Oceania Cruises Refurbishment – It’s so much more than that…
Oceania Cruises recently announced its newest initiative, OceaniaNEXT – a wide array of major enhancements to increase the guest experience. The first phase of the initiative is the $100 million re-inspiration of the line’s four older ships from the Regatta class, Regatta, Insignia, Sirena and Nautica, which will transform these 684-guest ships into “four better-than-new ships”. Not your average cruise ship refurbishment.
Inspired by the line’s 450 different ports of call, the ships will have re-designed décor in the staterooms, restaurants, lounges and bars. Phase One of OceaniaNEXT will outfit all four ships with 342 redone suites and staterooms. Insignia, the first to make a debut returns on December 7, 2018 followed by Sirena in May 2019. Regatta should finish renovations in September 2019 and finally, Nautica in June 2020.
President and CEO of Oceania Cruises, Bob Binder describes these ships as second homes to guests and said that, “They don’t build ships like this anymore, which is why this re-inspiration project is such an important milestone.” By re-designing these small, intimate ships, they are setting new standards of luxury in the same intimate settings.
Studio DADO based out of Miami, FL specializes in luxury and residential hospitality and design and is spearheading the re-design project. The re-inspiration project will cost $100 million dollars, will include a total of 1,368 new suites and staterooms, 1,400 new marble bathrooms, 8,000 new light fixtures and $12,000 in new sofas and chairs spread across four re-inspired ships by over 1,000 artisans and craftsmen.
A sparkling 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 new staterooms are going to be lighter and brighter to make guests feel more at home which is one of Oceania’s ultimate goals with the re-design project. The stateroom portion is the most dramatic part of the redesign program. Oceania used the phrase, surprisingly new but delightfully familiar to describe this dramatic re-design.
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.