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Marina Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 94

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Marina

28 Night Paradise In The Pacific (Papeete To Sydney)

Sail date: January 25, 2016

Ship: Marina

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 11066

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

The itinerary was outstanding.  But somehow I expected more.  After about 20 hours total travel time, we arrived in Papeete and were boarded promptly.  We were on a Oceania chartered flight by Air Tahiti Nui.  We arrived at 10 PM to find that all of the restaurants and buffets were closed.  Here it is the first day of the cruise and you board 200 older clients and you have no food except room service.  Room service was soon swamped making it slow.  Very poor planning Oceania.

 

If you are concierge class or above, don't expect any special treatment from Oceania.  The Executive and Concierge Suites were okay.  I expected a special venue for breakfast and lunch for concierge class, but there was none.  The rooms are nicer, but that's about all you get.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was good, but I did not consider it to all that much better than the mass market cruise lines. Given Oceania's reputation, I expected more.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The Ukrainian String Quartet, Bellisimo, was outstanding. Paolina, Viktoria, Inna, and Sasha did a great job. Viktoria was particularly expressive, emoting her music and making eye contact with her audience. Ochen horoshow, gospazhas. At Nuka Hiva, the Polynesian folk group was fantastic.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was well appointed and spacious. If you are concierge class or above, don't expect any special treatment from Oceania. The Executive and Concierge Suites were okay. I expected a special venue for breakfast and lunch for concierge class, but there was none. The rooms are nicer, but that's about all you get.

Ports of call

Raiatea, French Polynesia

5 out of 5

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

5 out of 5

Rangiroa, French Polynesia

5 out of 5

Papeete, Tahiti

3 out of 5
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