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Marina Cruise Review by clairann2000

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Member Name: clairann2000
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Cabin Category: B2
Cabin Number: 8102
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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Ship Facts: Marina Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Marina Deck Plans
LOVELY SHIP....mostly great stuff to report
Yes this ship has tons of art, but some things are goofy...Velourish beige wallpaper outside Jacques that everyone felt compelled to write their name in (also no handrail along that hall)...An artist loft advertised in the brochures implying real art and painting much to my husband's dismay when he found out is was a crabby poorly prepared woman teaching T-shirt painting and voodoo doll making....and everyone competing for coveted Big O points as usual, but no place to see what you might earn with the points which created confusion and a bit of a time consuming process at the end...all minor because overall it was outstanding as always...and as a huge trivia buff, I hated not having a room for trivia contests as we had on other ships...the theater just does not lend itself to team trivia, it has to happen late in the day to allow for folks to be back aboard which rules out Horizon, so I think it just has to be this way...which brings up the very odd tables hooked onto the chairs in the theater that seem purposefully designed to have drinks slide off onto the floor.

One highlight was Red Ginger (Best menu afloat for sure). Huge stateroom (but how many people really want a bathtub??? We are not our parent's generation)and hurray a laundry on each floor. Better entertainment with the Oceania Singers and Dancers than we have seen aboard Oceania in the last 5 years. A bit slower service in the dining areas, but the same superb chocolate desserts and innovative cuisine and generally a staff that aims to please. Some menu innovations are odd (the goat cheese beet napolean in Polo sounds good, looks good, but tastes just like a wad of cheese) and the godawful dry ravioli in Jacques we noticed nobody ate at any other tables either after the first bite, but overall we will continue to only cruise Oceania because of the food and service and while we have loved the small ships, we will try to book on Marina or Riviera again because of Red Ginger and the upgraded entertainment.

Publication Date: 12/22/12
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