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Oceania Cruises to put Marina under the knife for a major facelift


The 1,250-guest ship is scheduled for a major drydock upgrade to prepare it to deliver the latest cruise experience for travellers.

Oceania Marina will emerge with a shiny new look on 18 May 2024.

Three new restaurants including a wellness-focused kitchen, a casual Italian trattoria and new poolside ice-cream parlour are set to be added to Oceania Cruises’ ship Marina.

Oceania will emerge on 18 May 2024 with its own wellness themed Aquamar Kitchen dining venue – the same restaurant available on its brand new fleet-mate Vista, which made its debut in Malta earlier this year.

Marina is the oldest of Oceania’s built-to-order fleet, having debuted for the line in 2011 and alongside its sister ship Riviera, were the first ships to feature an onboard cooking school.

Aquamar Kitchen is a popular feature on Oceania Vista coming soon to Marina.

Aquamar Kitchen is the newest signature restaurant unveiled by Oceania Cruises in the lead-up to Vista’s debut and is open for breakfast and lunch daily, serving healthy dishes such as energy bowls at breakfast along with avocado toast, hearty salads and meals including yellowfin tuna tacos and an Impossible vegan burger later in the day.

Gourmet ice-cream brand Humphry Slocombe will be among the brands available at Marina’s new all-day poolside parlour, which will also put together indulgent smoothies and milkshakes for guests.

The final major culinary change to be made will suit cruisers looking for a casual evening bite as Waves Grill will transform daily into a new Italian trattoria serving pizzas to order, grilled Italian specialities along with spicy chicken wings, rosemary focaccia with burrata and sumptuous desserts.

Elsewhere, more cosmetic changes will be made to other dining outlets, with the Polo Grill steakhouse to feature new carpets, dining chairs and new window treatments.

Penthouses on Marina will also undergo a comprehensive refresh.

Marina’s public spaces will also be revamped with an entirely new look complete with new furnishings to put forward a completely fresh look for guests to enjoy.

Accommodations will also be renovated, with Penthouses to receive new custom furniture including new closets and cabinets, while new bathrooms will be fitted with Italian marble and new oversized shower stalls.

Oceania Cruises President Frank Del Rio said Marina’s new look will accentuate its profile as a ship designed and built by foodies, for foodies.

“This refresh of Marina will see her updated to offer three exciting new dining venues,” Del Rio said.

“We are especially thrilled to expand the Aquamar Kitchen concept to Marina, following its incredible reception from guests since it was unveiled aboard Vista in May.”

The line’s focus on fine dining is emblematic of the culinary crew to guests’ ratio, with one chef for every ten passengers and half of the crew dedicated to exemplary food service.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 22 November 2023

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