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Marina Review

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Review for Marina to the Southern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2022
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

This was an unusual cruise in that it was originally slated to be on a much smaller ship, the Sirena and was moved to the Marina along with an itinerary change. Marina can accommodate 1200 passengers. This sailing there were 406 passengers with a crew of approx. 730 so the staff to passenger ratio was very high and passengers enjoyed the roominess aboard.

This is our fourth time sailing on either Marina or Riviera – the sister ship – and we love it so very pleased. The ship is beautiful and so well maintained… even more than before…they are constantly cleaning, polishing, sanitizing…everything looks immaculate and well cared for at all times.

We had opted for a suite (PH suites are the lowest category of suites) because on Sirena, the non-suite cabin size is very small…but on Marina larger. We loved the spacious walk-in closet, the separate “dining area” and the butler… The other percs are the privilege of ordering whatever you wish from any of the restaurants aboard and having it served course by course in cabin by your butler. There are other sweet suite percs as well…

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

THese are very spacious cabins with large walk-in closet and many drawers and places to store items as compared with the veranda cabins. We really enjoyed the extra space - Also a larger vanity area and sink in the bathroom - would be nice if two sinks (New Vista will have this) but still large enough that we could share. Good lighting. MinimalTV options. We used to be able to hook up our computer with HDMI cable to the TV and watch recorded programs from phone - but their lovely new interactive TV's which are wonderful, do not allow this. Newer carpet... comfortable table and chairs plus sofa and cocktail table to offer extra spaces for in-room dining. Well stocked refrigerator. Our butler was awesome. Shout out to Francis. Helped make us extra reservations at the specialty restaurants..although - with only four hundred passengers was not too crowded.

Port Reviews

St. Maarten

We did not enjoy any of the land excursions. In Curacao, tour guide admitted she usually does the tour in Spanish. While we could hear her clearly…nothing she said made any sense. Was totally boring and nothing to see. The one thing we went for was to the Curacao factory – and we were rushed through that. Same thing for Barbados…and forget St. Maarten/Martin- took us to see what was described as upscale shopping in Marigot – yes, prior to 2017….was all destroyed by Hurricane Irma and not rebuilt – nothing but flea market type tents all selling the same beach cover ups and we were stuck there for an hour.

Only worthwhile excursions were the Catamaran and sailing snorkel trips to various beaches – lots of fun and chance to see the gorgeous azure teal water up close. We did two of these. One in Bonaire, and one in Antigua.

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