Oceania Cruises Riviera
Oceania Cruises Riviera
Oceania Cruises has revealed enhancements to their 1,258-passenger ship - Riviera during a recent makeover. Similar enhancements will be carried out on Riviera’s sister ship - Marina in May 2020. The most dramatic change to the ship is the addition of a new lounge with sweeping sea views on Deck 14. Decorated in silvery-grey and sea greens punctuated with bold accents of gold and high-gloss ebony and white marble, the new Bar Istas lounge is the place where guests can relax or enjoy lively conversation over an Illy coffee. There’s even a new silver Victoria Arduino espresso machine - known as the ‘Rolls Royce of Coffee.’
In addition, the 200 Concierge and 244 Veranda staterooms, along with the 124 Penthouse Suites, aboard Riviera now feature a new décor inspired by the company’s revamped Insignia and Sirena ships. Lustrous wenge walnut panelling and upholstered headboards are offset with tones of espresso, caramel and ivory in the new carpeting and fabrics.
For those for whom only the best will do, the three next-generation Owner’s Suites are furnished exclusively with the Ralph Lauren Home Collection and reflect the designer’s appreciation for Hollywood glamour, classical beauty as well as sailing. Following the refurbishment, walls now boast Georgian wood panels plus a mahogany and quartzite bar, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows dressed with Ralph Lauren Home Grimaldi-weave sail fabrics. The living room of the suites have mahogany chairs upholstered in navy and white, while the centrepiece of the dining room is a new chandelier overhead the Mayfair dining table. In the bedroom there’s a new Côte D'Azure bed and side chairs upholstered in Sutton Suede Doe. Finally, the wraparound teak verandas feature stylish pieces custom-crafted by Ralph Lauren Home Collection for Oceania Cruises.
The transformation is all part of the cruise line’s OceaniaNEXT programme - an initiative that seeks to elevate every facet of the Oceania Cruises’ guest experience. The goal is to transform the line’s six vessels with everything from new dining experiences and re-imagined menus, to the complete renovation of public areas and suites.
- 6th July 2019
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.