Marina Cruise Review by Tropiclady: Tahitian Breezes - January 27, 2013
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Tahitian Breezes - January 27, 2013
This was our second time on the Marina and it was as beautiful as we remembered. There were 4 of us travelling together and we all felt the same. Our trip started in Papeete where we spent two days before embarking on the Marina. The embarking process even though it would not have been our first choice was handled well. Since we were not embarking until 6 pm, everyone had to check in at the Papeete City Hall. It was very busy as is to be expected but check in went quickly and refreshments were provided. We opted to walk to the ship from the hall instead of taking the bus as it was fairly close. Once we were onboard we headed straight to our room to drop off our carry-on baggage. The room looked as good as we remembered and even had a few great changes in the bathroom. We always liked having both the bath tub and small shower but now there was some new shelving and a small glass partition so that you could shower in the tub as well.
Restaurants: Our first stop was the More Terrace Cafe for dinner. We were some of the first passengers to arrive the first night but the staff soon had has us setup outside and enjoying the sunset and view. The Terrace cafe is probably our favorite restaurant to eat in. The food at any meal there has several selections and I can't imagine anyone finding fault with it especially when you can have grilled lobster every night. We also really enjoyed the speciality restaurants with Toscana still being my favourite. The Red Ginger and Polo would come in second as a tie. Jacques is good as well but prefer the menu at the other restaurants even though I love the pumpkin soup at Jacques. We did not eat in the Grand Dining Room as we much prefer the atmosphere at the Terrace Cafe. The staff and service in all of the restaurants and bars was exceptional and accommodating.
Excursions: We mainly did private tours this trip and I have written several reviews for them on tripadvisor so won't go into detail here. We did do one Oceania shore excursion in Raiatea to the island of Taha'a which was very good but severely overpriced. My biggest complaint with Oceania would be the price of their shore excursions. We were scheduled to do one more Oceania shore excursion in Moorea but we missed this island due to bad weather. We were lucky enough to be spending two days in Moorea after the cruise so not too disappointing for us. The staff handled this extra sea day very well and added a few more things to the ship's program that day.
Entertainment: We attended several shows onboard and all were good. We especially enjoyed the troupe from Nuku Hiva that Oceania brought onboard. We had a great time at the Pool Party and love the Siglo band. In fact, a group of us could be found most nights in Horizons listening and dancing to the Siglo band. We did go the Casino once but refrained from going again after that. If you are a table gamer than you probably would enjoy but the slot machine selection is really poor and out dated. Oceania, please update your slot machines! A group of us played Team Trivia a few times and boy were we the underdogs! I think we finished last every time and some of these teams take their trivia very seriously!
Culinary Class: My husband and I really enjoyed the culinary class that we did. We thought that the recipe choices were good, easy to do and tasted good as well. However, our friends did a different class and they thought that it was only so so. So I think your experience really depends on which class you do. On one of our sea days we attended one of the cooking demonstrations and thought that this was good. Plus, you get to go home with all of the recipes!
Internet: Very, very expensive so we did not purchase a package but did use the email provided a couple of times. It is $3.95 to send out an email so you don't want to be using that too often either. It is free to receive emails through the Oceania email account.
Fitness Room: We worked out a few times and find this room not only well equipped but laid out quite nicely. Gatorade and bottled water provided in the fridge was appreciated.
Service and Staff: No complaints! In fact the staff and service onboard the Marina in all areas is exceptional. We of course had our favorite staff but didn't find fault with anyone.
Overall this was another great cruise and experience. We think Oceania has spoiled us for other cruise lines! Less
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