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Marina Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Marina to the South Pacific
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cokertexas
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2015
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

Although this review may seem long I took quite a few notes since the ship itself had mixed reviews so I might give a good perspective on the cruise line, the ship, and the itinerary as well. Our cruise was the Pearls of the South Pacific which took place from January 24-February 12 from Papeete to Sydney on the Oceania Marina. Personally after the cruise it should have been called crapholes of the South Pacific. The only place I would ever return is Australia. We found the islands to be a disappointment, especially after such a long trip, and can understand why the ship was not full. We booked with a travel agent we had used before. We have used the same travel agent the past two cruises, I am still looking for that travel agent where the customer does not become a burden after the final payment is made. Next time I may go direct if possible when booking a cruise so I can talk directly to the source. The things I found about Oceania that may be true on other lines are that the “free air” may be free, but it is not fun. On this particular cruise that started in Papeete, Tahiti.The air choices were few so we used the “free air”. The problems with “free air” are that any upgrades that are possible with your rewards programs or buying up to business class are not an option when using this air. The“Air Deviation Fee” is something that a customer pays and gets nothing but added costs. I am still not sure what i paid for there. “Transfers” bought through the cruise line on this trip were a rip off where on arrival and departure I had my transfers refunded and found personal, private transportation at half or less than half the cost of doing business with the cruise line. Not a bus but a new van in Papeete ($68.00) with just the two of us and a new Mercedes GL350 in Sydney ($76.00) It was $258.00 and $209.00 for bus transfers with Oceania. In both locations cabs and transportation were ample at very little cost when comparing to Oceania. The tours with Oceania are also extremely expensive. A google search will help you find a local guide for a third of the cost. On a couple of tours it was the same company Oceania used. When looking for a local guide go to toursbylocals.com to start. It worked great.

Now to the Oceania Marina itself. We arrived at Papeete dock around 1:30 p.m. We have never had an easier embarkation. Our driver dropped our bags dockside and we boarded, went to the Marina Lounge and were checked in for our trip in less than two minutes. We had a PH1, stateroom 11046, and were very pleased. The room was large with a sitting area, full bath with separate shower, and ample balcony space. The closet has to be the biggest in the industry and the bed was better than any cruise ship and most hotels as well. 11046 was well located with a short walk to the Executive Lounge and the self service laundry room. Although there were others who reviewed the lounge negatively, we used it regularly in the morning for coffee and sometimes in the afternoon for a room snack. The concierge was there at peak times and we found her helpful when we had requests or questions. We were provided a butler with two assistants. The butler we only used a few times but the housekeeping was second to none. No complaints about the room, the service, or the amenities. They were great. Bento the Butler made certain our flavors of water and soda were stocked daily in our refrigerator and did serve us dinner from Red Ginger one evening in our room.He was at our disposal but did not need for much.

The specialty restaurants, Toscana, Jacques, Polo and Red Ginger were all excellent and the service was excellent. We only used the Grand Dining Room once and it appears that happens with a lot of cruisers on Oceania. If they aren’t going to a Specialty Restaurant, they go to The Terrace in shorts at night. We really enjoyed The Terrace because each night it was different with a choice of food and an excellent grill with steak, lobster, prawns, and fresh fish most nights. Lunch was also way above average and we ate breakfast here most days. The Wave has excellent burgers and breakfast and is close to the ice cream and malt stand. Also there was never a charge for ice cream, coffee, sodas and such items. We also dined in Privee one evening with 8 others. The charge is $250.00 for the room and guests can order from either Polo or Toscano. It was well worth the money. An evening to remember, a beautiful and spacious room with a great view, and of course excellent service. Baristas Coffee Bar was also excellent with an Italian at the controls. Luca made certain the coffee was fresh and excellent each morning, at no charge. Also when disembarking for the day the ship handed out water to everyone at the door to make sure we all stayed hydrated. Again, no complaints about food and service. They were all at a 5 star level as far as we were concerned.

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH1

We had a PH1, stateroom 11046, and were very pleased. The room was large with a sitting area, full bath with separate shower, and ample balcony space. The closet has to be the biggest in the industry and the bed was better than any cruise ship and most hotels as well. 11046 was well located with a short walk to the Executive Lounge and the washer-dryers were on this floor as well. Although there were others who reviewed the lounge negatively, we used it regularly in the morning for coffee and sometimes in the afternoon for a room snack. The concierge was there at peak times and we found her helpful when we had requests or questions. We were provided a butler with two assistants. The butler we only used a few times but the housekeeping was second to none. No complaints about the room, the service, or the amenities. They were great. Bento the Butler made certain our flavors of water and soda were stocked daily in our refrigerator and did serve us dinner from Red Ginger one evening in our room.

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