Oceania Marina Cruise Ship Tour Update 2017 – Oceania Cruise Line


Oceania Cruises’ Marina was the first in the upmarket cruise line’s pair of highly-rated “O Class” ships. With a double-occupancy guest capacity of 1,246 and a crew of 800, the 785-by-106-foot ship measures 66,084 gross tons. Hull No. 6194, the Marina was built by Fincantieri’s Sestri-Ponente shipyard near Genoa, Italy, in 2011. It was followed by the nearly identical Riviera in 2012. The Marina has 11 passenger decks and features no less than seven included-in-the-fare eateries, which are overseen by the line’s executive chef Jacques Pepin. Registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands, the Marina is equipped with the latest safety and navigation equipment and is manned by an international crew. At the top of the ship, glass screens shelter Deck 16 from high winds. Deck 16 is home to a mini-golf course inspired by some of the world’s most famous greens. Deck 16 also features a paddle tennis court and sunning space. A narrow terrace on Deck 16 overlooks the midships pool area. On Deck 15, there is a running track (10 laps equals a mile) that encircles the funnel casing. On the port side of Deck 15, there is a lawn bowling and croquet course. A small locker houses the croquet gear on Deck 15. On the starboard side of Deck 15, there is a shuffleboard court. On the port side of Deck 14, there is a semi-enclosed space called the Sanctuary that seats up to 20 guests. On the starboard side of Deck 14, the Patio also seats 20. Deck 14 continues with a sunning area and walkway that encircles the pool area. This is a view of the pool area from aft Deck 14. The teak-lined pool area is located on Deck 12. There is a small fountain and a pair of whirlpool spas in and around the basin. The Waves Bar serves the pool area on Deck 12. Cushioned loungers line both the sheltered and open areas around the pool. There is a sheltered sitting area on the aft/port side of Deck 12. The Waves Grill eatery is located on the aft/port side of Deck 12. For breakfast, the Waves Grill has its own fresh juice bar. At lunchtime, the juice bar transforms into an ice cream parlor. There is a crew recreation area on the fo’c’sle on Deck 7. On Deck 5, narrow, sheltered promenades are used only for lifeboat access. The 330-seat Horizons Lounge is located on Deck 15 and offers views over the bow and to either side via full-length windows. Every afternoon at 4 p.m., an elegant tea featuring live music is served in Horizons. Fresh-baked scones with all the trappings as well as cakes, cookies and sandwiches are served at tea time in the Horizons Lounge. The aft/port section of Horizons has a separate smoking area. The Canyon Ranch Spa is accessed from the starboard side of Deck 14. In the center of the spa, there is a waiting area with fountains and chilled waters flavored with various essences. The Canyon Ranch Spa has a relaxation area trimmed in mosaic tiles. The Canyon Ranch Spa has six treatment rooms, including this double room. This is another spa treatment room. A menu of the services provided is available in the Canyon Ranch Spa. The spa has separate men’s and women’s changing and steam areas. Access to a private open deck area with cushioned loungers, cabanas and two whirlpool spas can be purchased on a day-use basis. Suite-level guests and those purchasing a treatment have complimentary access. A fully equipped salon is located on the starboard side of the spa, offering a range of hair styling and coloring as well as manicures and pedicures. A gymnasium with cardio machines, weight machines and free weights is aft of the spa on Deck 14. There is an aerobics room adjacent to the gym. Baristas is a specialty coffee bar overlooking the pool area on aft Deck 14. Illy coffees, sweets and sandwiches are complimentary and there is also a menu of for-purchase liqueurs and specialty coffee drinks. The 20-seat Library is aft of Baristas on the port side of Deck 14. The Library is broken up into numerous intimate alcoves that are linked by a long passage. On the starboard side of Deck 14, directly aft of Baristas, there is the [email protected] 24-station Internet area. The Board Room is a 24-seat card room that doubles as a meeting room next to [email protected] on aft Deck 14. Located on aft/starboard Deck 14, the 132-seat Polo Grill is the Marina’s popular steakhouse. Each of the Marina’s specialty restaurants has its own distinctive, custom-made chargers and elegant table settings with Riedel stemware, fine linens and cutlery. Toscana is the Marina’s 138-seat Italian specialty restaurant on aft/port Deck 14. Like Polo Grill and most of the other dining venues on the ship, it is complimentary but reservations are required. This a table setting in Toscana. Toscana’s menu brims with Italian specialties, such as this caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella. It even has separate olive oil and balsamic vinegar menus. Privée is the ultimate dining experience aboard the Marina. Located at the very stern of the ship on Deck 14 between Polo Grill and Toscana, the room can be hired out for a custom gourmet dinner for up to 10 guests. Accommodating up to 24, the Culinary Arts Center offers a selection of cooking classes that are hosted by the ship’s chefs. In the Culinary Arts Center, head chef Kathryn Kelly demonstrates how to properly zest a lemon. The Artist Loft is a 24-seat art studio offering painting and drawing classes directly across from the Culinary Arts Center on forward Deck 12. La Reserve is a 24-seat wine tasting venue that offers up a popular seven-course pairing dinner several times a week for a fee. It is located on the port side of Deck 12, just aft of the pool area. The 316-seat Terrace Cafe is at the aft end of Deck 12. This is the ship’s casual buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery. The Terrace has an al fresco dining area accommodating an additional 124 guests overlooking the stern on Deck 12. Although it is a buffet, entrées such as this pasta dish are made to order in the Terrace. The Executive Lounge is located on Deck 11 and is for the exclusive use of guests in Owner’s, Vista. Penthouse and Oceania Suites. The Concierge Lounge is on Deck 9 and for exclusive use of Concierge Level Verandah Stateroom guests. The upper level of the reception lobby begins a lineup of public spaces on Deck 6. The reception lobby features a pair of helix-shaped staircases with balustrades lined with Lalique crystal medallions. Shown in an aft-facing view from the port side, Martini’s is an elegant bar area just aft of the reception lobby on Deck 6. This is the starboard alcove of Martini’s, which doubles as a quiet lounge by day and a festive piano bar at night. Aft of Martini’s on the starboard side, there is a long gallery that leads to the Grand Dining Room. On the port side, aft of Martini’s, there is a casino with various game and card tables as well as slot machines. The Casino is served by the Casino Bar, directly aft on the port side. A port-to-starboard passage connects the Casino Bar with the port-side gallery on Deck 6. The 538-seat Grand Dining Room is located in the stern portion of Deck 6. With a series of circular fixtures made of Swarovski crystals as its focal point, it terraces downwards toward the stern. A table in the Grand Dining Room is set with elegant, custom-made chargers and fine linens. The Grand Dining Room offers open-seating breakfast, lunch and dinner with a European-inspired menu. This is a salmon entrée on a bed of risotto with a side of tzatziki. The 690-seat Marina Lounge is a state-of-the-art showroom located on forward Deck 5. The Marina Lounge is home to enrichment lectures in the daytime and gala evening shows, which might include full-scale Broadway-style productions or performances by guest singers and musicians. The lower level of the reception area follows the Marina Lounge on Deck 5. On the port side, there is a reception desk and on the starboard side, a shore excursions office. The reception lobby is a wide-open space at the heart of the ship. This is a seating area on the starboard side of the reception lobby overlooking the sea. Another seating area adjoins the reception lobby on the port side. Elegant boutiques follow the reception lobby on Deck 5. On the starboard side of Deck 5, there is a 112-seat French bistro called Jacques. Jacques is named for Oceania’s celebrity executive chef Jacques Pepin, and its decor is inspired by French countryside restaurants. Oceania ships have some of the finest bread afloat, including those featuring the edible “Jacques” logo. On the aft/port side of Deck 5, the 116-seat Red Ginger may well be the very best Asian fusion restaurant at sea. All of the Marina’s specialty restaurants have their own custom flatware and Red Ginger is no exception. Red Ginger has an open kitchen setting in its aft portion for those who enjoy watching their chefs at work. The miso-glazed sea bass is one of Red Ginger’s most popular entrées. The Marina has seven complimentary, self-service launderettes. Located at the stern on Decks 10, 9 and 8, the Marina’s top accommodations are three 2,000-square-foot Owner’s Suites that span the width of the ship. Furnished by the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, this is the entry foyer, which features a grand piano. This is the dining nook and living room of an Owner’s Suite. Owner’s Suite bedrooms have a king-sized bed and two walk-in closets. Owner’s Suite bathrooms are tile-lined and feature a whirlpool tub, a separate shower and twin sinks. Owner’s Suites have wrap-around balconies overlooking the ship’s wake with their own private whirlpool spa. Eight 1,200-to-1,500-square-foot Vista Suites are located at the forward end of the ship on Decks 12, 10, 9 and 8. These lavish suites were decorated by Dakota Jackson. Vista Suites have separate bedrooms with king-sized beds and walk-in closets. Vista Suites feature marble- and tile-lined master baths with a separate whirlpool tub and shower. There is also a smaller bathroom for guests. Vista Suites have teak-lined balconies overlooking the bow with private whirlpool spas. Also designed by Dakota Jackson, 12 Oceania Suites measure over 1,000 square feet and feature living and dining areas and even a media corner. Oceania Suites also have separate bedrooms with king-sized beds. Master baths in Oceania Suites are marble- and tile-lined and feature whirlpool tubs and separate showers. There is also a separate bathroom for guests. Oceania Suites have wide balconies with cushioned settees and a whirlpool tub. Penthouse Suites measure 420 square feet and have a sitting area that can be separated from the bedroom with a curtain. This is another view of a Penthouse Suite, showing the writing desk and flatscreen television, dresser and writing desk. Penthouse Suite balconies feature cushioned loungers. Penthouse Suite bathrooms have full tubs and separate showers. Veranda and Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms measure 282 square feet. Veranda and Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms have bathrooms with full tubs and separate showers. Oceania provides high quality Bvlgari amenities that include soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturizer. Concierge Level guests are provided use of two cashmere throw blankets. Concierge Level guests are also provided bath salts for tub use. Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms measure 242 square feet and are very much like the Veranda Staterooms minus the balconies. The Marina’s most economical inside staterooms measure 172 square feet. Inside Staterooms have bathrooms with a shower, toilet and sink. Showers on the Marina feature a combination of rainforest and handheld dispensers. All staterooms on the Marina are supplied with laptops for guests’ complimentary use.

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