Vista cruise ship evaluation: What to anticipate on Oceania’s first Allura-class ship

Editor’s be aware: TPG’s Erica Silverstein accepted a free journey from Oceania Cruises to attend the revealing of Vista. The opinions expressed under are completely hers and weren’t topic to evaluation by the road.

“Is that this a luxurious cruise ship?” That was the query on everybody’s lips in the course of the maiden crusing of Oceania Cruises’ Vista, the primary new Allura-class vessel to debut for the upscale cruise model.

We gawked on the fantastically designed public areas, with their detail-oriented accents, eye-catching lighting fixtures and extremely textured supplies. (Sure, I petted the partitions of the elevators and stroked each chair.) We luxuriated in monumental commonplace cabin loos and luxurious Tranquility Beds. We dined on beautiful freshly made pasta, completely cooked fish and decadent desserts. We ordered smoked, bubbled, herbed and ice-balled cocktails on the ship’s craft cocktail bar and took photographs of every inventive concoction.

Vista is clearly a ship for vacationers who like to discover new locations, prioritize tremendous eating and premium drinks and immerse themselves in stylish environment. Nonetheless, within the cruise area, this ship is clearly within the upscale class and never true luxurious.

Then once more, once you’re curled up on a round day mattress, drink in hand, on a resort-style pool deck within the Mediterranean, Vista would possibly simply present all the posh you want.

Overview of Vista

Pool deck on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Vista debuted in Could 2023, the primary new ship for Oceania Cruises in a decade and the flagship of the road’s new Allura class. It carries 1,200 passengers in cabins and suites that each one have both a real balcony or a French veranda (which means you’ll be able to open doorways to the contemporary air however can’t step outdoors).

The ship’s goal demographic is well-off, mature {couples} who’re in search of destination-focused itineraries on a ship with elevated eating. For a small, 67,000-ton ship, Vista wows with eight eating places, plus a bakery and personal eating rooms for wine-paired meals. It additionally stands out for its expanded Culinary Heart, for cooking lessons and demos, and Artist Loft, the place passengers can get artful below the tutelage of resident artists.

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Followers of the road will admire that Vista is modeled from sister ships Marina and Riviera, and the format is strikingly related.

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Vista just isn’t an all-inclusive ship, however it’s extra inclusive than traces resembling Movie star Cruises or Holland America. Its fares cowl all eating (besides for personal, wine-paired dinners), health lessons, nonalcoholic drinks and in-port shuttles. Its reserving promotions could supply further inclusions, like free Wi-Fi, airfare, excursions, beverage package deal or shipboard credit score.

What I liked about Vista

Eating alternative

Sunday brunch on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Some folks like to return repeatedly to their favourite eating places; others favor to attempt a brand new venue each time. I fall into the latter class, so I liked that I might eat at a distinct restaurant every evening of my cruise on Vista.

I might get dolled up and go to a steakhouse or Italian restaurant, or I might play it informal and eat on the buffet’s out of doors terrace or on the pizzeria. I might take pleasure in a multi-course sit-down lunch or take my choose of eight burgers on the grill. Vista additionally had loads of choices for between-meal grazing – a quiche from the Bakery, a scone at Horizons’ afternoon tea, or a cookie from the Concierge Lounge.

Not solely did Vista’s giant choice of eateries hold my meals attention-grabbing, however there wasn’t a nasty choice within the bunch. Certain, generally I didn’t order the precise dish, however I loved each meal I ate on board.


Grand Lounge on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Vista will wow you with its attractive appears to be like from the second you step on board. The atrium provides a knockout first impression with its gorgeous floor-to-ceiling sculpture with a altering gentle show.

The daring middle archway of the Grand Eating Room will instantly catch your eye, as will the ceiling design of the intimate Privee eating room. Every specialty restaurant has been designed with care, from the brick oven-inspired ceilings of Ember to the pagoda-style flooring lamps in Crimson Ginger.

The noteworthy Grand Lounge sports activities geometric chandeliers and glass cabinets of vases and glass sculptures, whereas the fake wooden paneling on the pool deck units it other than any cruise ship Lido you’ve ever seen. The glam settings make you’re feeling such as you’re a film star and add to the decadent feeling of being on trip.

Cocktails and mixology program

Nonalcoholic cocktails on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The brand new mixology program on Vista is one among its standout options. I fortunately ordered cocktail after craft cocktail on the Founders Bar within the identify of analysis, attempting drinks with smoke bubbles on high, frozen fruit balls of their middle and distinctive substances (like tea) of their facilities. The idea turns your commonplace pre-dinner drink right into a playful and thrilling occasion. It additionally makes a ship carrying primarily retirees really feel hip and classy.

Vista additionally carries a line of nonalcoholic “liquors” to make zero-proof cocktails that style like the actual deal, in addition to nonalcoholic beer. It’s a superb choice for sober cruisers or vacationers who must relaxation their livers after a energetic night. Sadly, not all bars carry nonalcoholic cocktails. On my cruise, I discovered them on the menu on the new Aquamar restaurant and Horizons commentary lounge.

What I didn’t love about Vista


Bar setup on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

I failed to seek out something critical to critique about Vista, so what I didn’t love in regards to the ship is extra about my character than any actual failing of the cruise line.

Evenings on Vista don’t supply a wide range of pursuits. You’ll be able to go to a bar, with or with out music. You’ll be able to attempt your luck on the on line casino. You’ll be able to attend the one present every night, however provided that your meal time permits for it. That’s just about it.

My cruise didn’t supply karaoke evening, night trivia and video games, or a pool deck celebration. I missed the 2 special-guest acts, a pianist and a guitarist, and the song-and-dance performances by the onboard solid did not impress. The ship didn’t supply any secondary exhibits at evening — no comedians or musical acts you got here to hearken to and never speak over.

To be truthful, small-ship upscale cruising isn’t about nightlife, and most vacationers on Oceania are completely content material with an extended dinner, a night dancing or ingesting in Horizons and an early bedtime. The library does have some board video games you’ll be able to borrow, so take into account that as a substitute exercise.


Grand Eating Room on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

One ought to by no means choose a ship’s service primarily based on its first sailings when the crew remains to be getting used to one another and the format and procedures of a brand new ship. I point out service solely to reply the query of why Vista isn’t thought of a luxurious ship.

When it comes to {hardware}, Vista is one tremendous ship, which rivals the vessels belonging to luxurious traces like Silversea Cruises and Seabourn, even nipping on the heels of over-the-top sister line Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It’s within the “software program,” so to talk, the place the road relegates itself to the upscale sector. And that’s tremendous.

Along with not providing actually all-inclusive fares, Vista doesn’t supply the private, typically fawning service you discover on true luxurious traces. I barely met my room steward. Nobody supplied to hold my plate on the buffet. The cooks weren’t providing to make me dishes off-menu, and once in a while, I needed to work to flag down a waiter to deliver me a drink. Personally, I am tremendous with this degree of service, however it doesn’t put Vista in competitors with ultra-luxury ships.

The few service points will enhance over time. However Vista, by nature, won’t ever supply the crew-to-guest ratio or over-the-top service ranges you’d look forward to finding on a dearer cruise line.

Vista cabins and suites

Concierge balcony cabin on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Vista has solely eight main cabin and suite sorts, making cabin choice a comparatively simple course of. Its three important non-suite cabin sorts – French Veranda, Veranda and Concierge Stage staterooms – have an identical inside layouts, so that you’re actually solely selecting between perks and exterior area.

New and noteworthy on Vista are Oceania’s first devoted solo cabins, 270-square-foot balcony cabins with a twin mattress, smaller rest room and barely narrower design than an everyday veranda room. They’re Concierge Stage rooms, so solo vacationers get additional advantages, resembling entry to the Concierge Lounge and Aquamar Spa Terrace.

My cabin was an everyday Concierge Stage room with a non-public veranda. At 291 sq. ft, it was the identical dimension as a Veranda room, however with a barely nicer inside design. (French Veranda rooms are an identical to Veranda rooms in design, however the place the Veranda cabins have a non-public balcony, French Veranda rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass doorways that open to a railing; you will get contemporary air however you’ll be able to’t step out.)

I used to be very completely happy in my Concierge Stage room on Vista. Oceania’s Tranquility Beds are a few of the finest within the enterprise, and I liked falling asleep between a snuggly quilt and 1,000-thread-count sheets. Even higher, the mattress is flanked by three-drawer nightstands, 100V plugs and USB ports and studying lights.

Storage is first rate with a two-door closet, two deep drawers within the desk, two coat hooks on the wall and some further cabinets. It was the right quantity of area for me, however I might see how a pair would possibly combat over the drawer area.

The room had a principally forgettable love seat, apart from it regarded good and pulled out into an additional mattress. The oval marble desk was an ideal dimension for room service breakfast.

Toilet on Oceania Cruises’ Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The spotlight of the room, in my view, was the spacious, marble-tiled rest room. Right here, there was storage in spades: two glass cabinets within the giant bathe, one giant drawer and shelf area within the vainness and a nook unit with 4 deep drawers and three cabinets in a mirrored cupboard. The bathe had a rain head and a wand on an adjustable mount. The big no-fog mirror lit up on the contact of a button, good for placing on make-up.

I additionally appreciated the snug, padded balcony furnishings. Customary balconies on Vista include two upright chairs and a spherical drinks desk, however the cushions made the seating comfier than the mesh-and-metal variations you discover on many big-ship cruise traces.

Different considerate touches within the room embody an digital thermometer and don’t disturb signal touchpad, quiet-close drawers, wood hangers and carafes of Vero water, plus reusable water bottles to tackle tour (to scale back single-use plastic water bottles). The mini fridge was stocked with delicate drinks, although my cabin attendant didn’t appear to note that I used to be ingesting solely membership soda. You’ll additionally discover the requisite protected and hair dryer (neither of which I used), an umbrella and a shoehorn.

Spa terrace on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Concierge Stage rooms include additional perks, most of that are helpful however not needed. You get entry to the beautiful Aquamar Spa Terrace, with its sizzling tubs, day beds and thalassotherapy pool. You additionally get entry to the Concierge Lounge on Deck 9; I don’t know why you’d wish to watch TV on this windowless lounge, however I appreciated the 24/7 drinks and snacks and entry to a concierge.

Different facilities embody a welcome bottle of Champagne, pashmina-style cashmere lap blankets to be used in your cabin and a tote bag. Perks embody precedence embarkation, lunch and dinner room service from the Grand Eating Room menu (I completely missed this one), precedence specialty restaurant reservations, and complimentary laundry (as much as three luggage), urgent (on embarkation day) and shoeshine service.

For these with an urge to splurge, Oceania has 4 further suite classes, every with butler service and entry to an Govt Lounge. The Penthouse Suites are merely an expanded model of the balcony rooms, with further closet and seating areas. The Oceania Suites have a full residing and eating room, a separate visitor or TV room, giant balcony, visitor rest room and marble-clad grasp bathtub and dressing space. They’re principally discovered on Deck 12, however two on Deck 11 aft have wraparound nook balconies.

The eight Vista Suites, which I didn’t see, are even larger than the Oceania Suites and positioned on the entrance of the ship, so that they have extra-long wraparound balconies. The three Proprietor’s Suites span your entire aft width of the ship, with two balconies, and are designed by Ralph Lauren Dwelling. A lightweight-filled grand lobby opens onto the residing, eating and bar space on one aspect and the large master suite with king-sized mattress, walk-in closet and beneficiant rest room with soaking tub and ocean-view bathe.

Vista eating places and bars

Style of the World lunch on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Oceania prides itself on being a foodie cruise line, and Vista carries on the road’s custom with six main eating venues included within the cruise fare, over-the-top extra-fee wine-paired non-public dinners and a brand new mixology program that goes above and past what its rivals are providing.

It’s laborious to not nitpick a line that brags it has “the best delicacies at sea” (and has even trademarked that tagline). Every meal will not be the most effective you’ve ever had on a cruise ship, however every meal you have got shall be stable, with loads of alternative of each the place to dine and what to pick out from the menu. Vista is actually a ship foodies will admire.

Eating places

I made some extent to attempt each restaurant on board throughout my weeklong cruise, and it really took some scheduling to make it occur. It’s factor most of Vista’s sailings are 10 days or longer, so you have got ample time to pattern all of the eating venues and even make repeat visits to your favorites.

You’re allowed to make at the very least one advance reservation for every of Vista’s 4 specialty eating places — presumably extra relying on the size of the cruise and the kind of cabin or suite you e book. As soon as on board, you’ll be able to ask if there’s walk-in availability for added meals.

Grand Eating Room on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Grand Eating Room is maybe essentially the most attractive important restaurant I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The design, with white archways within the middle of the room, can be practical; it separates the large venue into nooks, so it doesn’t have that lodge ballroom really feel.

At breakfast, you’ll be able to order all the things from grilled lamb chops and broiled kippers to omelets, pancakes and lighter fare, resembling yogurt parfaits. The spotlight of the lunch menu is the “Style of the World” sampler platter themed round a distinct nation every day.

The dinner menu makes three options for themed meals: picks from Jacques Pepin’s namesake French restaurant on Vista’s sister ships, world delicacies and Aquamar Vitality delicacies (ie lighter dishes). Don’t miss the inventive Humphry Slocombe ice cream for dessert, with flavors like Elvis the Fats Years and Harvey Milk & Honey Graham.

The Terrace Café is Vista’s buffet venue with indoor and out of doors seating. The gorgeous wall mosaics set the tone for the subtle unfold you’ll be able to pattern right here. Suppose each day sushi, an array of tremendous cheeses, made-to-order omelets, pasta and steaks and premium ice cream (together with one Humphry Slocombe taste at lunch and dinner). The vegetarian choices weren’t all the time the most effective on the Terrace Café, although it typically had gluten-free pasta.

On both aspect of the Terrace Café are a number of new and returning informal eating venues that shouldn’t be neglected.

Waves Grill has all the time been one among my favourite grill venues at sea. Noon, it serves sandwiches, sizzling canines, grilled entrees (mahi mahi, cajun hen) and an enormous choice of burgers, together with Wagyu, veggie and salmon, along with the traditional cheeseburger.

Within the morning, it affords a downsized breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets. At evening, it transforms right into a pizzeria with Italian-style pizza, a burrata menu (don’t miss the burrata and tartufo dish) and a sinful Nutella pizza dessert. Professional tip: You’ll be able to place an order at Waves and ask to your dish to be delivered to your desk on the Terrace Café, so that you don’t have to decide on between the choices.

Previous Oceania cruisers would possibly surprise the place Waves’ well-known smoothies and energy bowls bought to. The reply is Vista’s new “wholesome” eating venue, Aquamar, arrange on the other aspect of the Terrace Café from the Waves Grill.

Within the morning, don’t miss Aquamar’s choice of avocado toast or its freshly made juices, uncommon lattes and smoothies. (You haven’t lived till you’ve spiked your morning OJ with turmeric and cayenne pepper.) Power bowls, banana pancakes and omelets spherical out the breakfast menu.

The lunch menu at Aquamar is huge. You’ll be able to order poke-style bowls or compose your individual, do a breakfast repeat with omelets and avocado toast, or order sandwiches from around the globe, together with tuna tacos, falafel pita, a Mexican hen wrap or an Not possible burger. Wash all of it down with a nonalcoholic cocktail that may have you ever satisfied you’re ingesting the actual factor.

All of the beforehand talked about eating places can help you dine at will, however Vista has 4 reservations-required dinner spots which are the celebs of the present. Three return from sister ships Marina and Riviera, whereas one is new, changing French restaurant Jacques.

The brand new entrant to Oceania’s meals scene is Ember, serving creative American fare. Although the venue is one among Vista’s signature eating places, it has a extra informal vibe than the others, and meals right here don’t take fairly as lengthy. Consensus on my crusing is the standout dishes are the spinach and artichoke dip, lobster mac and cheese (with an precise hunk of lobster-in-the-shell on high) and the triple chocolate brownie sundae.

On the other finish of the spectrum is Polo Grill, Vista’s fanciest restaurant, the place dinners can take hours. It’s a traditional steakhouse in a dimly lit setting with an unlimited menu the place protein is the star.

Whereas it was maybe not my favourite eating venue on board, the salmon I ordered was cooked completely, so moist and tender that I raved about it for the remainder of the cruise. Of us at my desk ordered all the things from filet mignon to an entire Maine lobster, and everybody was glad with their decisions.

Additionally, chances are you’ll be understandably tempted to order the Polo Quartet of 4 desserts to complete your meal. I’ll prevent the difficulty by telling you the important thing lime pie is arms down the most effective of the bunch, and it’s best to order the full-size model and skip the tasting plate.

Toscana is Oceania’s long-standing Italian restaurant, however on Vista, it’s newly enhanced with dishes created by the ship’s godmother, Italian meals star Giada De Laurentiis. In case you take pleasure in veal, that is your spot; almost half of the secondi menu consists of veal dishes (you may as well order lamb and roast suckling pig right here). I attempted Giada’s branzino and wasn’t wowed.

No matter you order, be sure that to order at the very least one pasta dish with Toscana’s unbelievable ship-made pasta. You’ll be able to’t go mistaken with Giada’s lemon spaghetti or the pesto gnocchi. If it’s essential to skip dessert at one specialty restaurant, that is the place I’d move … except you’re a die-hard tiramisu fan.

The ultimate specialty restaurant is Crimson Ginger, a pan-Asian eating expertise. Maybe it’s as a result of I like Asian meals, however I’ve a tough time selecting what to eat at Crimson Ginger as a result of all the things appears to be like so good. You can make a meal on appetizers alone.

To begin, attempt the sushi, duck and watermelon salad or summer time rolls. To your important, take into account the miso-glazed sea bass, lobster pad thai, bulgogi ribeye steak or purple curry hen. You would possibly suppose dessert is a non-starter, however the caramel tapioca was tasty, and the delicate ice cream with Japanese togarashi is a enjoyable mixture of candy and spicy.

Vista additionally affords a number of choices for intimate or non-public wine-pairing lunches and dinners on board. They embody a wine-pairing lunch at Ember and wine-themed dinners in non-public eating rooms connected to Toscana and Polo Grill. Hidden between these two eating places is Privee, one other intimate eating room the place two particular dinners are held: Odyssey (described as a “gustatory journey for the senses”) and the Dom Perignon Expertise that pairs particular Champagnes with equally particular dishes.

However the meals choices don’t finish with the eating places. The Bakery by Baristas was a well-liked spot for each day beignets, quiches and pastries. Afternoon tea in Horizons is an Oceania specialty, along with your alternative of Twinings tea, scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches and truffles and petits fours all wheeled round in glass carts by formally dressed waiters.



Vista’s bars are hopping earlier than and after dinner as a result of there’s not a lot else to do on board at evening.

The Martini Bar is essentially the most occurring lounge, positioned close to the Grand Eating Room, a number of specialty eating places and the on line casino. A pianist performs right here on and off all through the night. You could find all of your commonplace blended drinks right here, in addition to a particular martini menu. At peak instances, you won’t be capable of discover a seat.

On the opposite aspect of the on line casino is the Founders Bar, a brand new idea for Oceania, devoted to inventive craft cocktails. In case you like your drinks topped with smoke bubbles, frozen balls of fruit or sprigs of herb or dried fruit slices, that is your spot. Seating is restricted, however you’ll be able to request your drink be delivered across the nook to the Grand Lounge, a shocking surroundings space the place a classical string quartet performs within the night.

Watch out — it’s so enjoyable attempting out all of the loopy concoctions that you simply would possibly bust your drink price range in the event you haven’t upgraded to the premium beverage package deal.

Horizons is the commentary lounge on the high of the ship, trying ahead. We heard rave critiques of the stay band right here and a few alternative phrases in regards to the resident DJ, however if you wish to watch the sundown or get your groove on after deck, Horizons is the bar for you.

Baristas is the espresso bar by day and aperitif bar by evening. Get your daytime caffeine repair with Illy espresso, macchiatos, cremas and extra, together with coffees spiked with booze. After 6 p.m., you’ll discover an Italian-influenced record of aperitifs and digestifs (amaretto, Campari, limoncello), in addition to wines and cocktails (resembling an Aperol spritz or negroni).

The pool bar serves all of the daiquiris and coladas you’ll be able to drink whereas lounging on Vista’s attractive, resort-style pool deck. You too can order drinks at any of the eating places. Aquamar has a beautiful menu of nonalcoholic cocktails, contemporary juices, lattes and smoothies.

Vista can be introducing new immersive cocktail experiences for the cruise line, which sadly had not but debuted on my crusing. These will embody a customizable Bubbly Bar in Baristas, a Bloody Mary Bar at lunch within the Terrace Café, a Macallan whisky and chocolate pairing, and cocktail-making seminars pairing Brugal 1888 rum with ice cream or tea.

Vista actions and exhibits

Artist Loft on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

An Oceania cruise is a destination-focused journey, so onboard actions are saved to a minimal. You’ll discover trivia contests, spa seminars, on line casino tournaments and know-how lessons on the LYNC Digital Heart, resembling journey images and picture modifying for social media.

The place Oceania excels in onboard actions are with cooking lessons and demos within the Culinary Heart and artwork lessons on the Artist Loft. Oceania brings on actual cooks and dealing artists to steer the workshops. Join as quickly as you get on board as a result of these fashionable lessons refill rapidly.

I attempted a “drip method” portray class the place we embellished glass plates, and it was a far cry from the watercolor or needlepoint lessons you would possibly discover on different ships. The 2-part class explored a novel method, and despite the fact that I’m not skilled in crafting and my plate regarded fairly dangerous after the primary class, the artist knew what he was doing, and my closing product was surprisingly good. It’s additionally a enjoyable approach to socialize with different passengers and the artists in residence.

Vista’s culinary middle is 3 times bigger than the variations discovered on sister ships Marina and Riviera. Along with the check kitchen with 24 particular person cooking stations, a second room may be organized for lectures and even dinners. Courses are themed, typically associated to the ship’s vacation spot, and sure, you’ll be able to eat what you prepare dinner. They do price additional; charges begin at $79.

Pool deck on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

On a heat, sunny day, Oceania’s attractive resort-style pool deck is the place to be with padded loungers and day beds, a important pool with a wading space round it and a few sizzling tubs. Sporty sorts ought to head to the ship’s topmost half decks for an outside working observe, shuffleboard, croquet/bocce, pickleball, mini-golf and a golf-driving cage.

The Aquamar Spa on Deck 15 affords a barber store, salon, health middle with aerobics studio and sauna and steam rooms within the males’s and girls’s locker rooms. Concierge Stage and suite friends obtain complimentary entry to the Aquamar Spa Terrace on the entrance of the ship, with two sizzling tubs and a thalassotherapy pool.

If it’s cool and wet, take into account decamping to the nook- and book-filled library, the place you’ll be able to borrow video games, settle in along with your laptop computer or peruse guidebooks. Baristas is true across the nook. The ship additionally has the requisite retailers promoting tremendous jewellery and brand objects.


Within the evenings, yow will discover a singer-pianist in Martinis, a string quartet within the Grand Lounge and a band adopted by a DJ in Horizons. I heard nice issues about Vista’s Music Station Band, however by some means I used to be all the time consuming dinner after they have been performing.

Every evening, there’s a present within the Vista Lounge, both a visitor performer or a typical cruise ship music and dance present by the onboard performers. One of many new exhibits on Vista was choreographed by Britt Stewart, an expert dancer who’s labored with “Dancing with the Stars.”

Vista itineraries and pricing

Vista will spend its summers within the Mediterranean and winters within the Caribbean. In fall 2023, the ship will even go to Canada and New England and transit the Panama Canal twice. Cruises vary in size from seven to 90 days, however most are one to a few weeks in size.

Cruise-only costs begin from $1,799 for a French Veranda cabin or $2,049 for the lowest-category balcony room on a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Alternatively, you’ll be able to select Oceania’s extra inclusive and costly OLife fares; these begin from $2,599 for the French Veranda cabin or $2,849 for an everyday balcony room.

The present OLife promotion runs via June 30 and consists of round-trip airfare and transfers, plus your alternative of 4 shore excursions, a beverage package deal or $400 onboard credit score per cabin. Beginning in July, the road will supply a set of included perks, with out the necessity to decide on, however the precise inclusions could change throughout promotional intervals.

What to know earlier than you go


Required paperwork

The journey paperwork you want to your Vista cruise are decided by your itinerary and homeports. For many cruises, you have to a passport that’s legitimate for six months after your journey ends. For round-trip sailings out of U.S. homeports, a beginning certificates and authorities picture ID will suffice. It’s as much as every passenger to find out if any of the ports of name require further visas.

If you end checking in on-line to your cruise, Oceania will e-mail you a boarding move that it’s best to print out and convey with you to the terminal.


Crew gratuities are added to your onboard invoice and quantity to $18 per particular person, per day, in Concierge-class rooms and under, or $23 per particular person, per day, in upper-level suites. Gratuities may be pay as you go. You’re all the time welcome to tip above the auto-gratuity for distinctive service. All tour guides must be tipped in money on the finish of a tour.

A 20% gratuity is added to onboard bar and spa payments.


Vista is among the first Oceania cruise ships to make use of Starlink high-speed web. I can attest to the pace of Oceania’s premium plan after attending a 90-minute Zoom assembly with solely the slightest of lag.

Each cabin comes with one free Wi-Fi login (for one machine at a time), or you’ll be able to pay so as to add further gadgets or for the premium plan that accommodates music and video streaming.

Carry-on drinks coverage

Passengers can deliver as much as six bottles of wine per cabin for consumption of their room. In case you want to drink your individual wine in a restaurant or public space of the ship, you have to to pay a $25 per bottle corkage payment.

Smoking coverage

Smoking lounge on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Vista affords designated areas on the Deck 12 pool deck (ahead, starboard nook) and within the smoking lounge on Deck 14 ahead, outdoors Horizons. The latter is a beautiful area with forest-green partitions, however it’s completely indoors. This coverage applies to e-cigarettes, pipes and cigars, along with common cigarettes.

Smoking is forbidden in every single place else on board, together with in cabins and on non-public balconies. Passengers who’re caught in violation of the smoking coverage shall be disembarked on the subsequent port of name and may additionally be required to pay further charges to cowl prices for cleansing or changing broken furnishings or decking.


Vista has complimentary self-service launderettes on decks 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Every is outfitted with a detergent dispenser, washers and dryers, an ironing board and a seating space with a TV in the event you select to attend to your load to complete. You’ll be able to stroll away whereas your load runs, however set a timer as a result of people will take away your garments in the event you don’t choose them up in a well timed vogue.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to pay to ship out your garments to have them washed and/or pressed.

Electrical shops

Vista’s cabins and suites supply electrical shops and USB ports on each side of the mattress and by the desk. You’ll discover each U.S. 110V and European 220V shops. Individuals could wish to deliver an adapter for charging gadgets in public rooms the place the shops are all European-style.


The onboard foreign money is the U.S. greenback. The reception desk can change {dollars} for the native foreign money.

Ingesting age

You should be 21+ to drink alcohol onboard all Oceania cruises. When the ship is in worldwide waters, younger adults ages 18 to twenty could buy and drink beer or wine (in addition to the Home Choose beverage package deal).

Gown code

String quartet on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Oceania doesn’t have an advanced gown code with particular apparel required on sure evenings. As an alternative, the road suggests “elegant informal resort put on” for evenings and requests that friends don’t put on informal denims, shorts, T-shirts, baseball caps, informal sandals or sneakers within the eating places after 6 p.m.

For informal eating, select the Pizzeria or Terrace Café to your night meal. Shorts and baseball caps are allowed; athletic put on just isn’t.

Elegant informal resort put on interprets into date-night clothes (however not full-on cocktail apparel), skirts and blouses or dressy pants and tops for girls, and collared shirts and slacks for males. Jackets and ties should not required.

Through the day, informal apparel is ok, however please don’t put on swimwear, bathrobes or pajamas in public areas. You’ll want footwear in the event you go away the pool deck.

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Vista is a sublime mid-size cruise ship that’s the right residence base for vacationers who admire eating selection, take pleasure in attention-grabbing cocktails and tremendous wines and want to discover the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Cabins and suites are thoughtfully designed, although, for longer voyages, you would possibly must make the most of onboard launderettes as cabin storage may be tight.

Vista affords a high-end expertise on a fantastically designed ship, however you’ll have a alternative in the way you spend your trip price range quite than paying upfront for all-inclusive fares.

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