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Marina Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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I didn't want to leave

Marina Cruise Review by Fran from Australia

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2016
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom

Embarkation went very smoothly. As we had not been on a cruise before, we didn't know what to expect. Our first impressions of Marina exceeded our expectations. We were very impressed with what we found on boarding. A magnificent staircase in front of us and a string quartet playing, which was a wonderful welcome followed by lunch in the Terrace Cafe which was wonderful and had such a large array of different foods to eat that were of the highest quality. We cannot speak highly enough of all of the staff on the Marina, who gave us some of the best service we've ever had. We went to all the specialty restaurants during our cruise and were very impressed with the food and the service. One thing that was a small negative was that being Australian, we are used to good quality Asian cuisine with strong spices and flavours. Red Ginger left us feeling somewhat disappointed that we had eaten much more authentic and flavoursome Asian food in Australia and in Asia itself. The food in Red Ginger was much more bland than what we are used to. We absolutely adored Toscana and we were also very impressed with the Grand Dining Room. We were also amazed that a sommelier waits on every table in every restaurant, including the Grand Dining Room. We enjoyed all on board activities that we participated in, including trivia, name that tune, and bingo. We also really loved spending time in horizons first thing in the morning, where a coffee corner is set up. It is very quiet as most people are the buffet breakfast or in the grand dining room. Horizons has some magnificent views first thing in the morning, especially when coming in to a port. We also used the ship's fitness centre on a number of occasions during the cruise, which was very good. Our shore excursions were all very good with our stand out favourite being the tour of Ypres - Flanders Fields. We had a lot of fun on board and enjoyed all of the bars, including Martini's the Grand Bar, Horizons and the bar near the pool. We also loved the casino. We didn't see many of the entertainment shows as these often clashed with our late dinner bookings, but those that we did see were quite good. While there were some children on board who were very well behaved, we were grateful for Oceania's policy that doesn't encourage children, as this keeps the atmosphere as a truly adult and mature experience. Overall, fantastic


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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B1 8059

Our cabin was really spacious and looked exactly as it did in the brochure. It was very comfortable and we loved the verandah, especially as we were on the port side in 5 of the 8 ports and got great views during sail aways. The table and chairs on the verandah were of high quality and very comfortable. Loved the bathroom which was a great size also. The bedding was very good and we loved receiving the Belgian chocolates every day. Loved having a couch in the room for a more homely feel. The attention given to cleaning our room by our housekeeper was outstanding.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Very interesting, beautiful historic town.

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Our guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the history of this amazing place. An important place for Australians, New Zealanders, Canadian and British people, especially those with ancestors who fought in WW1. Ypres is a beautiful and historic city. It exceeded our expectations.

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Antwerp

We walked around the city ourselves, which was easy as the ship was docked right near the city centre. We visited the Rubens House and highly recommend it,

Amsterdam

We took a canal cruise and, in hindsight, we wished that we'd taken the hop on hop off bus instead. The canal cruise was overrated and too expensive for what we got. We also visited the Van Gough museum, which was really good. We didn't have good weather in Amsterdam so this has probably left us with a more negative view than if the weather had been good.

Lubeck Walking Tour

Good tour and interesting.

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Kristiansand

There wasn't much to see in this town. We walked around for a couple of hours and then went back to the ship.

Oslo

This was one of the highlight ports of this cruise. We took the hop on hop off bus, which was great for our needs. We visited the Viking Ship Museum, the Royal Palace, the University, and the Nobel Peace. There was a medieval fort right where the ship was docked so we took a long walk around there and found that it had wonderful sweeping views of the city of Oslo.

Gothenburg

We took the shore excusion of the western islands of Sweden. It was very nice but the weather was not so good and this was a tour for which you needed good weather.

Copenhagen

Took the hop on hop off bus, which was great. Visted Amelianborg palace, the little mermaid, the tivoli gardens. Did lots of walking around the city.

Southampton

We took the National Express Coach from Victoria Station in London to Southampton the day before we sailed. We visited Winchester in the afternoon, which is a lovely city about 18km from Southampton. We stayed at the Novotel, which was very close to a shopping centre where we could buy some last minute items before embarkation. The Novotel was also an easy walk to the cruise terminal.


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