Oceania Cruises Announces Fleet Renovation Program, OceaniaNEXTby Daniel McCarthy /
Oceania Cruises today announced a new enhancement project OceaniaNEXT, which will see “every face of the guest experience” elevated through a $100 million fleet enhancement and more.
OceaniaNEXT includes the renovation of Oceania’s Regatta, Insignia, Sirena, and Nautica, which Oceania says will result in “four better-than-new-ships.”
"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,” Binder added. “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.”
As part of the first phase of OceaniaNEXT, each ship will come back into service with 342 new designer suites and staterooms, as well as new décor inspired by Oceania’s destinations in its restaurants, lounges, and bars. Insignia will return to service on Dec. 7, 2018; Sirena in May 2019; Regatta in September 2019; and Nautica in June 2020.
Penthouse Suite of the reimagined Regatta-Class ships.
Later phases of OceaniaNEXT will include new menus and dining experiences onboard, additional ports visited, and enhanced onshore experiences. Details of those updates will be announced at a later time.
The new décor will be handled by Miami-based design and concept company, Studio DADO. In a release announcing the news, Oceania said the décor will reflect what the cruise line did with Marina and Riviera, its two latest ships. That includes richly-hued carpets, a new grand staircase and grand chandelier, new soft cream leather dining chairs in the grand dining room, and silver-white marble and tobacco quartz-lined bars.
In the staterooms, which Yohandel Ruiz, founding partner of Studio DADO, said is “the most dramatic of the transformation,” guests can expect brighter colors, designer accessories, custom-crafted furnishings, USB ports, and more.
"They now feature a very clean design with a sophisticated air,” Ruiz said. “Enhanced by nuanced shades of the sea and sky, the tones are warm and soothing, incorporating silvery greys and greens alongside vivid sapphires and taupes.”
The Grand Hall highlights the décor.