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Marina Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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713 Reviews

Lovely Ship but Not All it is Cracked Up to Be

Marina Cruise Review by RobertaV

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2015
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

We have sailed with Oceania once before which was great, but it was 3 years ago and on Regatta before they were taken over by NCCL and what a difference. Marina is a beautiful ship, the cabins10062 was fine, bathroom excellent. Originally we were in cabin 9012 . On arrival the toilet was full of sewage which we flushed and didn't think too much about. However for the next four days we had sewage coming up in the toilet! We complained on the second day and were sent the plumber who was from Eastern Europe. He proceeded to tell my husband that he did not know how to flush the toilet and proceeded to give him a lesson. We were furious. We then complained to reception who put us in touch with Javier Cortes who made all the right noises and eventually moved us to another cabin. Quite a horrible first few days. Other than that we were not offered any other kind of compensation.

The ship also had Noro virus on board which completely altered everything. The concierge lounge didn't have anything to eat in it, only paper cups, the self service laundry was closed, various food was not available. The concierge level is a total waste of time. We did not get any benefit from this at all. In Lima there was no priority boarding, the lounge was a room on Deck 9 too small with not much in it. The concierge sitting area in Canyon Spa a to altar waste of time, no room for everyone, no shade and really useless. Certainly not worth the extra money.

The speciality restaurants are quite good but the main dining room was poor. The menu is limited, one evening there was nothing on the menu we could eat. The food was all cold, the staff were disorganised, the wine waiters fairly useless, they know nothing about the wines they were selling. There were not enough waiters especially at breakfast so there was a long wait for food. The waves terrace cafe was shambolic. They ran out of food, there was nowhere to sit quite often, the service was poor and it seemed badly run.

We play bridge and there was hosted bridge on sea days . This also was shambolic, the two directors were disorganised, rather rude and really poor directors. If you are going to have bridge make sure the people running it know what they are doing, these two did not. I went to a cooking class which was excellently run and well thought out. The entertainment is very mediocre. The shows put on by a company that had two lead singers who could not sing! Pretty grim to listen to. The dancing was ok and the best show was on the last day when a singer who impersonated great singers came on. He was fabulous. There was also a female singer early on who was great. I hated the juggler, really juvenile but the comedians were also very good. The enrichment lecturer was excellent, really knowledgable and her lectures well delivered and prepared.

The stops were ok, the best being Salvery Peru, Panama Canal, Miami, Port Canaveral, Charleston. We did not do ships tours but those who did complained how expensive they were. We had a nice holiday but not our best and we don't think we would go on Oceania again as it just isn't good enough for us. We like 5 star and this definitely like isn't that any longer.

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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A1 10062

Nice cabin although a bit small. Difficult with wardrobes, not easy to get dressed together. Not enough space to put everything. Bathroom lovely, but who designed the bath taps? Impossible to turn them on without hurting your neck or arms, ridiculous.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Visited the space centre. So good, interesting and informative. The transfer not as we had arranged but did work. we felt that it was just as easy to take a taxi and not prearrange anything


South beach was a dream, and a trip around the bay to see the famous homes. Bay side fun . We walked and looked at al of the wonderful Art Deco buildings.

Jeep Tour

We had an old non roadworthy jeep, a horrible snorkelling trip which was unsuitable for 4 seniors

Ghastly all round and expensive for what we got. Lunch included was disgusting

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Island Tour

After much trouble finding Steve we had a wonderful time. He is an extraordinary man who is doing so much for his local community. Unfortunately we had awfully wet weather so did an island tours. We met Steve's family and saw his program for the local kids which was educating them and giving them something to aim for. He is such a lovely man and such a trat to spend time with him.

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The Tortuguero Canals

Ok after a real problem with the company who didn't want to give us the private tour and wanted us to join another group even though I had confirmation e mails. It took about an hour for them to sort it out,

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Veragua Rainforest

Interesting place but mainly looking at insects and vegetation. Not sure it was worth the journey . Lunch was at a lovely beach which was great local food nicely cooked

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We took a walking tours lasting 2 hours starting at the Mill house hotel. It was excellent, Nancy our guide so knowledgable and so interesting. It is an amazing colonial town steeped in history. The market was fun and the shops also excellent. A lovely stop to have made , one of the loveliest places in the USA


We had been to Lima before so just chilled out and walked a bit. We stayed in the Belmond Miraflores formally the Orient Express hotel. Wonderful place, beautiful huge room with a bathroom that was incredible. A round bath the could fit a dozen people in it. A sauna, a wet room just amazing. Breakfast was on the roof as was the pool. Great

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