Why Cruising

Cruising is not just an excellent choice for your dream vacation; it is a feast to your senses an memorable experience of true leisure, homely comfort of spacious suites and staterooms, highest quality of acclaimed world cuisines, pampering personalised service, enchanting entertainment and exploring the world with fantastic destination driven itineraries. Cruising is an an ideal vacation choice. Why?


1.      Cruising is mostly-inclusive…that means that most of the cost of your cruise is paid before you step onboard.  Your cruise, your food, your entertainment…they’re all part of the package.   When you look at all the cruise options out there and the fact that there is a cruise that fits almost every budget…it’s a great bargain and a great way to travel.


2.     Cruising is stress-free and relaxing. When you arrive onboard, you unpack once and then your hotel moves…you don’t.  No more picking up, staying in hotels for 1-2 nights, then moving on. Your ship takes you where you want to go.  Watch the world float by as you cruise to your next destination.  No waiting in airports, eating airplane food.  You are pampered from the moment you arrive.


3.     Cruising offers nonstop activities. You can do as much or as little as you want. Many ships offer special lectures or enrichment programs. There’s always games like bridge or Bingo available. For those who like to dance, there’s always a band and a dance floor.  If you want more activity… you have the option on many cruise lines for classes in the gym, basketball, golf driving or simulators, swimming…and if you want more activities onshore, you can book optional excursions ashore.


4.     Cruising is safe. You travel and dine in safety and comfort while visiting even the most remote ports of call. Shore excursions include escorts and knowledgeable hosts and travel on shore is usually in air-conditioned or modern transportation. Most ships have modern medical facilities on board. And all ships have ship-to-shore or satellite communications equipment. Finally, cruise ship construction includes state-of-the-art navigational equipment. 


Here is what is typically included in the cost of your cruise at a price that is generally lower than a comparable land-based vacation:


  • Three main meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Three buffet meals per day (breakfast, lunch and midnight). Many ships also have afternoon snacks or traditional high teas Some ships have 24 hour dining available..
  • 24-hour room service is available on many ships.
  • All shipboard facilities, including casino (gaming is charged), pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, on-board lectures, card rooms, an unending variety of organized games and contests and more.
  • Supervised children's activities, offered on a various cruises that are age appropriate. Good to know if you are traveling with your children or grandchildren.
  • All types of entertainment, including Broadway and Las Vegas-style shows, lounges, nightclubs, movies, dancing and more.
  • Visiting ports of call (depending on length of cruise).


There are a number of expenses that are not generally included in the cost of your cruise. These include gratuities; shore excursions in the ports, onboard purchases, bar and liquor purchases, casino, bingo, shopping onboard Salon and spa treatments and laundry/dry cleaning services.


Before You Go

What is your baggage policy?

The amount of personal baggage allowed on our vessels is not limited, but airlines do have limitations so please check with your particular airline. The customary allowance per person is two checked pieces that must not exceed 107 inches (273 cm) when length, height and width measurements are combined. No single piece may exceed the three-dimensional sum of 62 inches (158 cm) and a weight of 70 lbs. (31.75 k

Do I need a passport, visa or special vaccinations?

Passport and visa requirements and regulations in regards to vaccination certificates and other health requirements vary by destination. It is the sole responsibility of each guest to obtain and have available appropriate valid travel and health documents for their chosen itinerary. Any guest traveling without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of cruise fare or any other travel components purchased from Oceania Cruises will be issued. Passports must be valid six months from the date of trip completion. Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name or you may be denied boarding. Oceania Cruises accepts no responsibility for obtaining required visas or for advising guests of visa or other immigration requirements beyond the guidelines indicated.


Where do I find information about travel advisories?

Please contact your home government office or visit their website for the latest regulations concerning passports, visas and entry/exit requirements. These are the sole responsibility of the traveler/guest and Company cannot be held liable for guests’ failing to obtain the correct travel documentation.


I have an existing medical condition. What do I do?

Guests with any medical condition(s) or special needs that may require treatment or attention or accommodation during the voyage, or needing to travel with medical apparatus, including wheelchairs, motorized scooters, oxygen therapy, etc., must advise Company in writing at the time of deposit. Please note some ports of call may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility and in such cases, may disallow debarkation with a wheelchair or motorized scooter or for any individual with limited mobility. Cruises are unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy.


What special diets are available on the ships?

Special arrangements can be made if you require diabetic, gluten-free, lactose-free, kosher, vegetarian and vegan meals. Other diets must be requested for approval and, in some cases, may require additional medical documentation.


What kinds of outlets do the staterooms have?

Each stateroom has 2-110 volt outlets and 2-220 volt outlets which can be used for items such as battery chargers, hair dryers, razors and personal hygiene items.


Can I bring my travel iron?

Travel irons cannot be used due to the fire hazard they can pose.


Is there a dress code?

Recommended onboard clothing is resort or country club casual. For evening dining, elegant casual resort wear is suggested. We request that casual jeans, shorts, t-shirts or tennis shoes not be worn at dinner.


If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other special occasion during your cruise, allow us to celebrate with you by advising us on your Guest Registration Form which may be completed in the My Account section of our website.

Affiliated By: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)