Oceania Vista – Ship Visit
On a sunny August Wednesday, we had the opportunity to visit Vista, the latest addition to Oceania Cruises‘ fleet and the first ship in the all-new Allura Class. After completing a voyage around the UK, Vista was docked in Southampton, and we were excited to share our insights with you!
|QUICK FACTS: Oceania Vista|
|Registry:||Majuro, Marshall Islands||Passenger Space Ratio:|
|Builder:||Crew to Passenger Ratio:||1 Crew to 1.5 Passengers|
|Class:||Allura Class||Decks:||16 Decks|
|Speed:||20 knots||Style:||Upper Premium|
|Gross Tonnage:||67,000 GRT||Length:||785 ft|
|Godmother:||Giada De Laurentiis|
Our Thoughts and Observations
The decor immediately hits you on boarding, so light, airy, and contemporary, yet inviting you to see what it has to offer around every corner. The ship itself is an impressive step up from the Oceania we have come to love. It still feels like an Oceania ship, but an upgraded version with some beautiful design touches and developments, and you could feel Frank del Rio’s penchant for design and style everywhere.
The ship is an all-veranda with space for up to 1,200 guests and a market-leading staffing ratio of two crew members to every three guests! During our time onboard, we explored some of the public spaces, including the main dining room, one of the 11 onboard culinary venues for the ship – three of which are brand new to Vista.
Always known for its awe-inspiring food offerings, Oceania was an early introducer of multiple alternative/speciality restaurants, and Vista does not disappoint. The popular culinary centre onboard, where you can experience hands-on cooking classes, has been expanded to 24 stations on Vista. One interesting statistic is that Oceania boasts one chef for every ten guests – an industry first.
The ship continues the mantra of Finest Cuisine at Sea® with new venues, including the Aquamar Kitchen for an array of wellness-inspired dishes, the Bakery at Baristas for freshly baked pastries and the new signature restaurant, Ember. The new Casino Mixology Bar is also for those who love innovative drinks and cocktails.
The Grand Dining Room on Oceania ships has always been our favourite; on Vista, this has been elevated to a new level. Huge windows flood the room with light, extraordinary chandeliers and light fittings embellishing the high ceilings, and a combination of banquette seating with comfy white leather chairs featuring a black and white diamond trim.
This space is beautifully divided with curtains and mirrored half walls to reduce the noise and create intimate spaces within this impressive room that spans the ship’s full breadth.
Vista also emphasises the art of wellness on board with spaces dedicated to holistic programs, services and experiences, all available through their Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center. Here, you enjoy rejuvenating massages, facials, nutrition and lifestyle consultations. During our visit, we explored the poolside venue where you can relax by the water and enjoy the tranquil design with organic textures and calming tones, creating an idyllic escape. We particularly liked the variety of seating, including circular loungers and day beds, with lots of shaded space and sea views. It is perfect for reading a book but would likely result in a quick snooze, as comfort is the name of the game.
We also explored some of the suites and staterooms on board Vista. Owner’s Suites, Vista Suites, Oceania Suites and Penthouse Suites offer spaces to relax and unwind in your private sanctuary. All were very impressive and elegant, and even the more modestly priced ones were stunning, with no expense spared. The bathrooms have walk-in rainforest showers and ample storage areas for your clothes in the closets. Finally, the suites all feature revolutionary Tranquility Beds that help set Oceania apart in Comfort and Luxury.
Overall, it is a very stylish and inviting ship to experience. Add the fantastic cuisine, and you have the perfect ingredients for an upmarket upper premium cruise.