Oceania’s Four Regatta Class Ships To Get US$100 Million Makeover
Open Jaw, Bruce Parkinson
Oceania Cruises is the latest line to unveil a massive refurbishment program for its existing fleet. The line is calling the enhancement program ‘OceaniaNEXT.’
The first initiative to be undertaken is the US$100 million ‘re-inspiration’ of the line's four 684-guest ships (Regatta, Insignia, Sirena, and Nautica). Each will emerge from the process with 342 ‘brand-new’ designer suites and staterooms, along with new décor in restaurants, lounges and bars, inspired by the line's 450 ports of call.
Insignia will be the first to debut on 7DEC, 2018, followed by Sirena in MAY 2019, Regatta in SEPT 2019, and Nautica in JUN 2020.
"OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken," said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.
"Our Regatta-Class ships are like second homes to our loyal guests and travel partners. They don't build ships like these anymore, which is why this re-inspiration project is such an important milestone in our company's 15-year history. We are maintaining the intimate surroundings and personal attention that our guests love, while at the same time setting a new standard of style and elegance for small-ship cruising. We have opened a new chapter, innovating in every way as we look to the future and the way our guests want to travel."
With the line's Marina and Riviera as their muses, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, and Sirena will feature richly appointed and stylish new interiors. Furnishings from Baker and Donghia, along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet will adorn public spaces, with new richly-hued carpets lining the floors.
“Effortless style in an elegant atmosphere” is the design goal of the Reception Hall and Upper Hall. A new Grand Staircase framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents will welcome guests onboard. Overhead, a crowning grand chandelier adorned with hanging pieces of smoked and hand-painted glass will set the space aglow.
The Grand Dining Room will feature soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading to catch the light from the stunning new crystal chandelier, which will be the room's defining centerpiece.
Martinis becomes anew with a palette inspired by the coastline of Santorini featuring hues of deep Grecian blue, sienna and chocolate browns, and stately pewter.
Wanting guests to feel at home while away from home, the revamped staterooms and suites will be lighter, brighter, and more spacious. Stripped down to their studs, every inch of the re-inspired accommodations will be modernized, featuring custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes, and designer accessories.
For convenience, USB ports will be incorporated in each of the staterooms, as well as a television system with movies on demand in multiple-languages, live stations and a program guide, plus itinerary information and weather updates.
Every fixture and surface of the bathrooms will be new, with designer features, enhanced lighting, lavish vanities, and chic glass shower enclosures. Penthouse, Vista, and Owner's Suites bathrooms will offer more space outfitted with Carrara marble, polished granite, and sleek onyx.
Some numbers that show what US$100 million will buy on four ships:
1,368 New Suites and Staterooms
1,400 New Marble Bathrooms
8,000 New Light Fixtures
12,000 New Sofas and Chairs
1,000+ Artisans and Craftsmen
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.