Marina Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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3 out of 5

10 Night Scandinavian Treasures (Stockholm To Copenhagen)

Sail Date: July 03, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cabin: 11054

The best part was the food.


Although having only one choice for eating after 2:00 pm in the daytime until dinner was not ideal. If you were on an excursion and returned in the late afternoon, your only option for food, other than room service, is a sandwich/salad station.

Our best experience on board was with the on board Culinary Chef and his class, it was outstanding.


They need to give you port information concerning weather etc the night before you dock so you can prepare for the day. Telling you the morning of your arrival is not really helpful.


For the hype given this cruise line, we found the level of service overall to be  unimpressive.


Cabin / Stateroom
Loved the cabin, roomy, storage and closet space amazing!!

Bathroom was lovely and spacious.

Clean and always kept stocked.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was very smooth and easy.Our cabin was ready and luggage there when we arrived on board around 12;30.

Disembarkation,was not very smooth or seamless.
We felt the overall rush and persistent announcements to disembark were a little over the top, then after all of the rush, we were told to sit in the common areas to wait until the taxi line was down to a more manageable wait time.
During this time, the staff was a bit rude to the passengers that had chosen to make their own transportation arrangements, ie,taxi.
We did not need to be reminded that we were told several times that the taxi lines would be long.
It seemed that Oceania was simply trying to sell another one of their services for transportation.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
As with everything, some great, some just ok.

Loved that they have tables of water right by the exits as you are leaving for you to pick up.
Onboard Activities Did not really participate in any, nothing interested us.
The string quartets and piano trios were great, we did not attend any shows.
Service and Staff
in general, just not impressed.

However, the attendant that serviced our room, Gedde, was fantastic!

We requested a few things of the butler that we never received a response on.
We asked the concierge on our floor for something as well and never got a response.
There were several times we had to request ice for the room even though we had asked that the wine bucket be continually kept iced.
A couple of times we did not even get a call back when we tried to call for something.

We found the main floor concierge and destination service staff to be quite un helpful and terse as well.
The staff handling the shore excursions could do a better job of explaining the process.

The maitre'd's in the specialty restaurants acted as though they were doing you a huge favor if they were able to fit you in.

Food and Dining
Overall, the food was excellent, presentations are beautiful.Proportions size was perfect.

Bread should be cut back, I watched, too much go to waste and the same amount is served to a table of 2 as a table of 6.

In the terrace grill, which is buffet style, if you were seated instead of feeling as though everyone was fighting to get a table, the experience would be more pleasant and make a huge difference in the level of service.
This was especially evident in the morning rush when most everyone is trying to get to an excursion.
Even though you are lead to believe that you will be able to get reservations at the specialty restaurants when you want that is not the case.If my husband had not been overly persistent, we would not have not gotten in, only to find, some nights,many empty tables when we were seated.
Stockholm, Sweden
We really spent no time there.
Tallinn, Estonia
No need for a tour, great city just to wander in. Port is very close to the old town, so it is easy to get around on your own.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
We lived the canal trip, it is just too bad that the weather was not so lovely!
Helsinki, Finland
Loved this city what we got to see of it, definitely would have liked ,more time here. We went into the markets with the Culinary school Chef from the ship and it was fantastic!
Riga, Latvia
Another great small city, great to wander around in on your own. You are close to the main area of old town so it is easy to walk around on your own.
Klaipeda, Lithuania
The Witches Hill excursion was great! Would like to have been able to shop around a little bit instead of the one small "sanctioned" stop.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
Would like to have on overnight here to spend more quality time in Berlin. The full day was too long with not enough time at any stop.
Copenhagen, Denmark
We stayed over in Copenhagen and enjoyed exploring the city on our own.


Read the information that you are given every night carefully, there are good tips on what is going on in the port cities, as well as hours for the restaurants etc. In some cases that changed.
As well as any ship activities.

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