Oceania Cruises has announced the christening date of its newest ship, the Marina. On February 5, Entertainment Tonight show host Mary Hart will smack a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac over the hull in Miami. After the christening festivities, Marina sets sail on February 8 on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. After that the ship will embark on a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.
The new ship is 66,000 tons and can carry 1,250 guests. The ship has 10 dining venues, six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants, including Jacques, the first restaurant at sea for Chef Jacques Pepin. Other highlights include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bon Appetit Culinary Center, Owner's Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique.