Oceania Cruises has officially welcomed its newest ship, Sirena, into the fleet with a majestic christening ceremony at the Port of Barcelona ahead of her highly anticipated maiden voyage and inaugural season sailing Europe and the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. After the ship’s godmother, acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Claudine Pépin, delivered the traditional blessing, a bottle of Moët & Chandon’s finest champagne kissed the ship’s hull and a flurry of confetti filled the sky in celebration of Sirena’s inaugural voyage.
Officiating the ceremony, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO, Frank Del Rio, said: “We launched Oceania Cruises with a visionary belief that we could create something special. With an unwavering commitment to serve our guests the finest cuisine at sea, we established a culinary reputation that to this day defines the Oceania Cruises brand,” said Del Rio. “That culinary tradition continues, as we welcome Sirena to the family. Sirena builds upon our epicurean heritage with new gourmet dining experiences, and in godmother Claudine Pépin who is a noted chef and member of the culinary world’s royal family.”
The 684-passenger Sirena follows the award-winning design blueprint of its sister ships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, with amenities such as four gourmet restaurants, six elegant lounges and bars, the renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms. Before entering service, the ship underwent a 35-day, nearly US$50 million refurbishment that renovated all public spaces and accommodations to Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance, and added several new amenities for guests to enjoy.
The ship debuts with two new specialty restaurants, providing guests with new culinary indulgences to explore. Tuscan Steak, a completely new restaurant concept, is inspired by both Oceania Cruises’ traditional steak house, Polo Grill, and the line’s authentic Italian restaurant, Toscana. Red Ginger, the beloved contemporary Asian-inspired restaurant currently available on Marina and Riviera, will offer culinary delights such as Miso Glazed Sea Bass and Lobster Pad Thai.
Another new dining option awaits Sirena guests at the Grand Dining Room. During lunch the restaurant will transform into Jacques Bistro, offering an exclusive menu featuring some of legendary chef Jacques Pépin’s signature dishes.
“The expansion of our culinary offerings on Sirena with Tuscan Steak, Red Ginger and Jacques Bistro further exemplifies our commitment to epicurean excellence,” shared Montague. “We’ve given our guests three new gourmet dining options, and more opportunities to enjoy the finest cuisine at sea.
In addition to the new dining options, Sirena’s most palatial and prestigious accommodations – the Owner’s and Vista Suites – will debut with an elegant new design that features a crisp and modern motif. Sirena is also the first ship in the Oceania Cruises’ fleet to showcase the enhanced entertainment offerings being developed for the line. Guests will be treated to a full range of world-class musical, theatrical and comedic productions in the Sirena Lounge
Commenting on the launch of Sirena, Lisa Pile, Vice President of Sales for Regent Seven Seas Cruises Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’re incredibly excited to have a six-strong fleet for Oceania Cruises, enabling us to showcase even more desirable destinations to our guests, such as those featured in our newly released 2017/18 voyages, which include a raft of regional itineraries throughout Australia, New Zealand and the sunny South Pacific.
- Departing 18 October 2016 from New York, Claudine Pepin will host a unique culinary cruise featuring specially created signature menus, engaging lectures, hands-on demonstrations and more
- South Pacific debut on 31-day Los Angeles to Papeete voyage departing January 2017
- March 2017 34-day Southern Cross Sojourn ex-Sydney taking in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, the Whitsundays, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Esperance, Kangaroo Island, Portland, Melbourne, Geelong, Eden and more
- 14-day Sydney to Auckland itinerary (April 2017) visiting Tasmania, Milford Sound and New Zealand’s North and South islands
- Four-month local season beginning November 2017 including a series of 10 and 12-day roundtrip Papeete sailings, a 16-day Supreme South Pacific journey from Papeete to Auckland departing January 2018; a 14-day Auckland to Sydney Tasman Marvels voyage departing January 2018; an 18-day Dazzling Seas trip from Sydney to Papeete setting off in February 2018; and the 18-day Pearls of the Pacific cruise from Papeete to Los Angeles via Hawaii departing March 2018
Guests booking before the end of September 2016 will enjoy special bonus offers. Choose from:
- Oceania’s OLife Choice special offer: guests select either free shore excursions, a free beverage package, free shipboard credit or free unlimited internet access; or
- Complimentary Pre or Post-Cruise Land Tour: available for cruises to African and Asian destinations.