53 Oceania Marina Romantic Cruise Reviews

The itinerary was the attraction as well as the benefits conferred as a result of my cruise status (over 15 with Oceania in the last 5 years.) The service in the cafeteria was sub-par. many of the servers didn't speak adequate ... Read More
The itinerary was the attraction as well as the benefits conferred as a result of my cruise status (over 15 with Oceania in the last 5 years.) The service in the cafeteria was sub-par. many of the servers didn't speak adequate english to understand the request of the passenger. They made little effort to comprehend and would just stare awaiting the passenger's clarification of the english word for the food. The servers frequently slapped the food on the place with subtle hostility. Moving on to the entertainment, the musicians in the onboard band played without passion or emotion. Nice for a less than mediocre high school band fulfilling a requirement but surprising on a 5 star ship. The string quartet played out of tune and without enthusiasm. The visiting entertainers were spotty as to talent. Destination services was a disaster of disorganization. passengers were kept waiting until the ship was docked and ready for disembarkation and bus loading before tickets were issued thus delaying the departures and adding serious confusion and amazement at the lack of crowd and loading management. My gratuities were included for a month trip but the ship insisted they were included for only a portion of the trip. As I write my travel agent is attempting to correct that erroneous position and obtain return of the over charge. The general atmosphere has change as related to service during the time I have cruised but this trip was surprising in its lack of politeness toward the passengers. In light of the fact there is an increase of 5 star and better competition, I am surprised Oceania is seemingly unaware of their descent toward average. Perhaps it was just a string of 30 bad days for the staff. Or, perhaps it is a suggestion of future deterioration. I hope not. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Joined relatives due to it's stop in Cuba and the chance to stop in Routan and Belize. We found the ship to be immaculate and wonderfully decorated, a very luxurious environment. The entertainment was ok, we found the singer Paul ... Read More
Joined relatives due to it's stop in Cuba and the chance to stop in Routan and Belize. We found the ship to be immaculate and wonderfully decorated, a very luxurious environment. The entertainment was ok, we found the singer Paul Edison to be particularly fun and talented. Food, the food was always top notched, fabulously rich and delicious. No matter were you decided to have your meal, special dining options, buffet or the main dining room, the food was first rate. We experienced all four speciality restaurants and found each with an outstanding offering. My favorite was Red Ginger. The only issue we had on trip was significant delay we encountered when being tendered. We were taking an independent tour and we and several other independent travelers encountered an hour or more delay while ship sponsered tours were tendered. Given high level of service on balance of cruise I am sure this issue will be reviewed and resolved. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
It's easy to use adjectives describing the comfort of having everything done for you, the superlatives we all use after a week of pampering and eating way too much consistently delicious food. Having just returned home from a week ... Read More
It's easy to use adjectives describing the comfort of having everything done for you, the superlatives we all use after a week of pampering and eating way too much consistently delicious food. Having just returned home from a week on Oceania Marina, I will instead tell you what I miss. Sitting there on our last day, enjoying the sound of the ship slicing through the calm seas with the sun at our stern and knowing soon we would be back to the reality we love, our dog we missed so much, my mind wandered to all the things I would miss about Oceania. I miss Surf and Turf with parmesan dusted fries for lunch in Waves, the sound of ice cold water being poured into a stemmed glass. I miss the fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning and the anticipation and wonder of fresh baked donuts on a morning here or there. I miss the grapefruit sorbet in a sweet waffle cone and the chocolate shake to which I decadently add warm chocolate and caramel sauce, even chocolate chips which are even yummier drawn through a straw. I miss Barista's with its hot cappuccino, a biscotti dunked into the warm liquid as I sit looking out over the pool, the ocean beyond while reading my latest book. I miss all the smiles and friendly greetings from Officers and crew alike. With one tiny exception not worth a mention, there was never a time that people were anything but willing and happy to serve us. I miss relaxing under a warm sheet in the Canyon Ranch spa while my feet enjoy a massage of warm oils and pampering such as those poor worn tootsies rarely experience. I miss the warm 'good morning' of our Butler, Rana, arriving with pots of hot coffee, chocolate croissants, and white linens spread on the glass table at the foot of the bed. I miss returning from breakfast to a sparkling clean room with tightly made bed and puffy pillows. Perhaps most of all I miss slipping between the sheets heaped with down comforters and sinking into the luxuriating bliss of the comfortable bed while feeling the slight swell of the ocean gently rocking me to sleep after an evening of delicious cuisine, delightful entertainment offered by the band, the singers and dancers who gave us one splendid show after another and never disappointed. And did I mention the chocolates on our pillows every single night? I miss Harvest Caye, a tranquil paradise locked away on a tiny island just off Belize so meticulously designed and easily accessed via the longest, most beautiful covered pier I've ever seen. Multi passenger golf carts dart back and forth carrying people to the bliss that awaits either on the beach or by the pool. We chose a poolside cabana with every comfort imaginable, the ultimate in decadence unless you splurge for the larger, even more grand, beach cabana. Or you can just pull up a chaise anywhere and lounge under a palm by the pool or turquoise waters. The staff on Harvest Caye was friendly, warm and perfect in every way. I miss Randy who brought us our delicious lunch and made sure we had everything we wanted. I could cruise to Harvest Caye every other morning with a sea day tucked here and there and be content forevermore. Until next time I will miss the experience only Oceania can give me .... a peace and pleasure unequalled in all my years of seeking time away from the stresses of everyday life. Oceania raises the bar and while I know there are some lines out there considered more luxurious, for us it is and shall always be ... Oceania." Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
When our neighbours told us they were going on this cruise and suggested we join them we thought why not, it's almost our silver wedding......so GLAD WE DID!!! Our first time with Oceania after several family cruises with Royal ... Read More
When our neighbours told us they were going on this cruise and suggested we join them we thought why not, it's almost our silver wedding......so GLAD WE DID!!! Our first time with Oceania after several family cruises with Royal Carribean, Costa & Princess we were unsure what to expect. Answer - luxury, FABULOUS food, beautiful ship. We were in a penthouse suite with butler and were greeted with the customary champagne and canapes. Service and food was quite sensational. Entertainment was so so. Our cruise was 1/2 empty which meant dining in whichever dining room we wished - Asian was the favourite - watermelon duck salad - amazing. The age range was pretty old and our kids would not have enjoyed themselves on the ship as it was far too quiet. The shore excursions were variable - some good (Buenos Aires tour) some poor (Porto Bello). I was amazed at the sight of elderly folks snorkeling then clambering up the ropes back onto our galleon ship proving you are never too old!! All in all, excellent cruise. :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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
My husband and I are in our early 60's and just returned from our second Oceania Cruise in Europe. This was our sixth cruise having been on Royal Carib and Princess to destinations in the Caribbean. Oceania is a much more ... Read More
My husband and I are in our early 60's and just returned from our second Oceania Cruise in Europe. This was our sixth cruise having been on Royal Carib and Princess to destinations in the Caribbean. Oceania is a much more luxurious and low key experience than the others we've been on. There were only 900 guests. The boat holds 1200. Plus 800 employees. So obviously the service was extremely attentive. If you're looking for late night partying with big splashy shows this is not the cruise line for you. However, the entertainment that they did have was certainly fun and enjoyable. There are no zip lines or fake surfing but there was a concert pianist who was terrific and other offerings we enjoyed. The passengers are mature and hail from all over the globe. We enjoyed sharing our dinners with others we met and especially our dinner at La Reserve. It costs extra but is a very special evening involving a tasting menu and wine pairing. But all the restaurants are excellent. Going to La Reserve is just an extra special treat especially if you are celebrating a big life event such as a milestone birthday or anniversary. The excursions we took with Oceania were very good. Our day in Capri was awesome. I was a bit disappointed with the winery excursion in Sicily. When you go on a bus tour you spend too much time getting on and off the bus and making stops to the rest rooms. This cannot be helped I suppose. Our best day was in Marseilles where we hired an outside company called Provence Connections. We were the only two on the tour. Fabrizzio was our guide and he was awesome. I think hiring a local tour rather than using the ships excursions is probably less expensive and more meaningful and I will do more of that on subsequent voyages. We were in stateroom 7063. Being in the center of the ship is best if you get seasick. But try to be on the 8 or 9th decks. The 7th deck is okay but a bit higher up is preferable. The spa is small but I had the best facial! Expensive but worth it. My husband said his massage was just okay. Embarkation and debarkation were a breeze. Very orderly and quick. I LOVED our trip and can't wait to plan my next cruise on Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we have had great experiences on Oceania and liked the itinerary, Stockholm to Barcelona. On this cruise, the crew from the general manager on down was terrific. Attitude was "what can we do for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have had great experiences on Oceania and liked the itinerary, Stockholm to Barcelona. On this cruise, the crew from the general manager on down was terrific. Attitude was "what can we do for you". Our cabin was perfectly maintained. Our major on board activity is dancing and there was plenty of opportunity everyday with music before and after dinner. The band in Horizons was great, played all kinds of music. No comments on shore excursions since we do independent touring but I will say Oceania is providing more and more information and assistance to independent travelers which we appreciate. Food has always been Oceania's strength. This was our 7th O. cruise and we thought the food in the main dining room was not as good or as varied as on previous cruises. It was not bad ( we are not discouraged from cruising again with O, we've signed up for 50 days in 2017) but it is not as good as it has been in the past. This was a port intensive cruise with one sea day so there were not many lectures. There was only one speaker who gave three lectures and he wasn't very good. On our previous cruises with O. the speakers were very good. Our one negative about the ship itself is about furnishings in public spaces. The tables in Horizons and the Terrace are much too close together. It is very difficlut to find a table where someone will not be bumped by servers or other guests. It is annoying. Also, the furniture in Martinis and Horizons, while looking great, is not user friendly. There is not a single chair (other than a barstool) we could sit on in Martinis. It is all low and soft. In Horizons all the window seating is big and soft. We found it uncomfortable and it also blocks the view from the more normal size chairs in the middle of the room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
St Petersburg has been on my bucket list but I wanted to avoid the crowds of summer so the dates were ideal. They also offered a substantial number & variety of shore excursions from which to choose The ship came highly ... Read More
St Petersburg has been on my bucket list but I wanted to avoid the crowds of summer so the dates were ideal. They also offered a substantial number & variety of shore excursions from which to choose The ship came highly recommended & surpassed expectations. we opted for a local tour guide, again to enjoy a small group & we chose Best Guides , located in St Petersburg. Not only was it less costly than the ship's excursion but everything about them was excellent. The planning was perfect, the guide was delightful, knowledgeable & allowed us to make modifications to the itinerary - some before we left & another while we were there. I highly recommend them. The ship was excellent - the food & service was outstanding. We visited 9 countries in 12 days which was a trifle hectic but quite doable. Comments from most other guests were all favourable & I wouldn't hesitate to travel with Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date September 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 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
This was our first time cruising with Oceania. We booked and deposited on this 1 ½ years ago to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and two other couples traveled with us also celebrating anniversaries. This was a bucket list trip so ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Oceania. We booked and deposited on this 1 ½ years ago to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and two other couples traveled with us also celebrating anniversaries. This was a bucket list trip so there was much planning that went into this. We used Oceania’s free air as none of us had miles to use and the air was quite high. It actually turned out just fine. I really anticipated that we would leave the evening before (1/24) but Oceania put us on a charter that left LA at 2:00pm and arrived at 8:30pm in PPT on 1/25. So our flight left Columbus, Ohio at 6:51am arrived nonstop at 9:00am in LA and gave us a 5 hour layover, which was quite nice. A note about Air Tahiti Nui. I was a little nervous as I had seen some pretty awful reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised. We were on the two seat side and the staff was incredible – very service oriented, two meals served, free French wine and champagne, tv screens in front of you with a large variety of entertainment, pillows, blankets, a small packet with socks, eye shields & ear plugs. The seats are economy seats, I won’t lie – like any other carrier. If you could afford business class obviously those are very nice, but we declined the upgrade option ( I think it was $799pp each way) because we decided that was a lot of money for entertainment better spent elsewhere. We were tired when we arrived, but the time passed quickly. The flight was smooth. When we arrived in Papeete, the line was long to be entered into the country, but once we were through they greeted us warmly and put us on our transfer to the ship. Check in on the Marina was very smooth (set up in the Marina Lounge), but as soon as we got into our cabin we had to return to the lounge for the second lifeboat drill – 10:30pm. That was kind of a pain, but I don’t know how else it could have been done. Our cabin was a Penthouse and we were on deck 11 in cabin 11008. We loved the location. It was just down the hallway from the laundry room and fairly close to the executive lounge (which we used every day). If we walked up the stairs, we were on the pool deck and walked directly back to the Terrace Café each morning. We loved the space in our cabin – the walk in closet was really big. The bathroom was outstanding! The only thing was that we never really used our butler. He was very sweet and wanted to serve us, but I think the only thing we used him for was to iron my husband’s shirt. We had him try to get some extra dinner reservations, but they were completely sold out (if you think you want more than your initial four book them as soon as you get onboard). He eventually started bringing us some afternoon snacks (we didn’t ask for them), I think to try to do something for us. But, I would still book that category again (and we have) because I loved the cabin. Our friends were on deck 9 in concierge balcony cabins and they felt like their cabins were just fine, but when we booked our next cruise while onboard, one of the couples ended up booking a penthouse cabin after she saw ours Because of the time change we were up early. We were usually waiting for Waves Café to open (6:30am) and then Terrace Café was generally a ½ hour after Waves. Many times the cruise director (Ray) would sit down with a couple of the guys in our group. As a side note, he was fantastic – very personable and had a sarcastic/dry sense of humor – which we appreciated very much. We worked out in the fitness center daily (early is best – not as busy as later in the day). None of us used the spa, so I cannot speak to that, but everything looked very nice. I watched some of the cooking classes (those looked fun) and the artist’s loft was across the way and that looked amazing as well. We played bingo (3 out of six of us won pots – that was nice) a couple of times, gambled in the small casino (very personable and friendly staff), went to happy hour daily and took advantage of the “drink of the day”. The women in our group purchased one wine package and shared it at dinner time and that seemed to work well. With the onboard credit we had, the bingo wins and purchasing our excursions in advance as well as paying for our prepaid gratuities in advance what we owed, our onboard accounts were fairly minimal. We ate in all four of the restaurants (Red Ginger, Polo Grill, Toscana & Jacques) and while all of them were excellent, I think we agreed we liked Polo Grill the best followed by Toscana (we had a full Italian with us). But, don’t get me wrong, they were all amazing. The food in the Grand Dining room was excellent as well. The only issue we had was the last evening, but I kind of felt something was a little off that night and it might have been just getting the ship ready to disembark the next day and staff being pulled different directions, I don’t know. It wasn’t bad service but just seemed a little off. The ports were amazing. The other two couples did the same excursions together, most of them water related (like snuba, etc). My husband and I are pretty active and, while we like snorkeling, we really like to SEE the places we visit and understand the history behind them. So here is what we did in each port of call. We did book all excursions through the ship. I understand many people book their own and get them for less. We just felt more comfortable this trio booking through Oceania. The one piece of advice I will give is to read the descriptions of the tours. They are pretty accurate. MOOREA – We booked the Hike the 3 Coconuts Trail. We had a fantastic guide. The description said “a very strenuous 3 mile hike over partly shaded and uneven terrain, uphill and downhill trail walking/hiking with an elevation of 1191 feet. This tour is for guests who are in very good physical condition”. This is why I said believe the descriptions. We had some people on the hike that probably shouldn’t have been there. My husband and I are 54 and consider ourselves in pretty good shape and I fell down once and he fell UP once. It was tough, but it was wonderful and the views were worth it RAITEA – We did the Faaoa River & Motu by Canoe. I was confused and thought we would be kayaking. I booked the wrong thing. It was a motorized outrigger canoe. But we still enjoyed it. We had a great local guide who was originally from Canada and had been there for 35 years. Her name was Anne and she was great. The Motu was beautiful! BORA BORA – We left the first day free. I wanted to go to the Yacht Club and have a drink and go to Blood Mary’s. The next day we did the Bora Bora Off-Road Adventure. Again, a fantastic guide who was very knowledgeable and we were taken to some amazing places with expansive views, visited the cannons from World War II, went to a Pareo house, etc. NUKU HIVA – Unbelievable and stunning are the two words to describe this amazing place. I really felt like pterodactyls would come flying out of the mountains. The locals had a festival while we were there (we understand it’s the first time that has happened). They don’t speak much English and those that do, it’s very broken. They are very friendly. The second day we did the Visit to Taipivai Valley – again an amazing way to see the spectacular beauty of this island. With this tour, they use personally owned vehicles, so most of the drivers (ours included) do not speak any English at all – the most we got out of him was “uno dos” so he could communicate that his car had a 1 and 2 (for 12) on it and for us to remember which vehicle was ours. One guide who spoke fairly good English would address us all when we stopped at different points around the island. RANGIROA – We went to the Pearl Farm here. Tours are only 1 ½ hours and they go all day long. It is obvious part of the reason is for us to be a captive audience and purchase while there (we had already purchased our pearls in Bora Bora) because the buses dropped us off and we had to wait for them to bring the next group of people before we could leave. But, besides that, it was a very informative tour and worth doing. This is an amazing Atoll – the second largest in the world and watching the ship come into the blue lagoon was interesting. There were two sea days interspersed as well, which we very much enjoyed. I am ashamed to say that we didn’t get too many shows – we were too tired for a 9:30 show (isn’t that nuts?). But finally we did go to see the comedian one evening and the next evening we saw one of the production shows. They were enjoyable. I’ve seen better productions, but they are hardworking performers. When we were in Nuku Hiva they actually brought the local dancers onboard to do a show in the evening, which was quite entertaining. When we disembarked the ship (everyone had to be out of their staterooms by 8am and off by 9am), we had purchased a day room at the Le Meridien because our flight was not until 11:05pm that evening. I will say that the hotel seemed somewhat surprised and overwhelmed when we arrived. There was an entire busload of us and then there were a bunch of people leaving and then yet another bus arrived that were just “hanging” out at the resort (I think it was a Gonext group). It was the slowest process I have ever seen. We finally did get our rooms about 10am. But there were many people who were supposed to have a room that didn’t get one until 3pm! Ours was old and musty smelling as was one of the other couples’. But the third couple with us had one of the newly renovated rooms. It is obvious they are going through some renovation. I didn’t really expect anything amazing since we were only there for the day. But, the hotel certainly had a captive audience. The food and drinks were VERY expensive. I think we spent about $200 on food and drink while there and the service was very, very slow. Again, I think they were completely overwhelmed and understaffed. We had to be checked out of our rooms by 6pm (which again took 45 minutes – we have no idea why) and the bus picked us up for the airport at 8pm. Checking in at the airport was not a problem, but the airport was packed as there was a flight at 11:55pm (after ours at 11:05pm). There is only really one food location, it’s very warm and then there is much confusion and disorganization while trying to board the air craft. That might be more due to the people who stand in the way while rows 32-40 are called and they are in row 25, but I still think there should be a better way to organize that. There are a bunch of very hot, tired people who are cranky and just want to get on the plane. When I think back on it, it is quite funny. Our flight back was very smooth. My husband and I were really able to sleep for 4 -5 hours. I woke up for the first snack (he didn’t) and then we were both up for breakfast. We only had a 3 hour layover in LA before our flight back to Columbus and we really needed every minute of it. It took us about 1 ½ hours to get through customs and immigration and then make the walk from Tom Bradley over to Terminal 6. I wouldn’t have wanted any less time, that’s for sure. All in all – it was a wonderful trip. We LOVED Oceania and ended up booking another cruise for May of 2017 while onboard. I have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Disney, Princess, Holland and Celebrity and I can honestly say we will have a hard time sailing those again. Don’t get me wrong – they have their place and we always have a good time wherever we are, but we like the ship size (Holland is the one that comes the closest), the ratio of staff to guests and the food was so much better. I was happy that we flew home the day we disembarked because we arrived back on a Friday and had the weekend to get sort of adjusted before going back to work on Monday. The only thing I would do differently is that I would do an air deviation and fly in two days prior in order to get acclimated. Otherwise, it was a pretty perfect trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We got back from our cruise last week, Southernmost Wonders from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, and although I am not in a position to write a real cruise review due to some unforeseen circumstances, I do want to say a few words about my ... Read More
We got back from our cruise last week, Southernmost Wonders from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, and although I am not in a position to write a real cruise review due to some unforeseen circumstances, I do want to say a few words about my experience on board the Marina. We boarded the ship the 22nd of Dec and in the middle of the night I woke up in excruciating pain, ending up on the floor writhing in pain (I never before understood that expression - now I do! ) so the doctor and the nurse came (it was 330am) to take care of me. I will not go into what ailed me, but it was all about pain and they did everything they could to make me comfortable for the rest of the night until they could get me to a hospital the next day (we were still in Buenos Aires). The next morning, the port authority agent was there the minute we docked and he was amazing. He drove my husband and me to the hospital (for X-rays), stayed with us the entire time to help translate, and made sure we got back to the ship safe and sound. Doctor Andrew and nurse Psyche (from the ship) were there for me and could not have been more caring and concerned. Psyche truly is an Angel. Sadly, my situation did not get better so I was unable to take the excursions I had planned on for over a year - missing the penguins at Falkland Island was an especially big disappointment. However, I was made as comfortable as possible by my cabin stewardess , Krisztina, from Hungary, another Angel, who went beyond her duties to see that I had what I needed. I mostly needed ice cream. We were fortunate to be in a penthouse and our butler was nice and did what I asked but he did not have that something extra that makes for a great butler. Luckily for me, our butler from two cruises ago, Churchill, found out we were on board and came to visit me and hold my hand and made sure I was looked after; he showed a caring and concern for which I am very grateful. Also, our favorite waiter from past cruises, Robert, was now the head in the Grand Dining Room and one of the times I could actually get out of the cabin to eat, made sure I had a fabulous table and the quickest service imaginable. Every waiter was kind and helpful and just thinking about how tenderly they treated me brings tears to my eyes (yes, I am crying as I write this). So my cruise did not turn out as planned. However, we did meet some wonderful people who showed a stranger such caring and compassion that I will always remember them with great fondness. I had some fun and funny moments that still bring a smile to my face. I have some lovely new jewelry bought for me by my husband. I loved lying in the best bed in the whole world with the veranda door open, smelling the sea air, listening to the sounds of the ocean as the Marina effortlessly glided through the waters. I loved seeing the Christmas full moon from the Terrace Cafe patio. I loved having most breakfast, lunch and dinners in bed - well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but having the ability to have wonderful food brought to my bedside was a blessing. I did manage to eat at Jacques twice - the first night before the pain and the last night as the pain was easing - and the food, the service, and the people with whom we shared the table - all were stellar. Everytime Krisztina changed the sheets and I crawled back into that bed, it felt like heaven. Really, the bed alone makes traveling on the Marina worth any cost. And of course, the ice cream. What else can I say? Before the cruise I focused on the weather - a bit worried we might miss some tender ports due to rough seas or bad weather, so I kept visioning blue skies and calm seas. I am happy to say my weather programming was a huge success - not one port was missed and the heavy coats and hats were never needed. My husband said the excursions we had booked were excellent. You could say it was the perfect cruise for that part of the world and despite my disappointment, I am happy for everyone who was able to benefit from my focused programming - you are welcome! The two weeks on board are a bit of a blur, I must admit. I was under the influence of drugs (manna from heaven) but I was clear headed enough to know that I was blessed to have the care and attention of some amazingly wonderful people. Even the guest lecturer, a well-known neurosurgeon and expert on South America, took it upon himself to give me an exam and correspond with the doctors at the hospital in Puerto Montt! I am grateful to every one who took the time to look in on me and make sure I was doing as well as possible under the circumstances. Having the ship's doctor and nurse become your best friends while cruising is never anyone's ideal goal, but boy oh boy, did I ever get lucky that Dr. Andrew and Psyche were there for me. Of course, I hope no one ever has to meet them but I highly recommend them and the ship's medical facility - absolutely top notch all the way. When we got to Puerto Montt, we had another port authority agent who was equally as wonderful as the agent we had in Buenos Aires. He got me to the hospital for an MRI and stayed with us the entire time. Before this cruise, I never gave much thought to port agents but now I know what they do and I am so grateful to them and for what they did for me. I could say more but I think I am beginning to ramble. My point in writing this "review" is just that I wanted to put out there that my experience on the Marina was made more than just tolerable, despite everything, it was made memorable, and in a good way by some very good, caring people. The quality of a cruise is determined by more than just the ports visited or the amenities provided, it is the people you meet and the staff that is there to assist you in every way possible. In my book, the Marina gets a 10+. I want to give a personal shout out to Krisztina, to Dr. Andrew, to nurse Psyche and to Damiano, our concierge (he was very helpful to my husband). After 6 cruises on the Marina, I now consider myself an official Oceania cheerleader!! I am already excited about our next cruise and cannot wait to re-book this cruise. The longer you live the more you understand that things go wrong, plans have to be changed, and accidents happen, not everything always works out for the best. However, with the right attitude and a great support team, the best can always be made out of whatever happens!! Bottom line is do not hesitate to book a cruise with Oceania - no matter the circumstances, they will take good care of you! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Sailed 10 day cruise from Rio to Buenos Aries. We haved sailed on multiple lines before but Oceania has my vote as "favorite." Ship is smaller than other ships we have sailed with about 1200 passengers, is very low key and very ... Read More
Sailed 10 day cruise from Rio to Buenos Aries. We haved sailed on multiple lines before but Oceania has my vote as "favorite." Ship is smaller than other ships we have sailed with about 1200 passengers, is very low key and very tastefully adorned. Everything was quickly reachable and "crowds" were non-existent. Food, especially the 4 included dine-around restaurants, was the best of any previous cruises and was gourmet level. We were on Concierge Deck and cabin was excellent; very roomy with couch, table and balcony. Daily on-board activities was limited (I expected some topical talks), but the overall atmosphere lent itself to total relaxation. We love bridge and there was a daily game but we spent more time just lounging around the pool. Service was excellent. Shows were entertaining but don't expect major productions like bigger ships. Several Ports of Call on this particular trip were not particularly interesting unless you are into beach or water activities but this lent itself to more on-board relaxation. Boarding and disembarkation was very smooth and efficient, especially latter. Overall, Oceania is more pricey than other Lines but definitely our first choice and will watch promos for future trips. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I did so much research in preparation for this cruise so wanted to add detail to help others who are considering Oceana Marina. Overall, I think the trick is to work around the weaknesses of this cruise to get the best experience but for ... Read More
I did so much research in preparation for this cruise so wanted to add detail to help others who are considering Oceana Marina. Overall, I think the trick is to work around the weaknesses of this cruise to get the best experience but for the very high price tag you should not have to do that. Pros: -- Excellent itinerary with no sea days, longer days in port, a mix of exotic and sure winner stops. This was our primary consideration when choosing a cruise and Oceana delivered on this. We loved every stop and were delighted to discover new favorites like Malta. It is worth a premium to us to arrive at a new and worthwhile destination every day and to not have to rush back to the ship. --Our penthouse room was very nice. The bathroom was large and well appointed, very like the bathroom of a nice hotel plus a large walk in closet that made the room very comfortable. The bed was literally the most comfortable bed I have every slept in away from home. The room was not huge nor was the balcony as large as most upgraded room balconies but roomy enough for great comfort, I really would not have wanted or needed more space. There was a mini fridge which was stocked daily but no one ever asked what we wanted stocked as was advertised. --Butler service and housekeeping was generally very good except that a bottle of opened wine from the last guest was left in our mini fridge which gives you a creepy feeling about how well the room was cleaned. However other than that the room was very clean, the housekeeping staff very friendly and accommodating as was the Butler service. We did ask our Butler to get us an extra reservation two nights in specialty restaurants and he was able to get us an individual table one night and a shared table on another night. --No photo taking, art shows, constant announcements, pressure to constantly buy drinks you see on the mid tier ships. Cons: --Food! Would you believe it? We selected this cruise in large part and were willing to pay the premium price (almost double Azamara Club) because it was reputed to have the best food at sea. I would consider my husband and I foodies, however we are fine with simple freshly prepared food too. Bottom line is you would get better food by taking a Celebrity Cruise at half the price and paying the fee to eat in speciality restaurants every night which on Celebrity or Royal Caribbean are generally better than Oceana specialty restaurants (maybe paying the upgrade keeps the service and food at a higher level). The main dining room on Marina is pretty awful and on our ten day cruise we were only allowed to eat in specialty restaurants half the nights despite our expensive room. As an example, I ordered a strip steak in the main dining room which as about 3/4 of an inch thick and tough; literally a normal restaurant strip steak cut lengthwise in half. A lobster dish was tough, tasteless and overcooked. On one night, no one at our table liked their food and most of it was simply left uneaten. There is nothing special at all about the food in the main restaurant, no nice touches. The service is however far better than in most specialty restaurants. The Terrace cafe is always an option for self serve food but I was so surprised at how not special breakfast was. Omelettes were just like on a mid level cruise, tiny minced veggies and very thin omelettes-- again for the price and food reputation I would have expected large fluffy omelettes with nice big chunks of veggies and an impressive selection of fillings. The canadian bacon and ham were only available on one station so you had to stand in line twice just to get omelette and meat, but the quality of the canadian bacon and ham was very poor and they were sitting in hot water so not at all crispy and freshly grilled. Even on mid tier ships I'm used to fresh carved ham for breakfast. Never any turkey or chicken sausage. Again, nothing at all special about breakfast unlike a river cruise where there is always a fun special made before your eyes or fillings that change daily. You can also eat dinner on the Terrace of the terrace cafe which is nice in terms of being able to sit outside and the food is pretty good, you can stand in line and order lobster, fish, shrimp freshly grilled. However, who wants to stand in three or four lines to get their dinner? One line for salad, sit and eat, then get a couple of appetizers sit and eat, then wait fifteen minutes in line for your grilled food. Also, the service on the Terrace was the worst of all restaurants. They flatly refused to leave a pot of coffee on the table at Breakfast when I asked, but also did not come around enough to refill my cup. Several times my husband or I had to get up and ask someone to bring more coffee and there was no self serve. If you came to breakfast toward the end of the time, they would not reset the nice tables on the rail with the best views but tried to force you to eat at the tables that were already set which were closer to the wall and not as nice view wise. This was just lazy and focused on their own convenience rather than the wishes of the customer. Whoever manages the Terrace Cafe should be replaced. --Specialty Restaurants were a particular disappointment. We ate at Red Ginger twice and mediocre would be a kindness. The famed sea bass was overly sweet and mushy both times I ordered it, the menu was very limited and pretty much like any mid level asian restaurant with curries, etc. A shrimp appetizer was definitely not made with fresh shrimp and was small, plus you could only taste the very sweet sauce. This must have gone downhill recently from what I have read. Literally there were few protein choices on the menu and everything was over cooked and overly sauced. Service at Polo was the worst, they were so overcrowded. This was a problem consistently, the specialty restaurants were severely overbooked so service was scattered and food quality suffered. At polo I ordered french onion soup which came at room temperature. I asked if I could have a hotter bowl. What I got back was no much hotter but the bread was completely soggy and the cheese not nice and melted and in fact was not the appropriate cheese for this type of soup. Definitely a soup that had been sitting around for a while and was not freshly prepared. No apology at all for bringing tepid soup. My side of mushrooms was equally as shockingly bad. It seemed unlikely they were fresh, they were severely overcooked tiny pieces of white button mushrooms that I would guess had certainly not been cooked that night. I would compare this to a specialty restaurant on Celebrity or Royal Caribbean where if you order a side of mushrooms you receive a just roasted pan of mixed wild mushrooms with fresh herbs. Tuscana was more mixed in terms of quality. The first time we tried it, it was fine. We got a nice bread basket, a crab cake starter and a decent veal chop plus charming service. The second time however, it was so crowded that when our table was not immediately ready to order the waiter left in bad humor and did not show up again for 45 minutes until we sent someone to find him. My veal chop was so tough I literally could not cut it with the steak knife provided. The one gem of the restaurants in terms of both service and food was Jaques and I hope they take that restaurant manager and put him or her in charge of all food service on the ship. This was exactly what we expected from the amazing fresh bread basket, to the thoughtful well paced service to absolutely wonderful, freshly prepared, top quality food in terms of cut of meats and technique which did not cover up with sauces as they did in the other restaurants. Unfortunately we did not try this until the last night or I would have begged to eat there every night. --Tea service? This is just weird. They serve high tea with string quartet every day at 4:00. The string quartet is the only decent music you will ever hear on the ship. The waiters are in tuxedos and come around with big silver carts. The sandwiches are good as are the sweets-- in fact the only time at any meal you will get quality dessert. The scones are not quite real cream scones but not bad. However, the entire effect is ruined and made comic by the fact that they give you one low end grocery store quality tea bag and you have to put the bag in your pot of hot water. It is the same tea they serve at breakfast with very few varieties to choose from. Of course loose leaf is what you expect at a high tea especially with all the formal appearance and at a minimum maybe a high end mesh tea bag or a hand tied tea bag, etc. This entire setup for a Twinnings green tea bag? It just feels silly. Wine-- shockingly low end selections at crazy high prices plus automatic 18% tip. We started out by paying over $100 a night for a $20 bottle of wine but ended up following the advice of many on this forum to buy decent bottles on shore and simply pay the $25 corkage fee. This worked out much better especially when visiting Italian wineries-- using this method we averaged about $50 a night for wine and had much higher quality. Be careful if looking at the package deal of$42 a bottle including tip if you buy 7 bottles-- some of those bottles included are literally $7 bottles of wine. Note that we buy a lot of wine on cruise ships and have never had trouble with the markup but this was just so off the charts in terms of quality vs. price. Entertainment-- the absolute worst imaginable. Really bad production numbers with young people who can generally stay in tune but don't actually have voices you would want to listen to. For two nights there was a pitchy soprano and for two nights an old school, not funny comedian who might be at home in the Catskills thirty years ago. A big topic of conversation on the ship was laughing at how bad the entertainment was and talking about walking out on it. Seriously, whomever is in charge has no ear for music or understanding of entertainment in general. Excursions-- by now I'm sure you know to avoid the ship provided excursions at all costs. They are grossly overpriced and terribly crowded but also tend to be short and see very little. It was very easy to use tripadvisor to choose my own vendors and then get on cruise critic roll call to find others traveling on my own ship to fill 6-8 seats. Or many providers also simply send a van to ships so you just have to add your name to their shared tours. So small, high quality tours with greater variety for half the price of being on an overcrowded bus where you will be following a guide with a megaphone holding a number. I can't tell you how many times we were departing a small town we had to ourselves just to see 5 or 6 busses and hundreds of Oceana people pour out. They never seemed happy. Tenders: I deliberately picked an itinerary where we were mostly docked, but the one tender we had was awful in terms of process and organization. No one could tell you how long it would take. You had to go to the main theater and no one helped you figure out what was going on. You could ask and were then told where to take a seat and you would be called in order. You could not leave or get a ticket and come back at a specific time. So on a beautiful morning we spent well over an hour sitting like cattle with a bunch of annoyed passengers. Anyone on a company sponsored tour went first, then the rest of us (never mind that we had paid a premium price for our room). On the way back no one was monitoring the many rude passengers who flagrantly cut in line so they would not have to wait for another tender. How simple it would be to come up with a better process where you would be called five minutes before your tender. Even just better communication would have helped. If the ship arrives at X, then allow X time to get ashore. Bottom Line: we had a great time due to the itinerary, the friends we had networked with prior to departure on cruise critic and a very nice ship/ room. However, we paid over $1,200 a day for two and in no way received enough value for that money. The ships excursions, wine, food and entertainment were substandard even compared to mid range ships costing half as much. We could have booked luxury rooms with amazing food plus paid for land transportation between destinations for this money. We were obligated to plan all our own tours and buy our own wine due to poor quality options on Oceana. I would not do Oceana again unless I bought it last minute at half price. To Oceana and Competition: Guess what? There is a huge market for luxury cruises for the 45-70 age group who want excellent, unusual itineraries that you are missing out on. We can't tolerate the old school entertainment or the veneer of good food or tea service without the actual quality and we are not going on huge bus tours to be walked around like sheep. Also, we do the research and compare prices and quality so the days of crazy mark ups are over. Come up with a new model that works for the new generation of cruisers because I don't think there is one out there right now. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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
Long-time cruisers, first time on Oceania. CABIN: We were in Penthouse Suite 11058. BEST cabin for size and amenities: huge walk-in closet, so much storage space we had empty drawers - even with all the winter clothes we dragged ... Read More
Long-time cruisers, first time on Oceania. CABIN: We were in Penthouse Suite 11058. BEST cabin for size and amenities: huge walk-in closet, so much storage space we had empty drawers - even with all the winter clothes we dragged along for the wet, cool British weather. Bathroom with shower & a separate tub (wish it had been a whirlpool) was large with plenty of his/her medicine cabinets & Bulgari products. Location of the cabin not so great - lots of overhead foot traffic. Thank goodness for our white noise machine. SHOPPING/ENTERTAINMENT: OK - not quite big ship style but adequate. Our favorite was the piano & quartet playing at various times around the ship. Very relaxing & enjoyable. Casino is small & limited but at least there is one. Few boutiques & shopping was mediocre. LIBRARY: BEST of any ship we have ever been on. Very extensive and comfortable places to sit & read. FOOD: Really? This is supposed to be the best ship for food? I have never eaten so much bland, tasteless food. We finally avoided the main dining room & just went to the Terrace Cafe so we could sample lots of different food til we could find something really enjoyable. Breakfast was very boring after a few days . . same food, everyday. Scrambled eggs are out of a package so you have to ask for real eggs. Limited choice of cold cereal and the bananas were stored in the refrigerator so were mushy. The fresh fruit, especially, the cantaloupe & honeydew were DELICIOUS & SWEET. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS: The Polo Grill, Toscana & Jacques were favorites. Many choices & flavorful food. Doesn't make sense why this ship can offer great food in the specialty restaurants, which do not cost extra, and not provide the same flavor & quality in the dining room. SHORE EXCURSIONS: The most over-priced tours. As a result, booked all of our own private tours in each port. Ended up seeing twice as much driving around in Mercedes comfort. Two days we had to anchor & take the tender to port. Clearly, the staff has no idea how to handle distribution of tender passes. This was a debacle and something Oceania needs to remedy quickly. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
We sailed Oceania's “River Routes and Channel Crossings” aboard Marina from Montreal to Southampton in May and June. In some ways we had a fine trip, but Oceania fell well short of excellence. Checking in, and departing, took only ... Read More
We sailed Oceania's “River Routes and Channel Crossings” aboard Marina from Montreal to Southampton in May and June. In some ways we had a fine trip, but Oceania fell well short of excellence. Checking in, and departing, took only minutes. The ship is pretty from the outside and beautiful inside. Well decorated. Looks nearly brand new. The staterooms are attractive and comfortable, but are poorly designed, with cramped bathrooms and inaccessible storage space. Stewards were excellent. Food ranged from very good to excellent, sometimes superb. Lunch and dinner menus were adequately varied. The breakfast buffet didn't change much and needs enhancement. Scrambled eggs were substandard. Rolls and pastries, while good, were the same every day. Drink prices were somewhat reasonable. Restaurant service was sometimes good, sometimes slow. One evening in the main dining room we could overhear a disagreement between a waiter and a supervisor. Musical entertainment was good. The biggest problem on the cruise was poor planning and poor communication by Oceania. We arrived in one port on a local holiday, with shops and restaurants closed and few taxicabs available. Overall, the destination services desk provided little port information, couldn't answer basic questions, and once fibbed to us about the existence of a hop-on bus. Ship excursions were horribly overpriced. A television system in the staterooms often gave inaccurate information, or no information. Late in the cruise, in very legal language, we were advised that enteritis had infected some on the cruise. We were never told how many people were affected, how ill they were, what was done for them, and how the cruise would change. We noticed little impact. Crew were seen wiping chairs and the passenger laundry was closed, a great inconvenience. We were also told that because of “adverse weather” forecasts and “anticipated” winds and swells, the ports of Holyhead and Guernsey were canceled. Instead, we had a second day and evening in Dublin. Hardly a fair trade. Those two canceled ports were highlights for many passengers. We never did experience bad weather. Passengers were suspicious. Did Oceania include those ports to make the cruise more attractive, knowing that spring weather might very easily make them inaccessible? Did Oceania just want to save money by not cruising? Was Oceania overly cautious? We don't know, but we do know we did not get what we paid for. The captain could have explained things and offered everyone a couple of free drinks. But he was seldom heard from on the trip. Our main information source was a zany cruise director who offered little. She wouldn't even tell me how how many passengers were on the trip. Speculation was that 100 or more cabins were empty. In summation, while we had fun, this cruise could have been so much more. The management at Oceania is changing, and you have to wonder about the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband and I spent 10 days aboard the Marina of Oceania Cruises February – March 15 to 25 2015. We had a room on Deck level 10, Concierge level A1. Our room was very nice with a spacious bath which included a marbled bath and a ... Read More
My husband and I spent 10 days aboard the Marina of Oceania Cruises February – March 15 to 25 2015. We had a room on Deck level 10, Concierge level A1. Our room was very nice with a spacious bath which included a marbled bath and a shower but no much room in the closet to store the cloths and the empty luggage we have to put under the bed. The room was spacious enough for the two of us for 10 days cruise. The food was excellent, but not much variety in the buffet and they don't have Canard à l’ orange as in the online menu. The Marina is a fairly new ship, beautifully decorated with lovely art. The entertainment was no bad, no variety, especially by the pool they play classic music that you don`t want to talk in order not to disturb everybody that is sleeping. Very little activities are offered for the sea days. We have no complaints about the staff, except the front desk sometime are like making you a favor to answer your questions. Our biggest complaint is Oceania's marketing. We booked our 10 day voyage with concierge A1 which it big advertises with internet access, guess what to have access you have to pay. That meant that we had no free internet. They advertise boutiques, I couldn't find a lipstick very little selection in the cosmetic department and I don`t recall seeing tooth paste or nothing like that, no souvenirs stores either. If by any chance you didn't have a dessert at your lunch time, too bad, you have to wait until supper because there is no other place to have dessert except the ice cream bar beside the pool and for a pastry you have to go to the 4:00 pm tea time. We took the Polynesia Cruise, the reception at the Papeete City Hall on a Sunday was a very bad experience, we wait there for almost 5 hrs with the heat, no AC after travelling for more than 24 hrs and only drinks were available, the only place to eat is the local market, who wants to travel that far to eat at the local market of a place that never visited before when we don`t do that in our own country. When I talked to the Concierge, they basically said too bad, not even an apology for the inconvenience, no sympathy nothing. The 2 days in Nuku Hiva was too long, they should add one more day at Bora Bora or Rangiroa, there is not much to do there. Also we were very surprised that no many organized excursions, you better go online and find one with the local companies Oceania promotes people meeting other people with their classes and lectures, etc. People talk. I don't see how they expect to keep their clients happy. If I cruise with Oceania again, they need to have a good offer and very clear identified. Fool me once, Fool me twice, I don't think so. I don`t understand why this company is rated 5.5 when really is 4.5 and I’m being very generous!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I sailed on the Oceania Marina on November 10, 2013. The first 5 days went very well. All of the ships employees met expectations. The food was very good and gourmet. The accommodations in a balcony room were spacious, luxurious and ... Read More
I sailed on the Oceania Marina on November 10, 2013. The first 5 days went very well. All of the ships employees met expectations. The food was very good and gourmet. The accommodations in a balcony room were spacious, luxurious and comfortable...... Then the bombshell. I became ill and had to see the M.D...or what passes for an M.D. I was in sick-bay for approx. 3 hours and had to receive I.V. fluids. At one point when I questioned the treatment because my hearing is not superb the M.D. said "If you don't like the treatment here you can go to a hospital in Palermo where the doctors do not speak any English." Was this a threat I ask you. At the end of the 3 hours the price was a mere $1,792.00 for which I have yet to get paid. I have not gotten paid from my insurance company because the M.D or so-called M.D. did not use the proper coding. This experience has so soured me against cruises that I do not think that I will every cruise again even though this was my 7th. (first on Oceania). I wrote to Oceania and they refused to accept any responsibility. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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
This was our 20th cruise . We started in 2007, and have travelled with Celebrity, (Elite) HAL and Regent, amongst others. Embarkation was quite slow.We appreciated NOT having the often seen picture-taking employee. We noted that there was ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise . We started in 2007, and have travelled with Celebrity, (Elite) HAL and Regent, amongst others. Embarkation was quite slow.We appreciated NOT having the often seen picture-taking employee. We noted that there was no welcoming sparkling wine ( I dislike seeing people refer to champagne when it is not), possibly because Oceania frequent travellers get a bottle of sparkling wine in their cabin.We had booked a guaranteed balcony cabin,and our cabin was very well positioned, a few steps to the elevator,one floor up from the MDR, with no issue whatsoever with noise. We found the service excellent; neither familiar,nor pompous or obsequious. The food was delicious,well prepared and presented, and the portions were not obscene. The specialty restaurants were very good as well. Food preferences are objective; no need to comment. We found the cruise director,Roy Perez, somewhat lacking in easy- going and sunny personality. Mind you, the poor fellow had to defend against ethnocentric jabs from Americans who objected to his"accent". Entertainment was so so,but the classical quartet,a regular feature on the ship, which welcomes you upon arrival, was lovely. Two excursions were cancelled. Considering that they pride themselves on unique destinations, it makes me wonder about the reliability of the itinerary.. L'Anse aux Meadows was one, apparently because of potential icebergs. This was a disappointment, as it was one of the salient reasons for our choice. This is the area where you find the earliest Viking presence(11th century) in North America. The second cancellation still baffles us. This was Falmouth. There were numerous sail boats out. The ship log noted small waves of 4.9ft and wind speed of 18 knots. As a sailor,I scratched my head when hearing the captain say that it was not safe to tender.... Some of us found unusual that he had to back out of the Dublin port, seemingly having difficulty making a forward exit. I am not sure how to say this delicately, but our trip was marred by the rudeness of some passagers, all from the same area of the US. Other passengers had warned us, but we had to experience it to believe it. One of them, for instance, came to us as we were seating in a lounge, and asked us to move as it was "his" seat. I will not waste my time with other examples,too many for us.Despite the cancellation of the port prior to disembarkation which allowed the ship to sail early , and an announcement that we would be in Southampton at 4:30am, the ship only docked at 7am. There was some mechanical problem which delayed the luggage being put to shore. It did not bother us as we travel with our carry on only,having experienced too many luggage issues before such practice. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
We chose Oceania Marina for our first cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary(we are in our 40s) Using Oceania air arrangements we flew to Atlanta then to Barcelona on Delta. We arrived in Barcelona on time and easily found a cab to ... Read More
We chose Oceania Marina for our first cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary(we are in our 40s) Using Oceania air arrangements we flew to Atlanta then to Barcelona on Delta. We arrived in Barcelona on time and easily found a cab to the Hotel Art's where we stayed the 1st night. The Art's is located on the beach near many restaurants. We were on the 27th floor with a gorgeous view of both the city and beach. The hop-on-hop off bus gives you a quick method to see many "touristy" sites. Cabs are very easy to find. At noon we left for the port by taxi and arrived at 12:30. It took about 25 minutes to check our luggage pass through security and walk onto the ship. Service personnel were fast and friendly. The ship is new and beautiful with modern colors and free of the glitzy Las Vegas look of many cruise ships. (Wonderful art throughout) We ate lunch in the Grill near the pool. The lobster and filet mignon burger was delicious and perfectly cooked. The parmesan fries were addictive. Service was very attentive. Our PH2 was ready by 1pm. We meet with our butler Churchill at about 4pm. He discussed his service role and how he would work to make our cruise wonderful. How we utilized the butler; pressing clothes, breakfast in-suite every morning, in-suite specialty restaurant service (Toscana and Polo), evening canapies, wine service, port and tour advice, extra specialty restaurant reservations. The best kept secret on-board is the beautiful serenity deck, covered loungers, quiet and secluded. It is open to concierge and higher cabins, has 2 rarely used whirlpools and gorgeous views. We reserved 4 specialty restaurant reservations online and added two extra on-board. It was not hard to add reservations if you were flexible. All of the specialty restaurants were delicious, favorites include;duck and watermelon salad, seabass and scallops in Red Ginger, filet mignon, lobster bisque in Polo, everything in Jacques, minestrone, veal shank and spinach pasta in Toscana the bread was amazing in every venue(chocolate croissants!), steaks were tender and properly cooked as was lobster. We found the nightly menu specials to be of an especially high quality. (seeming to revolve around the fresh foods available in the port we were visiting) The main dining room offered open seating. We found there to be too few sommeliers in this venue. We waited 20 minutes to have empty wine glasses filled. Food was not hot when delivered, the waiter did keep up with our pacing and promptly removed each course and added the next. Wine lists were large with wines of varying price points and quality. Carry on alcohol policy is VERY liberal. The cooking class was fun and fast paced but very basic in technique. Oceania should advertise it in a way to let experienced cooks know it is intended for beginners. I cancelled my 2nd class. We never saw a walker or mobility scooter while on-board (a few wheelchairs). We expected a much older crowd but would say the average age was 60, with less than a dozen children on-board, a dozen honeymoon couples and many couples like ourselves celebrating important milestones. Cruisers were well traveled and very congenial. The CC "meet and greet" was well attended and I felt I knew 50 of my fellow cruisers by the 1st night. All of our tours were private shared-tours arranged on our roll call. Service standouts were our butler Churchill A+, Danny D. in the piano bar and Horizons, concierge Maria on deck 5, and Jose our cabin steward.The concierge in the executive lounge was helpful and knowledgeable. The ship was very clean and I saw service personnel constantly cleaning public areas, hand-rails etc. Our cabin was serviced 2 to 3 times daily and always well stocked and clean.The only friends against our 1st cruise being on Oceania stated that after setting the bar so high, other cruise lines would not measure up. Oceania met our very high expectations. We will definitely cruise Oceania again! Read Less
Sail Date April 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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