Caribbean Pearls, March 16/11: Marina Cruise Review by macmax
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Caribbean Pearls, March 16/11
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Oceania's new ship Marina has the look and feel of an upscale boutique hotel and at 66,000 tons she is not too big or too small. The majority of the public areas are very elegant in appearance with the exception of the main theatre which is very gloomy with extremely poor sight lines and the extremely tacky looking Martini Bar that would be more at home on a Carnival ship. She will probably be costly to maintain as the dark finishing on the walls etc tend to show the nicks and scratches.
The balcony stateroom was very nicely furnished with a wall mounted flat screen TV, love seat couch and extremely comfortable beds. The bathroom features a full size bath tub as well as a very small shower stall. Many passengers felt that the tub took up too much valuable space resulting in limited and awkward closet space.
The dining experience was the best part of the cruise. The 4 specialty restaurants (no add'l charge) More offered a truly 5 star dining experience rivaling the finer dining restaurants on land. The service in the main dining room was inconsistent resulting in 2.5 hrs for dinner one night. We ate many meals in the Terrace Cafe which features a very extensive buffet and a lovely area at the rear for open air dining.
While we usually have wonderful service on all cruise lines, the crew on Marina was without a doubt the most attentive, responsive, outgoing, interactive and friendly that we have ever had. Everyone that we encountered from the Captain to the cleaning staff seemed to make a special effort to inquire as to how our day was going etc.
As far as negatives go; there is nowhere to get a snack from 4-6PM or after 10PM other than through room service. Oceania charges an exorbitant 18% gratuity on the bar bill while most cruise lines charges 15%. This is not a ship for night owls as everything seemed to shut down by midnight.
Overall we had a wonderful cruise experience and can't wait to sail with Oceania again. Less