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  • Dispatches from the Marina - 1 of 23

    Dispatches from the Marina

    Travel Weekly's Johanna Jainchill spent three days on Oceania Cruises' first newbuild, the 1,250-passenger Marina, on a preview cruise for executives' friends and family, travel agents and journalists. Oceania's founder Frank del Rio called the ship the beginning of "the next phase of Oceania's evolution." TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    Godmother Mary Hart and Oceania President Bob Binder at the Marina's naming ceremony.

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Marina pool deck has a heated saltwater pool, two whirlpools, and many daybeds for two. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    Oceania's signature staircase in its atrium was designed by Lalique for the Marina. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Marina's library is almost like a maze, with several small sitting areas with leather furniture and nautical touches. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Bon Appetit Culinary Center is a cooking school on the Marina where two people share one of 24 individual cooking stations and prepare meals. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Red Ginger experience includes an extensive menu of teas served in individual glass pots. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The edible name-tag on a roll in Jacques is one of many small touches in the 124-seat eatery that is named after Oceania Master Chef Jacques Pepin. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    Jacques offers interesting presentations such as escargot delivered in a pastry shell and pumpkin soup served directly from a carved-out pumpkin. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    Privee is a private dining room that can be booked for $1,000 a night and can seat up to 10 people. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    One agent who has been on more than 100 ships called the main dining room "the most beautiful dining room" she'd ever seen. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Martini bar, called Martinis. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    Martinis is home to a Steiner piano custom-designed by Dakota Jackson, who also designed the Vista and Oceania suites. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Casino Bar is situated between the two sides of the Marina's casino. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The 282-square-foot standard balcony cabins on the Marina were designed with input from frequent passengers. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    Dakota Jackson, a New York-based designer and high-end furniture maker, in an Oceania suite, one of the two cabin classes he designed on the Marina. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Living Room in an Oceania Suite. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Vista Suites were also designed by Jackson. They range in size from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Vista and Owners' suites have their own private workout rooms. TW photo by Johanna Jainchill

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Marina's top cabin class is its Owner's Suites, which are fully appointed with products from Ralph Lauren Home. The 2,000-square-foot suites have 110 Ralph Lauren products in them, from towels to stemware. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The living room in an Owner's Suite. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The master bath in an Owner's Suite. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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    Dispatches from the Marina

    The Marina is in many ways an art gallery, with all 1,500 pieces of art picked by Chairman Frank del Rio and President Bob Binder. Binder found this original Damien Hirst in a New York gallery. It now adorns the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Photo by Ralph Grizzle, http://www.avidcruiser.com/

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