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6 Oceania Norwegian Fjords Cruise Reviews

We have cruised many times with various companies and found the Marina is still a fabulous ship showing no signs of age despite a visit to dry dock being scheduled. We had a veranda cabin which had a full bath and separate shower and ... Read More
We have cruised many times with various companies and found the Marina is still a fabulous ship showing no signs of age despite a visit to dry dock being scheduled. We had a veranda cabin which had a full bath and separate shower and the cabin was the size of some penthouse cabins on other ships. The mattress and bedding were superb. Dining was excellent in all locations throughout the ship. Entertaining was excellent and varied. Service outstanding and friendly throughout the ship. The ports were all docked with no tendering despite the brochure showing there would be tendering at three ports. The internet was slow but one can easily use mobile data and a hotspot from your iPhone when in dock. We are aged in our 60’s and we’re middle of the age range. We didn’t take any ships tours and instead arranged our own. The local tourist offices provided a representative on board at each port and a courtesy bus to town if more than a short walk. The scenery was magnificent and best viewed from the ship while cruising through the Fiords. Oceania have a winning recipe with their O class ships We would definitely go again without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
For those interested in a comparison, let's look at the differences between Oceania and Princess. We were on the 18-day Dublin-Copenhagen segment. This was our first cruise with Oceania. We are elite with Princess. We chose this ... Read More
For those interested in a comparison, let's look at the differences between Oceania and Princess. We were on the 18-day Dublin-Copenhagen segment. This was our first cruise with Oceania. We are elite with Princess. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary: Norway and northern Russian ports. Oceania has considerably less merchandising pressure. There is no crew of photographers. The crew seems under less pressure to sell extras. There are no "cruise ship art" events. Speciality coffees and sparkling water are available without extra charge. Speciality restaurants are available without extra charge. On the other hand, the cheapest bottle of wine on Oceania is about $10 a bottle more than on Princess. That generally put wine above what I was willing to pay. The ship felt less crowded and there was never a problem finding outdoor seating (although the Northern itinerary may have had something to do with that). 650 passengers instead of thousands does make for a different (and pleasant) experience. Oceania does live up to its reputation for good food. The dining room food was consistently a notch better than Princess. The buffet food was also very good. However, the buffet was typically more crowded than I'm used to on Princess. Our cabin (C1 ocean view) was equivalent to what we'd expect on Princess. Surprisingly, the cabin steward was good, but not as good as is typical on Princess. There were two ship lecturers. We only went to the lectures by one, but she was outstanding (https://cruisethroughhistory.com}. I liked the smaller venue for ship shows, although the noise level (at times 90db or more) was louder than I'd like. Passenger demographics: Oceania is a bit older and fellow passengers are on average wealthier. They also have a tendency to provide lots of details on their previous exotic Oceania cruises. At first that was useful, since we've not been on Oceania before, but enough was enough.... Shore excursions are overpriced. We generally don't book ship excursions, but we took their tours to make life easier for the three Russian ports, and we booked the bird safari at North Cape (a mistake). In Lerwick we hired a cab for the day. I tried to rent a car, but waited too long. I'd recommend planning ahead and getting a car. Even if you feel a bit uncomfortable driving in the UK, traffic on Shetland Island is thin. We walked around Bergen, a lovely port. Instead of the Oceania excursion to Mt. Floyen, we booked in advance on-line (https://www.floyen.no/en). Efficient and lots less money. In Kristiansund, there is a company that takes off from the cruise dock and heads up the local fjord for a lot less than Oceania. The Russian tours were fine, although private packages would have saved money. North Cape was a good tour — but we could have done it for less than half the Oceania price on our own. My advice is to rent a car (there is a company at the pier that will rent a car for 1500 NOK). That would allow both the bird safari and a drive up to North Cape, and save a whole lot of money. Thee is also a public bus, although an expensive one, from the pier to North Cape. The tourist office at the pier has the details. Although the cruise to Flam is spectacular, I can't say I'd recommend the railroad trip — but if you do take it, don't book with Oceania. You can either book on-line in advance or buy a ticket once you get there. Flam itself is a town of about 500 that absorbs thousands of cruise ship passengers, and is entirely uninteresting on its own. Cabs in Copenhagen (Uber withdrew from the city) are readily available at the cruise terminal and will set you back less than the Oceania transfer. In sum, Oceania is about twice the price (or more). If I had a choice between them I'd take Princess assuming identical itineraries. However, Oceania's smaller ships bring one to places Princess doesn't. I wouldn't hesitate to book Oceania again — but only if the itinerary was one that Princess could not match. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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
Sail Date July 2018
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
Sail Date July 2017
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
Sail Date June 2016
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
Sail Date July 2015
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