Glowing O-2

We are now just hours away from welcoming our guests onboard for Marina‘s Maiden Voyage. I cannot wait to see all of your reactions when you see Marina for the first time. Of course, if you’ve been following the blog, you have some idea of what’s in store for you, but even the most stunning photos can’t do justice to Marina‘s beauty. You really have to see her for yourself.

I will be onboard welcoming guests and meeting and mingling with as many of you as possible tomorrow. I’ll sail with Marina as far as the Canary Islands, when sadly, I will have to depart and attend to other Oceania Cruises business. But with all of my amazing experiences onboard Marina, January 2011 is a month that I will not soon forget.

I still have SO many photos to share. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to post them all. So many of our classic spaces you still haven’t seen…

The Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase-Wide Grand Staircase-Detail



Terrace Cafe

Bob in Terrace Terrace Cafe

And I know at least one of you out there has been waiting ever so patiently for photos of the pool.

Pool-1 Pool-4-Above

Considering how much I’ve touted all of the new restaurants, it seems appropriate to also share one more menu with you before the Maiden Voyage sets sail.  One of our guests requested a peek at the Red Ginger menu, so I’ve posted it below.  Also, another guest inquired about the webcam onboard, which unfortunately will not be operational for the Maiden Voyage, but we will get it posted as soon as it’s up and running!






Some guests commented that they are in Barcelona awaiting our arrival and feel like children on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa. Perhaps I’m Santa in that scenario, but I certainly feel more like the children, as I can’t remember having been so excited for a day to arrive in a long time. Tomorrow promises to be a grand finale to the countdown, and yet it is really just the beginning of the experience onboard Marina for all of our guests. I will do my best to share some photos of the festivities if I can catch my breath!



  1. Thank you so much for the pool photos. It looks fantastic! Not sure I can wait until 2012 to swim in it. Maybe I’ll have to book an earlier cruise.
    Thanks again for taking the time to post these photos. They’re much appreciated and show personal touch that Oceania staff give.
    I hope you have a fantastic time on Marina even if you’re not doing the full journey.
    Buen viaje!

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