Oceania’s ship Marina
If you, by chance, emailed me on Monday morning, the 18th June, you would have received an out of office reply telling you that I was to be out of the office on Monday, visiting Oceania’s ship Marina, whilst she was in port at Dover and visit her I did.
On a rather dreary Monday morning, I drive to Dover, and just as Marina came into sight, the clouds cleared and the sun came out. What a sight! A majestic ship berthed quietly at the Dover Cruise Terminal.
Marina weighs in at 65,000 tonnes and carries some 1200 passengers, but the hustle and bustle on the quay side seemed remarkably little for this number of passengers. Embarkation is carefully staggered removing virtually any queuing – something that Oceania have strived hard to achieve throughout their ships. They advertise their cruises as a home away from home, and every aspect of the visit gave creedance to that wish!
The ship is modern, carefully and thoughtfully planned, with every attention to detail possible. The walls of the public areas are lined with works of art (all originals), whilst one could not call this ship glitzy in any way, it is quietly elegant and extremely comfortable. There are choices at every turn – what type of cabin – from the standard verandah rooms (although one could hardly call them ‘standard’) through to the Penthouse suites, Vista suites, Oceania suites and the stunning owners suites – where to eat, choose from several eateries with a huge variety of food types to suit all pallettes. If our lunch was anything to go by, a weeks cruise on Marina would certainly not disappoint.
As with all our specialist destinations, we are extremely discerning about our favourites in the cruising market – Oceania is firmly there on the list and I would not hesitate to recommend.