Posted November 5th, 2017, 12:18 PM
Whilst I don't doubt the line has experienced changes in recent times I still believe that the average age of an O passenger will be significantly higher than that of VV. We were moored next to Riviera last year and it was quite obvious that O attracts a more seasoned crowd. I have no doubt at all that O will provide a very good experience, I just think the target markets will differ significantly from VV.
This is absolutely true based on my experience. I sailed on Oceania’s Riviera to the Caribbean, which arguably could be considered the youngest demographic for Oceania. The food was fantastic. The rest left me a bit cold. I didn’t think the ship had much atmosphere (besides the restaurants) and it was a dead zone at 10pm. The clientele was definitely older, and at 50 I felt like one of the youngsters. Entertainment was amateur at best. Celebrity has a much more vibrant atmosphere, eclectic ships, and a more diverse demographic. Oceania was more like an upscale version of Holland America.
I don’t expect Virgin Voyages to be anything like Oceania and I doubt I would recommend Oceania to those considering Virgin. Virgin is going to be vibrant, eclectic, full of energy and activity on a very forward thinking ship. Expect to see dining and entertainment reinvented. Virgin is a young minded company that tends to appeal to a younger clientele or at least those that want a younger feeling experience. Oceania is very traditional, from the decor of the ships to the passengers. Very quiet. I don’t even remember music by the pool. Also I expect the price point to be far lower than Oceania. It will be more of a mass-market experience but with the twist of being adult-only and more out of the box thinking.
Much more than Oceania, I think Viking Ocean would be my pick for an upscale adult experience without getting into the luxury arena.