First Cruise on Oceania: Marina Cruise Review by FBurcaw

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First Cruise on Oceania

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Dover
This was our first cruise with Oceania and we were very impressed. In particular, the food was several notches above any previous cruise we have taken. All four alternate restaurants were fantastic. We also enjoyed La Reserve, which is not to be missed ! The Terrace Cafe is beyond belief. It is set up like a wonderful restaurant and not as a cafeteria. The food is outstanding and one would not be wrong to eat every meal here. Fabulous choices each meal. The main dining room is OK, but the choices are somewhat limited with some weird concoctions. We only ate two of our dinners there, since all the other restaurants were so fabulous. No extra charges except for the special Wine and Food at "La Reserve"

The PH3 cabin we had was great. Feels like a 5 star European hotel room. Wonderful marble bathrooms and beds that are beyond belief. I have a serious problem with beds as I get backaches every night. Even at home, I have not found a bed to solve this problem. Well, I slept like More a baby all 12 nights and never had a backache. I would give anything to have brought that bed home with me ! Makes other cruise lines feel like you are sleeping on a cot.

The entire ship feels more like a hotel than a ship. Quality everywhere. The crew was outstanding and so was the entertainment. Every show, either production or outside entertainers was first class. The thing that impresses right off the bat is that nobody is trying to sell you anything. No photos, ( never had our picture taken once ), no soda specials and water charges, no hawking of boutique wares in the corridors, etc. The lack of formal nights is wonderful. Country club casual is the attire, but you do see many woman dressed up and even some gentlement in tuxes, but if you just want to wear a shirt and slacks, no problem. Everyone complied with the dress code. Even the internet worked very well. Our embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly. Our cabin came with a Butler, who seemed to know exactly what we wanted and when we wanted it. He was everywhere, but was not obtrusive at all.

Port tours were OK, but nothing different than any other cruise line. They all use the same outside vendors. The port tours are more expensive than some other cruise line charge, but they were very well organized. We did miss two ports due to weather, the sea swells being too much for the tenders to safely operate. However, Oceania cruises are very port intensive and missing these two actually were enjoyable to a degree to have some more cruising time.

All in all, a very impressive and enjoyable cruise. While on board, we booked another cruise for April, 2012. Highly recommend doing this as you get an additional 5% discount for booking on the ship. Less

Published 08/14/11

Cabin review: PH310022 Penthouse Suite

The cabin was wonderful. The beds were fantastic. The bathroom was beautiful, although the shower is a bit tight for a big person. The veranda was wonderful, with comfortable padded chairs and teak floors. The TV was good, but would have preferred it in the sitting area rather than bed area. Room even had a lap top computer. The walk in closet was excellent, as was the safe. The room location on the ship made everything convenient and the location was quiet. No problems at all with the PH3 cabin.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Did not take a tour here. City is easy walking distance to port and you can spend quite a bit of time exploring on your own or booking canal cruises. Very interesting cities, even when you accidentally wander into the red light district.

We took an all day tour to Brussels. Fascinating city tour well worthwhile. It did cause us to miss a tour of the old town of Brugge, which we heard was also excellent

Took a tour to Rouen. It was a very pretty city with some impressive sites.

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