This is our 6th cruise with Oceania and 2nd time on the Marina and loved every moment. Embarkation in Southampton was efficient and we were quickly onboard. Our Concierge room was immaculate and as in past cruises the cabin staff were excellent and always greeted us by name. There has been discussion on some boards about the decline in Oceania food however, our personal experience was that we found in to be excellent (other than the Jacques Salmon in the GDR which was as before not great). All Speciality restaurants were fabulous and we managed a 2nd dinner at our favourite, Red Ginger. Enjoyed the Afternoon Tea and Baristas. We took O excursions and were excellent and then other days, did our DIY (Dublin and Portland). The only disappointment was that due to high winds we missed out on Glasgow so had another sea day (we love the library so found a good book or two). As expected, the weather at times was cool and moist so didn't use our veranda very much nor, pool area but, did manage lunch at Waves a few times and reading in the Balinese chair area which is somewhat protected. The ports were great and loved the Scottish HIghlands, St. Andrews and the Blarney area as well as seaside villages of Portland and Weymouth. Disembarking in Southampton was smooth no doubt due to the fact that we did not require a face-to-face immigration check as we had arrived back in England the day prior at Portland. We went directly to Heathrow and took our own luggage straight off at 7 AM.
Booked this to see the Wicklow county which was lovely but disappointed in the Powerscourt Gardens and the shopping as well was not great (as compared to Blarney Woollen Mills). Tour guide was excellent and great sense of humour.View All 18 Powerscourt Gardens Reviews
Really enjoyed this tour - beautiful country and was surprised how nice the Blarney Castle surrounding area was; had included Irish Coffee while shopping at onsite Blarney Woolen Mills for quality woollens and souvenirs.
If you are a golfer, this is a MUST to see. We had plenty of time to walk around the course, take photos, buy souvenirs and then lunch at the Golf Museum.View All undefined undefined Reviews