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Marina Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Absolutely the best cruise I've ever been on!

Marina Cruise Review by Catitude2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite

For the middle-aged and older crowd, this cruise was amazing! We arrived in Papeete a day early to insure we made the ship on time in case of any flight/weather issues. We stayed at the Intercontinental on Tahiti, which was very nice and they also had a fabulous Polynesian show the night we were there. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, no problems.

The thing I liked about Marina is that is is a smaller ship, so less people. No crowded, stuffed elevators, no long waits in line for food, and best of all, no kids! I think there were 2 kids on the ship, but it's not geared toward kids, so there's nothing for them to do really.

The food was amazing, absolutely the best meals I've ever had on a cruise ship. It was eating a gourmet meal every time you sat down to eat, even upstairs in the café! The specialty restaurants were just as wonderfully delicious and very gourmet. All of the drinks anywhere on the ship were fantastic! There was actually liquor in them! On all our other cruises, we end up just not drinking because the drinks have so much juice, you can't tell it's a drink.These were top-notch! We had Mai-Tai's, Cosmos, Piña Coladas, and they were all excellent. On every other regular cruise line, I gave up and stuck to Rum & Coke, because the fancy drinks were just terrible.

Service on this ship was impeccable. We never had to ask for anything, ever. Staterooms were always ready, clean, chocolates on the bed, mats on the floor by our bedside, slippers, robes, ice bucket filled. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming and very diverse. We were offered an upgrade at a reduced price from a balcony room to a penthouse suite a week before the cruise....we accepted and were so glad we did! Lots of room and plenty of shoe and drawer space! Walk-in closet, gorgeous bathroom with a tub/shower AND a shower. Always stocked. Always clean.

There was a fantastic selection of excursions to meet anyone's tastes, from easy to adventurous. Tendering in and out of ports was excellent, fast, and always went smoothly. Never a problem.

Although we did bring our own 24-hour hand sanitizer, there was plenty of stations all over and outside the ship, so no excuses for germs! The ship was spotless and someone was always cleaning it, even the outside!

Entertainment was just okay.....geared more toward the older crowd. I would have liked to have seen a comedy show, but the shows we did see were great. We missed quite a few, because by the time they started (9:30pm), we were so exhausted from the day, we were in our stateroom reading and falling asleep!

One thing that impressed me is that the cruise line had special get-togethers for the singles and even a gay-lesbian get-together. We did do happy hour every evening around 5:30-6 before dinner and one evening 2 of the 3 bars (our favorites) were closed for a promotional group, which we were not happy about.

I look forward to going on another Oceania cruise and now I'm spoiled! I don't want to go back to the regular cruise lines!

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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH2 10044

Very clean and beautiful. Lots of room and a walk-in closet. Huge bathroom. Bed was comfy and roomy. 2 beautiful floral arrangements that lasted the entire trip. Our butler, Aariff was fantastic. Can't say enough about him or the room. Excellent.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Family-owned motu and the excursion run by this amazing, talented, friendly and welcoming family who have some awesome cooks!!! Wonderful lunch IN the water, great show, pareo demo and snorkeling! Would do again!

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Impressed with the marae experience, beautiful ride up the river and fantastic beach and snack time at a lovely motu with lots of photo ops!! Beautiful place!!! Guide was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

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Jetboat Adventure

The guides were a blast. Rode around the entire island and took AMAZING photos! Best snorkeling we've ever done in Coral Gardens! Drove to Matira beach for snacks, fresh coconut and swimming time in a giant swimming pool that went on forever! Unforgettable!!!

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Bora Bora

Relaxing and saw the best sunset of the entire cruise!


Drove to a small motu near the ship. Snorkeling was just so-so. Would not do again.

FABULOUS!!! Great boat ride, snorkeling, swimming on a gorgeous island beach, fantastic food, guides were informative and fun!!!! What a wonderful experience!

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Tahiti (Papeete)

Stayed at Intercontinental overnight before boarding the ship. Very nice place. Great polynesian show that evening!!

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