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Marina Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2016
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom

We chose this cruise to see an excellent view of S. America aboard a high rated quality ship with a mid to high price point. We were not disappointed in the itinerary, food quality, service, ship command, and overall ratings.

We had some incredible adventures and tried out most of the offerings that Oceania is rated for. As travel agents our view was critical but open to receive the benefits that others tout as advantages of the ship and line.

Our ratings reflect our experience and the many comments of a back to back cruise during the holidays. I include suggestions for others making the voyage based on our own experience and preferences. Our interest was to see many ports as possible and a broad view of S. American countries. With thousands of photos and stories untold our stories and experiences speak volumns.

The first leg was from Buenos Aires to Valpariso and we continued on the second to Miami through the Panama Canal. Both reviews are helpful to see what part is a fit for you so I suggest both. However, Oceania is not inexpensive but there is high value.

Make time to see Iguazu Falls, time in Buenos Aires. The Falklands some loved and others thought is was too much time at sea for the time we had. The Beagle Channel and Magellan Straights are first choice rather than going "around the Horn". Terra del Fuego and the Patagonia fiords are impossible to describe with rainbows, cloud formations, sunsets and vistas unmatched.

Staff was extraordinary considering the expectations, age of passengers, illness on board, maintaining the quality of food, service and demands. Very personal staff from around the world. Captain and crew were exceptional on a challenging sailing. Sales staff, reception, destination services, reservations, cleaning staff stood out as loving their jobs, making our trip enjoyable and the Marina. A special note to the spa staff who keep us pampered and wanting more.

The speakers were excellent, dining beyond compare (Reserve dinners, Red Ginger, Grand Dining and Terrace views). Entertainment from ship staff was fun, talented and full of energy Shore excursions were well organized with so many highlights to share.

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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B1 8000

We chose this rare cabin for location on the bow. This cabin and 8001 are the only two on the ship between two suites. Because of the weather and itinerary I would not choose this cabin again because of rough seas, riding the waves and pounding crashes on sides. However, this attitude changed multiple times when we were the first to witness the stunning scenery and solitude afforded in this location. Watching the moon rise to a full sky of stars, the glacier in Patagonia, coming into ports or heading out to sunsets with a full view. On the second cruise our cabin was premier through the Panama Canal and on sunny days for privacy and solitude.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Left the ship and went to the market and a four hour walk around downtown and the beach. Architecture, history and culture everywhere!!!


It was cold, rainy and for us mildly interesting. For the time it took to come and go back to the mainland I would have preferred more Argentina or staying overnights

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Excellent history, scenery to take the train and catamarian back to the ship. Incredible diversity and scenery. Ushuaia is delightful to walk and see so many people from around the world.

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Train to the End of the World

Well done tour and guide

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Penguin Reserve

Penguins live in the dirt? Fabulous experience to see nesting, nature and several areas of interest

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City Tour

same as above

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Another port to see the local life and enjoy some time for ourselves

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A city tour by a local, so much to see in Valpariso. Murals, art, food, culture. Loved this city! Drove to Casablanca to visit two wineries. Toured the beach cities to the north. Walked and took the local train back to the pier. Long two days but could have stayed her for a week...

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City Walking Tour

so much to see. Just do it.

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Fiesta Gaucha Tour

Drove for 50 minutes to a Gaucho ranch. Wonderful intro to the culture, food and experience of the Gaucho

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Buenos Aires

Perfect location for the city. Within walking of downtown, the faire on Sunday and great restuarants.

Recoleta Cemetery

A must see. Can do it in an hour but more time if you have it. Get a map!

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San Telmo

Buenos Aires is full of so many experiences. The not to be missed can be done with a double decker bus and walking. The soccer match takes finesse and determination and $$ if you are motivated-but worth it. BOCA. Many Tango shows are overrated and we saw many street dances that were wonderful. Find what works for you.

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Buenos Aires

Soccer or futbol is king here so if you are passionate go to the museum at least or a local match.

Double decker bus, a great map and info online. Be independent and have fun. Never felt in danger or lost. This was a total go with the flow city. Lovely people, history-incredible food, music, wine, shops. Bought leather goods (a CAPE) dress clothes for the ship, shoes, futbol BOCA and items we couldn't pack.

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