34 Oceania Marina Romantic Cruise Reviews

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
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
We chose this cruise after a lot of research into several types of cruises and locations in Europe. After a booking error with another line and bait and switch pricing, we went with the competitor: Oceania. We chose this ship because not ... Read More
We chose this cruise after a lot of research into several types of cruises and locations in Europe. After a booking error with another line and bait and switch pricing, we went with the competitor: Oceania. We chose this ship because not only was every room a suite, it coincided perfectly with the dates of a trip we were taking over seas and included a number of locations we had always wanted to see, but couldn't pick just one. The staff was fantastic. The ports of call were great. The food was fabulous even by our spoiled foodie tastes. We chose to book our own excursions because we wanted to see things in most places that the cruise line didn't offer to show. I have also been to both Sweden and Finland before and was well versed in how to get around and had friends to meet in Finland so being with the other guests was pointless. For the day at sea, I took one of the cooking classes (by myself while my husband worked from our suite online) and really enjoyed myself. They do pair you up with another person so if you are going as a group be sure to book together. If you sign up alone as I did, you will just be paired up with whoever else is alone in the class. Either way, I enjoyed it. The only draw back is that the ship is smaller (if that's a draw back at all). I liked that it was higher end and gave a more customized experience and wasn't like hiking the great wall of China to get anywhere, but in rough water you do feel it more and for the first time in my life I needed sea sickness medicine. Although, for a smaller boat it did handle it well. Secondly, if you are under 40, you will likely be the youngest people on this ship. I get that it's more expensive and most younger people are on a budget, but it did make making friends on the ship and at dinner harder. But, if you are on a honeymoon for example and want to keep to yourselves anyway, this would be perfect. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I have cruised many times. The Marina is a great ship with lovely decor and for our recent 2 week cruise, we had the best staff and crew. The entertainment was the best I've seen on a cruise ship, the food was great ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised many times. The Marina is a great ship with lovely decor and for our recent 2 week cruise, we had the best staff and crew. The entertainment was the best I've seen on a cruise ship, the food was great and we enjoyed all the ports as well. It's such a shame that because of accounting procedures and the uncaring attitude of those involved when we explained the situation, that we won't be cruising again with Oceania. When they print off your Preliminary Invoice a couple of days before Disembarkation, they don't provide a full accounting of your on-board account. When the Final Invoice is received on the morning of Disembarkation, then it shows the amount of "Unused Non Refundable Credits", but at that time, it's too late to use them. Cruise lines seem to do such a good job obtaining and training their staff and crew and then the administrative end ruins it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Had sailed on Riviera, Marina's sister ship, last September in the Mediterranean. This cruise, which began in Copenhagen and visited Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin); Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn,Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, ... Read More
Had sailed on Riviera, Marina's sister ship, last September in the Mediterranean. This cruise, which began in Copenhagen and visited Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin); Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn,Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden, appealed to us for its fascinating itinerary, and we knew from our previous experience that the ship would be superb. Although this is not within anyone's control, the weather was unbelievably beautiful every day - clear and sunny, calm seas. A total joy. About us and our expectations: we are not party cruisers, in fact, would hate a ship with that emphasis. We love reading, music, quiet reflection and conversation on the balcony, exercise walks around the deck, rejuvenating spa treatments, full-out touring during the day and a good meal and restful evening to prepare for the next day. We enjoy meeting friendly like-minded people who are mature and cultured. We didn't care about the casino or the lounge (though we did love listening to the charming and talented Romantica String Quartet from Belarus most evenings in the Grand Bar). In short, Marina's low-key ambiance, marvelous food, hospitable staff, refined (by this I do not mean stuffy, snooty or pretentious-- rather, gracious) fellow passengers, and beautiful appointments suited us just fine. Some reviewers have said that the shore excursions, hotels and airport transfers arranged through Oceania are overpriced -- we used them all and were pleased with the convenience and felt that we got good value. In St. Petersburg we did arrange an evening out with a local company, balletandopera.com, and attended a wonderful performance at the Mariinsky theater -- but the driver who took us there and brought us back was downright scary, raising thoughts of the fate of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. There is a measure of quality control and accountability when you use the ship's vendors that reassures new cruisers like my husband and me. You know, for instance, that you won't miss the ship if your tour runs late. However, it must be said that in Helsinki the shuttle bus arrangements made by the ship were disastrous, resulting in confusion about the pickup point and a queue that required an hour's wait at least - a huge waste of time given the short time we had in that port. Wonderful service, lovely stateroom, beautiful veranda. One quibble - I know that maintenance has to be done during the voyage to keep the ship in the top shape that it is, but when our balcony had to be varnished and painted on Day 9 it was a pain - looking at something on shore I stepped in the fresh blue paint at the edge of the balcony and tracked a little onto the teak. I was sorry about this but on the other hand felt that I should not have had to worry about freely using the balcony we had paid so much for. Our criticisms, thus, are very minor. Overall, good value and a memorable experience. I actually spent some time writing detailed port reviews below but a technical glitch eliminated them all - so, suffice it to say that all were memorable in a good way. St. Petersburg was mixed but fascinating - the dark Russian soul and legacy of Soviet oppression still evident - we'd rate it a 4 but paradoxically it was a highlight of the trip, esp. an independent outing to the Kirov Ballet at the fabled Mariinsky Theater.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Oceania's two new ships, Marina and Riviera are supposedly identical. They carry twice as many passengers as the older ones. The public space reflects the increase in passengers, the decks are spacious and well appointed, they have ... Read More
Oceania's two new ships, Marina and Riviera are supposedly identical. They carry twice as many passengers as the older ones. The public space reflects the increase in passengers, the decks are spacious and well appointed, they have lost nothing in the increased size, the service is just as wonderful and attentive as before. But, that being said, it is a lot more people than the traditional 650 or so on the smaller ships. You feel this only in the fact that you never meet the same people twice...the ship is BIG!!! The embarkation and disembarkation was spotlessly organized with virtually NO waiting, so this was a surprise given the amount of people. As you enter the ship, you will be floored by the amount of Lalique crystal,and incredible Murano glass decorates the ship throughout. The furnishings are stunning, but not flashy...and the main dining room is a wonder to behold. Our stateroom was larger than any of the other ships we have cruised on (Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea and Radisson) and the furnishings were beautiful. Our butler was around ALL the time, but unobtrusively. The room was lovely, spacious and beautifully appointed, a stall shower plus a full size bath, a large walk in closet with every amenity a human being could want. I SHOULD mention though....try NOT to book the 11th floor...take the 9th or lower as the overhang on the 12th is a good ten feet larger on each side and blocks out the possibility of sun on your terrace...this is a big minus for me, so next time PH3 instead of PH1. We booked our dining reservations through the internet the day after we booked, to insure that we got what we wanted when we wanted. The specialty dining was lovely, Jacques (the French) is a wonderful experience and one not to be missed. Red Ginger (the Asian) also, a stunning dining room, with an innovative menu, a real experience!! Toscana was good, but very much like the other ships, an Italian with all the trimmings. The Polo grill on this ship was disappointing, the steak was mediocre at best, and the first course left a lot to be desired. This restaurant needs some serious work (in my opinion) BUT the MAIN dining room was wonderful....there was something interesting every night on the menu, the service was impeccable, the sommeliers VERY well informed and we looked FORWARD to dining in the dining room. I can't really say, as I didn't take an excursion ( we like to do our own thing in each town) but the excursions seemed VERY pricey to me, I would consider carefully each destination and decide whether or not an excursion is really necessary. The destination services provide you with a plethora of info about each town and how to navigate it. We enjoyed the enrichment lectures, and were sorry there weren't more... but there were a lot of ports and very little time. I wasn't crazy about the entertainment to be honest. We tried it once or twice, and apart from a lovely quartet of brass, piano and guitar, we felt that the ship comes up short in this department...especially the pianist who I found particularly irritating (no concept of harmony at all?????) This is not really a problem when you have so many ports in a short period of time, but if I was sailing for an extended period, this would be very very annoying, and I would want to find out about the entertainment before I embark (cruises of 21 days and more) In short, Oceania is one of the better cruise lines out there, price quality, it can't be beat, the food, the destinations, the service....really unparalleled. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
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
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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