My wife and I travelled on Marina in July 2011 to Norway , Iceland , Belfast , Isle of Man , and the Shetlands and Faroes.
This was our 29th cruise, and 12th cruise line, but our first on Oceania. We were attracted by the fantastic itinerary and the chance to try a brand new ship at a very reasonable last minute price. The passengers were mainly American , which suits us.
The chance to eat in four speciality restaurants at no extra charge was excellent and the food in the main restaurant was also first class. The ship is fitted and furnished to a very high standard , retaining style cues from the Renaissance ships ,and compares favourably with Silver Spirit which we tried last November.The standard of service from the crew is also very high. However the ship has a surprising number of design flaws.
The cabin wardrobes are small and awkward to use , and drawer space is limited ; the big overhead shower heads in the separate showers are unpopular , the bathroom storage cupboards are small and very hot from the built in lights. The main theatre is uncomfortable with poor visiblity , and the public lounges are divided up in small segments making it impossible to see the pianist or the quizmaster in trivia for example. V
isibility from the main deck is impossible for photographers due to high glass panels- people were standing on tables to see over! We were amazed how much alteration work involving wiring , retiling and recarpeting was being carried out on a ship a few months old. We had a fantastic cruise but would probably go for one of Oceania’s smaller ships next time.
Written by NeilJennings