Oceania Cruises new ship Marina has arrived in North America for the first time after her maiden voyage from Barcelona, which began January 22nd.
The ship was enthusiastically welcomed by the brand’s Miami-based employees and a water salute by Port of Miami tug boats.
At 66,000 tons and carrying 1,250 guests, Marina features an array of stylish bars and lounges and ten dining venues - six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants - including Jacques, the first namesake restaurant for Chef Jacques Pépin.
Other highlights include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bon Appétit Culinary Centre, Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique.
Dignitaries and government leaders will formally welcome Marina to Miami and congratulate hometown success story Frank Del Rio, founder of Oceania Cruises and chairman & chief executive of parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings, at a shipboard ceremony.
“We are delighted to bring Marina to our hometown of Miami and it was very special for me to see so many of our team come out to welcome her at such an early hour,” stated Del Rio.
As the ship approached Government Cut, guests were greeted by a flotilla of pleasure craft and more than 150 employees waving flags and banners from the southern tip of Miami Beach.
Marina will now depart on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that will visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises.
Marina then operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16th, before sailing along the US Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.