Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "A - O" > Oceania Cruises
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Oceania Cruises
Go to the Oceania Roll Call Forums

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old June 14th, 2010, 06:18 PM
kelly@ kelly@ is offline
Associate Editor
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: London, UK
Posts: 209
Default Oceania Upgrades and Increased Gratuities

Oceania Cruises has announced a multi-million dollar spend to upgrade its fleet of three 684-passenger ships. Nautica has already been overhauled, emerging just last week with new bedding, fresh menus and unusual shore excursions on the menu; Insignia is next, in November, and Regatta will get the treatment in January 2011.

But along with these upmarket upgrades, the cruise line has slipped in a gratuity increase -- a brave move considering competitor Azamara recently rolled tips into the base fare.

Check out our full story here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3935

Would you rather pay less to cruise on Oceania than, say, Silversea, even if it's a larger spend once onboard?
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
  #2  
Old June 14th, 2010, 06:43 PM
Friscorays's Avatar
Friscorays Friscorays is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,209
Default

At an extra $1 per day or $2 per day for those in suites (per person), I'll stick with Oceania.
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old June 14th, 2010, 06:50 PM
orchestrapal's Avatar
orchestrapal orchestrapal is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 3,873
Default

Since most of us have our gratuities paid either by the TA or Oceania it will not make any difference to us.
Also because the increase is a relatively small one $1/day or $2/day in suites, I don't think it will keep anyone from choosing Oceania over another line.
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old June 14th, 2010, 07:52 PM
winegirl winegirl is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Posts: 295
Default Increase in tips

Makes no difference to me. It does make a difference that the new ship Marina carries twice the number of passengers. We are already pushing the limit of our preference with the 684 passenger ships.
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old June 14th, 2010, 08:02 PM
oysterdam's Avatar
oysterdam oysterdam is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida Suncoast
Posts: 955
Default

A premise of the CC article is that Oceania and Azamara are similar cruise lines. Other than having some of their fleet with the same size ships as Azamara, I find Oceania to be many steps ahead. With these new ship upgrades of their smaller liners, there will be an even more pronounced quality gap between Oceania and Azamara.

Factor in the newbuilds Marina and Riviera and Oceania is in another league.

Oceania's ship improvements are more tangible and meaningful to cruisers than Azamara's inclusion of gratuities after raising fares 30%.
__________________


Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old June 14th, 2010, 08:57 PM
orchestrapal's Avatar
orchestrapal orchestrapal is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 3,873
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by oysterdam View Post
A premise of the CC article is that Oceania and Azamara are similar cruise lines. Other than having some of their fleet with the same size ships as Azamara, I find Oceania to be many steps ahead. With these new ship upgrades of their smaller liners, there will be an even more pronounced quality gap between Oceania and Azamara.

Factor in the newbuilds Marina and Riviera and Oceania is in another league.

Oceania's ship improvements are more tangible and meaningful to cruisers than Azamara's inclusion of gratuities after raising fares 30%.

Well said!
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old June 15th, 2010, 12:21 AM
hondorner's Avatar
hondorner hondorner is online now
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Okeechobee, Florida
Posts: 4,680
Default

First Azamara throws in a glass of house wine with lunch and dinner, but raised prices significantly. Their previous policy of much lower fares than Oceania didn't work. Now, apparently, they are desperately trying free gratuities to see if they can break through. Unless they plan to pay their staff a lot more, like Regent, this ploy will only result in worse service.

The CC article makes it sound like the gratuities on Oceania are being raised as a result of the Pillars of Distinction upgrades. I sincerely doubt there is any connection.

As for Oceania being "brave" in the face of free gratuities from Azamara, I feel comfortable is saying that Oceania has always been the trendsetter, and poor Azamara is still trying to catch that wave. The question should not be how brave is Oceania, but how desperate is Azamara?

Kelly, go back and re-write that article without the Celebrity bias...
__________________
...Don (& Betsy) Horner
Send a message to Don
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old June 15th, 2010, 12:34 AM
HawkeyeCruisr's Avatar
HawkeyeCruisr HawkeyeCruisr is online now
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Valley of the Sun (Phoenix area)
Posts: 403
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kelly@cruisecriticUK View Post
Oceania Cruises has announced a multi-million dollar spend to upgrade its fleet of three 684-passenger ships. Nautica has already been overhauled, emerging just last week with new bedding, fresh menus and unusual shore excursions on the menu; Insignia is next, in November, and Regatta will get the treatment in January 2011.

But along with these upmarket upgrades, the cruise line has slipped in a gratuity increase -- a brave move considering competitor Azamara recently rolled tips into the base fare.

Check out our full story here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3935

Would you rather pay less to cruise on Oceania than, say, Silversea, even if it's a larger spend once onboard?
Hmmm. So, an entire dollar more per day. For two of us on a 14-day cruise, an entire $28 more? Would we reconsider because of this added expense? Ha ha ha. Hardly.

Get a grip here. All cruise lines raise their gratuity rates periodically.
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old June 15th, 2010, 01:44 AM
vaitape vaitape is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 965
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by winegirl View Post
Makes no difference to me. It does make a difference that the new ship Marina carries twice the number of passengers. We are already pushing the limit of our preference with the 684 passenger ships.
WELL SAID winegirl.
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old June 15th, 2010, 01:55 AM
umtali's Avatar
umtali umtali is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 126
Default

With the wonderful alternative dining options Oceania offer on their R-class, Toscana (the best Italian restaurant afloat) and Polo Grill, and with the excellent service already provided, need I say more. With a moderate increase in overall fares, Oceania would blow Silversea, Seabourne etc out of the water. The dining options are already far more varied, and itineraries are more innovative. WHY WON'T OCEANIA GO ALL INCLUSIVE??????
Reply With Quote

  #11  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:08 AM
2kiwis 2kiwis is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Posts: 436
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by orchestrapal View Post
Since most of us have our gratuities paid either by the TA or Oceania it will not make any difference to us.
.

Lucky you!! Some of us aren't so lucky
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:27 AM
sitraveler sitraveler is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Staten Island NY
Posts: 1,080
Default

all inclusive????
Part of the joys of my cruise is the planning of the shore excursions I want.

The costs attendant to AI would preclude my O travels.

Just look at the threads about over sold cruises and wonder why change such a successful operation.

Also with a huge number of returning passengers, change at huge risk.
__________________




Reply With Quote

  #13  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:31 AM
Friscorays's Avatar
Friscorays Friscorays is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,209
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by umtali View Post
WHY WON'T OCEANIA GO ALL INCLUSIVE??????
Probably because the majority of their customer base do not want them to.

I'd rather not pay for alcohol that my wife and I are not going to consume.

We also like to arrange our own independent excursions so paying up front for "included" bus tours that we have no intention of participating in is a real negative for us.

As far as rolling in gratuities up front or at cruise end, who really cares?
Reply With Quote

  #14  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:32 AM
Aruba Aruba is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 2,339
Default

A "brave" move? I can think of things that I would truly consider brave, but increasing the gratuity by $1 a day is hardly one of them.
__________________
Upcoming:
HAL Rotterdam - Norway, August 2014
HAL Statendam - Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas, Fall 2014
Sailed:
Oceania - 13 cruises on Riviera (4), Insignia (4), Regatta (3), Nautica (2)
Holland America - 16 cruises on Zuiderdam, Veendam, Prinsendam, Ryndam (4), Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam (2), Volendam, Maasdam (3), Westerdam, Zaandam
Princess -
7 cruises on Golden, Crown, Diamond, Island, Sapphire (2), Ocean

Regent - Mariner . Celebrity - Summit . NCL - Crown
Reply With Quote

  #15  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:36 AM
Aruba Aruba is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 2,339
Default

By the way, maybe I'm imagining things (which would not be the first time) but isn't there already a specialty olive oil menu in Toscana? I could have sworn that each time we've dined there a waiter has rolled an olive oil cart to our table, like a cheese tray but at the beginning of the meal rathen than at the end. I vaguely remember asking if there was anything printed that would help me choose and being given an olive oil menu to peruse.
__________________
Upcoming:
HAL Rotterdam - Norway, August 2014
HAL Statendam - Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas, Fall 2014
Sailed:
Oceania - 13 cruises on Riviera (4), Insignia (4), Regatta (3), Nautica (2)
Holland America - 16 cruises on Zuiderdam, Veendam, Prinsendam, Ryndam (4), Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam (2), Volendam, Maasdam (3), Westerdam, Zaandam
Princess -
7 cruises on Golden, Crown, Diamond, Island, Sapphire (2), Ocean

Regent - Mariner . Celebrity - Summit . NCL - Crown
Reply With Quote

  #16  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:46 AM
Friscorays's Avatar
Friscorays Friscorays is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,209
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aruba View Post
By the way, maybe I'm imagining things (which would not be the first time) but isn't there already a specialty olive oil menu in Toscana? ....
Yes, there is.
Reply With Quote

  #17  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:51 AM
LHT28's Avatar
LHT28 LHT28 is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 23,230
Exclamation Jmo

Quote:
Originally Posted by umtali View Post
WHY WON'T OCEANIA GO ALL INCLUSIVE??????
Why would they?
If I want all inclusive I will sail Regent

I like the system they have & it seems to work for most people
If it is not broken don't fix it

Lyn
Reply With Quote

  #18  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:53 AM
LHT28's Avatar
LHT28 LHT28 is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 23,230
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aruba View Post
By the way, maybe I'm imagining things (which would not be the first time) but isn't there already a specialty olive oil menu in Toscana.
Yes someone posted it on here
I did save it so I can see which ones to choose next trip

Lyn
Reply With Quote

  #19  
Old June 15th, 2010, 09:54 AM
brian_uk's Avatar
brian_uk brian_uk is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,979
Default Hm

As a Brit I take exception to the point made by the contributing Editor that we are not used to the tipping culture......hells bells....We invented It.

As there are already say 20% Brits and Aussies on board why would an extra $1 a day make any difference to us.....quite a bizarre comment in my revered opinion. Am I going to cancel my next two O cruises because of it ? Nope.

Brian
Reply With Quote

  #20  
Old June 15th, 2010, 02:23 PM
hondorner's Avatar
hondorner hondorner is online now
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Okeechobee, Florida
Posts: 4,680
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by umtali View Post
...WHY WON'T OCEANIA GO ALL INCLUSIVE??????
Probably because the same parent company also owns Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which is all inclusive -- more so than any other cruise line, period (gratuities, airfare, all wines and spirits except the stuff from the dusty bins above the top shelf, laundry room, all excursions except the really expensive ones (which are discounted), plus the same great service and food that we expect on Oceania, all included. If Oceania went all inclusive, the fares would be up there with Regent.
__________________
...Don (& Betsy) Horner
Send a message to Don
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:21 AM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.
Cookie ConsentCookie Policy