This was a destination specific cruise.
Lecturer Mike Boll was fabulous giving histories of the countries visited.
All nationalities were onboard which was a great mix. Entertainment was average & the so called "pool deck party" was a real disappointment - lacked food, poor music selection & no ambience or time given in setup.
NCL takeover of Oceania is evident...cost cutting....toiletries not replaced in concierge room & had to be requested, room not serviced appropriately upon embarkation & wine prices (+18% gratuity!) expensive, wait service thin. The Horizon room was empty usually by 9:30-10 pm!
Shore excursions were overpriced as usual. Food was above average, particularly in the specialty restaurants.
The whirlpool private area available to concierge & above staterooms lacked lounges & chairs for those wanting to visit, & were taken by the same people regularly, as were the lack, & hogging, of lounges on deck 5. Concierge rooms are not worth the extra money on the smaller Renaissance class ships.
The cruise director was corporate in presentation & too formal, & lacked the necessary social interaction for all levels of clientele.
The most appealing aspect of the cruise was that staff recognised returning passengers & were very friendly & obliging.
Small bathroom & shower curtain detracted from the concierge experience. Safe top line numbers did not work. Room not cleaned properly before we entered upon embarkation.
Toiletries not replaced. No umbrella in closet, nor laundry slip. Laundry bag not replaced - had to ask for everything!
Addo elephant park is a must see!