Oceania Cruises’ 65,000 gt cruise ship MARINA completed her trials in the Mediterranean Sea on September 26. The 1,250-passenger MARINA is a product of the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestre Ponente, Italy and is scheduled for delivery January 17, 2011. During her three days at sea, technicians and engineers from Fincantieri as well as Oceania Cruises’ marine and technical teams evaluated the vessel’s speed, maneuverability, hydrodynamics and propulsion, along with other aspects of MARINA’s performance.
“She is a beautiful ship. MARINA was extremely maneuverable with virtually no vibration to be felt, even at high speeds,” stated Captain Dimitrios Flokos, the ship’s master. “MARINA exceeded all expectations. In fact, shipyard representatives commented this was the most successful sea trial in recent history for technical performance.”
Robin Lindsay, Oceana’s executive vice president of vessel operations, who was on board during the sea trials, said. “Her first foray at sea was a resounding success. MARINA exhibited exceptional sea-keeping abilities, is amazingly agile and cruised at more than 22 knots with plenty of power in reserve,”
The ship’s final trials will be run just prior to her hand-over in January. MARINA’s 13-day maiden voyage begins January 22, 2011 from Barcelona to Miami. On February 8, she departs on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both maiden calls for Oceania Cruises. MARINA will operate a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her first Mediterranean season.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.