Petoonya Posted May 11, 2005 #1 Share Posted May 11, 2005 Promise to keep this extremely brief as it does not seem quite fair to post this on a Celebrity board. But I promised several people I would report back when I got home from this wonderful cruise. All I can say is WOW! We are in love. We will also always be in love with Celebrity and will still sail with Celebrity. But Oceania is very very nice! Did the Mediterranean 2 years ago on Millennium in May and it was truly exceptional. But honest to goodness the experience onboard the Regatta was extraordinary- and the per diem was comparable to Celebrity's (at the time we purchased it- I have no idea what it is now.) We flew home late last nite from Venice and I am jet lagged and have to get to work tomorrow. Sorry - do not have the time to elaborate too much. I will say- if you are the kind of cruiser who enjoys fine dining, can live without the usual cruise director spiels, no Las Vegas type shows, no smoking,enjoy the largest library afloat, would like two, no charge, specialty restaurants, only 684 passengers- Oceania might be for you. The dining, the meals, presentation and service....I heard some of the the most diehard health enthusiasts in the gym say that they had given up- the cuisine was just too fabulous! One woman who said that she weighed 99 # at the start of our 14 day cruise was horrified that she weighed 107#. Horrors! I wasn't volunteering what I weighed starting and finishing!! It was the typical BUSY Med cruise too- very port intensive. Long long days. Some nice things I noticed were that on the two sea days were that there were no chair hogs- you could always get a chair by the pool- and there were never and lines for anything- ever. I had doors held open for me again and again. Lots of courtesy shown- oooooh that felt good. I had some concerns that we might feel a little out of our league on this cruise-that everyone would be an astrophysicist or Bill Gates Next door neighbor. It was not that way at all...there were no children on board but the demographics seemed to be much the same as Celebrity. As I say there are still many many reasons that we still be cruising with X. It is still the cruise line we feel comfortable with with- the staff, the ships, the art. The cuisine may not be on a par with Oceania but it still has a lot of soul! Oceania may make our tummies fat but what other cruise line can fill our minds with art that makes us think and laugh- think big/glitter blue hair! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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