Sailing Oceania's Riviera

| Friday, 20 Apr. 2012


The design details aboard the beautiful new Riviera, Oceania Cruises' newest ship launching in a few weeks, reveal a blend of the line's signature "country club casual" atmosphere with the sophisticated elegance of a private yacht. Two of its most noteworthy design features greet guests the moment they embark in the ship's reception area: a specially commissioned two-story Lalique Grand Staircase and a custom-crafted Italian chandelier accented by 380 crystal spheres.

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Together they form a dramatic design statement that underscores Oceania Cruises' commitment to creating experiences that will "inspire and engage our guests," said Kunal S. Kamlani, Oceania Cruises' president.

The magnificent "Grand Staircase," designed by the fabled French glassware firm Lalique, features two separate outward-curving staircases extending from a balcony with balustrades of crystal medallions and scrolled iron. Six crystal pillars rise from the landing below to enhance the two-story glass elevator. A 1,300-pound chandelier made in Italy, 78 inches tall by 80 inches in diameter, adds a dramatic focal point as its decorative spheres cast a radiant glow over the staircase and reception area.

Grand Staircase

Each of Riviera's 625 suites and staterooms convey a warm and smart contemporary look. The 282 square feet Veranda and Concierge staterooms qualify as among the most spacious at sea and feature a separate sitting area and a balcony furnished with a chaise lounge, armchair and table. The 124 Penthouse suites measure an industry-leading 420 square feet. The layout includes a living and dining room separate from the sleeping area. There is a walk-in closet and bathroom with a double vanity.

Oceania Cruises appointed pre-eminent American designer Dakota Jackson to fashion more than 40 exquisite pieces of furniture and lighting to lend the Vista and Oceania suites the feel of a chic city apartment by combining glass, stone, wood and metal surfaces together with rich, weighty fabrics such as mohair and silk chenille. Three Owner's Suites measure more than 2,000 square feet, spanning the beam of the ship, and feature furnishings from the acclaimed Ralph Lauren Home collection.

Corridor (taken from sister-ship Marina)

Though Riviera mirrors her sister ship, Marina, in many ways, she has several distinctive design details that set her apart, including:

  • The spa deck at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club now features a new thalassotherapy pool as well as expanded changing areas
  • On Deck 14, ceilings in the Polo Grill and Toscana restaurants have been raised to create a more spacious ambience
  • In the staterooms, designers added a glass partition to the tub and a hand-held showerhead that can function as a second shower
Main Dining Room

The ship is also a showcase for more than 100 works of art by some of Latin America's most accomplished and admired contemporary artisans, a collection personally curated by Frank Del Rio, the line's founder and chairman and CEO of parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings. Original and highly expressive works by renowned artists from Cuba's Vanguard Movement, from 1927 to 1950, among many other notable works, are integrated through-out the public areas of Riviera and positioned to provide surprising and delightful touches throughout the ship.

Bon Appétit Culinary Center

Following a gala christening ceremony and event in Barcelona on May 15, the ship's inaugural schedule begins with a 10-day Maiden Voyage May 16 from Venice to Athens. From May 16 through November 29, 2012, Riviera will offer 12 distinctive itineraries on a total of 20 voyages, calling on ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco, with maiden calls in Cephalonia (Argostoli), Motril (Granada) and La Palma in the Canary Islands. Many of the itineraries feature overnight calls, affording an in-depth, enriching destination experience and allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the cuisine, culture and history of that port. Following the Mediterranean sailings, in November Riviera will cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean where she will operate a series of winter cruises.

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