By Published On: 22 Nov 2023

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Oceania Cruises have annouced thier 1250-guest Marina cruise ship will be refurbished. The vessel, which was launched in 2010, will enter dry dock in May 2024 for what promises to be a remarkable transformation.

Marina is the last vessel in the Oceania Cruises fleet to be refurbished. It will take inspiration from the multi-million dollar OceaniaNEXT refurbishment program which so successfully enhanced the line’s smaller vessels. Indeed, OceaniaNEXT introduced a better-than-new decor and remodelled accommodation on ships like Nautica, not to mention enhanced dining venues. Now, guests can look forward to similar improvements on board Marina.

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

Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises

New dining concepts coming to Marina

The refurbishment of Oceania’s Marina will see the introduction of three new dining venues. These will include the wellness-focused Aquamar Kitchen, a casual al fresco trattoria and a new poolside ice cream parlour.

The Aquamar Kitchen debuted to much acclaim on Vista earlier this year. So much so that Oceania decided to include it on Marina. Open for breakfast and lunch the venue will serve health-conscious meals with a hint of indulgence. It’s worth noting that the Aquamar Kitchen will be found in the space previously occupied by La Reserve. So post-refit La Reserve will share space with Privée, tucked away at the stern.

The new al fresco trattoria is not so much an entirely new venue, but rather an enhancement of the existing Waves Grill. Each evening it will make the transformation to an Italian trattoria, with a stylish menu to match. Dishes will include lush burrata and salads, as well as pizzas, grilled Italian specialties and indulgent desserts.

The poolside ice cream parlour will be filled with temping delights, including options from Humphry Slocombe.

Reimagined accommodation

Marina will also get a big refresh of its suites. Indeed, the top suites will be reimagined with a new look. Oceania tell us the suites will be lighter, brighter and seemingly even more roomy thanks to clever design and new features.

The popular Penthouse Suites will come in for special attention. Each one will be entirely refurbished with new closets and cabinetry, custom-crafted furniture and a bright decor. What’s more, the Penthouse Suites will get a technology upgrade as well, with new lighting and enhanced charging points for mobile devices.

Refurbished public spaces coming to Oceania’s Marina

Marina’s public spaces are also set for a refresh, showcasing what Oceania say will be “a radiant new ambiance”. In particular the Polo Grill will get new carpet and a redesign of the restaurant’s iconic dining chairs. In the Grand Dining Room, the Library, Martinis and Horizons there will also be new carpets and upholstery. It’s all intended to convey a renewed sense of grandeur while maintaining Oceania’s home-away-from-home ambiance.

Re-entry into service

The refurbished Marina will re-enter service on 18 May 2024, sailing an almost sold-out 14-day voyage from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy.

For more information about Marina visit the Oceania Cruises website.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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