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Marina Cruise Review by jag33437

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Marina
Marina
Member Name: jag33437
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Dover
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: B1
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 1.0
Rates 1.0
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First time Oceania cruisers
We had looked forward to this trip because we were waiting for Oceania to introduce a ship made to their own specs (not from the old Renaisance Line).

We chose this particular cruise because of the Ports to be visited, although due to weather we missed two ports completely and were moved from Honfleur (a destination for some) to Le Havre.

PLUSES

This is a beautiful ship with a well-thought out layout.

Specialty restaurants are free of charge and three of the four specialty restaurants are outstanding—we were not impressed with Jacques (although others were).

Free cappucino and soft drinks.

Open dining with no multiple seatings (first and second) or fixed tables.

MINUSES

Too many to name. But here are a few (not in any particular order):

Limit of times to visit the specialty restaurants although we knew of many people in the same cabin category who were there more than their allotment.

The food in the main dining room and the terrace no better than other cruise ships that charge much less.

Several uncooperative and frankly surly staff members, particulary the restaurant reservations person.

We met many staffers whose first response to a question was 'NO', not 'I will check into it'.

The O tours were unreasonably priced. Our trips were 1/3 to ½ the price of O's offerings, including transfers from port to towns or airport.

Showers are almost unusable—too small, hard-to-use controls, over-flows—we met nobody who didn't comment on this.

Safe is so high in the room..anyone over 5'3 would be unable to see the contents.

VERY poor value compared to other ships such as Celebrity (Aqua Class) which is almost half the price, or even Crystal which is better for the same price (or close).

MANY U.S. People were extremely upset to discover that U.K. Residents paid at least ONE HALF what U.S. Residents paid plus they got $1,000 cruise credit (yes, they did not need airfare, but that does not account for the discrepency).

There were some 'HIDDEN' pluses that we were not informed of..like asking for senior rates at ports for transfers, museum entries..getting cash back for cruise credits.

We never did meet out stewardess, and had to point out that we had no soap left after 8 days..never have been on a ship before with this lack of interaction.

Entertainment was not better than high school productions (and that comment probably insults a lot of high schools).

Little concern that we missed two ports entirely and Honfleur was changed to Le Havre. No offer to contact our private tour companies for the changes or compensate for out missed opportunities.

BOTTOM LINE:

Oceania will not be seeing us again. There are too many other better options at sea.


Publication Date: 08/13/11
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