11 Oceania Marina Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Baltic Sea

The Marina is a wonderful ship with exemplary service and dining geared toward adult travelers. We spent four pre-cruise days in Amsterdam and a week post-cruise in London. Be sure to make your own arrangements from Southampton to London ... Read More
The Marina is a wonderful ship with exemplary service and dining geared toward adult travelers. We spent four pre-cruise days in Amsterdam and a week post-cruise in London. Be sure to make your own arrangements from Southampton to London before disembarking. Taxis are available if you don’t, but are expensive. Experiencing the Banksy and Van Gogh museums, Scandinavian fjords, Oslo Sculpture Park, reindeer sausage, fish market in Bergen, everything Beatles in Liverpool, Edinburgh Castle, having tea and scones at Windsor Castle and seeing the shows ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ in London and ‘The King and I’ at The Palladium were some of the highlights. The ship excursions are somewhat overpriced so we research the ports and like to self explore. The historic significance of Irish, Scottish and English churches, catacombs, and castles I omnipresent. Westminster Abbey is a must do experience. Do not let the line/wait deter you. Embarking and disembarking is a breeze on The Marina. We’ve already booked a 180 day around-the-world cruise on the Regatta for 2020. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had sailed previously on Rivera and loved the size and choice of restaurants so it was and easy decision to do a Baltic cruise on the sister ship Marina. We were not disappointed. We met some amazing people along the way and thanks ... Read More
We had sailed previously on Rivera and loved the size and choice of restaurants so it was and easy decision to do a Baltic cruise on the sister ship Marina. We were not disappointed. We met some amazing people along the way and thanks to John and Paula were able to spend a lovely evening viewing their amazing Owners suite. Wow very impressive. Oceania staff are very attentive at all times. The restaurants were good although we did not think the steaks in Polo or the Terrace were perfected. Entertainment could do with a little improvement although we often didn't make it to the shows due to the wonderful company on many a mixed table which is fun. The itinerary was the reason we chose this particular cruise and we were not disappointed especially with St Petersburg. The ship shore excursions were expensive and not as good as the private tour we did Alla tours which was exceptional. Thanks John for your advice. On the whole we had a wonderful cruise yet again with Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The itinerary was one that we were waiting to explore. We also wanted to "sample" the Oceania line. So when to opportunity came to us we booked the cruise on Oceania's Marina. We did indeed enjoy visiting places that ... Read More
The itinerary was one that we were waiting to explore. We also wanted to "sample" the Oceania line. So when to opportunity came to us we booked the cruise on Oceania's Marina. We did indeed enjoy visiting places that we only had read about . It was also great to do it from a ship as luxurious as the Marina. The ship's appointments were top grade as was the service. Our only complaint was that we never saw the captain or other high ranking ships crew. On other cruise ships, especially the Azamara and Celebrity ships, their presence was warmly felt on a daily basis. We missed that. Food in the main dining area, the buffet and specialty restaurants was fine. We had never seen a buffet that had table cloths and table service that mimicked other ships main dining areas. At the buffet , passengers were never allowed to serve themselves for the entire cruise. Our favorite specialty dining restaurant was Polo Grill. We are in a penthouse suite, cabin number 11003. Cabin was more than large enough with a walk in closet and bathtub in the bath. Bed was very comfortable. Cabin service was excellent. We were taken care of by extremely helpful, friendly people. Entertainment was not as good as we had seen on other ships. There were three days without a show at all, but the orchestra and Horizon's band group were excellent. We didn't utilize any of the ship's excursions or transfer services. We made our own arrangements. So would we book another cruise with Oceania? Probably would. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise for its ports in the Baltic, and also to try out Oceania which has been inundating us with brochures (which eventually worked, I guess:) Much about the ship and cruise suited us. We wanted a smallish ship that did not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its ports in the Baltic, and also to try out Oceania which has been inundating us with brochures (which eventually worked, I guess:) Much about the ship and cruise suited us. We wanted a smallish ship that did not have big family groups and children for this cruise and that was the case. On the other hand there were some younger couples on board so it was not a totally retired people cruise. We don't care about shows, which was good because their entertainment in general was pretty weak. We do like good food, and on the whole the experience lived up to the line's reputation there. We had very good meals in Jacques and one in Toscana. Our first in Toscana I received a lobster that was seriously overcooked, which made me hesitate about ordering it anywhere again. Polo was good, but not as good as it should be. The food in Polo could use more seasoning. The Main Dinning room on the whole was better than average but there were some nights when I had difficulty finding a main course I wanted to eat, and some of the options were odd--like a lobster and sweetbreads dish, as if anyone wants to eat brains with lobster. I asked the waiter how many had ordered it and out of 26 people that night only 2 had and 1 had asked that they skip the sweetbreads. You would think with stats like that they would change the menu, no? Our stateroom was spacious enough, although I question the 282 sq foot claim. The bed was very comfortable with excellent linens. The walk in shower is tiny, as many reviews indicate, but at least it has water temp control. The shower in the tub does not and the water temp comes and goes, which is potentially dangerous. When we complained we were told no one had ever mentioned this before, which is hard to believe. I doubt it was just our shower on our cruise. This will happen if there is no third knob on a shower to maintain the temp. The water pressure also was variable. The housekeeping was good, although they kept forgetting one item. It was a little annoying to have to leave notes every day with reminders to replenish X or leave Y. I have read reviews that complain about the service but I did not experience that. There is a lot of staff on this ship, and our experience was they were all attentive, friendly, and with few exceptions spoke acceptable English. Unlike some other ships we have been on, the dining staff seemed adequate for the task and did not seem to have too many tables to handle. I do suspect that large tables suffered a bit in service due to all the food having to be delivered at the same time, but actually there were not too many tables with more than 6 people anyway. We were in concierge and the biggest difference between that and regular veranda is that you can get hot food with room service breakfast, which with early excursions and sightseeing departures is valuable. Except on the last morning there was no hot food for breakfast. Which no one informed us about. So we got the cold items we had ordered--some toast. Very odd and very annoying. Like no one thought to stick on a pastry since we were not going to eat otherwise? In general there could be better communication. The cruise director insisted that every Currents informed us of whether we needed our passport, but the first one after Russia did not. The Currents with info on Lithuania only mentioned their local currency and neglected to add that everywhere takes the euro. Little things like that would be nice to know. We had very cold, windy and often rainy weather the whole cruise, so most people did not enjoy the pool deck area. Not the cruise line's fault. However there was very little to do otherwise. Arranged activities are quite spare. There is a gorgeous library if you are so inclined, the nicest and biggest one I have seen on any ship. A delightful place. The concierge lounge was used by my husband more than me. The concierge was pretty useless, and not customer oriented, which is peculiar considering her job. She also would leave to go to meetings but not ask in anyone present needed something before she did. So she would not be there during the times indicated on occasion. Since she is somewhat superfluous and you get better service by dealing directly with the dinner reservation people, it is not too much of a problem as long as you know not to rely on her. We did not use the excursions. We took an onboard credit instead (a variety of perks were offered when we booked; free excursions, a drink package, or an OBC). The excursions were very highly priced even for cruises and we were able to book a private tour guide and driver in St. Petersburg for 3 days for the cost of one of their excursions for 2 people. I recommend anyone going to Russia to book privately. It will save you a lot of money. There is no need to book excursions in Talin, Riga (nice town), Helsinki (use hop on hop off if you want to get around). Just walk around and most of what is interesting is right there. As others have said the wine and all drinks are pricey. We used our OBC for wine and enjoyed some very nice ones, but the cost was high. Wi-fi was spotty. It seemed better at sea than in port. We managed, but it was hardly state of the art. It was also slow, which may be why it is now included. I am sure customers were livid when they paid by the minute and the system was so sluggish. I had read comments that this ship is more class conscious than most and I think I agree. Notice how only concierge and above could get hot breakfasts in their rooms. There were a variety of little ways this kind of thing showed up. This cruise ended in Copenhagen. Be aware that the line for taxis was very, very long and anyone planning to use a taxi to go to the airport should have lots of time before their flight. Otherwise you should pay for the ship's airport transportation. Be aware that in port you can use the 4th floor ramp to exit and enter the ship and avoid the stairs to the 5th level entry that they expect you to use. You can leave at the final stop that way too, which is much easier if you have a roller bag with you. One final note. You feel this ship move. We like that, but anyone who is used to mega-ships that have to hit really rough waters to cause sea sickness will want to prepare for this. Also, the rear of the ship vibrated just from the engine more than one would expect so keep that in mind when booking cabins. We were right near the back elevators and it was not bad there, but further to the rear I think it might be if you are sensitive to that. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
Bath was exceptional for a cruiseship stateroom in cabin 9058 (balcony stateroom concierge level). Dining was ok. Favorite specialty restaurant was actually Red Ginger (sea bass was great - and NOT the same cut and preparation you will ... Read More
Bath was exceptional for a cruiseship stateroom in cabin 9058 (balcony stateroom concierge level). Dining was ok. Favorite specialty restaurant was actually Red Ginger (sea bass was great - and NOT the same cut and preparation you will find elsewhere on the ship. I'd shy away from anything lobster in any of the restaurants... usuallly disappointing. Entertainment... not the line's strong suit. Service was generally quite good. The cruise preceding ours had a gastro virus issue and I thought Oceania did an excellent job with cleaning and precautions. Probably could have addressed an Ebola outbreak with the thoroughness and not much inconvenience to passengers at all, IMO. The Magical Mediteranian ports were all great, though the captain elected to skip the first port of Tuscany (Livorno) due to inclement weather and I'm sure that was a big disappointment for some. Internet connection was awful. Would repeat if internet connectivity and wifi were improved but very frustrating if you expect a reasonable connection to research ports and stay in touch with loved ones. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Disembarkation was easy at each port, even for those not taking Oceania tours. (Would not recommend using Oceania tours a la carte for St Pete, as each tour would return back to ship through all the traffic.) Heard of no virus ... Read More
Disembarkation was easy at each port, even for those not taking Oceania tours. (Would not recommend using Oceania tours a la carte for St Pete, as each tour would return back to ship through all the traffic.) Heard of no virus outbreaks, & even at the buffet, servers spoon out your food, so no one touches the serving utensils without gloves. You can request your saved bottle of wine in any of the dining rooms & specialty restaurants, which were so fun & had delicious food. Spa services were excellent--that was the only time that I could use the sauna & steam room, as my cabin was not on that floor. Enjoyed this cruise, although it is quite tiring to go for walking tours for hours at each of the 10 stops (not really sure why our ship stopped in Kristiansand, but adored St Pete, Oslo, & Tannin). Would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise after a lot of research into several types of cruises and locations in Europe. After a booking error with another line and bait and switch pricing, we went with the competitor: Oceania. We chose this ship because not ... Read More
We chose this cruise after a lot of research into several types of cruises and locations in Europe. After a booking error with another line and bait and switch pricing, we went with the competitor: Oceania. We chose this ship because not only was every room a suite, it coincided perfectly with the dates of a trip we were taking over seas and included a number of locations we had always wanted to see, but couldn't pick just one. The staff was fantastic. The ports of call were great. The food was fabulous even by our spoiled foodie tastes. We chose to book our own excursions because we wanted to see things in most places that the cruise line didn't offer to show. I have also been to both Sweden and Finland before and was well versed in how to get around and had friends to meet in Finland so being with the other guests was pointless. For the day at sea, I took one of the cooking classes (by myself while my husband worked from our suite online) and really enjoyed myself. They do pair you up with another person so if you are going as a group be sure to book together. If you sign up alone as I did, you will just be paired up with whoever else is alone in the class. Either way, I enjoyed it. The only draw back is that the ship is smaller (if that's a draw back at all). I liked that it was higher end and gave a more customized experience and wasn't like hiking the great wall of China to get anywhere, but in rough water you do feel it more and for the first time in my life I needed sea sickness medicine. Although, for a smaller boat it did handle it well. Secondly, if you are under 40, you will likely be the youngest people on this ship. I get that it's more expensive and most younger people are on a budget, but it did make making friends on the ship and at dinner harder. But, if you are on a honeymoon for example and want to keep to yourselves anyway, this would be perfect. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I have cruised many times. The Marina is a great ship with lovely decor and for our recent 2 week cruise, we had the best staff and crew. The entertainment was the best I've seen on a cruise ship, the food was great ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised many times. The Marina is a great ship with lovely decor and for our recent 2 week cruise, we had the best staff and crew. The entertainment was the best I've seen on a cruise ship, the food was great and we enjoyed all the ports as well. It's such a shame that because of accounting procedures and the uncaring attitude of those involved when we explained the situation, that we won't be cruising again with Oceania. When they print off your Preliminary Invoice a couple of days before Disembarkation, they don't provide a full accounting of your on-board account. When the Final Invoice is received on the morning of Disembarkation, then it shows the amount of "Unused Non Refundable Credits", but at that time, it's too late to use them. Cruise lines seem to do such a good job obtaining and training their staff and crew and then the administrative end ruins it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Had sailed on Riviera, Marina's sister ship, last September in the Mediterranean. This cruise, which began in Copenhagen and visited Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin); Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn,Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, ... Read More
Had sailed on Riviera, Marina's sister ship, last September in the Mediterranean. This cruise, which began in Copenhagen and visited Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin); Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn,Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden, appealed to us for its fascinating itinerary, and we knew from our previous experience that the ship would be superb. Although this is not within anyone's control, the weather was unbelievably beautiful every day - clear and sunny, calm seas. A total joy. About us and our expectations: we are not party cruisers, in fact, would hate a ship with that emphasis. We love reading, music, quiet reflection and conversation on the balcony, exercise walks around the deck, rejuvenating spa treatments, full-out touring during the day and a good meal and restful evening to prepare for the next day. We enjoy meeting friendly like-minded people who are mature and cultured. We didn't care about the casino or the lounge (though we did love listening to the charming and talented Romantica String Quartet from Belarus most evenings in the Grand Bar). In short, Marina's low-key ambiance, marvelous food, hospitable staff, refined (by this I do not mean stuffy, snooty or pretentious-- rather, gracious) fellow passengers, and beautiful appointments suited us just fine. Some reviewers have said that the shore excursions, hotels and airport transfers arranged through Oceania are overpriced -- we used them all and were pleased with the convenience and felt that we got good value. In St. Petersburg we did arrange an evening out with a local company, balletandopera.com, and attended a wonderful performance at the Mariinsky theater -- but the driver who took us there and brought us back was downright scary, raising thoughts of the fate of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. There is a measure of quality control and accountability when you use the ship's vendors that reassures new cruisers like my husband and me. You know, for instance, that you won't miss the ship if your tour runs late. However, it must be said that in Helsinki the shuttle bus arrangements made by the ship were disastrous, resulting in confusion about the pickup point and a queue that required an hour's wait at least - a huge waste of time given the short time we had in that port. Wonderful service, lovely stateroom, beautiful veranda. One quibble - I know that maintenance has to be done during the voyage to keep the ship in the top shape that it is, but when our balcony had to be varnished and painted on Day 9 it was a pain - looking at something on shore I stepped in the fresh blue paint at the edge of the balcony and tracked a little onto the teak. I was sorry about this but on the other hand felt that I should not have had to worry about freely using the balcony we had paid so much for. Our criticisms, thus, are very minor. Overall, good value and a memorable experience. I actually spent some time writing detailed port reviews below but a technical glitch eliminated them all - so, suffice it to say that all were memorable in a good way. St. Petersburg was mixed but fascinating - the dark Russian soul and legacy of Soviet oppression still evident - we'd rate it a 4 but paradoxically it was a highlight of the trip, esp. an independent outing to the Kirov Ballet at the fabled Mariinsky Theater.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Oceania's two new ships, Marina and Riviera are supposedly identical. They carry twice as many passengers as the older ones. The public space reflects the increase in passengers, the decks are spacious and well appointed, they have ... Read More
Oceania's two new ships, Marina and Riviera are supposedly identical. They carry twice as many passengers as the older ones. The public space reflects the increase in passengers, the decks are spacious and well appointed, they have lost nothing in the increased size, the service is just as wonderful and attentive as before. But, that being said, it is a lot more people than the traditional 650 or so on the smaller ships. You feel this only in the fact that you never meet the same people twice...the ship is BIG!!! The embarkation and disembarkation was spotlessly organized with virtually NO waiting, so this was a surprise given the amount of people. As you enter the ship, you will be floored by the amount of Lalique crystal,and incredible Murano glass decorates the ship throughout. The furnishings are stunning, but not flashy...and the main dining room is a wonder to behold. Our stateroom was larger than any of the other ships we have cruised on (Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea and Radisson) and the furnishings were beautiful. Our butler was around ALL the time, but unobtrusively. The room was lovely, spacious and beautifully appointed, a stall shower plus a full size bath, a large walk in closet with every amenity a human being could want. I SHOULD mention though....try NOT to book the 11th floor...take the 9th or lower as the overhang on the 12th is a good ten feet larger on each side and blocks out the possibility of sun on your terrace...this is a big minus for me, so next time PH3 instead of PH1. We booked our dining reservations through the internet the day after we booked, to insure that we got what we wanted when we wanted. The specialty dining was lovely, Jacques (the French) is a wonderful experience and one not to be missed. Red Ginger (the Asian) also, a stunning dining room, with an innovative menu, a real experience!! Toscana was good, but very much like the other ships, an Italian with all the trimmings. The Polo grill on this ship was disappointing, the steak was mediocre at best, and the first course left a lot to be desired. This restaurant needs some serious work (in my opinion) BUT the MAIN dining room was wonderful....there was something interesting every night on the menu, the service was impeccable, the sommeliers VERY well informed and we looked FORWARD to dining in the dining room. I can't really say, as I didn't take an excursion ( we like to do our own thing in each town) but the excursions seemed VERY pricey to me, I would consider carefully each destination and decide whether or not an excursion is really necessary. The destination services provide you with a plethora of info about each town and how to navigate it. We enjoyed the enrichment lectures, and were sorry there weren't more... but there were a lot of ports and very little time. I wasn't crazy about the entertainment to be honest. We tried it once or twice, and apart from a lovely quartet of brass, piano and guitar, we felt that the ship comes up short in this department...especially the pianist who I found particularly irritating (no concept of harmony at all?????) This is not really a problem when you have so many ports in a short period of time, but if I was sailing for an extended period, this would be very very annoying, and I would want to find out about the entertainment before I embark (cruises of 21 days and more) In short, Oceania is one of the better cruise lines out there, price quality, it can't be beat, the food, the destinations, the service....really unparalleled. Read Less
Sail Date August 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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