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If you live anywhere in Asia Pacific, you’ll get to sneak a peek at Oceania Cruises re-inspired ship, Insignia, in 2019.
The ship is the first of the cruise line’s R-class fleet to undergo a ‘better-than-new’ refurbishment as part of its recently announced OceaniaNEXT initiative.
OceaniaNEXT encompasses the most comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that the brand has ever undertaken – kickstarting with a USD$100 million investment to completely transform its four R-class vessels, starting with Insignia.
After emerging from drydock on 7 December 2018, Insignia will make her way to local waters via the South Pacific as part of her 180-day Around the World Cruise.
After cruising New Zealand in late February, she will visit Sydney on 4 March before reaching Brisbane on 6 March, giving guests and the industry their first chance to experience the refurbished ship first-hand. Sign us up!
Insignia’s stunning re-inspiration will be followed by sister ships Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020.
“One of the many reasons Oceania Cruises enjoys one of the highest repeat cruise rates of any brand is the fact we’re constantly refreshing our offering and investing in our fleet, with the OceaniaNEXT initiative encompassing the most extensive suite of enhancements we have ever embarked upon,” said senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific with Oceania Cruises, Steve Odell.
“The input of our valued past guests and travel partners has played an intrinsic part in the initiatives conceived as part of OceaniaNEXT, which is heralding the next exciting chapter of the Oceania Cruises story.”
“Australasia will be one of the first regions in the world to experience the re-inspiration of our R-class, with Insignia to boast 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms, and stunning new décor in her restaurants, lounges and bars inspired by Oceania’s 450 ports of call,” Odell added.
“We can’t wait to share her elegant new look with our Australasian guests.”
Other highlights of the re-inspiration will include re-imagined menus featuring more authentic regional colour, flavour and local wines; dramatically transformed public spaces, refurbished restaurants and lounges featuring fresh furniture, lighting and ocean-inspired colour palettes, in addition to brand-new staterooms and suites.
In other words, it’s a cruise ship you’re gonna want to be on next year.
All accommodation aboard Insignia, Regatta, Nautica and Sirena will emerge with new bathrooms, new closets, desks and vanities, new sofas, chairs and tables, new lighting and mirrors, new upholstery, carpets and drapers, and state-of-the-art technology including interactive TV systems and USB ports.
“The refurbishment of our R-class fleet is just the beginning,” explained Odell.
“The OceaniaNEXT program will also see Oceania Cruises’ O-class 1,250-guest vessels, Riviera and Marina, debut their new owner’s suites – the only suites at sea furnished exclusively by luxe label Ralph Lauren Home – in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
“There are many surprises and delights to be revealed in 2019 and beyond as part of the OceaniaNEXT initiative which we’re excited to reveal as they unfold.”