Oceania Marina: A graceful cruise ship with splashy art and good food
Oceania Cruises newest ship, the Oceania Marina, arrives at the Port of Miami on Feb. 4, 2011. The Marina is the cruise line's fourth ship, and the first built from scratch for the company. A sister ship, the Oceania Riviera, is still under construction, set to debut in 2012. (OCEANIA CRUISES)
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The pool on Deck 12 is small but deep enough for swimming, and has a shallow sun ledge all the way around. There are also two hot tubs next to the pool, as well as a hot tub on the outdoor spa lounge. Between the pool deck, the spa lounge and several other deck spaces — some covered for shade — there is plenty of space for sunbathing and lounging.
Other recreational facilities include a shuffleboard court and driving range, which are also on Oceania's smaller ships, as well as an 18-hole putting green and croquet/bocce ball green, which are not.
—Oceania has partnered with Bon Appetit magazine to offer hands-on cooking classes in its Culinary Center, which has 24 individual cooking stations, making it the largest at sea. Courses start at $49 for a two-hour class and include some multi-session courses for higher fees.
—In the Artist Loft, a rotating list of artists-in-residence offer classes in areas such as needlepoint and painting with watercolors.
—The casino offers blackjack, poker, craps, roulette and slots.
—There is an old-fashioned English-inspired library with 2,000 volumes and a computer center.
—High tea is served daily, with scones, finger sandwiches and music by a string quartet.
—Nightlife includes a nightclub, live classical music under the stars, stage shows and karaoke, although not all on the same night since some share a space.
Passengers: 1,258 at double occupancy
Passenger decks: 11
Total decks: 15
Passenger staterooms: 625; capacity 1,250 at double occupancy
Length: 785 feet
Beam: 105 feet
Draft: 25 feet
Volume: 66,084 gross tons
Staff size: 793
Itineraries: The Marina will make a trans-Atlantic crossing from Miami to Barcelona starting March 28, then do European cruises for seven months. The Marina will return to Miami in December and sail the Caribbean before returning to Europe in March.
Sample fares (per person, double occupancy): $4,799 oceanview (no verandah) for a 10-day Baltic cruise in June; $5,899 verandah stateroom for a 12-day Aegean Sea cruise in September; $1,499 inside cabin for a 10-day Caribbean cruise in February 2012. Oceania is offering two-for-one cruise fares and/or free airfare on certain cruises booked by March 31.