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The Grand Staircase onboard Oceania Marina

An Introduction To Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina Specifications

  • Year Built: 2011 / Year Refurbished: 2016
  • Guest Capacity: 1,250 (Double Occupancy)
  • Crew: 800
  • Guest to Staff Ratio: 1.567 to 1
  • Guest Decks: 11 / Total Decks: 16
  • Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC
  • Cruising Speed: 20 knots
  • Stabilizers: Yes
  • Gross Tonnage: 66,084 / Length: 784.95 feet / Beam: 105.646 feet / Maximum Draught: 24 feet
  • Deck Plan

Oceania Marina is an ultra-luxury boutique cruise ship, which makes this a great ship to experience the destinations in more detail.  Besides you can enjoy the six-star experience onboard.

The magnificent interior. Staircases, mirrors and chandeliers are adorned with Lalique Crystal.

The artwork onboard consists of a four million dollar collection and includes six Picasso sketches.

One of the Picasso Sketches onboard Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina Accommodation

Every stateroom onboard Oceania Marina has a luxurious Prestige Tranquility Bed, dressed with 1,000-thread-count linens. The Owner’s Suites, Vista Suites and Oceania Suites have a King-size bed.  The other suites and staterooms have a queen-size bed, which can be converted into twin beds if required.
Other stateroom features include:
  • Refrigerated mini-bar with free and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Twice-daily maid service
  • Full-size bathtub in all staterooms except interior
  • Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary and extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • A flat-screen television with DVD player and extensive media library
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • Plush cotton towels, robes and slippers
  • Handheld hairdryer
  • Security safe

A full-size bathtub, plush cotton towels and Bulgari amenities

The Oceania and Vista suites were designed by New York designer Dakota Jackson. Three luxurious Owners’ Suites span the entire beam of the ship and are located at the aft of decks 8, 9 and 10. Here you can enjoy stunning wake views, with furnishing from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.

Owners Suite with Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings

Owners Suite with Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings

Oceania Marina Dining

Oceania Cruises are known as the ‘foodies’ cruise line, which is why twenty-five per cent of its ships’ staff work in the Galley. There is plenty of variety, with 14 dining options. The Main Dining room offers a six-course gourmet experience, in an opulent setting. Polo Grill serves a delicious assortment of steak, along with chops and range of seafood dishes. Toscana offers gourmet, Italian food. Guests can enjoy French country restaurant cuisine in Jaques, or bold, contemporary Asian flavours in Red Ginger. For a special occasion and something more intimate, Privée can host a private party of up to 10 people.
Dining options onboard Oceania Marina;
  • The Grand Dining Room
  • Polo Grill
  • Toscana
  • Jacques
  • Red Ginger
  • Tuscan Steak
  • Waves Grill
  • Terrace Cafe
  • La Reserve
  • Privée
  • Baristas
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Room Service

Jaques Restaurant onboard Oceania Marina. Menu by Master Chef Jaques Pépin

Red Ginger serves contemporary Asian Cuisine

Privée hosts a private party of up to 10 people

In partnership with Wine Spectator, La Reserve offers seminars, tasting and gourmet pairings

This introduction is to give you a brief overview of what you can enjoy onboard Oceania Marina. There are many other features on board too. These include a luxury spa, a culinary centre, and bars and lounges offering incredible sea views. In the meantime, more information on life onboard Oceania Marina can be found here Oceania Marina – Life Onboard

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Viking Sea Cruise – Day One – Flying To Puerto Rico

Ever Considered Cruising from San Juan?

If you want to visit a different picture perfect Caribbean Island everyday, a cruise from Puerto Rico will deliver this and more. However, there are no direct flights from the UK to San Juan so flying to Puerto Rico puts people off for many reasons. When Viking Cruises invited me to be their guest on Viking Sea, I didn’t think twice about the journey, but I did learn things from it that will help you to get the best experience possible.

All set for flying to Puerto Rico to board Viking Sea for a Caribbean cruise.

Snow Joke

Originally we were flying with BA via Philadelphia. However the reports of snow were making it likely that we would not get out of Philly for our connecting flight to San Juan. Luckily for me, Viking Cruises took care of everything and rebooked us on an American Airlines flight via Miami. However, this is a really important thing to consider if you are making your own flight arrangements. Flying via Miami also means your airbourne for a shorter period of time, however the stopover is longer so door to door, it will take longer.

Tip: If I were doing the trip myself, I would stay overnight in Miami and then fly to San Juan on the day of the cruise, or possibly book another overnight in San Juan. Also, book early and you may get a great deal on an upgraded seat and always, always, always have an airport lounge booked. For details on how to get the best deal for lounges read my Christmas In Florida blog post.

First glimpse of the sun above the clouds after taking off from Heathrow on American Airlines flight to Miami.

Standing Room Only

We weren’t the only passengers that had been re-routed to Miami, and this was clear by the lack of space on our flight. I managed to get my preferred window seat, however this meant I was trapped for 9 hours. When you travel with family, you don’t mind having to move them out of their seats, but as I was sitting next to an elderly couple, I didn’t want to keep disturbing them.

A few of my favourite things including this Mia Tui bag in rose gold.

There was only one thing for it. A glass of white wine, sunglasses and music on, and sit back and relax. For those of you who are thinking of flying on an American Airlines aircraft (check to see if you are on a codeshared flight), the wine and beer is complimentary, but spirits are $8 each. Cash is not accepted, so you must have a credit or debit card to hand. It wasn’t long before the wine and beer was gone, leaving no alternative than to abstain or pay up. Which one do you think I chose to do? Leave a comment below.

Dreaming of the Caribbean

American Airlines do have wifi onboard, which was great news, however I couldn’t get mine to work. When I asked a crew member about it, she told me I had to have downloaded an app. It does state in the in-flight magazine that you can simply connect onboard, however my new iPhone X was having none of it.

Fort Lauderdale stretch of beautiful sandy beach.

As we began our decent into Miami, I caught a glimpse of the beautiful Fort Lauderdale coastline. To my frustration the clouds covered Port Everglades, so my ship spotting would have to wait for another time. We then passed Miami Beach and I took this picture of the iconic crescent shaped Fontainebleau that was a well known favourite hotel of Frank Sinatra’s.

Aerial view of the crescent shaped Fontainbleau along the stretch of Miami Beach.

Feel The Heat

In case you don’t know already, I LOVE Florida! We had four hours to wait for our connecting flight, so I went and sat in the little park area across from the main terminal building. I could feel the heat in the air as soon as I stepped out.

It is a long time to wait in an airport for a connecting flight which is why I recommend adding on a stay in Miami. I mean why wouldn’t you want to? Just jump in a taxi to a beach hotel. Kick off your shoes, grab a sunset cocktail and enjoy the view.

So by the time we were boarding our second flight, everyone was feeling a bit jaded. However the excitement of the cruise and the Caribbean was keeping spirits high.

We touched down in San Juan around 11.30 pm local time and collected our luggage. We were met by Viking Cruises representatives who checked us onto the transfer coach. The process was very quick and easy. The drive to the ship was no more than 20 minutes.

Puerto Rico cruise port entrance and our first glimpse of Viking Sea

All Aboard

As we stepped onboard, the ship looked beautiful. I headed straight to my stateroom. I had a Penthouse Veranda on deck 5 which was easy to find on a ship that holds just 930 passengers.

My Penthouse Veranda (PV) 5011 Starboard onboard Viking Sea

The room was a welcome sight. The extra touches that Viking Cruises offers were very much appreciated after the long journey.

A lovely welcome snack and nightcap.

Viking Cruises really look after their guests by providing an in room coffee machine, golf umbrella, robe and slippers.

No need to buy bottles of water as it’s all provided in glass bottles to avoid single-use plastics.

Toiletries are provided and replenished daily.

It felt so good to be onboard. I was relieved to be able to finally put my bags in the room and had a quick look out on deck.

Although it was nearly 2am, the air was warm. I just couldn’t wait for tomorrow.

But now it was time to get some sleep to be ready for horse riding in the morning.

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