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  1. Can anyone confirm whether or not there are DVD players in the staterooms on Marina, and if so, which region(s)? I saw a reference to them recently but can’t locate it again. The brochure doesn’t mention them and I know there are streaming services, so I’m guessing no.
  2. Can anyone currently on the Marina tell me who the Cruise Director is? Thanks
  3. Is the Captain's cocktail party for everyone, or just for previous Oceania cruisers? Is it very dressy?
  4. We're going to be on Marina in December, sailing from Rio to Buenos Aires. Perhaps half our ports on the itinerary show anchors which I assume we'll tender there. We're unlikely to be doing any shore excursions so I'm wondering about the timing. Is there a schedule or is it as needed or both? We won't be in any rush to go ashore in the AM and will certainly not be out all day. Any opinions on how well it works? TIA
  5. If you were picking 2 specialty restaurants on the Marina, which would you choose?
  6. Starting to think about excursions for next years cruise. Anyone else on board with us and our 2 friends? 🙂
  7. We're considering #8000 on the Marina for the Lima to Buenos Aires cruise in 2020. It's an itinerary I've been wanting to travel for years! Does anyone have any experience of the Cape Horn in the bow of the ship? It sounds like it is situated fantastically for the view and experience, but will it be a titch bit rocky in movement? I am interested in hearing from anyone who has done this transit and had a stateroom in the bow of the ship. Thanks, Mia
  8. we will be having snow balls fights later today (Just kidding) 🤣 We had snow overnight leaving from Halifax the decks are closed snow drifts around the pool will post photos later
  9. Is the door to enter the concierge lounge on deck 9 on the starboard or port side of the ship? Just don’t want to select a cabin right around it.
  10. Just got off the ship. Would not recommend the ship or the senior officers to anyone, except the Cruise Director. He was fine. All else gets an F
  11. Hello all, We sailed on the Riviera last September and absolutely loved it! Our best cruise since we started cruising (have been on Celebrity, HAL, RCI, Cunard, Costa and Princess). We especially appreciated the outstanding food, lack of lines and overall atmosphere. We are considering a cruise on the Marina next year. I know that Riviera and Marina are sister ships, but are they similar in terms of service, food, entertainment, staff friendliness etc? Anything we should know before booking? Would appreciate any feedback.
  12. My review on the Marina crossing April 5 to 19th This is my opinion Well we started on a gloomy New York day . In Saint John N.B. It was cool & sunny We met friends there & had a non tourist tour, then lunch with a stop at the reversing rapids before heading back to the ship. Halifax another day & another climate zone, cold & damp we met friends there and walked along the waterfront then to lunch & back to the ship. We ventured out later in the day to meet with more friends & by the time we got back onboard the snow was starting. Overnight it snowed & the seas were bumpy so the Captain decided to miss Newfoundland We had a lot of snow drifts on the decks, some of the crew enjoyed the snow experience Had some bumpy seas, then as we got close to Ireland a very rough night After 5 sea days in a row we docked in Cobh ...WHEW!! It was a very cold, wet & a very windy day ..many went ashore but we opted to stay on the ship Got the laundry done so all is good . Late in the day an announcement came from the Captain that we will be staying overnight in Cobh due to a storm system ...Finally a good night's sleep without rocking & rolling We will be missing Dublin & heading to Saint Malo As we headed out the next evening the seas wee too rough for the pilot to get off so he had a free day on the Marina ..we did a technical stop near Falmouth UK so he could get off & return to Ireland In St Malo the weather was sunny so all was good DH was not feeling well so we opted to stay onboard again Lots of coughing going around the ship so not surprised that people are sick. LeHavre I had a taxi booked with 2 other couples to Honfleur, sadly we did not go with them. I am hoping they had a good time .. DH ended up with a fever to go along with the cough. He ended up at the Medical centre that evening along with many others After a battery of tests a shot in the derriere & some antibiotics he was released Overall the cruise was good All the time changes really affected us & our body clock, plus being cooped up inside for most of the cruise due to weather conditions we felt tired a lot. Not sure I would do a crossing again I think we prefer to fly to Europe have a nap & get on with things Getting the time change over with all at once. The cruise was too early for a Northern crossing in my opinion My biggest complaint as usual is why can they not server the food HOT in the Terrace or anywhere for that matter . The ship is good shape with some minor damage in the storm but the crew are working on those issues. I did not go looking for nicks & stains & nothing really jumped out at me. There seemed to be a lot of VIP's on this cruise & the rudeness they bring with them is noticed. Saw a lot more suits with ties at the repeaters party, but if you do not want to keep up with the elite there were plenty that still did not wear a suit & looked just fine. Taking a break from CC as we do not have any cruises in the near future Happy sailing
  13. I loved the mats in the gym, thought I'd remember the brand to try and order one. (I'm recalling the name was on the mat....) But, of course, I can't remember. If someone is on Marina now could you go to the gym and find the name? They're the blue mats in the gym itself, not the group expercise/spin room. They are stacked on the side by the structure holding the exercise balls. Have a great workout while you're there! Thanks in advance.
  14. We are onboard the Marina in August - curious if the ship will be updated prior (similar to the Riviera update)?
  15. Hello all, We sailed on the Riviera in September 2018 and enjoyed it very much. For us, it was almost perfect experience (except maybe for daily activities and entertainment which were a bit weaker than other areas). However, lately there are some poor reviews on both Riviera and Marina. For example: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=647314 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=648350 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=646623 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653934 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653888 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653013 So my question is: Is the consensus on this board that Oceania is going downhill? Have things changed dramatically since my cruise in September, or those are just few isolated and subjective reviews? I realize that people are entitled to their opinions. I also realize that things can seem different for someone like me who came from Princess/Celebrity, as compared to someone who experienced Crystal/Regent etc. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  16. Am going onto a 11-nite Marina cruise come May. I understand that we are only allowed to make one reservation booking per Specialty restaurant prior to boarding. But after we get on the Ship, is there any limitation on how many bookings we can make in the whole trip, in total and/or per Specialty? Grateful prior fellow Marnina cruisers can share your experience. Many thanks!
  17. I was inspired by Hoopster’s Great review of a similar itinerary on Marina, so I will attempt my own review, over the next several days. We are on the cruise right now! Let me start at the beginning: this is a 20th anniversary “trip of a lifetime“ for my husband and me, and we wanted to see French Polynesia and do everything as first class as we could afford. This meant business class Airfare for such a long flights from our home in Houston to Tahiti, and then home from Lima. We did not think we could afford this airfare, which is several times over what you would pay for coach, and still get a suite on board marina. However, our travel broker suggested we apply for the chase bank ultimate rewards credit card, which would generate bonus travel points, at that time, of 75,000 when you spent $5000 on the card in the first three months. My husband and I each applied for the card separately, and then we paid for the cruise on the card, so that we each immediately got all those bonus points which are usable in United airlines frequent flyer program. You are able to share the points, so this, in addition to some United frequent-flier miles we already had, allowed us to purchase our business class airfare for the most expensive of the flights, using all points. The cruise was to depart on Saturday, March 2, but we knew we wanted to spend at least two or three nights in an overwater bungalow on Tahiti. The problem was, united at that time could only get you to Tahiti in one day if you went on Tuesday or Thursday. We ended up needing to stay four nights in the overwater bungalow; or at least, four nights on Tahiti as we had to fly either on Tuesday or Thursday and wanted enough time to see Papeete, enjoy our bungalow, and do a wedding Vow renewal service there on the water. We found the overwater Bungalows s at the Intercontinental Hotel on Papeete to be very pricey! I ended up purchasing them on Expedia for a decently discounted price, but still really more than we wanted to spend, and found that we could only book three nights in the overwater bungalow as they showed on the fourth night, which would be Friday night before our cruise departure, the Bungalows were all completely booked, and we would have to move. We went ahead and booked three nights, and then separately booked one night in a Gardenview room. Next I wanted to book our wedding Vow renewal service. The wedding coordinator at the Intercontinental Hotel, where we would be staying on Papeete, Quoted me a price of about $1700 for a renewal service. I told her we could not do anything like that, and would be happy with something very simple. She told me she would try to get the price lower, perhaps by booking fewer dancers and musicians. I had no idea she was talking about having dancers and music! We weren’t bringing any guests; it was only going to be my husband and me. She got back with me that we could do our wedding Vow renewal service at sunset on the small island in the lagoon beside the Lotus restaurant for $350. This would not include a videographer Or photographer, but she said she would be attending, and she would use our phone to shoot video. We booked this for Thursday the 28th. We figured we would arrive late on Tuesday night, and have Wednesday to look about the hotel on the island, and then on Thursday I would make a scuba dive with top dive there at the hotel and in the afternoon we would do our Vow renewal. It all came off like clockwork, except that our flight from San Francisco to Tahiti was delayed for three hours, so we ended up arriving to the airport in Tahiti at about 1130 at night; for us from Houston, this was 3:30 AM. It was a long day! We were so tired by this time, we did not stop to change any money at the airport. However I understand that this is the most convenient place to change your US dollars for XPF currency; we did not, but as our time in Tahiti was mostly at the Intercontinental and then we are visiting only three other French Polynesian islands on the cruise, we have not had a great need for French Polynesian currency. The Intercontinental overwater bungalow was very sweet and charming with a thatched roof, very modern appointments, a gorgeous Mural on the bedroom wall, a terrific bathroom with the soaker tub as well as a separate shower; no complaints at all about the Bungalo, except that our particular one, number 507, was a long walk from the hotel lobby, bars, restaurant, and Water sports and activities. My husband has a disability, and after all that time on the airplane, he was fairly well stove up. Also, the reef around the Intercontinental is not very healthy for snorkeling; the coral heads are busted up, probably from the construction of the overwater bungalows, and there is not an abundance of fish ; They have an area called the lagoonarium where they have some fish a little bit hemmed in by stones across the mouth of the lagoon, and there you can see the Moorish Idol and the state fish of Hawaii, Humuhumunukunukapuaa, which as someone who has scuba dived in the Caribbean and Mexico, I was delighted to see these new fish to me. But in all the snorkeling there was not great. I did one scuba dive with the business called top dive there at the hotel, and the water is delightful and clear, and they took us to the dive called White Valley, which is known for sharks. And we saw sharks! Lots of Blacktip reef sharks, and one big lemon shark. But otherwise, again, the reef was not fantastic to look at, and there were not a wide variety of other fish. Still, I was very happy to be diving in these warm and clear waters. Yes, I will get to the cruise quickly, but let me end this first post with a note about our wedding Vow renewal Service… At 5:15 in the afternoon on that Thursday, a Tahitian prince and princess arrived at our door, with the Tahitian master of ceremonies, Eva, who would be translating for the Tahitian minister who would be doing our service. They brought us traditional costumes to wear if we liked, but we had brought her own clothes. The Tahitian prince lead the way to the little island, which they call a Motu, blowing on a conch shell to sound our coming. We crossed a bridge which had been covered with palm fronds, to a little green Island, where there were a couple of ukulele players and the Tahitian priest as well as a pair of lovely bamboo chairs set up like thrones for a king and queen. The ceremony included traditional Tahitian blessings, dancing by the Tahitian princess and two other young women, a lot of singing, and a whole audience of people watching from the lagoon and the shore. It was amazing; I can’t imagine what all might’ve been included had we gone for the more deluxe package! I should say, we had met Linda and Bruce from this forum on our flight from San Francisco; they would also be at the Intercontinental, so we invited them to come to the service. And they did! It was so delightful to have new friends in attendance with us. I will add some photos from the ceremony that day. And tomorrow I will begin the actual cruise review. I would say, if you want to stay on Tahiti a few days before your cruise, perhaps take the ferry over to Moorea which is said to be a more tranquil and beautiful island, perhaps rhan Papeete, Which I think might have been better for us. I cannot complain about the service we had though, and I did love our Bungalow. If I can upload them, there are photos of the ceremony and then one photo of us on the balcony of our overwater bungalow
  18. This is our first Oceania cruise as well as first cruise that wasn't in the Caribbean. I am booked for the Mediterranean Crossroads, November 11, 2019 on the Marina. I looked at my reservation today and saw that excursions are up. I see there is an unlimited excursion option for $879. Does this mean for $879, I can pick excursions for every port? Are there any exclusions? I have $600 in onboard credit. Will that be applied to the $879? Any advice on excursions for these ports? Lots of questions!!! Feeling overwhelmed right now - all of the excursions look wonderful. Thank you for any help!
  19. Hi All Wondering if any issues with Cabin 9137 and 9139 on the Marina, or if it is normal (and good, as I love this ship)
  20. I picked out shore excursions from my Med cruise. Looking at the cart, there are three options - Tour Price, Unlimited or Your World. Your World is the cheapest. Why wouldn't I go with that choice? Am I missing something?
  21. This report is for our just completed cruise on the Marina in French Polynesia. I’ll attempt to touch on as many topics as accurately and briefly as possible. This report is on this cruise, not cruises past on this or other Oceania ships. Prefacing my discussion I’ll give a few facts. Americans made up about a little over 50% of the passengers with Canadians being second with about 20%. The rest of the top 5 was rounded out with (3) Australia (4) Germany and (5) UK . This cruise had a much lower demographics than our past Oceania cruises with a significant % under 40 and the majority under 60. Also surprisingly this cruise had the lowest number of O Club ( past O cruisers) at barely a third than any previous cruise we’ve been on. Overall this was a fabulous and wonderful cruise. We took friends along that were first time O cruisers and they mostly lived O and the cruise. We both were originally booked Concierge but our TA got us well discounted upsells to PH1. With one exception, service across the ship was exceptional, including the Butlers, the room attendants, the restaurant waitstaff, and wine service. The food was exceptional and far exceeding overall past sailings. We did three La Reserve Dinners and one private wine dinner in Privee. Highlighting these was the Dom Perignon Dinner that was simply incredible. The Other two dinners were very nice likewise. The greatest part to me was that Dom required Oceania to bring aboard a true certified Sommelier, in lieu of the make believe wine servers posing as such, as a condition of participating in the Program. Tom, our new Croatian Sommelier, did a terrific job not only with the Dom event but also doing the wine tasting seminars where new wine selections are now being offered! Tremendous addition to staff that eliminates many of the sloppy errors past wine servers were making. Not wanting to turn this into a dress code battle I will briefly say that many fellow cruisers opted to exercise the most extreme liberal interpretation of country club casual that I’ve seen on any cruise! I’ve never done an O Carribean Cruise, but those that have claimed they had never witnessed such abuses of policy on any Carribean cruises which may say a lot. Not only in the Specialties, but people coming to Afternoon Tea in only their swimwear with no top! The predominant abusers were not the under 55 set, but the over 55 set of Americans and Canadians. Grade schoolers have the intellectual capacity to identify a lot of the attire arriving at the Specialties for dinner as certainly not being Country Club casual. As a personal statement, I believe that the subset of men, particularly over 55, that should wear wifebeaters with the underarm cut out to navel levels is extremely small. Obviously some disagree with me! However, is the Terrace so “ anything goes” that gym trunks, wifebeaters, and flip flops is really acceptable wear at dinner there? I’ll take this cruise as an aberration of place and expect a normalization If attire on our summer cruise to Northern Europe. Internet service was the worst we and most O cruisers have seen on any cruise. Leave it at that. Service was sporadic and extremely slow at best. We don’t care about such but for those that do, the Captain never appeared for any normal events. The GM typically stood in for him. I don’t even remember any noon Captain’s announcements. The CD made any announcements necessary. We did all private tours arranged via the Row Call. No comments on ships tour, except for one island where O had none but several private tours all went. It’s been said 150 times here previously and I’ll add to it. Transportation options to Papeete are limited . Don’t wait until Mamma Oceania gives you your routings! Be proactive and either book your own or work with O Air early and secure good routings. I had zero empathy for those that waited until the end and got really horrible routing solutions. Nuff said! I’ll try to add to this later, but off to catch my flight!
  22. Is anyone interested in sharing transportation (probably Taxi) from Le Havre to Honfleur Thursday April 18? I read that the cost is about 60 Euro each way. The time from Le Havre to Honfleur is about 30 minutes. Scheduled arrival is 7am and departure is 7pm. Thanks, BTHS1962
  23. I have heard it costs $9.99/day. I find it hard to believe it will really work for streaming, etc. Have you tried it? If so, what was your impression. Thanks in advance!
  24. Which deck on Marina has the largest balconies for the Vista Suites? Any differences between the inside of the suites on different decks? What deck would you select and why? What exercise equipment is in the suite’s exercise room? TIA
  25. You never know what you're going to run into when you sign up for a cruise. This is our 27th Oceania cruise and they just keep getting better and better. What a pleasant surprise to find so many people on the staff that we have known from previous cruises. Today we stood at the bottom of the gang plank with our two heavy roll- ons loaded with our usual medical and electronic gadgets that weighed a ton, thinking how we were going to climb all those stairs from the dock to the 5th floor, when all of a sudden our favorite General Manager, Dominique Nicolle came bounding down the stairs to greet us with a big welcome smile and carried our bags all the way to the onboard registration desk at the front of the ship. Next we found that our favorite Oceania Captain, Luca Manzi is guiding the ship. He is a delight, as those who have sailed with him previously know well. After a delicious lunch we headed for our room. On the way, we ran into our previous butler, Mani, who told us about our new butler, also from India, named Grince. By the time we got to our room, our luggage was already at the door, as well as our room steward, named Suresh who we had on a previous cruise on Nautica several years ago. He was happy to see us again! At dinner we ran into a "floating", so to speak, restaurant manager named Nino from Sicily who we had just met on our November 2018 Riviera cruise. He stopped to chat at our table and, like so many of the staff, Nino pitched in just like Dominique Nicolle, mentioned above, wherever he was needed. Nino noticed right away that our white wine glasses were in need of filling and he retrieved the bottle from the ice bucket. Fortunately, we had chosen an Italian wine! So on day one we truly felt that we were back at our home away from home!
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