My opinions, observations & nit picks: Marina Cruise Review by LHT28

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My opinions, observations & nit picks

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Francisco
We arrived at the terminal in SFO to a small line -up about 2 -pm ...line moved fairly quickly

Onboard our cabin was ready so dropped our carry-on, our luggage was there so off we went to see what the ship was like

Everyone was taking photos of the ship; travel agents were touring the cabins & other parts of the ship.

The ship is beautiful as already noted by others on the two previous sailings

Lots of marble, granite, glass & teak everywhere

The casino bar (?) was a little out of place with the purple disco feel.


We have one of the cabins on deck 7 with the larger balcony approximately 8 X 12 with 2 chairs and a small table.

Cabins are very similar in size to the R-ships but laid out slightly different.

Bathroom is larger with tub & separate shower with glass door, no friendly curtain to contend with, granite floors, and walls.

Nice vanity lights

Lots of drawers, More some in night table, desk & closet

Very nice reading lights bedside

Sofa is much more comfortable and a bit larger than the R-ships

Nice coffee table but might be a bit large for the space

Nice chair at the desk with a back unlike the stools on the R-ships


The showers seem smaller than the R-ships, kept hitting my elbow on the grab bar, tub is wasted space would be better to use the space there for a larger shower.

Soap kept slipping through the soap dish they need an extra bar on the front of the dish or you need to press the soap into the slats to keep it form falling out

Drawers in the desk are smaller than on the R-ships hard to put a shirt in without folding it to a quarter of the size

One drawer under safe is too high to see what is in there if you are not 6' tall

Lounge chairs would be nice for these B4 Balcony cabins

One thing that may bother people is that you are overlooked by those above you

Dining room

Very light and airy feeling, higher ceilings make the room less noisy that the small ships

Lovely lighting


Some tables are very close together making if difficult to get in & out, the wait staff has trouble serving people at these tables.

Some tables are too close the serving stations & the trays with dirty dishes are right near you

Terrace Cafe

Larger serving stations and much better traffic flow

Two nice self serve stations for coffee, tea & juices


Too may tables close together...hard to get in/out in some areas, some of the forest gets in your way when going to & from your table

Waves Grill

Lots of tables & larger area

Pool area

Lovely pool with steps making it easier to enter the pool

Lots of loungers


The new day beds are a bit low & some may have trouble getting up

Deck 5 & shops

Seems to be in a world of their own.


A bit larger with many more machines & black jack tables; another section is on the other side of the bar

Grand Bar

Is like a hallway with chairs. The quartet plays there in the evenings


Not as conducive to the music as on the small ships but more seating

Again some of the seating is very low

Ceiling is too low and the acoustics suffer


Very nice loungers there but the wind seems to whip around in there

There is something in the area that is squeaking so not very peaceful

The door there to the inside bangs every time someone enters or exits, maybe one of the automatic doors openers would work better there

If they had taken the glass all the way up and had a few sliding windows it may have cut down on the breeze


Very nice place to grab a coffee & cookie

Maybe a bigger space would be better it is a popular area


They use paper cups without any heat shield so they can be very hot to carry any distance

A choice between paper or china cups would be an improvement


Very nice nooks with lovely chairs but hard to see in the cabinets the lighting in some is not very good

The area is not as nice as the small ships, books are hard to find and seem to be discombobulated


Lovely large room

Seating is very low. Not sure who they used as a model for the chairs but I am not tall at 5' 4" and I had trouble getting up from the chairs

Smoking area is nicely partitioned off & never smelled any smoke unless you were standing in the doorway there

Marina Lounge

Very large room with lots of seating

Chairs are comfortable


Could be raised a bit more so those in the back can see the stage

Tables & chairs outside Terrace & La Reserve

Nice area, nice chairs but need a back cushions & maybe a bit higher, very low

Red Ginger

Lovely dEcor, staff very attentive


Light & bright, chairs very comfortable


Lots of nice equipment to use with sports drinks /water available to keep you hydrated

Walking Track

Very nice area but can be very windy when underway

They seem to get the soot from the funnel there & it is then tracked through the ship leaving black marks in the carpeting

Laundry Room DECK 7

Three washers/dryers

Two ironing boards the store nicely up in a cabinet when not in use


You need to have coins to operate machines, $2. in quarters for each load (prefer the token method)

Soap dispenser on the wall, push the button for the cup to fill then pour into dispenser on machine carefully

No sink to rinse things or get water for the irons if you want steam

Overall impressions

Lovely ship very nice dEcor, high end furnishings and fixtures

Not sure on the Purple bar

Lots of public space gives you a spacious feeling

Very smooth sailing

Some vibration when in reverse throughout the ship.

Might be too big for some people's tastes, you do not seem to see the same people very often

Lots of walking from one end to the other so you need to be fit

We prefer the R-ships with the more intimate feeling

Lots of nice things on the ship to keep you busy or not

Something for everyone

Still a work in progress Less

Published 03/16/11
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