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18 Night South America Cruise from Miami

18 Night South America Cruise from Miami

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Costa Maya
  • Day 5
    Belize City
  • Day 6
    Harvest Caye
  • Day 7
    Santo Tomas de Castilla
  • Day 8
    Roatan
  • Day 9
    Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 10
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
  • Day 12
    Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
  • Day 13
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 14
    Manta
  • Day 15
    Guayaquil
  • Day 16
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 17
    Salaverry (Trujillo)
  • Day 18
    Lima
  • Day 19
    Lima

Marina

Marina - Oceania Cruises

Pros

Food-focused ship emphasizes quality dishes, culinary enrichment and dining variety

Cons

Entertainment is limited; service and fare inclusions are not at luxury levels

Bottom Line

A beautiful ship for those looking for an intimate cruise without a true-luxury price tag


Cruise Reviews

Wow! The Coronavirus caused us to have quite the unexpected journey. Fortunately no one on the ship was infected with the virus. We were sailing to Pisco, Peru on day 18 of our planned 20 day cruise when the captain announced Peru had ... Read More
Wow! The Coronavirus caused us to have quite the unexpected journey. Fortunately no one on the ship was infected with the virus. We were sailing to Pisco, Peru on day 18 of our planned 20 day cruise when the captain announced Peru had closed all its ports to cruise ships. Responding to this, our ship reversed direction and started sailing south with plans to return to the port of San Antonio, Chile. San Antonio was about a three day sail from our current position. After sailing toward Chile for a day or more, the captain made another announcement telling us that Chile had just closed its ports due to two cruise ships in San Antonio with infected passengers. Once again Marina changed direction to sail north to the Panama Canal. We arrived at the Canal on Wednesday morning then anchored outside the Pacific entrance to the Canal while Oceania worked feverishly to secure our ship a slot to transit the Canal. Eventually the captain was able to announce that we would transit the canal starting at 6 a.m. Friday. After spending all day Friday transiting the Canal, we were able to head directly to Miami arriving there early Monday morning. Oceania did a fabulous job rebooking our flight and arranging free bus transportation to the Miami airport for all passengers. The crew on Marina was consistently pleasant and positive in the face of this unexpected itinerary. It helped that the passengers too were pleasant and positive. Oceania was most generous in providing two nights of an open bar during the unexpected days at sea and a 50% credit toward our next Oceania cruise. We’ve already booked a Baltic Sea cruise in 2021. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The biggest take-away from this cruise is to say that if you do take medications, take an extra seven days worth with you. We were lucky and did, which we have done on previous cruises. You never know what may happen. After you read the ... Read More
The biggest take-away from this cruise is to say that if you do take medications, take an extra seven days worth with you. We were lucky and did, which we have done on previous cruises. You never know what may happen. After you read the rest of this you'll understand. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. This was a Buenos Aires to Lima cruise around Cape Horn. We were also looking forward to the Oceania post-cruise tour to Machu PIcchu. We arrived a day early and opted for the pre-cruise hotel offered by Oceania. The hotel was very nice. The check-in was quite awkward and individual rooms were doled out one at a time. The only status was that everyone would get into their rooms by 3:00 PM. The cruise started out as all the other Oceania cruises that we have been on. This was the first time we have been on the larger ship in quite some time, so it took a bit to get re-oriented. We opted for a PH2 cabin category. The cabin was appointed nicely and had ample storage and closet space. Our butler and stateroom attendant were there quickly to introduce themselves and so see if there was anything that we would require. Our butler was great throughout the cruise and was able to get additional dinner reservations in the specialty restaurants, which he did with us asking.The ship departed on time and we headed off to our first port. We selected some some of the Oceania tours off the ship. They were all preformed well and we especially enjoyed the Falkland Islands Penguin Safari. I never thought that we would be on a privately owned sheep ranch that had an entire penguin colony resident on the beach. Walking very close to the penguins in the wild was a real treat. From there we continued on to cruise around Cape Horn. The Captain did a 360 degree turn around the island so that we had a great view of the farthest point south of the continent. That was the point that there was more and more reports on the Coronavirus started coming in. The staff made sure that they would try to do everything possible to ensure that we were kept as sanitary as possible, including restaurants, common amenities, and individual cabins. We departed San Antonio, Chile to next port was Pisco, Peru. That morning I thought we were cruising along at a good speed and we were due to be in port. I turned on the TV and checked the cruise map and saw that we had passed Pisco and it looked like we were headed to Lima. Shortly thereafter, the Captain came on the PA and indicated that they had just received word that Peru closed their ports of entry. He said that we would turn around and got back to Chile. After then cruising back south for a few hours, We were informed that Chile had closed their ports of entry and the Captain indicated we would turn around again and head to Panama. The next morning as we were cruising on our way to Panama, the Captain informed us that we would anchor off the Canal, wait for a slot to transit the Canal. After the transit we would head to Miami. We were also informed things Oceania would do to help ease the extra length on the ship. These included free ship to shore telephone calls, additional laundry services, open bar for happy hour for two nights, reimbursing portion of any airline change fees because of the changes, refund of excursion cost, for ports missed post-cruise extension, free port transfer to the airport, and offering 50% off on a future cruise. We were supposed to have completed the cruise on 03/15, but with the additional time required to get to Miami, we didn't get off the ship until 03/23. Except for missing the two ports the rest of the cruise went fine. It did not appear that there were shortages of anything on the ship except for a couple of minor things. One outstanding item we saw was that we were kept informed, by the Captain and staff, all long the way of the status and any changes. The cruise line and Captain deserve strong kudos for that. It did give us time to react to inform family, house sitters, and our travel agent of changes in our arrival at home. Our debarkation was handled well, just as other Oceania cruises. We felt that Oceania did a very good job with the changes and adjustments that had to be made as a result of the Coronavirus. Some additional things to mention include having a featured speaker, Sportscaster Verne Lundquist have a few talks about his career and stories of different sports players. He also added a couple of Q&A sessions when the cruise extended. Also, there was a speaker that narrated some of the events that took place, going around Cape Horn and also the canal transit. The chef's demonstrations were also very good and the head chef made them quite entertaining.The specialty restaurants were very good and the menu selections at Toscana were excellent. The Terrace Cafe was, as always, very good for breakfast and lunch. We did not use the Cafe for dinner. Service in all the restaurants throughout the cruise was excellent. One new venture we tried was a dinner at La Reserve wine pairing dinner. This was an excellent and enjoyable evening. We also participated in a wine tasting, whiskey tasting, and single malt tasting. We enjoyed all of those. We don't usually go to any of the shows. We prefer to just have an after dinner glass of wine and do some reading. To sum up the cruise, we really enjoyed it, even with the unexpected additional time. We thought the ports on this cruise were good choices and we enjoyed the tours we took. Cabin staff was very good along with the dining venues. We would recommend Oceania for additional cruises and do have additional cruises booked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Super luxurious . Fabulous food and staff. Really was the trip of a lifetime .. Highly recommend though we went for the splurge option by having a penthouse with butler service. We would definitely use Oceania again . The only negative ... Read More
Super luxurious . Fabulous food and staff. Really was the trip of a lifetime .. Highly recommend though we went for the splurge option by having a penthouse with butler service. We would definitely use Oceania again . The only negative of the entire cruise was the dull yoga class ! Otherwise great. Avoid the extremely overpriced excursions other than the lovely schooner trips. You can either walk or use public transport in the ports that this cruise visits. Eg , subway in Buenos Aires and hop on bus is Montevideo . Other ports are easily walkable around .... Restaurants all excellent and it's the food , the amazing staff , the outstanding afternoon tea and the very interesting sociable guests who made this cruise so enjoyable. The ports that we visited were lovely , even Rio Grande was interesting and the tender process is extremely efficient. All in all , a wonderful experience ... Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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