Being on all major cruise lines I can say that Oceania experience is certainly different. The most important difference is the size of the ship. Compare to all these new megaships it is small.
It has its advantages and disadvantages. It's great not to have thousands of people on board, but on the other hand you will experience a lot more motion on the small ship as we have had at least two very rocky days on the way to Portofino and Florence. This has resulted in being two hours late in Florence and missing Portofino. But thanks to the Captain's extensive knowledge of the area instead of Portofino we've ended up in a beautiful town of Portovenere. So, for those of you who are tend to get seasick it is something to keep in mind.
Service was excellent in all respects, crew attitude was very positive and accomodating.
Food was great, but not spectacular. They are certainly trying to distinguish themselves in this area. But other then wonderful pastries we have found no big difference between Oceania and Celebrity.
Ship's condition is very good. It is not new by any means, but they are trying to keep it in great shape. Inside decor was too conservative for us, but this is just a matter of personal taste.
Entertainment was not as good as it should be, because the only choice you have is 9:45 P.M. presentation in Insignia lounge and 11 P.M. dancing in Horizon lounge. Who would want to dance at 11 P.M. after long days of exploring on shore? They need to rethink their entertainment options.
Overall it was a great cruise, but in my opinion it's not yet worth to pay a double or triple rate Oceania is charging compare to Celebrity or Princess. Will we go again? Definately Yes, but only if price is right.
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