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This was my husband's and my second cruise with Oceania (or second and third since it was 37 days) We went from Rio to Papeete and enjoyed every minute. I consider the Marina a Five Star hotel on the ocean. These folks know how to ... Read More
This was my husband's and my second cruise with Oceania (or second and third since it was 37 days) We went from Rio to Papeete and enjoyed every minute. I consider the Marina a Five Star hotel on the ocean. These folks know how to cater to their guests. We have done lots of traveling all over the world. We loved all the dining options and used them all. We had the same delightful window table for two in the main dining room most nights for dinner. Our wait staff knew us and what we liked. A little secret, get to know your wait staff .If we didn't like what was on the menu (not very often)we discussed what we wanted and by Magic what we wanted appeared. Pre and Post things are costly with Oceania. If you are comfortable, book your own. We had a leisurely breakfast the morning we docked in Papeete. We walked off the ship, easily found our bags, grabbed a cab,and went to the Radison where we had a day room. The Radison is old and showing some wear but very clean. We had a delightful second floor room looking out on the ocean. In the evening we took another cab to the airport to join the chaos. All was easy and very well priced. Another warning - yes the Oceania tours may be expensive, but they are good, easy, and you know what your getting. In out of the way places, unless you book early, the cruise ships use up all available assets,and you may be out of luck. Also I talked to some who booked here on line with others and they were not happy. Just saying buyer beware, it does happen. Finally I must address the complaints about the health care. As a nurse I've never seen so many medically challenged folks (I'm trying to be polite)on one ship! The staff of the Marina took great care of them and their needs. As for getting sick, sorry, but you are cruising in the winter. This year has been a very bad cold and flu season. Your fellow cruiser brought it on the ship. Have you ever tried to herd a bunch of wild cats (I think that is how the staff felt trying to keep the sick in their rooms). To the person who got sick, did you stay in your room away from others or did you go on your coughing cruising way? Each day in the ship's paper was the advice "frequently use hand sanitizer". Its the same advice you'd get from you doctor on land. The ship's medical personnel can not give out info on others (it's called HIPPA in the US - look it up) I think the ONE person who got air lifted off the boat at 2am was happy that that option was available. From what I saw of the condition of some cruisers being wheeled on the Marina, I'm very surprised it didn't happen nightly. Whenever cruising, especially in the winter, bring along anything you use at home for colds, coughs, cuts etc. You may not find it on the ship (or it may be very expensive). If you really get sick, expect it's really going to hurt in the wallet, complain all you want, where else are you going to go in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Would you rather they not be there. Without a doubt, we will be cruising Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
The cruise from Rio to Santiago began with a sour note as HAL arranged the overnight accommodation in Rio, at a grossly inflated price and in a tired hotel. The airport to hotel transfer was good. The hotel to ship transfer was chaos - all ... Read More
The cruise from Rio to Santiago began with a sour note as HAL arranged the overnight accommodation in Rio, at a grossly inflated price and in a tired hotel. The airport to hotel transfer was good. The hotel to ship transfer was chaos - all buses arrived at same time and we were standing in a hot marquee for an hour to embark. There was no attempt to relieve the frustrations. The only greeting was for the Safety Drill, which does not meet any offshore facility I have worked on - so more frustration. One would have thought that the recent events on cruise liners would have sharpened their efforts to calm people and do a thorough drill. Our cabin was tidy, a bit dusty, but AC was not working. It was hot. After a few complaints we got a fan and then the AC came good for the last half of the cruise. There was no room introduction and info in room was very scant - being a dumb Aussie I rang 911 for information and realised I was on the emergency line! Bar list and prices not there. They have a general help line which was ok if you were prepared to wait a while. Our shower tap had no temperature control and the plug was easily jammed so we had to keep looking for the cabin boys for the first few days. The first day at sea was ok but we missed our slot for Buenos Aires so we were several hours late into that port. We had a medical emergency through the night and removed someone as we passed Montevideo, but we were given no detail so the rumour mill started. No information breeds suspicion. After the fiasco at Rio one would think they could learn how to disembark but they tried to stuff 500+ passengers off the ship simultaneously at Buenos Aires. We had to miss that half day in BA. Every port was almost the same, even the last day there was confusion as to who should get off when and go to what bus. Passengers quickly came to the conclusion the HAL were slow learners. The internet was very slow and at 75c/min, damn expensive. Just to clear and compose a few emails cost over $10! My agent had tried to arrange through HAL a refund (several hundred $'s) to me for an overcharge before our sailing but I could not confirm it. I asked the front desk to confirm and it took me several attempts and some acrimonious words to use their email facilities to confirm. Very distasteful! Food was pretty good but service was slow in dining room. It was hard to accept that we were in the cheapest wine producing areas in the world and still had to pay ridiculous prices. They had wine packages but even these were overpriced. In the buffet, the fast brekkie section was hopelessly slow and after waiting 5+ mins for 2 eggs, you could only compliment that with cold bacon/ham, beans and toast. It was a joke to watch 4 supervisors watching this performance and then doing nothing about the problems. Not once did we see a supervisor chat to customers about the quality and temperature of the food. Quality ok, temperature very cold. The pool area was excellent and has a cover, so can be enjoyed even on inclement days. It was nice to be able to take food from the buffet or grill to the poolside, but it was disgusting to have patrons light up cigarettes on the adjacent table. We had to move several times. There were no clear rules with respect to what areas were designated smoking and to add insult to injury we saw people smoking on deck 6 while the ship was refuelling. We had some rough weather and the captain and crew handled that very professionally, though I think the dining services should have been modified for safety reasons. We hade Force 12 gales and swells and it was by luck more than good management that people were not injures by flying trays etc. We had spent the bulk of the first half of the journey at sea with no landscape, but the second half was through the Chilean fjords. There was a meagre attempt to clean the windows in one port but the dining room windows were not cleaned for the entire trip so the once-in-a-lifetime-views were very blurred. The rough seas found every creak in the ship. There appeared to be a false wall between 171/173 and it creaked something awful and this did not help with seasickness panic. In moderate seas the wall would make a knocking sound, exactly like someone trying to enter the room. When we ignored it, it was someone at the door who then barged in. This happened at least 3 times. Hand sanitisers were plentiful but not really pushed by the attendants, in spite of the sickening cruise director who finished all his messages with a whining 'wash your hands, wash your hands". Obviously some patrons came on board with a flu as nearly half the ship was suffering, me especially, by day 6. No hygiene was emphasised for air borne germs. As usual, excursions were overpriced and long days. We were looking forward to a coastal cities tour before being dropped at the airport before coming home. The tour was a quick look at Valparaiso, which is pretty ugly, and then Vin del Mar before being taken into the hinterland to a very lame rodeo. This was gross misrepresentation and fraud, but what could we do on the way out? Not a fan of HAL. Neat ship, but poorly run. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012

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