Monday, July 1, 2013

Oceania Marina ship review

Oceania Cruises is celebrating their tenth anniversary, so they hosted agents for lunch and a ship tour on the Marina while she was in New York on May 26, 2013.  Launched in 2011 for 1250 guests, she is gorgeous. Here's a link to my photos.

Oceania Cruises is all about the food, and this ship was the first vessel they designed from scratch. There's a Bon Appetit Cooking School which offers hands-on classes (the first at sea). There are TEN dining options on-board and Jacques Pepin is their Master Chef (Specialty restaurants include his signature restaurant called Jacques, and Red Ginger, a sexy Asian venue). Wine Spectator hosts tastings, classes and wine dinners at La Reserve.

La Reserve

As if that didn't offer enough sensual pleasures for one vacation, there's a Canyon Ranch SpaClub with full-service salon and fitness center too. The staterooms aren't bad either, but the suites are superb, especially the 2000 square foot Owner's Suite.
I could live here happily

Oceania Cruises recently hosted a fireside chat with  preferred partners at The Kimberly in New York. Nikki Upshaw, VP of Sales and Thierry Vuolo (our fabulous Regional Sales Director) were soliciting travel pros feedback and brain-storming about ways to increase business. We decided their boutique style of deluxe cruising with unique itineraries, casual ambiance and gourmet cuisine is exactly what our clients would enjoy. After the en-suite pow-wow, we headed to the roof Upstairs for cocktails and then dinner at Noir.

Nikki Upshaw, Matilde Broder, Thierry Vuolo and I