Marina Cruise Review by Averagetraveler: Oceania Marina Baltics 2012- Not so much
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Oceania Marina Baltics 2012- Not so much
Much hype, not so much substance. First the good - great cabin stewards and fantastic friendly staff - (not sure of officers - never saw them).
The itinerary was great, although one port was aborted (Visby) because of rough water - this was the only tender port.
The cabins were nice - bathtub a nice touch. Clean, good maintenance and very comfortable. Avoid the stern however as we were woken every morning by the dropping of anchor - so loud and so much vibration that we thought we were attached to the anchor.
And for the "not so much".
* FOOD * The dining certainly not what I would have expected given the all the promotion about finest dining at sea. The specialty restaurants were no better than the buffet. One would have thought the Italian restaurant could "do" pasta, but no better than bad cafeteria food. Steak in the Grand Dining Room was so tough we could not cut or chew it. The "memorable" quality of the food was that it was just not More great. On the up side, the portions were modest and in the buffets all food was served to guests avoiding waste and the spectacle of guests staggering to their tables with plates heaped with food - a frequent site on most cruises I've been on.
* ENTERTAINMENT* Entertainment was also a disappointment, given what had been advertised. We sat through 2 shows and stayed only because we felt it would be rude to walk out.
TV schedule was simply awful - most of the channels dedicated to Oceania promotion and those that were not played 3rd rate sit coms (two and a half men and two broke girls??) and over again. A few movies repeated at random. Some dark sci-fi stuff - no idea about what it was. No information about what was on when, so it you watch TV to decompress you will see the same stuff over and over again. Would be an idea to list TV schedule daily - but this could be embarrassing for the ship to do as it would illustrate how little thought went into this.
* SHORE EXCURSIONS* I feel so sad for people who book through cruise lines. Itineraries are ordinary, large groups are so not the way to see anything or be able to listen to a good guide. And EXPENSIVE .... please people, do a tiny bit of research and book local guides. For 2 people you can hire a private guide and a driver for less than the cost of a tour offered by the ship for a group of 40. Be adventurous - pick up a taxi on the pier or rent a car. Take public transit. Anything except joining a large gaggle where the most often heard phrase is "what did she/he say?".
* SHOPPING* Ship shops not great, and sales help in main shop so unwelcoming and bitter that I avoided shopping on board. Less
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