Oceania Cruises have revealed their impressive $100m refurbishment plans for their 4 Regatta class ships.
Named OceaniaNEXT, the project will see the four 684 guest ships undergo a major transformation which will see 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms, new decor in the restaurants, lounges and bars of which will be inspired by the cruise line’s varied and extensive 450 ports of call.
The first ship to recieve the new enhancements will be Insignia in December 2018 followed by Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019 and finally Nautica in June 2020.
Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises stated that this project would be the most extensive and comprehensive enhancements undertaken for the cruise line. He said:
“OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken, 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. We can’t wait for our ‘new’ ships to launch.”
Studio DADO, a Miami based design and concept studio, specialising in luxury residential and hospitality designs will be heading the refurbishment programme.
Yohandel Ruiz, founding partner of Studio DADO was delighted for the company to be heading the refurbishments. He said:
“The moment we stepped onboard, we were impressed by the ambiance and attention to detail,” said Yohandel Ruiz, founding partner of Studio DADO. “The guests we spoke with kept telling us how dearly they loved the ships, so it was important that we kept the intimacy and warmth in the redesign. What we landed on provides a modern and airy atmosphere, similar to what you would find in an elegant estate home.”
Taking inspiration from both Marina and Riviera, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena will all feature richly appointed and stylish new interiors which will show the best of residential design. Furnishings will be from Baker and Donghia alongside fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet which will adorn the public spaces with custom-milled luxury carpets adorning the floors.
Adding elegance and style, the Reception Hall and Upper Hall will be upgraded to create a stunning atmopshere. A new Grand Staircase will be the focal point where intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents will welcome guest onboard. A crowning glory of a grand chandelier will adorn above with hanging pieces of smoked and hand-painted glass which will set the space aglow.
The Grand Dining Room will feature new soft cream leather dining chairs with metalic bronze threading designed to catch the light form the stunning new crystal chandelier, which will be the room’s centrepiece.
Martinis will have a new colour scheme inspired by the coastline of Santorini feature a mix of deep Grecian blue, sienna and chocolate browns alongside stately pewter. The bar will be adorned by silver-white marble and tobacco quartz along with walnut paneling which will add a familar tone to the room.
Accomodation will see changes take place to both the suites and staterooms. A new luxurious feel will be added to all staterooms which will see a lighter, brighter and more spacious feel. Stripped down to their studs, every piece of the accomodation will be modernised which will see customed made furnishings added, along with stone and polished wood finishes. The finishing touches of designer accessories will glamour along with a mixture of style and comfort.
Yohandel Ruiz commented that the staterooms and suites will recieve the most dramatic part of the transformation. He stated:
“The staterooms and suites are the most dramatic of the transformation. They now feature a very clean design with a sophisticated air. 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.”
Each stateroom will have new USB ports incorporated along with state of the art television systems which will have movies on demand in multiple languages, live stations and program guide, along with itinerary information and the important weather information and update.
New bathrooms will installed and will add a touch of luxury to the stateroom. Guests will be treated to new lavish vanities, chic glass shower enclosures and new lighting. For the Penthouse, Vista and Owner’s Suites, the bathrooms will have a more spacious feel with the installation of Carrara marble, polished granite and sleek onyx.
All in all, a total of $100m will be invested in the project which will see 1368 new suites and staterooms, 1400 new marble bathrooms, 8000 new light fixtures, 12,000 new sofas and chairs with more than 1000 artisans and craftsmen working on the project. This will result in all four ships be transformed and offer guests a new level of luxury, style and comfort, in line with the flaghips of Marina and Riviera.
Source and images: Oceania Cruises
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