It’s been said many times already, but as Blogger at Large, please allow me to repeat it once more: Photographs simply can’t do justice to Marina. You have to be onboard to truly comprehend the full extent of her splendor. On Marina‘s Christening Cruise, I realized the truth of this time and again as I would take a photo, look at the result, and be sadly disappointed at my failure to capture her exquisite detail.
Having said that, words are my primary occupation, and I am at best an amateur photographer, so there is a flip side to this coin. For the professional or the aspiring novice, the breadth of detail encompassed in Marina‘s stunning design is nothing short of a photographer’s paradise. And while it may not be possible to capture the actual experience of sailing on Marina, a gifted photographer has infinite opportunities to create brilliant interpretations of Marina‘s beauty. The photo above is a perfect example and also an illustration of why photographer Curtis Hustace is currently onboard Marina leading photo workshops for guests at the Artist Loft.
So Marina is at once beauty beyond capture and beauty that demands capturing, as is perhaps the goal of any artistic design. (You will most likely be struck by the former in photos of mine that follow and the latter in photos from Curtis.)
Any discussion of Marina‘s design immediately brings to mind Dakota Jackson, the visionary behind Marina‘s Oceania and Vista Suites. The talented touch of this famed designer is evident in these suites everywhere you turn. Below are some shots of one of the Oceania Suites.
Mr. Jackson was onboard for the Christening Cruise, and I had the privilege of meeting him during my tour of the Oceania Suite.
Jackson says, “The furniture has to be beautiful, it has to be provocative, it has to be meaningful.” I can attest that these suites are all of that and so much more. And it’s worth noting that every space is not only strikingly elegant, but also immensely comfortable, as illustrated below by Oceania Cruises’ senior vice president of marketing, James Rodriguez, taking a moment to lounge in the cozy Entertainment Room.
You will most definitely want to host friends in a suite this spectacular, so even the ensuite wet bar has been designed to impress.
There are thousands more examples of Marina‘s stunning design to be discovered, and if you wish to develop the skills to capture this beauty on film, you can do so in the Artist Loft. And let’s not forget that Marina‘s exquisite design goes even beyond the bounds of her hull, for ultimately, her entire design has been conceived as a vessel to explore the most alluring ports of call the world over. While one could spend days on end just enjoying the amenities and activities onboard Marina, she is meanwhile sailing to exotic destinations that also demand exploration.
Yesterday Marina called on Puntarenas, Costa Rica, and Curtis Hustace led his Artist Loft class on an excursion to discover the art and design of this lovely city on the Pacific Coast. Below are some of the impressive images he captured during the group’s experience.
Of course, a group from the Artist Loft could not visit Costa Rica without seeing one of the famed oxcart factories where local artists create some of Costa Rica’s most splendid designs.
A local sculptor was also kind enough to invite the Artist Loft group into his shop to observe his technique. It was the first time he had been observed by tourists.
The artistic excursion culminated in a lunch hosted at a local Costa Rican home.
You can see that for anyone interested interior design, exquisite architecture, natural beauty, or artistic exploration in general, a voyage onboard Marina is a must. When attempting to convey the beauty of the ship or the stories of your journeys ashore, you may or may not achieve your desired results, but the process is always a joy – even just capturing the view of a Costa Rican sunset from your veranda. I hope you have the opportunity to sail onboard Marina soon.