Marina Cruise Review by Ronald-NL: City oriented itinerary on an excellent ship
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City oriented itinerary on an excellent ship
Destination: Baltic Sea
Ship Like all Oceania ships the Marina offers superb quality. A bit more expensive then e.g. NCL, but worth every penny. The attitude of personnel is so friendly that you immediately feel at home.
Especially the food is above praise, in the main restaurant as well as in the specialty restaurants (which are included in the cruise price).
We like the Polo Grill and the Toscana best, and Red Ginger least.
One reservation can be made in each of the 4 specialty restaurants.
Special mention should be made for the Barristo Coffee bar, where excellent Illy specialty coffees (and the great Frappucino soft coffe ice) are served free of charge (like all non-alcoholic drinks). Great after a walk in town!
Another nice treat is the daily afternoon tea in the Horizons lounge: a classic English high tea.
Being a relatively small ship the shows are mediocre, but certainly worthwhile.
However we must say that on the Marina the guest More performers were not as good as a few month ago on it's sister ship Riviera (in the Caribic).
Oceania cruises are a bit more restrained then many other lines.
They can best be characterized by the fact that the on board music is by a string quartet + a pianist, against loud pop music and party pools which are present wih e.g. HAL, NCL, etc.
The Baltic cruise is practically complete directed at visits to characteristec Hanze cities. The scenery around it is pretty flat and uninteresting.
We didn't use the ship excursions, as they are outrageously expensive (even compared to the shore excursion prices of other cruise lines, which are already excessively high).
Anyway, the best way to experience a city is by walking around. We searched on the web for city walks, which we printed and took as a guideline.
Remarkable is that we got 3 days to spend in St.Petersburg, which in our opinion is too long, especially as you can only go into town with an organized excursion (which need not to be a ships excursion).
2 days are sufficient. The local tourist agencies initially didn't want to book a 2 day tour, as our ship was 3 days in port. However, after discovering that an NCL ship was 2 days in port during the same period, Alla tours was willing to sell us a 2 day tour, which was good (but overpriced compared to tours offered to people with a Russian visum). Less
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