Marina Cruise Review by Ksuevine
- Sail Date: January 2018
- Destination: South Pacific
- Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
The itinerary was outstanding: Lima -> Pisco->Easter Island->Pitcairn -> South Pacific Islands but the cruise started out poorly. Oceania scheduled our air trip using LAN. LAN lost our luggage and because of the itinerary it was day 7 before clothes arrived! Embarkation was from a shipping port not a people port and cruisers were left standing in the sun for over an hour without word from Oceania staff of the reasons for the delay. Once aboard, we found our room to be clean, comfortable and well attended by our housekeeper. Dining was something of a challenge for vegetarian eating. Not many choices and although we were asked to pre-order food, our choices were not always delivered. Entertainment was top notch. The dancers, singers and musicians were fantastic professionals. Unfortunately only 3 shows were performed on an 15 day cruise. Many of the public areas of the ship and the activities were shut down due to norovirus.
Enrichment lectures provided by James Grant Peterkin,an expert and resident of Easter Island was the best experience. He lectured daily and was a wealth of knowledge. The ship also did a day around Pitcairn since there is no port there. Pitcairn residents came aboard and told us of life on the island and sold their fabulous art and crafts. South Pacific Islands were beautiful water spots with great snorkeling and beaches. Excursions were good, tender service to and from the ship was insufficient.
The itinerary was a once in a lifetime trip but unfortunately Oceania did not live up to it's expressed guarantee of cruises that exceed one's expectation.
Ksuevine’s Full Rating Summary
Housekeeping staff excelled at sanitation requirements needed due to norovirus. We did not get sick but we appreciated the extra care given to the room to insure it was germ free. Beds are comfortable, storage is limited but adequate. Veranda rooms have access to the outside making it feel larger.
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