We took the 10 day cruise on the Marina from Stockholm to Copenhagen via the Baltic. We extended the stay on each end of the trip by 3 days making it 16 days overall. Yes it was a great trip and one that we would do again ... BUT with some adjustments.
>The Marina is a beautiful ship that is just the right size, not one of those floating cities with 3000+ passengers.
>Stateroom cabin was very nice with a granite bathroom and nice size. The veranda was somewhat useless though because of the weather on this particular cruise.
Jacques ... superb and memorable. Would have liked to go back again but could not get reservations.
Polo ... very nice but not memorable.
Red Ginger ... also very nice. The plate presentation in particular was very interesting.
Toscana ... somewhat disappointing compared to our previous Toscana experience on the Oceania Regatta.
>Regular Dining ... The buffet was surprisingly good with a changing menu of well prepared and fresh food. The main dining room was satisfactory but nothing special.
>Staff was very well trained and managed. Generally speaking they were enthusiastic, competent, and personable.
>Entertainment ... the two shows that were 'productions' from the singers and dancers were actually very enjoyable. They were well rehearsed and very well performed. The other nights were 'time fillers' at best.
>Whirlpool, gym, spa ... very nice. Spent a lot of time in this area.
>WiFi in the room was not working. We had to use the internet center.
>Concierge was disappointing. We tried three times to have the concierge resolve various issues (dinner reservations, shore excursion change, etc). All were unsuccessful as he kept referring us to other desks or phone numbers.
>Shore excursions were generally ok and ran the gamut depending on the guide for that day. However the two days in St Petersburg were extremely disappointing. The tour to Catherine's Palace can best be described as a good old fashioned cattle drive. Hordes of people pushed through narrow halls...ugh. Then the next day we booked the tour of L'Hermitage. It was billed as a four hour tour. Well not quite ... 45 minutes to get there ... 45 minutes waiting in line to get in ... once inside 20 minutes to let everyone go use the facilities ... then 90 minutes for a guided tour of the L'Hermitage ... then 45 minutes back to the ship... and then the afternoon was free! Why couldn't the tour be 6 or 8 hours? Bottom line is we had 90 minutes touring L'Hermitage. This is totally unacceptable. Recommendation for future travelers ... SPEND THE TIME TO GET YOUR RUSSIAN VISAS AND THEN BOOK PRIVATE TOURS IN ST PETERSBURG!