Oceania Cruises | Insider Update

Oceania Cruises’ Loretta Echols, our stellar representative, was in the office last Thursday and here’s a quick download of what’s new with Oceania.

In case you forgot (or didn’t know me then) I was on their new ship, Marina, about a year ago in New York City.  Haven’t seen the Riviera, the newest, but it’s identical.   I was very impressed and you can read my review here.  Or if you’d like to skip directly to my photos, click here.

Overall

  • Very port intensive if you’re not into days at sea
  • Complimentary shuttles into city centers
  • Free Airfare on every sailing [and a credit if you don’t need air + business class upgrades]
  • Country club casual ambiance [leave your ties at home, gentlemen]
  • Cooking school at sea [Marina & Riviera only] sponsored by Bon Apetit
  • Children’s program on 2013 Alaska sailings

About the Ships

  • Newer 2 ships / higher staff to guest ratio of about 1.5 to 1
  • All ships carry 1,250 or less guests  vs 2,000 or more with other less premium lines
  • Higher staff to guest ratio that other less premium lines
  • No charge for specialty restaurants
  • Complimentary bottled water and soda

Vs All-Inclusive Luxury
[resulting in overall lower prices]

  • Cocktails not included
  • Drink packages available [beer/wine or beer/wine/cocktails. Includes gratuities]
  • Shore excursions not included
  • Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal and Regent have smaller ships, and have a lower staff to guest ratio as well
  • Voyager Club hosts and  complimentary shore excursion amenity not available, with a couple of exceptions
  • Gratuities not included, however we have many sailings where we’ve negotiated them for you!

Booking Incentive
Book by December 31 for included pre-paid gratuiites (huge savings!) and reduced deposits on 2014 winter sailings.

 

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Voyager Club.

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Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit

Read my review of Silver Cloud

Read my review of Oceania’s Marina

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Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler.  His personal  relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status. 

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