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4.5 / 5.0
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South America 12/19 - 01/22 Fantastic!

Marina Cruise Review by Rob the Cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom

Short attention span version - Fabulous!

The itinerary was Buenos Aires - Miami 34-day "Grand Voyage", AKA B2B.

Captain - Luci Manzi

General Manager - Dominique Nicolle

Cruise Director - Peter Roberts

First impression: Marina is in outstanding condition. DW and I didn't observe any unsatisfactory issues as some have described.

Excellent dining in GDR, Wave Grill and specify restaurants. We didn't dine in Terrace.

Speaking of specialty restaurants, we had no problem obtaining additional reservations than allowed for our B3 cabin. Due to rough seas and last minute cancellations, we obtained reservations for 2 alone on 23 of 34 days.

Average age of passengers Buenos Aires - Santiago de Chile was 60s - 70s. In addition, there were 27 young children.

Average age of passengers Santiago - Miami was late 60s - early 80s. In addition, there were 2 young children and 2 teenagers. Zero behavioral issues due to parental control.

Dress code was only enforced on a random basis. "Dressy" (sarcasm) Levis or Wranglers were allowed in GDR and specialty restaurants unless they were faded.

Minimum age guideline for specialty restaurants were also ignored. For example, there were 5 - 6 children, approximate age of 5, dining in Toscana that had no interest in the food but enjoyed a lively game of hide-and-go-seek around the tables. Jumping on their chairs was also acceptable. Parents were oblivious to it all.

Vero water - excellent. Sparkling and still were available. Passengers don't have access to a refilling station. Cabin attendants don't refill partially used bottles. They are replaced twice - daily in the morning and at turndown by new bottles. Additional bottles were available on request.

New 4X water filtration system takes the "odd" taste out of desalinated water. In addition, most of the time the tap water was cool instead of warm.

Announcements - Peter kept his 10:00 am announcements to around ten minutes most of the time, except on shore days. If you wanted more detailed info, it would be broadcast on cannel 10. The captains 12:00noon announcement was also informative but short. No problem.

Noro issue first half of cruise - During Peter's announcements, he would mention that Marina was a "healthy ship" and we would do our best to keep it that way. The usual direction, wash hands often and use the sanitizers.

Noro precautions second half of cruise - Pater warned that the area was notorious for noro, Extra steps were taken to prevent a potential outbreak. There were spray sanitizers provided in the cabins. Passengers using board games were instructed to return them to the front desk. Books were to be left on the tables rather than returned to the bookshelves. There we no outbreaks that we heard of.

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