To sail itineraries with Oceania on board Marina can be expected to be a luxurious experience with top culinary highlights as a key feature of life on board.
The arrival of Columbus into the CMV fleet expands the itineraries, passenger capacity, ambition, and range of options. The ship is in good shape and will be a pleasant floating hotel as destinations are explored in comfort.
The style of Ponant aboard all it’s vessels is clearly French, sailing under the French flag and with a French emphasis on design, service, cuisine and wine!
We often sailed overnight to the head of a Fjord – to small towns and villages, such as Skjolden. These communities seemed delighted to welcome cruise guests. After the opportunity to take an adventurous excursion or explore the villages, we sailed back down the fjords heading towards the sea during the afternoon and early evening
The Sail-Away party up around the Coral Pool and Breakers Bar was a lively and fun event where it seemed almost all the passengers had come out to wave goodbye. If you prefer some peace and quiet there are plenty of other place on the ship where you could watch Southampton disappearing….
Our visit to MSC Splendida opened our eyes to the potential for a fabulous fun family time on MSC cruises, especially as the new ships are launched and as the older ships get some freshening up:
As soon as you step on board you see why this grand claim has been made. The all-suite, all-balcony ship is consistent in high quality and good design throughout
It took a while for the features of MS Koningsdam to filter into the consciousness, but on reflection this is a rather special ship.
The Saga Sapphire is a small ship with a few surprises, adventurous decor and a pleasant feel throughout. The Saga proposition also includes much that you need to take account of to ensure you see the full value in the price.
If learning along the way and discovering the destination and the associated culture are what matters to you – you have what Swan Hellenic would call ‘a mind to travel’ . They cater for those who enjoy discovery, learning from renowned guest speakers, appreciate the ambiance of a country house, as well as sophisticated dining and entertainment.
Ventura is similar to sister ship Azura but with individual elements. A big ship, but one with varied places and spaces so you can feel like you’re going out to a different venue each night.
Marco Polo is a ship that has been sailing in a particular style for quite a while – many love her, but be sure you like small ship comfortable cruising without the thrills and facilities of the newer ships.