1 Oceania Marina Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Western

After a wonderful Baltic cruise on Marina last summer we decided to take a Western Caribbean cruise. The cruise did not start auspiciously as boarding was delayed several hours due to a Coast Guard full ship inspection. Additionally, ... Read More
After a wonderful Baltic cruise on Marina last summer we decided to take a Western Caribbean cruise. The cruise did not start auspiciously as boarding was delayed several hours due to a Coast Guard full ship inspection. Additionally, while it was a beautiful day there were 25-30 mph winds which made spending time on deck a challenge. The crew did yeoman work to get everyone and everything on board with no more chaos or delay than necessary. Dinner at Jacques that evening was excellent although the service was slightly slower than normal due to the crew playing catch up. The next morning we awoke to the noise of waves breaking (our suite was the furthest forward and right above the waterline of the bow. A howling wind created rough seas that the captain later said were 16-17'. There was a lot of up and down motion due to us being in the bow but surprisingly no side to side motion. Getting around required some timing and holding on to railings. Amazingly room service was prompt and cheerful. The rest of the voyage had good weather and the service was attentive and excellent. We had scheduled our specialty restaurants the first four nights. Whichever was the most recent one was our favorite meal. We discovered that if you show up at 7 at the specialty restaurants there's a fair chance they will seat you even without a reservation and the restaurant being "full". Thus we ate 8 evenings at them. When pressed we agreed that the sea bass at Red Ginger was our favorite meal. We chose the Vista suite because we knew the ports of call were nothing special (and they weren't) so spending more time in our cabin was likely. While we never used the cardio equipment in the fitness room or the outside sauna (and big screen TV) on our balcony it was fun knowing they were there. The master bathroom was spectacular with one of the larger and better jacuzzis we've ever seen. The shower was totally self enclosed and there was a large dual sink vanity. The closet was very large and well laid out with plenty of hangers. Having a second bathroom and shower was nice although we didn't use it all that much. In reading other reviews I am continually amazed at how many people are unhappy and seem surprised their cruise didn't go perfectly. Ours was far from perfect, including missing the Cayman Islands due to weather, but we appreciated the efforts of the crew to make the best of everything and it did not diminish our enjoyment. While my wife could have done without the seas the first day we knew such weather was a possibility and chose to make the best of it. We scheduled this cruise at the last minute and took the upgrade to Vista at a nominal cost. We're glad we did it because it was space and luxury we don't normally experience or need but nice to have once. It was a great choice for us because the port of calls were uninspiring so we had our own little bit of heaven on board. While we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and thought the ship and crew were great we wouldn't take this type of cruise from Miami again. First, the average age of passengers seemed to be about 75. Second, there was little diversity as most were from the US and FL. Third, too many have perfected the art form of complaining without respect as to how others nearby might feel. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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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