Oceania Cruises is an American owned cruise line operation out of Miami.  It is part of Prestige Cruise Holding which also operates Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Oceania Cruises has made quite a splash in the luxury cruise market since their arrival on the scene in 2002 after they bought the ships of the Renaissance cruise line and refurbished them. Thus they crated their own class of cruise ship-upper premium. Classier than the premium cruise lines like Celebrity, Holland America or Princess, but below Crystal Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn, or Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The only cruise line currently considered to be in that space might be Windstar Cruises.

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Your Oceania Cruise Includes:

  • Air and transfers:  Free are not air is included in the base price, when you purchase air or land programs from Oceania Cruise Lines.  Transfers are also included if you buy the hotel package from Oceania.  No transfers are included when one buys cruise only purchases from Oceania.  Transfers can be arranged, both private or seat in coach through ChicLuxuryCruises.
  • Pre-cruise hotel packages and transfers:  Oceania Cruises has a wide spread number of destinations in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, New England, South America and South Pacific where travel packages are offered.  These professionally done programs are used extensively by the Oceania cruise clientele.   For more complicated arrangements it is best to take advantage of ChicLuxuryCruises own VIP services.
  • Gratuities: Oceania Cruise Lines current ship board policy expects a gratuity be paid to the room steward, both dinner service waiters.  Gratuities are added to your bill at lounges and bars and extraordinary beverage services are also tipped.
  • Beverages: Non-alcoholic beverages are free on Oceania Cruises.  Items like coffees, teas, and soft drinks are at no cost and unlimited.
  • In suite mini-bar: Oceania’s mini-bar is always fully stocked mini bar.  Just tell the Oceania room steward your stocking preference and they will do their best to have those items in you mini-bar.  The bar will be stocked only with bottled water and soft drinks on a free of charge basis.  Items like beer and wine can also be added, but these are cost items.
  • Speciality restaurants:  The Executive Culinary Director of Oceania Cruise is Chef Jacques Pepin.  Chef Pepin overseas Oceania entire array of restaurants which range from snack grills to to five star restaurants.  Oceania Cruise has six restaurants on it ships.
  • Room service: Open 24/7 and serving anything on the menu at any of Oceania Cruise Lines’ restaurants.
  • Private balconies: Balcony staterooms on Oceania cruise Lines are categories “B1” and above.
  • Sauna/steam rooms: The Canyon Ranch Spa Club manages Oceania’s spa facilities.  Canyon Ranch Spa signature services include Thai Massage, Euphoria , Gentlemen’s Facial, Organic Liquid Seaweed Wrap and the intense Detoxifying Ritual.
  • Enrichment, lectures and entertainment: Oceania Cruises features an excellent array of activities destine to keep you busy when you are not exploring your cruise destination.  Power walks, swimming, Pilates classes, bridge, dancing, art appreciation and gourmet cooking are scheduled frequently through your stay on Oceania.  Guest lectures are always related to the destinations involved.  Famous Ambassadors, professors, politicians or sports figures are often aboard.  The entertainment is cabaret style and excellent.
  • Cocktails before Dinner or after hours: Every Oceania Cruise ship has numerous areas for cocktails and dancing.  There are six bars and lounges.
  • Internet: Oceania Cruises lines has extensive internet access.  WiFi service is available throughout the ship for a fair price if the minutes are purchased in volume.
  • Library: Oceania Cruises has an well stocked library that is well staffed with personnel, books, guides, music, videos, reference materials and periodicals.

Oceania Cruise Ships

Ocean Cruise Lines currently has a fleet of four ships.  The ships are the Insignia, Regatta, Nautica, Marina and the Riviera.  The Marina joins the Oceania Cruises fleet in the spring of 2011.  The Riviera will be added in April of 2012.  With the arrival of the Marina and Riviera, Oceania Cruises will be the largest up-scales cruise line.

Oceania Cruises Dining

Oceania Cruises’ Grand Dining Room restaurant is a five star rated restaurant.  The continental menus are always wide ranging offering a minimum of six appetizers and eight entrees.  This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The Polo Grill is an evenings only American Steak house.  Reservations are required.  Reservations are also required at the Toscana, Oceania’s Italian cuisine entry in the the five star restaurant class.  The Terrace Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The food can best be characterized as international since they serve anything from pizza to paella and salmon to stroganoff.  The Waves Grill is their pool side casual dining restaurant.

In keeping with luxury cruising’s tradition, Oceania Cruises’ main dining room is named in “The Grand Dining Room”. This name is in harmony with other luxury cruise main dining room names.  They have carefully selected names like “The Dining Room” and “The Restaurant”.  In the opinion of ChicLuxuryCruises, these factory type names put the main dining venues in the same category as sorority or dormitory dining rooms, which they certainly are not. Oceania Cruises has six restaurants.  Two of Oceania Cruises six restaurants are classified as speciality restaurants.  They are the “Toscana” and “Polo Grill”.  Toscana features the cuisine of Italian Tuscany, as you would expect.  The Polo Grill is an American style steak house.  The Terrace cafe features a wide array of Pilates pleasing delights.  This restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   The “Waves” grill is ideal for casual dining.  Oceania Cruises has a special series of Canyon Ranch Spa menu items select for the health conscious.