Marina Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

Great destinations!

Sail Date: July 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 9010

We were very impressed with the ship, staff and service.  We had heard great things about Oceania, and our experience was consistent with those recommendations.   St. Petersburg was fantastic, but other ports of call, such as  Tallinn, Gdansk and Riga, were more interesting and beautiful than anticipated.  The variety of tours offered makes for some difficult choices, but we were pleased for the most part with our selections.  By the time we reached Amsterdam and Bruges, we were ready to explore on our own and sample the local fare. 

The evening entertainment and after-hours dancing in Horizons was great fun, and an unexpected bonus. 

We had high expectations for the food and overall were satisfied.  A few dishes were unsatisfactory, but quickly replaced by the attentive staff.   Don't miss the Sea Bass at Red Ginger - outstanding!

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Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Excursion satisfaction is tied to the quality of the tour guides. A few were great, but one or two just okay.
Ship Quality
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was seamless. Disembarkation was impacted by problems with the gangway and late arrival of the Southampton Customs crew. Lines were long and patience short!
Cabin / Stateroom
The bed and linens were very comfortable, and we found ample storage for our needs. Could have used another electrical outlet, as most devices need recharging. Loved having the veranda and enjoyed watching as we pulled into or out of the various ports.
Stockholm, Sweden
We went straight to the ship from the Airport -- would have liked to have seen some of the city.
Helsinki, Finland
We took the canal cruise and Porvoo visit. In hindsight, should have spent more time in downtown Helsinki.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
If you love art, don't miss the Hermitage!
Tallinn, Estonia
Beautiful town. Many amber shops -- prices seemed higher than what we saw in Riga, Klaipeda or Gdansk. Don't buy too soon.
Riga, Latvia
Enjoy a beer and a snack in the bar in the square.
Klaipeda, Lithuania
Enjoyed walking and exploring on our own as the ship was docked very close to the old town. A nice change from daily structured tours.
Gdynia (Gdansk), Poland
Amazing restoration and so beautiful!
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
This is a long day with 3 hours each way by bus to Berlin. Glad we went, but Berlin is a large city to sample in a day. Some of the sights were a quick drive-by, but then we spent more time than necessary at the Allied museum.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens is more of an amusement park than a garden. Still interesting, but not the best use of limited time. The canal cruise was enjoyable.
Cruise Skagerrak
Encountered some rough seas -- spouse was seasick half the day.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Visited the Rijkjsmuseum. Very impressed. Get there early! All the museums become overly crowded in the afternoon. Enjoyed lunch near the flower market and visiting the cheese shops.
Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium
Great user-friendly town. Enjoyable short canal cruise and great little shops - bought some Belgian Chocolate for gifts.
Southampton (London), England
Delayed disembarkation, then a long bus ride to the airport. Traffic delays due to construction.


Took advantage of the wine package -- seven bottles for a fixed price and good savings opportunity. We also enjoyed having a drink at the Marina Lounge at Happy Hour.

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