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Oceania Marina Will Undergo Extensive Refurbishment in May 2024

Oceania Marina Will Undergo Extensive Refurbishment in May 2024

Oceania Cruises’ ship Marina will offer three new culinary venues and a refreshed look when she emerges from dry dock next spring.

Premium-plus cruise line Oceania Cruises has announced that its 1,250-passenger ship Marina will receive a comprehensive renovation in May 2024.

Three new dining options will be added to Oceania Marina as part of the refurbishment. The ship will offer Aquamar Kitchen, a new wellness-focused dining venue that debuted on Vista earlier this year. Marina will also offer a new casual alfresco trattoria serving Italian dishes including freshly-made pizzas and an expanded poolside ice cream parlor serving creative flavors along with milkshakes and smoothies.

Marina is the last of Oceania Cruises’ current fleet to be refurbished. The brand’s eighth ship, Allura, is set to debut in spring 2025.

Marina is a ship designed by foodies, built by foodies, for foodies,” said Frank A. Del Rio, president of Oceania Cruises. “We are renowned for serving The Finest Cuisine at Sea, and this is not just a tagline, it is a mantra which we have built the business around. Food is the foundation of what we do onboard 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,” Del Rio continued in a press release.

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New dining options on Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina and her sister ship Riviera were the first cruise ships ever to feature an onboard cooking school and boast more galley space and more fresh food storage than any other Oceania ship.

According to the cruise line, Oceania Cruises 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 employs one chef for every ten guests, and half of the crew onboard is dedicated to cooking or serving food.

Aquamar Kitchen, a new Oceania Cruises signature restaurant with wellness-inspired meals, is one of the exciting culinary additions coming to Marina. Smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and energy bowls will be among the breakfast options. The lunch menu will offer healthy choices including avocado toast and internationally-influenced salads and wraps. Among the heartier alternatives are tacos made with yellowfin tuna, an Impossible Burger, and a crispy chicken sandwich.

To complement the wellness-inspired cuisine, the beverage menu at Aquamar will showcase a range of award-winning non-alcoholic wines, including Pierre Zero from France, along with an assortment of mocktails made with Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits. Like all other onboard restaurants on Oceania, guests can dine for free at Aquamar Kitchen, which will be available for breakfast and lunch. Reservations will not be required.

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In the evening, Waves Grill will transform into an alfresco trattoria featuring freshly-made pizzas, grilled Italian specialties, spicy dry-rubbed chicken wings, salads, rosemary focaccia with burrata, and a range of indulgent desserts.

For more sweet treats, an all-day ice cream parlor will be added to the pool deck. The venue will offer favorite flavors—including options from artisan ice cream maker Humphry Slocombe—plus milkshakes and smoothies.

After the refurbishment, Oceania Cruises’ signature pairing dinners from La Reserve—including the Odyssey Menu and the Dom Pérignon Experience—will now be featured in Privée, Marina‘s exclusive private dining area.

Marina will feature refurbished suites and public spaces

Along with the three new dining venues, Marina‘s public and private spaces will also receive a refresh to provide a bright new atmosphere. Upper Suites will feature a completely new design, with thoughtfully crafted additional features that the cruise line promises will make them appear lighter, brighter, and even more spacious.

Marina‘s Upper Suites and Penthouse Suites will be refreshed with a new look (image courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

Penthouse Suites will be fully renovated with new carpets and upholstery, modern lighting, custom-crafted furnishings, and small touches like more outlets and USB ports. Additionally, new closets and cupboards will increase the amount of storage space available to guests. Bathrooms will feature a streamlined redesign with signature Italian marble throughout, plenty of drawer space, and roomy oversized showers.

Public spaces including Martinis, Horizons, The Grand Dining Room, and Library will be updated with plush new carpets and refreshed upholstery. The classic steakhouse Polo Grill will boast new carpet, chic window treatments, and updated dining chair designs.

The refurbished Oceania Marina will debut on May 18, 2024, just in time for the summer cruise season.

Oceania Marina’s summer 2024 featured sailings

The refurbished Oceania Marina will debut on May 18, 2024, just in time for the summer cruise season (image courtesy of Oceania Cruises)
  • July 6: Oslo to Copenhagen, 20 days: Visiting Scandinavia and the Baltic countries from the beauty of Norway’s fjords to the historic cities of Gothenburg and Gdansk
  • July 16: London to London, 44 days: See the best of the North Atlantic and Northern Europe, from lavish palaces to breathtaking glaciers
  • July 26: Copenhagen to Tromsø, 10 days: Explore Norway in depth on this journey that spotlights its extraordinary fjord country
  • August 5: Tromsø to Reykjavik, 15 days: Explore the rugged Arctic shores of the Svalbard archipelago to the volcanic terrain of Iceland and the stunning hinterlands of Greenland

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Have you sailed on Oceania Cruises’ Marina before? Are you looking forward to seeing her new look? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen

Cheri Stanziano

Monday 19th of February 2024

We are booked on the Transatlantic Nov 7, 2025. We are wondering what people wear to dinner and what weather we should expect on the crossing. Last year we did Celebrity Beyond from Ft Lauderdale

Carrie Ann Karstunen

Wednesday 21st of February 2024

Hi Cheri, I've done several transatlantics in November and the weather can really vary! I looked up your cruise and I see that it's Barcelona to Miami - I just did a similar voyage on another line last year. Obviously day-to-day conditions can change (rain, a cold snap, strong winds etc.), but you'll be taking a southern route across the ocean so temps should be pleasantly warm during your crossing. I tend to pack layers that all coordinate in case of unexpectedly chilly weather. On this last crossing we had a few days where the wind was strong enough that they closed the open decks, so I made use of the jeans and cardigans I had packed!

As for what to wear to dinner, I'd recommend watching some of Gary Bembridge's YouTube videos. His channel is called Tips for Travellers and he has quite a few videos for Oceania first timers. Happy cruising!