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    #16
    Thanks for your interesting and honest review of an Oceania cruise.

    We sailed on Oceania's Marina in June last year but only because the cruise was at a much reduced price. It must have been a difficult cruise to fill (Lisbon to Southampton) because despite the cheap fare (cheap for Oceania that is), we were then upgraded the day before to a Penthouse Suite 1 from a B grade balcony cabin.

    I agree with your observation that there was no atmosphere on board. I don't even remember the Cruise Director so he couldn't have been around much.

    As Wilba said in his observations from a day visit, the ship was impressive and the emphasis was all about the different restaurants on board and quality of the cuisine.

    There was very little going on during the day on our cruise so if you chose not to go ashore, there was very little to do.

    I looked back at my review, which was written on another forum (I couldn't copy to this one) and was reminded of a comment I made about it not being a particularly memorable cruise and that I would not choose to sail with Oceania again.
    Jill

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      #17
      Nice review Tony, I could almost feel the ship. One point worth mentioning is that the larger ships, still small really but larger than the "R" Class ones do offer a little more in the way of activity and entertainment.

      We love the ambience of Oceania, for us they have got it just right and we didn't suffer from boredom with the activities of the other passengers aboard so your interlocking with "Murder she wrote" suspects may have been a coincidence.

      We are hoping, as soon as we are allowed to cruise again to use Oceania. ....Neil

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        #18
        Originally posted by Neil Down, Southampton View Post
        Nice review Tony, I could almost feel the ship. One point worth mentioning is that the larger ships, still small really but larger than the "R" Class ones do offer a little more in the way of activity and entertainment.

        We love the ambience of Oceania, for us they have got it just right and we didn't suffer from boredom with the activities of the other passengers aboard so your interlocking with "Murder she wrote" suspects may have been a coincidence.

        We are hoping, as soon as we are allowed to cruise again to use Oceania. ....Neil
        Thanks to all for comments.

        Neil, I hope you can resume soon and get a good deal on Oceania - I am sure you will not find any changes.

        The reference to Murder She Wrote was a reflection on our observations of fellow passengers, of whom many were in Alumni groups, one lady was extolling the problems of travelling with her daughter's Mother in Law, who had jumped ship in Rome, and the American insistence of asking strangers where they were from, before giving chapter and verse on their own life. Several times we heard quite insistent demands for e-mail addresses so they could stay in touch, despite the, usually youngish and attractive, woman saying no.

        Is that what you meant by the other passenger activities?

        Cheers

        Tony B
        Last edited by toshtosh, Guiseley; 18th October 2017, 03:11 PM.

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          #19
          Originally posted by toshtosh, Guiseley View Post
          Thanks to all for comments.

          Neil, I hope you can resume soon and get a good deal on Oceania - I am sure you will not find any changes.

          The reference to Murder She Wrote was a reflection on our observations of fellow passengers, of whom many were in Alumni groups, one lady was extolling the problems of travelling with her daughter's Mother in Law, who had jumped ship in Rome, and the American insistence of asking strangers where they were from, before giving chapter and verse on their own life. Several times we heard quite insistent demands for e-mail addresses so they could stay in touch, despite the, usually youngish and attractive, woman saying no.

          Is that what you meant by the other passenger activities?

          Cheers

          Tony B
          I quite like quirky but not for too long. We had a table in one of the speciality restaurants and were joined by a very pleasant American couple and also a couple of ladies from Germany. The Americans spoke no German and one of the German ladies spoke little to no English.

          Although the meal was enjoyable I spent most of it translating from German into English and vice versa. This was quite hard work but when one of the German ladies said that it was the best company they had had on any ship and would I like to meet with them again tomorrow evening so that I could help with even more good conversations I am afraid I told a wee lie and said we already had plans.

          Naughty but....heyho. ......Neil

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            #20
            Originally posted by Neil Down, Southampton View Post
            Nice review Tony, I could almost feel the ship. One point worth mentioning is that the larger ships, still small really but larger than the "R" Class ones do offer a little more in the way of activity and entertainment.

            We love the ambience of Oceania, for us they have got it just right and we didn't suffer from boredom with the activities of the other passengers aboard so your interlocking with "Murder she wrote" suspects may have been a coincidence.

            We are hoping, as soon as we are allowed to cruise again to use Oceania. ....Neil
            We feel exactly the same, love the ambience of Oceania, the food, the wonderful staff and the laid back atmosphere. We all like different things, so it's a good job there are cruise lines out there to suit all! We have just returned from our first river cruise, it's not for us, but I can understand why some love it. What a world it would be if we were all the same!
            I hope that your cruising experience can resume very soon. All the best.
            Last edited by redbonnet, Merseyside; 18th October 2017, 06:41 PM.

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              #21
              For some reason, I can't think what, I forgot to mention the Captain's Cocktail Party. For 2 hours it was a free bar in all bars and the barmen didn't skimp on quantity. My OH says I managed 4 different whiskies, I say 3.

              If you wanted to meet the captain you had to go to Horizons lounge, we went to the Casino bar and developed a good relation with the staff in there.

              Cheers

              Tony B

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                #22
                Many thanks for your review Toshtosh, especially interesting as we are trying out Oceania for the first time next year. We have heard that the activities / nightlife is a bit on the weak side so we are prepared for that. Otherwise the choice of restaurants and service and cabins all sounds very good. I do think they put a premium on cruises out of Southampton though, yours sounded very good value.

                How did the $600 OBC last you, I ask as we have opted for the same?

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                  #23
                  Thanks for sharing your encounter with us Tony, I suppose you can afford to apply the old saying don't knock it until you've tried it because you now have.


                  Originally posted by Wilba View Post
                  I found your review most interesting Tosh Tosh as Oceania had been at the top of my ‘Must Do’ list for a number of years, so when a lunch invite from cruisedot for their new ship Marina was offered, I jumped at the chance, even though it was a pain of a drive from the Midlands to Dover.
                  The ship was stunning, the lunch was superb and the very professionally orchestrated tour was immaculately executed.
                  I love my food, but after just visiting and listening to the cuisine on offer left me feeling quite exhausted without even sampling a bite. It seemed to me the cruise was about food, food and food and little else.
                  I came away feeling wowed with the ship, but my enthusiasm for cruising Oceania somewhat waned, as I think I would be somewhat bored with the whole experience………..Wilba
                  We also did a ship tour of Mariana and came to the same conclusions as you about the food. Lovely ship and everything was immaculate but did also wonder how we could justify their prices. You could get several cruises with with some of the mainline companys for the same money and there is a good chance the sound of laughter might be heard with those. It all felt very serious onboard.
                  www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by All at sea, Yorks View Post
                    Many thanks for your review Toshtosh, especially interesting as we are trying out Oceania for the first time next year. We have heard that the activities / nightlife is a bit on the weak side so we are prepared for that. Otherwise the choice of restaurants and service and cabins all sounds very good. I do think they put a premium on cruises out of Southampton though, yours sounded very good value.

                    How did the $600 OBC last you, I ask as we have opted for the same?
                    Without too much effort we actually made the $600 last for 9 days including the $288 service charge, one bottle of wine in the polo grill, a reasonable number of alcoholic drinks (soft drinks and coffees are included) and no excursions. A few small profits in the casino helped as well. If you are even a slightly heavier drinker, especially wine with meals at about $13 a not very generous glass it would have been a lot higher. Happy hour is a welcome "easer" on the spend and portions are not reduced. The 1030-1130 HH in horizons is a nice pre-bedtime touch and coincides with Karaoke (The funniest thing on the ship). Don't even consider the drinks package at $60 a night (each) unless you both really do drink wine with every meal, and lots of cocktails or spirits every day.

                    Avoid excursions - check prices but IMHO they are eye-wateringly expensive - and those are the cheap ones.

                    For those looking for an inside cabin they are available on 2019 cruises with the flights and OBC offer.

                    Internet is free and unlimited on one device.

                    Cheers

                    Tony B

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