Marina Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Wonderful places on a beautiful ship

Sail Date: August 26, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Oceania Marina is a beautiful ship with a great deal of comfort inlcuding a very accomodating staff. The beds could not have been more comfortable and the staterooms were very sutibable for a luxury ship. The "Enchanbting Rivieras" intinerary was our reason for taking this cruise and we were not disappointed. However, these locations would have been more comfortable in late October or early November. The heat was a downer, but we chose to go during August-Sept. which was the only choice for this exact itinerary of which we were aware. Overall, there was way too much "hoopla" about the cuisine, which lead to disappointment except for the new Oceania offering of "Red Ginger."

Pros: The ship was truly luxurious; the best possible night sleep; the itinerary could not be beat.

Cons: One of rear elevators was frequently not operating; the food was mediocre/

Recommends Marina? Yes!

Food and Dining
Red Ginger was the only exceptional restuarant. The others were more elegant but found the food way too salty-especially in the main dining room.
We think they are tryint to change this.
Ship Quality
Very clean, well laid out;Howerver, I like an outside deck near lower floors, which this ship does not have; you have to go to 12th floor for first chance to be outside except for verandas.
Cabin / Stateroom
Best night sleep in any hotel or on any ship
Service and Staff
Almost all of staff was very frinedly and helpful.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Good jumping off spot for Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre
Portofino, Italy
Picuresque and charming
Don't Miss: Ferry to nieghboring towns
Taormina, Sicily
Unfortunately, the ship ancored far from town and no bus was provided to go from drop off spot to Taormina which is not the location for the anchoring but in the hills above-by quite a distance.
Don't Miss: The view of Mt. Etna
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Fascinating but too commercial as it is overun with tourists, but enjoyed it just the same.
Don't Miss: a guided tour around the old city-by tape or guide
Corfu, Greece
Kotor, Montenegro
Norway of the Adriatic-waterways surrounded by vertical cliffs. This was a most surprising addition
Don't Miss: Walking around the old city and climbing the mountain with the old city wall-not an easy climb
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Beautiful-sorry we were jet lagged to fully enjoy.
Don't Miss: The tram at the Oceanograpy museum
Amalfi, Italy
Like Sorrento, outstanding sense of being on the wonderful Amalfi Coast
Don't Miss: Ferry to Positano and Bus to Ravello
Venice, Italy
Venice is one of a kind-a must for any Italy curise
Don't Miss: Being on the deck of the ship as it enters Venice-superby picture taking moment-especially Piazza de San Marco
Sorrento, Italy
Charming introduction to the Amalfi Coast
Don't Miss: The lemon groves
Cannes, France
Good jumping off spot for visiting St. Paul de Vence and Grasse

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