Some of the exquisite décor on the Marina
A truly original approach to upgrading an entire class of ships: almost simultaneously
I'll be honest and tell you something, I can think of at least one cruise line that has announced extensive "fleetwide" upgrades, or significant upgrades to be made to a specific class of ship, always saying the entire project would completed within two or three years, but in the end some of the announced ships were refurbished far later than announced, and some named ships were just never refurbished at all.
And that is what makes the just announced upgrade project by Oceania Cruises so unique. The line plans to remodel all three of its smaller, older ships, the Insignia, Regatta and Nautica, within a six-week period. They will all be done in early 2014 between April 24 and June 6.
The renovated Insignia will return to the fleet after her two-year charter to another cruise line on May 8, 2014 in Barcelona Nautica will debut on May 16, 2014 in Civitavecchia for her 10-day Cliffs & Coves cruise and Regatta on sail June 7, 2014 from Vancouver for a 10-day Majesty of Alaska cruise.
All together, the project will be a $50-million upgrade that includes remaking the suites, staterooms colors and décor-style found on the line's newer class of ships, the Marina and Riviera. The Owner's and Vista suites will receive new bathrooms including oversized showers and new vanities. Select public rooms will receive original artwork in-line with the museum-quality collections aboard Marina and Riviera.
Brand new, state-of-the-art grills allowing specialties such as lobster tails, steaks and lamb chops, already made famous onboard Marina and Riviera, will be added to the casual dining Terrace Cafés. The popular Baristas coffee bar also found on its newest ships will offer complimentary gourmet and specialty illy™ espresso, cappuccino and latte as well as homemade croissants, biscotti and finger sandwiches throughout the day.
Horizons, the line's observation lounge, will also be refurbished with a new color scheme and décor. In addition, the company will completely enclose the ships' only indoor smoking area, located in Horizons, with glass and install a state-of-the-art air filtration system.
The flagship restaurant, the Grand Dining Room as well as Toscana, the line's Italian restaurant will be expanded with more tables for two. Lastly, the ships' show lounges will be refurbished, Martinis will be outfitted with new furniture and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® will receive new steam and changing rooms.