Cruise Line Review: Oceania Cruises

Oceania Marina
Oceania Regatta
Oceania Insignia
Oceania Riviera
Oceania Nautica

Oceania Marina by the Sydney Opera House. Photo Credit: Graham Jepson/Oceania Cruises

Oceania Marina by the Sydney Opera House. Photo Credit: Graham Jepson/Oceania Cruises

Oceania celebrates ten years at sea in 2013 with a fleet that radiates warmth and elegance.

Appointed with rich Wenge panelling throughout, Oceania ships are the only ones at sea to feature suites furnished by Ralph Lauren Home and designed by renowned interior designer Dakota Jackson.

With inviting country-club ambience, the cruise line prides itself on offering meticulous attention to detail and combining extraordinary comfort and exceptional value to your luxury cruise vacation.


Oceania Marina in Sydney. Photo Credit: Natalie Aroyan

Oceania Marina in Sydney. Photo Credit: Natalie Aroyan

The luxury appointments found throughout each ship extend to the staterooms and suites onboard the Oceania fleet with artful masterpieces peppering the walls that you will call home during your voyage.

There you can relax in your own private retreat fitted with soothing colours, elegant furnishings, luxurious linens, plush toweling and custom-made French and Italian toiletries.

Relax into slumber when you lay your head on the goose down pillows on the Prestige Tranquility Bed, exclusive to Oceania Cruises.

Suite guests will enjoy spacious living and dining areas along with marble and granite bathrooms complete with a bathtub and the service of a discreet butler who will be at your beck and call for everything from booking a table at your favourite specialty restaurant or drawing a bath after a long day in port.


Ultra exclusive Privee aboard Oceania Marina. Photo Credit: Natalie Aroyan

Ultra exclusive Privee aboard Oceania Marina. Photo Credit: Natalie Aroyan

Touting themselves as offering the “finest cuisine at sea”, Oceania Cruises boasts legendary master chef Jacques Pépin as their Executive Culinary Director.

He guides the talented chefs onboard to create unique, individually created dishes that are prepared á la minute thanks to the intimate numbers sailing aboard the fleet.

The menus reflect the exotic destinations that the cruise line sails to with produce sourced fresh locally.

Offering open seating aboard all five ships, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica boast four distinctly different restaurants while Marina and Riviera offer six.

It’s not just the meals that are artfully designed either, Oceania ships are synonymous for their artisan breads. Made with Viron flour milled from the highest quality wheat from the Beauce region of France, guests can enjoy a myriad of styles from poulichettes to croissants, brioche rolls to the only authentic baguettes at sea.

The renowned attention to detail aboard Oceania means that you may want to pack your camera at dinner to capture the glamour of the chandelier in the Grand Dining Room aboard Marina and Riviera.

Decorated in rich woods, your table will be set with European bone china, Riedel crystal and freshly polished silver before you are served with European-inspired Continental cuisine or, for those after healthier alternatives, an exclusive menu designed by Canyon Ranch®.

For something extra, well, Privée, Marina and Riviera passengers can enjoy the exclusive and utterly indulgent experience of dining in the venue that only holds up to ten guests at a time.

Ferrari Red carpeting graces the floor while white baby crocodile throne chairs flank a pure white table that was custom-made and airlifted into the ships during construction.  And the food? Well, you are given the choice of any number of courses from Polo Grill or Toscana all for only USD$250 for up to ten lucky guests.

For those aboard Nautica, Insignia and Regatta the Polo Grill is the perfect restaurant to sink your teeth into a juicy steak whilst relaxing in high-back leather chairs and admiring the black-and-white photography of a bygone era of Hollywood legends.

Bars & Entertainment

Artisan bread. Image: Natalie Aroyan

Artisan bread. Image: Natalie Aroyan

Enjoy live piano music at the intimate Martinis where, as their name suggests, martinis are the beverage du jour or, head to the Polo Bar aboard Nautica, Insignia and Regatta where you can delight in a seemingly never-ending variety of premium, single-malt Scotch and full-grain whiskeys.

Marina and Riviera guests can experience the exclusive La Reserve, where a limited number of guests will get the chance to savour in wine tastings and degustation dinners in partnership with Wine Spectator.

Guests aboard these larger ships can also participate in cooking classes at the Bon Appétit Culinary Centre, the world’s only hands-on culinary studio at sea.

Created in conjunction with Bon Appétit, America’s premier publication catering to fine food and wine, the Culinary Centre welcomes Master Chefs who share their wealth of knowledge with up to 24 guests at 12 individual cooking stations.

Or if you want to get your toes tapping, head to either the Marina Lounge aboard Marina and Riviera or the Ship Lounge aboard Nautica, Insignia and Regatta to sample what some believe to be the finest orchestras at sea, or one of the many guest entertainers that sail on each voyage.

Fitness & Spa

Home to the renowned Canyon Ranch®, the Oceania fleet offers a range of indulgent spa therapies, beauty services, wellness and fitness classes to nurture your body and soul.

Concierge Level and Suite guests will by privy to free unlimited access to the private Spa Terrace throughout their voyage where they can enjoy access to an aromatic steam room, open-air salt water whirlpool spas and the private sun deck.

Fitness classes are also on offer along with personal training sessions and private wellness sessions.


To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Oceania Cruises has expanded their already vast array of itineraries to offer special “Signature Sailings” in 2013, which will explore culinary, wine, music, health and wellness themes.

Special guests will sail aboard these exclusive voyages including renowned Chef Jacques Pépin.

Offering a range of voyages from those bucket listed Grand Voyages to shorter luxury cruises, the Oceania fleet sails through the Mediterranean, Greek Islands, Northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada and New England, Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, Caribbean, Panama Canal and South America.

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