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Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to visit Norway again & since this cruise also had some new to us ports we booked it It was round trip Amsterdam which was also a good feature for us We took the cruise only fare & booked our own Bus class ... Read More
We wanted to visit Norway again & since this cruise also had some new to us ports we booked it It was round trip Amsterdam which was also a good feature for us We took the cruise only fare & booked our own Bus class seat on Air Canada ..wonderful lie flat seats we managed to actually sleep on the flight Embarkation: We we were in a B cabin so we arrived about 1:00pm minimal line up & we were onboard quickly went to the Terrace for a quick bite to eat amazingly it was not crowded like other embarkation days when our cabins were ready we dropped off the carry on bags then went wandering back to cabin to unpack before muster Muster was quick & painless as usual some people felt the drill was not for them after Muster we headed to Horizons after dropping off our life vests we had our Cruise Critic Meet & Greet A section was roped off with a sign for CC (Thank you Dominique) We had a good turn out I would guess about 50 + people as well as the CD Peter & GM Dominique after that dinner in the Terrace with our TA & a small group of her clients & a surprise guest Mr Bob Binder & his wife were also on the cruise The cruise was very smooth sailing we did have a issue one day one of the life boats had a leak so required us to stay later in port until it was fixed we were a little late getting into the next port but at least we made it there was some doubt the night before whether we would or just have a sea day The Oceania crew came through Food was very good with some hiccups but who is perfect all the time We ate in Red Ginger it was better than the last time we tried it but it was not that good sorry but 3 strikes we are done with Red Ginger For those that say the food there is not spicy enough ..you should have had my Green Curry ..I had no feeling in my mouth for the duration of the meal Oh Well we prefer the GDR any way & we did not starve The scones at tea are still not like they used to be but better than our last cruise The weather was very nice then the heatwave caught up with us in some of the ports It was uncomfortable for me so we did not do too much in those ports ..some we had been to before Overall the cruise was very good & we booked another on onboard (which we rarely do) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania and we are officially spoiled. Marina is a beautiful ship and the service and cuisine were excellent. We were impressed with the spacious public areas as well. Even on sea days there was always a ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania and we are officially spoiled. Marina is a beautiful ship and the service and cuisine were excellent. We were impressed with the spacious public areas as well. Even on sea days there was always a place to sit with friends. The staff were courteous and pleasant at all times and our cabin was always immaculate. We dined at all four specialty restaurants and found them all quite good with the sea bass at Red Ginger the standout entree for everyone in our party. MDH said it was the best he's ever had. The Main Dining room and the Terrace Grill were both very good options. The grilled lobster at the Terrace was wonderful when we chose to go for a more casual dinner one evening. Turning to the ports of call, the fjords were breathtaking as we were fortunate to have mostly clear weather after the morning mist and fog lifted. We enjoyed all the ports in Norway with the exception of Stavanger where there wasn't much to see. We did not use any of the ships excursions preferring to go at our own pace. We bought our tickets online, months in advance, for the Flam railway which was one of the major highlights of our trip. Edinburgh was fogged in so the tender service was delayed until afternoon so we decided to stay on board. We've done it before and it's one of the most unpleasant lifeboat rides ever. Anyway, loved the ship! Also, disembarkation was the smoothest in our experience. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for embarkation - with all the Americans arriving from the airport quite early we were herded into a waiting room for almost two hours and then had to wait in a line until "priority " passengers were allowed to check in without standing for more than a minute. Rather unfair to those of us with blue tags who were left to stand and wait in a very long line. Improvements are needed there. With the exception of embarkation, this cruise on Marina was excellent and Oceania is our new favorite cruise line. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
OVERVIEW: We (my wife and I) selected this cruise based on previous experience sailing with Oceania, and also the itinerary of this specific cruise. The Norwegian Fjords were on our "bucket list" and this cruise also included ... Read More
OVERVIEW: We (my wife and I) selected this cruise based on previous experience sailing with Oceania, and also the itinerary of this specific cruise. The Norwegian Fjords were on our "bucket list" and this cruise also included three ports in Russia: Murmansk, Solovetsky Islands, and Archangel. The cruise was wonderful, we would highly recommend it. Anyone considering this itinerary, regardless of cruise line, should realize that the weather is unpredictable. We had wonderful weather, out of 20 days we had 18 days without rain and warmer than expected; but weather is always a roll of the dice and especially for this part of the world. However the cruise director confided that the same cruise in 2015 experienced fog most every day. All that said we would still highly recommend this cruise, the landscapes of Norway change as you travel north above the arctic circle and there is no place quite like. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. The only negative points involved embarkation and disembarkation which is covered below. SHIP: Oceania Nautica is a smaller ship, about 680 passengers. We enjoy this because it allows meeting many the other passengers, and the open seating in the dining room facilitates getting acquainted with fellow travelers. The staff was excellent, always helpful and attentive. DINING: Oceania takes pride in the ships cuisine, and we were not disappointed. The menu in the Grand Dining Room was varied every day and the number of selections rather amazing. Although some selections were better than others, we were never disappointed. There are also two specialty restaurants which require reservations, Polo Grill offers primarily steaks, and Toscana is Italian cuisine. SERVICE: The service was excellent, from the front desk to the cabin steward everyone was personable and did everything they could to be helpful and attentive. ENTERTAINMENT: There were shows in the lounge every evening after dinner, the entertainment was always good. There were also special entertainers such as a magician, and dance duo, during portions of the cruise. PORTS and EXCURSIONS: We are independent travelers so the only excursions we purchased were the ports in Russia. The reason was that you need to obtain a Russian Visa to explore on your own in Russia, this is not necessary if you stay with the tours offered by Oceania. We find the price of Oceania's excursions to be quite high, so we set off on our own in the Norwegian ports. Also, we found the tour buses in this remote part of Russia are not typical. The buses are smaller, do not have air conditioning, and the sound system used by the guide is sometimes very poor. EMBARKATION and DISEMBARKATION: This is the primary reason that we did not rate the cruise as "Excellent". We flew to Copenhagen to board and purchased the Oceania airport transfer to the ship. On our previous cruise with Oceania we were met at baggage claim and had assistance with our luggage from the baggage claim area to the bus. This time we had to roll our luggage from the airport to the bus which was parked about a five minute walk away. We could have taken a taxi to the ship and paid a fraction of what the bus transfer cost. We disembarked the ship at Southhampton and our flight home was from London Heathrow, so again we purchased the airport transfer. Leaving the ship was chaos, our bus was to be the first leave but apparently had to wait for people who were tardy. The entire process could have been much better organized. When we finally got underway it was a 2 hour drive to Heathrow which only allowed about 1 hour to get our bags checked and get through security. Our flight was boarding by the time we arrived at the gate. This was much too close for comfort, and we paid a premium for the stress of the situation. Again, we will investigate alternatives in the future. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
My wife and I just completed the 20 night Great Northern Lights cruise on the Nautical. This was our first Oceania cruise after cruising on their sister line, Regent, several times. We are very pleased with our first experience with this ... Read More
My wife and I just completed the 20 night Great Northern Lights cruise on the Nautical. This was our first Oceania cruise after cruising on their sister line, Regent, several times. We are very pleased with our first experience with this line! Travel to embarkation with air provided by Oceania was very smooth, on time and uneventful. Check in was extremely well organized and efficiently completed. Our stateroom was ready at 1:30 p m, our luggage arrived soon after. Our stateroom, a concierge level balcony room, was very nice. Our room was very well cared for by our two room stewardesses, cleaned very well and done when most convenient to us. Dining was a treat on the Nautica for us. The two specialty restaurants, the Polo Grill(steakhouse) and Toscana(Italian) serve great food in a smaller room with great atmosphere. The Grand Dining room has an expanded menu and also serves very good food. The buffet restaurant offers all three meals in a top level area with great views and a large variety of offerings. The buffet being offered at dinner provides a quicker alternative if you don't want to spend 1 1/2-2 hours for dinner. Entertainment on the ship had great variety--singers, comedians, instrumentalists, magicians, and a very good show band. As group ship entertainment goes, this was excellent. The best thing about the Nautica--without a doubt was the crew. The service far exceeded any expectations we had. Every level of crew went above and beyond to please the passengers. Also outstanding was the cruise director, Ray Carr. Disembarkation was highly organized and was carried out without any issues. We would definitely cruise with Oceania again! Read Less
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