Oceania Cruise Ship Visit

Following a ship visit in Dover I would like to share my experience.

I was incredibly impressed with the ship and its facilities, it doesn’t offer the all singing all dancing option so a great option if you prefer smaller ships, fabulous food and a more sedate style of cruising. Their 5 mid-size elegant ships cater for just 684 to 1250 guests a Country-club casual ambience with no tuxedos or evening gowns.

85% of accommodations feature private balconies, and in every category of outside stateroom upwards there is a bath with a separate shower a real find on board cruise ships! With a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 you are ensured the finest personal service from the award winning staff.

Oceania pride themselves on their cuisine, in fact 25% of the crew are based in the food departments! With open seating in a choice of distinctive restaurants with no extra charges allowing you to dine when you are ready and with whomever you choose.

The fabulous private dining option” Privee” is excellent for groups of up to 10 for a special celebration offering a choice of menus from two of the speciality restaurants, there is a room reservation charge but it is around £250 for the night.

The “Bon Appetit culinary center” is the only cooking school at sea to offer hands-on instruction, a really popular activity with Masterchefs from around the world guiding you through the preparation of a variety of exquisite dishes.   

This is premium class cruising, offering itineraries  that visit smaller boutique ports of call that are off limits to larger vessels. Oceania is exceptionally good value.


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About Sue Mercer

My career in Travel has spanned over 40 years and has included working for a Midland based European Tour Operator and after a few years at home following the birth of my two children, I spent the next 20 years managing branches of a large Retail Travel Agent. During this time I visited many European and worldwide countries, my favourite being Italy where I have enjoyed the Lakes, the countryside and the cities. Driving down from the UK proved to be a truly wonderful experience; the scenery is fabulous passing through small villages and enjoying the local cuisine on the way. A short spell at a cruising specialist gave me a real opportunity to learn about both ocean cruising and river cruising which has been of great value to me recently and given me the position of cruising specialist within the shop. Prior to working for Ashdown Travel I was the Weddings Manager for a Tour Operator and organised weddings for both group wedding parties and “ just the bride and groom” in faraway destinations. I have been with Ashdown Travel since 2010 where I have had the opportunity to use my experience and have organised a group beach wedding in Thailand, a hilltop family wedding in Umbria, Italy and an intimate (just the two of us) marriage on the Greek Island of Mykonos. I have travelled many Caribbean islands, Cuba, Mauritius, Seychelles, Egypt, India and Dubai; I have also taken holidays to Florida, California, Canada and most of Europe.

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