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Oceania cruising may best be defined as “classic cruising.” The itineraries are scheduled for a more leisurely pace. The ports of call focus on European, South American and transatlantic journeys. Onboard service echoes a distinctive Old World charm. But it is the ships of Oceania – each virtually identical – that most reflect this classic tone.
Though only just over 30,000 tons, Oceania ships offer big ship features. What their ships do not offer climbing walls, skating rinks, booming discos or shopping malls. Oceania passengers will not miss. But they will appreciate the spacious Library with its decorative fireplace, wing chairs, deep-cushioned sofas and top-of-the-ship views. The Library boasts of over 2000 books and periodicals.
Oceania guests will appreciate the quiet location of the spacious Card Room, a great place for a Bridge tournament, a game of Pinochle, a jigsaw puzzle or a board game. Next door is the Oceania@Sea the line’s Internet cafe open and staffed 24 hours a day. There is also a Computer Learning Program available to guests. Group classes are scheduled on various topics and programs; private one-on-one instruction can be arranged, too.
There are two, very stylish, very nicely decorated Boutiques aboard the ship. One offers relatively inexpensive logo item gifts, casual wear, sundries and paperbacks. The other offers duty-free merchandise such as fine jewellery, perfumes, spirits and a selection of upscale Oceania logo apparel. The ship features a small Photo Gallery, as well.
The heated Pool is flanked by two Hot Tubs – a third hot tub is located within the Health Spa. Lacking aboard the Oceania ships is a wrap-around Promenade Deck, a guest-pleasing feature that would especially appeal to early morning strollers and joggers. The two Deck 5 outdoor promenades are, in fact, quite small, extending only half the ship’s length on port and starboard sides. (Joggers have a small, but dedicated jogging track on Deck 10.) There are no self-service launderettes aboard Oceania ships – a feature found on smaller, competitive, luxury-level vessels. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are provided onboard.
The Lounge offers a single deck of tiered seating with chairs, sofas and banquettes. It’s here where the “headline” entertainers appear. Besides offering excellent orchestral music – the ship employs a 12-piece orchestra – or comedic presentations, Oceanic recognizes that their guests also appreciate a mix of enriching guest lecturers. Authors, Broadway and Hollywood celebrities, politicians and historians are frequent invitees of The Lounge.
Horizons, the ship’s alternative entertainment venue, lends itself to jazz jam sessions and cabaret performers. Late night disco dancing is available here, too, and there is even the occasional karaoke night! Classical string quartets perform throughout the ship, particularly during early evening before dinner. But entertainment is not confined to the indoors; Oceania cruises often offer a classical “concert under the stars.”
The Casino is small but richly appointed. Despite its size it still manages to include a roulette wheel, blackjack tables, poker tables and several banks of slot machines. And it also includes one of the ship’s “hot spots” – Martini’s. This handsome, wooden bar serves up Martinis as you like them. Located midway between the Grand Dining Room and The Lounge, Martini’s makes for a great meet-and-connect place.
The Grand Bar, at the entrance to the Grand Dining Room, is another of the ship’s “hot spots,” and for the very same reason Martini’s is so popular: location, location, location! In keeping with the ship’s overall decor, the atmosphere is cushion-y elegant, with crystal chandeliers, rich brocaded fabrics, and wood panelling throughout.
As with al Onboard the Oceania, you will also have plenty of opportunities to involve yourself in one or all of the following:
Wine & Cheese Tastings!
Self-improvement, motivational and wellness lectures
Computer Learning Programs
While attention to detail is essential to superb service the key element – a genuine desire to please – simply can’t be taught. It’s intangible, a rare quality that the staff either possess naturally or never will. And it is this inherent passion to delight that elevates our service into a dimension all its own. Add the fact that we have allowed for more than one staff member for each stateroom, and you can be assured of exceptional personalised service throughout your voyage.
For privileged guests selecting an owner’s, Vista or Penthouse Suite, butler service enhances the experience even further. Your butler will happily unpack your bags, make restaurant reservations, press your clothes, shine your shoes and even draw you a lavender-infused bath. With him attending to every detail imaginable, you can relax completely and relish each moment.
Luxury need not to be pretentious, the true measure of luxury is feeling completely at ease with your surroundings so you can comfortably be yourself. To this end, the ambience aboard our ships is wonderfully relaxed and reminiscent of a private country club- upscale, intimate and immensely friendly. Although highly sophisticated and architecturally distinctive, the setting remains informal, eliminating the need for tuxedo’s or evening gowns. Enjoying yourself is the only requirement.
Relax on a couch in the library, engrossed in a bestseller. Sit in on a fascinating lecture by a respected expert. Fine tune your culinary skills at a demonstration by classically trained chefs. Attend private recitals by virtuoso musicians. Meet friends for cocktails and conversation. Being mid-size, our shops encourage you to mix and mingle promoting the development of lasting relationships with fellow guests and staff members alike.
Your first impression may well be the rich shipboard decor. Throughout the vessel are deeply cushioned chairs and settees; warm, richly carved cabinetry; elegant carpets and draperies; hand painted murals and museum-quality artifacts. Wrought iron railings, wood and brass light fixtures add additional warmth and charm. The ambiance throughout the ship – staterooms, dining rooms, bars and lounges – all reflect a sophisticated, yet casual tone.
The Reception Desk and Concierge Office are reminiscent of those at a fine European hotel. Palms and elegant flower arrangements adorn the tables and counters. Nearby is the Destinations Services Desk where shore excursions may be arranged. Follow the wrought iron railings that travel up the formal staircase to the Upper Hall – the ship’s “atrium” of sorts – and you will find yourself in a comfortable piano lounge. This is the ships nighttime hub great for people watching!
The Oceania Spa is the bodies one-stop shopping centre. The “anchor” stores are the Fitness Room and the Styling Salon. The Fitness Room offers the usual mix of resistance devices: machines and free weights; aerobic equipment: treadmills, step and stationary bikes. It also offers a spectacular view out to sea. The Styling Salon takes thorough care of your hair and nails – and, like the Fitness Room, gives you front row seats on the ocean.
This mall’s “boutique stores” would be the private, treatment rooms where guests can choose from over a dozen ways to treat their skin and muscles. There are steam and sauna rooms – of course, and a private sunning area, too. And facials and body wraps can work their wonders under the skills of the Oceania Spa professionals. The whirlpool is filled with vitamin-enriched seawater. Pilates and yoga classes are available as is one-on-one fitness training.
Thirteen times around and you have travelled a mile on the ship’s Deck Ten Jogging Track. There is also a handy Golf Driving Cage available for golfing guests.
Topped with a dramatic, domed ceiling that is adorned with hand-painted frescoes, the Grand Dining Room is reminiscent of a classic European 5-star hotel restaurant. Elegantly appointed and featuring sweeping ocean vistas, you will find it hard to resist the lure of white-glove service while indulging in a relaxing breakfast or taking in a leisurely lunch. Dinner is a culinary celebration, as the tuxedo clad waiting staff serve six courses of American Inspired Continental Cuisine atop perfectly set tables adorned with Villeroy & Boch China, Schutt Zwiesel crystal and fine Italian linens. Soft lighting and the soothing melodies from a classical string quartet or concert pianist playing softly in the background are the perfect accompaniment to this dazzling display of culinary artistry.
Here's a sample menu of just one evening's offerings at The Grand Restaurant!
Sevruga Caviar with Buckwheat Blinis and Traditional Garnish
Chicken Breast and Rougie Foie Gras Ballotine
Sliced Kiwi Flower, Red Berry Coulis
Upside-Down Cheese Souffle, Leek Cream Sauce
From the Soup Kettle
Cream of Asparagus with Smoked Salmon Julienne
Clear Capon Broth, Brunoise of Turkey, Carrot and Celery
The Garden Salad
Frisée Lettuce with Tomatoes, Red Onion and Fresh Chopped Herbs
Baby Spinach with Pine Nuts and Warm Bacon Dressing
Pink Grapefruit Sorbet
Pasta of the Day
Rigatoni alle Melanzane
Rigatoni Pasta with Eggplant and Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce
Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Beetroot Vinaigrette
Baby Vegetables and Parisienne Potatoes
Roasted Florida Lobster Tail, Lobster and Cognac Cream
Served on a wild Minnesota rice
Roasted Crispy Duck "a l'Orange"
Marinated Braised Red Cabbage and Croquette Potatoes
Roast Prime Rib of Black Angus Beef with Bordelaise Sauce
Twice-Baked Stuffed Potato and Vegetable Bouquetiere
Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables with Cheese Potato Pancake
Yellow Bell Pepper Coulis
Alternative Menu Selection
Grilled Sirloin Steak, Broiled Chicken Breast or Salmon Filet - Baked or Mashed Potatoes
Pasta, Plain or with Tomato Sauce
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