Cruise Ratings
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I really tried to enjoy Marina she comes with a great reputation however overall I was disappointed. 1. The decor is very dated I know she was refurbished only a couple of years ago, but why make her look so dull, old fashioned and ... Read More
I really tried to enjoy Marina she comes with a great reputation however overall I was disappointed. 1. The decor is very dated I know she was refurbished only a couple of years ago, but why make her look so dull, old fashioned and over-done? 2.The enrichment and shore information was non existent. No lectures, no on screen information just an overview in the daily news letter. Every day the local TA would be available on the ship - that's it. 3.We were hoping to dance while on the cruise but we found the band in the horizons lounge to have a repetitive repertoire with a thin sound. They also looked most of the time pretty disinterested. 4.The shuttle buses were a disaster in most ports. Long queues, long waits, lots of frustrated guests, us included. Lots of statements that the shuttle buses are provided by the local authorities and Oceania takes no responsibility. It seems to me that if Oceania advertise that their ship is visiting a locatation then they should make it their business to ensure their guests are able to get there. 5. In in room information services whilst providing next to no information about the ports spend a lot of time advertising (paid) services at the spa, the shops. 6. We went to a couple of the stage productions and they were really good. The dancing music and singing were terrific. Other nights we would walk in to see what was playing and walk out again disappointed. 7 The food was overall of a high standard in the buffet restaurant. The wines offered on the most part were very good also. 8. The coffee in Barista's is terrible.I wouldn't care so much but they make such a big deal about having proper baristas on board 9. Of the specialty restaurants we had one fabulous dinner at Red Ginger, and the second time it was average. The Polo Grill was nothing special, we had a great Italian meal In Toscano however Jacques was a real disappointment. Was that dry chicken breast with thickened mushroom sauce meant to be coq au vin? I question the (french) waiter and he agreed with me and then said: "what can I say, the chef is Canadian!" 10. The staff everywhere on this ship are terrific, friendly, nothing too much trouble 11. Internet was painfully slow (2KB a sec) and only allowed one device at a time per cabin Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We wanted to see the Baltic and were not disappointed. We prefer the relaxed pace of river cruising, also because of the relative ease of getting into port, and the lack of sea days. This trip was as close to that as we could find on an ... Read More
We wanted to see the Baltic and were not disappointed. We prefer the relaxed pace of river cruising, also because of the relative ease of getting into port, and the lack of sea days. This trip was as close to that as we could find on an ocean cruise. There was only one sea day, all other days being in port. The ports were great. We took only the Russian tours, which were essentially forced on us by Russia’s visa policies. We liked the food, and found that it wasn’t necessary to eat in the specialty restaurants as the same food was available elsewhere. We liked our fellow passengers, and their diverse backgrounds. There were only two, minor, complaints, one being a matter of taste. One is that the coffee on board was pretty awful, a common complaint by Australians and New Zealanders like us, no doubt. The barista in charge of the only espresso machine on board needs to visit Auckland or Melbourne to learn how to use it. We didn’t like quite a lot of the ship’s decor. In some public rooms it looked like an explosion in a self-conscious interior designer’s shop. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my first, and will be my only Oceania cruise. Overall, the cruise was very disappointing, especially considering how much money we paid. The good: - The rooms were spacious with lots of storage - The food was quite ... Read More
This was my first, and will be my only Oceania cruise. Overall, the cruise was very disappointing, especially considering how much money we paid. The good: - The rooms were spacious with lots of storage - The food was quite good, especially in the speciality restaurants The bad: - We paid for a conceirge room. Big mistake. The conceirge was horrible. When asked about short excursions, he said to go to the shore excursion desk. When asked about dinner reservations, he said to go to the restaurant. He just sat at his desk on his computer ignoring all the customers. To illustrate just how poor his service was, the door to the lounge on the port side was not working. Even though his chair was less than 10 feet away he would never get up to open it. You either had to go around or rely on other passengers to open it for you. (He also never called to get it fixed. Every day he would say, "I need to call on that".) - Docking locations. Our ship primarily docked in commerical shipping areas. We saw many other ships docked at the cruise ship terminals, but not ours. In Dublin our cab driver asked why our ship was docked next to the dump! Few transports were provided into town. Is Oceania cutting corners? - Tours. The Oceania tours were crowded and over-priced. Did much better with ViaTour. - Cooking lesson. This was something I was really looking forward to. My friend and I took a class on "Cooking on Fire". It seemed that the Chef only wanted to answer questions asked by the male guests. When a male pointed out that I had a question, it was responded to in a very condescending tone, calling me "sir". (I am a woman.) Needless to say, I did not take a second cooking class. The Chef's helpers were very good. The other guests who have traveled with Oceania before said this cruise was not up to their normal standards. They were spectulating that perhaps it is because they were recently sold. A number of them said they were going to try a different cruise line for their next cruise. For me, I would be much happier in a Conceirge level room on Holland America or in a balcony room on Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to visit Norway again & since this cruise also had some new to us ports we booked it It was round trip Amsterdam which was also a good feature for us We took the cruise only fare & booked our own Bus class ... Read More
We wanted to visit Norway again & since this cruise also had some new to us ports we booked it It was round trip Amsterdam which was also a good feature for us We took the cruise only fare & booked our own Bus class seat on Air Canada ..wonderful lie flat seats we managed to actually sleep on the flight Embarkation: We we were in a B cabin so we arrived about 1:00pm minimal line up & we were onboard quickly went to the Terrace for a quick bite to eat amazingly it was not crowded like other embarkation days when our cabins were ready we dropped off the carry on bags then went wandering back to cabin to unpack before muster Muster was quick & painless as usual some people felt the drill was not for them after Muster we headed to Horizons after dropping off our life vests we had our Cruise Critic Meet & Greet A section was roped off with a sign for CC (Thank you Dominique) We had a good turn out I would guess about 50 + people as well as the CD Peter & GM Dominique after that dinner in the Terrace with our TA & a small group of her clients & a surprise guest Mr Bob Binder & his wife were also on the cruise The cruise was very smooth sailing we did have a issue one day one of the life boats had a leak so required us to stay later in port until it was fixed we were a little late getting into the next port but at least we made it there was some doubt the night before whether we would or just have a sea day The Oceania crew came through Food was very good with some hiccups but who is perfect all the time We ate in Red Ginger it was better than the last time we tried it but it was not that good sorry but 3 strikes we are done with Red Ginger For those that say the food there is not spicy enough ..you should have had my Green Curry ..I had no feeling in my mouth for the duration of the meal Oh Well we prefer the GDR any way & we did not starve The scones at tea are still not like they used to be but better than our last cruise The weather was very nice then the heatwave caught up with us in some of the ports It was uncomfortable for me so we did not do too much in those ports ..some we had been to before Overall the cruise was very good & we booked another on onboard (which we rarely do) Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The route to Norway, with fjords and other destinations, like Warnemunde,Copenhagen, Oslo, Skagen. All destinations were so beautiful, the weather as well.. so lucky. The Ports very welcoming, only one time we needed transport by ... Read More
The route to Norway, with fjords and other destinations, like Warnemunde,Copenhagen, Oslo, Skagen. All destinations were so beautiful, the weather as well.. so lucky. The Ports very welcoming, only one time we needed transport by bus. All the other destinations by feet to the center or other interesting places. The food, Top Class, in the main restaurant, every day NEW menu with surprising choices, sometimes difficult names, but our Waiter always could explain the details. Super. Because we are “ Europeans” we like to have slow diner, the first night we asked to have “slow “ diner, we are not in A rush... So they did... excellent. After two nights the host of the restaurant knew our names, stateroom and special wishes, like table alone, near the window. Super. All over very good and relaxing atmosphere, super Company!!! The speciality restaurants , great, pitty that in one restaurant, “ the Ginger” the sound of talking dinner guests is too loud, ofcourse they offered an other quiet place. The attention of the staf is high level. Everywere. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The Marina is a wonderful ship with exemplary service and dining geared toward adult travelers. We spent four pre-cruise days in Amsterdam and a week post-cruise in London. Be sure to make your own arrangements from Southampton to London ... Read More
The Marina is a wonderful ship with exemplary service and dining geared toward adult travelers. We spent four pre-cruise days in Amsterdam and a week post-cruise in London. Be sure to make your own arrangements from Southampton to London before disembarking. Taxis are available if you don’t, but are expensive. Experiencing the Banksy and Van Gogh museums, Scandinavian fjords, Oslo Sculpture Park, reindeer sausage, fish market in Bergen, everything Beatles in Liverpool, Edinburgh Castle, having tea and scones at Windsor Castle and seeing the shows ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ in London and ‘The King and I’ at The Palladium were some of the highlights. The ship excursions are somewhat overpriced so we research the ports and like to self explore. The historic significance of Irish, Scottish and English churches, catacombs, and castles I omnipresent. Westminster Abbey is a must do experience. Do not let the line/wait deter you. Embarking and disembarking is a breeze on The Marina. We’ve already booked a 180 day around-the-world cruise on the Regatta for 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This is the third time we been on a cruise with Oceania and had a mixed feelings about this cruise. When we booked the cruise, we selected the O-Life package which includes Economy Class Air, Gratuities, Internet Package, $400/person ... Read More
This is the third time we been on a cruise with Oceania and had a mixed feelings about this cruise. When we booked the cruise, we selected the O-Life package which includes Economy Class Air, Gratuities, Internet Package, $400/person excursions. Since that we each had $400 for the excursions and we found out that we cannot booked the excursions ahead of time. On the first day when we got on the ship, I immediately went to the Excursion Desk trying to book the excursions but unfortunately many of the popular excursions already were full. I have no choice but to get whatever was left over. This is one major drawback which I was not happy with their system. We only had dinner in the main dinning room for one night and kind of disappointed with the slow service and on top of that when a female drink waitress came to take order for the drinks, when we told her that we don't drink at all and she immediately was not happy at all and kind of gave us a bad look and left. That was another poor service which we were so disappointed from such a " luxury " cruise line. Almost every night we went back to have the buffet dinner which we enjoyed it very much because in that place which you can order the lobster tails and rib steaks all you want and they were so delicious. On the whole we enjoyed eating all our meals in the buffet style more that in the main dinning room. Most of the excursions which we booked were not too bad, most of the guides were very informative and pleasant. Norway was the best place to visit of all the Scandinavian countries which we visited. Especially the Fjords were spectacular and we highly recommend people to go to visit Norway and spend more time to learn about their cultures and we enjoyed visiting all the 7 Norwegian cities during our 14 days cruise. People there were very friendly and less crowded compare to Sweden, Denmark and Holland. One disappointing thing about the cruise was the Embarkation, when we arrived at the Pier for embarkation, we all have to wait in long lines and waited for close to an hour before we were being served. I think that the Oceania Cruise Line needs to come up with a more efficient way to speed up their Embarkation process for all the passengers. On the contrast, the Disembarkation was very efficient, short and quick to get off the boat. We saw three evening shows which were performed by the cruise entertainers and we thought that the dancing was great but the singing was not too professional. The most disappointing performance was the night where they try to put on a Broadway show........since this cruise has most of the seniors on this ship and they sang too many new Broadway show tunes that we are unfamiliar with and those songs were not popular at all. Most of the people we talked to after the show were v. disappointed with this Broadway show because of bad selection of songs. On top of that we don't think that the Cruise Director is not a very friendly guy to the guests. He hardly greeted any non-Caucasians on the cruise, we are thinking of not taking any more of the Marina till they have a new Cruise Director on board. On the whole the cabin attendants, the buffet dinning staffs, Reception staffs and also the Specialty Restaurant staffs were all have v. friendly to the guests which we were deeply appreciated their hard work. We thoroughly enjoyed our Ocean View cabin especially the bathroom is all made out of granite/marble. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I and my wife and 9 other friends took a cruise aboard the Oceania Marina around the Bay of Biscay. The ship’s itinerary started in Amsterdam, then to Dover in England, then Honfleur in France, then down the west coast of France, then ... Read More
I and my wife and 9 other friends took a cruise aboard the Oceania Marina around the Bay of Biscay. The ship’s itinerary started in Amsterdam, then to Dover in England, then Honfleur in France, then down the west coast of France, then the north coast of Spain, ending in Lisbon. This route is not often offered by the cruise lines, but turned out to be quite good and enjoyable. We learnt many new things. For instance, the west coast of France is mostly flat marsh land. We enjoyed the fresh mussels in the smaller ports. In the city of LaRochelle, they had created many canals to controls the marshes, so the city looks like Venice, but the scenery is all green. We took a punted boat ride in these green canals. The Bordeaux region is home to the Bordeaux wine. We visited several major wineries, including the Margaux. We saw the grapes for the cabernet sauvignon are actually quite small. We learnt that the vine tree is quite small and short, and that the older the tree the sweeter the grapes, with some of them 50 years old. We also learnt that the vineyards in the Bordeaux region in France, are never artificially irrigated. They depend purely on natural rainfall. The region is huge and flat with thousands of vineyards. The cost of the average bottle is 80 Euros, one third of the price in the USA. The ship could not dock at Biarritz because of rough seas, which is common in this region, and had to by-pass it. This was unfortunate, because the nearby town of San Sebastian is said to be very beautiful. This route is noted for having several Michelin 3-star restaurants in its path, offering lunch with 14 course tasting menus for 200 Euros per person. We tried 4 of them. We learnt that most of these 3-star restaurants are never located in the city center, but in the countryside, since they usually have a very large foot print. Some of them have their own vegetable farm, or even their own vineyard attached to the restaurant, and they make their own wine and their own herbs. In Paris, we had lunch at the Gay Savoy. In Bordeaux, we had lunch at the Pierre Ganaire. In Bilbao, Spain, we had lunch at the Azurmenti restaurant. I counted 25 chefs in the huge kitchen. In Lisbon, we had dinner at the Belconte. So, what started as a simple cruise turned into a Gastronomic Cruise. In some ways, this was unnecessary because the food on the ship was already quite good. In Porto, at the northern end of Portugal, we learnt of heavy British influence, because of the British interest in Port wine and Sherry. Some of the current owners of the large wineries are still British. We learnt that in the manufacture of Port, after the usual brewing for a few years, the brewing process is artificially stopped, killing all the yeast, and then sugar is added to give the sweet taste. Port comes in 3 types, standard red (claret), tawny (light brown), and white. Some of the barrels are enormous, bigger than a room. Exposure to air is important, with the bigger the barrel, the less the exposure. The exposure is provided through the wood of the barrel. In Lisbon, the taxis are very cheap, and the most notable is the custard cake with flaking pastry dough. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We have cruised with Oceania seven times so that speaks for itself how we regarded this cruise line. After visiting the Van Gogh museum and generally walking around Amsterdam we commenced our 23 days on Marina from 24 September to ... Read More
We have cruised with Oceania seven times so that speaks for itself how we regarded this cruise line. After visiting the Van Gogh museum and generally walking around Amsterdam we commenced our 23 days on Marina from 24 September to Barcelona, disembarking on 16 October. We thoroughly enjoyed the nightly entertainment and, as usual the dining experience was excellent, including the times we had breakfast in our room. Most ports of call were enjoyable with a couple offering nothing at all. Think they were just a stopping off point for Oceania's excursions. As we had to cancel a cruise on Sirena last year we decided to upgrade to a Penthouse Suite for this trip which was disappointing as it is actually only an extended Concierge level room with butler service. Definitely not worth the considerable extra cost. All was well until the very last night when I stupidly left a whole drawer full of clothes behind. We packed the night before, left our cases out for removal to the pier the next morning and flew straight home to Melbourne the same day. Upon my return home I realised so many items were missing, including items I had bought during the trip, still with their tags on as well as items bought specially for the cruise. I realised I had left them in a particular drawer in the room. I immediately contacted Customer Services in Australia by email (unable to speak to anybody on the phone) and long story short, after a fortnight of emails flying back and forth I was informed the items could not be found and the case was closed and we look forward to seeing you again on Oceania! Hmm. My question is - how could a drawer full of clothes disappear into thin air? Is this an acceptable outcome? Is this normal? Whilst onboard we were treated well by all members of staff, as was reflected in our comments on the questionnaire issued by the cruise company, but once off the ship it appears to be a different matter. To use the word disappointing is an understatement. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Our second journey on Marina in three years. This one 12 days vs 26 days on earlier cruise. This itinerary was very port intensive with no at sea days. For a 12 day cruise it was very manageable. We missed one port due to poor tendering ... Read More
Our second journey on Marina in three years. This one 12 days vs 26 days on earlier cruise. This itinerary was very port intensive with no at sea days. For a 12 day cruise it was very manageable. We missed one port due to poor tendering weather conditions at Biarritz, so Bilbao had us for an extra day. The food and service was as good as our previous cruise. We tended to use the Terrace Restaurant a lot when you have a port intensive itinerary, due to the simplicity of having a meal done in a decent time period, versus longer serve time meal in the Grand Dining room. Personal choice only. Service in both Terrace and Grand Dining Room was at the usual high standard of Oceania. Of the 4 other restaurant venues, Toscana was our odds on favourite. Polo Grill is the "steak" place and didn't fail our expectations. The Oceania Shore excursions was a cut above our previous experiences, in terms of quality of itinerary and guides. This cruise had a large of handicap passengers, which seemed odd as the ports we visited were by no means handicap friendly. Cobble stone streets and hilly areas, did not seem ideal. Just an observation ! The stateroom service staff were very accommodating and although we had been in Concierge on our other trips, the level of service difference was negligible. Our balcony stateroom was comfortable and spacious for our clothes, baggage and purchase we made during the cruise. We attended a couple of Entertainment events and they were of very high quality, but the intensity of port excursions made for long days and early mornings, so we bypassed the late night opportunities . We had booked this cruise very late and with the almost at capacity situation, we had a very tough time getting decent dinner reservations. Somehow this didn't make sense as we noted that even at the early "fully booked" restaurant times, there were quite a few vacant tables in each restaurant as we peeked in. 12 days with no at-sea days is quite manageable, but beyond that, at least one rest day break should be in the plan. Happy Hour 2-1 Martini's seemed to be a bit misleading, as we found that the drink sizes offered were were about half the size of a normal drink, so didn't rush into getting there for the Happy Hour....not a deal at all! Heads up ......on this sailing from Amsterdam, meant we were subjected to Dutch tax rules throughout our journey. Not sure what it would have been from another port, but I heard that there is a difference. Read Less
Marina Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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