oceania’s fleet is made up of six ships divided into two different classes. All of their ships are called MS followed by the individual name. The first class is the Regatta, which began in 2003 with MS Regatta, followed by MS Insignia, MS Nautica and MS Sirena. The specs on all of these ships are the same: a gross tonnage of 30,277 tons, with 343 cabins for a maximum of 824 passengers. These are by no means giant ships. The next class, the Oceania, has only two ships: MS Marina and MS Riviera. These ships are about twice the size of the Regatta class ships, clocking in at 66,084 tons, and can fit 1250 passengers across 625 cabins. One important thing to note is that while the Oceania ships are essentially twice as big as the Regattas, they hold fewer than twice the amount of passengers, meaning they will feel more spacious and personal.
The important thing to know about Oceania is that very few of their cruises are short, meaning their cheapest trips aren’t going to be dirt cheap. The shortest cruises they offer are about a week long and start at around $900. As is the case for any cruise line, prices increase alongside the length of the trip, with a lot of the itineraries stretching from 10 to 30 days and being in the range of a couple of thousand dollars. Their website does have an “Ultimate Value” section to help you save a few bucks on amenities and the like, however. They also have booking available for world cruises in 2020 and 2021 that last 180 days, though prices are only available by request. We imagine that these are a bit pricey, as there is a payment option available that touts a $7000 shipboard credit (wow!).
A lot of cruises use flashy activities and exciting events to get people interested; Oceania does not. Instead, the elegance and luxury of their ships are stressed. For instance, MS Marina is furnished by Ralph Lauren Home, while MS Nautica boasts “custom stone and tile work” and “neo-classical furnishings” according to their website. Still, this doesn’t mean you’ll be bored on their ships: casinos, restaurants, spas and fitness centers abound, though we think we would be hard pressed to leave the views of our private verandas (which most rooms have, by the way).
Oceania has an overall reputation as a calm cruise line that offers relaxing living while on long trips to exotic destinations. In general, their ships are thought of as places for adults, with little of interest for the kiddos on board (unless your child loves hitting the slots). The dining is considered excellent and varied.
Oceania is certainly not for everyone, but for those looking for an elegant experience while sailing the seven seas, look no further. Oceania is a particularly excellent choice for those who cruise a lot, as they offer loyalty benefits and rewards. If this sounds like you, head on over to their website to check out their current itineraries across basically every route you can imagine.