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Hi. My wife and I are experienced cruisers on Celebrity. This is our first cruise on Oceania....for our 30th anniversary. What tips or suggestions, or things we wouldn’t know to ask for, would Oceania cruisers suggest? Thanks!

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tip

do not compare O with X

enjoy Oceania for what it is

 

suggestions:

 

try afternoon tea at least once

 

try the milkshakes at Waves

 

you can ask for extra specialty dinner reservation at the reservation desk in the morning

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Hi. My wife and I are experienced cruisers on Celebrity. This is our first cruise on Oceania....for our 30th anniversary. What tips or suggestions, or things we wouldn’t know to ask for, would Oceania cruisers suggest? Thanks!

 

 

 

We will also be celebrating our 30th on the Insignia on September 3rd! This will be our first time on an R ship but our 3rd on Oceania. If your pocketbook will allow for it (or you have extra OBC) and you enjoy wine I recommend you try La Reserve. You can sign up online or when you board if there is still availability. We tried it on our last cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

 

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We will also be celebrating our 30th on the Insignia on September 3rd! This will be our first time on an R ship but our 3rd on Oceania. If your pocketbook will allow for it (or you have extra OBC) and you enjoy wine I recommend you try La Reserve. You can sign up online or when you board if there is still availability. We tried it on our last cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Great advice, but it must be pointed out that La Reserve only exists on the larger O class ships, Marina and Riviera.

The OP may be sailing on Insignia, Regatta, Nautica or Sirena.

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Thanks. I meant to add that we are on Insignia for people to give suggestions.

I sailed Celebrity and the smaller Oceania ship. I hope you are in one if the cabins on deck8.

I would make sure you book the speciality restaurants and pre book online at midnight the night they open for the time you want. Take the OBC over the drinks package. I found on port days I had far less than I would pay for the drinks package. Make sure you have WiFi included.

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Should you want to save money on shore excursions, book through companies like Viator. Go to Trip Advisor for suggestions. You can save on average up to 100 dollars or more on trips.

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Thanks. I meant to add that we are on Insignia for people to give suggestions.

Hard to know what suggestions you are looking for ???

about the ship itself ?

about the ports ?

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If you will be sailing on Marina or Riviera you will shocked that these ships don't feel smaller than Equinox, Reflection, etc..

 

Prepare yourself for outstanding food, no lines, no chair hogs (Well, OK, there were a few on our first Oceania cruise but the pool attendants are great at removing items after a reasonable time left unattended.), no art sales, no pushy photographers and no pushy people trying to sell specialty restaurant packages.

 

Go to Waves on embarkation day and order the surf and turf sandwich. Steak and lobster!

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I sailed Celebrity and the smaller Oceania ship. I hope you are in one if the cabins on deck8.

I would make sure you book the speciality restaurants and pre book online at midnight the night they open for the time you want. Take the OBC over the drinks package. I found on port days I had far less than I would pay for the drinks package. Make sure you have WiFi included.

 

Appreciate these above and other great comments and follow-ups about sailing with Oceania. We are preparing for our Nov. 16-Dec. 5, 2018, Nautica sailing from Athens to Dubai. This 20-day cruise with Oceania will be our first with this line after doing two with Celebrity, one with Princess, five with Silversea, etc. This late fall adventure also includes our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Middle East, etc. Will keep reading, researching and planning accordingly.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 201,090 views for this posting.

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Back to the tips, you can bring alcohol on at embarkation and all ports. It is for consumption in your room. If you want to take the wine to dinner there is a $25 corkage charge. There really are no limits.

 

If you're a single malt or cognac drinker the Prestige package is a great deal.

 

Prepare for one of the most comfortable beds you've ever slept in on a cruise ship.

 

If you prefer any sodas other than coke products request them in advance through your Travel agent and they will stock them for you.

 

Any beverage without alcohol is complementary on Oceania.

 

There is a Captain's welcome usually the 2nd night of the cruise where generally 2 to 3 bars are open with very few restrictions. You don't have to go through the M & G line to get a glass of watered down punch, like they do on most lines.

 

To get a hot breakfast with room service you need to book a Concierge or higher room.

 

Some people really like the chocolate croissants, then others like my wife love the sticky bun.

 

The ice cream is homemade and some of it is fabulous.

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Back to the tips, you can bring alcohol on at embarkation and all ports. It is for consumption in your room. If you want to take the wine to dinner there is a $25 corkage charge. There really are no limits.

 

 

 

If you're a single malt or cognac drinker the Prestige package is a great deal.

 

 

 

Prepare for one of the most comfortable beds you've ever slept in on a cruise ship.

 

 

 

If you prefer any sodas other than coke products request them in advance through your Travel agent and they will stock them for you.

 

 

 

Any beverage without alcohol is complementary on Oceania.

 

 

 

There is a Captain's welcome usually the 2nd night of the cruise where generally 2 to 3 bars are open with very few restrictions. You don't have to go through the M & G line to get a glass of watered down punch, like they do on most lines.

 

 

 

To get a hot breakfast with room service you need to book a Concierge or higher room.

 

 

 

Some people really like the chocolate croissants, then others like my wife love the sticky bun.

 

 

 

The ice cream is homemade and some of it is fabulous.

 

 

 

Thanks for the tips. So, can we bring a bottle of rum or vodka into the room during embarkation? Or when returning to the ship after a port visit?

 

 

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Thanks for the tips. So, can we bring a bottle of rum or vodka into the room during embarkation? Or when returning to the ship after a port visit?

 

 

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I think as much as you can carry on.

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Agreed, after the first 20 or so, I “ignored”, so I gather it’s still being repeated.

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Back to the tips, you can bring alcohol on at embarkation and all ports. It is for consumption in your room. If you want to take the wine to dinner there is a $25 corkage charge. There really are no limits.

 

If you're a single malt or cognac drinker the Prestige package is a great deal.

 

Prepare for one of the most comfortable beds you've ever slept in on a cruise ship.

 

If you prefer any sodas other than coke products request them in advance through your Travel agent and they will stock them for you.

 

Any beverage without alcohol is complementary on Oceania.

 

There is a Captain's welcome usually the 2nd night of the cruise where generally 2 to 3 bars are open with very few restrictions. You don't have to go through the M & G line to get a glass of watered down punch, like they do on most lines.

 

To get a hot breakfast with room service you need to book a Concierge or higher room.

 

Some people really like the chocolate croissants, then others like my wife love the sticky bun.

 

The ice cream is homemade and some of it is fabulous.

 

Are you sure about bringing wine on AFTER embarkation from other ports - I understood it was only at embarkation could you bring 3 bottles 750ml?

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Thanks for the tips. So, can we bring a bottle of rum or vodka into the room during embarkation? Or when returning to the ship after a port visit?

 

 

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You can not bring hard liquor on at any time on the ship

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Are you sure about bringing wine on AFTER embarkation from other ports - I understood it was only at embarkation could you bring 3 bottles 750ml?

they allow more than 3 bottles & you can pick up along the way

 

Just drink it in your cabin or take the bottle of wine to the dining venues pay the corkage fee

 

not a problem

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You can not bring hard liquor on at any time on the ship

since when?

Are you sure you are on Oceania ?

 

You can bring spirits for use in your cabin just do not take it out to public spaces on the ship

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Are you sure about bringing wine on AFTER embarkation from other ports - I understood it was only at embarkation could you bring 3 bottles 750ml?

 

You can not bring hard liquor on at any time on the ship

 

Not to come off as arrogant, but it might behoove you to listen to people that have been there many times. Don't worry about what the printed material says. They really don't care. Just drink it in your room and not in public venues and no one cares how much or what you bring on.

 

PS, I'm sure, unless they've changed it in the last few months.

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Many people bring wine on..all cruise lines. Half the fun of traveling is tasting and buying new wines. I doubt any cruise line has that rule anymore.

 

Has far as hard booze I personally have not tried but if I was in the UK or Ireland I might. Much cheaper to drink in cabin than ship.

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Great advice, but it must be pointed out that La Reserve only exists on the larger O class ships, Marina and Riviera.

 

The OP may be sailing on Insignia, Regatta, Nautica or Sirena.

 

 

 

Thank you! Sorry I forgot to mention that!

 

 

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Not to come off as arrogant, but it might behoove you to listen to people that have been there many times. Don't worry about what the printed material says. They really don't care. Just drink it in your room and not in public venues and no one cares how much or what you bring on.

 

PS, I'm sure, unless they've changed it in the last few months.

 

Thanks - I tend to be a rule follower because I aways get caught if I break them however I'm sure you know Oceania better than me.

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Thanks - I tend to be a rule follower because I aways get caught if I break them however I'm sure you know Oceania better than me.

How many Oceania cruises have you been on?

 

If you read through some of the threads here you will see people take cases of wine onboard without issue

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Greetings, gbits, from South Beach. One of the things we like about Oceania and Regent is what's missing. We are not big drinkers, but we enjoy wine. No one has ever shown any particular interest in what liquids we bring on board. We put bags and everything else on that track before the metal detector, pick it up on the other side and leave. Although I never seen a case of anything going through the metal detector, I have seen them on the big carts with piles of luggage.

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We had no issues bringing any sort of alcohol aboard. But they will pick up things like knives and measure the blades. Anything longer than 10cm and they'll hold it for you until disembarkation.

 

Ice cream is fabulous. We had some salted caramel that was really salty and caramelly, rather than a faint whiff. Likewise other flavours.

 

On Riviera, bring an adaptor and a powerstrip for devices, especially USB. The American outlets are positioned next to the light switches, so any "overhang" on the plug turns the light on. The Euro outlets are a little wider, and the plug prongs go straight in without hitting any switches.

 

Leave the formal wear at home, unless you are into dancing or going ashore in Monte Carlo.

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When you first find your room, note where the wall phone is on your deck. That will help clue you into which way you have to turn once you get off the elevator to get to your corridor. Then you can look at the boards/signs to know whether to turn left or right once you're on the correct side (without or with wall phone). Keep in mind there are 2 elevators. If one is quite busy, you may want to just walk to the other, especially if it's closer to your room.

 

I'm always taking my key card in and out, and seldom have pockets, so I take a lanyard.

 

I've only been on Celebrity Summit, but their buffet was a LOT different from Oceania's. Try the Terrace buffet, especially the grill at the back of the ship, at least once. Also, you don't need to get water or a drink from the buffet. Once you sit down, someone will come and ask you what you want.

 

Write down or photograph the info for the port agent in each city you visit. If you run into a problem, you can call and ask for help. Port agent will be listed in daily paper.

 

Oceania has real libraries, unlike Celebrity Summit - although it also does have some travel book hogs. If you're hoping to snag a travel book that covers the area you'll be visiting, all I can say is good luck!

 

I find the coverlets on the beds much too warm, so I ask for a light cover or blanket when I first meet our cabin steward. Usually there are enough hangers, but if not, I ask for more of them.

 

If you're an independent traveler when it comes to excursions, and you'll be going to tender ports, you'll be happy to know that Oceania can usually get you on an early tender. They don't generally make independents wait until people on tours are all taken care of. For a place like Santorini, that can make the difference between waiting two hours to get ashore and waiting a half hour.

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As for taking wine on board, we once saw someone (perhaps the host of a group??) taking on board what must have been at least 5 cases. We got a good chuckle out of that.

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If you're an independent traveler when it comes to excursions, and you'll be going to tender ports, you'll be happy to know that Oceania can usually get you on an early tender. They don't generally make independents wait until people on tours are all taken care of. For a place like Santorini, that can make the difference between waiting two hours to get ashore and waiting a half hour.

 

How do you make that happen? 8 of us were doing an independent excursion in tender port for St. Malo last September on Marina. We got to the lounge early, and snagged tender tickets within the first 30 seconds of distribution. And our group leader had talked to the destinations staff on the day prior as well. Then we waited about an hour and 15-20 minutes until our tender ticket number was called. So, I'd really like to know how to make this work for our next time in such a situation.

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How do you make that happen? 8 of us were doing an independent excursion in tender port for St. Malo last September on Marina. We got to the lounge early, and snagged tender tickets within the first 30 seconds of distribution. And our group leader had talked to the destinations staff on the day prior as well. Then we waited about an hour and 15-20 minutes until our tender ticket number was called. So, I'd really like to know how to make this work for our next time in such a situation.

I've never been part of a group trying to go ashore, unless you count a group of two. So maybe things are different in that case, as the Oceania excursion folks are probably trying to squeeze independents into tenders full of people on excursions. I suspect it's easier o get one or two indy people on the first or second tender than it is to get 8 people on the same tender. It sounds like they were really juggling to make things work. I think they usually have an O rep for each excursion group, and keep the group together on the tender, which might require some juggling. In some ports they can't use their own tenders and I'm guessing things can get a little "off" when they use the port's tender boats. But I don't know if that was the case in St. Malo. I also don't know if there was some other kind of situation that made the wait longer than normal. All I know is that in the past, the only time I've had any trouble at all getting on the first or second tender was when we visited Easter Island. That was a madhouse, and there were numerous groups that were quite unhappy because they had to wait, an they were afraid their tour guides would leave before they got there. But tendering at EI is really bad for every ship, from what I've heard. Every single person on the ship wants off, and they want off immediately. It's a long tender ride to the rickety dock on the island, and it's a difficult situation no matter how well things are organized.

 

But back to your question: I've been on the big O ships and (more often) on the small ones, and seldom had much of a wait, unless the ship came in late or other situation that caused delays for everyone. I guess if I organized a group, I'd probably try to add in some extra time for getting ashore in a tender port, especially for Marina and the larger ships. There's always time needed for tying up (if docking) or finding a good spot and anchoring (if not), getting tender boats down, taking table and Oceania reps over to the tender pier, bringing back local authorities, getting cleared, and getting people on the tender boats. So maybe it was unrealistic for me to use a half hour as the time it might take to get the first people ashore, but I've certainly gotten ashore pretty quickly in most cases, and usually on the first tender, so I've been happy. But for a group in a tender port, I'd probably assume that in most ports, meeting a tour guide an hour after docking is reasonable, but likely not before then. I'd make sure the whole group was ready (with key cards, backpack or whatever, etc.) and go to the lounge (or wherever) early to get tickets. (I'm guessing you already know that, but I thought I'd mention it in case others reading this don't know what's expected.)

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- On the R-class ships (like Insignia) a hanging cosmetic bag is a must - there isn't much counter or storage space in the bath. But there is a hook on the door to hang a cosmetic case, and you can see everything easily if you buy one with plastic or mesh pockets.

 

- An extension cord with multiple outlets is another must...not enough plugs in the cabin for all your electronic stuff.

 

- The best lunch on the ship (IMHO of course) is in Waves if the weather isn't too cold. Also a nice place for breakfast and rarely crowded.

 

- Already said a couple of times, but best tip of all...Book reservations for all specialty restaurants online on the first date you are allowed to do so. I put a reminder in my calendar for the date I can book restaurants. Do not wait till you are onboard.

 

- Pack plastic rain ponchos. I put at least one in every suitcase we own. They are cheap, small and handy to carry in iffy weather. I've also used them to cover my suitcase on occasion. It's no fun storing a wet suitcase.

 

- Have fun!!!!

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We’ve only been on one O cruise (Baltic) but it was fantastic, on Nautica. This summer, going on the NYC-NYC cruise (NE, Halifax, Bermuda) on Insignia. A little worried about what to do on the three sea days, but as there are six of us, I’m sure we’ll figure it out.

I concur with the positive comments about the ice cream in Terrace Cafe...specifically the salted caramel (or just the caramel sauce on vanilla). The dining room is great for a leisurely, cooked to order breakfast and has great and interesting choices for all meals.

The library is a great place to sit and read...good variety of books or just with your eReader.

We brought wine and beer on board on the first cruise and a large group with a winery brought cases and cases of wine...and when we made friends with some of them in the laundry room, they gave us a few bottles! There is not a problem bringing wine on board for your private use.

We’re in a smaller cabin this time instead of Penthouse, but both have small bathrooms so the suggestion to bring a hanging bag is a great one.

We experienced that at least twice, when waiting for a table in the main dining room, being asked if we’d like to eat in Polo or Toscana. Frankly, the food was good everywhere, including the sandwiches and milk shakes at Waves.

What there isn’t—great entertainment, it’s mostly blah. But, that’s not what we cruise for, we like the laid back atmosphere with good old fashioned service.

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You ARE using the little shelves by the mirror in the bathroom for storage, right? I find them adequate, although I realize I may not take as much stuff as many people - and seldom take more than 2 week cruises.

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