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I have read some of the reviews, and wonder how anyone could give Oceania and their Marina ship anything but 5 stars. True, we have not been on 40 or 50 cruises like others, but have been on enough cruises to know the differences between ... Read More
I have read some of the reviews, and wonder how anyone could give Oceania and their Marina ship anything but 5 stars. True, we have not been on 40 or 50 cruises like others, but have been on enough cruises to know the differences between a Chevy and a Mercedes cruise line. Oceania, specifically the Marina, does all the little things better. Embarkation is quick, easy and efficient. When they told us that our room would be ready at 1:30 PM; it was ready at 1:30 PM. Our bags were transported quickly and we were nested within an hour or so of entering the ship. Plenty of hangers in the closet so the extra hangers we brought because of past experiences with other cruise ships were unnecessary. A bottle of champagne and personally signed note from the captain welcomed the beginning of our 50th anniversary trip. We did not frequent the buffet dining room because we preferred the main dining room and its wonderful food and service. The buffet area was crowded because of the poor weather that kept many people from sitting outside and dining. Open seating in the main dining room was terrific and after just a few days, the Hostess, Rebecca, knew our name, room number and our preferred seating. We dined at each of the specialty restaurants. Three of the four were five star, the fourth was only four star. Again, service, menu, and quality of the food were excellent. (A personal note: I did a rough calculation of the cost in the US of our food each day if we ate the same menus and received the same service and came up with a number between $350 and $450 per day for two. The means during our 16 day cruise we received over $5,000 worth of food-service. Getting back to reality at home was a major transition.) For those who travel on Marina, you have got to try the afternoon tea. It is an extravaganza of deserts, various teas, and is sandwiched nicely just before Happy Hour bar pricing. Our room service was perfect. If our sign went up that we wanted our room made up, by the time we returned from our meal or activity, it was done. The bathroom in our Concierge level room with balcony was terrific. A small separate shower and a full sized bathtub with shower. The towels were plush and the shampoo, conditioner, bath salts, and even after shave lotion were top drawer. When we got a little low on bathroom supplies, they were automatically replaced by our diligent room staff. We never saw a photographer (Thank you God!) and general announcements were made in the common areas not in your rooms allowing us to sleep late. On board activities were so-so and the weather kept the entire ship load of passengers (1,000) out of the pool area and hot tubs except for one or two days of the 16 day trip. We were not hassled by security or ship's personnel when we brought bottles of wine back from our ports of call to consume in our room. That was a very pleasant surprise and is not published anywhere... of course. We agree that if we could have scheduled the trip a little later in June or July, the weather may have been warmer and allowed us to use the outdoor facilities more often. If you are a golfer, they have a neat 18 hole putting course and hitting/net cage. You can keep up with your golf game! We enjoyed the well stocked game room with plenty of board and card games available. The library was so good it was too crowded. That could have been due to the cool temperatures. The ship has a large inventory of DVD's and each room's TV has a built-in DVD player. Disembarkation in South Hampton was unbelievably swift and efficient. All the bags were well organized and in place when we exited the ship at 7:15 AM. The Southampton terminal staff did a fabulous job of organizing bags, free carts and personal service. Our contracted driver met us for a smooth and enjoyable trip to Heathrow for our flight to Iceland. In summary, the biggest compliment we can pay to Oceania is to let you know that we have already booked our second trip for August, 2016. Hope you enjoy this wonderful cruise line and ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015

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