Ephesus is the best preserved classical city in the Mediterranean, famous for its Greek and Roman architecture and probably the best place in the world to realize how life was in Roman times. Ancient history comes alive as you walk along the marble streets next to the traces left by the vehicls of the ancient years and overtake the temples, columns, houses and public baths. Visit the extensively restored Library of Celsus that once contained 12,000 scrolls.
Known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean", the ancient city of Alexandria is steeped in history and sophisticated charm. The port of Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt and one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. Immerse yourself in the grandiose atmosphere of the city and explore the many wondrous attractions which date from the time of the Pharaohs. Take some time to explore the Roman Amphitheatre and the Pillar of Pompeii.
Ashdod had been an important port of the Greek and Roman Empire and has a rich history to present. Today, the modern Ashdod offers easy access to the holy city of Jerusalem, to the vivid Tel Aviv and to major attractions such as Mount Zion, the Tomb of David, the Tomb of Judges and the Dead Sea.
Visit the capital of Modern and Ancient Greece and explore , the "Old City" of Athens, Plaka, with its neoclassical buildings and shops for gifts and souvenirs.
Climb the Acropolis hill, where the Parthenon Temple dominates, and enjoy the wonderful view. Also, take a trip along the beautiful Saronic Gulf - Cape Sounion and ancient Corinth, where you can sunbathe and admire thousand years of history.
Bari on the Adriatic coast is a diverse city, which combines old with new. One of the major gateways of eastern Italy grew quickly and today is an important transport hub and an international transit center for agricultural products. The Town Hall, the University and the Theater are magnificent buildings, examples of the dynamism of the city. Wondering around is very enjoyable because the buildings are impressive and there is beauty everywhere around you. Bari is called "City of Churches" or "Milan of the South".
Port Said had been a significant port since the late 19th century. Nowadays is a pleasant city, considered as summer resort by Egyptians. The main street, with most of the commercial enterprises gathered together, is Sharia Palestine. Port Said is the gateway for huge ships waiting to enter the Suez Canal. Interesting is the colonial architecture of the 19th century in the city center, and the National Museum as well, with exhibits from the rich historic past of Egypt.
Heraklion, Crete's capital, lies on the side of a hill facing the Cretan Sea. The city got its name from the mythical hero Hercules. Although it is a great city full of life, Heraklion is also the gateway to the nearby magnificent monuments of great ancient civilizations. Discover the amazing Minoan Crete or simply enjoy the beautiful beaches of the area.
Haifa is a diverse city, a port which is a gateway to the Holy Land and a crucible of religions and cultures. Every point of the city offers a spectacular view - from the beaches and the curved bay to the forests of Mount Carmel. Start your trip from city center and visit the colorful villages Ntrougk where you will find friendly faces and will get lost in handicraft markets. On the walls of the cave of Prophet Elia, a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Christians, Muslims and Jews will see dedications that have left believers for centuries. Do not forget to visit the magnificent Temple and the Gardens of Bahai, one of the most popular attraction in Haifa.
Istanbul is not only the meeting point of Europe and Asia, but also the place where history meets the modern world. Mosques, racecourses, luxurious palaces of Old Istanbul and what remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire, will go you back in time. Admire amazing cultural and sacred sites such as the Agia Sophia. Visit the Dolmabahce Palace and see how the sultans of the Ottoman Empire were living.
Izmir, is a modern, vivid city, a shopping and touristic destination
Izmir, located by the Aegean Sea, is Turkey's largest port after Istanbul. Is a modern, vivid city, a shopping and touristic destination. Among the city's sightseeings are the Cultural Park, with ponds, zoo, restaurants, where the annual trade show of Izmir takes place . Also the Archaeological museum with many exhibits of ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods, reflects the long history of the area.
Santorini is a unique island of extraordinary beauty and rich culture going back to praehistoric ages
Perched high above the beaches with black sand and crystal sea waters, access to Fira town becomes in three ways - by cable car, donkey or on foot. Regardless the way you choose to get there, the amazing sight of whitewashed houses that hang on the edge of the cliff will enchant you. Visit the site of Akrotiri , one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and have a sightseeing tour to this prehistoric settlement, a city like Pompeii. Do not miss the opportunity to visit a local "Bodega" in the stunning village of Oia at the top of the cliff.
In the southeastern edge of Kotor Bay, is located the namesake city, with its medieval color intact, a World Heritage site, under the protection of UNESCO. The walls of the city, stretching for 4.5 kilometers, were gradually growing over the centuries and nowadays create points with stunning view. The natural beauty is inherent in the rich history and tradition, and a host of cultural events organized every year in the region, attract many tourists to the medieval natural harbor of Adriatic. The traces of Illyrians, of the Roman culture,of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era, are particularly strong and are reflected in the many attractions and monuments of different historical periods.
Kavala is a picturesque city and one of the largest in nothern Greece. This is a place with a lot of history to show and many archaeological sites to visit. Especially, the castle of Kavala offers stunning views. A walk in the beautiful, narrow streets and the pretty port will stay unforgettable. The city exudes a special aura due to the recent past: the neoclassical buildings that have remained and the large warehouses retain the memory of a prosperous bourgeois. Numerous cafes, restaurants and bars are here to satisfy every visitor. Do not forget to mention the beautiful beaches. You will be surprised by the vivid atmosphere of this city.
Split is a Mediterranean city of exceptional beauty, surrounded by lush pine forests and stands of wildflowers, dating 1700 years ago. Wander through the old cobbled streets and discover the imposing Palace of Diocletian in the heart of the city or catch a ferry to visit the picturesque Ivari island, famous for its fine wines Ntalmatia.
Venice is a magnificent city and the best way to see it is through canals with a romantic gondola ride, starting from the Grand Canal. Then visit the Doge's Palace, cross the Bridge of Sighs and enjoy a coffee in San Marco Square with its imposing buildings and the Cathedral, aged 900 years ago. Do not forget to visit an exhibition of glassware where you can see artisans at work and buy authentic Venetian glass items.
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The brand new Marina, and her sister Riviera, which debuted in May 2012, are the most beautiful, elegant and sophisticated ships to debut in the past 50 years. Designer touches are everywhere, from the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase and stunning Owner's Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, they are showcases of the finest residential design and furnishings. More than anything, Marina and Riviera personify the Oceania Cruises experience.
Comfortably mid-size, Marina and Riviera retain the same warmth and charm of their acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, they offer even more choice and some enticing new amenities. As the first ships designed for lovers of fine dining and travel experiences, Marina and Riviera offer guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening wine and food pairings. The new Bon Appétit Culinary Center is the only hands-on cooking school at sea. Similarly, artists-in-residence teach fine arts in Artists Loft, a new enrichment center. For specialty coffees and snacks, there is Baristas Coffee Bar. Intimate lounges abound. Accommodations in every category are incredibly spacious, especially with regard to the lavish bathrooms.
Yet remarkably, with so many additions, the onboard ambiance and experience remains comfortably familiar. We have retained everything guests adore about our ships and raised the bar ever higher. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Marina: Debuted in 2011
Length: 785 feet
Beam: 106 feet
Maximum Draught: 24 feet
Cruising Speed: 20 knots
Guest Decks: 11
Total Decks: 15
Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC
Guest Capacity: 1,250 (Double Occupancy)
Staff Size: 800
Guest to Staff Ratio: 1.57 to 1
Nationality of Officers: European
Nationality of Staff: International
Country of Registry: Marshall Islands
YOUR WORLD. YOU WAY
Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax onboard our luxurious ships and savour exquisite cuisine that is renowned as the finest at sea and even rivals the best Michelin-starred restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pepin, these culinary delights have always distinguished the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. And considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound, and there are never supplemental dining charges in any of the restaurants. Value-priced packages ensure that exploring ashore, sipping a glass of vintage wine or surfing the Internet is both convenient and affordable. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.
MID - SIZE SHIPS
Mid-size holds great benefits Once you sail one of our mid-size ships, you will never settle for anything less, nor will you ever again be satisfied with anything more in regard to size. Our ships cater to just 684 pampered guests on Regatta, Insignia and Nautica and 1,250 privileged guest on Marina and Riviera. Warmth and conviviality come naturally. Elegance and grace are given. The ambiance is exceptionally relaxed and personal as we singularly focus on your individual desires. Consequently, service standards soar, guests easily develop a rapport with staff and fellow guests, and the friendships only deepen as the days pass effortlessly.
All the elements for bliss Being mid-size even facilitates going ashore, as our ships can slip into boutique ports off-limits to larger vessels. Of course, the fact that our ships are mid-size positively influences every aspect of the onboard experience. With no need to rush, stand in endless lines or worry about crowds, you can savour the defining elements that make our ships so special. Our cuisine, "the finest at sea", is carefully prepared a la minute. Appointments for spa services are readily available in the relaxing Canyon Ranch SpaClub. A comfortable chaise always awaits should you decide to lounge by the pool. Life just seems to proceed at a more courteous pace.
SHIPS' SPECIFICATIONS - MARINA & RIVIERA
Year Built: Marina 2011, Riviera 2012 / Gross Tonnage : 66.084 / Length : 239.24 metres / Beam : 32.2 metres / Cruising Speed : 20 knots / Guest Decks : 11 / Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy) : 1.250 / Staff Size : 800 / Guest to Staff Ratio : 1.56 to 1/ Nationality of Officers : European
SHIPS' SPECIFICATIONS - REGATTA, INSIGNIA & NAUTICA
Year Built: Regatta & Insignia 1998, Nautica 2000 / Refurbishment Dates : Regatta, May 2014, - Insignia, April 2014 - Nautica, May 2014 / Gross Tonnage : 30.277 / Length : 180.96 metres / Beam : 25.45 metres / Cruising Speed : 18 knots / Guest Decks : 9 / Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy) : 684 / Staff Size : 400 / Guest to Staff Ratio : 1.71 to 1/ Nationality of Officers : European