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Marina Cruise Review by jag33437: First time Oceania cruisers


jag33437
3 Reviews
Member Since 2006
121 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 3.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 1.0
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 1.0
Value for Money 1.0

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First time Oceania cruisers

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Embarkation: Dover

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 More 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. Less


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Cabin review: Marina Veranda Stateroom Deck Eight

7041..Good location to stairway and elevator, quiet. Cabin is about the same size as Celebrity Solstice class ship- Aqua class..no bid deal. It's not the sq ft but the use of space that counts. Balcony adequate. Shower is horrible, so small that a normal sized person can barely turn around. Everyone complained of this. Safe so high that you cannot see the contents..lucky for them if you leave money in the bottom. Storage adequate. Lighting poor especially in bathroom. Food a disappointment except is specialties where there is no UP charge. Some of the service a big disappointment. Cruise tours..DO NOT TAKE THEM...very overpriced, even for transfers. Entertainment..poor, amateur productions. Casino..awful machine choices for those of us who consider that our evening entertainment. First time Oceania for us..stewardess did not introduce herself. Overall, a poor value and Oceania will not see us again. We are experienced cruisers on good ships.

Port and Shore Excursions


A little young and crowded.

Ann Frank house is worth the visit, but book on line..lines without tickets are very long.

Hop On canal ride is okay. Flower market is pretty.


Hope your visit isn't on Sunday as little is open. Gorgeous chocolate shops. Lace shops are nice but expensive. We have a 6 EURO cup of coffee in the main square (that was $8.50!!!) The canal ride around Brugge was terrific and inexpensive. This is far from the port and a pricey cab ride, but don;'t go from the ship. There are plenty of online cab bookings. Too far to walk.

Want to go back...beautiful place.


We chose to go to Normandy. Book Privately. We used NST and were happy with them. Normandy is well worth the long ride.We used NST for St. Malo and Mt. St. Michelle also with the same driver. Well worth the ride. Both a good value.

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