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Oceania Marina, Pacific Dreams, Papeete to Papeete

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Bucketlist1204
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2016
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

This was our first time cruising with Oceania. We booked and deposited on this 1 ½ years ago to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and two other couples traveled with us also celebrating anniversaries. This was a bucket list trip so there was much planning that went into this. We used Oceania’s free air as none of us had miles to use and the air was quite high. It actually turned out just fine. I really anticipated that we would leave the evening before (1/24) but Oceania put us on a charter that left LA at 2:00pm and arrived at 8:30pm in PPT on 1/25. So our flight left Columbus, Ohio at 6:51am arrived nonstop at 9:00am in LA and gave us a 5 hour layover, which was quite nice.

A note about Air Tahiti Nui. I was a little nervous as I had seen some pretty awful reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised. We were on the two seat side and the staff was incredible – very service oriented, two meals served, free French wine and champagne, tv screens in front of you with a large variety of entertainment, pillows, blankets, a small packet with socks, eye shields & ear plugs. The seats are economy seats, I won’t lie – like any other carrier. If you could afford business class obviously those are very nice, but we declined the upgrade option ( I think it was $799pp each way) because we decided that was a lot of money for entertainment better spent elsewhere. We were tired when we arrived, but the time passed quickly. The flight was smooth.

When we arrived in Papeete, the line was long to be entered into the country, but once we were through they greeted us warmly and put us on our transfer to the ship.

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Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH2

One of the nicest cabins I have ever sailed in. There was plenty of drawer space, a walking closet, huge bathroom with a shower and a tub with an additional shower. There was a lovely sitting area with couch, end table and chair and a desk that had a laptop in the drawer for use. The minibar was always kept stocked. The balcony was quite large with two nice chairs and a table. My husband napped out there quite often. When we upgraded from an A2 to the penthouse, they initially out us midship on deck 11 and I actually called back to have them "downgrade" us to a PH2 because it was more forward. I was concerned about deck noise above as we were right under the pool deck. So putting us further forward eliminated that issue. There is a big overhang which shades the deck, but we didn't care about that. The location was great for us. It was just down the hallway from the laundry room (which we used a couple of times) and the executive lounge, which we used a couple of times a day.

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