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14 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Amsterdam

14 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Amsterdam

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Amsterdam
  • Day 2
    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
  • Day 3
    Paris
  • Day 4
    Saint-Malo
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Bordeaux
  • Day 7
    Bordeaux
  • Day 8
    Bilbao
  • Day 9
    Ferrol
  • Day 10
    Porto (Leixoes)
  • Day 11
    Lisbon
  • Day 12
    Seville
  • Day 13
    Malaga
  • Day 14
    Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 15
    Barcelona

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

We really like the quiet atmosphere of Oceanic - very few children, not a lot of loud music. The pool area stays relatively quiet. The food is, for the most part, very good - especially in the specialty restaurants. We had the wine and ... Read More
We really like the quiet atmosphere of Oceanic - very few children, not a lot of loud music. The pool area stays relatively quiet. The food is, for the most part, very good - especially in the specialty restaurants. We had the wine and beer package, which allows beer and wine by the glass at meals. It was adequate. I would suggest they add a couple of WBTG at each restaurant to complement the food. Our cabin was wonderful - Penthouse Suite. Roomy and comfortable. Rahul the butler and Danelia the housekeeper were friendly and efficient. You get hors d-ouvrves each afternoon, which was nice, but they weren't great. The only noise from above was late at night, and it was minor. Every stop on the Iberian Quest itinerary was fabulous - just beautiful. However, Oceania's excursions can vary in quality. We had some very good ones - Cadiz, Provence - and one unsatisfactory one. We had booked the spa trip to Granada, but it was changed to Malaga. Also lunch was not provided. Oceania did provide a 25% refund after we complained. Marina is a pretty ship with great food and service. My observation is that Oceania's passengers are trending older, (I mean really older) so if you want a more lively atmosphere, try another line. We would definitely return to this area of the world, but maybe on our own or with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise for it's Spain-intensive itinerary and no at sea days. This turned out to be a mixed blessing, as we did private tours (Spain Day Tours, which we greatly recommend). All of the tours involved van/bus rides of ... Read More
We chose this cruise for it's Spain-intensive itinerary and no at sea days. This turned out to be a mixed blessing, as we did private tours (Spain Day Tours, which we greatly recommend). All of the tours involved van/bus rides of 1-2 hours, and quite a bit of walking, so we were pretty tired and had no at sea days to recuperate and just enjoy the pool, spa, or the rest of the ship. This was our third Oceania cruise overall, and this time it was just me and my wife (no kid or parents). Even though we tend to keep to ourselves, we met a lot of amazing people during this cruise. At the specialty restaurants, we were required to share tables in order to get an earlier dining time. All of the people we met were modestly to wildly successful, loved to travel, and were a delight to spend an evening with! If you are this type of person, and aren't hypercritical about your room, food, etc. you are going to have a wonderful time on Oceania Marina. Just sit back and let it happen! Observations: - We didn't spend a lot of $$$ on alcohol. We did take advantage of happy hour drink prices at Horizon's, the captain's cocktail party, and discounted drinks each day at the pool (we only had time to use the pool twice though). - Free internet was greatly appreciated. I only used it to check personal email and do some photo editing. The wifi reception wasn't great in our room, but I'm an early riser and would go up for coffee and then sit with my laptop in the library where the connection was great. It's a charming and quiet place to sit. - There is no nickle and diming on Oceania to buy drink packages, buy photos, etc. Very relaxing. - There was more storage in our room than we needed. That was a first!! Unfortunately our oversize luggage wouldn't fit under the bed. - If pressed, we might have noticed a slight decline in the food quality since our previous Oceania visits. Friends we met on board thought so too and one had a pleasant conversation with the head chef about it. But we still enjoyed our meals immensely and this is not really a complaint. My favorite specialty meals seem to change every cruise. This time I liked Toscana the most; Polo Grill was my least favorite as my steak was just OK (loved the pork belly appetizer and the dessert sampler though!). - I would have liked to leave our balcony door open at night and sleep to the waves, but there is too much wind whistling for that. We slept very comfortably with the door closed. - There are plenty of hand sanitizing stations around the ship, and the staff won't let passengers serve themselves at the buffet (these are very good things!). The ship was spotlessly clean. We can't wait to go back to Marina or any other Oceania ship for that matter!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Wanted to go to Amsterdam and liked the ports for this cruise. Had not been to Spain or Portugal before. We spent 4 nights in Amsterdam before the cruise. Embarkation was very fast - this is our 5th cruise with Oceania and we arrived ... Read More
Wanted to go to Amsterdam and liked the ports for this cruise. Had not been to Spain or Portugal before. We spent 4 nights in Amsterdam before the cruise. Embarkation was very fast - this is our 5th cruise with Oceania and we arrived when it is usually most busy but there were more than enough people to log us in, get room cards, etc. Disembarkation was also amazing. Instead of being dumped off at the airport (we paid for the transfer at Lisbon) the representative on our bus actually escorted the entire group to the check-in counter we needed for our flight. Never had that happen before.The Delta check in people were also very tourist friendly and explained where to go for security and our gate. Have never had such great service at a foreign airport. Ship and cabin were exactly as previous cruises and the level we have come to expect for service and quality. Things I noticed since the last time on Marina - June 2017. No lunch service in the Grand Dining Room - Terrace and Waves only but the Terrace at lunch had even more options than before. Definitely have upped their game at Lunch. Waves also had an improved Juice Bar that I started using every day. Recommend the Sweet Green! Due to high seas one port was missed (Biarritz tender) but an extra day in Bilboa was taken instead - no extra day at sea. I had to take motion sickness pills 3 times on this cruise which is a record for me (we would leave a port during dinner!) but otherwise we were in port so much that the high seas were not a problem. Only went to Entertainment at night once - 9:30 is too late but it was very good. Participated in activities on ship - games led by Entertainment staff which were fun. Did not do this on previous cruises and would definitely do again. Did not participate in shore excursions as we typically research the area ourselves and explore close to the ship. Did the art classes which were great - taught by Kris Smith and she was wonderful. I learned more than previous cruise art classes. Guest lecturer was informative and funny. Jacques Pepin was also on board and attended his culinary demo - fantastic as always. Paid for Concierge room but did not use him - good thing as he did not sound too helpful to others and never once got up to help with the broken port side door - deck 9. I just read a review from 8/18 and the door was not working then, either?! Overall we had a good time, not fantastic - just good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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