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Oceania Cruises: Marina

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Marina Review

The first ship built especially for Oceania Cruises, Marina debuted in 2011. With a plethora of designer touches, Marina was conceived to appeal to lovers of fine dining and travel. Happily, even with the addition of more space, the onboard ambience remains comfortably

familiar to that on the smaller Oceania Cruises’ vessels.

Marina and Riviera are the first brand-new ships built for Oceania Cruises and, although they are an all new design in a larger ship, they include the basic deluxe features found on the smaller fleetmates—specialty dining in intimate restaurants, country-club casual ambience, and enrichment programs. The emphasis is on destination cruising in style and the decor is classic and comfortable. With a larger ship, designers expanded some of the elements, such as the staircase in the grand foyer, which has a landing with two sweeping sets of steps.

Attention to detail is an Oceania hallmark that can be found in Privée—the private dining room that can be reserved for dinner parties—where a custom-made one-of-a-kind Lalique-crystal table is illuminated by a white Venini-glass chandelier, and fanciful Murano-glass chandeliers glitter in the buffet restaurant. A classical string quartet plays softly in the background at afternoon tea in Horizons, the observation lounge with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.

This distinctive cruise line was founded by Frank Del Rio and Joe Watters, cruise-industry veterans with the know-how to satisfy the wants of inquisitive passengers. By offering itineraries to interesting ports of call and upscale touches—all for fares much lower than you would expect—they are succeeding quite nicely. Oceania Cruises set sail in 2003 to carve a unique, almost boutique niche in the cruise industry by obtaining midsize R-class ships that formerly made up the popular Renaissance Cruises fleet. The line is now owned by Prestige Cruise Holdings.

Intimate and cozy public spaces reflect the importance of socializing on Oceania ships. Indoor lounges feature numerous conversation areas, and even the pool deck is a social center. The Patio is a shaded slice of deck adjacent to the pool and hot tubs. Defined by billowing drapes and carpeting underfoot, it is furnished with plush sofas and chairs ideal for relaxation.

Thickly padded single and double loungers are arranged around the pool, but if more privacy appeals to you, private cabanas are available for rent. Each one has a double chaise longue with a view of the sea; overhead drapery can be drawn back for sunbathing, and the side panels can be left open or closed. Waiters are on standby to offer chilled towels or serve occupants with beverages or snacks. In addition, you can request a spa service in your cabana.

Varied, destination-rich itineraries are an important characteristic of Oceania Cruises, and most sailings are in the 10- to 12-night range.

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Pros

  • Baristas coffee bar is conveniently adjacent to the library
  • The library is well stocked with more than 2,000 books and periodicals
  • Artists share their expertise during hands-on classes in the enrichment center

Cons

  • Self-serve laundry rooms can be crowded on sea days
  • There is a fee to use the hot tub adjacent to the spa
  • There is no charge for food and service in Le Reserve, but wine is a pricey addition
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 800
  • Entered Service 2011
  • Gross Tons 65,000
  • Length 774 feet
  • Number of Cabins 629
  • Passenger Capacity 1,258
  • Width 105 feet

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