This is part two of a Double Decked! feature offering a top-to-bottom look at Oceania Cruises 66,000 gross ton, 1,250 passenger MV MARINA — one of the most highly anticipated cruise ships in recent years.
MV MARINA Double Decked!, Part One
MARINA Del L.A. — MV MARINA’s Maiden Visit To Los Angeles
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MV MARINA, Continued
Double Decked!, Part Two: Decks 6 and 5;
Accommodation; Artwork, Etc.
Reception Lobby, facing starboard from Deck 6.
Deck 6 is fronted with staff and crew quarters and begins amidships with MARINA’s opulent public areas. The first space most embarking passengers see is the double deck Reception Foyer and its grand staircase by Lalique, the internationally renowned maker of crystal and jewelry.
Lalique disc in Reception Foyer.
The double helix stairtower features scrolled iron balustrades festooned with medallions of Alsace crystal.
Starboard Deck 6, facing aft.
If there is one lament about the otherwise beautiful layout of the MARINA, it is the ship’s lack of a proper promenade deck. Instead of the wide, finite open promenades of the former R ships, the MARINA only has narrow walkways on either side of Deck 6 that provide emergency access to the lifeboats.
Martini’s, facing aft from port.
The 85 seat Martinis follows immediately aft of the upper level of Reception on the port side. Broken into cozy alcoves with luxuriant seating, its contemporary Regency styling features an autumnal palate with walnut and white plaster accents. The artwork here and throughout most of the ship is of an extremely high quality and well worth a close look.
Grand Bar, facing aft.
The gallery style, 44 seat Grand Bar follows on the starboard side, leading all the way aft to the Grand Dining Room.
Forward portion of Casino, facing port.
Meanwhile, on the port side aft of Martinis, the forward portion of the Casino features blackjack tables and slots.
Casino Bar, facing aft.
The vibrant 20 seat Casino Bar is a fiber optically-enhanced bridge between fore and aft gaming rooms. Picasso etchings line its bulkheads.
“Hall of Miros”, facing starboard.
Connecting the Casino Bar with the Grand Bar is an athwartships passage with six Joan Miro works.
Casino Bar detail.
The Casino Bar features a multi-faceted crystal canopy.
Aft portion of Casino, facing forward.
The aft portion of the Casino spills into the aft foyer on Deck 6.
Grand Dining Room, facing port.
The Grand Dining Room gently terraces down from the aft Deck 6 foyer to MARINA’s stern. Accommodating 566 open seating guests, it offers sea views from full length windows along either side and aft. Taking its inspiration from five star European hotels, its autumnal palate of ochre, sienna and ivory provide a serenely perfect setting for Oceania’s unrivaled cuisine.
Grand Dining Room chandelier.
A sparkling Swarovsky crystal chandelier is the room’s main focal point, hovering over its lofty center.
Grand Dining Room sconce.
It is the subtle detailing that makes this and all the public spaces on the MARINA soar. Venetian glass sconces and table settings with cotton linens, European bone china, Riedel crystal stemware and silver plate cutlery contribute to the ambiance.
Marina Lounge, facing forward.
Deck 5 begins with the 600 seat Marina Lounge, the ship’s showroom and main entertainment venue. Unlike the former R ships’ cabaret show rooms, the seating is cinema style and not broken into alcoves with chairs and bar stools.
Alsace crystal detail.
Passages lead aft on either side to the lower level of the Reception Lobby. The reception counter is on the port side.
Lalique Table and Vase.
At the base of the grand staircase, there is a Lalique “Cactus Table” (valued at over $100,000), topped with a Lalique vase holding fresh flowers.
Destination Services counter.
The Destination Services (shore excursions) desk is located on the starboard side of the lobby.
Destination Services glass detail.
Both Reception and Destination Services desks are backed with exquisitely crafted, etched glass panels of undersea life.
Port Deck 5 Reception Lobby corner.
On either side of the Deck 5 level of the Reception Lobby, there are seating alcoves with a view of the sea.
Boutique, facing port.
Boutiques, facing aft.
Just aft of the foyer, a suite of boutiques leads to two of the MARINA’s most acclaimed eateries.
Red Ginger, facing aft.
On the port side, there is the 124 seat Red Ginger, the first dedicated Asian restaurant in the Oceania fleet. The non-tariff, reservations-suggested eatery features a five course gourmet set menu or a la carte offerings.
Red Ginger detail
Red Ginger silk chandelier.
Feng shui principals were incorporated into the room’s design, which features a waterfall wall of honeycombed amber glass, silk lantern-style chandeliers, ebony-toned paneling and bold red accents.
Jacques, facing forward.
On the starboard side, the 124 seat Jacques is the signature dining venue of Oceania’s executive chef, Jacques Pepin. It is also non-tariff, although reservations are highly recommended (with demand often exceeding supply). The menu features French country fare with Pepin’s unique twist.
Portrait of Jacques Pepin.
Jacques’ “Provence Inn ambiance” is created with Venetian glass chandeliers, pickled wood furnishings and selections from the celebrity chef’s personal art collection.
All accommodation on the MARINA includes: exclusive Tranquility Beds (with gel-topped padding for better temperature control); TV with flat-panel monitor; wireless internet access; a refrigerated mini bar; security safe; writing desk and stationary; plush cotton robes and slippers; direct-dial satellite phone; nightly turn-down service and bathroom with hand-held hairdryer, magnifying mirror and French-milled toiletries.
MARINA’s Inside Staterooms measure 174 square feet and can be set up with two twins or a queen sized bed.
Inside Cabin WC.
Although bathrooms in the Inside category are smaller than those in the higher levels of accommodation, they are finished in marble and granite.
Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms (not shown)
Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms measure 242 square feet and feature commodious bathrooms. Although none were available for inspection during my visit, they are basically identical to the Veranda Staterooms that follow, minus a balcony. These rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows.
Veranda Cabin 10092, facing port.
Veranda Staterooms measure 282 square feet, including their 40 square foot balconies. They can be set up with two twins or a queen.
Concierge level categories come with a few extra suite perks like Bvlgari amenities, laptops, access to the Concierge Lounge and priority reservations for Polo Grill, Toscana, Jacques and Red Ginger.
Veranda Stateroom 10092 balcony.
40 square foot Veranda Stateroom balconies have cushioned wicker seating.
Veranda Stateroom 10092 WC.
Commodious Veranda Stateroom WCs feature separate shower, bath with shower and lush granite and marble surfacing.
Concierge Level and Suite PCs.
Laptops and Bvlgari amenities are provided in Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms and all suite categories. Other concierge perks include: cashmere lap blankets, a welcome bottle of champagne, complimentary Oceania tote bag, priority embarkation and check in desk, priority luggage delivery, full room service breakfast, complimentary shoe shines and a limited amount of complimentary garment pressing upon embarkation.
Penthouse Suite, facing port.
Penthouse Suites measure 420 square feet and feature a living/dining room area that can be separated from the bedroom via full length curtains.
Penthouse Suite balcony.
Balconies stretch the full width of the suite and feature oversized furniture.
Penthouse Suite Bathroom.
Penthouse Suite Closet.
Spacious bathrooms and expansive storage and closet space are a MARINA hallmark.
A starboard Oceania Suite, facing aft.
Oceania Suite Media Room, facing inboard.
The sumptuous 1,030 square foot Oceania Suites are the creation of star designer Dakota Jackson and feature two jacuzzi tubs (one in the main WC and the other on the balcony), media rooms with 50 inch flat screen televisions, second bathrooms for guests and walk in closets.
Starboard Oceania Suite Bedroom, facing starboard.
Oceania Suite Balcony.
Oceania Suite WC.
A starboard Oceania Suite, facing starboard.
Oceania suites introduce a new category to Oceania Cruises’ inventory.
Vista Suite Living Room.
Vista Suite Bedroom, facing starboard.
Vista Suite Bathroom.
Vista Suite Balcony, facing starboard.
Vista Suite Exercise Room.
Vista Suite Guest WC.
Eight forward-facing Vista Suites measure 1,200 to 1,500 square feet and are similar to the Oceania Suites but offer the additional cachet of an exercise room and a view over the bow via full length windows that are fronted by spacious wrap-around balconies. They are also designed by Dakota Jackson and feature his hand-selected furnishings and soft fittings.
Owners Suite Entry, facing aft.
Owners Suite Entry, facing port.
The entryway of the Owner’s Suite is a music salon with a bar, grand piano and angled windows that overlook the ship’s wake.
Owner’s Suite Living Room, facing port.
On the port side of the entryway, there is a huge living and dining room.
Owners Suite Bedroom, facing port.
The master bedroom is on the starboard side of the entry.
Owner’s Suite Master Bathroom, facing starboard.
The master bathroom is on the starboard side of the bedroom. Another, smaller guest bathroom (not shown) is on the port side of the main entry.
Owner’s Suite Exercise Room.
A small exercise room is accessed via the bedroom.
Owner’s Suites have a walk-in closet the size of a small cabin.
Owner’s Suite Starboard Balcony (with whirlpool), facing forward.
Owner’s Suite Starboard Balcony, facing port.
Two L-shaped balconies flank either side of the main entry and wrap themselves around the sides of the Owner’s Suite. On the starboard side, there is a private Jacuzzi.
Owner’s Suite Port Balcony, facing forward.
The port side balcony offers additional sunning and al fresco relaxation space.
These three Owner’s Suites span the entire width of the ship on aft Decks 8, 9, and 10. Certainly among the most spacious afloat, the 2,000 square foot living spaces are also among the maritime world’s most tastefully appointed, featuring Ralph Lauren Home furnishings and decor in collaboration with New York-based S.B. Long Interiors.
Art Work and Other Random Details:
MARINA has basically thrown down the gauntlet to the Upper Premium and Luxury cruise sector. Her details are remarkable and the extra expense put into her building and fitting out should pay off in spades.
Most of the ship’s soft fittings and furnishings were hand-picked by Oceania’s executive team, led by CEO Frank Del Rio and his wife Marcia in collaboration with Yran and Storbraaten, the MARINA’s architects.
Totally random carpet shot #1.
Totally random carpet shot #2.
Totally random carpet shot #3.
Totally random carpet shot #4.
Totally random carpet shot #5.
Totally random carpet shot #6.
Suede bulkhead detail.
Totally Random Glass Artwork Shot: Forward Stairtower.
Totally Random Painting Shot #1: Joan Miro.
Totally Random Painting Shot #2: Joan Miro.
Totally Random Painting Shot #3A: Forward Stairtower.
Totally Random Painting Shot #3B: Forward Stairtower.
Totally Random Painting Shot #3C: Forward Stairtower.
Totally Random Painting (Sketch) Shot #4: Picasso.
Totally Random Painting Shot #5: Enamels in Horizons.
Totally Random Painting Shot #6: French Countryside Oil.
Totally Random Painting Shot #7: Aft Stairs.
Totally Random Painting Shot #8.
Totally Random Painting Shot #9: Rothko or Rothko-esque?
Totally Random Painting Shot #10.
Totally Random Painting Shot #11: Marina Bar.
Very Special Thanks: Martin Cox, Gary Gerbino, Michael Hicks, Tim Rubacky
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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