There is a New Ship Arriving!

Marwa Grimes

Oceania Cruise Lines’ philosophy is all about casual elegance in a relaxed atmosphere. There are no tuxedos or evening gowns required on their ships at any time. The staff on board prides itself on learning passengers names, preferences and wishes, all in the interest of making the vacation experience special.

Because of the size of their ships, there is great opportunity to make new acquaintances and create friendships that last a lifetime. Additionally, arriving at a port of call is a pleasant experience with so few passengers disembarking there are no long lines.

An integral aspect of a cruise is the dining experience. Oceania Cruises features a cuisine designed by legendary Master Chef Jacques Pepin, who serves as the Executive Culinary Director for the cruise line. All ships feature an open-seating experience in their four dining rooms allowing passengers to dine when and with whom they choose each evening. If you wish a quiet lingering dinner for two, this is available to you. If you wish to dine with new friends let the party begin, Oceania staff will accommodate your group.

Oceania has enhanced their cuisine by offering selections from the fabled Canyon Ranch spa with innovative ingredients and flavors creating a true sensory experience. Healthy living is featured though many of their dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menus are creatively designed to reflect the region and ports visited on each cruise.

Oceania’s Canyon Ranch spa experience is one of the best on the high seas. Through fitness opportunities including aerobics, Pilates or yoga, a wide selection of massages, relaxing treatments, lectures and cooking demonstrations, your quality of life will be renewed.

Oceania’s newest ship, the “Marina” is scheduled to debut in January 2011 with a guest capacity of 1258. On January 22nd her first journey will sail across the Atlantic to the Caribbean waters, through the Panama Canal, up the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The ship will have stylish bars and lounges named Martinis, The Patio, and Horizons. There will be 10 dining venues, one will be Jacques, the first restaurant at sea for world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pepin in addition to the Polo Grill, Toscana and Terrace Café and the Grand Dining Room.

The “Marina” will feature a Bon Appetite Culinary Center, Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home and Tocar Interior Designs, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by French glass master, Lalique.

The Veranda Staterooms are 282 square feet and include expansive granite-clad bathrooms. The Penthouse Suites are 429 square feet featuring a separate living area and dedicated dining area. The lavish Vista Suites and Oceania Suites will have large private teak verandas with Jacuzzi tubs and en-suite Media Room.

The exclusive offer for past-passengers to book on the new “Marina” was a huge success, nearly 50% of the cabins released for sale for the first five sailings sold in less than 12 hours. This is a remarkable tribute to the experience passengers enjoyed on previous cruises. For people who plan in advance for their vacations, Oceania Cruises offers the best travel value. Many of their cruises offer two for the price of one (from the brochure price) and free airfare. This offer goes away as the ship cabins are reserved, so planning early is a great incentive.

There are many ships available for a wonderful vacation experience each with their own personality and allure. If you are looking for casual elegance with a small ship feel and enjoy more exotic destinations, Oceania Cruises may be your best fit.

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