OK, I didn’t actually sit and eat with Jacques Pepin, but he was there, and he had created the menu. The occasion was the North American introduction to the new Oceania Marina, and we were invited to get a look at the ship, and have a taste of the many restaurants on board. One of these is Jacques, which is the first restaurant to bear the name of Master Chef Jacques Pepin.
Our lunch started with caviar, and ended with Valhrona chocolate mousse. The three other delicious courses consisted of selections from the Italian, Asian, and French restaurants on board. Of course, there are casual choices for meals as well, and you can always put in some time at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club to burn off a few calories. If that doesn’t sound good, come for the extensive array of spa treatments, or to relax in the soothing atmosphere. One of my favorite places on board was a small area on deck, reachable only through the spa. There I found a few deeply cushioned daybeds, a hot tub, and a tremendous view out over the bow of the ship.
Marina holds 1,250 passengers in well-upholstered comfort. The atmosphere is like a very nice country club, with interiors by famous decorators, such as Dakota Jackson, a Wine Spectator designed tasting room, and impressive artwork throughout. You can take cooking classes at the Bon Appetit Culinary center, or get in touch with your creative side working
with artists and photographers in the Artist’s Loft Studio.
Oceania wants to offer you “elegance, comfort, and exceptional
value without compromise." This mid-sized ship provides extensive dining and activity options, with a small ship ambiance.