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MIAMI — Oceania Cruises has announced the US$100 million ‘OceaniaNEXT’ renovation of its four Regatta-Class ships: Regatta, Insignia, Sirena, and Nautica.
All four 684-passenger vessels will emerge from the “re-inspiration process” with 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms, and new décor in the restaurants, lounges and bars, inspired by the line’s 450 ports of call.
Insignia will be the first to debut on Dec. 7, 2018, followed by Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020.
“OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken,” says 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.”
He adds: “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. We can’t wait for our ‘new’ ships to launch.”
Highlights include new buttery soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading in the Grand Dining Room, to catch the light from the new crystal chandelier, which will be the room’s defining centerpiece.
Oceania says the luxurious brand-new staterooms and suites will be stripped down to their studs and will emerge “lighter, brighter, and even more spacious.” USB ports will be incorporated in each of the staterooms, as well as a new television system with movies on demand in multiple-languages, live stations and a program guide, plus itinerary information and weather updates.
The bathrooms are getting a refurbishment too, with designer features, “perfect lighting”, lavish vanities, and glass shower enclosures. Penthouse, Vista, and Owner’s Suites bathrooms will become true luxury retreats, says Oceania, offering more space outfitted with Carrara marble, polished granite, and sleek onyx.
Here’s a look at the reno by the numbers: