We chose the cruise for the itinerary and the rave reviews on the food aboard ship The buffet restaurant was always overcrowded and offered limited selection Food quality was also poor: Soggy pastries,over cooked sausages, strange tasting scrambled eggs, soggy weird tasting French fries. At lunch time the buffet was the only option The main dining room food quality lacked imagination and was of average quality at best. Little emphasis on providing regional dishes or specialities. Each of the specialty restaurants was pretentious . While having some good dishes ( veal chop in Toscana, lamb in Jacques and red ginger) the French onion soup was watery , pasta tasteless ,crepe Suzette rubbery and bitter and pastries soggy . EXTREMELY. DISAPPOINTING!! The cabins were nice with a shower and separate bath, Shore excursions were well organized and had some great guides.However several were spoilt by unfit elderly travelers ignoring fitness recommendations for the tours by selecting strenuous walking trips . Only to complain and hold up the whole group as soon as any walking was required Entertainment was on the poor side. Boarding in Stockholm was time consuming but disembarking in Copenhagen efficient Staff varied considerably in performance. Some were very friendly helpful and attentive. Others down rite rude Last Crystal cruise was superior in every aspect. I cannot imagine how Marina has a high culinary rating!!!!!

Poor food quality and selection

Marina Cruise Review by Dr.P

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
We chose the cruise for the itinerary and the rave reviews on the food aboard ship

The buffet restaurant was always overcrowded and offered limited selection

Food quality was also poor:

Soggy pastries,over cooked sausages, strange tasting scrambled eggs, soggy weird tasting French fries.

At lunch time the buffet was the only option

The main dining room food quality lacked imagination and was of average quality at best. Little emphasis on providing regional dishes or specialities.

Each of the specialty restaurants was pretentious . While having some good dishes ( veal chop in Toscana, lamb in Jacques and red ginger) the French onion soup was watery , pasta tasteless ,crepe Suzette rubbery and bitter and pastries soggy . EXTREMELY. DISAPPOINTING!!

The cabins were nice with a shower and separate bath,

Shore excursions were well organized and had some great guides.However several were spoilt by unfit elderly travelers ignoring fitness recommendations for the tours by selecting strenuous walking trips . Only to complain and hold up the whole group as soon as any walking was required

Entertainment was on the poor side.

Boarding in Stockholm was time consuming but disembarking in Copenhagen efficient

Staff varied considerably in performance.

Some were very friendly helpful and attentive. Others down rite rude

Last Crystal cruise was superior in every aspect. I cannot imagine how Marina has a high culinary rating!!!!!
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Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B2 7059
Good
Plenty of space and storage
Great having bath and shower
Nice balcony
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