Well it’s here. The Marina has left the dock and is headed to Miami, where the Savvy Seafarer will be climbing on board for a first hand report. She arrives in February with all the hoopla afforded new vessels, especially in Miami–one of the largest and most popular ports in the world.
Here’s the skinny, straight from the cruise line:
Oceania Cruises’ new ship Marina sailded from Barcelona Saturday, Jan. 22 on her Maiden Voyage. Her 13-day maiden voyage stops at Malaga, Spain; Casablanca and the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic.
The festivities start Feb. 4, 2011 when the Marina arrives in Miami.
A ship of firsts, Marina features the Bon Appétit Culinary Center, the first hands-on cooking school at sea, Master Chef Jacques Pépin’s first namesake restaurant at sea; Ralph Lauren Home-furnished Owner’s Suites; luxurious accommodations by designer Dakota Jackson; Wine Spectator wine program; and Lalique grand stairway. Moreover, Marina has been designed for epicureans offering an unprecedented 10 dining venues – comparable in quality to the very best shore-side restaurants.
“Marina has been so eagerly anticipated by our past guests,” stated Frank Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises and chairman & CEO of parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings. “It is exciting to now host our first guests onboard and see their reaction to her stunning facilities and amenities.”
When she arrives in Miami on Feb. 4, a celebratory welcome will commence and continue throughout the weekend. At a lavish ceremony on Feb. 5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Icon Mary Hart will name Marina and christen her with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac. The festivities culminate with a gala sailaway party and fireworks display in Biscayne Bay overlooking the Miami skyline.
After the christening festivities in Miami, Marina sets sail Feb. 8 on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco and San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises–and the Savvy Seafarer will be there.
The 1,250 passenger ship features an elegance and style defined by rich woods, marble and granite, fine wool carpets and illustrious leathers adorn public rooms.
And I can’t wait to try the 10 dining venues including six of which are open-seating gourmet restaurants. There’s also lots of bars and lounges, and one of my favorite amentieis: a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub and fitness center, swimming pool and hot tubs.
For more information or to order a brochure, contact a travel professional, visit www.Oceaniacruises.com or call Oceania Cruises toll-free at 800-531-5658.
About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises® is the world’s only upper-premium cruise line and offers an unrivaled combination of the finest cuisine at sea, elegant accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. Award-winning itineraries visit more than 300 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas aboard the luxurious Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Marina. The 1,250-guest Riviera – a sister ship to Marina – joins the fleet in April 2012.
About Prestige Cruise Holdings
Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Formed in 2007 to manage select assets in Apollo Management’s cruise investment portfolio, PCH is led by Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises. PCH is the market leader in the upper-premium and luxury segments of the cruise industry with more than 5,200 berths between the Oceania and Regent brands, a number the company expects will grow to more than 6,500 berths by 2011.