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Another Wonderful Trip on Marina by modadd

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

We were able to upgrade to the concierge level veranda stateroom which made our cruise fabulous.  The concierge was a great help with our tour plans and being able to use the concierge lounge was very enjoyable.  We loved the specialty restaurants but also enjoyed the main dining room.  The service was excellent everywhere on the ship.  

 

 

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Essence of the Atlantic (NY to Lisbon) by voyager1959

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Marina / Destination: Transatlantic

Of course Oceania is known for the best cuisine at sea and this was no exception - absolutely superb.  The North Atlantic can be a bit rough in early Spring, and our sailing was no exception - rough but Marina handled it beautifully

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New York to Lisbon by Hawaiicruzers

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

Definitely recommend to others.  Staff, service,  and ports were excellent. What more can we say...we love transatlantic voyages.  There is a lot to do on board.  Country fair, afternoon tea, bingo etc. 

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Overall Rating by lefrench412

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Was extremely disappointed as this was advertised as a luxury cruise.  Have been on Princess and was treated much better. Our flight from LA to New York and then from New York to Lima was horrible. We got into Lima at 6:30 AM and were exhausted. This exhaustion carried out through the cruise as excursions were scheduled for early in the mornings which meant we had to get up early to dress and get breakfast.  Service was poor on board ship; most of the crew acted like they were bored.  Food at the buffet was poor; had a hard time finding something to eat.  We ate dinner and some breakfasts in the Grand Dining Room which was good.  The four specialty restaurants were good.  Used the spa one time and felt pressured to use their consultation services.  The evening entertainment in the Marina lounge we attended was good.

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VERY DISAPPOINTED in our 3rd Oceania cruise!!!!!!!! by lynetteross

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: South Pacific

First of all, the Pitcairn Island was not advertised as an on board experience until after we had paid in full for the cruise.  (which added 4 sea days to the cruise) Then to add insult to injury, Oceania aired a documentary the day AFTER we bought items from the residents to learn that 6 convicted Felons were among the descendants living there! Wow, amazing we were supporting criminals thanks to Oceania.  THEN, the ONLY TOUR and the MAIN REASON we booked was Easter Island which had bad weather on the 22nd.  We circled the island to see if the Owners Suite (of course) could possibly get to their private tour from the other side, then circled it AGAIN.  The Captain then just started sailing to Lima!  We didn't even wait the next scheduled day to see IF the weather would clear. So this fiasco added another 6 days of staying on the ship!  Total 10 days out of 18 we were trapped with crew who mentioned THEY were glad to get to Lima early so THEY could get 'good internet, have a free day to shop and call home!  Seriously, and WHO was paying for this benefit?  The last and extremely disappointing thing was how Oceania dumped all the passengers that had late flights on the 28th (reservations were made by Oceania) at a Marriott hospitality room with no food, coffee cups with no coffee, no chairs and we had to drag our luggage up and down the elevator.  (Our flight was after midnight on the 29th, which meant we had a 17 hr layover, some guests had a 22 hr layover!!!!) Again all because Oceania wanted to fill the ship again.  Out of sight, out of mind!  Well, we HAD already booked another 23 day cruise, but are SERIOUSLY considering canceling our $44,000+ payment just because of this current cruise experience. Oh, and by the way, we were told several times to enjoy the fine dining while we were at sea.  WE DO NOT BOOK FOR FINE DINING, WE BOOK FOR THE ITINERARY!!! For $26,000 we could have dined in 5 star restaurants for a year!  Oh, and Destination Services blamed this on our AGENT!.........That was the last straw! 

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Oceania Cruises by Cruiser314

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: South Pacific

We travel take Oceania cruises whenever we can,15 of our 40 times so far.  We believe thier food is the best at sea and that their service is near the top as well.  This is based on discussions with other experienced cruisers as well as our own experience.  The only problem is that an occasional excursion is below minimum expectations and that most are overpriced but this seems to be normal for cruise excursions in general.

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First time on Oceania by bdemanicor965

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Over all the cruise was OK. The food was very good and had a good variety. The bands, piano player and stringed group were very good. The staff was great. Service was great. The production shows, solo singers and magician were not up to par. Cooking classes were very good as well as the wine pairing seminars. The casino was just OK. 3 to 4 machines were out of service and 3 to 4 continually broke down, but the casino staff were very helpful in all areas. For the most part, docking was in the harbor and we had to be tendered to shore. When docked, the docks were working docks, filled with containers, etc. We were able to take 5 of the 6 shore tours booked. Norfolk Island was canceled due to rough seas. The tours were for the most part, way over valued (expensive). 3 of the 5 tours did not meet advertised expectations, one of which was so bad, they should give us all our money back.

- Moorea Island Highlights - Just OK. Hard to understand the tour guide

- Le Truck Island tour - Bad - should not be called a tour. didn't see much, very few views, couldn't understand the guide

- Pago Pago Eastside and Downtown - Terrible, terrible, terrible. No views, stopped at family craft spot, visited a beach that was nothing but a coral wading area where several people were cut and no entertainment as advertised. Should get our money back.

- Nadi Sightseeing - Good tour, nice views and good stops, good tour guide

- City Sights and harbor cruise - Good tour. Great views of all aspects of the harbor and a very informative bus tour of the city with good stops along the way. Good tour guide.

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Very Good Cruise by Jlsoftly

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Marina / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

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.

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5.0

Cape Town to Rio by nedbrandt

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Marina / Destination: Transatlantic

Great cruise on Oceania. We went from Cape Town to Rio in Nov/Dec of 2015. Added on the free pre-cruise 3 night stay in Cape Town which was a great value!

 

The cruise met all of our expectations. The ship was very nice, there was plenty to do and the stops were interesting. It helped that the water was glassy smooth all the way across the Atlantic. The specialty restaurants on the ship were outstanding and the main dining room food and buffet food were as good as that on any other cruise we have taken. All in all, a very good value and a great cruise.

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Fabulous port of call: Oceania a real disappointment by filkins5

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Marina / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

This was our 3rd Oceania cruise--what happened to this once wonderful cruise line?  Excursions were not as described: 2 hours shorter than stated; one excursion served food that was QUICKLY COVERED by flies!!!  Free internet was a total joke.  One was fortunate to get online 15 minutes during a 24 hour period.  Food & food staff, as always, was absolutely wonderful.  But otherwise---not such a great value per dollar!  Consider carefully when choosing this cruise line!!

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Our 20th Oceania Cruise by vlp27

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

Most enjoyable! The Marina is one of our favorites. The Oceania suites are very comfortable. Enjoy the Ships Art collection. It is beautiful. The French  restaurant on this cruise was outstanding!

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Marina is excellent by gtg1965

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

This was an excellent cruise with food and service highlighting as always. However there were itinerary problems;

1. No sea days, but we knew that going in

2. Oceania scheduled port calls in Rome and Florence at inopportune times. Rome on Sunday when the Vatican Museum was closed and Florence on Monday when museums were closed

3. Oceania/Marina continued a troubling pattern of changing port calls on the fly. Instead of Tendering at Taormina they docked at Messina. Instead of tendering at Sorrento, they docked at Naples. Their explantation was that seas were too rough to tender safely.  It was simply not the case and these changes disrupoted plans for independent tours at those ports.

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Robert, W Florissant, MO. by mrtechr

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

We had a great time on the Oceania, Marina.  This was our second cruise on the Marina last year we did a 7 day cruise Rome to Barcelona.  We enjoyed that cruise so much that we did a 10 day Rome to Venice.  I would rate the Oceania Marina  AAA+++ food an staff were great. 

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pampered lady by wgottlieb

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

 

We were on the Marina which is a lovely ship it was sold out but never feels crowded in the public areas.  Service is always first rate and the food very good.

My only complaint is the excursions, they are sometimes wonderful and sometimes the worst, and very pricey.

 

 

 

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5.0

10 Night Italian Impressions (Barcelona to Rome) Sept 14 to Sept 24, 2015 by dlecklund

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

We always enjoy a cruise on an Oceania ship, and this one was are favorites to date.  The Marina is a lovely ship and the crew was great.  Since Oceania offered great values while onboard, we booked our next cruise on the Marina!

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Terrible Service for Injured Passenger by suertudo

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

Wife fell first night in Barcelona; had hair line hip fracture - not serious enough to cancel cruise but very painful.  Oceania could/would not provide disabled transportation to or from the ship and provided very limited wheel chair assistance on board - a helpful crew member nearly got in trouble for violating Oceania's policy that wheel chairs would be provided for "emergencies" only.  Situation made even worse by terrible (close to non-existent) luggage handling embarking and disembarking and to/from airport - Oceania's response to the on-shore transportation problems was "It's not our problem!"

Injury issues aside, the ship was "tired" and need of updating, and our stateroom was the same and also in need of a lot of cleaning (mold in the shower, dirty furniture, debris on the floor, etc.).

On the upside, the food was better than average, and the crew members (below the reception desk/concierge personnel) were friendly and helpful.

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good by nirangoel

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

it was different experience for the better, it was well organized and well cared for. staff was good, everyone was smiling, restaurants were good, food was excellent, and warm always, variety and veg. food was always available. excursions were well prepared, guides were well informed and always helpful.

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Great destinations! by mjknight500

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

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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Our cruise experience by kckc1982

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

Although, we really enjoyed the cruise, we felt there was something missing.  We had previously cruised on the Regatta on Oceania, and did Monte Carlo to Venice.  That experience led us to pick Oceania again.  This was not as special.  The food was not as good at all.  Maybe I am too picky, but the meals we ate at restaurants on shore in each port were far superior to anything they served on the ship.  Some food was really quite bad.  Plus our experience with the staff on the Regatta was so different and so much better than on the Marina.  The difference was really notable.  The smaller ship, the warm helpful service we experienced, was not on the Marina.  We certainly were served well, but just really ok.  Excuses were made so much, and the staff really didn't know enough to help or explain.

Then when I had my nails done on the last day, and got an outrageous bill, I was really disappointed.  I didn't complain, but it really upset me.

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Baltic cruise on Oceania by mariavanton

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

Beautiful ship, staterooms roomy and well appointed. Great service and food. Excellent itinerary. Entertainment better than expected. Everything well organized.

Excursions expensive but worth it if you choose the ones that matter like St.Petersburg and Berlin-which would be challenging to do on your own. Smaller ports are fine to do without the excursions if you can read a map. We enjoyed doing the other ports on our own. 

This is a high end luxurious ship if that is what you are looking for. 

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