10-day cruises are nice

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Flag of Bahamas  , North Andros District,
Thursday, January 12, 2012

MS MARINA
 
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 Cruise itinerary:  * click on map to enlarge.
 
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JAN 12, Sail Day: This was the last full day on the Marina, and I would like to post pictures of the ship which is a bit larger than their older ships that carries 650 passengers, and some of my experiences during this 10-day cruise.

The MS Marina was inaugurated last year, so it's still less than a year old.  I like the larger staterooms and public areas, but found it more difficult to meet the same people more often during a 10-day cruise.   The smaller ships with 650 passengers feels more comfortable and "unbig."  The open seating for all meals also makes it difficult to really get to know people, but if meeting more people is "your thing," you might enjoy these larger ships.  

This was my third wine cruise with this travel agent.   In addition to getting some free bottles of wine, and a discount on the corkage fee, they also sponsor a dinner at one of the specialty restaurants to match the wine with the food.   This time, we had the special dinner at the Italian Restaurant, the Toscana, where I usually order the ossobucco, one of my favorites on Oceania.

Our wine group also gets a better discount on the cruise fare; we received a $100 stateroom credit from our travel agent and winemaker, in addition to the $200 stateroom credit for having cruised five times or more, so my roommate and I each got a $150 credit on the ship.  Our group also gets "free" gratuities that saves about $135 pp.   All the money I spent on the ship on drinks, corkage fees, and the one optional tour was essentially "free" on this trip.  After all is counted and figured for this eleven day trip, the total cost comes to about $3,200 or $290/day; not too bad for nice accommodations, food and drinks, great service, and great travel companions.   When I think some people pay $300+ per day just for a hotel room, it's a bargain.  

Since both my roommate and I have visited these islands before, and have explored most of them, we spent most of our time walking not far from the ship to drink and eat - and do a little bit of shopping.   I purchased one long-sleeved t-shirt for $28.   My total cash outlay during this trip was about $600.   That included $100 for my one night share at the Coconut Grove hotel on January 2.  

THE MS MARINA:
 


  
 


 
 
  
 
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