Norwegian Cruise Line Holding’s (NCLH) Oceania Cruises’ 1,250 pax cruise ship, ’Marina’, will undergo major refurbishment next May.
Work will include the addition of three new dining options: Aquamar Kitchen, the new wellness-focused dining venue, first seen on ’Vista’ this year; an expanded poolside ice cream parlour serving milkshakes and smoothies, plus flavours from artisan ice cream company, Humphry Slocombe; and a new casual al fresco trattoria offering Italian dishes, including freshly-made pizzas.
‘Marina’ will be the last of Oceania Cruises’ current fleet to be refurbished. The brand’s eighth ship, ’Allura’, is set to commence operations in Spring, 2025.
“’Marina’ is a ship designed by foodies, built by foodies, for foodies,” said Frank Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.
“We are renowned for serving the finest cuisine at sea, and this is not just a tag line, it is a mantra, which we have built the business around. Food is the foundation of what we do on board each of our ships, and globally, in the destinations we visit.
“This refresh of ’Marina’ will see her updated to offer three exciting new dining venues. We are especially thrilled to expand the Aquamar Kitchen concept to ’Marina’, following its incredible reception from guests since it was unveiled aboard ’Vista’ in May,” he said.
‘Marina’ and her sister ’Riviera’ were claimed to be the world’s first true foodie ships and are now joined by ’Vista’ and ’Allura.’
‘Marina’ and ’Riviera’ were the first ships to have an on board cooking school and have more galley space and more fresh food storage than any other ship, Oceania claimed.
Oceania also said that it has the highest percentage of culinary personnel devoted to the dining experience than any other cruise company. To ensure the quality of each dish, the line has one chef for every 10 guests; half of the crew on board is dedicated to the cooking or serving of food.
To reflect the wellness-inspired dishes served on board, the beverage menu will feature a selection of premium, non-alcoholic wines, Pierre Zero from France, as well as a refreshing collection of mocktails crafted with Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits.
Aquamar Kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch and will not require reservations, and, as with all other on board restaurants, it is complimentary for guests.
In the evening, Waves Grill will transform into an al fresco Trattoria featuring freshly made pizzas, grilled Italian specialities, spicy dry-rubbed chicken wings, salads, rosemary focaccia with burrata and desserts.
For guests with a sweet tooth, an all-day ice cream parlour will be installed on the pool deck.
In addition to the three new dining options, ’Marina’s’ private and public spaces will be refreshed to showcase a new ambiance. All of the upper suites will be re-imagined, to become lighter, brighter and seemingly even more spacious, thanks to cleverly designed new features.
Classic steakhouse Polo Grill will also be enhanced with new carpet, window treatments and a fresh design of the dining chairs.
The Penthouse Suites will be completely refurbished with custom-crafted furniture, as well as new closets and cabinetry to increase guest storage space, plus new carpets and upholstery, updated modern lighting and more outlets and USB ports.
Each Penthouse Suite will have a restyled bathroom, with distinctive Italian marble throughout, abundant drawer space, and generous over-sized showers.
Public spaces, including Martinis, Horizons, The Grand Dining Room and Library, will be updated with new carpets and refreshed upholstery, reflecting a renewed sense of grandeur while maintaining the home-away-from-home ambiance.
‘Marina’ is due to be redelivered on 18th May.