1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We loved the itinerary and booked it with 16 friends, Fabulous time had by all. Dining was exceptional and we were able to have many premium dining experiences in the premium restaurants. Staff were attentive and outstanding, service is a ... Read More
We loved the itinerary and booked it with 16 friends, Fabulous time had by all. Dining was exceptional and we were able to have many premium dining experiences in the premium restaurants. Staff were attentive and outstanding, service is a 10! Oceania is our cruise line of choice, love the small ships and luxury accommodations. The amenities are great and being a multi time cruiser has earned us some special benefits. In the lux plus market they are the best and the standard. Cruising on other lines means you are just going on a cruise, on Oceania you are definitely cruising in style and experiencing the finest cuisine at sea. It may cost a bit more than the Princess's and Celebrity's but the Value exceeds the cost, the best hands down. The staff makes you feel like family and you leave the ship looking forward to your next trip with your new family. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We are a couple in our mid to late fifties having cruised on many different lines with thirty plus cruises under our belt, we were highly anticipating this cruise as it was a visit to the "Holy Land". We cruised on the Oceania ... Read More
We are a couple in our mid to late fifties having cruised on many different lines with thirty plus cruises under our belt, we were highly anticipating this cruise as it was a visit to the "Holy Land". We cruised on the Oceania Riviera last December in the Caribbean and had a great cruise and became converts! Our go to cruise line has been Celebrity for years but Oceania has got it figured out! There is no comparison necessary, Oceania takes it to a new level! How both Riviera and Marina ships which are almost identical in every way could be so different blows my mind. We were happy with the Riviera last December but after cruising for 15 days on the Marina...my goodness, the food, service, management and staff are to be congratulated on the job they are doing. The restaurant staff as well others on board new our names by the second day. Always greeting us with professional courtesy. The wine stewards, even if they were not serving us would come up to us and greet us as they remembered us the night before in the restaurant. The Phillipino and Indonesian staff are the best, always greeting us with a smile and politeness seldom experienced. If there was an issue, they quickly corrected it. The staff and management on this ship could not do enough to make sure everything was right. There was also a lot of South American hosts and wine stewards that were simply awesome! The ironic part to this cruise was the heavily anticipated visit to Israel which we have been trying to visit for the last several years. It actually turned out to be the disappointment of all the ports. We enjoyed, Sicily as usual, Cypress, Rhodes, Malta for Gozo and Palma de Majorca. The only port we missed due to high swells was Gythion. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise, very comfortable, not short weather but light clothes was all you required. Great touring weather. We enjoyed all the specialty restaurants, favorites being Jacques and Toscana with Red Ginger and Polo Grill very close. We only ate in the main dining room for dinner twice, one night was great the other a disappointment. Breakfast was always excellent in the main dining room as well the occasional lunch. It is befitting of a dining room in some 5 star hotel in Europe..simply beautiful. The Terrace Cafe and Wave Grill was always very good. The ship has a capacity of 1250, but the ship only had approximately 1000 persons on board. The ship has been maintained well however the rooms are in need of a refreshing as wear and tear is somewhat noticeable. We would certainly consider a Penthouse suite next time as the extra space would be welcomed especially in the clothes closet as in the staterooms it is an annoyance trying to access and move around. Cabin stewards were pleasant and were efficient. Concierge was helpful to us and followed up when there was an issue. The gym and spa area were excellent with sauna and steam rooms. Never busy, the Terrace deck was a private sanctuary which we enjoyed! The only difference with this private enclave is the Riviera has an Infinity type therapy pool as opposed to the Marina with two separate whirlpools. We enjoyed La Reserve by Wine Spectator, Food wine pairing event one night. The Odyssey menu, we had tried this on the Riviera and was blown away and the repeat experience lived up to our original encounter. A special treat for sure! All in all a great cruise, one of our best! Looking for our next Oceania cruise or two for next year. Enjoy! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted to try a smaller ship than the mega liners and liked the itinerary. We had heard very positive things about Oceania Marina and it lived up to the hype. We found the ship beautiful - luxurious without being pretentious. We ... Read More
We wanted to try a smaller ship than the mega liners and liked the itinerary. We had heard very positive things about Oceania Marina and it lived up to the hype. We found the ship beautiful - luxurious without being pretentious. We loved that we weren't hounded by ship's photographers, that espresso drinks were complimentary and that we were given water when disembarking every day. Common areas like the library and lounges are just lovely and well designed. The food was fantastic. Even the buffet, which on most ship's mean lots of mediocre food, was fine dining in a beautiful atmosphere. The four specialty restaurants were truly great dining experiences. The O Life package gave us unlimited Internet, which is usually a real frustration at sea as well as 3 excursions for each of us. We did not book any other ship excursions because they are very expensive and easily booked private tours in those ports we did not do on our own. We were skeptical about whether we'd benefit from upgrading to Concierge level because it's the same stateroom as the Verandah, but we were thrilled - we stopped by the concierge lounge regularly (and got great assistance from concierge Elizabeth Nunes), loved the private terrace in the spa and were thrilled to have our laundry done three times (so clothes were our pre-cruise stay in Athens were washed and we had clean clothes for our post-cruise stay in Rome). Embarkation and debarking were the fastest and easiest we ever experienced. I feel sorry for anyone who found fault with Marina because I can't imagine anything that would make them happy. We loved every minute of it and can't imagine returning to previous cruise lines, which include Celebrity, NCL, Princess, Royal Caribbean, etc. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My wife and I are experienced cruisers (over 40 cruises) and Oceania in particular (over 15 cruises). I will start out by saying we love Oceania and have 4 more cruises on them currently booked. I will not comment on my last cruise since ... Read More
My wife and I are experienced cruisers (over 40 cruises) and Oceania in particular (over 15 cruises). I will start out by saying we love Oceania and have 4 more cruises on them currently booked. I will not comment on my last cruise since the ports are well covered elsewhere. Rather I will comment on Oceania in general. I am always confused by people who are not happy with an Oceania cruise because the items they complain about are exactly what Oceania is all about. They usually just did not do their homework. Here is what, in my opinion, is good about Oceania. Oceania’s raison d’être is food – and it almost never fails. It’s hard not to get an excellent meal at any of the venues. The specialty restaurants (especially Red Ginger on the two larger ships) are great. However, it seems the food has gone down a notch (particularly in the Main dining room) since Oceania was acquired by NCL The ships are small (4 Regatta class -600 passenger vessels and 2 Oceania class -1200 passenger vessels). They go to some unusual ports that the larger ships can’t get to. So you get itinerary’s that are better than most. The ships’ common areas are comfortable and have an elegant feel to them. The ships are uncrowded – no waiting on long lines like the larger ships. You don’t need reservations to eat except at the specialty restaurants. But you are guaranteed a certain number of reservations depending on the length of the cruise. Depending on your perspective – almost never any children. The passengers tend toward experienced travelers. Everything is usually included, even the specialty restaurants, except for alcohol. Their rewards program is very good – as you cruise more the benefits can be extraordinary (large ship board credits, free internet, free gratuities, and ultimately free cruises). The service is always excellent. Excellent fitness center (although crowed at times) and the wonderful Canyon Ranch Spa. Here is what, in my opinion, is not so good about Oceania: The entertainment is third rate. (except the small on-board entertainment staff are usually quite talented). The shows for the most part are just OK – and can’t compare to the shows on the larger ships. The ships are starting to show their age – the 4 smaller ships are old Renaissance Cruise Line R-Class ships built in the 1990s that have been refurbished (several times). Even the Marina, which was built 2011 needs a little freshening. The “new” Sirena is just an old R-class that became the Ocean Princess before finding its way to Oceania. We were on it recently and it’s hard to distinguish it from the other 3 Regatta class ships. The in-room entertainment system is just awful – you can get better on your flight to the cruise. By now they should have upgraded to on on-demand system. The Wi-fi is terrible – but this may be unavoidable since it goes through a satellite. The tours offered by the ship are grossly overpriced. You need to plan ahead and book you own tours. Depending on your perspective – the passengers tend toward seniors. Again - depending on your perspective – there are not a lot of ship board activities – the most common being ship board lectures and cooking classes. So – Oceania offers a specific cruise experience – and if it’s for you great Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
First getting on board, our cabin would be ready only by 3:00 pm not the case on my other cruises. Plus I have asked twice for two single beds not a King size bed with separate bed covers. The Verandah cabin 8001 situated in front of the ... Read More
First getting on board, our cabin would be ready only by 3:00 pm not the case on my other cruises. Plus I have asked twice for two single beds not a King size bed with separate bed covers. The Verandah cabin 8001 situated in front of the Ship and more expensive B1 is not worth the money. In my opinion it is more narrowed and impossible to have distance between single beds. I would not suggest this cabin to anyone, for the pounding crashes of the waves at night and the morning sound of theanchors. I have never been in a Verandah cabin so noisy. Plus sitting down on the verandah you see a wall...you have to stand up to see better. But a specialthanks to Maria for attending to our cabin always smiling and helpful. The Marina is a beautiful ship . The food in the Grand Dining was good but often warm and not very hot by the time it reaches our table. I would say Jacques Pepin was my favorite restaurant. Thank you Elizabeth Nunes (concierge), for this special evening at the Grand Dining Room. It was a delicate attention to reunite for super the minority of French guests attending this cruise. The excursions are just OK but not worth paying this much for a Bus tour. Many times we are left after a short walk with the guide on our own. My favorite was Livero Wine Tasting Varramista and Volos in Mt Pelion. Overall, I would not return for another cruise on Oceania. I think with so manycompetitive ships people can have a less overpriced vacation Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
1-We dined at the main dining room the 2nd night and had a terrible caesar salad and tough duck. The next day I went to the services desk on the 5th deck and told them. They said that they would have someone call me. I never received one. ... Read More
1-We dined at the main dining room the 2nd night and had a terrible caesar salad and tough duck. The next day I went to the services desk on the 5th deck and told them. They said that they would have someone call me. I never received one. 2- Cigar smoke was blowing onto the chairs along side the pool from the smoking area. I moved as did several others one of whom said that they had been on the Marina before and had complained. 3-The meals in the specialty restaurants and main dining room were no more than average. The best meals I had were in the Terrace Cafe except that many times there were no tomatoes in the salad area. 4-A few weeks before the cruise I received a call from Keith in what I think they call their Special or Concierge Services in their Miami office. In the next few weeks I called him 2X about a problem,left him a voice mail but never received a return call. There were a few other problems that should not have happened on a ship of this caliber that charges more per day than most ships.A few days before departure my wife and I wrote comments and placed them in the comment box. A few times we were reminded to fill the comment slips out;this was a waste of time as we still have not heard back from them. I wil now sail on other lines that are less expensive and probably have all around better services and food. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose Oceania for the food and the service and it did not disappoint. The room (Penthouse) was just the right size with great amenities. The walk in closet and extra balcony room was appreciated. We ate in every specialty restaurant ... Read More
We chose Oceania for the food and the service and it did not disappoint. The room (Penthouse) was just the right size with great amenities. The walk in closet and extra balcony room was appreciated. We ate in every specialty restaurant and they were all great but Red Ginger was my favorite. We also ate in cabin frequently and used the butler service. Highly recommended for a port intensive cruise. I used the spa frequently and was never disappointed. My hair was on point thanks to Mario and my nails were beautiful. We also had a wonderful massage at the beginning. The laundry facility was fairly quick and easy to use. I enjoyed not having to give up my cappuccino each morning - they were available just about everywhere. The staff were warm and friendly throughout the ship. we found the internet (free) to be slow and time consuming so we used 3G data when near land. We did a La Reserve Dinner and it was our favorite event on board. The port disembarkations were well organized and very smooth as were the embarkations at the end of each day. We highly recommend and would absolutely sail with Oceania again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted to see Greece on this cruise. We like the food the best on this ship. We liked the specialty dining places that are included. The tours seem expensive so we did mostly private tours. The tender stops were difficult and time ... Read More
We wanted to see Greece on this cruise. We like the food the best on this ship. We liked the specialty dining places that are included. The tours seem expensive so we did mostly private tours. The tender stops were difficult and time consuming. They took so long in one port that we missed a private tour of the French Riviera that was paid for ahead of schedule. Several people got hurt on the tender transfers including my wife because of rough docks and rocking of tender boats. Greece was beautiful. The houses are all painted white. We did a private tour of Athens which was a highlight of Greece. The comedy shows were funny that they had in the evenings. We did not like the internet service since it was either slow or non working. The cabins were adequate but the jacuzzi tub takes up too much space and makes the shower and sink area too small. A double sink would be more desirable. No educational lectures on the ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Recommended by travel agent. Right sized ship - luxurious, excellent cuisine options, well trained, personable, from the cruise director to the dining staff and cabin stewards. We also enjoyed the shows, which were most entertaining. ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent. Right sized ship - luxurious, excellent cuisine options, well trained, personable, from the cruise director to the dining staff and cabin stewards. We also enjoyed the shows, which were most entertaining. Generally, very impressed with Oceania. Critical comments:(1) very few educational lectures, and some were merely designed to sell product (orthotics); (2) ports of call - could have eliminated Alicante and Sete, neither of which provide much interest and are similar to other ports of call, and substitute 1 day at sea and 1 port in Western Italy (Genoa, Rapallo?); (3) the cruise-sponsored "limited group" tours are extremely expensive and provide little value, when compared to small group or Viator and other private tour companies; a busload tour, even if included as part of a package, gives very little information due to the large number of attendees. Some tours involved traveling 2 hours for a 1 1/2 hour "explore on your own" before returning to the ship; that is a wasted tour. Finally, I object to having to choose between (i) 3 (large group) excursions, (ii) a drink package, or (iii) a purchase credit; we are either non- or social drinkers, do not make expensive purchases on-board, and find the large group ship sponsored tours to have little value. For the money, I would have preferred an upgrade to larger stateroom or reduced booking fare. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarking in Lisbon was EASY and fast. There were no long lines getting on and off the ship, unlike Celebrity where you start to feel like cattle (we have been on 5 Celebrity cruises, all on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarking in Lisbon was EASY and fast. There were no long lines getting on and off the ship, unlike Celebrity where you start to feel like cattle (we have been on 5 Celebrity cruises, all on big ships). The Marina was about half the size and felt much more intimate, quiet and user-friendly. We were in cabin 9002, which is all the way forward on the port side. Because it backs up to a suite, it has an unusually large wrap-around veranda, which was wonderful. We had unrestricted views fore and aft. The main dining room is one story, no vast overhanging gallery, very cozy with windows on three sides. The food was excellent in the dining room, and we always found something we wanted to try. Portions are reasonably sized; there were only a couple of times when we were served gigantic plates that we couldn't finish. The Polo Grill was excellent and innovative, as was Jacques. Toscana was typically Italian and nothing special. We didn't try Red Ginger. My husband thought the food generally was over-salted, but it didn't bother me. We didn't buy a beverage package, figuring there was only so much we could drink in a day, and that was fine. We never felt like we skimped on beer and wine. The service in all dining rooms was truly fine. Even on a 10-day cruise, servers remembered us and what we like to drink, etc. A nice mix of nationalities; we truly enjoyed talking to the staff. We had a $700 shipboard credit, but found (of course) that it could not be applied to excursions we had booked before the cruise. So instead my husband had two massages (wonderful) and I had a nice manicure. Good spa facility. The Oceania shore excursions are overpriced and nothing to go crazy for. Read Less
Marina Ratings
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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 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 5.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.9

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