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Marina Cruise Review
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Norway fjords

Marina Cruise Review by mvpcruzrs

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2017
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom

This was our first cruise on Oceania and we are officially spoiled. Marina is a beautiful ship and the service and cuisine were excellent. We were impressed with the spacious public areas as well. Even on sea days there was always a place to sit with friends. The staff were courteous and pleasant at all times and our cabin was always immaculate. We dined at all four specialty restaurants and found them all quite good with the sea bass at Red Ginger the standout entree for everyone in our party. MDH said it was the best he's ever had. The Main Dining room and the Terrace Grill were both very good options. The grilled lobster at the Terrace was wonderful when we chose to go for a more casual dinner one evening. Turning to the ports of call, the fjords were breathtaking as we were fortunate to have mostly clear weather after the morning mist and fog lifted. We enjoyed all the ports in Norway with the exception of Stavanger where there wasn't much to see. We did not use any of the ships excursions preferring to go at our own pace. We bought our tickets online, months in advance, for the Flam railway which was one of the major highlights of our trip. Edinburgh was fogged in so the tender service was delayed until afternoon so we decided to stay on board. We've done it before and it's one of the most unpleasant lifeboat rides ever. Anyway, loved the ship! Also, disembarkation was the smoothest in our experience. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for embarkation - with all the Americans arriving from the airport quite early we were herded into a waiting room for almost two hours and then had to wait in a line until "priority " passengers were allowed to check in without standing for more than a minute. Rather unfair to those of us with blue tags who were left to stand and wait in a very long line. Improvements are needed there.

With the exception of embarkation, this cruise on Marina was excellent and Oceania is our new favorite cruise line.


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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B3 8012

Cabin is forward on the port side. We felt some waves during one night of heavy seas but otherwise very comfortable and quiet.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Kirkwall

Very pleasant to walk around town. Lots of shops and a nice distillery.

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Tender process is horrible! Weather can delay or prevent tender boats from leaving all cruise ships at anchor. Fly or take the train to Edinburgh for a more enjoyable visit!

Bergen

Lovely port for walking at your own pace. Everything is pretty close to the ship. The Bryggen hanseatic wharf, outdoor cafes, the fish market was a highlight.

Flam Railway

A major highlight of our trip! One hour each way of the most beautiful scenery with a photo stop at a massive waterfall complete with a siren's song for effect. We booked our tickets directly with Flamsbana online and saved lots of money. Do it!

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Stavanger

Not much to see on your own. Walked around the open air market and small old city (wooden houses) area.

Geiranger

Cruising into the geirangerfjord was absolutely magical! Morning rain and fog started to lift just as we approached the seven sisters waterfalls - lovely. Then the sun came out and the rest of the day was warm and beautiful. We felt like we were "over the rainbow". Walked up to the waterfall in port and then just enjoyed our amazing surroundings.

Alesund

Took a local sightseeing ride to the top of Mt. Aksla to enjoy the views! Lovely!


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