Promotional feature: 5 incredible OceaniaNEXT initiatives
New ships, better-than-new ships, Ralph Lauren-furnished suites, new dining experiences and onboard enhancements await Oceania Cruises guests.
It is almost a year since Oceania Cruises launched game-changing OceaniaNEXT initiatives, and in that time, there has been a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements so transformational, they are inspirational.
But with so many ambitious initiatives announced, elevating on-board experience to new levels, what should guests be looking out for to enjoy on their next Oceania Cruises sailing?
Here are five of the most exciting OceaniaNEXT initiatives so far…
1. Two new Allura-class ships
Being delivered in 2022 and 2025, Oceania Cruises is launching two completely new Allura-Class ships, representing an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience.
The two 67,000 gross ton Allura-class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests and retain all the warmth, popular design elements and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera. They will afford guests a new level of comfort with many new luxury amenities, the most spacious standard staterooms afloat, amazing suites and, of course, the Finest Cuisine at Sea™.
2. Re-inspired regatta-class ships
A $100 million plus re-inspiration of the line’s four 684-guest vessels is well underway and will result in four better-than-new-ships. Insignia and Sirena have already emerged with 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms and stunning new décor in the restaurants, lounges and bars, with Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020 to follow.
At the helm of the dramatic refurbishment is Studio DADO, a Miami-based design and concept studio specialising in luxury residential and hospitality design. The ships will feature richly appointed and stylish new interiors which showcase the best of residential design. Furnishings from Baker and Donghia along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet will adorn the public spaces, with new richly-hued custom-milled carpets lining the floors, and a sparkling new Grand Staircase with a crowning grand chandelier welcoming guests on board.
The luxurious brand-new staterooms and suites will be lighter, brighter and even more spacious and every ounce of the re-inspired accommodations will be modernised, with custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes, and designer accessories, creating a harmonious celebration of style and comfort.
3. The Finest Cuisine at Sea, becomes finer
OceaniaNEXT, not only focuses on the ships themselves, but also enhances on board experiences, especially when it comes to cuisine, which is what you’d expect with the cruise line that proudly serves the Finest Cuisine at Sea™.
A first of its kind, the exclusive Dom Perignon Experience at La Reserve pairs six palate piquing courses with a different expression and vintage of Dom Perignon’s acclaimed Champagne. Created by the culinary team at La Maison Dom Perignon in conjunction with Oceania Cruises’ culinary team, the dinner is offered to a maximum of 24 diners, producing a culinary experience that guests will still be talking about for years to come.
Remaining at the forefront of culinary development, Oceania Cruises now features more than 200 new healthy menu selections. In addition to the current gourmet offerings, plant-based choices will be available at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in The Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café, and guests will also have plant-based options available upon request during dinner service in each of the speciality restaurants.
The range of cuisines includes Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian, Malaysian and more. There are healthy power bowls and poke bowls, hearty pastas and pad thai, light and refreshing salads and soups, and even a variety of downright surprisingly decadent items to choose from including an impossible cheeseburger, truffle mac and cheese, and an apple-oatmeal crumble with plant-based vanilla ice cream and coco-vanilla cashew crème brûlée.
4. Remastered Riviera with Ralph Lauren Home-furnished Owner’s Suites
Riviera has been remastered with the highlight being three next-generation Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively with the Ralph Lauren Home Collection. Redesigned by Los Angeles-based Trevor R. Howells Interior Design, the suites boast a breath-taking foyer with limestone and black cabochon inset floor, walls of inset Georgian wood panelling, and a mahogany and quartzite bar. Spacious and airy, the grand room features dramatic sea-views from floor-to-ceiling windows dressed with Ralph Lauren Home Grimaldi-weave sail fabric, along with a self- playing ebony piano.
The elegant living room is anchored by a new deep-navy sectional, accented with saddle-suede and accompanied by a mahogany Lounge Moderne chair upholstered in navy and white Super-Yacht Stripe. The centre-piece of the dining room is the Mayfair dining table with a new Barrett Knurled chandelier overhead.
The master bedroom, which is an entire retreat in itself, has taken on an entirely new persona with a new Cote D’Azure king-size bed, elegant Mayfair Bergere side chairs upholstered in Sutton Suede Doe and dramatic nickel-trimmed lighting accents.
Finally, the wraparound teak verandas feature stylish pieces which were custom-crafted by Ralph Lauren Home for Oceania Cruises.
The remastered Owners Suites were the proverbial jewel in the crown of Riviera’s enhancements, which took place in May 2019 and also included an all-new coffee bar area and addition of a new lounge, as well as 200 Concierge and 244 Veranda staterooms, and 124 Penthouse Suites being completely refurbished.
5. New guest experience enhancements
In among all the big-ticket improvements, Oceania Cruises has also made some smaller, more thoughtful tweaks to make the overall guest experience even more comfortable and enjoyable.
Guests can now utilise shipboard credit prior to departure to purchase sought-after shore excursions and land tours, onboard beverage packages, culinary classes, and dining experiences at La Reserve and Privée. This means guests can now plan more of their holiday in advance and focus more on relaxing while on board.
And, in a further effort to help guests enjoy a stress-free cruise, Oceania Cruises is proud to have partnered with Luggage Forward®, the speciality service offering travellers the option to have any additional baggage or equipment shipped from their doorstep directly to any Oceania Cruises voyage and then back again. It allows for ultimate relaxation by avoiding the inconvenience of carrying, checking and claiming luggage, and even going through customs.
Keep an eye out for further announcements on OceaniaNEXT initiatives, and for more information or to book, call 0345 505 1920 or visit oceaniacruises.com.