Northern Nights Circumnavigating British Isles: Marina Cruise Review by glorygaf

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Northern Nights Circumnavigating British Isles

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Dover
We boarded Marina in Dover on the above cruise and were looking forward to sailing on this new ship after some reasonable reviews and reports from fellow sailors.

Our embarkation in Dover was fabulous and we went to our cabin immediately and found it extremely nice.

Unfortunately we did not meet our stewardess for a day or so and then only found her by accident.

We found several faults with design and also the policy on Marina is much different to Insignia who we had sailed with a few days earlier.

The bathroom is a shocker with a huge bath and the most tiny shower. I am of average build but with the massive shower head (8inches diameter) and the hand rails made it a terrible task to shower.

The bathroom itself is a good size and there is no need to have such a small shower recess.

The cabins are nice and the beds are very comfortable.

We were very disappointed in the Staff, the cruise director was rarely heard only More announcements over the ships TV and none in the cabin, the Captain came on at midday when everyone was ashore and many of the staff are poorly trained.

The food was good and the specialist restaurants are quite good too. We found the French restaurant the best.

The Terrace was a nightmare always full of people and the way Oceania serve their meals would suit some but not all.

The Itiniery was good and very busy there wee only 2 sea days which didn't allow much shipboard time if you were going ashore each day.

Oceania's dress code is good but we found that that is the reason why most cruisers on this line love the

Line and do not consider the others. The prices on Marina were much more expensive than on Insignia and both ships charge a very high rate on drinks and laundry.

I doubt we will cruise on Oceania again we love the Seabourn and Crystal ships for their personal rate of service and inclusions.

Overall it was a good cruise but I think Oceania needs to look very closely at their staff training, they are very friendly but lack in many other ways. Less

Published 08/12/11

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