Oceania Marina Cruise Blog Day 3

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Oceania Marina Cruise Blog Day 3

Kusadasi, Turkey

So this morning we had more business sessions, but before that of course I needed a good breakfast! So today was the day to put Oceania Marina to the Eggs Benedict Test. It’s my benchmark breakfast test that I do so love doing! So we all ordered the Eggs Benedict on our table. Once it arrived it looked great, however I have to honestly say that I have had better. Sorry Marina! The yolks were good and runny, but the eggs a little watery and the hollandaise was a tad bland. It was OK but not outstanding.

After our morning business sessions it was time for more food - this time we ate at Waves Grill.
Being open-air and just steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill welcomes casual diners. Its laid-back ambiance invites guests to come directly from lounging in the sun, or for a quick meal between shore excursions. While the atmosphere is informal, the menu and preparation reflects the same attention to detail as the finest of restaurants. You can watch the chefs grill savoury items such as gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to perfection. Side dishes include healthy, garden-fresh salads and crispy, piping-hot, hand-cut fries. For a refreshing dessert, there’s a variety of creamy gelatos, made-to-order sundaes topped with all the trimmings and thick, hand-dipped milkshakes. We ordered the Kobe Beef Burger that came topped with blue cheese and a red onion relish. Served with amazing chips (French fries for American readers) and coleslaw - this was superb and really delicious! They offer a surf and turf burger too - lobster and fillet mignon! I might have that one tomorrow!

In the afternoon we had an organised shore tour to Ephesus. This ancient ruin is only 30 minutes away and once there we had about 90 minutes to look around whilst our guide pointed out the various ruins and features. I do think that Oceania Cruises should invest in the Quiet Vox system for shore tours. This is where the tour guide wears a transmitter and microphone and the people on the tour wear a small receiver and earpiece. This enables all participants to be able to hear the guide without standing right next to them. It also allows pl to wander off a bit to take photos etc and makes the whole tour far more enjoyable. I will suggest it to management! And seeing as the average age of the typical Oceania guest is above 60, it could be a worthwhile investment.

After our tour we returned to the port of Kusadasi and spent some time walking around this port town. To be very honest - there is not a lot here other than shops and bazaars, selling counterfeit watches, clothes, carpets and other tourist tat. Sorry Kusadasi - I wasn’t impressed. I also did not feel comfortable walking around the shops and bazaar - just a little bit uneasy with all the shop owners calling out at you to come into their shop and drink apple tea.

Returning to the ship we enjoyed 2 for 1 drinks at Happy Hour (2 for 1 is great as the drinks are pretty pricey - $16 for 2 glasses of wine!) We missed the local folkloric show that came onboard at 6pm as we were getting ready for dinner - tonight we dinned in the Grand Dining Room.

A huge, luminous crystal chandelier crowns the centre of the Grand Dining Room’s soaring ceiling, which cost over $500,000. Patterned after Europe’s 5-star restaurants, the dining area is decorated in rich woods, soft cocoa and hues of cream and gold, with hints of apricot. Tables are set with European bone china, Riedel crystal, gleaming silver and fine, cotton linens. Menus change daily, with a selection of dishes for breakfast and lunch, with at least six appetizers and nine entrées at dinner.

Food here was very good and the service was up to the usual Oceania high standards. After dinner we went to the main show lounge to catch the evening show "River Rhapsody" - a collection of songs and music loosely based around the great rivers of the world and the countries they flow through. 4 females dancers, 2 guy singers and 2 lady singers made up the cast, and they did a good job with the material they were given to perform. It was OK - a bit cheesy in places and some of the staging and costumes were a bit odd but on the whole it was OK.

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