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4.5 / 5.0
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First Time on Oceania

Marina Cruise Review by orchards

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2015
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

Sailed 10 day cruise from Rio to Buenos Aries. We haved sailed on multiple lines before but Oceania has my vote as "favorite." Ship is smaller than other ships we have sailed with about 1200 passengers, is very low key and very tastefully adorned. Everything was quickly reachable and "crowds" were non-existent. Food, especially the 4 included dine-around restaurants, was the best of any previous cruises and was gourmet level. We were on Concierge Deck and cabin was excellent; very roomy with couch, table and balcony. Daily on-board activities was limited (I expected some topical talks), but the overall atmosphere lent itself to total relaxation. We love bridge and there was a daily game but we spent more time just lounging around the pool. Service was excellent. Shows were entertaining but don't expect major productions like bigger ships. Several Ports of Call on this particular trip were not particularly interesting unless you are into beach or water activities but this lent itself to more on-board relaxation. Boarding and disembarkation was very smooth and efficient, especially latter. Overall, Oceania is more pricey than other Lines but definitely our first choice and will watch promos for future trips.

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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A3 9049

Very roomy and comforrtable

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Rio de Janeiro

Wanted our trip to include Rio and opportunity to visit Iguassu Falls

Santos (Sao Paulo)

Sao Paulo, 20 million people, is about 1.5 hours each way by bus and based on feedback from friends not worth the time/cost to take the 8 hour tour. We booked our own 5 hour tour of Santos


Ship's tours were relatively expensive and we arranged our own tour with 10 others at significantly savings.

Buenos Aires

Arranged own transfer to local airport for flight to Iguazo Falls and then city tour/transfer to international airport upon return from the Falls

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