They may not operate the largest of cruise ships but style and substance makes up for their size.
At 60,000 tonnes Oceania’s Marina ship in the holiday cruise world is nowhere near as large as some whom now top out at over 200,000 tonnes.
This smaller scale allows access to more intimate sized ports around the globe and carrying around 1,600 passengers would be for me the maximum that I would be comfortable with.
Aimed at an older market of ‘fifty something’s’ your fellow passengers are likely to be from the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.
With enough high-end artwork carried on the ship to nearly sink it. Its up market feel is like travelling in a five star hotel.
Sumptuous lounges and seating areas abound and as well as the Grand Dining room there is a spread of specialist restaurants around the ship to cater for all tastes.
Marrying top wines and food are the specialty in La Reserve, where the French palette is catered for in ‘Jacques’ a themed eatery with menu’s created by US based and renowned top TV chef Jacques Pepin.
No need really to say what ‘Red Ginger’ style is? The far eastern menu tastes are really well catered here in the black and red themed restaurant.
Bright colours abound in Toscana where Versace tableware brings a riot of colour to the Italian dining experience.
And for that very special occasion you could, for around $200 have a gastronomic treat in a private and intimate white dining room at the stern of the ship called Privee. Whether for a couple, family gathering or group of friends its yours and yours alone!
As with top class hotels ashore today hardly any now do not have a gym and spa and the Marina does of course along with a hair salon too.
OCEANIA’S MARINA CRUISE SHIP
Rated as an ‘Ultra Premium’ ship that was built in 2011 it is certainly to use that nautically based phrase it’s ‘posh’! Although it does have a relaxed and friendly feel with passengers not donning DJ’s but elegance in the dining rooms for ladies with gents in jackets and slacks very much the order of the day.
Jeans, tee shirts and shorts would not be allowed in any apart from the Terrace Café.
Overall impression for my brief fact finder visit was of a ship that has a friendly and helpful crew, it is exceptionally clean and well finished and styled and even has a Lalique glass inspired central staircase.
Offering things like a classic English afternoon tea with a string quartet playing it’s the sort of experience like tea at the Ritz you do once or twice but on here it could be every day of your cruise!
Penthouse cabins of course for the really well healed but many smaller and less grandiose yet still of a good size and with a bathroom and a real bath are some of the most popular.
Plush and numerous other rooms are dotted around the ship in which to relax whilst at sea should you not have the luxury of your own private balcony, but many do.
As well as feeding the body really well the ship can feed the mind too!
There is a resident artist where you can pursue those desires, learn to cook in an extensive culinary school area also there is a well stocked traditional library too as well as an internet café that allows the passengers to be connected even when at sea.
Wi-Fi is available around the ship so you can constantly message your friends and make them jealous of the five star experiences you are enjoying on your Marina cruise. I know I would!