Oceania Cruises’ New Ships Offer Fab Food + Tasty Teambuilding

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Group cruising is kicked up a notch with Oceania Cruises’ two new luxury vessels, offering exotic itineraries and an expansive list of dining and activity options. Onboard their 1,250-pax Marina, or sister ship Riviera (set to debut in May), groups can enjoy: 10 fine-dining venues on each and designer touches that include a Lalique Grand Staircase and staterooms furnished with Ralph Lauren Home. They can also treat themselves to and an endless list of experiences that are sure to educate and entertain. But posh doesn’t always mean pretentious.

“Our products are country club casual,” says Katina Athanasiou, VP, charter & incentive sales. “While people still like to travel well, they don’t want to put on a tuxedo or ball gown. Some groups still want to put on galas, but other than that there are no formal nights.”

The Marina was designed with foodies in mind. Six of the ship’s dining venues are open-seating and carry no additional surcharge. Care for some tea? Every day at four o’clock groups can stroll over to Horizons lounge, with its dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, for afternoon tea and treats, as a string quartet plays softly in the background. How’s that for fancy?

“A great thing about our ships is that you can offer your group a dinearound since there are no additional charges for most meals,” Athanasiou says. “It’s definitely a fun option.”