Marina Cruise Review by formerhusker71
- Sail Date: September 2017
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
September sailing was decent weather. Rain for short bursts of time during one or two tours but sunny and pleasant other days.
Tour guides from Oceania and private tours spoke and understood English. The history and life style philosophy of the various countries was explained and discussed by and with the tour guides.
As for Russia...Despite the concerns, we elected to take a private tour of both St. Petersburg and Berlin. Price was excellent and did include the the Russian Visa. Going through customs in SPB was not an issue. Just show your printed tickets sent prior to the cruise. It had dates and times. The tours were full days on all 3 days in SPB. Berlin was also a full day. Be prepared with good walking shoes in all ports.
Food: average to poor. Main Dining Room Maine lobster was very dry. Menu the same on the nights we looked for options. Entries needed to meet the spice rack. Buffet: Better option. Shrimp and FL lobster tail cooked to order. Desserts looked beautiful had no flavor. Sorbet best bet.
Only did Italian speciality restaurant. The Asian servers could not pull off the Italian accent. They did try. Food was average at best. Other specialities restaurants booked.
In the Buffet, plates and cups were attempted to be removed when plates half eaten with coffee or tea cleared up as others still eating at our table. Other nights could not wave down a person for adult beverages or servers. More so in the evening than breakfast. Tables were available for other diners during these time.
Servers in the buffet and on the tables spoke English but need work on their comprehension. Many of the people seemed to be on their first contract in need of more orientation.
Entertainment: Singers and dancers obviously had talent. The shows were a disappointment. No performances until 9:30pm. Very late when the tours started at 8am or earlier.
Activities: Lecturer on TV was good. Did not attend bean bag toss or Bingo on the sea day.
For being labeled a "premium/luxury cruise experience", average is a very generous rating.
Would think long and hard about rebooking on this cruise line.
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