9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise mainly because it offered 3 full days in St Petersburg. We were also influenced by the good reviews of the ship and we were not disappointed on that score. As St Petersburg was our main objective, we saved on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly because it offered 3 full days in St Petersburg. We were also influenced by the good reviews of the ship and we were not disappointed on that score. As St Petersburg was our main objective, we saved on our cabin, booking an outside stateroom without veranda. The weather was very cold so we did not lose out at all. Our cabin was well appointed and we got all the special dining reservations which we wanted, including an extra night in Red Ginger, our favourite. Overall the food was of a very high standard, especially the breads and cakes. It proved impossible to resist afternoon tea. The ordinary wines by the glass were generally poor, with sommeliers who were pleasant but ill informed. The list for purchase of 7 bottles gave no dates for any of the wines available . This we found incredible. Generally despite the corkage, it is probably best and in the long run less expensive, to bring your own wine. Our main complaint is the way in which passenger information in advance and during the cruise sought to make us feel helpless. We were frequently warned about the difficulties of arranging our own transfers, getting taxis, ill informed about the acceptability of euros in Lithuania (they will take them ) and the dangers of private tours in Russia. In fact the official tours were over priced and as we watched large bus loads of passengers leaving we were so glad not to be among them. Cruise critic helped us to team up with a couple who were arriving in Copenhagen on the same flight and we saved lots of money sharing a taxi with them. At the end of the cruise we stayed in the Scandic Grand Stockholm as suggested by Oceania but booked ourselves, asking the hotel to arrange a taxi to pick us up. Thus embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Our best find was the tour company was GrandPetersburg. The owner Julia corresponded with us by email over several months as we arranged our perfect 3 day private itinerary. My husband is 80 and we wanted to see as much as possible without being too challenged. On the day we were also able to tweak the itinerary as wished.Our guide Elizabeth was perfect with wonderful English and unlimited knowledge. The driver Alex was always there for us and so pleasant. Compared to other tours which I priced, especially the ship ones, ours was very reasonable. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise for its ports in the Baltic, and also to try out Oceania which has been inundating us with brochures (which eventually worked, I guess:) Much about the ship and cruise suited us. We wanted a smallish ship that did not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its ports in the Baltic, and also to try out Oceania which has been inundating us with brochures (which eventually worked, I guess:) Much about the ship and cruise suited us. We wanted a smallish ship that did not have big family groups and children for this cruise and that was the case. On the other hand there were some younger couples on board so it was not a totally retired people cruise. We don't care about shows, which was good because their entertainment in general was pretty weak. We do like good food, and on the whole the experience lived up to the line's reputation there. We had very good meals in Jacques and one in Toscana. Our first in Toscana I received a lobster that was seriously overcooked, which made me hesitate about ordering it anywhere again. Polo was good, but not as good as it should be. The food in Polo could use more seasoning. The Main Dinning room on the whole was better than average but there were some nights when I had difficulty finding a main course I wanted to eat, and some of the options were odd--like a lobster and sweetbreads dish, as if anyone wants to eat brains with lobster. I asked the waiter how many had ordered it and out of 26 people that night only 2 had and 1 had asked that they skip the sweetbreads. You would think with stats like that they would change the menu, no? Our stateroom was spacious enough, although I question the 282 sq foot claim. The bed was very comfortable with excellent linens. The walk in shower is tiny, as many reviews indicate, but at least it has water temp control. The shower in the tub does not and the water temp comes and goes, which is potentially dangerous. When we complained we were told no one had ever mentioned this before, which is hard to believe. I doubt it was just our shower on our cruise. This will happen if there is no third knob on a shower to maintain the temp. The water pressure also was variable. The housekeeping was good, although they kept forgetting one item. It was a little annoying to have to leave notes every day with reminders to replenish X or leave Y. I have read reviews that complain about the service but I did not experience that. There is a lot of staff on this ship, and our experience was they were all attentive, friendly, and with few exceptions spoke acceptable English. Unlike some other ships we have been on, the dining staff seemed adequate for the task and did not seem to have too many tables to handle. I do suspect that large tables suffered a bit in service due to all the food having to be delivered at the same time, but actually there were not too many tables with more than 6 people anyway. We were in concierge and the biggest difference between that and regular veranda is that you can get hot food with room service breakfast, which with early excursions and sightseeing departures is valuable. Except on the last morning there was no hot food for breakfast. Which no one informed us about. So we got the cold items we had ordered--some toast. Very odd and very annoying. Like no one thought to stick on a pastry since we were not going to eat otherwise? In general there could be better communication. The cruise director insisted that every Currents informed us of whether we needed our passport, but the first one after Russia did not. The Currents with info on Lithuania only mentioned their local currency and neglected to add that everywhere takes the euro. Little things like that would be nice to know. We had very cold, windy and often rainy weather the whole cruise, so most people did not enjoy the pool deck area. Not the cruise line's fault. However there was very little to do otherwise. Arranged activities are quite spare. There is a gorgeous library if you are so inclined, the nicest and biggest one I have seen on any ship. A delightful place. The concierge lounge was used by my husband more than me. The concierge was pretty useless, and not customer oriented, which is peculiar considering her job. She also would leave to go to meetings but not ask in anyone present needed something before she did. So she would not be there during the times indicated on occasion. Since she is somewhat superfluous and you get better service by dealing directly with the dinner reservation people, it is not too much of a problem as long as you know not to rely on her. We did not use the excursions. We took an onboard credit instead (a variety of perks were offered when we booked; free excursions, a drink package, or an OBC). The excursions were very highly priced even for cruises and we were able to book a private tour guide and driver in St. Petersburg for 3 days for the cost of one of their excursions for 2 people. I recommend anyone going to Russia to book privately. It will save you a lot of money. There is no need to book excursions in Talin, Riga (nice town), Helsinki (use hop on hop off if you want to get around). Just walk around and most of what is interesting is right there. As others have said the wine and all drinks are pricey. We used our OBC for wine and enjoyed some very nice ones, but the cost was high. Wi-fi was spotty. It seemed better at sea than in port. We managed, but it was hardly state of the art. It was also slow, which may be why it is now included. I am sure customers were livid when they paid by the minute and the system was so sluggish. I had read comments that this ship is more class conscious than most and I think I agree. Notice how only concierge and above could get hot breakfasts in their rooms. There were a variety of little ways this kind of thing showed up. This cruise ended in Copenhagen. Be aware that the line for taxis was very, very long and anyone planning to use a taxi to go to the airport should have lots of time before their flight. Otherwise you should pay for the ship's airport transportation. Be aware that in port you can use the 4th floor ramp to exit and enter the ship and avoid the stairs to the 5th level entry that they expect you to use. You can leave at the final stop that way too, which is much easier if you have a roller bag with you. One final note. You feel this ship move. We like that, but anyone who is used to mega-ships that have to hit really rough waters to cause sea sickness will want to prepare for this. Also, the rear of the ship vibrated just from the engine more than one would expect so keep that in mind when booking cabins. We were right near the back elevators and it was not bad there, but further to the rear I think it might be if you are sensitive to that. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Our travel agent suggested this cruise he said it would be suitable for us and we were not let down it was an amazing experience.We sailed on Oceania Marina mid June 2017 around the beautiful Baltic Sea, this was our first cruise and it ... Read More
Our travel agent suggested this cruise he said it would be suitable for us and we were not let down it was an amazing experience.We sailed on Oceania Marina mid June 2017 around the beautiful Baltic Sea, this was our first cruise and it lived up to and went beyond our expectations . Our cabin was on the eight floor and central to all services, restaurants and lifts. It was very spacious with large bathroom and plenty of storage. The food and service by all the crew was first class and very friendly. I would recommend doing a cooking class, this was fantastic, and in a modern interactive kitchen. I found their canyon resort (hair salon) very professional and knowledgeable. All in all the food was simply amazing across all sectors on the ship, bit afternoon tea was amazing and delicious. Our only complaint was that we didn't have enough time to enjoy all the entertainment and activities during our ten day cruise. Shore excursions taking up a big part of the day arriving back in time to prepare for dinner and speciality dinning experiences. With reference to onshore excursions we chose TJ Tours and found them punctual, professional and reasonably priced, and offered tours in all the Baltic stops. Sincere thank you to all the crew on Oceania Marina for a fabulous holiday. Macc. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise because we like the dates and itinerary. Overall, the cruise was very good, but there were some things that could be better. We found the wine prices very high, especially considering what the wines cost and the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like the dates and itinerary. Overall, the cruise was very good, but there were some things that could be better. We found the wine prices very high, especially considering what the wines cost and the fact that taxes are probably not paid on them. Plus 18% for gratuity. If you like wine, see if you can bring some and pay corkage, or do like us, and just forget about it and consider it part of the cost of the cruise. We also found the on board entertainment weak. The ships band was not very exciting, and nobody could sing. They could benefit from a younger band, who did some more current music. Also, the excursions were expensive- luckily we booked the St. Petersburg tours with Denrus, whose prices were about one third of those offered by Oceania. Food was mostly good, with a few exceptions. Cabin was fine- we were on the concierge level. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We were recommended by cruise ship by our travel agency and sold by the good food served onboard. We were indeed delighted that we sailed with them. It was the first international cruise and best decision made to be onboard Oceania. ... Read More
We were recommended by cruise ship by our travel agency and sold by the good food served onboard. We were indeed delighted that we sailed with them. It was the first international cruise and best decision made to be onboard Oceania. On the day of embarkation, the queue was rather long but managed to clear quite speedily. In addition, there were seats around in case of guests who could be tired standing in line. As we were considered early, we were asked to go for our lunch before checking into our cabin, the food served was good and this was a good start to our cruise. An announcement was made once the cabins were ready for checking in. When we opened the door to our cabin, we were pleasantly surprised with the size of the inside cabin, Many inside cabins tend to be tiny, but I must commend that this is not so, in fact, it was considered spacious and very comfortable. the cabin was also done up rather luxuriously with 1000 thread count bedsheets to sleep on nightly. Kudos also to The housekeeping team who are ever so efficient in cleaning the cabins and remembering the requests of each and single room. There are 4 speciality restaurants to enjoy. We managed to try all 4 as we were advised to book online. As it was only my friend and I, we had to share table with other guests on 3 nights. The experiences at all the speciality and main dining areas were better than great! The food was really declious, and generous. And the service by the staff was excellent too. Being a gourmet foodie, I jmust commend that the cruise is really generous on the expensive ingredients (lobsters for almost every dinner and excellent prime cut beef) served. Hygiene level is high which is what I like. You can find sanitaiser almost everywhere throughout the ship. And there are reminders to clean your hands. Thumbs up! My gripe would be on the shore excursions. There are hits and misses. Some of the guides were excellent while some of the drivers were very good. The organsiaton prior to disembarking the cruise is a tad messy. The positive aspect of the shore excursions would be that most of the coaches are not fully filled up and they come up toilets which can be used ( this is Escorial he important for long drives). Plus the coaches are all very clean and comfortable. Believe that the drivers take pride at their work:) I would definitely sail with them again. I have already been telling people of how good the ship is and garnered a fair bit of interest. I certainly hope to sail on it again soon . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise originally because of the destinations and class of ship. It's expensive, but that keeps the rif raf off the ship, and thats fine w/ me. We originally booked our veranda suite, but when we got closer to the ... Read More
We chose this cruise originally because of the destinations and class of ship. It's expensive, but that keeps the rif raf off the ship, and thats fine w/ me. We originally booked our veranda suite, but when we got closer to the travel date, we upgraded to a penthouse suite on the 11th floor, and so glad that we did. We flew into Copenhagen 2 days early to enjoy the city. 2 days was enough as theres not that much to do. We did Tivoli Gardens in the evening, and they had a nice firework show, and walked along Nyhaven . Many people took a canal tour, but we just walked along it and it was great. Embarkation was easy, although we did have a bit of a line, which we didn't think we would have since we were boarding at noon with the other suites. Our room was a terrific!! Elegant, comfortable, big and a great balcony. The first port was Germany. We didn't book the trip into Berlin as it was a 3 hour bus ride, there and back. Those that did, enjoyed it, but I didn't want to deal w/ sitting in a bus all day. We walked around the port town. It was OK. Your basic cruise tourist port town. But that was OK, as I had very little expectations. The following day at sea was beautiful. The weather was great and surprisingly there were plenty of folks relaxing in the sunshine by the pool. We enjoyed the private deck area outside the Canyon Ranch Spa for suite guests. It was quiet, relaxing and private. The next day we were in Estonia. It was a charming little town, easy to walk to and plenty to see. The cobblestone streets would be difficult for those with mobility issues. The town was quaint and the people we met there were sweet and wonderful. Had lots of interesting conversations with the locals. The next 2 days were spent in St. Petersburg Russia. It was incredible. We booked the tours through the ship. We did the canal tour and cathedral of spilt blood one day and that was great. It was a beautiful sunny day, with a cool breeze on the water. Our tour guide Larissa was terrific!! The next day we did another tour and got to have some free time in the city. My husband and I ended up at the Grand Palace Hotel lobby bar with some other folks from our ship, drinking vodka. It was actually great!! We found the city to feel safe and beautiful. They do take you to a lot of souvenir shops, but quite frankly, I wanted to buy some, so I was OK with it. I really wanted to bring home a matryoshka doll, but ended up buying it in the ships shop. The prices were the same, and I felt like the ones on the ship were more legit then the mass produced copies in the shops. We had friends that went to the Ballet in the evening and enjoyed it. We stayed on the ship and it was a quiet evening, because many folks were out in the city on tours, but we enjoyed the quiet. The next day was Helsinki Finland. Helsinki felt like a city. We walked around, and sat in a coffee shop, but it wasn't very exciting or interesting, but again, that was OK. There are some interesting market places near the water and in the city, some historic sites. The hop on and off bus was a good idea. It was a weird day because you knew you wanted to get back to the ship to pack up, so it felt short. The next day we disembarked in Stockholm. Heres were the nightmare was!! Do yourself a favor and book a private car to pick you up from the port. There must have been 500 people in line for a taxi and there were seriously 2 taxis at a time. It was ugly!! People and taxis were fighting with each other. We managed to call Uber, but we were lucky as shortly thereafter there were no uber cars available. We stayed a few extra days in Stockholm at the Sheraton. We didn't book it through the ship as we had points and used them for those nights. It is a really nice hotel and we had a beautiful room with a balcony and view over the water and city! Stockholm is a great city, so if you can stay a few extra days, it's well worth it!! Once again, we felt safe, the people were friendly, and there is a lot to see and do. A few other notes about the cruise itself. We were very excited about the private restaurants, but what a dissapointment! We only went to the Tuscano restaurant, and the meal was so bad that we decided to cancel all our other restaurants and just eat either in the cafe terrace, the burger place outside the terrace, or main dining room. The food in those venues was really good! I usually hate the cafes as I see so many people filling their plates to the rim, that it grosses me out. But because they serve you, (which can be a little annoying), nobody appears to make a pig out of themselves. We spoke to others who agreed with us on the private restaurants and were dissapointed as well. I think the cruise tries to make a big deal out of the Jacque Pippen name, but really, it's not all that!! Everyone was complaining about the poor internet service. First of all, it was pretty well stated in many of the reviews that it wasn't great. If you get it for free, then great, but expect it to only work 70% of the time. Seemed not to work at all while in Russia. But get over it people!! Did you really come on vacation be on your phone and ipad all day?? The crew of the ship were terrific! All very kind and friendly. What was nice was the size of the ship. There are 1200 passengers which is a lot, yet you'd see the same people over and over and it was a nice opportunity to meet people from all over and make some friends. There was a large alumni group from FSU, so many folks were probably in their 50's and 60's. So it was a nice mix. I'd definitely sail on Oceania again. I just wouldn't get too excited about the restaurants the next time and be more excited about the room and the ports. Food is food. Besides, who wants to go home 10lbs heavier!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
This was the first cruise that my husband and I took together. We had each only been on one cruise before and that was during college, which was a little while ago! We selected Oceania based on the size of the boat and all of the ... Read More
This was the first cruise that my husband and I took together. We had each only been on one cruise before and that was during college, which was a little while ago! We selected Oceania based on the size of the boat and all of the positive feedback on the dining. We had a room on the Concierge Level and were located close to the Concierge Lounge. The room was nicely appointed. We felt that we had enough space in the room and the mattress / bedding was particularly comfortable. While we like the concierge level, we questioned if we would book it on future trips. The main advantages for us were being able to make dining reservations ahead of time, the bottle of champagne in our room upon arrival, and access to the Canyon Spa veranda. We had the opportunity to eat in all of the restaurants on the ship, including the dinner at La Reserve. While we enjoyed all of the restaurants, Toscana and Jaques were our favorites. On our day at sea we were fortunate to enjoy dinner at La Reserve. We sat at a table with three other couples and our table got along so well! The evening started with a cocktail on the veranda and the we progressed through a seven course meal with wine pairings. While La Reserve comes at an additional cost, it was our favorite experience on the boat! In terms of additional amenities, the free Wi-Fi and the beverage package were included in our fare. The Wi-Fi was a bit spotty (to be expected) and you could only use it on one device at a time. The beverage package worked well for us during meals. The selection is smaller since it includes wine by the glass, but it is unlimited at lunch / dinner. In terms of activities on the boat, we did not really participate in a lot of them. We attended the entertainment one evening and it was "fair" at best. The show, as well as the level of performers, could be improved. We also attended High Tea during our day at sea and enjoyed the experience. We did not book an excursions through Oceania. We did feel fortunate to visit all cruise ports during our trip. There was a Norwegian ship following the same route as ours and it missed two of the ports. The ship was not able to dock in Germany due to high winds and it did not dock in Tallinn due to mechanical issues. We were so glad to be on the Marina! Overall, we really enjoyed our experience and are considering cruising with Oceania again in the next 2-3 few years. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We picked for the Baltic ports and because it was Oceania. The ports were extremely variable. Tallinn great. SPB, Gotenburg, Warnemunde, Oslo, very good. Crristiansand, Hamburg, Helsinki , Rouen, and Ghent so so. Ypres rather than ... Read More
We picked for the Baltic ports and because it was Oceania. The ports were extremely variable. Tallinn great. SPB, Gotenburg, Warnemunde, Oslo, very good. Crristiansand, Hamburg, Helsinki , Rouen, and Ghent so so. Ypres rather than Bruges was a real treat for me. Copenhagen is in a whole special class. Imagine the sheer stupidity of a huge cruise terminal and container port with a single 2 lane road as the only way out. Traffic was a disaster. Shuttle service ditto On the ship. Marina has great food. There is lots of room. You never feel crowded. Service in the restaurants and cabins is first rate. Can't say the same for dining reservations, pursers or shore excursions Internet is a disaster. Be sure not to pay extra for it . I rate the specialty restaurants in this order-Toscana, Red Ginger, Jacques and Polo. Terrace cafe is always good especially for breakfast and lunch. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Actually choose this cruse because of the itinerary, specific St. Petersburg I did not like the excursion in Helsinki We were early for check-in and no problem to go to the buffet and have a nice lunch. We were called as soon as ... Read More
Actually choose this cruse because of the itinerary, specific St. Petersburg I did not like the excursion in Helsinki We were early for check-in and no problem to go to the buffet and have a nice lunch. We were called as soon as the cabin was ready and our luggage arrived not much later so we had time to unpack and freshen up and change clothes before dinner. Specialty dining is available in all the restaurants on board, without charge which is agreat plus, but I must say, I prefer the dining room, since the food is actually the same. Meeting for the excursions went very smooth and is completely organised. Will definitely consider to be on Oceania again. There was the airline fare included in our trip to Copenhagen, but the flight on SAS was not a pleasant one, I prefer Lufthansa which we used to go back to Miami and there areall the drinks included............... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Food in the dining room was usually wonderful but it takes FOREVER to get through a meal. Food in the Terrace was often not hot and honestly pretty ordinary. The specialty restaurants continue to maintain their reputations for quality. ... Read More
Food in the dining room was usually wonderful but it takes FOREVER to get through a meal. Food in the Terrace was often not hot and honestly pretty ordinary. The specialty restaurants continue to maintain their reputations for quality. One thing new in the Terrace is the way the waiters snatch your plate away.....one tried to pick up my half eaten breakfast! They're in a big hurry for some reason. Afternoon Tea is very nice. Internet is a real DOWNER. It's an issue. The entertainers (string quartet, piano bar and show group) gave it their very best....they're just not top shelf. The YMCA rendition did bring the crowd to their feet; the director begged for more than 50 people, just once, to continue up to the bar. I don't know it that happened. We went to bed! Other than that my husband's $180 pedicure (no polish) and the wine/alcohol prices were a problem for some folks. Embarkation was a breeze. Disembarkation was a HOT MESS! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
We got a great deal so the trip was a no-brainer. The room was as advertised. Large compared to our other cruises. I know that baths are important to some, but I think those square feet could be better spent elsewhere. I loved the ... Read More
We got a great deal so the trip was a no-brainer. The room was as advertised. Large compared to our other cruises. I know that baths are important to some, but I think those square feet could be better spent elsewhere. I loved the little extras. Free sodas and water and self serve laundry services. I didn't feel that Oceania was trying to nickel and dime us. The food in the main dining room started off sort of bland for the first few days. It got better as time went on. The buffet was good and I really liked the "specials". The specialty restaurants were outstanding. The miso sea bass at red ginger and the filet at the polo club were highlights. The service was almost too good. After being served portions at the buffet, our plates were taken from us and taken to a table of our choosing. I must bring attention to the culinary workers. We had a very rainy bike ride in Sweden and came back soaked. My iphone was in my flooded pocket and started glitching. I went to the culinary center, asked for and was given a bag of rice to dry out my phone. It worked, saving my pictures as well as the phone. My big regret was that we did not port in Amsterdam and instead went to Bremerhaven. The captain said it was too stormy to use the locks. The cruise director later said that other ships had tried and failed, bobbing all night in the rough water. I tried to check but I couldn't find the info. I don't blame them if this was truly the case. I must say that any other problems we had were not the fault of Oceania. I should also mention the cabin stewardess down the hall that we had several conversations with. On the last night (I'm sure their busiest) I felt like I was getting an ear infection. I mentioned it to her and in 5 minutes she was at my door with qtips and alcohol pads. Great service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My two Sisters and their Spouses and my Brother and his Spouse and my Wife and I went on the Regal Routes Cruise on the Oceania Marina for 10 days beginning June 2nd. This was our first Cruise with Oceania. We have traveled with ... Read More
My two Sisters and their Spouses and my Brother and his Spouse and my Wife and I went on the Regal Routes Cruise on the Oceania Marina for 10 days beginning June 2nd. This was our first Cruise with Oceania. We have traveled with Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean in the past. Our embarkation went smoothly. The Cruise was darn near perfect. My Wife and I had room 7008, it had an extra large balcony that was great and my Sisters had almost identical rooms in 7006 and 7004. The Bathroom was amazing. You had your choice of a shower or a shower in a bathtub. Storage was fine. The weather was pretty good, it could have been warmer, but, we really only had 1 day for a couple of hours where we had to use our umbrellas in Kristiansand, Norway. The ship was great in great condition. We couldn't complain about a thing. Many people in past reviews complained about the entertainment. We went every night and it was very good every night. The comedian, Chas Burnett was great ! I saw him the next night and told him how funny he was without having to use profanity. He seemed very appreciative. The singers and dancers were very good as was the magician. The Cruise Director, Nolan Dean was a little quieter than most C.D.s, but, he put on a show one night with his assistant(his Girlfriend). It was kind of like a Sonny and Cher show, it was great. Their singing was very good and their comedic skills were just as good. We were pleasantly surprised. We had 5 dinners in the specialty restaurants out of 10 days. We ate 1 night at the Buffet. The large prawns and lobsters were perfect in the Buffet. I really couldn't complain about any of our dinners. Everybody that waited on us were amazing, but, then again we treat people the way we want to be treated, so, maybe, if you treat people with respect, you get treated better. We had a great time at all the ports and we appreciated that if the port wasn't right in town, Oceania supplied a shuttle free of charge. Our air was included from Oceania and though we were a little worried on the connection in Amsterdam flying over on KLM everything worked perfect. Our flight home was, also, fine. The one excursion we took from Oceania to the Breendonk SS Transit Camp in Antwerp was very good. So, it was a great Cruise with 2 little things that weren't perfect. We had Free Internet, but, if I had had to pay for it, I would have been living at Front Desk ! The poor Computer Guy can't be paid enough for all the people complaining to him. I couldn't use their computers, they wouldn't work. He told me to try my tablet in my room for better reception. It worked a little after 11 o'clock at night ! We didn't use it much, but, if we had and were paying for it I would have been upset. The other thing and it wasn't Oceania'a fault really. Because of windy conditions, we couldn't get into Amsterdam. My Sisters and my Brother had never been there, so, it was very disappointing for them. We had plans to take the train and go to the Hague and Rotterdam, so we were disappointed, too. Was the weather really that bad ? We got an extra day in Hamburg instead. Should Oceania have offered us something ? A bottle of wine or something ? It wouldn't have hurt. But, one other AMAZING thing for Oceania ! Our last port before debarking in Copenhagen was Gothenburg, Sweden. My Sister and her husband missed the last shuttle at 4 and couldn't find their way back, no one spoke English or knew where the ship was docked. They spent over $100 on cabs. Oceania called me at 5:20 and said they had to leave at 6. After a scary half hour they were able to locate the Cab company and give them directions to the port. The Port was at least a half hour away from downtown. Fortunately and gratefully they waited 5 minutes for my Sister to get back. Thank you very much Oceania. My Sister missing the ship would have definitely ruined the Cruise, no fault of Oceania. Our disembarkation was flawless except our shuttle never showed up, but, had no problem catching a bus to the airport. We will definitely travel with Oceania again. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. Dress was generally on the casual side of "country club casual", with women better dressed than men. The ship is well presented, but some maintenance issues persist - we had to call maintenance twice to fix a noisy rattle on the balcony that spoiled our sleep, and we were locked out of our room at one point because our door lock needed to be "reprogrammed". The food quality and service was superior to other (20+) cruises we've been on and we were able to dine in the excellent specialty restaurants several extra times (our formal allotment was only four) by making same-day reservations. Food was not perfect - we sent some some dishes back to the kitchen because they were too salty, too tough or just cold. Our cabin was clean and neat, but layout was not well designed for storage. Housekeeping staff was excellent, but we had some issues - personal items left behind by a previous passenger and some stains on linens. All staff was uniformly welcoming and efficient. Shore excursions were marred by language issues and a lack of radio/audio devices - some guides were hard to understand and we just couldn't hear them in large groups and noisy areas. We found this very surprising from an upscale cruise line. One Oceania excursion was only half completed (because of a disabled participant who shouldn't have been allowed to take an "strenuous activity" excursion and held everyone back) and we were disappointed to receive only token compensation when we asked for an adjustment. We, and many other experienced cruisers, had arranged three independent excursions at both lower cost and better quality. Despite the observations listed above, we had a very enjoyable cruise, and we will likely cruise with Oceania again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
First time cruising with Oceania and definitely won't be the last. The food was amazing, the staff was very attentive and with only one child onboard there was a whole level of calm that I have never experienced on a cruise before. ... Read More
First time cruising with Oceania and definitely won't be the last. The food was amazing, the staff was very attentive and with only one child onboard there was a whole level of calm that I have never experienced on a cruise before. I don't dislike children, but also don't want to vacation with other people's children, so there was an entire layer of chaos removed immediately. I could tell the moment we walked on that it was going to be a whole new experience. As far as other passengers go, I wasn't sure what to expect. Thought it could be a whole group of snotty rich folks, but everyone was very nice and friendly, and the "country club casual attire" was great, and was nice to not have an official formal night. There was never huge amounts of people in the pool and hot tub area, so nice and relaxing. The food in every restaurant was incredible, including the buffet. Everything was fresh and delicious. Was so great NOT to see large vats of food that have been sitting for hours. My favorites were the Polo Grill and Jacques. If you are a seafood fan, you can pretty much have lobster everyday. They even have a "surf n turf" sandwich in the Terrace Grill. My only criticism would be the production entertainers. The dancers were great, the singers not so much. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all ... Read More
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all interesting and well-organized. Honfleur was wonderful to stroll through. We took a specialized private tour with Overlordtour to the Canadian D-day landing sites, museum and cemetery. Well worth it. I love the libraries on the Marina and the Riviera -- extensive book selection, gorgeous leather armchairs and proximity to the Illy cafe with madeleines and cappuccinos. The food is to die for, not just in the specialty restaurants but all through the ship. After dinner, we often went to the piano bar to listen to the talented Valentina. On both cruises I have taken to date with Oceania I have taken a culinary class. You certainly pick up skills and enjoy a gourmet meal that you have cooked. This time I spent some time in the gym -- it has everything plus a view. Oceania in my view has achieved perfection for its guests. If you want to party every night or have small children, it is not the solution, but if you are 50+ foodies who want to travel in style, hard to imagine anything better. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our third time on Marina and fifth with O. Service and food slipping a bit since they were bought by Norwegian. Food very inconsistent even in each restaurant. Still good but a little less so. Great itineraries make it first ... Read More
This was our third time on Marina and fifth with O. Service and food slipping a bit since they were bought by Norwegian. Food very inconsistent even in each restaurant. Still good but a little less so. Great itineraries make it first choice though. Will give hard look at others or next cruise. Size of ship just right although we prefer their smaller ones like Regatta. Starting to hsell junk watches and such in public lobby, a definite downgrade for a lux ship. Entertainment is sparse and since we had to be up early each day for the ports, most were 8 or 9 AM we did not bother with many. No smoking policy is wonderful. Good selection of alcohol brands and experienced bartenders. Choice of ports outstanding but as with most cruise lines excursions offered should be passed in favor of arranging independent excursions and posting them on Cruise Critic. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first trip on Oceania, and the Marina staff made this an extremely enjoyable voyage. The specialty restaurants were outstanding. In comparison to another luxury line we have sailed on, we did find the lunch buffet to be ... Read More
This was our first trip on Oceania, and the Marina staff made this an extremely enjoyable voyage. The specialty restaurants were outstanding. In comparison to another luxury line we have sailed on, we did find the lunch buffet to be limiting for us and not the quality we've experienced previously. Breakfast options had a great variety, but lunch often had scaled down gourmet offerings, but lacked simple, traditional fare. We're not foodies and would have enjoyed a simple, less "heavy" lunch (we usually opted for a salad). The entertainment was also a little "meh". I had been looking forward to dancing, but the band, which my friend and I felt were too much of a "wedding band", played songs that required a partner ( a la disco style). My husband doesn't dance, so I'm always glad when a band plays 50's and 60's songs that can be danced to without a partner. The ports visited were great, although we would have preferred an overnight in Barcelona and skipped Marsielle. The staff on this ship is outstanding and want to ensure guests are having an exceptional experience. I will definitely cruise on Oceania again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I am gluten-free. I make sure when I book that It is listed that I have Celiac. When I board, the first thing I do is speak to the person who handles allergies and the next is the Chef.I receive the dinner menu for the next evening ahead ... Read More
I am gluten-free. I make sure when I book that It is listed that I have Celiac. When I board, the first thing I do is speak to the person who handles allergies and the next is the Chef.I receive the dinner menu for the next evening ahead of time so I can choose what I want. The chef and baker make everything from scratch.It is prepared separately.If My friend likes to eat in the Grille on the 12th floor. The waiters will bring the food from the 6th floor so I can dine with my friend. If I want to eat from the buffet, the chef will show me which foods I can pick from or they will make it separately in the kitchen. The Specialty Restaurants know I'm coming and accommodate even High Tea. Needless to say the food is great, especially the Sea Bass in Red Ginger. I really enjoyed Nerja Caves in Spain.Tthere are usually free shuttles to go into town. Embarkation and disembarkation run very smoothly. We came in the day before staying overnight in the Ritz Carlton Four Seasons in Lisbon...beautiful ...huge chandelier made from live orchids...great experience...booked through Oceania including transfers. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I chose for the itinerary and no-charge specialty restaurants. I travel solo and like the choice of several restaurants where I can eat alone or join others. The Penthouse on Marina is very roomy, and you can order dinner in from any of ... Read More
I chose for the itinerary and no-charge specialty restaurants. I travel solo and like the choice of several restaurants where I can eat alone or join others. The Penthouse on Marina is very roomy, and you can order dinner in from any of the specialty restaurant menus. I like that buffet food is served to passenger's plate rather than self-serve which minimizes cross-contamination. On my cruise there were two main lecturers, one who concentrated on WWII and the other, more general on port stops and his travel experiences. entertainment is not lavish: singers and dancers and soloists (singers or musicians),who were quite good, and the occasional comedian. I have two complaints about Oceania: their shore excursions are greatly overpriced, and they are not totally inclusive: alcoholic drinks are extra +18%, and gratuities are extra. There are packages for drinks and excursions and usually a shipboard credit to help pay for extras. I didn't use the pool, but there seemed to be no problem getting a deck chair. Because of my itinerary Transatlantic and the time of year, there were no children on board. I don't think Oceania caters to children. I plan two future Oceania cruises which is the true test of satisfaction. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
The itinerary was the attraction as well as the benefits conferred as a result of my cruise status (over 15 with Oceania in the last 5 years.) The service in the cafeteria was sub-par. many of the servers didn't speak adequate ... Read More
The itinerary was the attraction as well as the benefits conferred as a result of my cruise status (over 15 with Oceania in the last 5 years.) The service in the cafeteria was sub-par. many of the servers didn't speak adequate english to understand the request of the passenger. They made little effort to comprehend and would just stare awaiting the passenger's clarification of the english word for the food. The servers frequently slapped the food on the place with subtle hostility. Moving on to the entertainment, the musicians in the onboard band played without passion or emotion. Nice for a less than mediocre high school band fulfilling a requirement but surprising on a 5 star ship. The string quartet played out of tune and without enthusiasm. The visiting entertainers were spotty as to talent. Destination services was a disaster of disorganization. passengers were kept waiting until the ship was docked and ready for disembarkation and bus loading before tickets were issued thus delaying the departures and adding serious confusion and amazement at the lack of crowd and loading management. My gratuities were included for a month trip but the ship insisted they were included for only a portion of the trip. As I write my travel agent is attempting to correct that erroneous position and obtain return of the over charge. The general atmosphere has change as related to service during the time I have cruised but this trip was surprising in its lack of politeness toward the passengers. In light of the fact there is an increase of 5 star and better competition, I am surprised Oceania is seemingly unaware of their descent toward average. Perhaps it was just a string of 30 bad days for the staff. Or, perhaps it is a suggestion of future deterioration. I hope not. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise because it was Oceania, and because of its 2 day stay in Cuba. Overall we were not disappointed. It was our fourth Oceania trip, the first on Marina - though we have cruised on Riviera before, her sister ship. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was Oceania, and because of its 2 day stay in Cuba. Overall we were not disappointed. It was our fourth Oceania trip, the first on Marina - though we have cruised on Riviera before, her sister ship. The itinerary highlight was Cuba, which we loved. The rest comprised Cozumel, Harvest Caye, Roatan and Nassau. Harvest Caye is a disappointment, a small private island owned by NCL, Oceania's parent company, which could be anywhere. Cozumel and Roatan are pleasant stops, and Nassau a typical Caribbean port with a small town feel, and full of the usual tourist shops. Boarding in Miami was a little slow, with a 20 minute queue to get into the terminal, after which things went fairly smoothly. Marina is a lovely ship, and the 1200 passenger size is perfect. We were so glad not to have been on the other giant ships we saw disgorging their passengers at some ports of call. The cruise was full, but there was never a queue at any of the restaurants or the entertainment venues. Service was of a very high order, and all of the staff maintained the extremely high standard one expects of Oceania. Food was excellent, though drinks are on the pricey side, especially with the 18% service charge that is added to every purchase. Entertainment was ok, though not brilliant. You need to be eating by 7.30 at the latest if you are to make the evening show at 9.30pm. If you visit Cuba, remember to take currencies other than US Dollars to exchange for Cuban pesos, since dollars are subject to a 13% exchange charge by the Cubans. Sterling, Euros, Canadian Dollars are all fine though. Overall a memorable cruise thanks to the Cuba experience and the comfort and quality of the Marina. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Joined relatives due to it's stop in Cuba and the chance to stop in Routan and Belize. We found the ship to be immaculate and wonderfully decorated, a very luxurious environment. The entertainment was ok, we found the singer Paul ... Read More
Joined relatives due to it's stop in Cuba and the chance to stop in Routan and Belize. We found the ship to be immaculate and wonderfully decorated, a very luxurious environment. The entertainment was ok, we found the singer Paul Edison to be particularly fun and talented. Food, the food was always top notched, fabulously rich and delicious. No matter were you decided to have your meal, special dining options, buffet or the main dining room, the food was first rate. We experienced all four speciality restaurants and found each with an outstanding offering. My favorite was Red Ginger. The only issue we had on trip was significant delay we encountered when being tendered. We were taking an independent tour and we and several other independent travelers encountered an hour or more delay while ship sponsered tours were tendered. Given high level of service on balance of cruise I am sure this issue will be reviewed and resolved. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
Wanted to try an upscale smaller ship. I can not say enough great and wonderful things about this cruise ship and the cruiseship line. Our cabin the food everything was sooooo wonderful we did not want to leave! They never took one ... Read More
Wanted to try an upscale smaller ship. I can not say enough great and wonderful things about this cruise ship and the cruiseship line. Our cabin the food everything was sooooo wonderful we did not want to leave! They never took one picture, no announcements. The crew was always smiling and was there to offer help even if you did not need it. The food was so good. There are no words that can express the experience on the Marina. Our room was really great and spacious. The only drawback was the shower, it was the size for a pigmy. But we were OK with that because I have already booked two more cruises with Oceania. And the drinks at the Barista were free. Everymorning we had two cuppaccinos. This was wonderful. And the buffet was so great that we eat there alot. Where can you get gourmet food at a buffet? I loved the enrichment lectures they had during the day. They were about each island and the history. We went everyday they were very good. The only port we did not enjoy was Cuba but that is not the fault of the cruise. Wonderful cruiseship, crew, food and cabin. I love this cruiseline! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We loved our Alaskan inside passage tour on the Regatta and saw Oceania had a cruise stopping in Cuba. We like smaller ships, quality food and the attention to customer service. Oceania didn't disappoint us on our Alaskan cruise and ... Read More
We loved our Alaskan inside passage tour on the Regatta and saw Oceania had a cruise stopping in Cuba. We like smaller ships, quality food and the attention to customer service. Oceania didn't disappoint us on our Alaskan cruise and neither did our recent cruise with port calls in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Cuba & Bahamas. Food was excellent, wait staff was friendly and attentive. My wife is on a low salt diet and they took care of her low salt meals. The specialty dining room cuisine was a very enjoyable and we would consider the food and service to be 5 star quality. We had a Veranda suite on both trips and everything was what we expected and couldn't complain about accommodations or room staff. I used the fitness, sauna and steam rooms and all were well equipped. I went to use the steam room one day and it wasn't working. I told the attendant and it was repaired by the next morning. We are planning on taking a cruise from NY to Montreal in 2018 with Oceania we liked Oceania line so much. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose the cruise because of the addition of Cuba to the itinerary. The cruise, ship, crew, and service were exceptional. Our focus was on the itinerary, so we were out most of the time. Chose late dining to maximize tour ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the addition of Cuba to the itinerary. The cruise, ship, crew, and service were exceptional. Our focus was on the itinerary, so we were out most of the time. Chose late dining to maximize tour opportunities. Specialty restaurants were exceptional. Happy hour offerings were inviting. Perhaps add more to accommodate both early and late diners. Drink package is way too pricy. We do enjoy spending some time at the Casino after dinner (rather than attending shows), an found the Casino rather disappointing. I personally did not like the "separated" look of the gambling area. I think separating it into three different nooks took away from the gaming "vibe". I would have added more / streamlined computer instructions for internet access. Maybe added son tutorials or classes. Pool area was very nice and comfortable. Service staff was great. The service and cabins were excellent. Embarkation was a breeze. Read Less
Marina Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 1.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 5.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.9

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