10 Oceania Marina Romantic Cruise Reviews

Marina is looking good as usual. Food was good to great. No real misses, everything is better than the mainstream lines. Ports were very good with 3 days in Isreal. Getting on the ship is amazing, 5 minutes at peak time. They ... Read More
Marina is looking good as usual. Food was good to great. No real misses, everything is better than the mainstream lines. Ports were very good with 3 days in Isreal. Getting on the ship is amazing, 5 minutes at peak time. They processed everything on board, was a nice touch. The ship never feels overcrowded and laid out well. Ports were good. Ship tours thru O-Life Florence/Pisa, Rome, Capri, Cyprus. 3 great, Cyprus not much to see. Did our own thing in Isreal with rental car and hotel. Able to see everything we wanted! A few other Greek stops like Rhodes then disembark in Athens. Again very smooth disembark. Only negative would be we didn’t care for Red Ginger. Service was excellent just isn’t our taste. Tuscany and Polo great, Jacques very good. Main DR good a few great dishes. Again nothing bad. Terrace for lunch and once for dinner. Prefer dining room. Also room service was slow but that was likely because everyone was returning tired from Isreal. Older group and ship was in bed by 10, fine for us! Went for few lectures, they were very good. Didn’t go to any shows but heard the comedian was good. Overall great cruise, great service. A notch below luxury but above the norm. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We had sailed previously on Rivera and loved the size and choice of restaurants so it was and easy decision to do a Baltic cruise on the sister ship Marina. We were not disappointed. We met some amazing people along the way and thanks ... Read More
We had sailed previously on Rivera and loved the size and choice of restaurants so it was and easy decision to do a Baltic cruise on the sister ship Marina. We were not disappointed. We met some amazing people along the way and thanks to John and Paula were able to spend a lovely evening viewing their amazing Owners suite. Wow very impressive. Oceania staff are very attentive at all times. The restaurants were good although we did not think the steaks in Polo or the Terrace were perfected. Entertainment could do with a little improvement although we often didn't make it to the shows due to the wonderful company on many a mixed table which is fun. The itinerary was the reason we chose this particular cruise and we were not disappointed especially with St Petersburg. The ship shore excursions were expensive and not as good as the private tour we did Alla tours which was exceptional. Thanks John for your advice. On the whole we had a wonderful cruise yet again with Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The itinerary was one that we were waiting to explore. We also wanted to "sample" the Oceania line. So when to opportunity came to us we booked the cruise on Oceania's Marina. We did indeed enjoy visiting places that ... Read More
The itinerary was one that we were waiting to explore. We also wanted to "sample" the Oceania line. So when to opportunity came to us we booked the cruise on Oceania's Marina. We did indeed enjoy visiting places that we only had read about . It was also great to do it from a ship as luxurious as the Marina. The ship's appointments were top grade as was the service. Our only complaint was that we never saw the captain or other high ranking ships crew. On other cruise ships, especially the Azamara and Celebrity ships, their presence was warmly felt on a daily basis. We missed that. Food in the main dining area, the buffet and specialty restaurants was fine. We had never seen a buffet that had table cloths and table service that mimicked other ships main dining areas. At the buffet , passengers were never allowed to serve themselves for the entire cruise. Our favorite specialty dining restaurant was Polo Grill. We are in a penthouse suite, cabin number 11003. Cabin was more than large enough with a walk in closet and bathtub in the bath. Bed was very comfortable. Cabin service was excellent. We were taken care of by extremely helpful, friendly people. Entertainment was not as good as we had seen on other ships. There were three days without a show at all, but the orchestra and Horizon's band group were excellent. We didn't utilize any of the ship's excursions or transfer services. We made our own arrangements. So would we book another cruise with Oceania? Probably would. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise for its ports in the Baltic, and also to try out Oceania which has been inundating us with brochures (which eventually worked, I guess:) Much about the ship and cruise suited us. We wanted a smallish ship that did not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its ports in the Baltic, and also to try out Oceania which has been inundating us with brochures (which eventually worked, I guess:) Much about the ship and cruise suited us. We wanted a smallish ship that did not have big family groups and children for this cruise and that was the case. On the other hand there were some younger couples on board so it was not a totally retired people cruise. We don't care about shows, which was good because their entertainment in general was pretty weak. We do like good food, and on the whole the experience lived up to the line's reputation there. We had very good meals in Jacques and one in Toscana. Our first in Toscana I received a lobster that was seriously overcooked, which made me hesitate about ordering it anywhere again. Polo was good, but not as good as it should be. The food in Polo could use more seasoning. The Main Dinning room on the whole was better than average but there were some nights when I had difficulty finding a main course I wanted to eat, and some of the options were odd--like a lobster and sweetbreads dish, as if anyone wants to eat brains with lobster. I asked the waiter how many had ordered it and out of 26 people that night only 2 had and 1 had asked that they skip the sweetbreads. You would think with stats like that they would change the menu, no? Our stateroom was spacious enough, although I question the 282 sq foot claim. The bed was very comfortable with excellent linens. The walk in shower is tiny, as many reviews indicate, but at least it has water temp control. The shower in the tub does not and the water temp comes and goes, which is potentially dangerous. When we complained we were told no one had ever mentioned this before, which is hard to believe. I doubt it was just our shower on our cruise. This will happen if there is no third knob on a shower to maintain the temp. The water pressure also was variable. The housekeeping was good, although they kept forgetting one item. It was a little annoying to have to leave notes every day with reminders to replenish X or leave Y. I have read reviews that complain about the service but I did not experience that. There is a lot of staff on this ship, and our experience was they were all attentive, friendly, and with few exceptions spoke acceptable English. Unlike some other ships we have been on, the dining staff seemed adequate for the task and did not seem to have too many tables to handle. I do suspect that large tables suffered a bit in service due to all the food having to be delivered at the same time, but actually there were not too many tables with more than 6 people anyway. We were in concierge and the biggest difference between that and regular veranda is that you can get hot food with room service breakfast, which with early excursions and sightseeing departures is valuable. Except on the last morning there was no hot food for breakfast. Which no one informed us about. So we got the cold items we had ordered--some toast. Very odd and very annoying. Like no one thought to stick on a pastry since we were not going to eat otherwise? In general there could be better communication. The cruise director insisted that every Currents informed us of whether we needed our passport, but the first one after Russia did not. The Currents with info on Lithuania only mentioned their local currency and neglected to add that everywhere takes the euro. Little things like that would be nice to know. We had very cold, windy and often rainy weather the whole cruise, so most people did not enjoy the pool deck area. Not the cruise line's fault. However there was very little to do otherwise. Arranged activities are quite spare. There is a gorgeous library if you are so inclined, the nicest and biggest one I have seen on any ship. A delightful place. The concierge lounge was used by my husband more than me. The concierge was pretty useless, and not customer oriented, which is peculiar considering her job. She also would leave to go to meetings but not ask in anyone present needed something before she did. So she would not be there during the times indicated on occasion. Since she is somewhat superfluous and you get better service by dealing directly with the dinner reservation people, it is not too much of a problem as long as you know not to rely on her. We did not use the excursions. We took an onboard credit instead (a variety of perks were offered when we booked; free excursions, a drink package, or an OBC). The excursions were very highly priced even for cruises and we were able to book a private tour guide and driver in St. Petersburg for 3 days for the cost of one of their excursions for 2 people. I recommend anyone going to Russia to book privately. It will save you a lot of money. There is no need to book excursions in Talin, Riga (nice town), Helsinki (use hop on hop off if you want to get around). Just walk around and most of what is interesting is right there. As others have said the wine and all drinks are pricey. We used our OBC for wine and enjoyed some very nice ones, but the cost was high. Wi-fi was spotty. It seemed better at sea than in port. We managed, but it was hardly state of the art. It was also slow, which may be why it is now included. I am sure customers were livid when they paid by the minute and the system was so sluggish. I had read comments that this ship is more class conscious than most and I think I agree. Notice how only concierge and above could get hot breakfasts in their rooms. There were a variety of little ways this kind of thing showed up. This cruise ended in Copenhagen. Be aware that the line for taxis was very, very long and anyone planning to use a taxi to go to the airport should have lots of time before their flight. Otherwise you should pay for the ship's airport transportation. Be aware that in port you can use the 4th floor ramp to exit and enter the ship and avoid the stairs to the 5th level entry that they expect you to use. You can leave at the final stop that way too, which is much easier if you have a roller bag with you. One final note. You feel this ship move. We like that, but anyone who is used to mega-ships that have to hit really rough waters to cause sea sickness will want to prepare for this. Also, the rear of the ship vibrated just from the engine more than one would expect so keep that in mind when booking cabins. We were right near the back elevators and it was not bad there, but further to the rear I think it might be if you are sensitive to that. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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
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
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
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
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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