We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarking in Lisbon was EASY and fast. There were no long lines getting on and off the ship, unlike Celebrity where you start to feel like cattle (we have been on 5 Celebrity cruises, all on big ships). The Marina was about half the size and felt much more intimate, quiet and user-friendly. We were in cabin 9002, which is all the way forward on the port side. Because it backs up to a suite, it has an unusually large wrap-around veranda, which was wonderful. We had unrestricted views fore and aft. The main dining room is one story, no vast overhanging gallery, very cozy with windows on three sides. The food was excellent in the dining room, and we always found something we wanted to try. Portions are reasonably sized; there were only a couple of times when we were served gigantic plates that we couldn't finish. The Polo Grill was excellent and innovative, as was Jacques. Toscana was typically Italian and nothing special. We didn't try Red Ginger. My husband thought the food generally was over-salted, but it didn't bother me. We didn't buy a beverage package, figuring there was only so much we could drink in a day, and that was fine. We never felt like we skimped on beer and wine. The service in all dining rooms was truly fine. Even on a 10-day cruise, servers remembered us and what we like to drink, etc. A nice mix of nationalities; we truly enjoyed talking to the staff. We had a $700 shipboard credit, but found (of course) that it could not be applied to excursions we had booked before the cruise. So instead my husband had two massages (wonderful) and I had a nice manicure. Good spa facility. The Oceania shore excursions are overpriced and nothing to go crazy for.

A nice contrast to the big Celebrity ships

Marina Cruise Review by go everywhere

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarking in Lisbon was EASY and fast. There were no long lines getting on and off the ship, unlike Celebrity where you start to feel like cattle (we have been on 5 Celebrity cruises, all on big ships). The Marina was about half the size and felt much more intimate, quiet and user-friendly.

We were in cabin 9002, which is all the way forward on the port side. Because it backs up to a suite, it has an unusually large wrap-around veranda, which was wonderful. We had unrestricted views fore and aft.

The main dining room is one story, no vast overhanging gallery, very cozy with windows on three sides. The food was excellent in the dining room, and we always found something we wanted to try. Portions are reasonably sized; there were only a couple of times when we were served gigantic plates that we couldn't finish. The Polo Grill was excellent and innovative, as was Jacques. Toscana was typically Italian and nothing special. We didn't try Red Ginger. My husband thought the food generally was over-salted, but it didn't bother me.

We didn't buy a beverage package, figuring there was only so much we could drink in a day, and that was fine. We never felt like we skimped on beer and wine. The service in all dining rooms was truly fine. Even on a 10-day cruise, servers remembered us and what we like to drink, etc. A nice mix of nationalities; we truly enjoyed talking to the staff.

We had a $700 shipboard credit, but found (of course) that it could not be applied to excursions we had booked before the cruise. So instead my husband had two massages (wonderful) and I had a nice manicure. Good spa facility.

The Oceania shore excursions are overpriced and nothing to go crazy for.
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Concierge Level
Cabin A4 9002
GREAT cabin all the way forward on the port side; it has a very large wrap-around veranda with views forward and aft. The bathroom is roomy, with a full-size tub (which we didn't use). As a consequence, the shower is a snug fit. But at least you didn't feel like you were in a closet. Beds were very good; room stewards were excellent.
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