Marina Cruise Review by UNCsailor: Recent Cruise on Oceania's Marina
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Recent Cruise on Oceania's Marina
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Recently returned from first Oceania Cruise aboard Marina and was greatly disappointed. This was the May 12 cruise from Barcelona to Rome heavily promoted by Oceania as a tremendous culinary trip with Bon Apetit chefs and the noted Jacque Peppin. I signed up for many of the cooking classes and was told early that some of market tours and classes were reserved for a special group...so did not get those. But I did sign up for four of the Peppin classes in the Culinary Kitchen, paid the fees, but was notified only on the day of arrival with a not in the cabin that the classes were canceled. I never received an explanation or apology.
The food aboard the ship was good but not great. Red Ginger and Toscano were very good but Jacques (served a spoiled and rotten shrimp) and Polo Grill were only fair. The other dining areas did not match the quality of the dining that we enjoyed on Celebrity or Windstar. Windstar was clearly superior.
Oceania touts room service but More beware. While we enjoyed hot breakfasts on Celebrity and even Royal Carribbean the fare on Marina consisted of bread, coffee, juice, cereal or yogurt. The day time room service was no better.
What Oceania is best at is over hyping their products and offerings. Don't believe anything they print without checking customer reviews. I believe their publications and largely gross exaggerations.
Entertainment aboard Marina is second-rate. I have seen and heard better high school performances.
On two occasions for us, customers were forced to wait in the steaming sun so crew members could wait for more paying customers.
Disembarkation was a zoo. It was raining in Rome and Oceania was totally disorganized and of no help. We had to drag our bags through the pouring rain with our any direction from the crew. We wandered around to find the bus with no help from the crew. On the other hand, Celebrity in a similar situation placed our bags on the bus and unloaded them at the airline counters in Amsterdam.
Oceania is not a top rate cruise line. More than half of the cruisers were talked with had complaints about other issues.
I will not sail with Oceania in the future. Celebrity and Windstar remain higher on the list. Less
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