Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina

Ship Review of Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina at Southampton City Cruise Terminal

With the sun blazing down in the port of Southampton, it was a perfect day to experience first hand all that Oceania Marina has to offer.

Sipping Champagne and Rum Punch onboard Oceania Marina in the Horizons lounge
Our tour started with a choice of champagne, rum punch and wine served in the Horizons lounge on Deck 15, offering stunning views of the bow of the ship with soothing music being played through a sound system to get you in the cruise holiday mood.  Bernard Carter, Oceania Cruises Managing Director for UK and Europe gave a welcome introduction, telling us of the many awards accumulated, as a result of spending more on guests’ onboard experience than any other cruiseline and setting new industry standards.  With a price point equal to Cunard, P and O and Celebrity Cruises but a delivery equal to that of Seabourn and Crystal Cruises, their aim is to offer an experience that exceeds the customers’ expectations.
The pool deck onboard Oceania Marina
Walking around the ship, it was clear to see Oceania’s unique style with $4 million of artwork onboard including six Picasso sketches and staircases, mirrors and chandeliers adorned with Lalique Crystal. The three Owners’ Suites at the aft of decks 8, 9 and 10 spanning the entire beam of the ship, with furnishing from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.  The Oceania and Vista suites designed by New York designer Dakota Jackson and every stateroom boasts a Prestige Tranquility Bed with 1,000-thread-count linens.
Oceania Marina stunning Atrium with $1M Lalique Crystal Chandelier which can be seen in the reflection
Oceania are known as the ‘foodies’ cruiseline so it is not surprising that 25 per cent of it’s ships’ staff work in the Galley.  As well as the main ‘Grand Dining Room’, you can choose steak, chops and seafood at Polo Grill, Gourmet Italian dining at Toscana, French country cuisine at Jacques and bold, contemporary flavours of Asia at Red Ginger.  After our tour we were escorted to the Grand Dining Room for our 6 course gourmet lunch.
A nice glass of Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc from the Maipo Valley
Fingerling Potato with Sturgeon Caviar Echire Butter and Fresh Chives
Green Asparagus Risotto with Provolone Cheese and Black Truffle
Maine Lobster Cassoulet with Bisque Sabayon Vegetable Selpicon
Wellington of Veal Tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom Stuffing Harvest Vegetables and Crispy Parmesan
A la Minute Poached Floating Island Pink Pralines and Roasted Pistachio Cream
Petit Fours and Macaroons
After a delightful day onboard Oceania Marina it was time to say goodbye and thank the staff and guides for such a wonderful day.
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