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Mother and Son European Adventure by patticalhoun

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe

Our cruise was a well orchestrated adventure.  From the beginning of reserving the  trip, Richie Mize, our travel agent, attended to every detail with our enjoyment in mind.  Neither my son nor I have ever been to Europe and this cruise allowed us to maximize our travel seeing 4 countries and spend quality time together by not requiring packing and unpacking each night of our adventure.  We were fortunate to upgrade to a suite on the Marina which allowed plenty of room for a mother and adult son to spend quality time together in our accommodations and still have the necessary privacy.  Thank you, Richie for your great planning!Love

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Great value with Oceania... Great service and food by RShenoy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Very friendly and courteous staff everywhere.

No nickeling and dining for every little stuff onboard, which is really great. We booked Concierge Veranda and only stuff one had to pay was for wine and liquor, if one wanted. 3 shore excursions were included so long as they each cost $199 or less. We bought private small van tours and transfers through Viator for better value and more intimate experience. Internet, though spotty, was free. Ship had laundry facilities on many specks and we were offered free detergent . Washer and dryer each cost $2 only. Great restaurants and the grand dining were excellent, even though Jacques was a little less than hyped. Service everywhere was outstanding.

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Perfect Pathways & Piazzas by zacba

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Great ship, superior restaurants, fabulous ports of call and amazing staff. Wireless usage was a challenge and did not always work.  Flight schedules did not leave enough room for delays. Although flights may be on time, deplaning, reaching  connecting flights in different terminals and getting through customs that are minimally staffed creates tremendous stress when time in between flights is too close. 30-45 minutes is not sufficient. Finally, travel representative Trisha Kirkbride was exceptional, always answered calls and questions promptly and thoroughly. Would definitely book future cruises through Trisha. 

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Oceania Barcelona to Lisbon by DavidMack

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Canaries

Great ports

Excellent food

Great service

 

Excursions overpriced 

Need to coordinate security checks better.  Long line in Casa Blanca

Need to coordinate dinner reservations better

Drink plans overpriced 

Entertainment so so

 

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Great itinerary by tulsaag

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Canaries

This was our second time on the Marina.  We love Oceania for the service and food.  Unfortunately their entertainment is pretty bad.  They had 2 different pianists play and 3 different singers, snooze fest.  The ports were great except Casablanca which I thought was a disguisting cesspool.  Oceania needs to drop this port, I didn't speak with anyone who liked the port.  Spain was beautiful and was Lisbon.  We would go back to Spain and Lisbon in a heartbeat.

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Fantastic Cruise by robp67

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe

Excellent service, excellent food and excellent accommodations.

800 crew members serving 1,200 guests works really well!

Everything exceeded our expectations.

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The most beautiful ship with... by ahoyTARA

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Ship: Marina

The most beautiful ship with 5 star restaurants!!! We may have been the youngest people cruising but we saw all of the Baltic, Scandinavia, Europe, and Russia! We went to 9 countries in 12 days. The excursions were beautiful as well. I highly recommend this cruise if you want experience old Europe and chill. Not a party cruise!

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A relaxing and enjoyable vacation by dkienlen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Our trip to the Baltic countries with Oceania just right!  The itinerary let us get a glimpse of several countries, but the highlight was the fact that we were able to spend 3 days exploring St. Petersburg.  The cruise was well staffed. We enjoyed both the grand dining room and the specialty themed restaurants. Both offered excellent service, and diverse menus.  

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Fabulous Itinerary, Amazing Food & Great Fellow Travelers!!! by bjdaniell

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Loved every city we visited. St. Petersburg was amazing & 3 days there wonderful! Used SPB excursions in St. Petersburg, Berlin &Oslo. Would definitely recommend them to everyone! 

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Technology sucksVe by mchernoff

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

You concentrate on food and do an excellent job but your technology leaves much to be desired.  Free internet sounds great in principle but if every attempt to go on line results in a time out then free internet is the same as no internet.  I had to wake up at 3:00AM in order to conduct modest amounts of business.

 

The TV system is at least 20 year old technology.  It is hard to believe that you do not have movies on demand.  One should not have to wait an hour or more for the start of a movie.  Moreover the choice of movies was extremely limited especially for someone taking back to back cruises.  Additionally the current status of the onboard account should be displayed on one of the channels.

 

The choice of satellite entertainment channels was also pathetic.  There should be double the channel options and you need to get the primary feed from ESPN instead some secondary one.  The should also be some provision for televising major USA sporting events such as the season opening college football game.

 

As bad as the TV viewing choices were, most of the time it didn't matter.  There was a "no signal" message on the screen at least half the time no doubt because the digital signal receiver is out of date.  

 

The cruise is priced as premium so one expects the technoloty to also be premium.  Please address these issues ASAP so I can book additional cruises.

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Back to the Baltic by Cruiser65031585

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Having cruised to the Baltic before we thought that a trip of only 8 days would be sufficient. This however turned out to be a mistake. Joining the ship in Copenhagen and disembarking in Stockholm meant that we missed out on 2 very attractive destinations. Oceania's tour prices are exorbitant which reduced the trips we made particularly in St Petersburg having already been to most of the highlight venues and being unwilling to pay such large sums for second visits. My overall rating of 4 stars really is a reflection of the Marina itself. All of the crew were so pleasant and helpful and our Concierge level stateroom was excellent. Oceania's food is renowned and lived up to it's reputation. My advice to anyone booking a Baltic cruise would by all means use this cruise line but pick an itinerary that covered a longer period with more ports of call.

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Exploring New Destinations by dlecklund

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

We decided on this cruise a year ago, and we enjoyed the experience.  This was our second time on the Marina, a great ship.  This  itinerary included countries important to our heritage, and we all felt right at home.

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Seeing Scandanavia by gstanko

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Enjoyed ports of call.  For PAris, suggest dock in LeHarve and then spend  overnight o give a night in Paris to see more.

 

Exercise equipment needs to be Precor

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Edinburgh port was cancelled due to weather by cqh

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

The people at the destination desk were discourteous to many guests.Housekeeping and main dinning room had excellent service.  maitre d’ of the main dinning room was very good.

 

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Marina 11 night royals & Viking aug 8 2016 by minhbui

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Excellent cruise with famous food and services , even that we miss a port that we want to see Edinburgh  Scotland . and a rainy and windy day in Newcastle.

but over all we enjoy the cruise and the excellent service of Oceania staffs.

We will come back for another cruise and recommend Oceania for our friends.

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Oceania Scandinavian Tresures by Cruiser531

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

The itinerary and the excursions that we selected.  

Also enjoyed the specialty restaurants and booked a paid wine pairing dinner..A fabulous experience with assigned  dinner  guests

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10 Night Scandinavian Treasures (Stockholm To Copenhagen) by Searay360

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

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.

 

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had a great time but a bit disapointing by bshane169

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Oceania claims to provide a higher level of service, but unfortunately we did not find this to be the case.  We had a lovely time but Oceania could definitely work on improving their excursions and entertainment.  The ports were good but for the extra money, the level of service should be higher. 

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Just not as good as our last Oceania cruise by meaderay1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

It just seemed that everything was a level below our last cruise on Riviera. Started with being given incorrect pier information (and had to walk to correct one pier). When this information was shared with appropriate folks, there was no apology and wonderment about what they were supposed to do with this information. Many of the more administrative types (concierge, reception, etc) were younger and seemed to not quite understand what good customer service looks like. Food was not quite as good and the dinning room staff seemed to be out of sync. Food portions in the special restaurants seemed skimpy. Ordering a simple cocktail often took three conversations with wait staff and then took a long time to get the drink. Entertainment not as good. Shower handle broke off from the wall and took two days to fix. Lots of little things that made us question whether we really got what we paid for. Will consider another cruise line before going back on Oceania

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Beware of on-board tours! by Asumom

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

The Marina was a beautiful ship and our room was spacious and comfortable. We loved having both a bathtub and a seperate shower. There was plenty of storage in our room to unpack our 4 suitcases since we were to be gone 3 weeks. We loved our Veranda especially cruising through the fjords in Norway.  The food was better than other cruise lines we've been on and enjoyed the specialty restaurants.  It was an added bonus to have bottled water and sodas always stocked and available in our refrigerator at no charge.

Unfortuately when we boarded we were told our room would be available in 10 minutes, 21/2 hours later we were able to get into our room. I would not recommend signing up and spending any money out of pocket for tours through Oceania. They same tour was not consistent on the three buses used. We did "Paris on our own" through Oceania. Our bus driver neglected to gas up the bus the night before so we had to stop (which took 30 minutes), then she got lost once we were in Paris so we wasted time driving around in circles for almost 30 minutes, the guide jumped off the bus & ran to another bus to ask where they were supposed to park and drop us off. Our guide never spoke to us about the country or the history of Paris. All the other tours gave us history where we were going. The drive was supposed to take 2 hrs & it took us 4.15 hrs to get to Paris. We were only to have 4 hrs once there but because of getting gas, the driver getting lost and traffic we only had 2.15 hrs in Paris. We were dropped off at a different location so we allowed an extra 15 minutes to find where we needed to get to since we were unsure. Another tour in Kristisnsand by land & sea was a partial waste as well. There were 4 buses for the tour. 2 went directly to Lilisand to explore, shop/or eat first before the boat ride and then 2 buses went and took the boat ride first before going to Lilisand. We were on a bus that took us to the boat first ( boat ride was nice) before going to Lilisand. By the time we arrived in Lilisand it was 4:45 PM. Our guide neglected to share with us that all stores closed at 5 PM. So by the time we went the bathroom and walked to the stores to browse they were closing.  When speaking to Oceania about the Paris fiasco & a complete waste of money and our time. We asked for a refund since we spent 8 hrs driving for 2.30 minutes in the city not what was advertised & they denied it.  We could have enjoyed the ship then could have cared less.so much better to book tours on your own. This is a good ship if you just want it to be your place to sleep and eat. Not much else on board. I would think twice before spending the money for an Oceania cruise except that it went everywhere we wanted to go.

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