1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Cruising OCEANIA is always a great pleasure. We left Civitavecchia for a 14-night cruise to the Mediterranean, with unique ports of call ( Naples, Sicily, Haifa (Israrel), Cyprus, Rhodes, Gytheon, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona ), ... Read More
Cruising OCEANIA is always a great pleasure. We left Civitavecchia for a 14-night cruise to the Mediterranean, with unique ports of call ( Naples, Sicily, Haifa (Israrel), Cyprus, Rhodes, Gytheon, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona ), – what made us choose this cruise in particular. Four specialty restaurants – Red Ginger ( Asian food ), Toscana (Italian ), Polo Grill ( meats ) and Jacques ( French ) offer superb food and service. You feel like having a fabulous dinner in a starred restaurant. With only four sea days, there is a chance of getting to know places one would not normally choose to go. Since embarkation until the last good-bye, you feel welcomed and cared for. It´s a good feeling, no doubt about it! The crew works hard, and apparently with pleasure, to provide us with the time of our lives. It is NOT a ship for children, it aims adults. I was surprised to know that, with less than 15 years of existence, there is a great number of passengers that have travelled more than 20 times with Oceania Cruises. I know why ! :-) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise on Oceania (Ancient Footsteps) because of the itinerary and our prior outstanding experience on a past Oceania cruise. The facilities, room, service and cuisine were outstanding. Also, most of Oceania's shore ... Read More
We chose this cruise on Oceania (Ancient Footsteps) because of the itinerary and our prior outstanding experience on a past Oceania cruise. The facilities, room, service and cuisine were outstanding. Also, most of Oceania's shore excursions were outstanding. Especially excellent were the shore excursions at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ancient Lindos on Rhodes. (In addition, the weather was also outstanding, with balmy days and calm seas, except for one day of rain and mildly rough seas.) After reviewing the Oceania excursion selections for Israel and Barcelona, we opted to do private tours. In Israel, we used "Guided Tours of Israel" (two day tour). In Barcelona, we used "Spain Day Tours" (half day tour). Both were outstanding and exceeded first-class service. We have been using private tours for years, and Guided Tours of Israel was the best private tour we have ever experienced in all of our travels. There were two major Oceania problems (deficiencies) regarding the cruise. 1. Oceania promised internet service but didn’t deliver. They promised “unlimited” internet. What we got was unlimited frustration, anxiety, and stress. This opinion seemed to be universally shared among the passengers trying to use the service. I try to minimize my internet use on a vacation. However, when an office need arises, I have to be connected. To my detriment, I believed their promise of unlimited internet. I have traveled the world on business and vacation, and experienced many forms of internet service over the years. However, the service on the ship was the worst internet service I have experienced in many years. It was very slow, prone to disconnect, and erratic. 2. In Israel, Oceania should have docked the ship at Ashdod instead of Haifa. Haifa was hours by car or bus to and from the major Israeli attractions, such as Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, the Negev Desert, the Dead Sea, Qumran, and Masada. The port at Ashdod is much closer to such attractions. We opted to schedule a two-day private tour and spend Sunday night in a hotel in Jerusalem, thereby maximizing our excursion time. But we spent over two hours driving from Haifa to Jerusalem on Sunday (12 Nov.) and over three hours driving from Masada to Haifa on Monday (13 Nov.). That is not unusual for Israeli traffic. Many of our ship companions spent long hours in buses traveling to and from the ship in Haifa on both days, and in some cases having limited time at sites and arriving back at the ship late at night. Extremely poor internet service and docking in Haifa instead of Ashdod were not the signs of a "commitment to excellence." Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We loved the itinerary and booked it with 16 friends, Fabulous time had by all. Dining was exceptional and we were able to have many premium dining experiences in the premium restaurants. Staff were attentive and outstanding, service is a ... Read More
We loved the itinerary and booked it with 16 friends, Fabulous time had by all. Dining was exceptional and we were able to have many premium dining experiences in the premium restaurants. Staff were attentive and outstanding, service is a 10! Oceania is our cruise line of choice, love the small ships and luxury accommodations. The amenities are great and being a multi time cruiser has earned us some special benefits. In the lux plus market they are the best and the standard. Cruising on other lines means you are just going on a cruise, on Oceania you are definitely cruising in style and experiencing the finest cuisine at sea. It may cost a bit more than the Princess's and Celebrity's but the Value exceeds the cost, the best hands down. The staff makes you feel like family and you leave the ship looking forward to your next trip with your new family. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We are a couple in our mid to late fifties having cruised on many different lines with thirty plus cruises under our belt, we were highly anticipating this cruise as it was a visit to the "Holy Land". We cruised on the Oceania ... Read More
We are a couple in our mid to late fifties having cruised on many different lines with thirty plus cruises under our belt, we were highly anticipating this cruise as it was a visit to the "Holy Land". We cruised on the Oceania Riviera last December in the Caribbean and had a great cruise and became converts! Our go to cruise line has been Celebrity for years but Oceania has got it figured out! There is no comparison necessary, Oceania takes it to a new level! How both Riviera and Marina ships which are almost identical in every way could be so different blows my mind. We were happy with the Riviera last December but after cruising for 15 days on the Marina...my goodness, the food, service, management and staff are to be congratulated on the job they are doing. The restaurant staff as well others on board new our names by the second day. Always greeting us with professional courtesy. The wine stewards, even if they were not serving us would come up to us and greet us as they remembered us the night before in the restaurant. The Phillipino and Indonesian staff are the best, always greeting us with a smile and politeness seldom experienced. If there was an issue, they quickly corrected it. The staff and management on this ship could not do enough to make sure everything was right. There was also a lot of South American hosts and wine stewards that were simply awesome! The ironic part to this cruise was the heavily anticipated visit to Israel which we have been trying to visit for the last several years. It actually turned out to be the disappointment of all the ports. We enjoyed, Sicily as usual, Cypress, Rhodes, Malta for Gozo and Palma de Majorca. The only port we missed due to high swells was Gythion. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise, very comfortable, not short weather but light clothes was all you required. Great touring weather. We enjoyed all the specialty restaurants, favorites being Jacques and Toscana with Red Ginger and Polo Grill very close. We only ate in the main dining room for dinner twice, one night was great the other a disappointment. Breakfast was always excellent in the main dining room as well the occasional lunch. It is befitting of a dining room in some 5 star hotel in Europe..simply beautiful. The Terrace Cafe and Wave Grill was always very good. The ship has a capacity of 1250, but the ship only had approximately 1000 persons on board. The ship has been maintained well however the rooms are in need of a refreshing as wear and tear is somewhat noticeable. We would certainly consider a Penthouse suite next time as the extra space would be welcomed especially in the clothes closet as in the staterooms it is an annoyance trying to access and move around. Cabin stewards were pleasant and were efficient. Concierge was helpful to us and followed up when there was an issue. The gym and spa area were excellent with sauna and steam rooms. Never busy, the Terrace deck was a private sanctuary which we enjoyed! The only difference with this private enclave is the Riviera has an Infinity type therapy pool as opposed to the Marina with two separate whirlpools. We enjoyed La Reserve by Wine Spectator, Food wine pairing event one night. The Odyssey menu, we had tried this on the Riviera and was blown away and the repeat experience lived up to our original encounter. A special treat for sure! All in all a great cruise, one of our best! Looking for our next Oceania cruise or two for next year. Enjoy! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, only. The reviews of the food on board did not interest us, after all, we could eat great food at home. The reviews of the service did not interest us because we stay in 5 star hotels and receive ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, only. The reviews of the food on board did not interest us, after all, we could eat great food at home. The reviews of the service did not interest us because we stay in 5 star hotels and receive plenty of great service. This was our thought. And our last few cruises had disappointed us so greatly that we had turned to private expedition land travel. So, our expectations were low and we simply wanted to see the ports, etc. What a wonderful surprise. It turns out the food was so exceptional that we were able to eat at the buffet when we chose. The specialty restaurants were an adventure in themselves. The service was the quiet, excellent service we fell in love with on safari in Africa. Imagine our shock when the ship offered free transfers into the center of the port towns, rather than making things as difficult as possible for the independent travelers. It turns out it does make a difference. It was a pleasure to simply cruise. Anywhere. Everything and everyone showed consideration for the passengers. Rather than elaborate, I think I can best explain by saying that we have now booked another cruise with Oceania and will book another for 2019 when the cruise information is made available. Yes, it really is that good. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our third time on Marina and fifth with O. Service and food slipping a bit since they were bought by Norwegian. Food very inconsistent even in each restaurant. Still good but a little less so. Great itineraries make it first ... Read More
This was our third time on Marina and fifth with O. Service and food slipping a bit since they were bought by Norwegian. Food very inconsistent even in each restaurant. Still good but a little less so. Great itineraries make it first choice though. Will give hard look at others or next cruise. Size of ship just right although we prefer their smaller ones like Regatta. Starting to hsell junk watches and such in public lobby, a definite downgrade for a lux ship. Entertainment is sparse and since we had to be up early each day for the ports, most were 8 or 9 AM we did not bother with many. No smoking policy is wonderful. Good selection of alcohol brands and experienced bartenders. Choice of ports outstanding but as with most cruise lines excursions offered should be passed in favor of arranging independent excursions and posting them on Cruise Critic. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Bath was exceptional for a cruiseship stateroom in cabin 9058 (balcony stateroom concierge level). Dining was ok. Favorite specialty restaurant was actually Red Ginger (sea bass was great - and NOT the same cut and preparation you will ... Read More
Bath was exceptional for a cruiseship stateroom in cabin 9058 (balcony stateroom concierge level). Dining was ok. Favorite specialty restaurant was actually Red Ginger (sea bass was great - and NOT the same cut and preparation you will find elsewhere on the ship. I'd shy away from anything lobster in any of the restaurants... usuallly disappointing. Entertainment... not the line's strong suit. Service was generally quite good. The cruise preceding ours had a gastro virus issue and I thought Oceania did an excellent job with cleaning and precautions. Probably could have addressed an Ebola outbreak with the thoroughness and not much inconvenience to passengers at all, IMO. The Magical Mediteranian ports were all great, though the captain elected to skip the first port of Tuscany (Livorno) due to inclement weather and I'm sure that was a big disappointment for some. Internet connection was awful. Would repeat if internet connectivity and wifi were improved but very frustrating if you expect a reasonable connection to research ports and stay in touch with loved ones. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We sailed for the first time with Oceania Marina, the reason being we wanted to try a smaller ship. One of the difference we noticed right away, that we were not pestered to have our Photo taken and no Art Sales. It is a beautiful ... Read More
We sailed for the first time with Oceania Marina, the reason being we wanted to try a smaller ship. One of the difference we noticed right away, that we were not pestered to have our Photo taken and no Art Sales. It is a beautiful ship. The drinks are a bit expensive, but there was a Happy Hour each day between 5:00 & 6:00PM. Afternoon Tea at 4:00 PM in the Terrace on deck 15 was very nice with either listening to the String Quartet or the Piano Player. Very enjoyable. Everyone was able to dine in their Specialty Dining Rooms free of charge, which was great. You did have to make a reservation ahead of time, as we were in a Penthouse Suite the butler made the reservations for us. The only objection we have as Canadians that their Cruise Prices are in US Dollars. When we paid our Down Payment the exchange rate was app. 1.28 when the time for the final payment was due our Dollar was quite a bit lower closer and the exchange rate was 1.38. We think if Oceania want to have more Canadian Passengers, they should start pricing their Cruises in Canadian Dollars for the Canadians. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I am going to give nothing but good stuff to Oceania. Staff is extremely attentive, ship is spotless, the officers are the best, food is top line, and the excursions are about the best that can be offered. Ship: The Marina is a great ... Read More
I am going to give nothing but good stuff to Oceania. Staff is extremely attentive, ship is spotless, the officers are the best, food is top line, and the excursions are about the best that can be offered. Ship: The Marina is a great size 1200+ guests, staff ratios were almost too many staff for the guests. Which is a good thing rather than the other way around. Cabins: Most are small. Bathrooms are smaller. I suggest spending the extra money for a Penthouse Suite, just for size reasons. Also, if you are over 6 foot 4 inches you are going to have trouble standing in the shower since the ceiling and shower head is 6 foot 4 inches from the floor. But, storage space is plenty. We took a lot of stuff and still did not use all of the drawers provided. Dining: Starting from the lessor and going to the top. The waves provides a quick breakfast menu (grab and go) and great lunch sandwiches and drinks. The terrace buffet is a good bet for quick meals of a high class and standard fare. The grand dinning room serves all three meals and provides excellent choices and extremely tasty (dinning four courses) selections. Then there are four specialty restaurants which are the very best. Service Is probably too much in the buffet, (too very waiters) but the other places it is outstanding. Entertainment: In our opinion was very good considering the numbers of guests do not bring enough money to allow "A" class of entertainers, but they were very good. Ports and Excursions: I find that Oceania provides outstanding tour guides and opportunities to see the best of the ports they visit. Since Oceania has smaller ships they can dock at the port dock and visit smaller towns and locations that the larger ships cannot consider. Summary: Since my wife and I do not drink much alcoholic beverages and do not have a huge need to be entertained we do not feel it is cost effective to utilize the small all inclusive top of the line ships and get relatively the same experience you will receive from Oceania Cruise Line. Most Important Item: No Oceania ship is set up for kids. If you are a family with kids under twenty you should consider a mega ship because the kids are going to be board. Also these ships are set for people who just like to get away from it all and relax and see new places. If you like extreme sports, and all the excitement, and crowds you need to choose a mega "city on the seas" ship for all the things they offer. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first cruise but the couple we were with have cruised 17 times. From the initial contact to our disembarkation the experience was an absolute positive one. Our flight from Montreal to Rome was long but uneventful and was ... Read More
This was our first cruise but the couple we were with have cruised 17 times. From the initial contact to our disembarkation the experience was an absolute positive one. Our flight from Montreal to Rome was long but uneventful and was completely organized. our arrival at the Marriott Flora was expected and we were greeted at the entrance by an Oceania Representative. The next day we were transported to the Marina which was such a positive and exciting event. Once we received all the necessary accreditation we went to the Grand Dining awaiting the final prep of our Stateroom. The room itself was large with a very large balcony; it remained spotless the entire cruise. The staff maintaining our stateroom exceeded our expectations. From the Capitan Leo, General Manager, Damien Lacroix, Cruise Director, Peter Roberts, Food and Beverage Director, Marc Walter, Chris Rogan Development and Head Chef Alexis every single person to the deck staff were so helpful and accommodating. The Ports of Call and the organized tours were excellent and even the tours we coordinated on our own great. Thank you Marina for a holiday Adèle will never forget. (Thanks Diane and Louis). The food was exceptional and exceeded all our expectations. i cannot say enough about the Entertainment Team headed by Jason and the Social Director, Katie. One of our favourites on the Ship were the Bellissimo String Quartet with Sasha, Inna, Kristina and Polina; we looked forward to hearing you every day. Read Less
Marina Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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