You only have to screw up one cruise experience to lose a devoted customer and despite 9 great experiences, the 10th one was bad enough for us to cancel a cruise scheduled for Jan '19 and put Oceania at the bottom of our cruise operator list. We chose this cruise exclusively to see Easter Island, and took Marina because Oceania had always done a great job (9 previous cruises). Not this time! #10 was a disaster from end to end. The ship is grand, well-appointed and the Penthouse 3 suite we booked was spacious and well-appointed. The start in Peru. The ship is joined in two stages: first a port shuttle and then on the dock itself. On the day, we lined up for the shuttle bus for well over an hour in the blazing sun - no shelter, not water - and those who were in the queue saw others pay an attendant and skip the line. No amount of protest was to any avail, and had it been a younger crowd, there could well have been violence. When we did get to the ship, it was to join another long line - still in the sun and without water or shelter. Little did we know that this attitude to passenger health and comfort was to persist throughout the voyage. There was no acknowledgement of the dibacle from the officers. People returning from a pre-cruise Machu Picchu excursion came back with all sorts of infections, but no one went to the medical group (owing to rumours about high costs of treatment) and so illness was transmitted. My wife came down with a bacterial infection on Day 3, there were multiple visits to the medical department and one relapse, and she was mobile though weak on the third last day. Throughout the doctor and nurses were terrific - though we hope the insurance come through. I attribute this entire health problem to the protracted stress of waiting at the two port locations and the failure of the ship to check out health of passengers returning from an area where infections were predicable. We never got to go ashore until Bora Bora! Then, there is the tendering, and most of the landings on this cruise were by tender: if you do not sign up for the exorbitantly priced Oceania excursions, you not get to go off the ship until all the Oceania tours passengers have been tendered and in the case of Day 1 at Easter Island that meant that you did not get off until 13:00, whereas tendering (which was uniformly a shambles) was due to start at 08:00. The tendering itself was so awkward that even the scheduled tours were hopelessly late. And, the officer class as a group were remote and seemed pretty arrogant. Information was not communicated for many days after the GI virus (not the one we had) hit both crew and passengers. As with the boarding process, the problem went unacknowledged until it could no longer be denied and a CDC protocol was invoked that treated passengers as problems rather than victims. An example would be that items like glassware, towels, ice buckets all were gone more than 2 days before we reached Tahiti. We had thought that we were disgruntled because illness had kept us from participating in the activities offered by the ship, but, owing to the 15-hour wait to get to our transport off Tahiti, we talked to a number of fellow passengers who were even more disgruntled and critical than we. Very disappointed!

Thoughtlessness, sickness and denial

Marina Cruise Review by KEITH45

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite
You only have to screw up one cruise experience to lose a devoted customer and despite 9 great experiences, the 10th one was bad enough for us to cancel a cruise scheduled for Jan '19 and put Oceania at the bottom of our cruise operator list.

We chose this cruise exclusively to see Easter Island, and took Marina because Oceania had always done a great job (9 previous cruises). Not this time! #10 was a disaster from end to end. The ship is grand, well-appointed and the Penthouse 3 suite we booked was spacious and well-appointed.

The start in Peru. The ship is joined in two stages: first a port shuttle and then on the dock itself. On the day, we lined up for the shuttle bus for well over an hour in the blazing sun - no shelter, not water - and those who were in the queue saw others pay an attendant and skip the line. No amount of protest was to any avail, and had it been a younger crowd, there could well have been violence. When we did get to the ship, it was to join another long line - still in the sun and without water or shelter. Little did we know that this attitude to passenger health and comfort was to persist throughout the voyage. There was no acknowledgement of the dibacle from the officers.

People returning from a pre-cruise Machu Picchu excursion came back with all sorts of infections, but no one went to the medical group (owing to rumours about high costs of treatment) and so illness was transmitted. My wife came down with a bacterial infection on Day 3, there were multiple visits to the medical department and one relapse, and she was mobile though weak on the third last day. Throughout the doctor and nurses were terrific - though we hope the insurance come through. I attribute this entire health problem to the protracted stress of waiting at the two port locations and the failure of the ship to check out health of passengers returning from an area where infections were predicable.

We never got to go ashore until Bora Bora!

Then, there is the tendering, and most of the landings on this cruise were by tender: if you do not sign up for the exorbitantly priced Oceania excursions, you not get to go off the ship until all the Oceania tours passengers have been tendered and in the case of Day 1 at Easter Island that meant that you did not get off until 13:00, whereas tendering (which was uniformly a shambles) was due to start at 08:00. The tendering itself was so awkward that even the scheduled tours were hopelessly late.

And, the officer class as a group were remote and seemed pretty arrogant. Information was not communicated for many days after the GI virus (not the one we had) hit both crew and passengers. As with the boarding process, the problem went unacknowledged until it could no longer be denied and a CDC protocol was invoked that treated passengers as problems rather than victims. An example would be that items like glassware, towels, ice buckets all were gone more than 2 days before we reached Tahiti.

We had thought that we were disgruntled because illness had kept us from participating in the activities offered by the ship, but, owing to the 15-hour wait to get to our transport off Tahiti, we talked to a number of fellow passengers who were even more disgruntled and critical than we.

Very disappointed!
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Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH3 10025
Cabin was really very nice, and a good thing it was as we were pretty much confined to it for the cruise. Well appointed, clean and spacious
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