Oceania Cruises new Marina ship appeals to gourmets
Renderings of Oceania Cruises newest ship, the Oceania Marina -- The Grand Dining Room. Tuxedo-clad wait staff serve a six-course menu in a setting reminiscent of a five-star restaurant at Europe's grandest hotels. The Marina, which arrived at the Port of Miami on Feb. 4, 2011 is the cruise line's fourth ship, and the first built from scratch for the company. A sister ship, the Oceania Riviera, is still under construction, set to debut in 2012. (OCEANIA CRUISES)
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Others tout rooms with big bathrooms, walk-in closets and balconies.
Oceania Cruises' new Marina ship claims to be the world's first luxury liner built for epicureans.
Marina offers 10 dining venues, including six gourmet restaurants included in the cruise price. It also features two private rooms available for extra fees, one offering seven-course dinners with wine pairings selected with Wine Spectator magazine and one with customized menus for your group.
"Unlike many cruise lines, all of our meals are cooked to order," said Oceania President Bob Binder. " We are committed to serving cuisine that rivals some of the world's very best restaurants."
Here's a look at some of the 10 dining options on the ship that can hold 1,250 passengers and offers six gourmet restaurants, two casual eateries and two private dining venues.
The Grand Dining Room Tuxedo-clad wait staff serve a six-course menu in a setting reminiscent of a five-star restaurant at Europe's grandest hotels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Polo Grill Leather upholstery and gold-edged mahogany wall panels evoke a vintage Hollywood steakhouse. Prime, dry-aged beef, as well as chops and fresh seafood, are featured. Dinner, reservations suggested.
Jacques The first restaurant at sea named for Jacques Pépin draws inspiration from Paris brasseries and the chef's hometown of Lyon. Dinner, reservations suggested.
La Reserve by Wine Spectator This intimate venue hosts tastings and seven-course pairing dinners with premium wines selected with Wine Spectator editors. Extra charge for wines; reservations required.
Privée This posh private dining room offers the ultimate Chef's Table. Eight guests can create a personalized menu with such specialties as Kobe beef, Brittany lobsters, foie gras, caviar and truffles. Room charge is $1,000. Select evenings, reservations required.
Marina, which also features a Bon Appétit Culinary Center and full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, is due to arrive in South Florida on Feb. 4 on her maiden voyage from Barcelona, Spain.
For more information on the ship, call 800-531-5658 or visit OceaniaCruises.com.