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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We had sailed previously on Rivera and loved the size and choice of restaurants so it was and easy decision to do a Baltic cruise on the sister ship Marina. We were not disappointed. We met some amazing people along the way and thanks ... Read More
We had sailed previously on Rivera and loved the size and choice of restaurants so it was and easy decision to do a Baltic cruise on the sister ship Marina. We were not disappointed. We met some amazing people along the way and thanks to John and Paula were able to spend a lovely evening viewing their amazing Owners suite. Wow very impressive. Oceania staff are very attentive at all times. The restaurants were good although we did not think the steaks in Polo or the Terrace were perfected. Entertainment could do with a little improvement although we often didn't make it to the shows due to the wonderful company on many a mixed table which is fun. The itinerary was the reason we chose this particular cruise and we were not disappointed especially with St Petersburg. The ship shore excursions were expensive and not as good as the private tour we did Alla tours which was exceptional. Thanks John for your advice. On the whole we had a wonderful cruise yet again with Oceania. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This review is for the Marina Baltic “Viking Homelands” trip commencing in Copenhagen on September 12 and ending in Amsterdam September 24, 2017. We were first time Oceania customers. Previously on RCL, Cunard and ... Read More
This review is for the Marina Baltic “Viking Homelands” trip commencing in Copenhagen on September 12 and ending in Amsterdam September 24, 2017. We were first time Oceania customers. Previously on RCL, Cunard and Celebrity from 1992 to 2015. Overall, 9/10 for our first Oceania experience; we are very pleased. We were in a regular veranda # 8075. We will book again with Oceania when circumstances permit; what Oceania offered met our requirements and our expectations with a few exceptions noted below. We chose Oceania this time because this itinerary had different ports for departure and arrival and the best selection of destinations for a Baltic cruise we have ever seen; including Oslo and smaller ports like Tallinn and Visby. This selection of ports and trip itinerary is not provided on the mass cruise lines. We did not use Oceania excursions - we used TJ travel for St. Petersbury and Berlin. TJ travel was excellent and would use them again. Trust this review will be of interest/assistance to those on the Oceania board as well as other Cruise Critic members. SUMMARY Our review is based on Oceania marketing materials – their statement of their product. The review is based on what we experienced versus what Oceania stated they would provide, the “O” Life Difference. Your assessment may be different. Please know, we are very skeptical consumers – We believe nothing in writing and wait to see what actually happens. We are not loyal to any service provider and monitor exactly what product is received from cruise lines, restaurants, hotels etc. We are “value for money” consumers – price is only one analysis component. “The Finest Cuisine At Sea” – Hard to evaluate unless you have cruised a lot on most of the lines. Will say most of the food was very good; high quality, large and varied selection in the theme restaurants, well prepared, good presentation. As expected of a premium line, in Tallinn, the chef was able to get fresh sea bream and it was served in Toscana. Super excellent. The breads and sweets were of the highest quality – especially the pain au chocolate which was real French pastry not bread dough like on the mass lines. The example of the food that typified the quote above was the dessert lollipop – a small cone wrapped in gold foil. It had a sugar cone and inside was a fresh strawberry, raspberry etc. with chocolate ganache on top and icing. This was available most lunches and dinners in the Terrace buffet; do not see that on a mass line. Little things matter. One of the things that drove us away from Celebrity was they started to put a fake coffee creamer on the breakfast tray (vile to say the least). The breakfast tray on Oceania was exceptional – it was over the top. Real cream in a stainless steel container. WOW. Could not be more pleased. Please see below under negatives regarding food. “A Variety Of Distinctive Open-Seating Restaurants, all at no additional charge” – That statement is somewhat misleading. All cruise ships have a minimum of one (1) open seating, included in the fare, the pool deck food venue. What was different from the mass cruise lines was the open-seating Grand Dining Room with no charge. This venue was excellent from size, location, tables, service, fit and finish. “Gourmet cruise created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pepin” – His “every day favorites” in the Grand Dining Room were not so special frankly. The plated products we were served were mass cruise line quality. A piece of naked salmon and green beans supplemented with your choice of sides in separate dishes. His food in Jacques was a slightly better quality than we have had on Celebrity. You need to try harder Oceania in this regard. “Epicurean enrichment programs” – Yes, very well patronized on sea days. Seemed high end with very engaged chefs and enthused guests. “Award winning itineraries” – Tried to find out who gave Oceania an award – nothing. Will say their itineraries are well beyond the mass lines – Oceania does not repeat an itinerary, and they usually leave and arrive at different ports. You definitely get more value on Oceania voyages versus the mass cruise lines when you factor in the effort and cost to fly these days. The “Viking Homelands” itinerary was the best of the Baltic season across all cruise lines. “Intimate, luxurious ships catering to just 684 to 1,250 guests” – This is a big difference versus mass cruise lines. A huge advantage and worth paying for. “Exceptional personalize service” – received all that. We were in a regular veranda stateroom. Our dear stewardess put a white towel down by either side of our bed every night. Our slippers were put there. When you undress at night, you are on this special towel, not the carpet. It was worth so much to have this – the little things make a huge difference. “Country club casual ambiance” – Delivered. I would say that with a few exceptions, guests dressed country club style, with significant high end golf wear. “Acclaimed Canyon Ranch Spa Club”- Did not patronize Regarding entertainment, was good quality and appropriate for the target market. Good singing ability and costumes. Entertainment aimed at target market; baby boomers. No lavish vegas style productions. The port lecturer was from a California university - fact based and dry but ok. This is an adult cruise line, there were no children present nor are there any services available to support same. NEGATIVES As is typical of life, there is usually a few items that are at variance with expectations/advertisement. Room noise. Two sources of noise. Given the cruise line, we had expectations of acoustical quiet with the exception of the inevitable door slamming. Not provided on Marina. First, there was constant “banging” from the staterooms on either side. Why? Because the drawer/closet drawer closers were so strong they pulled the drawers/closets back into place with a huge “bang”. Repeatedly over and over at all times of the day and night depending upon the schedule of our neighbours. We were awoken every morning early with “bangs” beside our head while lying in bed. We made sure to manually close all our drawers so there was no “banging” from our stateroom. We have to say that it was most disturbing because it was random and loud. This is obviously a systemic design flaw in the ship creating noise – because never had this before on any other ship. Second, the acoustical application in walls/ceilings seemed poor because we constantly heard foot falls above us and TV sounds from both sides – again, never experienced this on other ships. To summarize, we were not pleased with the stateroom acoustical privacy and it is a show stopper for us regarding another booking on Marina. We assume that other guests have heard this so really do not know if this is an issue for other guests. Concierge. Guest Relations recommended we speak with Concierge regarding the noise issue. We submitted a form. Received a call and had a short discussion. We were dismissed by both the employee and the supervisor. No interest or empathy happening with this business unit. Terrace Café – Given this is a premium cruise line and the stated “finest cuisine at sea”, we were disappointed at the limited range of food in this venue. Half the café had the same food so there was much less choice than you would think. Things like only a single style of pasta offered (not a pasta bar with multiple inputs), no “ethnic” food bar rather some nights had a theme menu given the day’s port etc. There were more limitations on choice than we thought. Grand Dining Room – As mentioned earlier, the Jacques selections were not impressive and not in compliance with “finest cuisine at sea”. Further, some entrees like sea bass pasta and fried avocado were awful and cheap and should never have been presented on Oceania. Other entrees were acceptable but to be frank – not generally any better than the entrees on our last Celebrity cruise in the MDR. So Oceania, the Grand Dining Room menu was not totally in compliance with “the finest cuisine at sea”. HIGHLIGHTS Small Vessels – What a total joy and privilege to be on a 66,000 ton vessel. It was manageable and simple to enter and exit. We lacked for nothing but had everything. Were able to see other guests and staff often. A total joy and we are pleased to pay for an intimate experience of a ship this size. Inclusiveness – This is big item for our household. Notwithstanding suites and their lounge; everyone on the ship mingled. Everyone ate in every food venue – there were no guests segregated in a separate dining area as is increasingly the case on the mass cruise lines. This is a reason we moved from Celebrity to Oceania. We enjoy meeting everyone on the ship over drinks and dinners. If Oceania changes this, we will remove our patronage. Many guests we spoke with felt the same. Guests – The class and decorum of the guests simply outstanding. A significant step up from Celebrity guests over the years. Gracious, knowledgeable, dressed well, not fixated on booze. Service – No words to describe the excellent service by the staff (except Concierge noted earlier). Every staff member we interacted with were classy, gracious, pleasant, enthused, would look you in the eye and many, many smiles. When a plate was done, it was gone between 10 to 30 seconds. Outstanding. The level of service and personalized service was simply amazing. We are more than pleased to pay for this level and quality of service. Totally spoiled now. Compliments to all those wonderful hard working staff. Themed Restaurants – Simply the best food dining arrangement we have experienced. So much better than assigned to a single dining venue and having to pay extra per the mass lines. Oceania you have a winning concept here. This will bring us back to Oceania. Had dinner at 4 different themed restaurants with outstanding food and service. Were able to book additional nights beyond our base of 4, so that was excellent and efficiently handled. The food and service was outstanding in each restaurant. Cruise Director – Nolan Dean was excellent. Professional, courteous with humour and energy. Nothing forced here, a genuine professional enjoying his job. Class from beginning to end. High Tea – Outstanding, oh my. Blows the high tea on QM2 out of the water. Total quality and care and class. Watching the chefs assemble the servers and describe each food item was outstanding. This was well attended by guests and we can see why. Room Attendant – We had a delightful room stewardess and assistant who kept our room perfect. These staff were not performing their work with the agitation and franticness that we have experienced on other cruise lines. Coffee Bar and Library – Excellent layout with the coffee bar, sandwiches and sweets section than followed by the library then followed by the card room – an excellent layout which was highly patronized. RECENT OCEANIA THREADS Bland Food - We have no previous experience with Oceania so can-not say. Will say the food tasted good overall considering most of it is probably previously frozen and produced in somewhat mass quantity. Found the food in Red Ginger (ate there twice), a bit bland. Asked for more spice and sure enough it tasted “alive”. We met numerous repeater guests and asked them this question. Most said the food was of poorer quality and taste a couple of years ago but has improved since. COMPARISON TO MASS CRUISE LINES I have been a CC member for over 15 years and have seen and experienced much related to cruising. Oceania is not suitable for every cruise guest. Oceania is not a high energy, high entertainment experience. We believe the focus is on quiet enjoyment, excellent food and service, relationship with the sea and guest interaction. Oceania does not try to keep you entertained all the time and does not encourage loud activities and behaviors. There is limited to no upselling. Oceania keeps the scale of their product at the low end with smallish ships which encourages intimacy between guests and crew and guests. It is a fairly simple on board product which is executed very well and with pride. Since 2010 or so, the mass cruise lines focus on product cheapening, booze, nickel and diming, mega ships, class favoritism, “ship in a ship”, inward ship design, minimizing itinerary in favour of on board revenue generation, shorter itineraries, gimmicks like magic carpets (celebrity) and in many cases abandoning the long-time guest in favor of the millennial. This appeals to some and repels others as to be expected. Pleased to say, Oceania appears representative of the golden age of cruising prior to 2010. Celebrity is our previous cruise provider and the Oceania product (and guests) are simply the previous Celebrity (and well beyond that) before Celebrity changed their product. On Marina, around the pool were staff offering flavored ices like I enjoyed on Solstice in 2013. The high tea was like I enjoyed on the Zenith in 1992 and Century in 1998. There were petite sandwiches in the Marina coffee bar like on Solstice in 2013. In the Marina Grand Dining Room, you were able to choose your sides just like I previously enjoyed on Celebrity. Regarding service; we have considerable empathy for the staff on the mass cruise lines given the cutbacks and increasing complexity of the ship experience. This class and that class and that class dining only for lunch but not dinner and on and on in a complex matrix of delivery requirements. Met numerous staff on Marina who were quite open about leaving Celebrity, RCL and Princess in particular because it was impossible to do a good job given the reduced staff levels combined with increasing complexity and having to deal with customers who were constantly demanding more and more and explanations on differences in class amenities. Oceania seems to have a straightforward product which makes it easier for staff to deliver and guests to understand and evaluate. We appreciate that and it must be so much better for the staff considering their circumstance. Fortunately there is considerable choice in cruise service providers, so hopefully each consumer can find a good fit. We believe that with the constant change in the industry and the cruise line chase for increased profit, it is becoming necessary to reduce brand loyalty. Hence why we moved to Oceania for now. For the moment, our decision analysis has been rewarded. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Itinerary was exactly what was wanted for a Baltic cruise. 3 days in St. Petersburg is a must. The other ports were excellent. One port allowed us the opportunity to meet family we had located and only corresponded with for years. ... Read More
Itinerary was exactly what was wanted for a Baltic cruise. 3 days in St. Petersburg is a must. The other ports were excellent. One port allowed us the opportunity to meet family we had located and only corresponded with for years. September sailing was decent weather. Rain for short bursts of time during one or two tours but sunny and pleasant other days. Tour guides from Oceania and private tours spoke and understood English. The history and life style philosophy of the various countries was explained and discussed by and with the tour guides. As for Russia...Despite the concerns, we elected to take a private tour of both St. Petersburg and Berlin. Price was excellent and did include the the Russian Visa. Going through customs in SPB was not an issue. Just show your printed tickets sent prior to the cruise. It had dates and times. The tours were full days on all 3 days in SPB. Berlin was also a full day. Be prepared with good walking shoes in all ports. Food: average to poor. Main Dining Room Maine lobster was very dry. Menu the same on the nights we looked for options. Entries needed to meet the spice rack. Buffet: Better option. Shrimp and FL lobster tail cooked to order. Desserts looked beautiful had no flavor. Sorbet best bet. Only did Italian speciality restaurant. The Asian servers could not pull off the Italian accent. They did try. Food was average at best. Other specialities restaurants booked. In the Buffet, plates and cups were attempted to be removed when plates half eaten with coffee or tea cleared up as others still eating at our table. Other nights could not wave down a person for adult beverages or servers. More so in the evening than breakfast. Tables were available for other diners during these time. Servers in the buffet and on the tables spoke English but need work on their comprehension. Many of the people seemed to be on their first contract in need of more orientation. Entertainment: Singers and dancers obviously had talent. The shows were a disappointment. No performances until 9:30pm. Very late when the tours started at 8am or earlier. Activities: Lecturer on TV was good. Did not attend bean bag toss or Bingo on the sea day. For being labeled a "premium/luxury cruise experience", average is a very generous rating. Would think long and hard about rebooking on this cruise line. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My wife and I were excited when our best friends finally chose to go on a cruise. The choice for the four of us was a Baltic Sea cruise on the Marina. We've cruised on Oceania twice before and we regaled our friends with the food, the ... Read More
My wife and I were excited when our best friends finally chose to go on a cruise. The choice for the four of us was a Baltic Sea cruise on the Marina. We've cruised on Oceania twice before and we regaled our friends with the food, the service and the over the top experience they'd expect. What a disappointment! The main dining room menu was a NCL type menu, the specialty restaurants were great but not premium (except Red Ginger). We saw our room steward once, at the beginning, when the champagne flutes accompanying our complimentary champagne had to be replaced because they were not washed. She offered to clean them herself, we insisted they be replaced with ones which had gone through the dish washer. The four of us took 4 excursions booked through Oceania, 3 of them were a waste of time. Only the 'Berlin on your own' proved to be worthwhile. If I'm going to experience a NCL type cruise it should be priced accordingly, Oceania as it stands now is over priced. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise due to the ports - especially 3 days in St. Petersburg. Due to full days in ports and only 1 at sea day, we did not participate in any on board activities. Entertainment at night was not as good as on other cruises, ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the ports - especially 3 days in St. Petersburg. Due to full days in ports and only 1 at sea day, we did not participate in any on board activities. Entertainment at night was not as good as on other cruises, including the Oceania Nautica. We did private port excursions in St. Petersburg and Berlin and on our own in other countries. Oceania excursions were very pricey and not as extensive as offered by private companies. The Marina is a very nice, comfortable, and classy ship, Although it held 1200 passengers, it did not feel any more crowded than the 600 passenger Nautica which we were on previously. The crew was friendly and helpful. There was a wide selection of food in all the restaurants. We had a Veranda cabin which was very spacious though we did not really need the balcony as it was cold outside. I would definitely chose this ship and company again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was my first cruise with Oceania. It did not start well. I made the reservation and was told all kinds of stuff like how they would coordinate with me on Airline reservations (more in a minute), insurance, and freebees. They never ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Oceania. It did not start well. I made the reservation and was told all kinds of stuff like how they would coordinate with me on Airline reservations (more in a minute), insurance, and freebees. They never called about the airline reservations. They booked me out of a gateway 5 hours away on a day I didn't want to travel. They had me arriving in Stockholm about 4 hours before sailing. That by itself is really stupid. You never get over the jet lag as we were in port 9 of the 10 days. They finally rebooked my flight for 1 day earlier, not 2 that I wanted, from my home airport for only a $500.00 extra charge. I had gotten a very good hotel rate for 2 nights. And when I tried to change it to 1 night, they were going to charge me more than the 2 night rate. So I cancelled the hotel and went somewhere else. It was still more than my 2 night rate. I found the office staff annoying and not very customer service oriented. They had some bad attitudes. It was not enjoyable dealing with them ever! Fortunately, the shipboard experience was far better. My wife and I have sailed around 20 times each. Most were on Princess and Celebrity. On those lines, we always had our cruise cards on lanyards as you had to use them for everything under the sun. Except for a few drinks we had in the dining room, we never used them except for leaving and returning to the ship. The on-boarding process was pretty easy. We waited in line outside for maybe 30 minutes as we moved thru security. we checked in on the ship with a lot of helpers. It took only a couple of minutes. The food was some better than Princess and Celebrity. Dinner was anytime, anywhere (if you had a reservation). Specialty restaurants were all included ant no extra charge. The food was good. Some of the choices were strange for those of us with plebian palates. But pretty tasty. Also included was gratuities and internet along with either shipboard credit or a number of free tours. We took the credit and used it for massages. There's not much to buy but some high end stuff of which we already have too much. The little things like free shuttles and free water, while not terribly expensive, are included. Sure you pay for it but you are not nickeled and dimed to death making it feel you're at Motel 6. Included were the possibility of 6 free tours. These were shortish tours of perhaps 31/2 to 5 hours. Tours in the Baltics were fairly boring. The highlight was 3 days in Russia. We did a private 3 day tour -- 2 in St Petersburg and one in Moscow. The middle day in Moscow was grueling. We started at 5 am, took a high speed train to Moscow that took 4 hours. The weather was awful--cold and rainy. Not much you can do about that. Our guide was young, very smart, but didn't know how to walk and talk out of the rain. It made the day uncomfortable for sure. We barely made the train for the 4 hour journey back. Got home at 12:30. The kicker was that we paid $650 for all 3 days. Oceania charged $1,450 for the one day in Moscow. Youch! There weren't a lot of daily activities as we were in port every day but one. The staff and service were something the other cruise lines need to copy. The service was nothing short of excellent and their attitudes were pretty much we're happy you are here. Sure, they are expensive but cheaper than the highest end cruises and much more than Princess and Celebrity. But, as they say, you get what you pay for! We will more than likely do another cruise with Oceania. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
interesting destinations. We prepared the visits in detail starting We organised most visits ourselves. (you can better take a local agency if you want to visit St Petersburg: This is less expensive and you have much more choice. This ... Read More
interesting destinations. We prepared the visits in detail starting We organised most visits ourselves. (you can better take a local agency if you want to visit St Petersburg: This is less expensive and you have much more choice. This agencies take care of the needed visa). Embarkation took a long time. There was no priority boarding or dedicated check-in desk. The cabin is perfect and the dining really excellent. Very professional service in the dining room, the speciality restaurants and excellent barista's in the coffee shop. Staff is very friendly and helpfull We were not happy at all with the organisation of the shore excursions. The timing of one of the excursions was changed but this was not explicitly mentioned. As the new timing didn't suit us, we tried to change to another excursion. However this was not possible any more and we lost the excursion. The destination staff was not customer oriented at all. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The service on the Oceania ship is over the top. Whatever you want/need, the cheerful and eager staff will bend over backwards to make passengers happy. Actually every wish is anticipated. Everything was beyond our expectations. We ... Read More
The service on the Oceania ship is over the top. Whatever you want/need, the cheerful and eager staff will bend over backwards to make passengers happy. Actually every wish is anticipated. Everything was beyond our expectations. We chose to join a 'Roll Call' with Gina Raio Bitsimis, which we found on Cruise Critic. We connected with her group on board and excursions (roughly 10 per bus) were organized with them...at a much more reasonable price than the ship's expensive excursions of large bus loads. The reasons why we switched from Princess to Oceania are: 1. no high pressure advertising 2. the meals which are all of the highest quality and flavour. The only negative (besides the pillows!) was the debarcation at the end of the cruise which took 45 minutes of standing in line after picking up our suitcases outside the ship waiting for a taxi. We loved our Oceania Baltic cruise experience and recommend it highly. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This trip was long in the planning - I had actually booked the same itinerary on another line a couple of years ago but life interfered - so when the same itinerary came up again on the Oceania Marine, I booked it and am thrilled that I ... Read More
This trip was long in the planning - I had actually booked the same itinerary on another line a couple of years ago but life interfered - so when the same itinerary came up again on the Oceania Marine, I booked it and am thrilled that I was finally able to visit the Baltic! I was on the Marina two years ago on a Venice to Rome itinerary and absolutely loved the ship. It didn't look like it had aged at all - the ship was still in beautiful condition, spotless and with very attractive public spaces. The ship sailed full or close to it, so on our one sea day, it did seem a little bit more crowded - there wasn't a seat to be had in the Library, which was my favorite hang out spot - but that's to be excepted. Embarkation: We got on in Stockholm - our embarkation time was 1PM and when we showed up, at about 1:10, there was a very long line of people outside the fenced dock area out in the open and snaking their way to a small white tent where two officers were checking passports before letting you into the larger white tent where hand luggage was screened before actually getting on the ship. It was cool and not super sunny outside - it could have been a bit uncomfortable in very hot or rainy weather but I didn't mind the wait at all. One man who arrived after we did saw the line and as he was making his way to the end of it, was loudly complaining and saying his cruise was "ruined" - and this was before he even got on the ship! Stockholm doesn't seem to have one of those large check in buildings and after screening our hand luggage we were immediately directed into the Marina lounge once onboard, where a large number of Oceana crew were on hand to actually check you in and give you your cards - very quick and painless. By then, it was about 2:15 and it was a short wait until our cabins were open at 3. Food: As with my last cruise on the Marina, the food was overall, excellent. The main dining room ranged a bit from very good to excellent - all the dishes I got were hot or cold as they should be and the menus were wonderful. I was only able to get reservations at the specially restaurants with my original booking - no additional reservations were available, unfortunately. I only had one dish at the MDR which I didn't totally love, the Beef Bourguignon, which was a bit too salty. Terrace Grill - breakfast and lunch here, as well as one dinner when I didn't feel like going to the main DR. Food was for the most part very good - milkshakes and ice cream were also terrific. Scrambled eggs aren't the best but the omelet station makes up for that! Red Ginger - absolutely superlative service and food. The sea bass is one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Jacques - again, superlative service and food - absolutely loved my meal there. Polo Grill - the only one I was disappointed in. I ordered the steamed lobster and it was served with a flourish under a huge steel dome - but the lobster underneath was VERY small, the size of a very large shrimp. The waiter insisted on taking it out of the shell for me and arranging it in a heart on my plate - a nice touch but I wish it had been larger. I know - I could have ordered another on or something else - but considering how much food I was eating all day already, one smaller meal wasn't going to hurt me! Toscana - did not eat there, I wasn't thrilled with it my first cruise. Ports: Tallin, Estonia - loved the town - did not do an excursion. Just walked around on our own. The ship provided a shuttle into the "old town" which was very nice. Saint Petersburg Russia - absolutely LOVED Russia! We docked at 8 and were supposed to be cleared at 9 - well, Russia doesn't always do things the way that we expect - and it was hours before we actually got off the ship. This is in NO way Oceana's fault - they are at immigration's mercy as much as we were. However, there was a VERY long line to get off - snaking down hallways and in an "s" pattern through Red Ginger. People standing for hours - perhaps a better system could be created for this. We had a 3 day excursion planned, through an outside company - the ship's tour was quadruple the cost. This is a port not to be missed - fabulous all the way around! Helsinki, Finland - also a great port - another ship provided shuttle which was lovely. Again, no tour, just explored on our own. Riga, Latvia and the remaining ports were all the same - we did not take any ships tours, just walked around on our own. It is wonderful that Oceana provides shuttles if you are docked farther than ,say a half a mile away from the town - they also provide bottle of water and maps as you are leaving the ship, which is wonderful. Enrichment lectures: We went to two, both about Russia - very informative and enjoyable. Great speakers were terrific. Gym - didn't use it but it seemed well equipped. Spa: I did two treatments, both of which I felt were too expensive for what I received and rather poor in quality. Also a VERY heavy upsell, which I dislike - I did a facial, where the lady did not even take off all my makeup and a nail polish change, where the lady specifically disregarded my wishes not to shape my nails and the polish job was poor. This again is in NO way Oceana's fault - they do not run the Canyon Ranch Spa - but lesson learned, no more spa treatments. Service: Outstanding in every area. Cabin stewardesses were wonderful - the only odd thing was, after I asked for wine glasses, they kept taking them away in the morning so I had to keep asking for them back. Just an odd little thing. Entertainment: This was a very port intensive itinerary - and we were out and about so much we were too tired to see much of the shows. We did drop in on one production show and honestly, it didn't keep our attention so we left. We are not bar people so we didn't drink at the bars. The string quartet playing in the lounge areas and at afternoon tea were wonderful. Afternoon Tea - wonderful! Every time I feel like a queen - impeccable food and service. Only got to do it twice but loved it. Shops: Standard shops, bought a few things with some onboard credit - amusing to watch the "feeding frenzy" at the Russian bazaar. Disembarkation - as we were staying the day in Copenhagen, we were one of the last groups to get off - quick and relatively painless, with our luggage waiting as soon as we got to the terminal building. There was a very long line to get a taxi but it went very quickly. Misc - as we were cruising while Hurricane Irma was about to hit FL, where I live, it was good to have TV channels that had news of what was happening - and the daily newsletter also helped keep us up to date. All in all, an absolutely fabulous cruise. I think Oceana overall has a terrific product for the money, offers great itineraries and I look forward to sailing with them again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Cruise had a fabulous itinerary visiting 7 ports in 10 days including 3 days St Petersburg. The ship Marina was super with Oceania's classic service and excellent food. A great region to travel filled with history, culture and interesting ... Read More
Cruise had a fabulous itinerary visiting 7 ports in 10 days including 3 days St Petersburg. The ship Marina was super with Oceania's classic service and excellent food. A great region to travel filled with history, culture and interesting sites. If u want a private tour of St Petersburg and Moscow try Alla-Tours. A value added tour company who provides a great service to its clients. Cruise critic enabled us to chat with fellow members as to the cruise which assisted all of us and was followed by a meet and greet onboard the ship. The service on board was as usual, excellent in all categories. Since the itinerary was so intense on a daily basis, we had little time for the nightly entertainment but did have excellent meals and also participated in Tea time The only issue was when disembarking to St Petersburg, it took an exceedingly long time for processing people which delayed the start of the tours. This should be reviewed so the passengers can leave the ship in a timely manner Read Less
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