Marina Cruise Review by Joe-Neth: Oceania: Average food and never sure about next destination.
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Oceania: Average food and never sure about next destination.
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Our first experience with Oceania was at the Insignia. Then we missed the main attraction of the journey and the officers did not tell the truth about the reasons. See the review.
Nevertheless we decided to try this company once more. This time a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean. This time even 2 ports were canceled because of so called "swells". Again doubts if this was really necessary.
We made two very nice excursions: Saint Paul and Lucca. The so called walking tours are much too expensive and you can easily do them on your own.
Venice, Florence and Dubrovnik are so beautiful.....
Then the ship Marina:
The atrium and other public rooms are more beautiful and less kitsch than at other ships. Alas the cabin was smaller then expected. Also the beds are too small, but the quality is excellent. The bathroom is big enough, but the big bathtub takes too much room. Therefore the showerstall is too narrow.
Breakfast and lunch are surely below More standard level for xxxx-ships. Fresh orange-juice it not standard and fresh brown bread not available at breakfast.
Very little variation at lunch and dinner. Quality of food in the diningroom is just poor. It's much better at the specialty restaurants, but then often served too fast and/or too cold.
Oceania at its best moments can be compared to Azamara. The difference is that on Azamara this level is standard.
Ths cruise-director was good, especially when compared to the irritating W.Aames on Insignia, who also kept back important information about the schedule of the ship.
All together: I would not advise anybody to choose Oceania. Less
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