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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose the cruise for the itinerary and the rave reviews on the food aboard ship The buffet restaurant was always overcrowded and offered limited selection Food quality was also poor: Soggy pastries,over cooked sausages, strange ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the itinerary and the rave reviews on the food aboard ship The buffet restaurant was always overcrowded and offered limited selection Food quality was also poor: Soggy pastries,over cooked sausages, strange tasting scrambled eggs, soggy weird tasting French fries. At lunch time the buffet was the only option The main dining room food quality lacked imagination and was of average quality at best. Little emphasis on providing regional dishes or specialities. Each of the specialty restaurants was pretentious . While having some good dishes ( veal chop in Toscana, lamb in Jacques and red ginger) the French onion soup was watery , pasta tasteless ,crepe Suzette rubbery and bitter and pastries soggy . EXTREMELY. DISAPPOINTING!! The cabins were nice with a shower and separate bath, Shore excursions were well organized and had some great guides.However several were spoilt by unfit elderly travelers ignoring fitness recommendations for the tours by selecting strenuous walking trips . Only to complain and hold up the whole group as soon as any walking was required Entertainment was on the poor side. Boarding in Stockholm was time consuming but disembarking in Copenhagen efficient Staff varied considerably in performance. Some were very friendly helpful and attentive. Others down rite rude Last Crystal cruise was superior in every aspect. I cannot imagine how Marina has a high culinary rating!!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We traveled on the Marina on a Baltic cruise and enjoyed every minute. The ship was beautiful. Every crew member we encountered was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The tours enjoyable and informative with great guides. ... Read More
We traveled on the Marina on a Baltic cruise and enjoyed every minute. The ship was beautiful. Every crew member we encountered was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The tours enjoyable and informative with great guides. The buffet was our least favourite dining option although food was was very good it could be a little chaotic. Dining in the Grand Dining Room or one of the specialty restaurants was extremely rewarding. We enjoyed all the specialty restaurants but Red Ginger was our favourite the food was unbelievable. I still think about the duck and watermelon salad. We found the staff very accommodating when we wanted to change reservation times in the specialty restaurants. If I had a criticism I would like to see the Grand Dining Room open every day for lunch. The staff cleaning our cabin could not of been friendlier. Our veranda cabin was very comfortable. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose the Marina because of the Baltic itinerary. We were not disappointed. The stops were wonderful. St Petersburg was the highlight. We booked three days with Guide-Guru Tours. My husband was skeptical, but ended up loving the ... Read More
We chose the Marina because of the Baltic itinerary. We were not disappointed. The stops were wonderful. St Petersburg was the highlight. We booked three days with Guide-Guru Tours. My husband was skeptical, but ended up loving the personal attention. The tour days in St. Petersburg were the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Tatiana, knew how to avoid all the lines and get us through all the places effortlessly. She would go ahead, purchase tickets, and by the time we reached the entrance she ushered us in. She was an amazing guide and we had a very small group. Eight of us the first day, six the second and just my husband and I the third. I will never take a large group tour again after the wonderful experience we had. It is impossible to see the sights in and around St. Petersburg in a large group. We saw twice as much as many of our shipmates. An extra bonus was that booking through Guide-Guru cost less than half of what some other fellow travelers paid! We contacted them via the internet and set everything up months in advance. We were able to pay in US dollars which saved up some $$. The Marina is a wonderful ship. The crew bends over backward to make sure your needs are met. I did not see one crew member without a smile and an offer to help you in any way. The food is delicious especially in the specialty restaurants. My husband said he had never tasted such a delicious piece of roast beef as he had in "Jacques" ,and we eat at fine restaurants frequently. The ship is a perfect size, never any crowds anywhere. We booked a Concierge level room. There was a lounge and several bags of laundry were included in the price. Also, we were able to book our specialty restaurants a month before which I appreciated. I would book another cruise on this ship without hesitation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Destination, ports and season always win out over cruiseline loyalty. 12 days Stockholm to Southampton. 3 days in St. Petersburg was the highlight. Booked 3 day small group tour with Russian agent. Elisabeth of TJ Tours was outstanding! ... Read More
Destination, ports and season always win out over cruiseline loyalty. 12 days Stockholm to Southampton. 3 days in St. Petersburg was the highlight. Booked 3 day small group tour with Russian agent. Elisabeth of TJ Tours was outstanding! Recommend Nautica overnights in Stockholm Amsterdam and Copenhagen and to include a port in Norway to see the fjords.. Oceania does offer best cuisine at sea. Carlos the Maitre'D from Portugal and his gracious assistant from Thailand always greeted us by name and remembered our seating preferences in the Grand Dining Room, Breakfast Buffet Service and choices were well presented and tastefully prepared. Fine dining excelled in the specialty restaurant venues although reserving a time before 8:30 was difficult. Disappointed that Polo Grill had run out of prime rib, however the ribeye steak substituted was delicious. Adolfo from Milan was charming in Toscana. Off hours we appreciated 24/hr limited room service menu and/ casual Waves. Loved the small ship, but Nautica does need a QM2 solarium/ covered outside pool . Like verandas, outdoor pool was useless for Baltic/North Seas. Nautica band, vocalists and dancers were talented. Horizon happy hours and afternoon tea were wonderful. Having customs agent for UK on board for passport control was expeditious. It was delightful not to be pursued by omnipresent ship photographers. Overall/service attentive staff were excellent, gracious and accommodating. Except for challenges convincing Lisiam to accept our time preferences. Bundled laundry service was terrible, he returned clothes dirty and wet so I ended up redoing all in Deck 7 guest laundry. Ship excursions promotions on TV were $$$$$, inferior, laden w disclaimers. Dr. Roger Cartwright's port talks were anecdotal, boring, off topic. We used local onboard agent to plan our port visits with great independent guide experiences. Shore excursion staff was helpful, but Oceanic Club Ambassador was curt. Cruise director marketed ship activities zealously. Free internet was nearly useless despite the best effort of the IT professional on staff who was often confronted by unhappy frustrated guests. Email messages could be received but not sent. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We took an Athens-Rome Mediterranean cruise on Marina in 2017. Loved the ship and the experience. We purchased this cruise on board. Nautica is much smaller than Marina but is dated and lacks the feeling of space and luxury of Marina. ... Read More
We took an Athens-Rome Mediterranean cruise on Marina in 2017. Loved the ship and the experience. We purchased this cruise on board. Nautica is much smaller than Marina but is dated and lacks the feeling of space and luxury of Marina. Embarkation at Stockholm was quick but there was no welcome cocktail. Our room (B2) on deck 6 was adequate. The bathroom was tiny and had only a shower protected by a cheap shower curtain (no bathtub as on Marina). Storage space was adequate. Our room was cleaned spotlessly every day. One person commented that a verandah is unnecessary on cruises to northern climates and during cooler seasons, and I agree, even though we had spectacular weather (Europe had its warmest weather on record). Our stateroom was near the rear elevator (closer to the restaurants) which was convenient. Nautica has only two specialty restaurants, so we were only allowed two such meals on a 12-day cruise (no surcharge). Oddly, each time we went, there were many empty tables. It should be noted that Nautica and the other three smaller (older) ships are being "reimagined" over the next year or two and the design looks attractive. Try to hold off until the ships are done. The interiors of Nautica are dated and frumpy. For example, on Marina there were real Picasso and Miro prints, and some delightful avant-garde works of art. On Nautica, the art looked like it came from a neighbourhood art show. Yes, this is a "first world" problem, but Oceania are among the most expensive cruises on the market. PA announcements were appropriate and brief and the cruise director was excellent on them. I was also impressed by the performers. The shows were appropriately scaled and tasteful, like a nightclub rather than Vegas. On Oceania, apart from a promotional package (cabin credit, 6 excursions/cabin, etc.) everything is extra. The wine lists are extensive and extremely expensive, starting generally at US$50 (one or two bottles) and shooting up from there. There is a 7-bottle wine package for US$350.00 and the choices were decent, but I did some research and found the majority of them cost in the range of US$10-20. Huge markup. Oceania permits bringing alcohol on board, as long as it is consumed in your cabin (there is a $25.00 corkage fee if you want to bring your bottle into a restaurant). Excursions are ridiculously expensive. Imagine 30 people paying US$300 each to board a bus for a day excursion. Typical. In St Petersburg, Russia, we went on one such excursion but were allowed only to get out of the bus at certain stops to take exterior pictures. The Hermitage, which we were looking forward to as a highlight, was too brief (actually only about 2.5 hours viewing) and of course it was massively overcrowded, which is not Oceania's fault. Tour guides were generally good, except in one case we signed up for a tour of modern Scandinavian architectural landmarks in Copenhagen but the tour was a disaster because the guide was subbed in at the last minute (with apologies) and had no time to prepare, so she showed us a few buildings near where she lived and in central Copenhagen then reverted to a tour of historic buildings because the time allotment was not used up. You would think these tours would all be pre-planned so anyone with some background could step in. We were also promised a tour of a "design factory" but were taken to a retail outlet instead which lasted about 10 minutes. Having said that, the food really is, with minor exception, the best of the cruise lines. One day the head chef made his rounds in the restaurant and I had a suggestion, which he implemented. The median age of the guests on oceania is probably about 70, and the food selections especially in the buffet area were appropriate. There were a few theme days, but most guests didn't seem to take advantage. Compared to Marina, Nautica's staff were a little too relaxed and familiar for my taste. Service can be personal but it should be deferential and non-intrusive. This is trivial, but one waiter asked me as a joke if I wanted ground pepper in my dessert, which was a bit of sarcasm over always having to offer ground pepper. We laughed but I had never experienced that on Marina. There is a merit/reward system for staff, and some of them seemed a little over-anxious about making an impression. My main complaint is with their marketing and sales. Oceania spends a lot of time trying to induce people to book on board, but the actual discounts are only about 5% for cruises that may be a year or more away. They also try to pressure you with the threat of "price increases" and are not flexible dealing with repeat customers. (Our travel agent enquired about how much an upcoming price increase would be, which was refused. That's not respectful of a customer who is looking at laying out $10-$20,000.00 per cabin and up.) Their online published prices are also misleading; when we enquired about a future cruise, they quoted the price for a stateroom two levels higher than the one we specified; when our travel agent enquired we were told it was for the "extra" package that was previously complementary. These cruises generally fill up and I don't see why they need to engage in high-pressure tactics. They tout their "loyalty" programme a great deal but benefits don't really accrue until you are over 10 cruises, and even then it might amount to free laundry. We each got a lapel pin worth about $5.00 and a free cocktail at a Captain's reception for our second cruise (22 cruise days total). The rest is window-dressing. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We are not normally cruisers but were travelling with another more senior couple who appreciated the practical benefits of cruising. In particular, we wanted to visit St. Petersburg and this cruise offered three nights there. So we ... Read More
We are not normally cruisers but were travelling with another more senior couple who appreciated the practical benefits of cruising. In particular, we wanted to visit St. Petersburg and this cruise offered three nights there. So we selected the Oceania Marina based on itinerary and its strong reputation for good food. The food was excellent across the board. The four specialty restaurants as well as the Grand Dining Room and the buffet-oriented Terrace Cafe offered outstanding cuisine regardless of venue. Service both in and out of the dining venues was 5 star day and night. Can't speak much about shipboard activities as we really didn't avail ourselves of much of that. The string quartet that played daily in the main lounge before dinner was very accomplished and a pleasure to listen to. The guest pianist one evening was outstanding although we were only able to catch the latter portion of his show because of the timing of our dinner reservation that night. Wish he could have played more than one evening. In every port except St. Petersburg we did not hire a guide or take any group excursions. Talinn, Riga, Helsinki, and certainly Klaipeda are all small enough to navigate on ones own. The long Sunday at Klaipeda we mostly spent on board. Most places are closed on Sundays and the Klaipeda downtown can be covered in about an hour. Everywhere we went people spoke English. The long day we were docked at Warnemunde, we went to Lubeck -- which was brimming with medieval buildings dating back to the 13th century. We rented a car but there is public transport that will get you there as well. In St. Petersburg we toured with Dancing Bear Tours. They were fabulous. They were flexible, accommodating, and our guide spoke perfect English and was a source of so much history and information. Our driver provided door-to-door service at every stop. Great value and pleasant people to deal with. We took a canal boat ride one morning which was a wonderful way to see the city. We saw a number of churches but our favorite was St. Isaacs without a doubt. We are also culture vultures so highlights for us included the Russian Museum, the General Staff Building wing of the Hermitage, and of course the Hermitage proper. Could easily have spent whole days or even weeks in them. We enjoyed our outing to Peterhof as well, although the weather was not the sunniest. For something completely different, check out the royal bath house there if you go. I have no other cruises to compare the Marina to but would definitely recommend Oceania to anyone who is interested in exploring this part of the world. Both the ship and port experiences were grand. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Overall the trip was pretty wonderful. My unfortunate experience in the infirmary (see below) marred an otherwise terrific voyage. We mainly dined in the buffet area, which we found to be very good or excellent with plenty of variety, ... Read More
Overall the trip was pretty wonderful. My unfortunate experience in the infirmary (see below) marred an otherwise terrific voyage. We mainly dined in the buffet area, which we found to be very good or excellent with plenty of variety, helpful/attentive staff and the some of best desserts we've ever tasted. So a special nod of appreciation to the dessert chef(s) and helpers. The ship in general was well appointed, decorated beautifully and kept quite pristine; 'ship-shape' as they say. Our starboard room was quite nice with a comfortable mattress, very nice bathroom facilities, with a small balcony. Our helpful steward offered suggestions about the ship and shore excursions. Plentiful brochures and daily activities sheets insured you know what was happening that day. Free internet was an extra plus, though we were sometimes out of range or it was just erratic. In contrast to other cruises I've been on, the explanation of its use was very clear. We did not attend the shipboard entertainment/Activities except the "Trivia" quizzes, which we enjoyed a great deal. The excursions we took were well planned with knowledgeable guides. Our tour to the Hermitage was well done but very crowded even on Monday when only cruise ship passengers are allowed. Don't miss a trip to a separate building which houses the Impressionists. It was far less crowded and felt much less frenetic. A general tour of Berlin was another highlight with time allowed to have lunch at one of the very pleasant outdoor restaurants. My further comments will be focused on my medical care experience aboard ship. I'm a retired Internal Medicine physician and the condition for which I went to infirmary is well known to me, having treated patients with it for many years. Suffice it to say I was over-treated and forced to stay in the infirmary overnight. I was told unless I submitted to this doctor's treatment I would be thrown off the ship at Tallinn, Estonia, our next stop. I was told I would be forced to take an ambulance to Tallinn to be examined by the doctors there unless my condition (a heart rhythm disturbance) abated. Thru this entire ordeal, I emphasize to the readers of this review I was in no way acutely ill. I only required oral medication to control my heart rate which I had forgotten. Fortunately the condition abated and I was finally discharged the next morning. And given the oral medicine (Cardizem) I should have received at the outset. IMO, this doctor produced a phony-medical emergency situation, either because he did not understand the condition or because of the fees he would charge...see below. Trying to be fair, the charge for this entire episode, which involved NO: x-rays, consultations, MRI or CT scans and and only scant blood work was outlandish. There was only minimal and inexpensive IV medication, a few EKGs and overnight monitoring. The fee IMO should have been at most $1000-1500. The fee for these services was, in fact, over $8000. So draw your own conclusions as to which of the two possibilities above is more likely. My Warning is this: 1. Count on exorbitant fees for anything but the most minor medical care. 2. If you are elderly don't even think of boarding a ship without supplemental medical insurance that also covers preexisting conditions (which, of course, are the ones most likely to cause problems). 3. Consider getting the names, in advance, of doctors you can see in the various cities on your trip, should the need arise. 4. Try hard to stay out of the infirmary. 5. Double check you've not forgotten any medication you might need. P.S. We had Allianz insurance,as recommended by our very experienced travel agent, and so the costs were largely covered. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our third Oceania cruise; but it will not be our last. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, with so many fascinating stops. Probably most passengers selected this particular line and cruise because of 3 days in St. ... Read More
This was our third Oceania cruise; but it will not be our last. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, with so many fascinating stops. Probably most passengers selected this particular line and cruise because of 3 days in St. Petersburg; but it was the embarkation port of Stockholm and disembarkation at Amsterdam that made it even better for us; as we spent a few extra days at both ends, visiting Swedish and Dutch friends/seeing what they were most proud about in their hometowns. We like the larger Oceania ships because of the wider choice of specialty restaurants, Red Ginger being our favorite. We like the variety in the Terrace Café; but not the crowds, and only went there when we knew most passengers would be off on shore excursions. Main Dining Room has upped their game, and we no longer feel disappointed to not get into a specialty restaurant - the meals in the MDR are pretty darned good. The treat of a window seat at breakfast in the MDR can't be beat, even if you are eating alone. Our only complaint regarding food was the quality of the beef on this trip. After a few disappointments in Polo, Toscana and the MDR, we stayed away from steaks. A few weeks before our sail date, we were offered an upgrade from Penthouse to Oceania Suite, 11080. My husband has recently been having some mobility issues; so the additional space was welcome and the upgrade price was not off putting. We are among the passengers who take advantage of the butler service, for hot in room breakfasts, shoe shines, in room specialty restaurant dining and all the little touches that a butler can add. Roger, from Goa, was splendid. He was VERY attentive, whether in our suite or in the hallways. He always anticipated our needs. Our steward, Ludavina, and her assistant, Ilsy, were equally efficient and friendly. We took advantage of the classes in the Culinary Center and were delighted to have Annie Copps as the instructor. We had Annie on a previous cruise on the Riviera and love her style of teaching. The classes have been shortened by a half hour; although Annie generally goes a bit over. Everything we made was delicious. In our three cruises, we have yet to make it to the evening entertainment. We do love the live music in other venues. We did go to High Tea several times - lovely service of sweets and savory with a good choice of tea. We tried LuggageFree.com this time, pre-shipping our larger, heavier suitcases. They were at the door when we arrived at our room at noon on embarkation days. Disembarkation using this service did not go as smoothly; as most employees in the Port of Amsterdam were unfamiliar with the service. In the end, all was well, and our bags arrived at home a few days ahead of the promised delivery. We will use this service again. We took only two shore excursions with Oceania, Helsinki Panoramic by Water and Panoramic Gdansk. The tour guide on the first was boring and a bit hard to understand, and the tour was generally disappointing. The guide in Gdansk was exceptional, knowledgeable, good English skills and the tour was interesting. However, the tour was listed as Easy, with little walking, which was not the case. One person of the 13 on the tour actually choose to stay on the bus and napped, because he could not walk distances. More than an hour into a walk on cobblestone, I asked the guide how much longer we were going to be walking; as many of us had chosen the excursion because it was listed as having minimal walking. She responded by letting those of us who wanted to shop or get something to drink separated for 40 minutes - 6 of us went to a sidewalk café and had a cold beverage, 2 went off shopping, and the other 4 stayed with the guide. We did the first day of the 2-day Comfort Tour in St. Petersburg with Alla. It was very well done; but the long morning in the crowded Hermitage nearly did my husband in, even with his walker. Lunch at a nice small restaurant was delicious, canal cruise was lovely, and there was just enough time for souvenir shopping (World Cup stuff for my grandchildren). We did Bruges on our own - sharing a taxi from port to town with another couple. Loved our day there!!!! Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen was a bit disappointing; but the shopping adjacent to the dock was great for gifts and amber. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise based on its itinerary and a recommendation from a frequent Oceania cruiser. We’re glad we did. We loved it! It will most likely not be our last Oceania cruise. Embarkation: We arrived at the port in Stockholm ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on its itinerary and a recommendation from a frequent Oceania cruiser. We’re glad we did. We loved it! It will most likely not be our last Oceania cruise. Embarkation: We arrived at the port in Stockholm at approximately 1pm and we were on the ship in a matter of minutes. We were told our room was ready as well. Dining was available in the Terrace Café buffet. It was a little chaotic, but not as bad as I anticipated. By the time we finished our lunch and toured the public areas, our luggage had been delivered to our room. Service: We found the service to be uniformly excellent throughout the ship. Restaurant, bar, housekeeping, and desk staff were always friendly and accommodating. Dining: The Grand Dining Room and all the specialty restaurants were all excellent. Service was always very prompt. Unlike many of the reviews I’ve read, we never found the service to be slow or meals prolonged. Our favorite restaurant was Jacques, and we were fortunate to have eaten there twice. We enjoyed Waves Bar for lunch. The port-rich itinerary, however, prevented us from having many lunches on board, so we didn’t take advantage of this often. We ate all breakfasts at the Terrace. If the port disembarkation was early, it was often very crowded and, occasionally difficult to find a table. The weather was often nice, though, so we had many lovely breakfasts al fresco. We only ate dinner and lunch there a couple of times, and I thought the food was OK – better than other cruise line buffets, but not as good as the sit-down restaurants. Enrichment and activities: A well-travelled couple collaborated on port presentations covering history and points-of-interest. These were enjoyable presentations with good background information. The ship offered cooking and art classes, but we did not participate. The ship had daily trivia and other contests, but we seldom participated. My wife enjoyed a needlepoint gathering on our sole sea day. The pool area was pleasant, never crowded, and extremely well maintained and attended. Entertainment: The string quartet and pianist playing before dinner and in the lounges were very good. Having a cocktail and listening to them was always a good way to spend part of the day. The onboard singers and dancers were pretty good and the shows they put on were entertaining. Stage shows were presented at 9:30 each night, and we attended all but one. Peter Cutler, a singer with a comic bent, performed two shows. We thought his shows were average and his voice overshadowed by the band. “Five O’Clock Somewhere” also performed two shows, with the second having an Irish theme. We found them to be original and much more entertaining with emphasis on technology; they relied very little on the ship’s band. Samantha Ivey performed two shows as well. She had a strong voice, and we enjoyed both of her performances. Public spaces: Overall, the ship is beautiful. The lounges and bars are very nice. The library is quite large and well stocked with books and games. It was heavily used when we had the rare bit of bad weather. Disembarkation: We did rely on house staff to move our luggage. We went to one of the lounges at 8 to await our chosen 8:30 time. We were in the cab line at Amsterdam’s port within minutes of our group being called. There was no passport control. Ports: We thoroughly enjoyed all ten of the ports we visited. We did little in Klaipeda and Warnemunde/Rostock, but still enjoyed them. We took no ship-sponsored excursions. We used SPB Tours in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, and Gdansk. We used free walking tours supplemented by guide books in Copenhagen and Bruges. We stayed in Stockholm two days prior to the cruise. We took a Stromma canal cruise in Stockholm, toured Gamla Stan and visited the Vasa museum. At the conclusion of the cruise, we stayed in Amsterdam for three days. We used the HOHO bus, but found it inconvenient. We bought tram tickets and did much walking to tour the markets, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank house, Flagship canal cruise, et al. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Chose Oceania because of the itinerary (combination of Baltic Sea and Norway) and reviews. The itinerary was perfect. All ports were very interesting and added to our knowledge base (not one "bad" or "boring" port.) ... Read More
Chose Oceania because of the itinerary (combination of Baltic Sea and Norway) and reviews. The itinerary was perfect. All ports were very interesting and added to our knowledge base (not one "bad" or "boring" port.) The ship itself was perfect. Calling it "ship shape" would be doing it a disservice. Every inch of the ship was spotless, had beautifully decorated public rooms (including the bars), and was decorated with modern art (all over!!) Food was wonderful. Got to eat in each of the 4 specialty restaurants twice. Toscana was our favorite with Pepin's and Red Ginger a close second. The Polo Grill needed help with service. We are not buffet people but with the choices and special evenings at the buffet, we ate more dinners in the buffet area than the main dining room. In Vegas you would pay at least $50 per person for something like Marina's buffet. By the way, sign up for the galley tour - fascinating! Cabin was a Penthouse Suite (#11060). Perfect - - cleaned twice a day, Butler (Roger was great), large, and comfortable. Embarkation and Disembarkation was as easy as checking out of a hotel. Smooth. Only negative (and a major one for us) - - the Port and Shore Excursions. This trip was for "old" people with the average age being at least 70. Unfortunately, a lot of them are "infirmed" in some way and going on excursions slows down and limits what you are able to see. A 4 hour excursion is more like a 3 hour excursion - - people have trouble getting on/off the bus, in/out of their seats, slow walking, trouble hearing. Our best excursions were the ones we booked ourselves through the internet. My suggestion would be to book as many "private" tours as possible. With all this said, I would certainly cruise with Oceania again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This is my second cruise on Oceania and true to form all of the amenities they mention and all of the service they brag about is truly only available on their concierge suites or higher. If you are in a regular room you will not get the ... Read More
This is my second cruise on Oceania and true to form all of the amenities they mention and all of the service they brag about is truly only available on their concierge suites or higher. If you are in a regular room you will not get the best service or opportunities on the boat. A couple of examples. They rave about their great "specialty" restaurants. Priority is given to the upper suite classes and by the time you get on the ship or can book a reservation on line for the most part all of the reservations are taken and the best you can get is an 8:30 PM reservation just before they close. Another example you are warned repeatedly that if you are off the boat on a private tour not booked by the boat and you return to the ship late the ship will leave you. Except if you are in a penthouse suite. Our boat left late after they announced one of the penthouse guests to please contact them if they were on the boat and then an hour later a limo showed up with a family that ran and got on the ship. So if you are in the Penthouse even the rules don't apply to you. I just feel that Oceania has an attitude that they only care if you book the higher suites and spend more money. We tried to book excursions only to be told they were sold out and they put us on a waiting list but they would not tell you how the waiting list worked so how would you know if you even had a chance for an excursion. They say they have the best food of all cruises but I did not find this the case. The food is OK but unless you again are willing to spend a fortune on their "gourmet" dinners I have had similar and at times better food on other cruises. I just feel they over charge you for basic service with no real advantage to enhanced services and they don't mind letting you know because you didn't book the penthouse. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose Oceania because of its reputation, and the smaller size of ship which allowed a more port-intensive cruise (No "at-sea" days in the Baltic). We spent more money than we normally would and booked Oceania Suite 11080 - ... Read More
We chose Oceania because of its reputation, and the smaller size of ship which allowed a more port-intensive cruise (No "at-sea" days in the Baltic). We spent more money than we normally would and booked Oceania Suite 11080 - about 1,000 square feet at the back of the ship, with a wraparound balcony. It was our first Oceania cruise after 3 Celebrity cruises + 3 river cruises (2 with Viking and 1 with Scenic). The first thing that struck us was the different approaches to handling your choices for alcohol programs, specialty dining, etc. There are pros & cons to all, and maybe they equalize in that way, although I got the sense that drinks on Oceania were more expensive than other cruise companies we have experienced. Having 4 specialty restaurants to choose from at no extra cost, each either once or twice depending on your length of cruise and cabin class, was nice due to the variety. However, it does prevent the type of relationship building we experienced at Luminae on the 2 Celebrity cruises where we booked a suite. The service in all restaurants was very good, and the food was very good (except for the first night in Polo where both my wife and I had our steaks over-cooked. That did not happen again) The butler and room service was excellent!! Ports of call were good, and excursion offerings were varied and plentiful. One of the great bonuses was the ease of disembarking and embarking with this 1200-passenger ship compared to the larger Celebrity ships we have sailed on (about 2200 and 3000 passengers) LOWS: 3 free bags of laundry for suite guests was great, but the quality of how they returned the clean laundry was awful - shirts and pants folded, and folded improperly, so that some "new seams" were created!). Sadly, the other low was the extremely limited comfortable usefulness of the massive wraparound balcony: Because the railing slants inwards, it removes over 1/3 of the depth of the balcony as useful space! (I measured from the balcony door: 70 inches deep for the wooden balcony, 78 inches if you include the metal water trough, but only 45 inches from the door to the edge of the railing! There was no place where we could have our lounge chairs side-by-side). In fairness, the balcony is 8-10 inches deeper away from the door, but the furniture arrangement was still greatly constrained. Being at the back of the ship, and on deck 11, had two other disadvantages: The noise from the engines (located at the back) and the noise from table chairs scraping across the floor at the Terrace Cafe on deck 12 (This was particularly bad on the night before the end of the cruise -- the staff must have been cleaning the Terrace Cafe floor at 4:30 AM, with LOTS of chair scraping!!) We will travel with Oceania again, but will stay away from the stern cabins, especially on Deck 11. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We picked this cruise mostly because of the itinerary. We wanted at least 3 days in St. Petersburg and this one gave us that, and also allowed us to see some of the less visited Baltic ports. There were no sea days and we were off the ... Read More
We picked this cruise mostly because of the itinerary. We wanted at least 3 days in St. Petersburg and this one gave us that, and also allowed us to see some of the less visited Baltic ports. There were no sea days and we were off the boat every day. It was an amazing trip. We did Oceania tours for three ports (Tallinn, Helsinki & Warnemunde) and Alla Tours for St. Petersburg, Riga, Klaipeda and Gdansk. The Alla tours were better: more intensive, were small groups, and were cheaper. St Petersburg was great, although I wish I had been able to more time (i.e. days) in the Hermitage, and I saw perhaps one too many gilded baroque palace and very little that dates to after the revolution. Riga was a very pleasant surprise as the Art Nouveau district was fantastic. The Curonian Spit and Malbork Castle were impressive and impressive. They were long days and long walks but I highly recommend them. The wife has celiac disease and we thought a smaller ship which focused on food might be a pleasant experience for her. We hit the jackpot and the cruise formed the heart of the best trip we’ve taken. Unlike our cruise last year on princess we didn’t get a menu for the next day’s meals. Instead we just had to ask the Maitre-D and he/she would tell us which were safe and which weren’t. They was usually a decent choice. This even worked in the Terrace cafe and we ate there often. Three of the speciality restaurants were good, similar to what we have seen on other ships, but the fourth, Red Ginger, was the best. The only negative note was the limited room service menu and hours for breakfast. WiFi was included and it was a relief not to worry about wasting precious minutes on unreliable login and logout systems. Streaming is blocked but we had downloaded enough content to get us through. The long satellite delays caused other services, like photo cloud syncing, to fail. 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
7 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
7 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 ... 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania. Once again, Oceania delivered an excellent cruise experience. Of course, not everything is perfect, but close enough to perfect to give them an excellent score. The embarkation process was a little ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania. Once again, Oceania delivered an excellent cruise experience. Of course, not everything is perfect, but close enough to perfect to give them an excellent score. The embarkation process was a little backed up this time, but I think that was the cruise port, not Oceania, as they did not really have the facilities to accommodate the check-in process. All in all, we are on the ship within 45 minutes - not so bad. Disembarkation was quick and painless. Food: Oceania continues to be top notch for food, though I did have a few meals that were not quite up to their usual standards. The Terrace Cafe was great, with a good variety every day. Waves Grill was also great. I am usually a big fan of Red Ginger's Sea Bass, but this time, it lacked flavor. Everything else was good, except for the fish. Same at Toscana. I enjoyed everything except my main dish, the veal osso buco, which also lacked flavor. I actually feel bad complaining because overall the food was just fantastic. This time, we ate at Privee - what an experience! If you have the time, you should try to do it. It was simply elegant and a special experience. A few suggestions for the Executive Lounge and afternoon canapes: you may want to change it up a bit. You have had the same food since we took our first cruise years ago. Service: This is where they really excel. I had an allergy issue in our room. The Chief Housekeeper was there in 10 minutes. Within the day, they cleaned and steam-cleaned the entire room and changed all of the bedding to hypo-allergenic bedding. Problem solved! I can't say enough about how perfectly they handled the situation. Staff everywhere were friendly and helpful, though I really got annoyed at them for trying to take my plate in the Terrace Cafe to walk it to my table. I was perfectly capable of taking it there myself. Our butler was awesome and our housekeeper too. Shore Excursions: We used a mix of free Oceania excursions and excursions we booked on our own with others. The Oceania excursions were fine (though I would not pay full price for them - too pricey!). Only one complaint with one tour where they took us to an awful shopping place. Entertainment: Well, they are not really known for it so don't expect too much. That being said, the shows were not bad and I thought the entertainers worked very hard Overall, I still give Oceania an excellent rating - they consistently provide a superior experience. We are booked already for next year! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Three days in St Petersburg is what drew us to this particular cruise. From the moment we stepped on board, we felt like family. Everyone was so pleasant -- the crew and the passengers! Our cabin attendant was very pleasant and knew ... Read More
Three days in St Petersburg is what drew us to this particular cruise. From the moment we stepped on board, we felt like family. Everyone was so pleasant -- the crew and the passengers! Our cabin attendant was very pleasant and knew our names and faces from the get-go; she often greeted us by name as we went down the hallways. We were disappointed that we didn't get to Riga due to rough seas but we spent a lovely day "at sea" when the crew easily adapted from expecting folks to go ashore to having everyone aboard. I love the smaller ship as it makes embarkation and debarkation so easy! And being close to town so you can come and go as you please is very nice! The singers and dancers on board were okay but nothing spectacular. We did have special entertainment that was very good --Oli Nez and Diane Cousins. Oli is a multi-instrumentalist (primarily saxophone) from Wales who was exceptional. Diane is a Welsh comedienne-singer who was funny and had a good routine. The ship's excursions were nice (we used a private tour company for St.P's though) and gave us a nice taste for the various locations. Overall, it was a very pleasant cruise experience! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Cuisine: Exceptional -- particularly in the grand dining room. Used a mix of Canyon ranch and regular choices to keep the calorie count down, but the selection of pastry did me in. Having said that, gained only two pounds. Not bad! ... Read More
Cuisine: Exceptional -- particularly in the grand dining room. Used a mix of Canyon ranch and regular choices to keep the calorie count down, but the selection of pastry did me in. Having said that, gained only two pounds. Not bad! Speciality restaurants as expected but Red Ginger was truly over the top for me. Entertainment: Those playing violin, flute and piano were virtuoso quality. Numerous standing ovations ensued. On this cruise, the cruise director actually performed and did a great job. Never have seen this before so I consider he broke the mold. He did a great job. Took three "free" tours through upgrade and found the guides excellent on each one. Took a private tour for St. Petersburg for two days. Smaller group that provided more overall value for this particular port. Excellent guide and transportation. Couldn't but thank the hotel manager everytime I saw him. Orobably wondered why, but this was an important anniversary for us and his team made it especially memorable for us. Thanks team Marina! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
My husband and I have been on many cruises, but decided to try Oceania for the first time. We just returned from the Baltic cruise onboard the Marina. For the positives, the ship is very pretty, nice size and the food is good...I ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many cruises, but decided to try Oceania for the first time. We just returned from the Baltic cruise onboard the Marina. For the positives, the ship is very pretty, nice size and the food is good...I wouldn't say fabulous. Several of the meals in the "specialty dining" couldn't even prepare a steak to medium rare. It was either to done, or still bleeding. The best was the Red Ginger and the regular dining room. We tried this cruise because there are fewer people, but not knowing with that there is literally nothing to do. There is a show in the evening that is OK, but not up to the standards of the other lines. The casino is pathetic. They rarely had the crapps table open even during peak times, the slots never paid out, just took your money, and the blackjack tables (there were 4-5) only had the 15$ and 25$ tables open with a couple people playing....the 5$ tables were ALWAYS closed...so if you wanted to play just for fun forget it. Now for the biggy, The WiFi was something out of the 70's.. Really a company that is a multi billion a year can't do better.... worse yet is that only one device can be on at a time. When questioning the computer expert on board he had a "just the way it is" attitude. And, they charge you a fortune for a daily package. We even spoke with the main desk and his reply was curt as well, giving us some explanation like we were 3 year olds and didn't know how to use a device. Even the employee at reception told us that we needed to line up our post and wait until between 3-4AM to log back on and send them... And, if you wanted to send pics (like facebook) you should only do 2-3 at a time...REALLY! The water in our cabin NEVER got hot, only luke warm and that was after seriously running the water for 20 minutes. I called and they sent someone up to fix it, but it remained spotty following throughout the cruise. Our cabin steward Edwin was Fabulous though I have to say that. Perhaps we just had a bad start, but none the less, we will never cruise on Oceania again. My husband and I are both in our early 60's and very active and maybe we just aren't cut out for this cruise line. We were both extremely disappointed from the beginning and it just didn't get any better. The 9 countries we visited were great though. The 3 free excursions we took on Oceania were overcrowded and middle of the road. The other 6 were on Alla Tours and they were fabulous with only a max number of 8-16 depending with great guides...and much much lower in price, the buses on Oceania excursions were 35-40. We will be returning to Princess for upcoming cruises. Read Less
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