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Marina Goes To Sea for the First Time

This past Friday, Marina took to the seas for the very first time under her own power and performed magnificently! Onboard, there were representatives from the shipyard along with our Marine and Techicnical teams who were measuring and evaluating hundreds of different items, systems and performance factors.

She cruised up to 22 knots without even trying, was able to spin a full 360 degrees in 40 seconds and there was virtually no vibration or noise. She is a very quiet, smooth ship and both the yard and our team are just thrilled with how she handles.

After spennding three days at sea, she returned to Genoa to undergo a routine drydocking.

Overall, the ship looks magnificent and is coming along very nicely. They are outfitting the suites, staterooms and public areas and the progress they are making is in incredible. Below are some great images from this past weekend, I hope you all enjoy them and they bring as much excitement to our blog fans as they did to our entire team!

Marina takes to the sea for the very first time

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The commanding view from the bridge

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The beautiful, terraced upper decks

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The expanse of open decks is very, very impressive. Lots of elbow room and places to sit in sun or shade.

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This is the deck outside Baristas and the Library. We are installing wind breaks and awnings to create a wonderful, alfresco coffee area.

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This area already has a very stately feel to it, I can not imagine how stunning it will look once the elevator fronts are done and the Lalique crystal is installed.

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Jacques is already starting out as the favorite room of many. The charm and detailing of this space is unlike anything found at sea. Most of the antique elements such as the oak flooring which came from a century old French barn, or the 18th century console in the foyer have yet to be installed. C’est magnifique!

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This is the view from the top deck as we sailed back in to Genoa on Sunday. We’re looking forward from the area where the fitness track and croquet court are.

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Marina arrives in the Genoa drydock where the final outfitting work will be carried out.

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Marina’s Owner’s Suites are First at Sea Appointed with Ralph Lauren Home

Work has officially begun on Marina’s three luxurious Owner’s Suites, each measuring more than 2,000 square feet and spanning the entire 105-foot beam of the ship. Oceania Cruises will feature the first suites at sea designed by Tocar and completely appointed, from furniture and fabrics to lighting and bedding, using the acclaimed Ralph Lauren Home collection. To appeal to the most discerning travelers, we wanted the best suites on Marina to feel like an opulent estate home. We insisted on the finest craftsmanship and sought out the most talented residential designers.

The grand foyer features an ivory marble entryway, walls of inset Georgian wood paneling, and a mahogany gloss bar. You may find your muse on the ebony baby grand or lounge on the chaise and enjoy sweeping ocean vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The spacious living and dining room exudes the rich, refined elegance of a world-class yacht. The wraparound teak veranda features stylish pieces custom-crafted from Ralph Lauren.

Enjoy restful nights at sea in the sumptuous sleeping quarters. The centerpiece is the distinctive, Bel Air bed in a deep, library mahogany with steel-blue mohair and polished nickel nail-head accents.

The finishing touch on the grand boudoir is the marble-clad, six-fixture master bathroom, which has both a large soaking tub and a separate shower.

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Marina Launches Oceania Cruises’ Blog

Marina in dry dock in Genoa, Italy.

Inaugural Post By Bob Binder, President

With all the excitement surrounding the upcoming debut of our new ship, Marina, we at Oceania Cruises have decided it is time to launch our blog, as the more I talk about all the exciting things happening at Oceania Cruises, the more I’m encouraged to share my thoughts online. Oceania Cruises now has Facebook and Twitter accounts, and it’s been wonderful to see guests, staff, travel agents, and others all sharing their experiences with us. The loyalty and passion of our followers has inspired me to engage in the conversation. As we launch our blog, it seems appropriate to remark on the launch of our new ship, Marina.

Bob Binder and Frank Del Rio enjoy the first toast onboard Marina.
Bob Binder and Frank Del Rio enjoy the first toast onboard Marina.

Several weeks ago members of the Oceania team visited the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, where we celebrated the float-out ceremony for Marina. As Marina is the first ship built exclusively for Oceania Cruises, we have carefully attended to every detail of her design. From creating the ship’s overall structure and flow to selecting the perfect lamps for the staterooms and suites, it has been a fascinating process. I admit I got a little emotional watching the dry dock begin to fill and witnessing the ship touching water for the first time. It was amazing to see her emerge as such an incredible feat of architecture, and we all felt a bit like proud parents.

As if that weren’t enough excitement for the day, I had a surprise to share after the float-out ceremony. I was privileged to reveal the name of our next new ship – Riviera – and to announce that construction would begin very soon. Everyone was quite shocked when I clarified that “very soon” meant ten minutes from now! We all moved directly from the float-out ceremony for Marina to the steel-cutting ceremony for Riviera. Several of us signed our names in the first piece of steel to be cut and then watched as an enormous blade began the cutting process underwater. As our CEO Frank Del Rio commented, “There is only one thing that’s better than one new ship, and that’s TWO new ships.” It was a day of two huge milestones for Oceania Cruises and a day I won’t soon forget.

Today I am already back in Genoa for the laying of the keel of Riviera. It is amazing how quickly these ships evolve. While on our previous visit, Marina’s interior was a stark décor of steel and insulation, she is now coming together with the staterooms, restaurants, spas, and other beautiful spaces that will bring Marina to life. I will keep you updated here on the progress of both Marina and Riviera. Frank and I will share other Oceania news and anecdotes as well, and we’re looking forward to hearing from other members of our staff and crew. We’ll also follow the adventures of our Blogger at Large, Lisa Pancake Fossland. There is great excitement on the horizon for Oceania Cruises. I hope you will join us on our journey here, and taste the wonderful world of Oceania Cruises.

Bob Binder signs the first piece of steel cut for Riviera.
Bob Binder signs the first piece of steel cut for Riviera.

Members of the Oceania Cruises' team.
Members of the Oceania Cruises’ team celebrate the laying of the keel for Riviera.