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4.5 / 5.0
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Nineteen Day Cruise Nightmare from Hell. Reasons to NEVER Take Ocania ! !

Marina Cruise Review by John Nicholson

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2016
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

My wife and I have cruised on over 10 different lines. This was a Special Anniversary Cruise. We spent Three days in London touring prior to Embarkation in South Hampton. Embarkation was a disaster. We had booked back to back cruises- Folklore and Fairytails - 19 days total cruise. All 136 people, 68 State Rooms whom booked the Folklore and Fairytails back to back, had the same experience. Oceania lost all our booking information. When we showed them our confirmations, they would NOT accept them. We couldn't board the ship in South Hampton for approx 3 to 4 hours. Oceania had lost our entire bookings. No one from the ship came to explain the problem, nor offered water or food or chairs, Totally ignored by Oceana staff. Upon finally boarding we found out that all of our Shore excursions, restaurant reservations were all lost. Oceana Staff would not accept the fact of the written confirmation proof of our booking and paid shore excursions. Staff at Destination services was Rude, Unapologetic & made it clear THEY DID NOT CARE. We had to fight to get anything from the Reservations Desk & Destination Services. We were to receive champagne in our suite. Upon arriving at our suite, the champagne was warm, the ice melted, the room was being made up. It took four days to begin to get information regarding our tours, mean time the destinations services booked other people into our tour slots. We then had to argue more that we had booked the excursions prior, before the Crew begrudgingly acknowledged the error and said "OK, you can go". Attitudes were surley, rude, arrogant. Managers were always unavailable. Oceania offered $75.00 ships credit each person with a half-hearted at letter of apology. Credit for lost Shore excursions took 12 days to get the ships dollars offered converted into US Dollars which we were charged when we booked. Fought Oceania to return monies owed in actual US Dollars. Most Shore Excursions were Fair to Good, but not exemplary.

Internet Services worked 50 percent of the time at best. Continuous problems,

Few Real Solutions.


Paris, France OK but hurried, Bruges, Belgium Cancelled by Oceania - fought to get money back, NO Reason for Cancellation. Antwerpe, Belgium, Good Tour, informative.

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Fair Tour, Not outstanding, Guide went thru the motions. Hamburg, Germany, Good Tour, Informative, Colorful, Fair Guide. Kristianstand, Norway, Good Tour & Guide. Oslo, Norway Another Good Tour So-So Guide. Gothenburg, Sweden, Very Good Tour and seemingly interested Guide. 2 days in Copenhagen, Denmark, No Tours Available for Back to Back Cruisers, Oceania Dropped the Ball again. Not even helpful with information as to what to do or see on your own, Getting around town or anything. Helsingborg, Sweden, Not outstanding, Guide went thru the motions, Berlin, Germany, Good Tour, and Informative, Engaging Guide. Riga, Latvia, Another Good Tour, So-So Guide, Tallinn, Estonia, Tours were Poor at Best, watching movies of sites was not what I expected. Poor. 2 Days in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sites were interesting, Guide was Helpful, but Bus Driver was Rude and Uncooperative. While In St Petersburg, Russia, we went to the Ballet at the Hermitage. High School Students performance at best. Nice performance of Swan Lake, but NOT Real Ballet. Helsinki, Finland, Beautiful Sights, So-So Guide, More going thru the motions. Score out of 1 to 10, 4.5 at best, Stockholm, Sweden, Disembarkation, Spent One Night at a Hotel which Oceania offered, was Utter Chaos. Six Buses at one time, Luggage all over the Place, Oceania must Own part of the Hotel. Not Co-ordinated by Oceania at all. 300 people in the lobby at one time. Absolute Bedlam. More reasons NOT TO CHOOSE TO SAIL WITH Oceania. Your Dollar Spends better with other Cruise lines. Who also treat you like a Customer ! !

Crystal Cruises is far Superior in every way.

I would be hard pressed to openly sail with Oceania again. They owe me for a 19 day FAILED CRUISE. NOT WORTH THE MONEY ! !

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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A1 10053

Our Room Staff was excellent and tried their best to make up for the oriblems. We were told on the first day by the staff that Oceania would try to sweep this fiasco under the rug and ignore it., And they Have Tried.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


None offered by Oceania. Poor Customer Service provided by Oceania. NOT Customer Friendly ! !

Absolute disaster in Southampton- Bookings Lost by Oceania, all Tours, and Dining Reservations lost, Not listed with Ships Manifest, all 136 of us ( 68 Staterooms) had to wait approx. 3 to 4 hours. No explanation form Oceania Staff, Upon Boarding Destination Services Rude, Uncooperative, Arrogant, Don't Care Attitude ! NEXT Person!

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