Just Off the Gangway: Oceania’s Marina

November 2, 2011 | By | 3 Comments

We’re fresh off of Oceania Cruises‘ new Marina, and we’ll be posting our full review of the ship soon. Can’t wait? Here’s a quick overview while it’s still fresh in our minds:
Oceania’s Marina feels both evolutionary and revolutionary. It bridges the gap between mainstream and luxury, offering the choices of the former, and luxe-level cuisine and service. It’s the new Crystal.
The good stuff? Oceania diehards will recognize that the line standards — exceptional service, Canyon Ranch spa, culinary emphasis with restaurants like Toscana (Italian) and Polo (steak) – are just as good if not better here. Plus, there’s extra room for eateries like Red Ginger (Asian) and Jacques (French). Cabins have gorgeous marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. The Artist Loft, for painting/drawing and photography, has potential (still finding its way), while culinary workshops with Bon Appetit offer hands-on instruction.
Misses? The ultra-popular specialty restaurants force scheduling rigidity. There are lots of penthouse suites (great layout, ultra comfy) with butlers, but then what’s the concierge for? Entertainment is pallid.
Our review is coming, but while you’re waiting, check out what our members are saying about Marina.
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    3 Responses to “Just Off the Gangway: Oceania’s Marina”

    1. David Welsh
      November 2nd, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

      O is getting there but needs to greatly upgrade entertainment and lecturers. With the fares increasing substantially O is getting up there with the luxury lines.

    2. Dori
      November 3rd, 2011 @ 11:17 am

      I was so excited to read this post, only wish it had more in depth things to say about Marina. I am so torn about booking on Regatta and one of the newer larger ships. Can anyone guide me in the right direction. It’s a bit pricy and I really don’t want to make a mistake. Regatta just seems so plush and intimate when I browse through the ships photographs, It seems the new ships are all ice cold and white seems to be the only color scheme. I also wonder how the service can remain the same if your doubling the passenger load. As for entertainment, that’s not high on my list of needs as long as the evening bands for dancing and pool deck music is great, I keep getting these amazing brochures from O and I am really wondering which way to go on booking my next cruise. I am also in the same boat when it comes to the new Seabourn experience. It seems both cruise lines took a giant step forward in changing customer expectations.

    3. Leroy N
      November 9th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      First I want to say what a pleasure it was to meet Caroline on board Marina! I agree that O pricing is climbing but it is still a good value. Having sailed on the smaller ships of O and Silversea, I never felt like I was on a much larger vessel while on Marina. The food was outstanding. There is a rumor that O will go to spirits included pricing next year. I feel that would be a huge improvement. The two things I disliked about Marina & O overall is constantly signing for spirits and then having that bill at the end of the cruise.

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