Marina Reviews

Prices/Day: $1849 USD
Passengers: 1,252
Crew Members: 780
Length: 785 ft
Tonnage: 66,084

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  • Editor's Rating

    Beyond compare!!
    • Cuisine

      5.0
    • Service Level

      5.0
    • Value for Money

      5.0
    • Ship Décor

      5.0
    • Public Rooms

      5.0
    • Staterooms

      4.0
    • Kid's Programs

      1.0
    • Daytime Activities

      4.0
    • Nightlife

      4.0
    • Shore Tours

      5.0
    • Itinerary

      5.0
    • Alternative Dining

      5.0
  • Average User Ratings

    1 User Reviews

Marina Editor's Review

Overview

One of the best cruise ships in the world - fantastic food and lovely comfortable staterooms, a value

Best For People Who Want

A casual experience on a medium-sized ship cruise; a port-intensive itinerary; a focus on fine cuisine; open seating dining; no additional charge alternative restaurants; a strict smoking policy

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

Mainstream cruise lines with singing waiters

Onboard Experience

 

Designed by veteran ship creator Gunnar Åserud of Yran & Storbraaten, Marina will have all the elements that already make Oceania so popular already - superb cuisine designed by culinary icon Jacques Pépin, alternative dining in intimate specialty restaurants with very reasonable cover charges and port-intensive itineraries to unusual destinations. But it will also feature a more elegant and contemporary interior and additional food options such as the eponymous "Jacques" restaurant with under 100 seats.

The grand lobby on each ship will feature design accents by Lalique. La Reserve will be an intimate indoor-outdoor wine tasting venue for up to 24 guests. Full-service spa facilities and fitness centers will be provided by the famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Canyon Ranch will also supply the spa culinary options for the main dining room onboard.


Grand Lobby with Lalique Accents

Oceania Cruises has always featured excellent cuisine, and each ship will have 10 separate dining venues, some included in the cruise fare and some requiring a service charge. One unique asset of both new ships will be the Bon Appétit Culinary Center with 24 individual cooking stations. Guests participating in classes created by Bon Appétit magazine will each have their own work station, with a cook top, oven, pots, pans and utensils.

For guests not cooking their own food, the Grand Dining Room will seat 566 and will reportedly have a more elegant, contemporary look than the dining rooms on the current ships. The new venues will be the tallest single-story dining rooms at sea, ranging from 20 to 30 feet in height. Special acoustic insulation and floor materials will minimize noise.

The Marina Lounge is the main showroom and theater on Marina. A production company to create original revues for the new ships has been hired but the name has not yet been announced.

Both ships will feature 629 staterooms, which combined will average some of the largest staterooms at sea. The top suites are up to 2,000 sq. ft., with furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home and designs by Dakota Jackson and Tocar New York. There are also 124 penthouse suites measuring 420 sq. ft. apiece. The smallest staterooms are 174 sq. ft.


Entrance to Owner's Suite

With a continuing focus on comfortable staterooms, Marina's 282 sq. ft. Veranda Cabin is one-third larger than the standard balcony cabins on the line's existing ships, with space added between the bed and the closet. Other features include floor-to-ceiling windows; the signature Oceania "Tranquility Bed," with 700-thread count linens; free, unlimited soft drinks and bottled water kept in a mini-refrigerator; a full-size bathtub; an LCD flat-screen TV; safe; hair dryer; cell phone service; and 110/220 volt outlets.

Guests in concierge-level veranda staterooms are provided with a laptop computer with Wi-Fi access - although regular Internet usage charges apply.

The ship has 124 Penthouse Suites measuring 420 sq. ft. These suites have a separate area for seating as well as dining, with a separate window for added light and views. Furnishings include a desk; an armoire with a built-in make-up area; and a wall-mounted flat panel TV. The bathroom has a marble floor and granite counter with a separate shower and tub. There is a large walk-in closet.


Concierge Suite on Oceania Marina

 

Decor

A definite step up from the original Oceania Ships which essentially maintained the original REnaissance decor - marina is a remarkably beautiful ship with stunning furniture and appropriately tasteful finishings throughout.

Public Rooms

 

There is an actual theater showroom on the ship, plus a larger casino and a beautiful dining room. The alternative restaurants are lavishly appointed in the themes to which they aspire. The main staircase is covered in Lalique Crystal which you might overlook if you did not know it is there. Understated elegance is the keyword for Marina decor
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Cuisine

 

Featuring the culinary mastery of the iconic Jacques Pepin, the food onboard is above average in the main dining room and buffet areas, and often extraordinary in the alternative restaurants.

Marina includes 10 eateries onboard including the eponymous "Jacques" which features some of Pepin's personal favorite recipes. It has been said that no cruise line chef has ever devoted as much attention to a single restaurant as Jacques Pepin has devoted to "Jacques". He even designed the format of the menu and has his personal artwork hanging on the walls.

With single, open seating and five restaurants to choose from, dining on Marina is as varied as it is consistently delightful. The accent is on variety, and it is highly recommended that you make as many reservations as possible in the alternative restaurants if you are not too tired after a day in port. If you are tired, a casual stroll at your leisure to Tapas on the Terrace is a great way to get fast service and great food without waiting.

 

Restaurants

 

The Grand Epernay Dining Room, which opens at 6:30 p.m. and serves until 9:30 p.m., is commonly very lively, but the acoustics have been improved over the older ships making for easy conversation. Bowing to customer sentiment, Oceania has many tables for two. If you enjoy seafood, don't, miss the pan-seared scallops over Parmesan risotto.

Reservations are required for the popular alternative dining spots, Jacques, Polo Grill, Red Ginger and Toscana restaurants. The clubby Polo Grill (catering to the carnivorous) offers fresh seafood in addition to the the kind of delicious red meat entrees carnivores adore. Tapas on the Terrace adds new dishes every evening.

Red Ginger is Asian fusion, which while it is not the favorite cuisine of many, it has been voted the best Asian fusion at sea by those in the know.

The very intimate Jacques is not to be missed. Decked out in a homey French Kitchen atmosphere you will find the service and the food in keeping with the ambiance. You will feel like a budding Michelin chef eating his grandmother's best farm fresh dishes.

The Terrace Café, adjacent to the pool deck, is a grand place for breakfast. There are always servers ready to put the food on your tray for you, which we suggest you allow them to do. The buffet area on Marina is the most impressive we have ever seen, with chefs creating fresh food in full view. There are pasta and bread making machines rolling out ravioli and croissants while you wait for a fresh batch to cook. "Fast food" on cruise ships has never been any better than this.

Waves, the outside luncheon grill, offering burgers, chicken, salmon,and even fried calamari, plus a daily special and salads, is the place to head for a late lunch ('til 5 p.m.). Everything's served with fries that are wonderful when hot, so-so when not, and cole slaw that will make you moan ecstatically. There's a high tea every afternoon at four in Horizons.

 

Service

 

Since Oceania has a flexible dining program, gratuities of $11.50 per person per day (including children) are automatically added to the shipboard account for all dining room and stateroom personnel. An additional $3.50 per passenger per day is added for suites where Butler Service is provided. Tipping is at the passenger's discretion, however, so the amount may be increased, decreased, or all gratuities can be removed, by contacting the front desk. Gratuities of 18 percent are automatically added to bar charges and spa services
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Tipping

 

Since Oceania has a flexible dining program, gratuities of $11.50 per person per day (including children) are automatically added to the shipboard account for all dining room and stateroom personnel. An additional $3.50 per passenger per day is added for suites where Butler Service is provided. Tipping is at the passenger's discretion, however, so the amount may be increased, decreased, or all gratuities can be removed, by contacting the front desk. Gratuities of 18 percent are automatically added to bar charges and spa services.

 
Entertainment

 

Marina has a fine onboard orchestra, a string quartet and pianist. Each evening you can enjoy shows in the Cabaret Lounge. Oceania will tell you frankly that entertainment is not high on their list of priorities as most people find a long day in port followed by haute cuisine to be more than enough for a satisfying day. But Marina is a larer ship and so special production shows have been created and appear alternatively with guest artists in the main showroom nightly.

The most important aspect of Marina is the Bon Apetit Culinary Center, designed in conjunction with the magazine. Here guests not only see demonstrations on cooking techniques, they actually get to try them, each pupil wth a complete working work station of his own with burner, utensils, sinks, knives, etc.

The casino is smaller than most, with tables for blackjack and roulette. Depending upon itinerary, standard shipboard activities like bingo, bridge and dance lessons are limited, since you're in port most of the time. The incomparable cyber-cafe offers instruction, but classes fill up quickly, so don't dawdle.

 

Cabins

 

  • 4 Owner's Suites
  • 6 Vista Suites
  • 12 Oceania Suites
  • 120 Penthouse Suites
  • 440 Veranda Staterooms
  • 20 Ocean View Staterooms
  • 14 Inside Staterooms
All together, the square footage makes Marina's cabins the largest at sea on an averagwe cabin size basis. Since pictures really tell the story, here they are:
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Verandah Stateroom   Penthouse Walk-in   Armoire
   
Penthouse Living Room area   Penthouse Bathroom   close up of chairs

 

 

Fitness/Spa

 

The fitness center has treadmills, bikes, and several weight machines and free weights. A walking/jogging track circles the top of the ship. Several aerobics classes are scheduled each day.

The spa is operated by Canyon Ranch which also offers a menu of treatments ranging from lavender deep-cleansing facials (only $59), holistic citrus facials ($99), foot and ankle massages (a bargain at $39) and aroma stone therapy massages ($159, though most massages start at $99). Fitness classes, including Pilates, are complimentary.

Canyon Ranch also designs the "spa menu" cuisine available in the main dining room.

 

Children's Facilities

none

Attire

 

With no ties required and "country club casual" recommended at night, you'll see women in everything from blouses with pants and skirts to much more elegant attire.

 
Fellow Passengers

Well heeled people who are down to earth and know smart buyers when they meet them

Marina Ratings

  • EDITORS
  • 5.0
  • USERS
  • 0.0
from 1 reviews
DETAILED RATINGS
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  • Cuisine
    5.0
    0.0
  • Service Level
    5.0
    5.0
  • Value for Money
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Décor
    5.0
    5.0
  • Public Rooms
    5.0
    0.0
  • Staterooms
    4.0
    5.0
  • Kid's Programs
    1.0
    1.0
  • Daytime Activities
    4.0
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  • Nightlife
    4.0
    3.0
  • Shore Tours
    5.0
    3.0
  • Itinerary
    5.0
    0.0
  • Alternative Dining
    5.0
    5.0

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