Oceania Cruises’ Insignia is returning to Australasian waters in early 2019, giving guests and the industry their first look at the re-inspired ship, the first of the line’s R-class fleet to undergo a ‘better-than-new’ refurbishment as part of its recently announced OceaniaNEXT initiative.
To celebrate the occasion, Oceania Cruises’ Vice President of Sales Australia & New Zealand, Steve McLaughlin, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holding’s SVP and MD Asia Pacific, Steve Odell, held a media event at O Bar & Dining in Sydney.
OceaniaNEXT encompasses the most comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that the brand has ever undertaken, kickstarting with a US$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.
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 [that] 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.
“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 decor in her restaurants, lounges and bars inspired by Oceania’s 450 ports of call,” continued Odell.
Other highlights will include re-imagined menus featuring more authentic regional colour, flavour and local wines; dramatically transformed public spaces; refurbished restaurants and lounges; and ocean-inspired colour palettes.
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 updated 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.”
Lead image: Ben Angell, Vice President Marketing Asia Pacific, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Steve McLaughlin, Vice President of Sales Australia & New Zealand, Oceania Cruises.