17 Oceania Marina Family Cruise Reviews

Superb Customer Service / Care by the crew and staff. Excellent time keeping on destinations albeit the weather issues for Monte Carlo. Food and Dinning is an experience to behold. State Rooms were spacious and clean. State Room attendants ... Read More
Superb Customer Service / Care by the crew and staff. Excellent time keeping on destinations albeit the weather issues for Monte Carlo. Food and Dinning is an experience to behold. State Rooms were spacious and clean. State Room attendants were sharp in maintaining room cleanliness and comfy. Excellent nightly shows and programs to keep us occupied. Daily updates through door notes and announcements were clear and precise. Gym ,Sauna and Steam Room were well equipment , well maintained and convenient for use.Daily Breakfast is a much awaited session with a superb array of dishes palatable to various nationalities need. Daily Lunch buffet spread is not only lavish is also delightfully a look forward to episode. Dinner ,hmmm what to say ,the fine dining is a time of pamper with a varied cuisine. Coffee and Teatime is quintessentially memorable time , decor of lounging area makes it all the more lovely. Thank you Oceania Cruise, it was a lifetime memorable trip. Thank you thank you thank you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Embarkation was great & smooth (vs. disembarkation which was a rotten experience; later). Rio de Janeiro was interesting to see with beaches, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. The city is a typical Latin city that is overcrowded ... Read More
Embarkation was great & smooth (vs. disembarkation which was a rotten experience; later). Rio de Janeiro was interesting to see with beaches, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. The city is a typical Latin city that is overcrowded and dirty. Spent a lot of time in traffic. Food however was excellent; fast, tasty & uniquely served. The next port was a non+, pretty much a repeat of Rio without the great attraction. Two cities in Uruguay were like the Riviera, clean very safe. Buenos Aires was more of Rio. Walk with the penguins was good but a long drive from port & a lot more walking to the ocean. Great welcome center but the bathrooms at the park were HORRIBLE; 3 of 5 toilets were broken, stalls had no paper and toilets were barely usable with no flush water (TP was on ONE roll outside the stalls). For the money that goes into that park, they need to do a better job! Rode a great train in Ushuaia, a new, replica of a 0*1*1*0 Garratt. The first port in Chile was a nice walk in the Antarctic rain forest, along a river to a great water fall, + a wine tasting at the end. Disembarked in Chile at San Antonio and traveled to Santiago. We had to CLEAR the ship by 0900. There was one gang-way for entrance of new crew and departing passenger. There was no order and no one controlling exiting passenger; it was a group, screwed-up mess (Viet Nam vets have an expression that I cannot use here - like cluster...). Groups were called before there was room to accommodate them for disembarkation. Long walk to buses (& I mean long). We took a shore excursion since our flight did not leave until 950 PM. Drive into Santiago was nice, stopped for snack on the way a cute little restaurant. In the city, typical traffic & inability to stop to & see points of interest. One local craft market that was overpriced and then a fancy mall for lunch (on our own). We at seafood of Abalone, potato salad and greens; delicious! Then on to the airport. WE STOOD for two hours before we could even check in, THOUSANDS of disembarked ship's passengers. This was INEXCUSABLE! I will never depart from Santiago, Chile again!!! Worse than De Gaul in Paris. Overall life on ship was great, great staff, great food & VERY comfortable accommodations. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We picked this cruise because it was short and fit our timeline and our desire to go back and visit Spain after attending a wedding there a few years ago. The Marina was beautiful, very similar to the other Oceania ship we had been on ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it was short and fit our timeline and our desire to go back and visit Spain after attending a wedding there a few years ago. The Marina was beautiful, very similar to the other Oceania ship we had been on (Regatta) but larger and had more options. We went to Red Ginger (B plus), Toscana (A minus) and Jacques (A++++) for Specialty restaurants, they were all delicious and the service was great. The Grand Dining Room, Waves restaurant and Terrace Cafe were all great too, I will say the quality of the breakfast in Terrace Cafe seemed to be not as good as the Regatta, but still fine. Our P Cabin was large and comfortable, I think it would be fine for an extended cruise. We didn't partake in any of the entertainment or Oceania excursions, we did our own thing. The service was very good, our room was always kept in great shape and our butler/room steward were very friendly and helpful. My whole family fell in love with the staff at the pool area bar that week (Maya, Maria and Valentina made us feel so welcome). They were so fun and always had a great crowd hanging out and talking to each other, we wished we had more time on the ship. I can't say enough about how great these three ladies were and how they really made our trip. My only slight complaint was just the rigamarole getting in and out of the ports, but I don't think that was an Oceania thing as opposed to just a logistics thing around the Mediterranean. The ports were all very popular and I think in the future I would make more of an effort to book private tours vs. getting stuck on shuttles for a large part of the day. Overall, another wonderful Oceania experience- we converted our family members who had been anti-cruise and they are going again next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We are not normally cruisers but were travelling with another more senior couple who appreciated the practical benefits of cruising. In particular, we wanted to visit St. Petersburg and this cruise offered three nights there. So we ... Read More
We are not normally cruisers but were travelling with another more senior couple who appreciated the practical benefits of cruising. In particular, we wanted to visit St. Petersburg and this cruise offered three nights there. So we selected the Oceania Marina based on itinerary and its strong reputation for good food. The food was excellent across the board. The four specialty restaurants as well as the Grand Dining Room and the buffet-oriented Terrace Cafe offered outstanding cuisine regardless of venue. Service both in and out of the dining venues was 5 star day and night. Can't speak much about shipboard activities as we really didn't avail ourselves of much of that. The string quartet that played daily in the main lounge before dinner was very accomplished and a pleasure to listen to. The guest pianist one evening was outstanding although we were only able to catch the latter portion of his show because of the timing of our dinner reservation that night. Wish he could have played more than one evening. In every port except St. Petersburg we did not hire a guide or take any group excursions. Talinn, Riga, Helsinki, and certainly Klaipeda are all small enough to navigate on ones own. The long Sunday at Klaipeda we mostly spent on board. Most places are closed on Sundays and the Klaipeda downtown can be covered in about an hour. Everywhere we went people spoke English. The long day we were docked at Warnemunde, we went to Lubeck -- which was brimming with medieval buildings dating back to the 13th century. We rented a car but there is public transport that will get you there as well. In St. Petersburg we toured with Dancing Bear Tours. They were fabulous. They were flexible, accommodating, and our guide spoke perfect English and was a source of so much history and information. Our driver provided door-to-door service at every stop. Great value and pleasant people to deal with. We took a canal boat ride one morning which was a wonderful way to see the city. We saw a number of churches but our favorite was St. Isaacs without a doubt. We are also culture vultures so highlights for us included the Russian Museum, the General Staff Building wing of the Hermitage, and of course the Hermitage proper. Could easily have spent whole days or even weeks in them. We enjoyed our outing to Peterhof as well, although the weather was not the sunniest. For something completely different, check out the royal bath house there if you go. I have no other cruises to compare the Marina to but would definitely recommend Oceania to anyone who is interested in exploring this part of the world. Both the ship and port experiences were grand. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to spend my birthday with family in the South Pacific. This cruise line met the timeline and they had a triple available for these dates. Upgraded at the last minute to a Balcony stateroom, very glad ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to spend my birthday with family in the South Pacific. This cruise line met the timeline and they had a triple available for these dates. Upgraded at the last minute to a Balcony stateroom, very glad we did that. Water beautiful and the sun rose very early. Had coffee on our Balcony before breakfast up in the Terrace Cafe. The Terrace Cafe was the buffet restaurant, on most cruise ships it is to be avoided, but not here. Food outstanding, Suishi available most nights. Ate in all the specialty Restaurants, reservations needed but no upcharge. Food for the most part very good. Wine and beer prices were pretty steep...unless you took advantage of the Happy Hour in a few bars. Oceania is known for its culinary success, but their entertainment is sorely lacking. Very old and stale music and shows likewise. If you come to Tahiti, you come for the islands Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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
My two Sisters and their Spouses and my Brother and his Spouse and my Wife and I went on the Regal Routes Cruise on the Oceania Marina for 10 days beginning June 2nd. This was our first Cruise with Oceania. We have traveled with ... Read More
My two Sisters and their Spouses and my Brother and his Spouse and my Wife and I went on the Regal Routes Cruise on the Oceania Marina for 10 days beginning June 2nd. This was our first Cruise with Oceania. We have traveled with Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean in the past. Our embarkation went smoothly. The Cruise was darn near perfect. My Wife and I had room 7008, it had an extra large balcony that was great and my Sisters had almost identical rooms in 7006 and 7004. The Bathroom was amazing. You had your choice of a shower or a shower in a bathtub. Storage was fine. The weather was pretty good, it could have been warmer, but, we really only had 1 day for a couple of hours where we had to use our umbrellas in Kristiansand, Norway. The ship was great in great condition. We couldn't complain about a thing. Many people in past reviews complained about the entertainment. We went every night and it was very good every night. The comedian, Chas Burnett was great ! I saw him the next night and told him how funny he was without having to use profanity. He seemed very appreciative. The singers and dancers were very good as was the magician. The Cruise Director, Nolan Dean was a little quieter than most C.D.s, but, he put on a show one night with his assistant(his Girlfriend). It was kind of like a Sonny and Cher show, it was great. Their singing was very good and their comedic skills were just as good. We were pleasantly surprised. We had 5 dinners in the specialty restaurants out of 10 days. We ate 1 night at the Buffet. The large prawns and lobsters were perfect in the Buffet. I really couldn't complain about any of our dinners. Everybody that waited on us were amazing, but, then again we treat people the way we want to be treated, so, maybe, if you treat people with respect, you get treated better. We had a great time at all the ports and we appreciated that if the port wasn't right in town, Oceania supplied a shuttle free of charge. Our air was included from Oceania and though we were a little worried on the connection in Amsterdam flying over on KLM everything worked perfect. Our flight home was, also, fine. The one excursion we took from Oceania to the Breendonk SS Transit Camp in Antwerp was very good. So, it was a great Cruise with 2 little things that weren't perfect. We had Free Internet, but, if I had had to pay for it, I would have been living at Front Desk ! The poor Computer Guy can't be paid enough for all the people complaining to him. I couldn't use their computers, they wouldn't work. He told me to try my tablet in my room for better reception. It worked a little after 11 o'clock at night ! We didn't use it much, but, if we had and were paying for it I would have been upset. The other thing and it wasn't Oceania'a fault really. Because of windy conditions, we couldn't get into Amsterdam. My Sisters and my Brother had never been there, so, it was very disappointing for them. We had plans to take the train and go to the Hague and Rotterdam, so we were disappointed, too. Was the weather really that bad ? We got an extra day in Hamburg instead. Should Oceania have offered us something ? A bottle of wine or something ? It wouldn't have hurt. But, one other AMAZING thing for Oceania ! Our last port before debarking in Copenhagen was Gothenburg, Sweden. My Sister and her husband missed the last shuttle at 4 and couldn't find their way back, no one spoke English or knew where the ship was docked. They spent over $100 on cabs. Oceania called me at 5:20 and said they had to leave at 6. After a scary half hour they were able to locate the Cab company and give them directions to the port. The Port was at least a half hour away from downtown. Fortunately and gratefully they waited 5 minutes for my Sister to get back. Thank you very much Oceania. My Sister missing the ship would have definitely ruined the Cruise, no fault of Oceania. Our disembarkation was flawless except our shuttle never showed up, but, had no problem catching a bus to the airport. We will definitely travel with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. Dress was generally on the casual side of "country club casual", with women better dressed than men. The ship is well presented, but some maintenance issues persist - we had to call maintenance twice to fix a noisy rattle on the balcony that spoiled our sleep, and we were locked out of our room at one point because our door lock needed to be "reprogrammed". The food quality and service was superior to other (20+) cruises we've been on and we were able to dine in the excellent specialty restaurants several extra times (our formal allotment was only four) by making same-day reservations. Food was not perfect - we sent some some dishes back to the kitchen because they were too salty, too tough or just cold. Our cabin was clean and neat, but layout was not well designed for storage. Housekeeping staff was excellent, but we had some issues - personal items left behind by a previous passenger and some stains on linens. All staff was uniformly welcoming and efficient. Shore excursions were marred by language issues and a lack of radio/audio devices - some guides were hard to understand and we just couldn't hear them in large groups and noisy areas. We found this very surprising from an upscale cruise line. One Oceania excursion was only half completed (because of a disabled participant who shouldn't have been allowed to take an "strenuous activity" excursion and held everyone back) and we were disappointed to receive only token compensation when we asked for an adjustment. We, and many other experienced cruisers, had arranged three independent excursions at both lower cost and better quality. Despite the observations listed above, we had a very enjoyable cruise, and we will likely cruise with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our third time on Marina and fifth with O. Service and food slipping a bit since they were bought by Norwegian. Food very inconsistent even in each restaurant. Still good but a little less so. Great itineraries make it first ... Read More
This was our third time on Marina and fifth with O. Service and food slipping a bit since they were bought by Norwegian. Food very inconsistent even in each restaurant. Still good but a little less so. Great itineraries make it first choice though. Will give hard look at others or next cruise. Size of ship just right although we prefer their smaller ones like Regatta. Starting to hsell junk watches and such in public lobby, a definite downgrade for a lux ship. Entertainment is sparse and since we had to be up early each day for the ports, most were 8 or 9 AM we did not bother with many. No smoking policy is wonderful. Good selection of alcohol brands and experienced bartenders. Choice of ports outstanding but as with most cruise lines excursions offered should be passed in favor of arranging independent excursions and posting them on Cruise Critic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise for a birthday celebration. It was mostly great, but food service at times wasn't. Oceania's Marina was making a stop in Havana, Cuba. We couldn't resist. The ship is beautiful. Our cabin, 9080, was kept ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a birthday celebration. It was mostly great, but food service at times wasn't. Oceania's Marina was making a stop in Havana, Cuba. We couldn't resist. The ship is beautiful. Our cabin, 9080, was kept clean and neat by the attendant. Never had to ask for ice. It just magically appeared. Embarkation went smoothly but disembarkation took a little longer. There was an excellent choice of food at the restaurants. We were not happy with the very slow service in Polo. We came in at 6:30 pm and walked out at 8 pm without finishing dinner.We are early diners and couldn't handle the long waits.There are 4 specialty restaurants, the Terrace Cafe and the Grand Dining Room. We enjoyed the service from Roy so much that we asked for him each time. We enjoyed the 4 o'clock tea in Horizons. We didn't always make it there but looked forward to going. We did not make it to the evening shows but others said they were enjoyable. We cruise a lot on RCL and I was surprised at how pleasant most of my fellow cruisers were. There are no children's programs but there were children on the cruise. One woman had a toddler in a stroller. As I mentioned earlier, the service on board is unlike any I've had lately.Everyone is so helpful! Our first port of call was Havana. Six of us hired a guide for the two days. Traveling around in the old cars was amazing. We did a walking tour and then visited some very interesting sights, among them Fusterlandia.The other Caribbean ports were Guatemala, Grand Cayman, a private beach in Belize and a Mexican stop. I can't remember the name. The usual tourist attractions. Havest Caye, the beach stop in Belize is new. Finished in Nov. it has a beach, a pool, shops and active attractions. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone heading to the Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This is our 2nd time aboard the Marina. In 2015 we traveled the Baltics for 10 days. Because of that experience, Oceania was chosen again. What an amazing trip! Overall, service was exceptional. The Cruise Director, Peter, was upbeat ... Read More
This is our 2nd time aboard the Marina. In 2015 we traveled the Baltics for 10 days. Because of that experience, Oceania was chosen again. What an amazing trip! Overall, service was exceptional. The Cruise Director, Peter, was upbeat and hilarious! Every time we saw him, he was wearing a different, amazing suit. The entertainment was... ok.... but the effort was there. The food was spectacular and other than one night, the service was exceptional. Being on a ship for 17 days, they recognize you and know what you like and want. The Hostess at the Grand dining room was AMAZING!!! The first night we dined there... as we were leaving she thanked us by name! Next time we came back, not only did she remember our names, but also room number! There were 5 rooms and 7 people in our party. That's beyond impressive. The only problems we had were with the internet. Yes, you're in the middle of the ocean and at the end of the world, but with satellites etc we expected better service. Plus, you had to constantly log in. The tv stations were not that good either. While you're there to vacation, I go to sleep with the tv on. I had trouble finding something to watch. It was news and one tv show. Usually, Elementary. You can only schedule one specialty restaurant per person and there are 4. But, if you go to the reservation desk early in the morning they can usually get you into a restaurant of your choice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I are in our 50's. We recently joined family members on a recent cruise to the Southern Mediterranean. We were in a new port everyday (no sea days). Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely smooth! The Marina is ... Read More
My husband and I are in our 50's. We recently joined family members on a recent cruise to the Southern Mediterranean. We were in a new port everyday (no sea days). Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely smooth! The Marina is beautiful and our cabin (veranda) was fantastic. The food was very good, especially in Red Ginger! Loved the specialty activities such as the cooking (additional charge) and art classes. The excursions were very well run. Some of the passengers and crew experienced viral episodes during our cruise, and Oceania went above and beyond with taking precautions and reminding passengers of good sanitary habits. Having primarily cruised Celebrity, we were a little disappointed in the entertainment. What we saw was fine, just nothing exciting. We also had a couple issues with Room Service, but nothing major. I wrote to Oceania to share our concerns, and have not yet received a response. Overall, we were impressed with Oceania, but will probably choose Celebrity for the next few cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had never been to South America so we decided on this cruise. Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires were places on our bucket list. Our final decision for this trip was that the price of this cruise seemed to be quite good. Oceania is ... Read More
We had never been to South America so we decided on this cruise. Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires were places on our bucket list. Our final decision for this trip was that the price of this cruise seemed to be quite good. Oceania is a our favorite cruise line. The size of the ship is perfect for us. Not too much waiting. Food is excellent, especially at the specialty restaurants. Service is also excellent. Overall we enjoyed this cruise very much. We met some new friends. The excursions were a bit weak on this trip. Locations not as good as in their europe offerings. Some excursions had such bad traffic that most of the time was spent on the bus. Also, this cruise had more ports which required tendering from further away. There were a lot of complaints due to the length of time and weather situation (hot!). The South America cruise is good if you like warm weather. There isn't as much to see as the Europe cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Marina is exceptional for what it does not have. It does not have photographers bothering you, art auctions, charge for espresso or specialty coffee, charge for cans of soft drinks. What it does have is exceptional food, fine specialty ... Read More
Marina is exceptional for what it does not have. It does not have photographers bothering you, art auctions, charge for espresso or specialty coffee, charge for cans of soft drinks. What it does have is exceptional food, fine specialty dining rooms; complementary; most pleasant staff of our 30 plus cruises and excellent entertainment. Our large balcony cabin had a beautiful marble bathroom with huge tub plus shower. The bed was something you would like to take home with you and concierge deck had a very nice lounge, plus private sunning area in the bow accessible with key card. The minus were the overpriced wine bottles topped with an 18% gratuity and very overpriced shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We have previously cruised with Princess 31 days. We have chosen cruising over land tours due to travel traveling between destinations is done while we eat, dance, and sleep. This time I chose Oceania because of a special they were ... Read More
We have previously cruised with Princess 31 days. We have chosen cruising over land tours due to travel traveling between destinations is done while we eat, dance, and sleep. This time I chose Oceania because of a special they were running: free airfare, free unlimited Saint Petersburg excursions, free internet, free gratuities, $100 shipboard credit and more. The Saint Petersburg excursions were available on line to view. We chose our excursions; savings about $1,200. Free internet I was not of value to me, but to my wife it would save her time trying to communicate with family; leave the computer at home and enjoy yourself. When I finally went to book, I thought I knew most of the costs or had a good idea what they were. Oceania in their flyers seemed to be upfront, but what I found were way too many hidden costs you cannot find out until after you book and then it is too late. It took many attempts to learn the location of the port of embarkation and disembarkation. Oceania was unable to provide any details as to how one might get to or from the ports. On Princess, they always provided a map and directions. Copenhagen identified the pier and from all indications it was within walking distance 100yds of public transportation. However, Oceania was unable to provide directions. What we found out was there was construction being done on the water front. Public transportation could get you close, but no cigar. We walked a good mile. In fact taxi cabs had difficult finding the pier. Oceania could easily have sent a map of the location and directions, but they did/would not. Free airfare I find out is not worth it. I do not live near a gateway city and therefor, I have to drive or fly. We decided if we flew we could leave a day earlier and spend a day in Copenhagen. This meant we could spend three days in Stockholm after the cruise. We called our travel agent, presented our dates and then waited for Oceania to give us their free flight info. By the time we got it, our air fair had gone up $46 each. Ok, not to bad, so I ok'd the flights. What we learned after landing in Copenhagen was that our bags never made it out of Chicago. We did not have seamless airline reservations, but a stinking voucher from Chicago to Amesterdam then to Copenhagen. We were not alone, there were well over 40 bags that did not reach the ship. $0 were delivered in Helsinki, day four and our two bags arrived in Tallinn as we were leaving port, our last day. In the end I could have purchased round trip tickets for two for $100 less than the cost of the Free Airfare from Oceania, plus $$175 air deviation fee each, plus $100 air increase fair each, plus $50 times two for bags plus the $296 round trip air to Chicago each. In simple terms if our not a gateway city, the free air fare most likely will not save you any money. To us it is worthless. We tried to buy clothes in the botique, but it was too small and as I guy I have more selection than they did. With so many missing bags, there were not enough clothes. Only one pair of pant's, $125 and it would need to be hemmed. Shirts started at $125. As for the food, Red Ginger did not go ever well at all. McDonald's would have been much better. As for the other three dinning venues, they were ok, but no better than we were experienced with on Princess. Breakfast was better on Oceania, only because they serve you, instead of people trying to serve themselves. You stand in a line, order what you want, it is cooked, served to you standing there. the Terrace Cafe was good. they served to order grill food fast. We had a problem with our wine. An unfinished bottled went missing, but they provided another bottle, though less full than what we had left the evening before. This is the first time a bottle on any cruise had gone missing. I had reserved our four nights at the "best" venues "Polo", "Jacques", "Red Ginger" and "Tuscana" online We like to share a table, but the online reservation would not allow me to select sharing without having the names/booking of those we wished to share with. One of the pleasures of dining on a cruise ship is meeting others from around the world. We found out upon boarding the ship we were setup not to share. It was too late to change our first venue, but the other three we were able to change to sharing. We found the veranda stateroom nice, same quality as on Princess. The tub was a nice touch. We found that we could never go to the shows because of meal times. On Oceania they begin a 9PM. They really need to start later at 9:30 o 9:45 so that those who eat, can go. I found a smaller ship was nice, not as much walking, but this small convenience was not worth the cost. We found the excursions nice, but very pricey. On Princess they always had maps of where the ship would be and a map of the surrounding area. Oceania only did this once and provided as we were going ashore. I booked all our excursions online. When I tried to make changes, the online website went down. On line there was a notices stating that Saint Petersburg Free Excursions would be adjusted for after final submission. A month after booking our excursions I got a bill for over $1,000 for Saint Petersburg Excursions that I thought were supposed to be free an unlimited. Free soda and water is not a selling point. I liked to have a coke when I came back, but there would only be one in the frig. I do not know why they could not have had four or even more. At disembarkation, we left from deck five. This required we walk down steps with luggage. Deck four had a ramp which would have made getting off the ship easier, safer and faster. In Summary, Oceania is 50% more expensive. The free airfare turned out to be a nightmare. Food was not nearly as good as I was expecting. I wasted my wife's seven vacation days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My wife and I recently (from Dec 10 until Jan 16) sailed on our longest cruise ever with Oceania (or anyone for that matter) with our teenage children. The cruise was a 37 day back to back cruise on Marina sailing from Rio de Janeiro to ... Read More
My wife and I recently (from Dec 10 until Jan 16) sailed on our longest cruise ever with Oceania (or anyone for that matter) with our teenage children. The cruise was a 37 day back to back cruise on Marina sailing from Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso and on to Papeete via Easter Island. The short story is that it was a wonderful cruise on a gorgeous ship with a spectacular itinerary, and we met many wonderful people.       Embarkation:       You will have seen those period movies in which people embark on steamers in crowded chaotic docks, where on arrival you are confronted with a seething chaos from which no order seems likely to emerge. Well that's what happened. There was little that Oceania could do about it but four cruise ships were embarking in Rio and the port facility is barely up to one. In fact all the passenger port facilities we visited in South America are in need of serious review. Miraculously we made it into the calm cool sophisticated Marina in reasonable time and our luggage even appeared.       There were issues for those embarking on the second leg starting in Valparaiso due to major problems with flights. Some poor folk left on the cruise without their luggage and didn't see it for 8 days due to the fairly remote destinations the ship visited and the number of sea days. Oceania could not do a lot about this either.       The Itinerary:       The ship stayed overnight in Rio, Valparaiso, Easter Island and Bora Bora. The one port where an overnight stay was necessary but not scheduled was Buenos Aires. The cruise offered considerable variety in ports including cities like Rio, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and Valparaiso/Santiago, and the scenery and natural beauty of Patagonia and the Chilean fjords. The second cruise from Valparaiso to Papeete of course involved no cities but some amazing locations like Easter Island and the Society Islands. In other words we were very spoiled. If sea days aren't your thing then there would have been too many for you, and on a rough count about half the days were sea days with four in a row being the maximum.       Weather:       We were very lucky. Mostly it was warm to hot and fine except around Cape Horn. We didn't realize how cool it would get as we sailed south and Ushuaia is not a balmy place. Once we reached Valparaiso though the weather was warm and mostly fine again. The second leg of this cruise across the Pacific depended on fine weather and largely we got it, with peaceful seas and lots of sun, In Tahiti though it is the wet season and we had rain particularly on the first day. Difficult seas could also put at risk many ports on the Pacific leg and particularly Easter Island which was one of the great highlights of the cruise. All ports after Valparaiso and until Papeete were tender only and the only port we had to miss was Pitcairn Island, and the locals came aboard instead. We didn't consider this a great loss.   Demographic:       The guests on the first cruise (around South America) were wiser than the second, if age is a measure of that, but were largely vigorous and keen to charge out on excursions. The second cruise seemed to have a broader spread on nationalities. There were of course many from the US, a large Canadian contingent, few fellow Australians, some New Zealanders and quite a group of Europeans. On each cruise no more than 6-8 children.       We met many wonderful people and were very sad to bid them farewell.       Marina:       A beautiful ship. We have sailed on all the smaller Oceania ships before and loved them, but I think that Marina may have seduced us to the Oceania class ships. She is stylishly decorated, and well laid out. The ambiance on board the ship is of understated elegance although there isn't much that's understated about the Casino Bar, with its UV glow and avant garde furnishings. The Art is quite well selected and the whole ship has the feel of a floating palace.       The Christmas decorations were great.       Not everything is better than the smaller ships but Baristas, Red Ginger and Jacques, the Culinary Centre and Artists Lofts are among them. The gym is much better, and there are more sporting type activities. The Terrace Cafe is a stand out. The Library is not as good (but has been overly maligned - I still liked it and spent many hours there), and I like the Lounge better on the smaller ships.       The ship is never crowded, and there were times I wondered where everyone was. The pool deck area is large with heaps of sun chairs, and the pool is a reasonable size for a cruise ship.Food:       This is always subjective but hey, this is my review so I get to be subjective.       The Grand Dining Room menu's varied, and we didn't eat there all that much but enjoyed the food and the theatre of dining there. I prefer the room itself on the O ships, as it seems lighter and more spacious with higher ceilings. The food was in our view not generally as good as Terrace Cafe, and well below the specialty restaurants. That is not to say it was bad, and in fact it was better than previous cruises, and some meals were wonderful, but it maintains the fine tradition of Grand Dining Rooms being hit and miss. Service was good.       The Terrace Cafe is smart and elegant completely shrugging off any bad buffet connotations. Dining outside on balmy nights was wonderful. The food was fresh, varied, and well cooked. The grill is brilliant with good cuts of meat, Lobster, big shrimps, and too much more to mention. For breakfast the fruit was good although not always as ripe as I would like, and they ran out of some items for a few days toward the end of the cruise, chiefly berries and lettuce. The Pacific cant be an easy place to restock.       The ranking of the specialty restaurants was the subject of considerable family debate, ending in a stalemate. What was agreed was that Red Ginger was exceptional, and Toscana came second. The argument was hottest over Jacques and Polo. Lets just say that ranking these is silly but hey it's also fun. The fact is they are all good, with the caveat that red Ginger is a stand out. We were fortunate to get extra bookings and we ate at Red Ginger 5 times, Polo for 2, Toscana for 4 and Jacques 5.       We also booked for the La Reserve Connoisseur and Explorer menus. The former was expensive at $160 each, but a wonderful experience although you probably need to be a bigger foodie than I, and some of the effort may have been lost on me. The food is carefully selected and independently sourced and the wine matches. The Explorer menu was probably more me at $95 pp. It was also wonderful but more approachable.       The Wine Tastings undertaken by the head sommelier Oona were not to be missed. She was wonderful, informative and amusing, and La Reserve wine happy hours were a great initiative. Her army of sommeliers were knowledgeably, helpful ,efficient and friendly., particularly Vedran, Susanna, Enrique, and Alex. The wine tasting sessions ranged from $10 pp to $100 for a premium tasting. The premium wines were the sort I only get to try in a self indulgent wine tasting of this sort and included some super tuscans among other notable and famous wines..       Afternoon tea remains fantastic.       The Wine List gets a tick for well done. We didn't do the drinks package. I have an allergy to them and do not like them. We mostly drink wine and prefer to order bottles. An analysis of value for money showed it would not have paid off for us anyway. We don't drink enough (which is saying something) - I think you need to be a cocktail person for this to work.       Service:       This has really stepped up in my view. The staff of Marina were mostly all friendly and attentive without being suffocating. Many went well beyond this and were just delightful. In my view the leadership team is doing a great job and you can see how diligent they are about it.       We really liked David Shermet as a Cruise Director, and the General Manager was very approachable and helpful. The Reception desk is something I have in the past approached with trepidation but on this occasion found the staff efficient friendly and enormously patient.       Service around the Pool was generally good but could be a little more attentive to my every whim and sudden need for a drink. Philmar, at the bar was brilliant, addressed us by name from the first few days (no we didn't drink so much as to be instantly recognized.) Baristas was great and Alessio and Fabio made excellent coffee. The tender service was efficient and safe (in some heavy seas).       The Maitre D s at each restaurant were without exception excellent and the wait staff also very good with Red Ginger again the stand out with the fantastic Angie and Mical. It was wonderful crew members like these that made the whole journey exceptional.       I could and should name more but suffice it to say service was very good. No doubt there are some poor experiences but we didn't endure many, and on a cruise of 37 days that was impressive.       Activities:       I don't really do shows, but the Christmas show and the con Molto grand finale were fun. The music on board was generally good. The only criticism I have is a personal one. If there is one instrument Noah could have left off the ark to be forgotten in time, it would be the piano accordion, and so the duo violin and you guessed what wasn't exactly my thing. But then others may have loved it.       The enrichment lectures on both cruises were excellent and well attended with well chosen topics. The mysteries of scarf tying, and bingo weren't for me, and trivia is too scary. My wife loved the free bridge classes (also too scary for me). A Mahjong cabal seemed to be flourishing as well. There were dancing classes and whisky tastings, and cocktail making classes.       Matt at the gym provided a truly excellent lecture on nutrition that surprised me in its level of detail and his demonstrated expertise and knowledge. It even altered my eating habits (although sadly not my drinking habits).       I enjoyed my culinary class but my wife did not. We had different teachers and my wife felt hers was quite rude. Apparently she wasn't alone in that experience. The facility is great. I didn't use the Artist Loft, my artistic talent having long been judged well wanting.       We travelled with our kids. The 18 y/o threatened never to leave the ship and was perfectly happy. The 14 y/o professed boredom on occasion, but then she does that a few times a day in any event. She did however christened it the best holiday ever. Swimming with Mantas and Sharks and water sports in Tahiti clinching the deal. Not much is provided for kids although most of those on board on the second cruise were eventually introduced to each other and had a good time. On the first cruise language was something of a barrier.       Accommodation:       We were in concierge staterooms near midship and found them well appointed and spacious. Storage was fine for us, and the bathrooms were well laid out with a separate bath and shower.       While initially dubious about the concierge lounge we found it very useful, and the concierge lounge attendants on both cruises to be a great help. For a long cruise it makes a difference. We didn't use the spa deck much. My skin burns in moonlight so it wasn't for me.       Laundries on every deck work well and if the urge to do the laundry took you, it was never a hassle to get a washer and dryer.           Tours and Technology and other:       Not much has changed here. The tours remain over priced and not well reviewed in many cases. We took private tours that were usually much cheaper.       Internet remains a problem although it is improving and the per day charge worked well for us. Just don't try doing anything close to exciting online. Heaps of band width intensive programs seem to be blocked.       Oceania says internet is bad at sea, but I have had far better experiences on other lines.       The Medical Centre remains as expensive as ever, but I suppose we should be grateful we have it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We cruised on May 2nd, 2012, Mediterranean Tapestry, arriving a day early and stayed at Ledra Marriott for the night. It was a pleasant day altogether to relax, enjoy Athens a bit before embarking on our wonderful journey the next day. ... Read More
We cruised on May 2nd, 2012, Mediterranean Tapestry, arriving a day early and stayed at Ledra Marriott for the night. It was a pleasant day altogether to relax, enjoy Athens a bit before embarking on our wonderful journey the next day. Staff at the airport and hotel were very efficient, competent and friendly. We had transfer service to the ship, however, were given the option of having our luggage transferred, with us checking in at a later time, thus giving us more time to wander around Athens. This was a splendid service that was greatly appreciated. We utilized the Hop-on Hop-off bus to visit the various sites in Athens, before hopping off at the cruise terminal. Check in was superb, since we arrived at 3:30 p.m., with no line up. This was the beginning of a host of "no line ups" on this cruise. It took us maybe 10 minutes and we're on our way to our cabin. Marina is very beautiful, elegant and sparkling clean. Our cabin, situated mid ship, was very quiet and stable, we did not feel any swaying at all. The bathroom is very spacious, using granite flooring instead of plastic bathroom flooring which made for a very elegant feel. The bed and pillows were very comfortable, and linens luxurious. Balcony spacious, more than enough room to move around even with two big armchairs and a table. The only negative comment I have with our cabin was the alarm clock, which needed to be replaced three times before we got one that worked. Another observation, laminated trimming from the desk kept falling off, not once, but three times. I inserted the piece of wood back on the first time, then put it in plain view so the cabin attendant can glue it back on the second time, and when it came off again, I gave up. Strange to have fixtures falling apart for such a brand new ship. Public areas were nicely decorated, subtle and elegant. Public areas, including the restaurants gave me the impression that we were sailing half capacity, but when I enquired further, we were only short 100 to full capacity. Never did we have to wait for a table, either dinner, lunch nor breakfast. Tables were plentiful, there were never any line ups, be it for food, or disembarkation. Seating for the shows were also plentiful. Food was a little bit disappointing, compared to Insignia. For some reason, some of the food items were sometimes bland, or arrived luke warm. However, it was not so bad that we need to send it back. We enjoyed the meals at Terrace Cafe because it provided us with a wider selection of entrees, desserts etc. Service in all restaurants were impeccable. However, I do agree with another member's review in that the restaurant reservation staff member could have been a little more welcoming in her interaction with guests. Recognized a few faces from Insignia, which was very nice.Entertainment was superb - we only made it to the ship's own production, and all the lead singers on this cruise were very strong singers, can hold their own, and did a very good job in their rendition of the songs. Wish we could have seen the other shows, however, our time in port was so hectic, we're just plain tired. Ports of call were fabulous, and the process of disembarkation very smooth. Even on ports that needed tender was done so well, there never was any wait time. Well done. Amalfi/Positano port was very beautiful. Enjoyed looking at the ripening lemons, so huge it was unbelievable!! Our first stop was a visit to Ravello, super beautiful village with lots of ceramic shops. A very nice walk along the mountainside (again, not for the mobility impaired). Then, a quick drive to Pompeii for a one hour visit (not enough). For lunch, we stopped at Positano and the the view from our restaurant, Da Constantino, was so breathtaking, I thought I was looking at a calendar!! Food was very good as well. Ephesus, Turkey - a very worthwhile port of call. Enjoyed the tour with Ephesus Shuttle, visiting Private Ephesus - a must see, Artemission Temple, The house of the Virgin Mary, St. John's Basilica and Sirince Village, with lunch included. All in all, it was a very pleasant cruise. Can't wait to return. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
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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