Small-Shippers at Heart

October 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

Despite finding their ideal cruise years ago aboard the now retired 114-passenger Spirit of Oceanus, member PDX Steve and his wife were open to new cruise experiences. Oceania’s 1,258-passenger Marina caught their eyes as they were browsing through Cruise Critic member reviews, so the couple booked its 25-day South Pacific sailing out of Sydney.


Almost everything — from the ship’s design, comfortable atmosphere and exquisite dining — seemed perfect. But even so, something just didn’t sit well with this couple.
Turns out PDX Steve and his wife just prefer super-small ships. They acknowledged they’re in the minority when it comes to their lack of enthusiasm for the “glitz and glam” lifestyle and onboard entertainment. Their cause wasn’t helped by their bias against cruise lines shore excursions — which PDX Steve refers to as “overpriced bus rides.”
After that eye-opening cruise, the couple are awaiting their next sailing aboard Oceania’s smaller Nautica, which PDX Steve describes as roughly half the size and double the appeal. (Only this time, they’ll be booking shore excursions with fellow passengers on Cruise Critic roll calls.) Until PDX Steve weighs in on 700-passenger ships, you can read his full review for more details about life onboard Marina.
For their efforts, PDX Steve and four other Reviewers of the Week — Cruise Raider, Clappy, WizBang and LaBrava03 — receive Cruise Critic logo items.
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