Seeking early winter sun near home in U.K.Could have spent more time in Canary islands where it is warm rather then returning to Spanish ports where it was predictably cold - December. Enrichment program inadequate with distinct signs of cost control. Port and shore excursions too expensive and the charge for airport transfer is a multiple of reliable taxi fare. Also pre or post cruise hotel costs are around double of what a comparable hotel (and sometimes the same hotel) would cost booked on line. Another criticism relates to the high cost of alcoholic drinks with an excessive 18% service charge on top. It is cheaper to buy good wine on shore and pay the $25 corkage charge to bring it in to the dining room. Overall Oceania is in danger of pricing itself out of its market slot when all charges are added on, Seabourn and other 6 star lines are now competitive On the plus side, food and general ambiance are excellent and that is what brings loyal guests back year after year

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Marina Cruise Review by corballa

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level
Seeking early winter sun near home in U.K.Could have spent more time in Canary islands where it is warm rather then returning to Spanish ports where it was predictably cold - December.

Enrichment program inadequate with distinct signs of cost control.

Port and shore excursions too expensive and the charge for airport transfer is a multiple of reliable taxi fare. Also pre or post cruise hotel costs are around double of what a comparable hotel (and sometimes the same hotel) would cost booked on line. Another criticism relates to the high cost of alcoholic drinks with an excessive 18% service charge on top. It is cheaper to buy good wine on shore and pay the $25 corkage charge to bring it in to the dining room. Overall Oceania is in danger of pricing itself out of its market slot when all charges are added on, Seabourn and other 6 star lines are now competitive

On the plus side, food and general ambiance are excellent and that is what brings loyal guests back year after year
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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A3 9051
Shower is too small. Better no bath, big shower and double sink
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