65 Barcelona Oceania Marina Cruise Reviews

We are a “retired” couple in our late 60s (most passengers were in their 60s/70s) with more than 30 cruises with different lines (Windstar, Azamara, Celebrity, Princess, Star Clippers, Norwegian, and a couple more) ; however, this was ... Read More
We are a “retired” couple in our late 60s (most passengers were in their 60s/70s) with more than 30 cruises with different lines (Windstar, Azamara, Celebrity, Princess, Star Clippers, Norwegian, and a couple more) ; however, this was our first on Oceania. Of note, there were more than a handful of children but no children’s programs. We don’t imbibe much and don’t purchase drink packages, nor do we drink wine. These would be extra charges without the O’Life package which we did not choose (booked cruise only). We upgraded to a concierge level stateroom 10 days before sailing but failed to utilize the amenities included at that level much. The sailing’s 15-day itinerary was Barcelona (overnight), Valencia, Palma de Majorca, and Palamos (Spain), Toulon (France), Monaco (overnight); Antibes (France), La Spezia (for Cinque Terre Italy), Ajaccio (Corsica), Livorrno (for Florence/Tuscany), Sorrento/Capri, Amalfi/Positano, and disembarkation at Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy. It did not have, any sea days We booked our own air and the cruise line’s transfer from the airport (would recommend finding other transfer or a taxi as it would have been about half-price). Booked a shared van transfer for disembarkation to the airport. We arrived before 9 am, but needed to wait for other flight arrivals before being transferred to the ship. Embarkation was not available until noon ; however, concierge level access to stateroom was at 1 pm. Embarkation was smooth except for the carryon items being scanned through security taking awhile due to the quantity of new passengers arriving about the same time. Buffet lunch was available immediately. Oceania’s policy in the Terrace Café (buffet) for breakfast and lunch is that all food is served by their staff. You cannot serve yourself even a roll. There is outdoor seating there. While dinner is also available there, we eat in the dining room or at a specialty restaurant for all dinners. Specialty restaurants are by reservation only and the main dining room is available 6:30-9:30 (anytime dining). There are four specialty restaurants where only one reservation per is available to book online prior to sailing. Additional dinners in these specialty dining rooms are available to book the day of your choice of additional dining there. Early times were hard to come by; the menu was always the same in each restaurant , but the menu options varied greatly in each. Jacques served French food, Red Ginger Asian, Tuscana Italian, and Polo Grill was a Steakhouse mainly. Food was good in all; however, we felt for a luxury line touted as a superb culinary experience, it wasn’t much above average to the lines we sailed, and not superb. The Grand Dining Room did offer more of a variety than most lines’ MDR. Stateroom – Concierge room was the same as a regular veranda with a king bed (282 sq. ft including balcony), loveseat and table, desk area, and plenty of closet space and drawers The marble bathroom with plenty of storage around the sink area (plus two shelves next to the toilet) was slightly larger than most premium/luxury lines as it had a separate tub with shower head and a regular shower with glass door (albeit small). The mini-bar with soda, bottled sparkling water, and other mixers is restocked daily if you ask the room steward to keep your favorites in there, You can remove those furnished that you don’t use. The line has converted to a glass container of water which is refilled as needed. When going ashore, bottled water in plastic containers is available when disembarking. Concierge class has a key-entry lounge available 24/7 with snacks, coffee and other beverages. We had room service for breakfast twice when we had early tours which came with a tablecloth en suite. Four suite categories are available with butlers. Public rooms – Public rooms were a generous size and furnished nicely as expected on a luxury line. The ship’s singers/dancers were excellent , the caliber of a Broadway show in NYC. Some of the other entertainment was not as good, especially the magicians. The pool deck was of sufficient size with padded lounge chairs and cotton coverings. Horizons Bar at the top of the ship had good entertainment by a trio who sang a variety of musical genre; and a string quartet who played nightly in another lounge area outside the Grand Dining Room. There was table-tennis and shuffleboard, as well as putt-putt golf. The spa and fitness center were large and my massage was very good. The Sanctuary area was available to Concierge level and above guests. Casino was small and on board shopping was as expected for a luxury line. Shore Excursions – Since my husband is lacking in physical mobility (not good on hills or uneven pavement and unable to stand or walk for extended time periods), we elected to purchase 7 ship excursions in advance as there was a special 20% discount for that quantity. Overall we were disappointed in those; although they were rated correctly for difficulty, IMHO they lacked good content. This is a very subjective topic, so maybe others enjoyed them We also took a few independent excursions arranged by cruise critic roll call members and as one would expect, they were better. Service – We found the service to be good, but no staff went above and beyond IMO and the room steward was lacking a bit, in our opinion. Ports of call – We were disappointed with a few, but it may have been we were unhappy with the excursion which tainted our opinion. Much of Italy we had previously visited and were excited to return to, as well as Monaco which we felt didn’t need the overnight, although one could take an excursion out of town to utilize the extra time there. Would we choose Oceania again? Probably not as we felt they didn’t meet our expectations which were high for the culinary and luxury aspects of the line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We choose to sail with Oceania as we had done so twice before & found them to be excellent. Everything is very well organized no matter what the aspect of the ship is - shipboard muster, restaurants, cleaning, tours, barista, afternoon ... Read More
We choose to sail with Oceania as we had done so twice before & found them to be excellent. Everything is very well organized no matter what the aspect of the ship is - shipboard muster, restaurants, cleaning, tours, barista, afternoon tea, activities, disbursement of nightly & daily information on ports, activities, weather, etc. The food was very good whether it was the buffet, the 4 specialty restaurants, the dining room, etc. We thought there was plenty of storage space. One should not bring 3 or 4 large suitcases & expect to have storage for all those articles of clothing, although that may??? possible. The ship was always VERY clean whether it was our stateroom or the ship in general. Many times we would pass the staff cleaning the walls, "public" bathrooms, hallways, dining areas, etc. We did not go to any of the shows so I can't comment on them. There were very few children on board & the few that were, were very young. Most people I would say were 60 years and older. Although we only took one of the Mariner's tours, the guide was very good and very informative. My one negative comment (on all Oceania's cruises that we have been on) is that we do think that the ship's tours are very expensive. Lastly, unfortunately on our May 3, 2019 from Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia) disembarkation was a nightmare. From what we were told, the Italian security or customs (I'm not sure exactly who/whom) was late in doing their job once the Mariner pulled into port. Consequently their tardiness, inefficiency (whatever the "issue" with the Italian officials) caused a real problem with the disembarkation of passengers. Needless to say people were anxious about getting to the airport on time, trains, etc. The first couple of colors & numbers on the luggage tags were announced, but after that it was out of control & a free for all. The process snowballed out of control due to the inefficiency of the Italian officials and then the Mariner inefficiency of not continuing with their sequence of disembarking passengers. Once off the ship the amount of people in the disembarkation hall was not manageable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We are well traveled and go to Europe quite often and have traveled to Asia. We chose this trip because of the great itinerary. From Barcelona to Rome the only disappointing stop for us was Corsica. The basics: We were on the Marina ... Read More
We are well traveled and go to Europe quite often and have traveled to Asia. We chose this trip because of the great itinerary. From Barcelona to Rome the only disappointing stop for us was Corsica. The basics: We were on the Marina in Room 9103. We liked our room but felt that it wasn't worth the money to pay for "concierge" level. The included free laundry service was nice, though. Dining: We liked the specialty restaurants, both for the food and the service. We don't particularly like cafeterias and found the buffet service was really chaotic in the mornings.. As a result, we often had breakfast in the Grand Dining Room. It was more enjoyable but service was slow. We ate there for dinner as well. Meals ranged from mediocre to quite good. The quality of service varied quite a bit here. Wine: It was overpriced. We felt that Oceania was not happy when we would order just a glass of wine rather than a bottle. And, how could our $58 bottle of wine end up costing $74?? Between required tipping and added tax we felt ripped off. I've never seen Italy add tax on wine. Oceania had no problem in doing so. Shore Excursions: What a rip off. First, I don't understand why most of the excursions were half day tours. What with drive time there is little time to actually see a place. What is the point of having a 7pm sail away when the ship brings you back at 1pm? Please, do your homework - do not take the ship's offering and do your own excursions instead. The only intended excursion we signed up for was to Girona and Figueres. It was $225 each. Because of an injury the ship's doctor ordered me to stay back and have my foot elevated. The ship refused to credit me because I had only given two days notice when I needed to have given 4 days. I sent a letter to the president of Oceania about this. He hasn't given the courtesy of a reply. Because of my injury we decided not to go to Marseilles alone and instead took the ship's tour. I knew all of the places to see. While we did see the basilica the tour guide took us to a shopping mall so we could go to a chain department store. I do not travel 5000 miles to go to a shopping mall. This excursion was quite expensive as all of Oceania's appear to be. When complaining to the excursion desk I was told that the local guides get to do whatever they want. Apparently Oceania's role is to collect the money. Barcelona: Fabulous city. We keep returning to it - easy to do on your own. Valencia: This was new to us. We loved the city - did it on our own. Monte Carlo: St Paul de Vence was a combination of train and taxi and then going back a bus and train. Quite easy to do. The next day we also took the train. Antibes: We took a train and uber to Mougins. Fabulous artsy town; then we went to Biot before taking uber back to the ship. La Spezia: We have been to Cinque Terre several times so hired a driver to take us to Lucca. The ship's excursion there would have been mostly driving. Livorno: We took a private tour to Volterra and San Gimignano with other CC people. Would we go with Oceania again? No. When the head of the company can't be bothered to reply to my letter it's time to move on and go back to land touring. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I thought the itinerary was varied and interesting with a few places we had previously visited and a few we had not. Noticed a decline in service especially in Terrace Cafe plus only one fresh vegetable served almost everyday, broccoli, ... Read More
I thought the itinerary was varied and interesting with a few places we had previously visited and a few we had not. Noticed a decline in service especially in Terrace Cafe plus only one fresh vegetable served almost everyday, broccoli, cauliflower, zuchinni mixed vegetables! Almost as many supervisors in shirt and tie as server/helpers but doing very little to help! The dinner selections in the Grand Dining Room seemed of lesser quality than on prior cruises on the same ship or the Regatta. The entertainment overall seemed improved, but predominantly from the UK whereas the majority of passengers are still from the USA. Also, the afternoon Tea seemed to have fewer food choices. Both the Cruise Director and his partner and Assistant Cruise Director were both from the UK and little too flamboyant for our tastes. There were several tender ports. It seemed little attention was given to those who might not do well with stairs going down to the tender deck. Some tender operations seemed in need of a little more training in tender operation. Finally, I must say this Captain may do a good job, but was not particularly cordial to customers even dining at an adjoining table! The ABSOLUTE worst part of this cruise was the disembarkation on the final day! It was totally disorganized, no calling by color and number to disembark. a total stampede with no sign of any ship officers to thank the passengers! It was a horrible mess at too small a terminal facility for this ship too! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I chose this cruise on a combination of dining expectations,itinerary and luxury. Dining experiences were limited to your five special restaurants on a 14 day cruise. That meant main dining or buffet. The dining room was pretty but ... Read More
I chose this cruise on a combination of dining expectations,itinerary and luxury. Dining experiences were limited to your five special restaurants on a 14 day cruise. That meant main dining or buffet. The dining room was pretty but slow,the buffet was good but not what I paid all the $ for. Alcohol was exorbitant with mixed drink for $12 plus 28%gratuites and VAT. Decent bottles of wine in port went for $12 that the cruise charged 30 plus 28%. The service was just ok in restaurants. While leaving buffet I asked for a glass of juice and the maitre dee said I needed a table number. At a buffet! The WiFi is terrible. Do not expect to check on upcoming ports while at sea. The IT guy told me that too many people were on it and maybe if I left my room door open I could get a better signal. Luxury? Never called for disembarking either. Just sat there for two hours in public room and noticed every one was just leaving. I really wanted this cruise to be special and looked forward to celebrating my wife and my 60th on it. Disappointed with Oceania for calling this a luxury trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My husband decided that he wanted to go to Europe for our 20th Anniversary. Because he has mobility (balance) issues a walking tour would not work for us. After research we decided to do a Mediterranean Cruise. We chose Oceania because ... Read More
My husband decided that he wanted to go to Europe for our 20th Anniversary. Because he has mobility (balance) issues a walking tour would not work for us. After research we decided to do a Mediterranean Cruise. We chose Oceania because of the Itinerary and the size of the ship. Our only other cruise was 4 years ago on Princess to Alaska and both of us hated the size of the ship, 4,000 people was not fun for us. Ship and Cabin: As I said the size was great. Lots of seating in the common areas (although the Terrace Cafe got pretty crowded at dinner time). Our Concierge Suite was nice with lots of storage for our clothes and room under the bed for our suitcases. Saw lots of debate about Concierge cost vrs. perks but have to say that in this port intensive cruise we appreciated being able to have a hot breakfast delivered to us prior to our tours. Also we often did not get lunch ashore and missed lunch service so the little sandwiches in the Concierge Lounge were welcomed. I took advantage of the expresso machine in the lounge first thing every morning. We also took full advantage of the 3 free bags of laundry. So for us this choice worked well. Dining: We ate in all four specialty restaurants and our favorites were Red Ginger and Pollo. Red Ginger was delicious and everything was presented beautifully we were seated with another couple and had a good time. Our only cons would be the noise level in the restaurant was terrible and the seats had such a back slant that they were very uncomfortable - not surprisingly these comments repeated themselves when we talked with other passengers. Pollo was also delicious and we did not the same issue with noise and comfort. My husband liked Jacques but I was not such a fan. I would rate it okay. Really did not like Toscana - my veal scallopini marsala was a disaster, more like veal picatta that had been but in a different sauce. The Caesar Salad was tasteless. One thing that Oceania does with the specialty restaurants is you either have to chose dine with others or dine alone and that choice applies to all of the restaurants. At all the restaurants except Jacques we were seated with one other couple, at Jacques (which was on our Anniversary - something they knew in advance) we were seated with two couples one of which was a conversation dominator - it was the least enjoyable dinner of the cruise. Enjoyed the main dining room where we sometimes dined with others and sometimes dined alone. Terrace Cafe was my least favorite but I do not like buffets, my husband was fine with it. Had breakfast and lunch a couple of times at Waves and had the best rueben sandwich I have ever had. We also enjoyed the fresh juice bar in the morning and Baristas. Entertainment and Activities: After a full day we found we were too tired for the Evening Entertainment so we never made it to any of the shows. I did do one of the culinary kitchen classes and enjoyed it, I think if you like cooking you would enjoy these classes. Also went to a photography class that was supposed to be on using Photoshop - it was a complete waste of time. Stayed for the painting class which was fun, although I am definately no painter. Went to a "so called" scarf tying class, which taught me a few new ways but was more about selling scarves. Service: Great, we are pretty low maintenance but everyone was very helpful. My husband needed help at the Terrace Cafe and there was always someone to carry his plate for him from station to station. Ports and Shore excursions: We enjoyed all 12 different ports of call. Had nine excursions, 2 private and 7 ship tours. Of the ships tours only two were not great - Highlights of Barcelona and Montserrat was the worst - just a total bore (since it was the first tour of the trip we were very apprehensive about our next tours) and the one in Palma de Mallorca was much more intensive then stated (it was supposed to be appropriate for wheelchairs) and my husband was hard pressed to stay up with the guide. We really enjoyed our Valencia tour and the one to Herculaneum was a stand out alternative to Pompeii. We did one O select excursion to an Olive Orchard - when we arrived on ship we found out that the location had been changed but since we had booked a group of tours for the discount we we not allowed to make any changes. The new location did not have the same type of tour and while the host was great and the lunch delicious it was less than advertised and, in our opinion, way over priced. Our two private tours - one in Monaco to Eze, Nice (which was experiencing a government employee strike and had streets closed so we ended up not stopping) and St. Paul de Vence (my favorite stop for shopping) - we did this tour with a couple we met on Cruise Critic Roll Call and it worked out great; and a our second tour was in Liverno to Florence for the Ufizzi and L'Academia with a private guide. Both tours were through Papillon Services and we have nothing but high praise for them. We have nothing but high praise for Oceania's tender crews. We experienced some big swells and they managed to get us safely off and on the ship. Even my husband, with his balance issues, started to fall backwards once but the two tenders caught him as he was falling and helped him get is balance and get him seated. In Monaco it was so bad that they ended up cancelling the tenders around 6 PM, luckily the ship was already scheduled to dock later that evening and we were able to get on board once they docked. When the tenders were cancelled the officer told us "be glad we are shutting it down, it would have been the worse tender in your life" and the stories from the people on that last tender certainly backed his words up. Everyone was safely gotten on board but it was a very scary trip and only the tender workers skill kept everyone safe. Pre and Post Hotel Experience: This is were things kind of fell apart especially the Post Hotel. First of all Oceania really provides no information in advance. We were on our own in Barcelona our departure port. Luckily my husband requires wheelchair assistance and our wheel chair helper was familiar with where the Oceania Rep. would be waiting (although there were two locations and he was at the second one). We had our own limo and the Oceania Rep traveled with us to the hotel - it was a silent ride until I started asking questions and then the Rep started giving us an introduction to Barcelona, since the trip took an hour from the airport to the hotel his introduction was welcome. Our hotel was very nice (Ohala Eixample), Oceania had no pre stay events but we did learn that breakfast was included (and it was excellent). We were exhausted and in bed by 8. Rome Hotel was a mess. The ladies who greeted us were frazzeled. We were given one time for our departure (two days later) and then a different time was posted on the board and no one was there to ask (even though they said someone would be there). We ended up using the time on the board and it was an hour early - so there we are all checked out with no where to go. My husband and I were second in line to check in with them and they made us sit down and wait to be called. Then as more people lined up they started taking people in order - huh? Breakfast was just okay - a separate buffet from the hotel restaurant. Rome Airport was a whole other story. Our driver spoke no english, which he repeatedly told us, but we were greeted by an Oceania Rep who had a cart and walked us to our check-in. He dealt with the check-in, they noticed that no wheelchair had been ordered and they got one for us. I asked about security and shoes, electronics, toiletries ect. and he explained it all. Cudos to him and Oceania. If we go again I think we have learned that 12 ports is a couple of ports too many. I would not hesitate to use Oceania, all in all it was an unforgettable trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because we were looking for: 1. small to mid size ship 2. older adults, no kids 3. low key ambiance 4. itinerary We normally like to plan our own trips, travel just as a couple, pick one or two ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were looking for: 1. small to mid size ship 2. older adults, no kids 3. low key ambiance 4. itinerary We normally like to plan our own trips, travel just as a couple, pick one or two locations to immerse ourselves into a neighborhood/area and do side trips if the spirit moves us! Decided to try a cruise again (sailed Holland America to Alaska in 2007) after taking two long road trips in 2017...the cruise sounded relaxing and we had not been to Italy in any of our travels. So glad we chose Oceania! The ship was lovely and the the service outstanding...we were very happy with our penthouse suite and our butler, Saji, and room attendant, Jayzyl, were the best! Our room was very clean every day, did not show much sign of wear (carpet slightly older looking but not bad). The bathroom was lovely, the bed very comfortable. Loved the walk-in closet. We did have problems with the TV (had a maintenance man there in minutes)...wireless internet very spotty throughout the trip, but (fortunately!) this was not a major issue for us. We use the executive lounge (a modest sized room with newspaper, snacks and drinks) because it was a nice spot for our daily papers and coffee! The lounge did have a concierge, but I'm not sure how helpful he was, based on observation (and the fact that you couldn't help but overhear everything being discussed). All of the specialty restaurants were 5 star...food and service were excellent! Jaques (try the pork!) and Polo Grill (wonderful steak, cooked perfectly) were favorites. Main dining room was fine but we thought there could have been more options and some of the offerings were "ok". Service was excellent in that dining room, as well. We enjoyed Waves for breakfast and lunch, did not use the buffet for any meals. Room service was prompt and food was fine. We thought the individual prices for alcoholic beverages were fair. Ports: Dubrovnik is beautiful...did a private tour through the old town and then out to a working farm and flour mill. Koper was very "un-touristy"...we really enjoyed walking through the town. The main church is worth seeing, some small shops authentic...warm, friendly people. Florence...the only ship excursion we took (Florence On Your Own). Would not do it again. Florence was jammed with tour groups...very difficult getting through the crowds! It took quite a while to get on the bus, get organized once we reached the city (a bit of a walk to the meeting site), etc. All in all, not a good experience and expensive. Vienna was a treat...we skipped St Mark's Square (packed with people), took a vaporetto ride up and down the canal the first day and after disembarkation on the 26th, went to a B&B on the Grand Canal for a few days. We were located in a non-touristy area and loved it...wandered the alleys, got lost, met mostly Italians and enjoyed every day we were there! Capri/Sorrento looked just like the postcards! Wandered the streets on Capri and had lunch before taking the ferry back and walking around Sorrento for a few hours. It was busy but not uncomfortably so! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and quickly...everyone was polite and very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Oceania's detail to service was excellent - the staff were clearly all there to ensure all passengers were satisfied and happy (although some people are never happy). -Our Cabin was in the A1 Concierge level and was midship. Our ... Read More
Oceania's detail to service was excellent - the staff were clearly all there to ensure all passengers were satisfied and happy (although some people are never happy). -Our Cabin was in the A1 Concierge level and was midship. Our cabin attendants were very attentive to our desires and need for service. -The Dining was the best I've had on any cruise ship (have sailed Cunard, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland American and Norwegian). The specialty restaurants were very good and one must make reservations way in advance of the cruise sail date if you wish to get the preferred times such as 7:30 pm and to be dining alone (we were a party of 2). otherwise, you will have later times and shared tables which worked out for us regardless. We met very pleasant people at our shared dining tables which actually enhanced the cruise for us. The main dining room and buffet menus were excellent and no complaints in that regard. Would have liked some food available between the 4 pm to 6:30 pm which was typically the times we were returning from our long day shore excursions. Many ships we sailed on have 24 hr. restaurant availability. My feeling is that there should be food available (other than room service) at all hours on a cruise. -The entertainment was amateurish and did not compare to the larger productions offered on the larger ships/cruise lines. Our itinerary was very busy and we did not attend the entertainment for the most part and others advised us the shows improved as the cruise progressed. We used the fitness center and the Spa deck for an afternoon of rest and relaxation on our sea day - were very nice and clean. We did not participate in any "enrichment activities." -The ports were all places we wanted to see except Koper, Slovenia which was a quiet, sleepy port with little to do - not sure why this is part of the cruise and would have preferred an extra night in either Florence, Rome, Sorrento or Venice. -The shore excursions were good for the most part, but you need to make sure you book way in advance of the cruise sail date as they fill up fast (we missed out on booking a Capri tour which was disappointing. I would highly suggest booking some of your port excursion on your own (many people we spoke with on the cruise used this forum ahead of their cruise with others). We also spoke with a travel agent who was on the cruise with a group she was leading and advised us that the mark-up on the ship tours was about 40% which we did find to be true. Once you get off the ship, there were usually tour companies standing by to take you on tours at a cheaper price, but the caveat is to get off the ship as soon as open for debarkation as those tours filled up fast as well. -One HUGE issue we found was the internet access. It was minimal at best even with the upgraded version. And we both got international cell phone service (we had Verizon and AT&T) and that was spotty, especially when during sail times, but, better in the ports). -As for getting the beverage package - we, unfortunately pre purchased the upgraded Prestige Select for $59.95/day ($1200 for cruise). We are not big drinkers, but experience has proven that the cost on the cruise ships of alcohol can be quite high - a beer at the bar on this cruise was $8 which included gratuity). On this particular cruise and being in port every day, but one, and the tour itinerary being very busy and we did time to really spend on the ship and the amenities. We also did back to back 10 hour tours which left little time to actually enjoy time after dinner. Therefore, would have maybe gotten the House Select beer and wine with dinner package at lower price of $39.95 ($800 for cruise), but after the cruise, we figured out our alcohol bill would have been under $500 for the entire cruise given the busy itinerary and human fatigue. We did overhead a few people try to get out of the drink packages they purchased for the very same reason and we unable to do so. SO, the point is, if you are doing tours on the cruise every day, would not get the Prestige package, but if you are spending more time on the ship than doing tours, it may be worth it. Also, something new to us - there were no photography services on the ship Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My sister had taken a similar repositioning cruise a year ago (Lisbon to Rio) and said it was the best (out of 50 or so cruises), the food, the service, etc. We found the food exceptional, to the point that the diet began half way through ... Read More
My sister had taken a similar repositioning cruise a year ago (Lisbon to Rio) and said it was the best (out of 50 or so cruises), the food, the service, etc. We found the food exceptional, to the point that the diet began half way through the cruise, due to our weak will power in the early half. We did cheat occasionally on the crossing portion. The added-on amenities re gratuities, land-based tours, air fare, internet etc., all made it attractive. Loved the Barista coffee efforts and afternoon tea. At first we thought oceania was too secular with no Christmas/holiday decorations, then one night the staff did a fabulous job, trees, lights, wreathes, and had a big reveal of a life size gingerbread house up and running. There was a limited Sunday service on one Sunday, and a Hanukah candle lighting effort. We have travelled Holland America and know they make an effort to have a priest on board for religious services. With 1/3 or so of the ship empty, I would think that a great PR gesture would be to bump up passengers to a higher category, e.g. one or two above their booked arrangements. How to make a customer even more loyal! I challenge the entertainment people to help all with diets and discipline, e.g have a weigh in on the first and last day with simple prizes to the smallest gainers! I'm serious!!!! Accompanying that, the fitness area should have nutrition seminars, given the age demographics of the cruisers. There may have been something but I missed it and the concern that I would be hit by a big bill, e.g. my wife came back from a $200 massage that helped! I also think that in the dining rooms, it would be so simple to ask the size of the portion requested, e.g. small, medium or large, rather than waste food. I found the library weak on layout and titles, compared to the Nautica. Luckily, we both had loaded up our tablets. Given the size of the ship, on board (crossing) activities were limited, although we did enjoy 2 of the movies and the dance groups in the Marina. I regret not using the fitness area more. I appreciated the enrichment speaker, particularly her presentation on migration to America. As a semi-retired professor/teacher, I give her full marks. On a six day crossing, so much more (e.g. 2x a day) could be given on interesting topics, e.g. Christmas traditions across the world, academic opportunities to learn re other Oceania cruises to become better informed, e.g. about Britain and Brexit, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean countries, European locations re WW1 and WW2, history of early ocean/new world crossings, e.g. the Leif Erikkson and the Vikings, and the other early explorers, Vasco de Game, Magellan and the Portuguese, Captains Cook and Vancouver. I saw where the Chinese may have been to Kenya long before Europeans. Other aspects of major crossings, the slave trade, formation of hurricanes off Cape Verde, the gulf stream, pollution of the oceans with plastics. I found the early arrival costs inhibiting, e.g. the diversion fare to come a few days earlier, and the hotels that Oceania were advertising in Barcelona, e.g. $400+ per person per night as an example. Knowing that Barcelona with its recent terrorist strike, and separation referendum has plummeted tourism, it would have been a welcome move to make early travel more inviting and welcome to the Barcelona and Catalonian economy. Following the insider news on the situation, could have reassured potential passengers of the safety. Would we do Oceania again. By all means! Hopefully my thoughts are considered seriously. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have taken a number of river boat trips and cruises on Disney and Princess. This was our first Oceania cruise and we were not dissappointed.. The food and service were excellent. Oceania clearly deserves it reputation. The specailty ... Read More
We have taken a number of river boat trips and cruises on Disney and Princess. This was our first Oceania cruise and we were not dissappointed.. The food and service were excellent. Oceania clearly deserves it reputation. The specailty restaurants were outstanding. The wi-fy workedmostly well though at times it was a bit slow. The ship was only 70% full so there were not any crouds. Fellow passangers were very friendly. My only complaint was that the guides for the excursions did not use voice/ whisper boxes so it was hard to hear the guides at times. The ship was spotless. The crew was exeptionally friendly. There was plenty of space to relax and read. There was good music in the various lounges. Frankly I thought crossng the Atlantic would allow for a lot of down time to read but there were too many things to do aboard the ship.. I would definitley cruise Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A fabulous crossing from Barcelona to Miami. The absolute best cuisine at sea. Despite the December transAtlantic, the ocean cooperated with calm seas and mild weather. The ship, service, LaReserve, food & wine at its best! We ... Read More
A fabulous crossing from Barcelona to Miami. The absolute best cuisine at sea. Despite the December transAtlantic, the ocean cooperated with calm seas and mild weather. The ship, service, LaReserve, food & wine at its best! We enjoy sea days, having experienced 6 crossings. Marina (and sister ship) are the largest ships we ever cruise - a perfect size for us. Food quality is reliably superb. Wine selections generous by the glass - and good variety of premium wine for dinner venues. Barista's coffee bar is an early morning gathering place for cruisers. Fitness Center is busy on sea days mid-mornings; the band/orchestra played good jazz, easy listening, and dancing music. Pianist offered excellent arrangements and easy music for pre-dining cocktails. Wish we had booked a B2B and stayed on board for the next leg of the itinerary. Peaceful and beautiful relaxing cruise across the Atlantic Ocean. We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I love the Marina due to its comfort level in all aspects--stateroom, dining venues, crew and staff. I was on the inaugural sailing, and the Marina remains the same outstanding ship. I have done multiple transatlantics, but knowing ... Read More
I love the Marina due to its comfort level in all aspects--stateroom, dining venues, crew and staff. I was on the inaugural sailing, and the Marina remains the same outstanding ship. I have done multiple transatlantics, but knowing this ship and very much needing a nice relaxing trip, I chose the Marina. You cannot beat the crew and staff. They are there for every part of your trip. Boris, Restaurant Manager, runs a near perfect department as does our General Manager. The Concierge Lounge is a lovely feature, and I take advantage of having the internet available there, coffee, late afternoon snacks if you miss lunch, newspapers, and port maps. I think this Destination staff were excellent, and their program seemed to be much smoother than some in the past. I like the free laundry as this is a new feature. I bought my laundry coins when I boarded and nothing was said about having the free laundry. They did; however, refund my coins, but it would have been nice to know about In advance. Guess I don't read things carefully. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
If you are a foodie, or you just like to eat, then Oceania is the cruise line for you. We've taken 26 cruises on 11 different lines, and this was by far the best food we've ever had. Even at the buffets, the quality and variety ... Read More
If you are a foodie, or you just like to eat, then Oceania is the cruise line for you. We've taken 26 cruises on 11 different lines, and this was by far the best food we've ever had. Even at the buffets, the quality and variety were superior to other lines, including luxury lines. Four speciality restaurants, all free, all with large varied menus, all lovely inviting spaces. A different menu each evening in the Main Dining Room. And the poolside grill had the best burgers and hot dogs we've ever had on sea. All food experiences were comparable to good dining on land, sometimes comparable to highly-rated on land restaurants. Come hungry and leave satisfied. The features of the cruising experience worked well: Smooth and quick embarkation and disembarkation; easy exits at ports with free shuttles into town; very good to excellent service, especially from the bar staff; the best fitness center I've ever used at sea. The Marina is an attractive ship, in very good condition, with lots of uncrowded public spaces inside and out. The ship is loaded with valuable art and at times felt like traveling in a carefully-planned gallery. We slept in a Penthouse stateroom, so we had plenty of space with the walk-in closet, full bathroom, and comfortable seating and eating areas. Stateroom service was good. Entertainment was similar to most cruise ships: Small production shows featuring pop songs and a few featured performers. Some shows were entertaining, some not so much. Your basic cruise ship fare. My only complaint has to do with the lack of activities on board. There were the usual trivia and ping pong contests, one guest lecturer, a clever country fair one day, but mostly we were left to our own devices to entertain ourselves. I expected this, after reading CC reviews, and we filled our days with reading, painting, and exercise. Oh, and I should mention that this is not a ship for those who love night life. Most guests retired early, after an early dinner, and definitely after the show. By 11:00 PM you could find only a dozen or so about. We mostly take crossings, and this was a repositioning, so it fit our needs. We made an open deposit for a future cruise and will return when we find the right itinerary, probably for a crossing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Spain and Transatlantic on Oceania Marina We are a couple in our mid 50s and mid 60s, who were looking forward to trying something new after many years of cruising with Celebrity. We were looking for higher quality food and service than ... Read More
Spain and Transatlantic on Oceania Marina We are a couple in our mid 50s and mid 60s, who were looking forward to trying something new after many years of cruising with Celebrity. We were looking for higher quality food and service than Celebrity now offers, but also good entertainment, and some “new to us” ports, and this cruise with its Spain and Canary Island itinerary, plus a relaxing few days crossing the Atlantic sounded perfect to us. We spent four days pre-cruise in Barcelona at the Hotel 1898 which was excellent. Barcelona was uncrowded as we were out of season, so it was perfect for sightseeing. The Gaudi houses are a must-see and so is Sagrada Familia, which is a little closer to being finished than last time we saw it. We also took a private Montserrat and Cava tour with Barcelona Day Tours. There wasn’t a lot to see at Montserrat as the funicular was closed for renovation, and as it was bitterly cold we didn’t fancy any of the hikes. We did get to enjoy listening to the boys choir in the church there, and we did buy some excellent local cheese! Cava tasting at Art Cava was fun. On then to the cruise portion of our trip. We were in Concierge Class Verandah 10067, and had the O Life features of unlimited wifi, wine with lunch and dinner, and gratuities included. We are new to Oceania and had a wonderful first impression of the cruise line and the ship Marina. Check in was very quick and easy and we notice that no one was trying to sell us packages for drinks or specialty restaurants or even stopping us to take our photo. We were directed up to the buffet, which from past experience on other cruise lines has been a nightmare. Marina was much more civilised with staff serving the food for you and waiters carrying your food to the table for you. We actually enjoyed embarkation lunch this time! Marina is a smaller ship that we have been sailing on recently, but she is beautifully decorated and furnished, and spotlessly clean. We had a concierge level cabin and were very impressed with the layout, especially the marble bathroom, which had a proper bathtub with shower, as well as a separate shower cubicle. We liked the selection of Bulgari toiletries and the bath salts, and loved the abundance of soft towels that were provided. I had requested hypoallergenic bedding through my travel agent as I am allergic to feathers. Unfortunately there were feather pillows and bedding in the room, so the request had not reached Oceania. Our cabin attendant was very apologetic and said that she would make sure everything was changed during evening turndown service, and she did. We had very positive experiences with the food on Marina. I am not a person who likes to eat with strangers, so it was nice to have no problem getting a table for two. We typically ate breakfast at the buffet on sea days, and ordered room service on port days. Every time our room service order was exactly right, nothing was ever missing, which makes a pleasant change from other cruiselines we have sailed on! We ate lunch and dinner in the main dining room most days and the food was consistently good and the service was excellent. We had wines with meals included in our fare and found there was a good selection to choose from, although by about day five they were out of the french rose. Specialty restaurants on Oceania are included, and I easily made my reservations online before we sailed. In the end we ate twice at Red Ginger, once at Jacques and once at Polo Grill. The food was outstanding in all three. We had to cancel our Toscana reservation and never got round to rebooking as we enjoyed the main dining room so much. Afternoon tea was a wonderful experience, and the scones were delicious! We bought a package of assorted spa treatments, and had two couples massages, and two solo massages. They were pricy but enjoyable. The pool area was uncrowded and we had no trouble getting a sunbed, or ten! It really was deserted. Entertainment is where I felt things went a little awry. The singers and dancers were very talented, as were the live musicians, but, and it’s a big BUT, the music was not geared to my age group at all, it was aimed at much older demographic who like music from the 40’s, 50s and 60s and want to ballroom dance. Whether it was the production show “Songs of Peggy Lee” or “Music From The Brill Building” it was music from the same era. Only the “Dancing Fool” show gave a brief nod to the 1970’s. The Orchestra, The Party Band and Claude at the Piano all seemed to have the same repertoire. How many times can you hear Moon River, Route 66, Hit The Road Jack and Fever before you want to curl up and die? The string quartet were excellent and they, fortunately were allowed to play classical music, which made a welcome change. After a few nights we gave up trying to stay up for the late night happy hour at 10:30pm so maybe we missed out on more up to date music then, I don’t know. Daytime entertainment was very low key, with trivia, needlepoint and coffee, spa lectures and a guest speaker. We have done Transatlantic crossings before so were prepared and amused ourselves with books and puzzles we had brought with us. I also spent many an hour soaking in the bathtub, reading! I have to say I was a bit dubious about how good the wi-fi would be, especially if a large number of passengers had unlimited wifi included with O Life, and also because we were crossing the Atlantic. It was in fact really good. I was even able to download ebooks from my local library in the USA when we were half way across the Atlantic! Our itinerary had three ports in mainland Spain and two in the Canary Islands. We looked at ship tours but they didn’t really have anything that looked interesting to us and very few tours under $300 per person, so we booked small group semi-private tours through Spain Day Tours instead, for around $100 per person. From Alicante we visited Guadalest, from Malaga the Alhambra in Granada, and from Cadiz the Alcazar in Seville. We travelled on comfortable new coaches and had really good english speaking guides. In Tenerife we took a tour up to the top of the volcano and it was really interesting seeing the difference between the beach level, the forest area and the lava fields. Again this was organised through Spain Day Tours, and again the guide was good but this bus wasn’t as nice as the others. Our final tour was a ship tour on the island of La Palma. It was a bit disappointing. We did a short hike around the caldera, then visited an old house with wine and tapas to taste and then a church. It was low key and a bit boring compared to our other tours. At the end of the cruise it was refreshing to not experience waiters and cabin attendants grovelling and guilting you into ranking them a 10 whether or not you felt their service deserved it. Perhaps the Marina staff knew they would be getting 10s anyway because they really had provided exceptional service. Disembarkation was really easy. We were among the last groups called and were off the ship very quickly. In conclusion, the cruise was very nice, but we were really looking forward to getting off in Miami. Marina is a lovely ship, the food is outstanding, and the crew really go out of their way to please you, but I don’t think I have found my new cruise home yet. It’s a trade off and at this point I don’t think I am ready to give up livelier entertainment and more modern music in favour of a quiet more sedate experience with better food. Perhaps in 20 years time when people my age might be their target market, I’ll try Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Enjoyed the cruise! Ship was in excellent shape, for the most part the staff was extremely helpful. Everything went smoothly on the cruise. A few complaints: Staff at the front desk very less than personable. Seemed to resent anyone ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise! Ship was in excellent shape, for the most part the staff was extremely helpful. Everything went smoothly on the cruise. A few complaints: Staff at the front desk very less than personable. Seemed to resent anyone approaching them. Meet guests with a frown. Majority of the personnel were delightful, going the extra mile to please. Buffet food was warm at best. Forget the concept of hot. Forget the Oceania port tours (True of most cruise lines) Ports of call were great, with the exception of the Canary Islands. Felt too much time spent there and would have preferred an additional stop in Morocco. Entertainment was fair. The cruise lines own entertainment troupe was great, as were the flamingo dance group that was brought on board. Disappointing (to be polite) was the young singer and ‘one man band’, both of which appeared two nights each as the ‘entertainment’. All in all, this cruise with Oceania is definitely a step up from those on Princess, etc. This being stated we can see a change in Oceania since being purchased by Norwegian. Great smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Seeking early winter sun near home in U.K.Could have spent more time in Canary islands where it is warm rather then returning to Spanish ports where it was predictably cold - December. Enrichment program inadequate with distinct signs ... Read More
Seeking early winter sun near home in U.K.Could have spent more time in Canary islands where it is warm rather then returning to Spanish ports where it was predictably cold - December. Enrichment program inadequate with distinct signs of cost control. Port and shore excursions too expensive and the charge for airport transfer is a multiple of reliable taxi fare. Also pre or post cruise hotel costs are around double of what a comparable hotel (and sometimes the same hotel) would cost booked on line. Another criticism relates to the high cost of alcoholic drinks with an excessive 18% service charge on top. It is cheaper to buy good wine on shore and pay the $25 corkage charge to bring it in to the dining room. Overall Oceania is in danger of pricing itself out of its market slot when all charges are added on, Seabourn and other 6 star lines are now competitive On the plus side, food and general ambiance are excellent and that is what brings loyal guests back year after year Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Have sailed on Oceania 4 times before. Once before on Marina. Ship size is small, which is nice. Customer Service across the board is always exceptional. Quality of food on ship is always superior to other cruise lines. Water and ... Read More
Have sailed on Oceania 4 times before. Once before on Marina. Ship size is small, which is nice. Customer Service across the board is always exceptional. Quality of food on ship is always superior to other cruise lines. Water and soft drinks are inclusive. Itneraries include ports of call that other cruise ships do not visit. Their are no photographers lurking about to always want to take your picture. But you are definitely paying a premium for all of these features. On the Con side- Shore excursions purchased through the ship are extremely expensive. Passengers are often more knowledgeable about the port locations than the shore excusion staff on the ship. Ship transfers are more than double the price of other cruise lines in the same port. There are few activities available on board the ship. Ship does have a very nice libarary area, but the selection of current reading material has declined in the last few years. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
First getting on board, our cabin would be ready only by 3:00 pm not the case on my other cruises. Plus I have asked twice for two single beds not a King size bed with separate bed covers. The Verandah cabin 8001 situated in front of the ... Read More
First getting on board, our cabin would be ready only by 3:00 pm not the case on my other cruises. Plus I have asked twice for two single beds not a King size bed with separate bed covers. The Verandah cabin 8001 situated in front of the Ship and more expensive B1 is not worth the money. In my opinion it is more narrowed and impossible to have distance between single beds. I would not suggest this cabin to anyone, for the pounding crashes of the waves at night and the morning sound of theanchors. I have never been in a Verandah cabin so noisy. Plus sitting down on the verandah you see a wall...you have to stand up to see better. But a specialthanks to Maria for attending to our cabin always smiling and helpful. The Marina is a beautiful ship . The food in the Grand Dining was good but often warm and not very hot by the time it reaches our table. I would say Jacques Pepin was my favorite restaurant. Thank you Elizabeth Nunes (concierge), for this special evening at the Grand Dining Room. It was a delicate attention to reunite for super the minority of French guests attending this cruise. The excursions are just OK but not worth paying this much for a Bus tour. Many times we are left after a short walk with the guide on our own. My favorite was Livero Wine Tasting Varramista and Volos in Mt Pelion. Overall, I would not return for another cruise on Oceania. I think with so manycompetitive ships people can have a less overpriced vacation Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
1-We dined at the main dining room the 2nd night and had a terrible caesar salad and tough duck. The next day I went to the services desk on the 5th deck and told them. They said that they would have someone call me. I never received one. ... Read More
1-We dined at the main dining room the 2nd night and had a terrible caesar salad and tough duck. The next day I went to the services desk on the 5th deck and told them. They said that they would have someone call me. I never received one. 2- Cigar smoke was blowing onto the chairs along side the pool from the smoking area. I moved as did several others one of whom said that they had been on the Marina before and had complained. 3-The meals in the specialty restaurants and main dining room were no more than average. The best meals I had were in the Terrace Cafe except that many times there were no tomatoes in the salad area. 4-A few weeks before the cruise I received a call from Keith in what I think they call their Special or Concierge Services in their Miami office. In the next few weeks I called him 2X about a problem,left him a voice mail but never received a return call. There were a few other problems that should not have happened on a ship of this caliber that charges more per day than most ships.A few days before departure my wife and I wrote comments and placed them in the comment box. A few times we were reminded to fill the comment slips out;this was a waste of time as we still have not heard back from them. I wil now sail on other lines that are less expensive and probably have all around better services and food. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Oceania for the food and the service and it did not disappoint. The room (Penthouse) was just the right size with great amenities. The walk in closet and extra balcony room was appreciated. We ate in every specialty restaurant ... Read More
We chose Oceania for the food and the service and it did not disappoint. The room (Penthouse) was just the right size with great amenities. The walk in closet and extra balcony room was appreciated. We ate in every specialty restaurant and they were all great but Red Ginger was my favorite. We also ate in cabin frequently and used the butler service. Highly recommended for a port intensive cruise. I used the spa frequently and was never disappointed. My hair was on point thanks to Mario and my nails were beautiful. We also had a wonderful massage at the beginning. The laundry facility was fairly quick and easy to use. I enjoyed not having to give up my cappuccino each morning - they were available just about everywhere. The staff were warm and friendly throughout the ship. we found the internet (free) to be slow and time consuming so we used 3G data when near land. We did a La Reserve Dinner and it was our favorite event on board. The port disembarkations were well organized and very smooth as were the embarkations at the end of each day. We highly recommend and would absolutely sail with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted to see Greece on this cruise. We like the food the best on this ship. We liked the specialty dining places that are included. The tours seem expensive so we did mostly private tours. The tender stops were difficult and time ... Read More
We wanted to see Greece on this cruise. We like the food the best on this ship. We liked the specialty dining places that are included. The tours seem expensive so we did mostly private tours. The tender stops were difficult and time consuming. They took so long in one port that we missed a private tour of the French Riviera that was paid for ahead of schedule. Several people got hurt on the tender transfers including my wife because of rough docks and rocking of tender boats. Greece was beautiful. The houses are all painted white. We did a private tour of Athens which was a highlight of Greece. The comedy shows were funny that they had in the evenings. We did not like the internet service since it was either slow or non working. The cabins were adequate but the jacuzzi tub takes up too much space and makes the shower and sink area too small. A double sink would be more desirable. No educational lectures on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We were very curious about Oceania, and all the brochures that were piling up from the mail piqued our interest as well. We actually thought we were their targeted demographic; our WSJ had brochures enclosed weekly. Also, a few years ago, ... Read More
We were very curious about Oceania, and all the brochures that were piling up from the mail piqued our interest as well. We actually thought we were their targeted demographic; our WSJ had brochures enclosed weekly. Also, a few years ago, while at an awards ceremony on another line, the well-traveled couple next to us suggested we'd love Oceania. So on May 21, there we were, efficiently boarding in the port of Barcelona, but without our typical embarkation photo! There is no photographer on board. Hmmm .....no champagne or crew delighted to welcome us either! We'd booked a concierge level cabin, and after a disappointing embarkation lunch of fish cooked to cardboard in the outdoor cafe, made our way to our floor. Suitcases lined the hallways and landings. Passengers were locating and lugging their unwieldy bags down the corridor in both directions to their cabins. Being newbies, we followed suit. Is this the way it's done? Still not sure. We have been sailing in suites for the last 20 years. This was the smallest piece of real estate we've had so far (exception river boats), smallest balcony, and more limited storage space than typical. We were still getting sorted, and I decided to visit the lounge on our floor. Quiet....but I found the teabags and hot water, but, alas, only miniature takeout cups with cute mini lids! The novelty of this find only distracted me briefly, before I realized my cup of tea would be about 3 swallows! Oh well, day one, always a few glitches..... Dinner in the Asian restaurant was good; black cod is a favorite of mine, but again a few glitches...... The next many days were filled with ship shore excursions in Spain, Portugal and France. We'd been to several of the ports before, added Bordeaux, Oporto, Bilbao, Cartagena this trip. Some background might be helpful. Oceania mails a lovely personalized book of your itinerary, and a complete list and description of all shore excursions. However, the pricing for ordering multiple shore excursions was complicated, and customer service reps warned me twice to call back before I finalized my selection to make sure of pricing. At the time I thought this was much too complicated and too much phone time compared to other lines, where I can easily choose online. But, if this is how an experience is personalized, so be it. We did basic city excursions daily. Some were more successful than others, but all participating passengers were directed off to their tours efficiently. Returning was another story on at least a couple of days. The full buffet closed at 2:00pm. We found this time rather arbitrary when most of the passengers were touring and returning close to 2 pm. The outside grill remains open longer, the concierge lounge has mini sandwiches and cookies, and afternoon tea is served for an hour late afternoon. Again, food is fine, specialty restaurants are good, and if you obsess over unlimited shellfish, this is the line for you. However, our expectation was that the service level would be impeccable. That was not our experience. All food is served from the buffet. That goes for coffee and water too....repeatedly, we were ignored at table of one or two. On the other hand, plates were removed as soon as a fork was placed down. And those teeny cups? The only ones available all cruise long. My experience in the outdoor grill day 2 was so disagreeable, I would not return. Those lunch crowds after the tours returned filled the outdoor grill to overflowing. I did not know the protocol. I went up to the order window, got yelled at to go get a table....I said there are none now, but may I order, and got ignored totally, totally dismissed, while next person in line placed order. Never. Never. Have I been the target of rudeness like this onboard a ship. ((Aside: I have seen crew members so well trained that they keep smiling even as passengers become impossible!) By Day 3 I was pretty convinced no one cared if I was on board, except our cabin stewards, who were very good at their jobs, and did smile and greet us like they were happy to see us! I did laundry on board, (first time since 1995), as did many others. I did not take a cooking class, nor a watercolor class. I did attend lectures and some of the entertainment. The big ships win the entertainment category easily, with multiple venues, and some exciting options. There's more to the story; I kept my usual log. Oceania is called the "foodie" line for all the lobster and no charge specialty restaurants. The library is great, paneled, many good titles available. Always lots of pool lounges open. Always room in the gym. Many well-traveled passengers on board; average age skews older..... It certainly isn't the fun ship. There certainly isn't a sense of festivity at any time or place. The free internet was so bogged down, we timed out before accessing sites. The gracious hospitality we've experienced from other ships' crew and officers wasn't demonstrated to me as a newbie. There were no washcloths or water coolers when returning to ship. There were no wow moments for us- and we have had many onboard surprises over the years.....the whole voyage was very laid back...... We are pretty low key, but we do leave home for a break from the ordinary, and to enjoy some special memories and interesting places. But indifference? That was our takeaway. We did not book a new cruise onboard. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
30+ cruises on various lines, second cruise on the Marina. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were not disappointed. Great ports of call and plenty of time in port to explore the area. Ship: The ship was very clean and well ... Read More
30+ cruises on various lines, second cruise on the Marina. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were not disappointed. Great ports of call and plenty of time in port to explore the area. Ship: The ship was very clean and well maintained. Public areas are beautifully decorated. Embarkation and disembarking were very smooth. The ship is well laid out and is easy to get around. We never felt crowded on the ship. Food: Overall, we felt the food was not up to the same level as the first cruise but the food in the Polo Grill was much better than before. We never ate in the main dining room as several friends told us it was painfully slow. The food in Red Ginger and Polo Grill was excellent! The food in Toscana was good. Both the food quality and service was down in the Terrace Cafe with two exceptions. The service and food at the grilling station and the pasta station was always excellent. The selections available for salads was also down and one night there was no salad available at all. (we had to go the our room and order from room service) The food and service at the Waves cafe was also excellent. (outstanding burgers, Reuben and potato salad)The worst food experience was in the breakfasts delivered to our room. The eggs were some of the worst in over 30 cruises. We tried scrambled eggs and they were either runny or cooked to death. The omelets were thin and also overcooked. They looked more like folded crepes. One omelet I actually had to use a knife to saw through. We also received regular coffee about half the time despite ordering decaffeinated. The room service food ordered from the specialty restaurants was excellent Service: Food: As noted above, the service in the terrace cafe was definitely down. We noted that the service ranged from fair (lunch) to poor (dinner) on the starboard side and from very good (lunch) to good (dinner) on the port side. Twice on the starboard side we ended up changing tables for desert as our dirty dishes were never cleared. One manager (a tall Russian) was rude to my wife when she inquired about getting a salad in the terrace cafe. Service throughout the Terrace Cafe had previously been excellent. The only outstanding food service was by Wiford in the Polo Grill and by the cooks at the grill station in the Terrace Cafe. Bar: While we did not use bar service very much due to the ridiculous prices, we did find the bar staff to be friendly and helpful. Other Service: Our Butler and Room Steward were both excellent. They were friendly, helpful and very efficient. The security staff at the gangway were always very engaging and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all ... Read More
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all interesting and well-organized. Honfleur was wonderful to stroll through. We took a specialized private tour with Overlordtour to the Canadian D-day landing sites, museum and cemetery. Well worth it. I love the libraries on the Marina and the Riviera -- extensive book selection, gorgeous leather armchairs and proximity to the Illy cafe with madeleines and cappuccinos. The food is to die for, not just in the specialty restaurants but all through the ship. After dinner, we often went to the piano bar to listen to the talented Valentina. On both cruises I have taken to date with Oceania I have taken a culinary class. You certainly pick up skills and enjoy a gourmet meal that you have cooked. This time I spent some time in the gym -- it has everything plus a view. Oceania in my view has achieved perfection for its guests. If you want to party every night or have small children, it is not the solution, but if you are 50+ foodies who want to travel in style, hard to imagine anything better. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Marina Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 1.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 5.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.9

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