The four-ship Oceania fleet promises accessible elegance at sea to the upper-income set. The stars in the Oceania line are the Marina and Riviera, a pair of 1250-passenger ships that arrived in 2011–12. These vessels have plenty of bells and whistles, including 10 restaurants, spas operated by Canyon Ranch, and hands-on cooking demos. Oceania’s two smaller ships, Regatta and Nautica, carry just 684 guests and were inherited from the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises.
When comparing prices note that, in contrast to other luxury lines such as Seabourn and Silversea, Oceania fares do not include gratuities or alcoholic drinks; shore excursions, onboard WiFi and other elements can be pricey. Most cabins aren’t much larger than those of mainstream cruise lines, with sizes starting at about 210 square feet (not including balconies) on the newer ships; inside cabins, while few in number, are just 174 square feet. Lavishly appointed suites are also available, but quite pricey. Although children are allowed, there’s no children’s program. These globe-hoppers visit most regions of the planet, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, the Caribbean and South Pacific; voyages shorter than 12 days are rare, while multi-continent itineraries make frequent appearances on the schedule.