Poorly run disorganized ship, Some good specialty reaturant : Marina Cruise Review by VICENTEBSAS

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Poorly run disorganized ship, Some good specialty reaturant

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Miami
The Marina is new so it is clean but horribly decorated having a glitzy mishmash of styles, but overall very heavy in decor(e.g.,a main dining room in white and gold with ugly lighting).The cabins with verandas are spacious but the drawers to keep clothing do not open fully and are deep so you cannot reach into the drawers.
The bathroom is spacious but the shower stall is so small a thin person has problems showering. Very poor design.
The cafeteria for breakfast and lunch are total disorganization with improper flow of people and poorly designed venues to pick up ones food. People are constantly bumping into each other which makes the use of the cafeteria very uncomfortable.
Deck services are almost nonexistent. You look for someone to bring a towel and no one is in sight. Very rare for a ship with only 1200 passengers. I have had better service on ships with 2000 passengers.
The French and Oriental and Italian specialty restaurants are quite good especially the More French. The main dining room food is not good at all and the menus are not very enticing in spite of the fancy language used to describe each dish.The main dining room staff are very nice but not well trained.Breakfast can take up to one hour with one waiter serving beverages and another eventually coming to take your order. Dinner takes forever. Many waiters but little coordination to manage them.
In general I would say that the food is at the level of a average coffee shop in Manhattan. The buffet in the main dining room which occurred twice during this cruise was of very low quality with cheap selections being offered.
The passengers who took this ship gave one the feeling that one was in an assisted living facility on water. The elevators(which are very slow) were filled with walkers and wheelchairs)which makes it difficult at times to take an elevator. This is not directly Oceania's issue but this is what I encountered so if you are looking for a younger crowed, do you research.
The cheap prices do seem to cater to a certain crowd.
The ship is not very quiet. The cruise director should not read over the loadspeaker the daily activities since the activities are written in a daily newspaper distributed to all passengers in their rooms.
THe background music on the ship is pure DIN of the cheapest quality. You get the impression that you are in an bus station or airport or a low class shopping center in the USA. People want to get away from it all and so called musical sounds constantly being played can be annoying.
The entertainment is OK for people who are amused with glitzy repetitious shows playing the same Broadway tunes that are played on some other ships. Perhaps the entertainment moves around from one ship to another performing the same skits.
I must say that the ports chosen were quite interesting:Bermuda,,Madeira and Tangiers. Kudos for this itinerary.
Hope this reviews helps Oceania to improve and better its product. Less

Published 04/13/12
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