50 Oceania Marina Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to South Pacific

This cruise went from Papeete, Tahiti, to Lima, Peru, with stops at Bora Bora, Fakarava, Pitcairn Island and Easter Island. At Pitcairn the local inhabitants (descendants of the Bounty mutineers) come on board to sell crafts and eat ice ... Read More
This cruise went from Papeete, Tahiti, to Lima, Peru, with stops at Bora Bora, Fakarava, Pitcairn Island and Easter Island. At Pitcairn the local inhabitants (descendants of the Bounty mutineers) come on board to sell crafts and eat ice cream; one of them gave an interesting talk about life on the island. At Easter Island we were unable to land because of rough seas (apparently a fairly common occurrence). There were a lot of days at sea; two between Fakarava and Pitcairn, and four between Easter Island and Lima. There was a wonderful naturalist, Gloeta Massie, who gave brilliant and funny talks a few times, and a lecturer who talked a few times about Easter Island and Pitcairn. There were a lot of fun programs organized by the staff and the cruise director, Peter Roberts. Excellent bridge lessons and duplicate bridge, putting contests on a mini-golf course, shuffleboard, trivia quizzes and Mensa challenges, some movies. There were shows, music and karaoke that we did not attend because they were late at night. The food was excellent, with four specialty restaurants - Italian, steakhouse, French and Chinese/Asian fusion, with no extra charge. Dining was also excellent in the main dining room and the buffet restaurant. But: The prices for the excursions were exorbitant - about 4 times what is cost for locally arranged excursions - and the transfers were wildly overpriced. Oceania offered airport transfers for $359 US and a hotel transfer for $119 per person. We went online and booked a private car for two of us for $35 with Lima Limo www.limalimo.pe . The driver, Geraldo, was so good that we hired him to take us around Lima that afternoon to see the Larco museum (fantastic!) and the gold museum; he charged us $90 US for 5 + hours; then he took us to the airport the next day from our hotel for $35. One trick: taxis and limos for the most part cannot come to the location of the ship at the cruise pier; you need to take the bus to the pier gate. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I have never been on Oceania before (only Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Regent) and after the experience I had, I am going to try and limit my cruise experiences to Oceania, if at all possible. The way I was ... Read More
I have never been on Oceania before (only Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Regent) and after the experience I had, I am going to try and limit my cruise experiences to Oceania, if at all possible. The way I was treated, the quality of the ship desgin and materials, the quality of the staff, the itinerary, and most importantly, the dining experience just set this cruise line above all others that I have experienced - and by a wide margin. The cabin (9110) had a large veranda and felt spacious. The bathroom was impressive with a full tub and a rainshower head in the shower. The water was perfect temperature throughout the cruise. Of course, the most important person we met was Lilya, our cabin stewardess and she was nothing short of magnificent - keeping everything so neat and tidy and it always felt the room was in perfect condition. Her warm demeanor meant everything to us and we will always love Ukraine after having her cheerful, professional and detailed assistance every day. We also loved Chrismerelda on our Concierge floor - such a lovely person and so responsive and helpful with our specific needs. In fact, we loved the entire Concierge floor experience - and the espresso machine was worth its weight in gold. We loved the speciality coffee bar on Deck 14 overlooking the pool. We loved the Waves sandwiches, the afternoon tea in horizons, the terrace cafe for breakfast and the Grand Dining Room for nightly dinners (though it was our least favorite experience). And that's because the specialty dining on this ship simply cannot be beat. Toscana was authentic and welcoming. Jaques was a delightful visit to France. Polo Club prepared perfect steaks (and a very inattentive woman as sommalier), and Red Ginger was our favorite of all - with special thanks to the Maitre D' who was nothing short of a true 'boss' - we are indebted to her for our service and experience there. The spa was much better than on other ships and we loved the Canyon Ranch products (especially the post-sun cooling product). Nice gym and very relaxing private spa deck. The theatre space was intimate, as was the lovely piano bar and we enjoyed that. In fact, the ship NEVER felt full (though it was 100% occupied). The artwork throughout the ship made a particular impression on me - from sculpture to paintings and of course the lalique everywhere. It felt more like a luxurious art gallery than a state-of-the-art disco and I appreciated the more sophisticated approach. Besides the speciality dining, I have to say that the approach of charging up front for coffees and sodas and not making me use a card every five minutes felt like a great indulgence and I much prefer that approach. And the specialty dining not having additional charge also made me more relaxed. We didn't purchase any shore excursions because the ports were all accessible and easy for us to navigate to blue waters and private beaches. I loved that the ship was the smallest of all my previous experiences and it felt size-appropriate for Tahitian islands. Embarkation was fast and professional - a tremendous team boarding and leaving. I would dearly love to sail on the Marina again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We are not new to cruising as this was our 15th cruise but the first with Oceania. We were attracted to Oceania because of the French Polynesia itinerary as well as its reputation for good service and food. We absolutely loved the ... Read More
We are not new to cruising as this was our 15th cruise but the first with Oceania. We were attracted to Oceania because of the French Polynesia itinerary as well as its reputation for good service and food. We absolutely loved the itinerary as well as the very good service by our cabin staff and butler as well as the food in the specialty restaurants. However, we found that the added costs were not compensated by our expectations for value. To begin, we were very disappointed by how we were received upon boarding as well as departing. Our experience with other cruise lines has been that we were greeted with a welcoming drink as well as food available. Likewise, upon departure, we have been provided with coffee and muffins/danish etc. None of this was available on the Marina. We arrived with 200+ people on our 8 hour overseas flight. There was no welcoming drink and by the time we checked in, all food services were shut down. One would think that a table of refreshments would have been provided by the ship. Similarly, upon departing at an early hour (5:40 am), that coffee and a muffin could also have been provided. This was neither a good first or last impression of the cruise. As part of our booking, we were provided with free unlimited internet access. This was a total joke since access was not available in most parts of the ship. Moreover, it was impossible to upload or download photos or documents. Finally, it was impossible to contact others via FaceTime or Skype. On all of our other cruises, this was never a problem, I then learned that for an added $15/day, I could upgrade to unlimited streaming. I did so. However, although I could sometimes (but not always) access FaceTime, I still could not upload photos or download documents. This was particularly concerning since I needed to be reached due to an ill family member. Needless to say, this caused considerable stress. I enjoy working out. The fitness center was tiny and the room for classes was even tinier. On a positive note, the fitness instructor, Diana was superb. She knew her stuff, was inspirational and very nice. There was a sign up sheet for classes which was done to limit the number of passengers attending. However, the fitness staff let in whoever showed up. As a result, there was often 20 passengers in a class that was listed for 12. This made the experience challenging and at times, unsafe. The Terrace Cafe had a limited variety of food. At times, I would have loved to have a scoop of tuna or egg salad. This was never available. Although a crew member was immediately available to serve us water, coffee or juice, anything else was simply unavailable. On three occasions I asked for sparkling water and never received it. The dining room was very pleasing. The staff was great. But the food was hit or miss. Some was excellent while others, just awful. The speciality restaurants were excellent. We especially enjoyed the Red Ginger. We found the cruise offered excursions outrageously priced. We only took one excursion from the ship - a one hour glass bottom boat right for $129/person. We enjoyed it but it was very overpriced. Alcohol prices were similarly overpriced. I didn't order one drink the entire time I was onboard - simply out of principle. The most outrageous cost was the airport to port & return transfer. Since we our flight arrived at 9:40 pm and left at 8:40 am and because we were unfamiliar with the services in Papaeete, we decided to take the transfers. Each one way transfer was $129/person. The ride was under 10 minutes. Worth of all, there were delays at each end. This was utterly ridiculous. From now, we'll stay with Celebrity our preferred cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We travelled on 30 January for a 10 day Polynesian cruise on the ms marina and what should have been the trip I dreamed off turned completely bad due to incompetent staff. I like to warn future travelers to have a good medical insurance, ... Read More
We travelled on 30 January for a 10 day Polynesian cruise on the ms marina and what should have been the trip I dreamed off turned completely bad due to incompetent staff. I like to warn future travelers to have a good medical insurance, lucky we had one. But honestly I felt shy to present these bills to the insurance. We were totally ripped off by the medical center. I understand that everybody likes to make money but there are limits. I was treated for a dry cough and difficulty to bread (saturation of 92) for 6 days by intravenous with wrong antibiotics. They even checked blood twice and made chest x rays. The doctor was unable to give the correct diagnosis after a bill of 13000 US!!! The nurses are doing a great job but about the doctor I have my doubts about his capacity to do the job. He advised on disembarkation to visit another doctor, I should have appreciated if he should have offered that earlier, we could have disembarked in Moorea or Bora Bora and fly back to Papeete. On top the reception pre authorized without any reason twice 13000 US , so I had to wait 10 days before my credit card was again working normally. After leaving the boat I flew to Auckland where after doing a blood test and x ray they diagnosis pneumonia. Is as a doctor you cannot find that then you have a problem. This incompetence finally spoiled the trip that was my ultimate destination trip. And pretending that the cruise is for foodies is to much honour, the French and Italian restaurant are very good, the Asian is a catastrophe (I live in Asia and know what is what)the tom kha gai I ordered was like water and the curry was disgusting. The buffet at terrace café becomes boring after a while. I hope that future travelers will be aware of the practices on the oceania cruises, I confronted them with these issues on my return but found a useless customer service who seems not to be able to read and understand a mail. This was my first cruise and the last on Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Yes, Oceania has the best cuisine at sea, unless you are health conscientious. Overweight and obese passengers were in pig heaven on Marina. We personally found the food way too salty, too heavy with too much butter and too much sweet ... Read More
Yes, Oceania has the best cuisine at sea, unless you are health conscientious. Overweight and obese passengers were in pig heaven on Marina. We personally found the food way too salty, too heavy with too much butter and too much sweet stuff. For the first time on a cruise we had trouble finding something that appealed to us. We personally love fruits, nuts, vegetables, good bred, fresh fish; Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Fruits on the Marina were mostly limited to melons and a little pineapple. Bananas were green or otherwise inedible, as we were told the Marina tried to avoid catering locally and practically all provisions on board were deep frozen. Only rarely was a fresh local fish on the menu. Bread for breakfast consisted mainly of fatty, sweet pastry, I got nauseous just looking at it. Fresh omelettes were fried in butter, the burnt butter was sticking in black spots to the dish, ugh. Frying eggs in butter is unacceptable to us. Fresh oatmeal was a heavy creamy substance that didn't resemble oatmeal. We have never eaten as poor on a cruise as on this one, maybe we had been too spoiled on Silversea or our Regent cruises, but these other cruise line don't boast the best cuisine at sea. But we must admit, the great majority of the passengers on the Marina craved the food, they loved it. They got their moneys worth of salt, sugar and fat and were thus able to accumulate more additional pounds. The clientele on the Marina was different from the other cruises we were used to and preferred. The ship was too big for our liking; we love the smaller ships, where we get to know and recognise most of the passengers and crew after just a few days. The ship itself was excellent, beautifully maintained and a pleasure to sail on. We did love our Penthouse Suite, this is the way to travel. We had no need of the butler, we just loved the spaciousness of the suite high up on deck 11. The staff was excellent and well managed. We did find the sommeliers were under too much pressure to sell the more expensive wines. Oceania is not very "inclusivy"; our suite had 3 free laundry bags offered for our cruise, 3 days for the return of the laundry was too long for us. We preferred the self service laundry which my wife could finish in one day. For the self service laundry Oceania charged 2 $ for washing and another 2 $ for drying, wow, that was another first for us. We did find the shore excursions too expensive and had made our own arrangements. Would we choose Oceania again? No. But we can recommend Oceania without reservations to people who love big chunk of meats, hamburgers, hot dogs, thick french fries and lots of sweets; on Oceania you can get your moneys worth. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
For the middle-aged and older crowd, this cruise was amazing! We arrived in Papeete a day early to insure we made the ship on time in case of any flight/weather issues. We stayed at the Intercontinental on Tahiti, which was very nice and ... Read More
For the middle-aged and older crowd, this cruise was amazing! We arrived in Papeete a day early to insure we made the ship on time in case of any flight/weather issues. We stayed at the Intercontinental on Tahiti, which was very nice and they also had a fabulous Polynesian show the night we were there. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, no problems. The thing I liked about Marina is that is is a smaller ship, so less people. No crowded, stuffed elevators, no long waits in line for food, and best of all, no kids! I think there were 2 kids on the ship, but it's not geared toward kids, so there's nothing for them to do really. The food was amazing, absolutely the best meals I've ever had on a cruise ship. It was eating a gourmet meal every time you sat down to eat, even upstairs in the café! The specialty restaurants were just as wonderfully delicious and very gourmet. All of the drinks anywhere on the ship were fantastic! There was actually liquor in them! On all our other cruises, we end up just not drinking because the drinks have so much juice, you can't tell it's a drink.These were top-notch! We had Mai-Tai's, Cosmos, Piña Coladas, and they were all excellent. On every other regular cruise line, I gave up and stuck to Rum & Coke, because the fancy drinks were just terrible. Service on this ship was impeccable. We never had to ask for anything, ever. Staterooms were always ready, clean, chocolates on the bed, mats on the floor by our bedside, slippers, robes, ice bucket filled. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming and very diverse. We were offered an upgrade at a reduced price from a balcony room to a penthouse suite a week before the cruise....we accepted and were so glad we did! Lots of room and plenty of shoe and drawer space! Walk-in closet, gorgeous bathroom with a tub/shower AND a shower. Always stocked. Always clean. There was a fantastic selection of excursions to meet anyone's tastes, from easy to adventurous. Tendering in and out of ports was excellent, fast, and always went smoothly. Never a problem. Although we did bring our own 24-hour hand sanitizer, there was plenty of stations all over and outside the ship, so no excuses for germs! The ship was spotless and someone was always cleaning it, even the outside! Entertainment was just okay.....geared more toward the older crowd. I would have liked to have seen a comedy show, but the shows we did see were great. We missed quite a few, because by the time they started (9:30pm), we were so exhausted from the day, we were in our stateroom reading and falling asleep! One thing that impressed me is that the cruise line had special get-togethers for the singles and even a gay-lesbian get-together. We did do happy hour every evening around 5:30-6 before dinner and one evening 2 of the 3 bars (our favorites) were closed for a promotional group, which we were not happy about. I look forward to going on another Oceania cruise and now I'm spoiled! I don't want to go back to the regular cruise lines! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Honestly, our best cruise yet. We had a concierge level cabin and it was worth the splurge . The food was awesome in every restaurant and the main dining room. The ship was awesome as in being the right size and not too big. The service ... Read More
Honestly, our best cruise yet. We had a concierge level cabin and it was worth the splurge . The food was awesome in every restaurant and the main dining room. The ship was awesome as in being the right size and not too big. The service was awesome. The only thing that was a bit off was the fitness center. Not well appointed but, we just spent our time walking and swimming in the Tahitian waters instead. Loved the coffee bar. Loved the homemade ice cream. Loved the daily fresh fruit smoothies and juice bar. Loved the daily lobster tail off the fan tail at night in the warm breeze. Loved the spa and Canyon Ranch hot tubs on the front. Red Ginger was our favorite restaurant and we loved the experience. We would save up to do Oceania again in a heartbeat. It is one line we would try to repeat again as it was expensive but, worth every cent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I had taken Insignia last fall to the cottages and coves, and fell in love with Oceania. I was a die hard Windstar cruiser. This was my fourth trip to the French Polynesia and decided to take Oceania. We upgraded to the PH. 11009 and ... Read More
I had taken Insignia last fall to the cottages and coves, and fell in love with Oceania. I was a die hard Windstar cruiser. This was my fourth trip to the French Polynesia and decided to take Oceania. We upgraded to the PH. 11009 and we’re very pleased with our room and the services. The customer service from Oceania is by far the best in the industry. Thank you for another great cruise. You have yet again, exceeded my expectations. I’m not big on the entertainment though. While I believe Oceania does draw an older clientele, the music and shows I found were somewhat dated. The comedian was very good. Your customer service representative Rachael Ruebel who handled some of my daughters and my requests went above and beyond the call of duty, and she should be acknowledged for her talents and truly being one of your greatest assets in customer service. She, I would say was one of the main reason I am a committed cruiser on Oceania. In this day and age, when customer service seems to be lacking, your employees from the top, all the way to the not so top are exceptional. You treat your employees good, they bring your customers back. Great cruise. Thank you for making my daughter and my cruise amazing. See you on the next one. Just wish you had single cruises for us widow travelers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We flew from Brisbane to Papeete via Auckland with Qantas/Air Tahiti Nui to join Marina's 18 day Pacific Stars Cruise. Frankly, Air TN could teach Qantas a thing or two re "in flight" service. We flew home ex LA with Qantas ... Read More
We flew from Brisbane to Papeete via Auckland with Qantas/Air Tahiti Nui to join Marina's 18 day Pacific Stars Cruise. Frankly, Air TN could teach Qantas a thing or two re "in flight" service. We flew home ex LA with Qantas and that was ordinary also. About the cruise! From the beginning we have now totalled nine cruises, all on Marina since she was launched in 2011.Reason? Because you got 41/2 star treatment. That is until our eighth cruise two years ago or so. Things seemed not the same. Mainly in the areas of catering, entertainment and shipboard activities. However, we made no comment thinking that maybe we had come to expect too much, but enough to decide to find another shipping line. After two years having in mind the good times on Marina we booked again on this Cruise. Without exaggeration we were disappointed. 1) Firstly, the staff generally, as always, were first class. Our Penthouse Suite was again exceptionally presented and serviced. The ship, generally, is clean and maintained as good as new. 2) But Oceania's reputation for fine catering in the Buffet Terraces is so obviously a result of cost cutting and poor quality it is unbelievable at the price. We experienced cheap meat cuts in stews, cold cauldron soups, Tough poultry hacked and served by amateurs. Mexican food poorly prepared and regularly presented. The carvery meat section offered cheap cuts and so on. Three times on different occasions we caught the ear of a rarely seen supervisory chef and they tested and agreed the soups were cold and they allowed staff to go on serving same, Finally, we celebrated Easter Sunday lunch by being treated to a Mexican unappetising set of dishes once more. 3) The Speciality Restaurants were, except for Toscana, definitely up to standard. Toscana, over several cruises, in our opinion, could be improved. 4) It is general knowledge from our experience over many cruises on Marina the entertainment is not their "long suit" ! Having said that one always had the option of retreating to the cabin and enjoying the latest movies. Not now, it seems like the cost cutter has been their too. But for one or two exceptions all we saw was video shop rejects. 5) If the general catering could emulate the wonderful and so professional cake and dessert experienced on Marina we would be talking five star here! 6) One could always enjoy and relax to professional chamber music performed by beautiful ladies in various venues such as Horizons. Not any more! The cost cutter was here too! In closing, it hurts us to say that for the money you pay Oceania in the hands of its new owner has slipped down to a 3 1/2 star rating, saved only by its excellent staff and commendable house keeping . Au revoir Marina. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had cruise three time she fore on Celebrity Solstice class before (Caribbean and twice in Mediterranean). We have just discovered a whole new world with Oceania. Oceania is for you if : (1) You like luxury at an affordable price (the ... Read More
We had cruise three time she fore on Celebrity Solstice class before (Caribbean and twice in Mediterranean). We have just discovered a whole new world with Oceania. Oceania is for you if : (1) You like luxury at an affordable price (the fact that alcoholic drinks are not included in the base price (compared to other luxury cruise lines) help to reduce the costs for those of us who can get by with a few drinks a day. (2) You love excellent food. Except for the main restaurant which was ok (a bit less quality than the main dining room on Solstice class in our experience), the rest is awesome. How many pool grills out there have Florida lobster and tenderloin burgers for lunch? We ordered them without buns. They were awesome with delicious fries. Also, the buffet is really good. Again, Florida lobster tails, lamb chops, sirloin steaks, etc every night. And snow crab claws at least three or four times during the cruise. Absolutely delicious buffet. The four specialty restaurants are very good. I stuffed myself with Dover sole at the French restaurant (Jacques) twice and at the Italian one. My wife was delighted with her rack of veal at Jacques and her tenderloin at Polo Grill. Red Ginger was also a favorite with lobster pad thai and miso crusted sea bass (the best sea bass you will ever have, trust me). (3) You like great service. Both of our room attendants as well as almost all the crew were both highly efficient and very nice. (4) You enjoy little touches of luxury like white gloves afternoon tea with scones, whipped cream, clotted cream, etc. And a very talented string quartet that has a very large repertoire of classical music. (5) You do not like to pay for everything : free bottles of water, free pop, free specialty coffee and free specialty restaurants! Of course, the destination was very romantic with all ports of calls (except Nuku Hiva) very interesting, no....wonderful. Ah Bora Bora... Tips : (1) You may want to do your own air booking. It costs more to do your own booking, BUT you arrive and leave when you want. For example, we arrived three days before the cruise and left two days after. We don’t like to be rushed and it allowed us to both adjust to the time difference and check the prices of items before leaving for the islands on the cruise. (2) In French Polynesia, you want to buy pearls : the range of colors and the quality are unbelievable. Wait for Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands. This is where most pearl farms are located and the variety and price-quality ratio are unbeatable. Will we go ba k with Oceania? We have already booked our next cruise... Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise based on recommendations from others who used Oceania and its reputation as an upscale cruise line. The service was incredible. I think the fact that we were in a large suite may have helped, don't know for sure, ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on recommendations from others who used Oceania and its reputation as an upscale cruise line. The service was incredible. I think the fact that we were in a large suite may have helped, don't know for sure, but the fact that we were greeted by name the first night at the specialty restaurants was impressive. The room was great, the butler Mani was fantastic, and everyone on board was friendly and helpful. It was our first "sea trials" cruise since my wife has an issue with motion sickness, but the Marina proved to be very stable in the Pacific. Only on one night she was a bit queasy on the long trip north to the Marquesas, but was not too bad. The service was better than I have had in any hotels and the wait staff as good if not better than any restaurants. We enjoyed it very much, so much so we booked 2 more cruises with Oceania. Houskeeping even arranged our shoes back in the closet! The food was great. We preferred the specialty restaurants and the magnificently decorated Grand Dining room. They were quieter and more relaxed than the buffet and we were not in a hurry, even for breakfast. We especially liked having our breakfast in the suite. The terrace cafe was too crowded and we felt jostled while trying to get food. There was a nice variety of food there, but people were standing over tables waiting for seats at times. People would sit there grazing for hours if they had no trips ashore or the ship was at sea and occupying all the tables. On those days we went to the Grand Dining room for breakfast or lunch as it was usually empty and much more relaxed, even if there were fewer menu choices. We like the quality atmosphere rather than quantity. You are afforded that choice. The suite afforded us more access to the specialty restaurants, Polo-Steak, Toscana-Italian, Red Ginger-Oriental, and Jacques-French. All were good but Jacques was some of the best French food we have ever had, even better than in Paris IMHO. The Chef Geno was a true "Genius". Do youself a favor, try Jacques even if you do not have a reservation included. Best French food EVER in my humble opinion.! In Tahiti, the ships excursions were good, convenient and planned well, albeit expensive I think. If you are not in Tahiti for Diving or watersports, there is only so much sightseeing available. If you are budget conscious, you may do better by renting a car or taxi, but the cruise ships pretty much use up all the local transportation. Divers on board seemed to do better booking their own trips onshore. One person paid a local in Huahine to drive him around for $20 he said. Even drop off and a pick up later at the beach? Caveat emptor. The scenery is gorgeous. The ports except for 2 require tenders which require a little more planning. The tender crews were efficient and accomodated the handicapped. Not a cruise for children or even teenagers. The onshore attractions are mainly scenic which is spectacular. Some of the others (see Trip Advisor) were a bit contrived and touristy, but ok for a few hours. I.E. One pearl farm was real, the other was just a gift shop, a vanilla farm was also a gift shop. I found better prices on pearls in COSTCO and NY, so unless you want a souvenir, do some research if you want a low price. Be aware that Oceania has a 36hr cancellation policy if you change your mind on shore excursions. There were excursions for limited mobility persons. Check the info on the Oceania website. The live entertainment on board, other than the culinary classes was just average. We are spoiled being so close to NY and Broadway maybe?. The entertainers tried hard, but "missed" a few notes. This combined with the fact that they start at 9:30 and we were usually tired, limited our participation. Some folks liked it, most others so-so. I would not cruise for the entertainment. We did miss the comic, which I heard was good. We did like the piano player in the Lounge and the afternoon tea with the Chamber music was delightful. The pastries were enough to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. The Captains cocktail party was definitely worth attending. Our room was wonderful. Having a large room, although more expensive, allowed us some quiet privacy with enough space that we did not need to use a lounge to spread out. The hot tub on the deck with the TV was over the top too. It was windy on the front of the ship, and they tied down the furniture at night, but that was not an issue for us. Other folks did have an issue with this in prior reviews, but we did not. The staff was there in the am and set it out again every day. But being in the front of the ship and watching as we entered the next island anchorage was priceless. We did get "scolded" one night by the captain because we did not draw the curtains at night while underway. We were at dinner and were late so we forgot. We had a polite but assertive phone message telling us the captain was not pleased. Our room was directly below the bridge and the glare affected their visibility. The butler dealt with it, but were definitely "scolded". The room had a small excercise room with two machines which we used once or twice, but It became more of a storage room for the cushions, chargers, etc. Would be better as a bedroom or study I think. TV was limited but had nice previews of the ports. Also, Jacques Pepin had his own cooking channel which I liked, but we were not really there for TV except to check th News on CNN and MSNBC etc. Won't find your sitcoms, but we did have a library of movies. Liked the binoculars in the drawer, but found them by accident. Understand you are in the middle of the Pacific and the Internet is not what you have at home. UNLIMITED Internet means 24 hr unlimited access, NOT UNLIMITED BANDWITH. Streaming applications are not supported, video conference, etc. You are sharing the satellite connection with 1500 other guests and crew so if you set your expectaions and enjoy the ship and scenery and save the internet for home, you will be less dissapointed. ITS SLOW,,,,, PERIOD! Our houskeeping was great. Bulgari amenities nice, fruit everyday and welcome bottle of top shelf champagne. We had 6 bottles of top shelf liquor which sufficed so we did not get the liquor plan. We opted for a glass or bottle of wine at dinner. One nice thing the sommelier told us is that we could save the unconsumed bottle for the next night at a different restaurant. They vacumn sealed it and brought it the next night. This was good because my wife does not like red and I did not want to drink or waste the rest of a bottle, especially an expensive one. Also liked the wine tasting of the "old school" wines. They had a great selection, including Tignanello one of my favotites. Don't always see some top end wines at a tasting. The beverage director really knew his wines and regions. A nice upscale break from more local or touristy winery tastings. The wine markup was not outrageous for the higher end wines. A bottle of Tignanello, although pricey and retails for $90, was $140 on board for a reference. You can also get a decent chard in the $45 range. Boarding was fine. Transfers for our 8:30 am flight great. Although a suite is expensive, when you add up the perks, it helps defer some of that cost. Early boarding, more excursions, more specialty dining, liquor, butler service, really added to the experience. A splurge, yes, but when spending your kids inheritance, who cares! LOL The VISTA suite has all the perks, more than enough room, and all of the perks of the owners suite. Usually sells out first. Air Tahiti is not bad, but if you are tall its tight in coach. Sit on the outside. No Economy plus seating. Try for the newer plane. First class is good, but very very expensive. In summary, wonderful trip, great service, great food, great room, average entertainment for my taste.. Will go again, booked 2 more cruises. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
What more can I say but a Perfect Vacation! We did the B2B second cruise sailing on March 7th, itinerary was spectacular.....Let's start with embarkation, the smoothest we have ever had walked on got checked in and that was it, all ... Read More
What more can I say but a Perfect Vacation! We did the B2B second cruise sailing on March 7th, itinerary was spectacular.....Let's start with embarkation, the smoothest we have ever had walked on got checked in and that was it, all of maybe 5 minutes. The Marina is a gorgeous ship with a fabulous layout, beautifully appointed with the most tasteful decor I have seen on a ship. The crew was amazing, I did not encounter one crew member without a smile, cordial greeting and upbeat positive energy. We were in a Penthouse suite on Deck 11 midship that was homey, clean and positively beautiful, tranquility bed that offered the most welcome sleep, walk in closet with ample hangers, drawers, overhead shelving and a bathroom to die for! The deck was perfect for anytime of day due to overhang of deck 12 shading from the intense sun of the South Pacific, great for afternoon 15 min snoozes to prepare for your evening antics. Our butler Vinod was unbelievable, always anticipating our every need with fantastic suggestions for dining and activities, Dujon our room attendant was so detail oriented, organized and again anticipating our every need so much so that if I had the means to steal both of them I would! Dining was out of this world, there was not a item we tried that was not first class, perfectly cooked and memorable from the main dining room to of course the specialty restaurants. The perfect start to our day and treat following returning to the ship after very busy ports was to the Barista's, they were fantastic, fun and made wonderful coffee that made us smile with each and every sip. We did not attend a lot of the entertainment due to the one production time that usually overlapped with our dining however we did catch the comedians who were good clean fun. I can't even imagine a nicer ship, better crew and impeccable service that we had with Oceania's Marina however we do look forward to our next cruise with Oceania to have another wonderful experience! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Not a regular cruiser, I was lured in by a university alumni association brochure. Even though there were some negatives, This cruise ended up being the vacation of a lifetime. What my husband and I liked: Embarkation: Smooth, ... Read More
Not a regular cruiser, I was lured in by a university alumni association brochure. Even though there were some negatives, This cruise ended up being the vacation of a lifetime. What my husband and I liked: Embarkation: Smooth, efficient, quick, and without fanfare. We especially liked that there were no sales pitches or photo promotions before getting to our room. Dining: Authentic French croissants, French baguettes, fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies for breakfast, Cappuccino and expresso options for breakfast and in bar near library, fresh seafood salad for lunch- it was a foodie heaven - and those were outside the specialty restaurants. We loved the four specialty restaurants, especially Red Ginger and Polo a Grill. The variety of choices and quality was excellent wherever we went. We really liked that we could reserve ahead of embarkation. Our food waiters were accommodating, personable, and reliable, making dining a pleasure. It was harder to secure reservations at these after our initial reservations ended, but on the nights we ate in the Grand Dining Room, we thought the food was very good. We took advantage of the Wine Spectator dining experience twice and very much enjoyed the menus and wine pairings both nights. Afternoon tea at 4 PM with white gloved service and live classical music was amazing and the icing on the cake of luxury. Happy Hour at Horizons was festive and the band worked hard to accommodate requests. A Negative: Purchasing the seven bottle wine package was a hassle. Upon boarding we were directed to the main reception desk where we were given brochures for the two more expensive wine packages. When we persisted in the seven bottle package , we were redirected to a bar , where we were redirected to a restaurant. We were then told to purchase from our first sommelier. That night our sommelier told us “ no , you don’t want to purchase the package. It’s better to buy by the bottle.” We knew it wasn’t. The next day we were finally able to buy the 7 bottle package. On our final night, our sommelier told us our package was done. We asked to see our consumption history. A half hour later, we were told we indeed had a bottle left. Our wine package experience was disappointing. The stateroom: we really liked our room, 10091. It was quiet and near a main elevator and stairway. We found the room adequate in size with ample closet space and drawer space for our clothes, and I’m not a light packer! I really liked that the desk doubled as a vanity for hair drying and styling. We also liked having a couch and coffee table for the few times we wanted to relax in the room. Our bed was very comfortable and the linens were sumptuous. The bathroom was pretty and modern. As others have said, it’s a bit odd because there is a separate and smallish ( for average size people) shower stall and a full bathtub with shower. My husband used the bathtub the first night; I used the tub shower the next morning, but we found it most useful for hanging wet swimsuits and beach shoes because of the handy laundry line attached to both ends of the tub. We loved the balcony and used it to rejuvenate daily. Bathroom Storage space for toiletries was generous and exceeded my expectations. Housekeeping service was efficient, friendly, and reliable. Canyon Ranch Spa: This was one of the highlights of the ship. We opted for the six massage package and enjoyed our experiences very much. Anzelika was a caring, skilled professional who gave me some great tips and resources to use at home. I had a free orthotic consultation and came away better informed about how to take care of my arches. My husband and I loved the spa guest sun deck area, the wave chaise, and the separate sauna and steam room facilities. A negative: I added a manicure appointment near the end of the trip. It became a jarring surprise when my technician was tardy and then discourteous and haughty. This was the only cruise staff I encountered in 10 days who wasn’t friendly and professional. Ports: We loved all the ports. We especially liked renting bikes on our own from locals in Fakarava and just walking and exploring on our own in Rangiroa. We chose the 8 ‘free’ excursions as part of our cruise and liked most but found our choices of excursions were limited to mostly bus tours. We found our guides very informative but some of the same themes were repeated: pearl farms and ancient ceremonial sites. Our favorite excursion was a separate one we booked that took us out for snorkeling and swimming. Next time I would choose the ship credit and book excursions on my own. Disembarkation: Smooth, efficient, organized. Even though there were a few negatives, Oceania Marina delivered an outstanding experience filled with relaxing, luxurious amenities and features. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Beautiful ship decor to match any 6 star hotel. How ever...... When faced with a gastric bug hitting crew and staff leaving Lima and continuing for the full length of our trip never being under control, we both suffered the day ... Read More
Beautiful ship decor to match any 6 star hotel. How ever...... When faced with a gastric bug hitting crew and staff leaving Lima and continuing for the full length of our trip never being under control, we both suffered the day after leaving the ship. The jacuzzis were never closed or the pool. Activities were curtailed so the saving to Ociana must have been huge. Trivia was cancelled because they had not enough pens? No sail away party’s, no end of Cruise party. Executive suit closed no tea or coffee for cabins only room service which was slow due to the large amount of people just tying to get a cup of coffee. All self service tea and coffee machines closed. We have never had to drink so much coke or lemonade as it was easter to get hold of. Laundry was closed so no access even to the iron. Offered half price laundry but when the finale end of cruse itemised invoice arrived no reduction, question this and was told we had used the wrong form? The suites were slowly stripped over a period of a week of any luxury items, the day before we disembarked we were down to cheap plastic cups instead of glasses in our room. We had a penthouse suite that we paid a lot of money for started out a very lovely room ended up looking like a basic room no frills in a cheap hotel. I complained my holiday ended in 5 days time not today and was told they need time to sanitize all items in the rooms. Ociana this is not my problem, Ociana that’s your problem. Dinning areas was impacted on in the main dining room lunch was cancelled, leaving the Waves grill and the buffet only for lunch, not what signed up for beef burger and chips or salads. Entertainment on leaving Lima poor string quartet were depressing and gloomy. Excellent enrichment leactures James Peterkin. Excellent ports and tender crews were extremely helpful. Excellent ventriloquist we needed a lift the day he arrived and he gave us one very funny. Onboard show team were very good. People who are Embassidors for Ociana were disgusted with the way the problem on board was delt with never had they experianced anything like this Cruise. Both end of Cruise box’s were full to over flowing never on any cruse have I seen this I can garentee 100% were complaints. People went down and cancelled the gratuities, they were so disgusted with the treatment of customers. We could not as ours were prepaid but would have. Dear old Captain gave out no information at all, made no broadcast ref the problem, and we were at no time offered an explanation about what was going on. Lima be warned in Jan 2018 there is no priority boarding and no shade, you are boraded from the docside, many guest suffered sunburn on day one. 2-3 hours people were stood in the bright sunshine.( no seats) So you pay your money to get what standard you want and get Bradley let down by management on Ocieana. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I have to agree all that has been said regards the lack of communication on this ship during the gastric virus outbreak, Marina is a beautiful ship.The food very good and the staff we saw,work very hard and are a benefit to the ... Read More
I have to agree all that has been said regards the lack of communication on this ship during the gastric virus outbreak, Marina is a beautiful ship.The food very good and the staff we saw,work very hard and are a benefit to the company. But,we could not understand how the captain allowed some aspects of the ship open.Why could we not put dollars in the laundry machines,yet we could put dollars in the slot machines for the full length of the cruise.We could play tennis,golf and ping pong using all the sport equipment with no cleaning in between use,yet we couldn’t play trivia.We could play black jack but not get fresh coffee.We could all use umbrellas daily,with no cleaning between use,yet have paper menus.The gym ,which is well known as a source of cross infection,remained open as did jacuzzis.We had ice removed yet daily fruit delivered. Our Oceania suite started to be stripped 5 days before disembarkation.When you save for two years for a suite to celebrate two special occasions,you expect on your final day to have what you had on your first day.To get back to your suite and find all the gorgeous books tied in white trash bags and dumped on a table with the extra roll of trash bags,you realise your dream has ended.Silver trays removed,glasses removed,champagne bucket removed,bathroom baskets removed,menus removed,etc,etc.Our cabin was not vacuumed in any way for four days. If we could have been told what and why, maybe we would have understood.But it seemed very sneaky that every time we left the cabin someone sneaked in and removed something.It was uncomfortable. We foresaw the gastric outbreak, with passengers not using any sanitation when entering or leaving restaurants as soon as we embarked. The officers were nowhere to be seen and all Reserve bookings and meals with staff were cancelled. Sadly,despite all the positives of the ship and crew,we will remember our holiday of a lifetime with great sadness. Oceania had the same problem in 2015 and in passengers eyes they haven’t learnt a thing.Extremly poor communication. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
It all starts from the very beginning embarkation in Lima; Since Oceania did not informed us that the embarkation in Lima would be very different than one would expect we did experienced a nightmare; Both our faces and décolleté ... Read More
It all starts from the very beginning embarkation in Lima; Since Oceania did not informed us that the embarkation in Lima would be very different than one would expect we did experienced a nightmare; Both our faces and décolleté where sunburned because ( just coming from the airport ) we have to stand in the burning sun for more then 2 hours in line before we could embark a touringcar which transported us to the ship. ( see enclosed photo of sunburn ) During staying in line, dockworkers where constantly trying to get a tip in touching our suitcases, if it was from the taxi in to the waiting line or from the line into the bus. ( very frustrating experience ) Arriving at the dock we had to wait another hour to get on the ship. At least ships staff did distributed small bottles with water. The first day at sea we made an official complaint about the above with the executive concierge Tom, this did result in a meeting with your general manager Mr. Claudio Melli. This meeting was very disappointing, Mr. Melli could only mentioning the fact that this was the fault of your Lima port agent and regretted the fact that we had this bad embarkation experience. Only a warm handshake and that was all, not offering any compensation or gestures like a bottle wine, nothing ! Being a cruise expert for more than 25 years ( mainly HAL and Cunard ) we never had such experience with a general manager ( Hotel Manager ) After approximately one week cruising we did notice that the menu’s in the restaurant where without hardcover, by coincidence some of the waiters told us that this was regarding health regulation since there was a virus onboard. After 2 days ! all guests where informed about a virus onboard and not days before as it should have been. During that time ( until the last days of the cruise ) the executive lounge was closed, library, guest laundry etc. But the casino did stayed open !!!! We all know nowadays that the norovirus is a tread of every cruise line, but was this a norovirus onboard the Marina ??? No information was given to all guests. Laundry services, not long ago your company provides a complementary laundry service to the guests in suites, however without pressing ( = only one time ). If you provide a complementary laundry service you should also includes pressing, either you offer the complete service or nothing. ( HAL offers the complete service to guests 4 star mariners and Neptune suite guests ) How to give guest the impression that the cruise is over one day earlier, well by taking the bathrobes, complementary toilet amenities, 50% of the towels, toothbrush drinkingcups etc. out of the bathroom. Taking the drinking glasses out of the cabin and replace them by plastic ones. ( see photo ) Never ever had seen this during cruises with other cruise companies. A shame ! Food: Ocean Cruises prides it selves on here excellent food, well the quality in the specialty restaurants are not bad but be aware we had also overcooked tuna in Jacques and an overcooked crispy chicken in Polo Grill. Would I recommend Oceania to friends, no I would not. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The South Pacific Islands and Easter Island had been on the bucket list for years, and we finally decided to take the plunge, sailing from Lima, Peru to Papeete, Tahiti on our favorite cruise line. Unfortunately it became apparent several ... Read More
The South Pacific Islands and Easter Island had been on the bucket list for years, and we finally decided to take the plunge, sailing from Lima, Peru to Papeete, Tahiti on our favorite cruise line. Unfortunately it became apparent several days into the cruise that some folks were suffering gastro illnesses, which turned into a full blown outbreak of Noro virus. The crew did their level best to staunch the spread, but, alas, we all know how insidious that illness can be. As I said, the crew did their best. And I'm happy to report that most of the passengers with whom I had contact made the best of a bad situation. Perhaps we were just lucky, but none of my new-found and old friends got sick. Guess we were careful about washing hands and using sanitizers provided everywhere on board. Just wish all had done so! As I just said, we made the best of the situation and were able to enjoy a fabulous cruise, and we were not disappointed. As I mentioned, Easter Island (Rapa Nui, its traditional name) was on our itinerary for a two day opportunity to visit the island. We were fortunate to have as an on-board lecturer James Grant-Peterkin, a long time resident of the island. He was great, and each of his lectures turned out to be standing room only! And a group of CC members (ourselves included) had pre-booked the two day tour on EI with the tour company he owned, Easter Island Spirit, which certainly did not disappoint us in any way! I'm sure many of you know just how 'iffy' it is to be able to go ashore on EI due to the sea swells usually encountered in this area of the Pacific, but I'm happy to report that the Marina was blessed to be able to accomplish this on not one, but both days. An experience not to be missed! Two days later we had the residents of Pitcairn Island board the ship with offerings made on the island. A great opportunity to meet these hardy folks. Our on-board experience on this cruise was exceptional, which we have come to expect on Oceania (discounting the MINOR inconveniences of not having use of the self-service laundry and coffee machines). The entire staff who worked like dogs to control the noro, from cabin attendents through upper staff members, retained their cheerful, friendly attitudes. I'm sure the additional sanitizing duties had them all worn out, but you would never see it either in their faces nor their attitudes. They all deserved our gratitude, not our criticism! The Marina was in her usual pristine condition - again discounting the noro, which was not the ship's fault, but rather the fault of those passengers who either picked up the bug on their flights or neglected rudimentary personal sanitation procedures. All dining venues continued to please our personal preferences, and service was exemplary. Kudos to all! Will we be back? OF COURSE! In closing, I just want to point out a few items that folks here seem to blame Oceania for both of which are, and will continue to be, out of their control: boarding in Callao (Lima's port city) is not an Oceania shortfall; rather the blame lies with the port authority which owns/manages the port. And secondly, the outbreak of noro which is solely attributable to the passengers failure to practice hand washing/sanitizing, and to report illness promptly! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Great ship. No line up at embarkation, just walk up to the ship and register. Asian porridge for breakfast everyday and waffles on order. Lobsters, lamb chops and steak every dinner at terrace cafe besides a wide variety of roasts for ... Read More
Great ship. No line up at embarkation, just walk up to the ship and register. Asian porridge for breakfast everyday and waffles on order. Lobsters, lamb chops and steak every dinner at terrace cafe besides a wide variety of roasts for lunch and dinner. A good spread of salads and local fruits for breakfast lunch and dinner. The services and menu in the speciality restuarants, Red Ginger, Polo Grill, Toscana and Jag are excellent and there are no extra charges for dining there. One of the best hamburgers served on poolside; Texan, Swiss, top with blc, you name it and they have it there. We loved the fries there too. We do not drink and so can't comment on the choices onboard. Local tours are expensive but you can choose to go on your own. Entertainment, not that great but there are many places you can go to relax after lunch or dinner. We chose this itinerary for the exotic routes but unfortunately we were not able to go on shore at Pitcairn Island and Easter Island due to the rough seas. Neither were we able to stop in Equador due to the recent earthquake. I would recommend this cruise line to my friends. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise primarily because the itinerary included Easter Island, but also because of Oceania's reputation for upscale cruising and wonderful food. What a disappointment this turned out to be! Although the food more than ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because the itinerary included Easter Island, but also because of Oceania's reputation for upscale cruising and wonderful food. What a disappointment this turned out to be! Although the food more than lived up to the hype, there were so many other major and minor issues, I will not cruise with Oceania ever again. I'll start with the positives: * The embarkation process was about the smoothest I've experienced on a cruise so far. * The ship is lovely and easy to find your way around, and there were plenty of places to relax, both in and out of the sun. * The spa services, although quite expensive, were wonderful. * As mentioned, the food was wonderful! A great variety of well-prepared options at every meal, specialty restaurants that were truly special, and outstanding buffets, The wine pairing dinner we attended in the La Reserve dining room was nothing short of fabulous in every respect. * The ports in French Polynesia were excellent, with one exception I will describe below. * Much of the service was good, with some staff members who were very accommodating. * The cabin for the most part was comfortable and spacious, but there were also exceptions, as noted below. * The Jacques Pepin cooking class was excellent. Sadly, the above positives are outweighed by the negatives: * We enjoyed Tahiti and Moorea very much. However, when we were on our way to Bora Bora, we learned the excursion we had signed up for was canceled - with no explanation. Because everything was booked up by then, they offered a poor excuse for the tour we wanted to go on. Instead of a half day experience with sharks and stingrays, we ended up with a 90-minute glass bottom boat ride. The tour guide was excellent and did what he could to make it a good experience, but had we known the other tour would be unavailable, we would have made a different choice early on. It would also have been nice if Oceania had offered a more comparable substitute. * Overall, the excursions were expensive compared to other cruises I've taken and most were pretty forgettable and not of the same quality as others offered by Oceania's competitors. * The entertainment, with two exceptions (the local Polynesian dancers at Moorea and the comedian) was simply awful and amateurish, with mediocre dancing, and singers who sang off key. * There were craft classes that we tried to take, but even arriving 15 minutes early, the room was already filled to capacity, with one exception, where we arrived 30 minutes ahead of time. * The service varied greatly. For the most it started out as excellent, but gradually declined over the course of the trip, as evidenced by less attention to the cleanliness of the stateroom, and inattention of the wait staff. It also started on a sour note. There were four adults in our party, and when we went up for lunch at the buffet after we embarked, naturally we wanted to sit together. When we asked for a table for four, the maitre'd told us we were being "picky" because we did not want to sit at two separate tables. * As mentioned, the cabin was nice. However, one of the lights alongside the bathroom mirror would not stay on. It would come on at first, and then (typically while I was in the middle of doing my hair and makeup) go ff and stay off. I called housekeeping and they said someone would come by to fix it. Although we were told it was fixed, the next time I turned it on it behaved exactly the same way. Although I requested it be fixed numerous times during the cruise, it was not. * In contrast to embarkation, debarkation was disorganized, with staff running around trying to herd people where they needed to go. Communication was somewhat lacking. We had a car picking us up to take us to our day room in Lima but we did not know if they would be able to come to the ship or if we needed to meet them outside the gate. We ended up as the absolute last people sitting at the dock in the hot sun. (People were already boarding the ship for the next cruise.) Someone from the crew finally took the time to let us know that we needed to meet our car outside the gate. During the time we sat there, almost every crew member we tried to get to help us was short-tempered and bordering on rude. * The biggest negative of the cruise came during our last week. We knew beforehand that we would not be able to tender in to Pitcairn Island, but they more than made up for that with interesting lectures and the majority of the islands 46 residents on board to talk with and buy from. However, Easter Island (one of the main reasons we chose this itinerary) was a completely different story. We were unable to go ashore there because of rough waters. I later learned that this has happened many times in the past, and they have since taken this port off the itineraries to the South Pacific. The captain said they were going to circumnavigate the island in the hope that they'd be able to get us ashore, but it was obvious that this was a delaying tactic; it was clear the waters were much too rough. After we completed the circuit around the island, they informed us that we would be heading directly to Callao. Thus continued an awful, agonizing, and boring 8 days straight in rough seas. The pool was closed most of the time because it was sloshing over the sides and unsafe to swim in. It was so terribly windy on deck that it was not feasible to lie out there unless you were in the sun, but with everyone on board at the same time, there were usually not enough lounges to do that. There was no apology, no offers of compensation, no indication that Oceania even cared that the highlight of the trip was canceled. Although the crew tried to make up for it to some extent, it was clear they were unprepared for the situation. We expected that Oceania would head directly to Callao (which was scheduled on the itinerary to take four days) and that we might have an extra day or two in Lima - and perhaps have time to take a day trip to Macchu Pichu. Instead, we were informed that we would arrive as scheduled (in other words, five and a half days later). We proceeded at a snail's pace until, sadly, a crew member was injured and they sped up to get us there a day ahead of schedule so he could receive medical attention. * Perhaps the worst part of this is that despite attempts to communicate with Oceania, in the survey form completed on board the ship, an email communication, and through our travel agent, there has been no response from Oceania, not even an acknowledgement. Perhaps this has to do with their acquisition by Norwegian, but I believe there is no excuse for what we experienced, and shameful for Oceania to not even respond. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We were booked on a 3 week cruise of the Tahitian Islands and missed our trip to Peru the year before and since this one ended in Lima, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to do both. Plus, it was less costly than Celebrity's ... Read More
We were booked on a 3 week cruise of the Tahitian Islands and missed our trip to Peru the year before and since this one ended in Lima, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to do both. Plus, it was less costly than Celebrity's cruise of the Galapagos Islands and Peru. We had a penthouse suite which was beautiful and immaculate, food was excellent and I am a very picky eater. However, I do love wine and there were no good wines that were offered to us and we tried very hard to find some. This was my first Oceania cruise and we had 10 days at sea. We did not get to go to Easter Island due to rough waters which was a disappointment. After the fact I heard this is not uncommon for this cruise.We ended up in Lima a day early with nothing to do. We got dropped off at a tourist shopping mall. I had also heard that the excursions come with the cruise and other things were included as well. Nothing was included. In Fakarava they did not even offer an excursion so we had to find our own. Although nothing can take away from the beauty of the French Polynesia, and the wonderful time we had, I would have preferred to just do the islands, and then fly to Peru. It was too long on the boat with nothing to do. The entertainment was minimal. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We flew to Tahiti - and after a very long journey getting there, arriving at 5 am, we were taken by bus to a hotel where we were left until we were picked up again and taken to our ship at noon. This meant we saw nothing of Tahiti ... Read More
We flew to Tahiti - and after a very long journey getting there, arriving at 5 am, we were taken by bus to a hotel where we were left until we were picked up again and taken to our ship at noon. This meant we saw nothing of Tahiti whatsoever. We chose the cruise because of the itinerary, with the highlight being Easter Island, but in the event the sea was too rough to get off and we missed Easter Island completely, spending the whole of the last twelve days at sea. This was not a one off occurrence as we found out that only two out of every Oceania cruise manages to get its passengers on Easter Island - probably because Oceania goes there too late in the year when the sea is too rough. The cabin was very comfortable - it was nice to have a bath in the bathroom and not just a shower, and the sunbeds were extremely comfortable and you never had trouble finding one because of the age of the other passengers. The food in the main restaurant was disappointing although the food in the speciality restaurants was better (though not 5 star), and options for vegetarians were very limited at lunch and usually horrible at dinner. Entertainment-wise, the crew shows were good, the bands were excellent (though sometimes drowned out the artistes), but the guest performers (which you always saw at least twice) left something to be desired (with the exception of a very good comedian). Service on board was excellent and you were never pestered to buy a drink - if you said no thanks you were then left alone and you weren't pestered by photographers all the time - Royal Carribean please take note!! This is not a cruise for children - there was only one child on board when we went. Our fellow passengers had been on Oceania time and time again, but I thought the cruise was over-priced for what it was. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The food was superb, especially the specialty restaurants. Most of the service was courteous and efficient. Only toward the end of the cruise did the food servicers' attention diminish. The cruise stated Tahiti and Easter Island ... Read More
The food was superb, especially the specialty restaurants. Most of the service was courteous and efficient. Only toward the end of the cruise did the food servicers' attention diminish. The cruise stated Tahiti and Easter Island as ports. We were unable to see any of Papeete because of the scheduling of the flights into Papeete. The first day on the itinerary was the arrival day. The flights either arrived around 5 am. or 6:30 pm. Those arriving on the 5:00 am flight were taken to a hotel lobby for the day and were not allowed to leave the lobby until the Marina could be boarded. Taking the 6:30 pm flight, we didn't arrive on the ship until 8:30 pm. Neither of the flights allowed any time in Papeete. The second day of the itinerary, the ship departed at 5:00 am. There was no time to visit Papeete unless a pre-cruise hotel room was booked in Papeete. That wasn't offered in the brochure. Two days were offered at Easter Island and the captain decided to leave the first day to head back to Lima. Oceania offered no compensation for its passengers during the final six days at sea. The post-tour to Machu Picchu was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose Oceania because of the itinerary. We have never been to the South Pacific or Easter Island before. With only about 800 passengers aboard, embarkation was swift. We were early so we didn't have access to our cabin but ... Read More
We chose Oceania because of the itinerary. We have never been to the South Pacific or Easter Island before. With only about 800 passengers aboard, embarkation was swift. We were early so we didn't have access to our cabin but there was plenty of room for our carry on bags while we had lunch in the Terrace Café buffet. All of the food was served to us, no guests handled any of the serving utensils to help curb the spread of illnesses, and that continued throughout the entire cruise. We were booked in a concierge level cabin and it was a little smaller than we expected and the balcony was not very large either. The closet was barely large enough for a long voyage but it contained drawers, a safe, as well as hanging space. The shower was tiny but we did also have a bathtub and plenty of storage space in the bathroom. Enough about the cabin - let's get on to the food. Food and service on board was fabulous. There are four specialty restaurants and there is no added cost to dine in any of them. Reservations are required because they fill up quickly. We enjoyed Chilean sea bass in Red Ginger, the Asian restaurant, and it was probably the best we've ever had. Lobster tails are available every night if you choose to dine in the Terrace Café. The Marina did have the finest cuisine at sea, as advertised. We had lunch in the dining room most days and enjoyed their around the world tastes that changed daily. There were seminars about our destinations and more, and hands on classes for art (free) and cooking (for a fee). We also used hand held audio guides to learn about the art on the ship (Picasso is one of the artists). The musical reviews on board were the same as other cruises, full of energy and talented young performers. A string quartet was excellent, as was a comedian who came on board for two shows. Shore excursions were adequate although quite expensive. The South Pacific isn't commercialized yet as so many other ports so choices were limited. We will definitely plan another Oceania cruise. The service and atmosphere were far superior to other cruises we've been on (29 past cruises with Holland American, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival and a few others). Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our friends recommended we take this trip. We did the 10 day trip around the Tahitian Islands aboard the Marina. We upgraded to a Penthouse Room and we did fully enjoy the experience of our own butler and the executive lounge. The ... Read More
Our friends recommended we take this trip. We did the 10 day trip around the Tahitian Islands aboard the Marina. We upgraded to a Penthouse Room and we did fully enjoy the experience of our own butler and the executive lounge. The Penthouse experience includes daily appetizers delivered to your room between 5-6 p.m. It was a very pleasant way to ease into the evening. We really enjoyed our evening drinks in Martini's bar. They were able to make just about every drink you might desire, martinis being a specialty. Oceania offers several dining options and we dined in all of them. Our personal favourite would be Jacques, with their French dishes. The other dining experiences were also excellent. Oceania spares no expense on the linens and bedding. We had the best sleep each evening on their bed and fine linens. I tried a massage on afternoon at the Canyon Spa. The massage was very exactly the way that I asked, firm but also gentle and relaxing. Excursions were generally good, but very pricey. Often the same opportunities were available on shore with private providers. Often the same type of excursions were available on a different island, which was good, if you were not able to swim with the sharks at one location you could find another location at a different stop, but there did seem to be a lack of variety in the $90-$150 price range. We would highly recommend the Aquabikes in Bora Bora. Fun and lots to see under the water without having to snorkel. All in all a great way to see Tahitian islands. ROOM TIP: 11029 is located directly under the smoking room. There can be a smoke smell in the room depending on wind direction and chairs in the smoking area are pushed around overhead day and night so bring your earplugs. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The ship is in excellent shape now that it has aged a bit. The cabins seem smaller than the 242 sq. feet advertised. Oceania is now being cheap with soap and shampoo--not exactly what you expect from a luxury cruise. Other than that, the ... Read More
The ship is in excellent shape now that it has aged a bit. The cabins seem smaller than the 242 sq. feet advertised. Oceania is now being cheap with soap and shampoo--not exactly what you expect from a luxury cruise. Other than that, the cabin steward was efficient. Since this is the 3rd time on the Marina for us, there were no surprises until the last day. The food and service in the specialty restaurants is superb and you can eat there almost every night if you wish. Just phone reservations at 9 AM and you will get a seat. The MDR had a lot better food than last cruise but the service is spotty. Entertainment is a weak point for Oceania. One great show featuring Tahitian dancers the last night was it. Anyone who buys one of Oceania's shore excursions has more money than brains. They were often less well done than ones you arrange through Cruise Critic roll call or by yourself and 4 times the price. Ridiculous. This was my second time in the South Pacific and other than New Zealand, prepare to be hot and humid. Its OK at sea but on land, it is really draining. Oceania's air deviation service was a total rip off. I booked to take off at a cost of an extra $350 for the 2 of us with Air France in the morning. Somehow, even though I had a seat, they were overbooked and was bumped to the flight at midnight I was trying to avoid. Complaining to Oceania's Guest Relations has resulted in no response whatsoever. With the ship overnighting in port, They basically abandoned us to fend for ourselves in 90 degree heat We missed our hotel at LAX and our connection the next morning and with all flights booked for the rest of the day, spent another night in LA. What a terrible end to what had been a nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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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