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Marina Cruise Review by macmax: Caribbean Pearls, March 16/11


macmax
4 Reviews
Member Since 2003
1,127 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

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Caribbean Pearls, March 16/11

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

This was our 18th cruise but the first with Oceania.

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


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Cabin review: Marina Conciege Level Veranda Deck Ten 10093

Very small shower, Extremely comfortable bed. Fairly spacious balcony. Noise from crew space across the hall at times. Convenient location to rear elevators and stairs.

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