Oceania’s Marina completes its inaugural cruise in Europe; will be crossing to Miami

Oceania Cruises’ new Marina arrived in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Jan. 27, the last call on her inaugural cruise before crossing the Atlantic for Miami. Guests and crew members on the maiden voyage unanimously proclaim that the 1,250-guest ship has raised the bar on upper-premium cruising.

Marina has been handling great since leaving Barcelona,” stated Captain Dimitrios Flokos, the ship’s master. “She is running very well which is exactly what we expected.”

Marina left Barcelona on Jan. 22 and called at Morocco, where many guests took a tour highlighting the architectural heritage of Casablanca. Guests have also discovered Marina’s many onboard amenities including participating in the first Bon Appétit Culinary Center class making frittatas and scones.

“We are so impressed,” explains guest Leslie Deemer, who like many other guests, booked his stateroom on the maiden voyage over a year ago. “When I walked into the Grand Dining Room, it felt like I was in a movie.”

Guest Doug Moreland shared, “Marina is beautifully finished, which is what you expect from Oceania Cruises. She is truly first-class and the artwork is exceptional.”

Seven days at sea will provide guests with ample time to explore all that Marina has to offer before she arrives in Miami for christening festivities, beginning Feb. 4. To celebrate the historic voyage, guests are receiving complimentary wine and spirits and gala shipboard celebrations hosted by senior management.

“The last few days onboard Marina have been moments I will never forget and it is an honor to share them with our loyal guests,” said Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises’ founder and CEO and chairman of parent company Prestige Cruise holdings, who disembarked in Casablanca. “I look forward to welcoming the guests and crew to my hometown of Miami in a few short days and hearing all about their experiences onboard our new gem.”

Marina is Oceania Cruises’ first new build measuring 66,000 tons and accommodating 1,250 guests. A ship of firsts, the luxury vessel features the first Bon Appétit Culinary Center, Master Chef Jacques Pépin’s first namesake restaurant at sea, Ralph Lauren Home-furnished Owner’s Suites, luxurious accommodations by Dakota Jackson, Wine Spectator wine program, a Lalique grand stairway and Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Moreover, Marina has been designed for epicureans offering an unprecedented 10 dining venues – comparable in quality to the very best shore-side restaurants.

For more information or to order a brochure, contact a travel agent, visit OceaniaCruises.com or call Oceania Cruises toll-free at 800-531-5658.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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