In 2016 the University of Redlands and Harr Travel collaborated on one of our highest rated alumni journeys ever; a 10-night luxury cruise to Alaska with Oceania. Building on the feedback and reviews, we have decided to once again partner with Oceania for this cruise journey. Oceania is best known for exquisite gourmet dining, stellar service and a relaxed country club casual style. They have been consistently recognized as best in class since the lines inception in 2002. Come along and see what our past travelers loved so much!
• Mid-size, elegant ships catering to just 1,250 guests
• Finest cuisine at sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge
• Gourmet culinary program created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
• Port-intensive itineraries featuring more overnight visits and extended evening port stays
• Country club-casual ambiance; tuxedos and gowns are never required
• Bon Appétit Culinary Center, the only purpose-built, hands-on cooking school at sea
• Acclaimed Canyon Ranch SpaClub® treatments and cuisine
• Extraordinarily high staff-to-guest ratio ensures exemplary personalized service
• Youngest fleet in premium-class cruising with 85% of accommodations featuring private balconies
• 24-hour Butler service in all suites
• Free and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
• Dedicated concierges for personalized service
• Staff selected from internationally acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
• The comfort of smoke-free environments throughout virtually the entirety of our ships
Since its launch in 2002, Oceania has consistently provided an award winning, boutique experience that larger ships simply cannot offer. Ideally proportioned, their ships can slip into smaller ports off-limits to larger vessels. Of course, the intimate size also positively influences every aspect of the onboard experience. With no need to rush, stand in endless lines or worry about crowds, you can savor the defining elements that make cruising so special. The gourmet cuisine onboard, renowned as the finest at sea, is carefully prepared à la minute. Appointments for spa services are readily available in the relaxing Canyon Ranch® Spa. A comfortable chaise always awaits should you decide to lounge by the pool. Going ashore and returning on board takes minutes rather than hours. Life just seems to proceed at a more courteous pace. The differences are sizeable, noticeable and so refreshing.
The stunning Oceania Riviera was designed to be distinctive and special in so many ways. Featuring the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase, stunning Owner's Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, and designer touches throughout the entire ship, Riviera showcases rich residential design and furnishings. Riviera’s refined ambiance truly embodies the unparalleled Oceania Cruises experience.
Designed with the ultimate epicurean and travel connoisseur in mind, Riviera offers guests multiple dining venues, six of which are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. Riviera also features The Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea which features a range of cooking classes by master chefs. In the Artist Loft, talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction in everything from photography to painting to printmaking. Baristas, our signature coffee bar, serves up illy® espresso and coffee and fresh pastries made daily. Intimate spaces throughout the ship provide relaxing escapes. Spacious accommodations in every category showcase luxurious designer touches and lavish bathrooms.
Notably, the onboard experience continues to exude that comfortable familiarity guests have come to cherish. Oceania has retained everything guests appreciate about our ships and continues to aim even higher. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Oceania’s ships boast an impressive staff-to-guest ratio, but it’s more than sheer numbers that elevates their personalized service into the sublime. Their staff genuinely cares about making you happy and content during your voyage. Being of service comes naturally, a trait as innate as their unbridled enthusiasm. You can see it in their warm smiles and hear it in the sincere tone of their voices, as our staff zealously devotes their full attention to fulfilling your wishes. Their commitment runs deep and never diminishes, no matter what the task.
Not everyone holds the impeccable credentials to join Oceania’s award-winning staff. Only those who have distinguished themselves in the world’s finest hotels and most exquisite restaurants will do. They are true professionals with the rare ability to fastidiously attend to every detail and magically anticipate your wishes. The ease with which they remember your name, preferences and wants borders on miraculous. Nowhere is this talent more evident than among the English-trained Butlers who meticulously care for guests in all our suites.
The welcoming and comfortable feel when traveling with Oceania makes the experience so much more enjoyable. This also encourages you to mingle with colleagues and to fully explore your ship and the exciting destinations visited. Oceania has carefully selected the rich color of every fabric, the vibrant glow of every sconce and the plush cushion of each settee, designing each detail so that our ships naturally exude a warm, inviting ambiance imbuing everyone onboard with a sense of elegance and comfort. You are instantly put at ease, and it’s so refreshingly casual and friendly that it’s like being in a private country club where everyone knows your name.
This is elegance without pretense nor the need for tuxedos and evening gowns. This is a world where you can be yourself. The overwhelming sense of comfort and belonging seems to kindle geniality. Striking up conversations and making new friends become effortless. Meet over cocktails in Martinis and recount adventures ashore. Ask another couple to join you for a friendly game of cards. You will find it exceedingly easy to be sociable. Even so, sometimes you may feel less gregarious and want nothing more than to relax by yourself. Take comfort in knowing that there are plenty of private retreats reserved just for you.
2018 | "Best Onboard Dining" - 2018 Travel Age West WAVE (Travel Age)
2017 | "Best Cuisine" - 2017 Readers Choice Awards (Travel Weekly)
2016 | "Best Cuisine" - 2016 Readers Choice Awards (Travel Weekly)
2016 | "Best Dining" - 2016 Cruise Critic Cruisers' US Editor’s Picks Awards
2016 | "Best For Food" "Best for Suites" "Best Excursions" - Town & Country Travel
2016 | "Best for Food" - Cruise International Awards 2016
2016 | Porthole Cruise Magazine Reader’s Choice Award: "Best Main Dining Room"
2015 | "Best for Foodies" - Fodor's Travel World's Best Cruises
2015 | "Best Lines for Foodies" - Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships
2014 | Cruise Critic Editors' Picks: "Best Dining"
Cruise Line Awards
2016 | "The World’s Best Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines" - World’s Best Awards (Travel + Leisure)
2016 | "Boutique Cruise Line of the Year" - Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards 2016
2016 | "Best Premium Cruise Line" - Virtuoso Travel Awards 2016
2015 | "Best Contemporary Cruise Line" - Virtuoso Supplier Awards
2014 | "Best Cruise Line (#5)" - Condé Nast Traveler Gold List
2014 | "Best Premium/Contemporary Cruise Line" - Virtuoso Supplier Awards
2014 | Bon Voyage Magazine: "GOLD for Best Premium Line” “GOLD for Best Premium Cabins"