I am going to give nothing but good stuff to Oceania. Staff is extremely attentive, ship is spotless, the officers are the best, food is top line, and the excursions are about the best that can be offered. Ship: The Marina is a great size 1200+ guests, staff ratios were almost too many staff for the guests. Which is a good thing rather than the other way around. Cabins: Most are small. Bathrooms are smaller. I suggest spending the extra money for a Penthouse Suite, just for size reasons. Also, if you are over 6 foot 4 inches you are going to have trouble standing in the shower since the ceiling and shower head is 6 foot 4 inches from the floor. But, storage space is plenty. We took a lot of stuff and still did not use all of the drawers provided. Dining: Starting from the lessor and going to the top. The waves provides a quick breakfast menu (grab and go) and great lunch sandwiches and drinks. The terrace buffet is a good bet for quick meals of a high class and standard fare. The grand dinning room serves all three meals and provides excellent choices and extremely tasty (dinning four courses) selections. Then there are four specialty restaurants which are the very best. Service Is probably too much in the buffet, (too very waiters) but the other places it is outstanding. Entertainment: In our opinion was very good considering the numbers of guests do not bring enough money to allow "A" class of entertainers, but they were very good. Ports and Excursions: I find that Oceania provides outstanding tour guides and opportunities to see the best of the ports they visit. Since Oceania has smaller ships they can dock at the port dock and visit smaller towns and locations that the larger ships cannot consider. Summary: Since my wife and I do not drink much alcoholic beverages and do not have a huge need to be entertained we do not feel it is cost effective to utilize the small all inclusive top of the line ships and get relatively the same experience you will receive from Oceania Cruise Line. Most Important Item: No Oceania ship is set up for kids. If you are a family with kids under twenty you should consider a mega ship because the kids are going to be board. Also these ships are set for people who just like to get away from it all and relax and see new places. If you like extreme sports, and all the excitement, and crowds you need to choose a mega "city on the seas" ship for all the things they offer.

The Right Size and Right Service

Marina Cruise Review by digcruising2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level
I am going to give nothing but good stuff to Oceania. Staff is extremely attentive, ship is spotless, the officers are the best, food is top line, and the excursions are about the best that can be offered.

Ship: The Marina is a great size 1200+ guests, staff ratios were almost too many staff for the guests. Which is a good thing rather than the other way around.

Cabins: Most are small. Bathrooms are smaller. I suggest spending the extra money for a Penthouse Suite, just for size reasons. Also, if you are over 6 foot 4 inches you are going to have trouble standing in the shower since the ceiling and shower head is 6 foot 4 inches from the floor. But, storage space is plenty. We took a lot of stuff and still did not use all of the drawers provided.

Dining: Starting from the lessor and going to the top. The waves provides a quick breakfast menu (grab and go) and great lunch sandwiches and drinks. The terrace buffet is a good bet for quick meals of a high class and standard fare. The grand dinning room serves all three meals and provides excellent choices and extremely tasty (dinning four courses) selections. Then there are four specialty restaurants which are the very best. Service Is probably too much in the buffet, (too very waiters) but the other places it is outstanding.

Entertainment: In our opinion was very good considering the numbers of guests do not bring enough money to allow "A" class of entertainers, but they were very good.

Ports and Excursions: I find that Oceania provides outstanding tour guides and opportunities to see the best of the ports they visit. Since Oceania has smaller ships they can dock at the port dock and visit smaller towns and locations that the larger ships cannot consider.

Summary: Since my wife and I do not drink much alcoholic beverages and do not have a huge need to be entertained we do not feel it is cost effective to utilize the small all inclusive top of the line ships and get relatively the same experience you will receive from Oceania Cruise Line.

Most Important Item: No Oceania ship is set up for kids. If you are a family with kids under twenty you should consider a mega ship because the kids are going to be board. Also these ships are set for people who just like to get away from it all and relax and see new places. If you like extreme sports, and all the excitement, and crowds you need to choose a mega "city on the seas" ship for all the things they offer.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A1 11040
Small size for top standard level. Recommend booking a penthouse suite. Ceiling in bathroom could be too low for very tall people. Over six foot four inches. Lots of storage space. Beds and linens are excellent. Towels are the very best we have experienced. Amenities provided are excellent (everything but mouth wash.)
Deck 12 Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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