53 Oceania Marina Romantic Cruise Reviews

I will begin by saying I have not cruised 50-100 times like many of the cruisers on cruise critic. But I like and know luxury and quality. Agree with some of the good things said about Marina, but also agree with weaknesses that when you ... Read More
I will begin by saying I have not cruised 50-100 times like many of the cruisers on cruise critic. But I like and know luxury and quality. Agree with some of the good things said about Marina, but also agree with weaknesses that when you leave always seem to stand out. I traveled with 2 other couples in a transfer back to Rome after the cruise and we all felt the same exact way, so I do not think I was being demanding or my expectations being too high for Oceania.. We literally walked on the ship alone. First time this ever happened. Was happy to not have the lines (we boarded after the rush, of course), but agree that no one was there to greet when you did board and provide some quick information (or champagne, perhaps). As others stated, cabins nice, small. Liked the granite bathroom and beds. Otherwise, amenities standard by our expectations. Do agree, the bed was most enjoyable after each full day of touring. Once boarded, we went to get a bite to eat after reading the elevator and picking a floor. No dining available. In between meals. We found this consistent on our ENTIRE cruise. We would tour most of the days since this was a port intensive cruise and by the time we would return (around 9 pm-9:30) were told every night to order room service. Not my style for luxury. We had a suite on Equinox and could have a lovely serving any time of day. This was consistent with our schedule every time we wanted a bite to eat. Room service is an option once in a while, but the rooms are small and confining and you get tired of eating in it because Marina was "in between". This even happened on short tour days. Right at 2:00 pm. Were unable to change or add to specialty reservations. They like the word NO on Oceania. Heard it ALL week, too. Like other reviewers here. Also agree that the staff seems to be more enthusiastic about the entrees. Lobster was tough every time I ordered it (3 times, then gave up). Did not like the effort of communicating to get food served to you at the buffet in the Terrace and agree that rude cruisers would just step in and demand while others waiting to be served. Change the policy. Service was poor many times and then excellent at others. Sporadic, not consistent. Excursions---plan your own. you will be disappointed and frustrated. Considering cost and what we heard from so many people on the ship. Felt sad for them. Always witnessed upset cruisers at the destinations desk. Very sad to see on such a cruise line! Entertainment-Better on the TV in your stateroom. Understanding that they are not know for their entertainment. I get it. Cabin Butler-Excellent. Room always prepared upon entering and spotless cleaning. This expectation fully met. Lidvidia was very accomodating, even though we are the easiest of travelers. Do not require much attention. One last observation-We had charges on our bill from a culinary class that was overbooked and we could not get in. We instead planned a private tour for this day and when we went to the desk to question, we were told to go to destination desk. Ok, no problem. Well, they made it seem like it was our fault and that they would start an inquest to see if the charges could be credited. Are you kidding me? The clerk made us feel like we were at fault. Even after clarifying and re-clarifying that it was their mistake. This is how we felt every time we asked for something. It was not like this ever on Celebrity, or Royal Carribean. Will try Crystal next time and, of course, continue the Aqua Spa Suite Class on Celebrity. They have it right. Fortunately, we like people and do not turn our nose up to having more friendly people on board with us as long as the service level does not suffer. Spa- No indoor pool or inside "relaxation/meditation" area on the pool deck. We like to use the spa amenities whenever we travel. Couples massage is one of our favorites. Steam, sauna, aromatherapy, together. No co-ed on this ship. We were intimidated by the extremely high prices charged for services at the spa. Understanding that is "Canyon Ridge". But, $400.00 something dollars for a couples massage (50 minute??), manicures, upwards of 80-90.00?? this we cannot understand. Nor, would I subject ourselves to the overpayment. We, instead, waited for the Waldorf-Astoria Cavaleiri Hotel in Rome and indulged in our "spa fix" at a much more reasonable charge for all services. Perhaps, this subsidizes the cost of sending 16 brochures/marketing pieces each month to your home address. not sure. All in all, nice cruise. Not the best ever, not the worst ever. Unimpressed. We did stay at the Rome Cavelieri for a few days after the cruise and was able to experience at the Imperial Club level what impeccable service levels should be. And what a view off the balcony!!! Worth every penny! We do not mind spending the money when expectations are met and exceeded. First time reviewer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
First time cruiser with Oceania. We were not disappointed. The service and food reminded me of when I first starting taking cruises. We enjoyed being on a smaller ship and the lack of climbing walls, skating rinks, etc. It was pure bliss ... Read More
First time cruiser with Oceania. We were not disappointed. The service and food reminded me of when I first starting taking cruises. We enjoyed being on a smaller ship and the lack of climbing walls, skating rinks, etc. It was pure bliss being on the pool deck and not having children running up and down, screaming as they splashed each other. The main dining room was not well populated for lunch and breakfast. I guess that was people were either off on tours or in a hurry to catch a tour. We found it quite relaxing to eat there when we were not in a rush to see the port. The Terrace Cafe was great if you wanted to eat in a hurry or simply wanted to be up on deck. Loved the sushi and sashimi. Breakfast omelets were cooked perfectly every time we had one. I was not impressed though with the pancakes or French Toast. Our favourite restaurants were the Red Ginger and Jacques. We had Toulon substituted for Marseille at the last minute due to a strike. The cruise director did a terrific job of giving information so that those not an organized tour could enjoy the port. The market was fascinating to walk through. We did ship tours and private tours and since we have done both now know that we will book our own private tours from here on in. The private tours allowed enough time to take pictures and you did not feel as if you were being herded around like a flock of sheep. The beds were fantastic. Great sleeps. The cabin crew could not have been more helpful. We liked the separate shower to the tub and must admit that we did not use the tub much and preferred the shower. Wish they would ban cigars on board the ship even in the smoking areas. We quickly learned which side of the ship to walk on so that we did not have to smell them. The only thing we did not like was that there was several large alumni groups on board and they tended to book up the lounges so that others could not use them. It would have been nice if they had announced in the daily newspaper that a certain lounge would be closed for a certain time to accommodate groups. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
I planned this cruise one year prior to our departure. I saw the add in the Register travel section and thought it would be great to cruise on a new ship. We started in Rome for 4 nights and stayed at a very nice small hotel called the ... Read More
I planned this cruise one year prior to our departure. I saw the add in the Register travel section and thought it would be great to cruise on a new ship. We started in Rome for 4 nights and stayed at a very nice small hotel called the Mascagni near the train station. We decided to take the train to the port and it was very easy and very affordable. I booked an inside room because we would be in port every day so I thought we would be out most of the day. I wish I would of booked at least an outside cabin. The inside room was very nice but I prefer to be able to look outside and a balcony room is the best. The only complaint that I have with the inside room is that the shower is very small. The other rooms come with a bath tub also. The room had a lot of storage space and everything you need to be comfortable. The bed was wonderful!The ship is just beautiful! The decorations are very elegant and the sitting/lounge areas were plentiful. I never felt crowded on the ship and there were always lots of places to sit and visit. I had meet about 14 couples or so on cruise critic prior to our departure so we had meet several times for lunch and get togethers. It was fun running into many of the couples and having dinner together and we did many shore excursions with some of our new friends. I highly recommend going to the roll call on this site.The shore excursions that I booked through Oceania were okay. I will not book through them again for excursions. I prefer to go with a small group and book our own privately. The cost is much less and the quality is much better.The food was outstanding! I loved all the specialty restaurants. The Polo was our favorite, but they were all special in their own way. The Terrace cafe was very nice for breakfast and we did eat dinner there one night and it was very good too. I prefer to have service than the buffet style dining. The Waves was very good for lunch and the ice cream and milk shakes were yummy. You really need to loose about 5 pounds before you go onto the Marina for a cruise. The service was wonderful. I have not complaints on the food and selection and service.We had met some of our friends from cruise critic in the Horizons lounge before dinner for cocktails. The service was a little slow at times. We did have several free cocktail hours provided by the ship that was a nice touch. The drinks were reasonable priced and I liked being able to bring some wine on the ship from some of our ports to enjoy in our cabin or at dinner with a corkage fee. My overall experience was wonderful on the Marina. My only thought would be that next time I would like some sea days to enjoy the ship. It is so wonderful but we did not have enough time on the ship to take advantage of all the services she provides. I would like a cruise that had more over night stays in port. I felt like I did not get enough time on shore or on the ship. It is a good way to travel to see where you would like to go again and spend more time. I think we were one of the youngest couples on the ship. We are in our late forties to early fifties. It is for sure an older cliental. I will for sure travel on Oceania again in the future. I really can't imagine it being any better on any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
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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