Oceania Cruises To Christen Marina In Miami

Premium cruise line Oceania Cruises has welcomed the latest addition to its fleet of luxury mid-sized vessels. The 66,084-GRT Marina arrived at its homeport of Miami yesterday following its inaugural sailing from Barcelona and will be christened by “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart with a nebuchadnezzar of bespoke Armand de Brignac champagne in a star-studded ceremony.


The first new-build for Oceania Cruises, Marina features new amenities and designer touches whilst retaining the country club casual ambience and highly personalized service found on her smaller sisters. Entering the reception hall, guests are greeted by the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase and fine interior finish reminiscent of a luxury residence, before heading to the lavish accommodations onboard.


Leading the selection of 626 staterooms and suites are the Owners’ Suites with furnishings by Ralph Lauren Home. Fit for royalty, the 3 suites boast a dramatic entry foyer leading to a large living room and private dining area, spacious bedroom with a king-sized Prestige Tranquility bed, marble- and granite-clad bathroom, walk-in closet and music room overlooking the sea. State-of-the-art entertainment, a private fitness room, jacuzzis and terrace ensure exclusivity and privacy for guests. The ship also features 6 other accommodation types, with most offering private verandahs.


Marina is sure to appeal to epicureans with 10 dining venues onboard, including 6 gourmet restaurants to rival their counterparts on shore. For the ultimate in dining onboard, guests can reserve Privee, the outlandishly decorated private dining room where the executive chef will custom-create the 7-course Menu Degustation on-request. Patterned after Europe’s exquisite establishments, the Grand Dining Room’s wait staff serve continental cuisine prepared on-order as guests marvel at the stately crystal chandelier. Celebrity chef Jacques Pepin lends his name to Jacques, where succulent meats slowly turn in the brass show rotisserie amongst rich fabrics, antiques, pickled wood furnishings and artwork to complete the classic Parisian bistro look and feel. Toscana continues the rich family traditions that have defined Tuscan cuisine and wines with recipes handed down from the families of Oceania’s Italian culinary staff, while contemporary interpretations of Asian classics go hand-in-hand with the tranquil and stunning interior of Red Ginger and the timeless Polo Grill serves some of the finest beef and seafood in an intimate setting.


The culinary-focus continues at the Marina’s Bon Appetit Culinary Center, a hands-on studio where guests can learn techniques and recipes from expert master chefs. Guests interested in wellness and beauty will find it at the award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub and its rejuvenating treatments, before hitting the 3 stylish boutiques for shopping, the Monte Carlo-style casino for a spot of gaming or headline entertainment in the theaters and clubs. Outdoors, a large heated pool and 3 whirlpools are ideally suited to soak up the sun and enjoy the ocean breeze.


Following the christening festivities, Marina will sail from Miami on 8 February 2011 on the first of 2 18-day Panama Canal transits to San Francisco, calling at Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cartagena, Huatulco, Los Angeles, Puerto Chiapas, Puntarenas and San Diego enroute. She then operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise before sailing up the US Eastern Seaboard and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.


For more information, visit www.oceaniacruises.com.

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