Luxury cruises are a carefully crafted affair, something Oceania Cruises knows all too well. Dedicated to providing a superior experience termed ‘the O life’, the boutique-style ships offer a ‘floating hotel’ experience that offers all of the five-star comforts we look for when travelling the world.
With lobster shipped from the shores of Maine, high-tech mattresses and resident artists, one of our expert Travel Consultants, Lisa Groome, gave us her reasons to fall in love with the ‘O Life’ following her sea-faring experience…
1. The Food
Oceania Cruises stands out from the rest, thanks to their fantastic dining concept. Very much a fine dining affair, the cuisine on board is so good, it is probably on-par with any Michelin-starred restaurant you might find back on land! Uncompromising on quality, all the lobster you order on board is sourced from the same world-class producer in Maine, and if the ship were to run out, a fresh shipment can be with you within forty-eight hours, wherever you are in the world!
2. The Restaurants
With Oceania Cruises, there are no limitations to your dining experience. The open seating means you can eat at a time that suits you, with no restrictive dining slots to adhere to. Each restaurant has an individual ambience, meaning you really do feel as though you have a bounty of options to enjoy! If you are boarded on the ships Marina or Riviera, you will also have the privilege of dining at Jacques, a French Bistro by Jacques Pepin, and Red Ginger, which serves exquisite contemporary Asian cuisine.
3. The Full Board Offering
When Oceania Cruises says full board, they mean it! Guests can enjoy all restaurants, even speciality restaurants, including Jacques and Red Ginger, at no additional charge. You can also grab pastries, sandwiches, smoothies and coffees throughout the day, meaning you might want to take up the offer of a daily walk around the deck if you feel you’ve over-indulged!
4. The Beds
It may seem like a minor detail, but a good holiday can be ruined by a poor night’s sleep. Oceania Cruises ensures all passengers are well rested with their Oceania Prestige Tranquillity mattresses. The science behind them is impressive; 400 springs work in tandem with a layer of memory foam, a two-inch-thick pillow-top filled with water-based gel foam and aromatised Chamomile fibre. It’s a lot to pack into one bed, but the result really is the best night’s sleep you will ever have – you can even purchase your own monogrammed version when back home.
5. The Atmosphere
It’s the relaxed yet refined air of a country club that gives Oceania Cruises their unique character. With a quiet sophistication, all of the ships feel warm and welcoming, allowing guests to come and go as they please. Daily activities are listed in your room newspaper, whether you want to join a Pilates class or a game of bridge, while the bar is always a good place to lounge and meet your fellow guests as you enjoy a few drinks.
6. The Art
An impressive fact about Oceania Cruises ships Marina and Insignia is that they carry a small collection of original Picasso paintings on board, thanks to their art-loving owners. All ships also feature an Artist Loft, where artists-in-residence set up for the duration of your cruise to offer tuition, advice or demonstrations for guests looking to get creative. If you really like what you see, you can also purchase works from your hosted artist.
7. The Ship Size
With ships smaller than many other cruise liners, Oceania Cruises ships can access smaller ports, meaning less crowds to deal with when embarking and disembarking. Nevertheless, the suites and staterooms are pleasingly spacious and luxuriously styled – the Owner’s Suites on board the ship Marina even feature elegant furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, while the Vista and Oceania Suites were designed by high-end furnishing master, Dakota Jackson. Another benefit of the scaled down ship size is an increased staff-to-guest ratio, meaning you will never feel overcrowded, yet there is plenty of attentive assistance on-hand.
8. The Private Dining Room
For a special occasion or celebration, whether you’ve just reached a milestone anniversary or simply want a family gathering made memorable, Privée private dining room is the perfect venue. Available on ships Marina and Riviera, your food is included in your full board dining plan, meaning you only need to pay a supplement for the room – which is exquisitely furnished with a custom-made table, designed by Dakota Jackson, with seating for up to ten guests and illuminated by a golden Venini chandelier. Food can be selected from menus at Polo Grill or Toscana, making for a fabulous way to celebrate with your family or newly found friends.
For more information on luxury cruises and Oceania Cruises, to make an enquiry or to make a booking, please call our expert Travel Consultants.