Second time on Marina and again an excellent experience: Marina Cruise Review by Dutch Explorers
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Second time on Marina and again an excellent experience
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Now we just returned from our second cruise on marina and we have to say it was even a better experience than the first time.
In a lot of areas I noticed significant improvement (mainly due to fact the staff was more used to the new ship).
The embarkation was very smooth and very quick. Within 10 minutes we were on board.
The food is really something special. Highlights for me were The spicy duck and water melon salad at Red Ginger, La Reserve (again money well spend)and the lobster thermidor at Jacques.
On our first cruise we did not go for the Terrace Cafe for dinner but after reading so many good reviews we tried it and it was a delight. Great selection on the Grill form rib eye to lobster every evening.
The cabin was similar to our last cruise except this time we had a veranda.
The first More time I had some difficulty with the shower. I am 6.4 and the shower was really small. Now for the second time I did not mind so much as I knew what to expect.
Overall very nice cabins and more than enough space.
We cannot comment on the entertainment as we only went to 2 shows. The shows we saw were very entertaining but then again some magic and some good jokes and we are happy.
The ports were very nice with as highlights Kotor and Athens. Where necessary shuttle services were provided.
We did not book any shore excursions with Oceania as the prices were extremely high. It was very easy to arrange our own tours even on the destination itself.
Disembarkation in Istanbul was quite chaotic because in total 3 ships were disembarking and the parking space for the shuttles, buses and private transfers was completely gridlocked. We took a taxi and that was by far the quickest way.
If you like excellent food, no kids, great service, great itineraries and no hassle this is definitely the ship for you. Less