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Marina Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Marina Cruise Review by rgstoneinsc

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom

We chose this itinerary and line because of our prior experience and because of the Panama Canal crossing and an opportunity to see the Mayan Ruins in Mexico.

The ship itself is beautiful and very well maintained, but as a overall "luxury cruise" experience lacked service and reasonable ports.

Most of the ports were very much off the beaten path and had very little to offer, for the most part........until Mexico, we never saw another cruise ship in port.

The service had it high points but overall the crew was not that attentive and often seemed confused.

If we did not get the included "perks" (of which there were many), we would be far less satisfied.......net/net it was OK for what the fee + perks were, but had we paid more our satisfaction would be far less.

I guess what I am saying is that this was not a "luxury" cruise and we have traveled on Oceania, Wind Star and Regent......possibly this has something to do with the NCL takeover?? Not sure.

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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B1 7114

Cabin was OK but the layout was not optimal.......the closet was directly next to the bed and had access for only one person at a time

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Quite expensive given the time and itinerary

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Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

we opted to walk around the town which had little to offer.

Tayutic Hacienda

The drive through the countryside was awesome and the Hacienda was beautiful.

View All 15 Tayutic Hacienda Reviews
Gumbalina Park

It was OK, but set up as a tourist trap.......not worth the money........ monkeys and macaws encounters very structured.

View All 191 Gumbalina Park Reviews
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

This was one of our bucket list stops and did not disappoint.....really good guide

View All 418 Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Reviews
Santiago (Valparaiso)

Hard to rate a port that we only arrived and boarded!

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