Originally Posted by Greg S
Can anyone provide info on the quality of shore excursions in Europe?
How would you rate the food on board as compared to the private dinning rooms on other cruise lines.
My wife and I sailed from Lisbon to London on the Insignia last summer and had a wonderful time.
We had not heard much good about their shore excursions but we found them to be pretty good and fairly priced. Though our expectations were not that high and we would say they definitely exceeded them. Probably on a par with other major lines.
We rate their food very highly and that will definitely bring us back to sail again. We thought dinners in the main dining room were better than what we'd experienced on HAL and Princess, on a par with Crystal and a notch below Silversea. NCL isn't even in the same league. They seemed to have a more sophisticated menu and a seemed much more made to order. The Polo grill wasn't that impressive to us...we didn't think the beef was all that good. The shrimp cocktail was to die for, so I'd get a double order next time. Toscanna was very good, but not that superior to the main dining room. Never experienced Tapas on the Terrace becasue we didn't care for the menu.
We ate breakfasts and lunches at the Terrace Cafe and enjoyed them. At breakfast they alway had smoked salmon available (my favorite) and had a great assortment of fresh fruits with a greater variety of berries than we've seen on other lined. At lunch we typically had as assortment. Their pizza was very good, though not as good as on Princess. The poolside grill (Waves) was excellent.
Other thoughts...we loved the casual dress code (it sure made packing simpler); the entertainment was better than we expected, though definitely not competitive with Princess, Crystal or HAL; we did book a PH to get what we considered a large enough cabin (think of that as a Princess minisuite with a butler); service was very good and the staff very friendly.
If you have any questions, just ask, but I hope this helps. I think you'll enjoy your cruise and want to sail Oceania again.