Oceania Cruises’ new look `R’ class ships, the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, will be revealed during inaugural sailings in early summer 2014, following a $50m investment, the largest in the line’s history. The dry docks are scheduled from April 24 to June 6, 2014 with Insignia and Nautica being refurbished in Marseilles, France and Regatta in Vancouver, BC.

Cruise Ship Insignia, First World Cruise / Photo © Oceania Cruises

Cruise Ship Insignia, First World Cruise / Photo © Oceania Cruises

The renovated Insignia will debut on May 8, 2014 in Barcelona for her 7-day Jewels of Europe cruise. This will be Insignia’s first cruise after her two-year charter. Nautica will debut on May 16, 2014 in Civitavecchia for her 10-day Cliffs & Coves cruise and Regatta on June 7, 2014 in Vancouver for her 10-day Majesty of Alaska cruise.

Bernard Carter, Managing Director, UK & Europe Oceania Cruises, said “This exciting refurbishment project provides the opportunity to bring some of the best features of our newer `O’ Class ships, Marina and Riviera, to the smaller ships, to give our guests a consistent experience across the fleet”.

He continued “In the last three years Oceania Cruises has launched two new ships, brought flight-inclusive pricing to the UK market and celebrated ten years since the line was launched in 2003 and now, we have another land mark to celebrate as we bring the styling and amenities of the five ships in the fleet into line”.

Highlights of the refurbishment are:

· All staterooms will have rich new décor, giving them with a sense of style, elegance and flair.

· Penthouse suites will be transformed with stunning new furnishings, rich upholstery and a vibrant yet calming palette that reflects the sea, sun and sky.

· Owner’s and Vista Suites will receive new bathrooms featuring oversized showers along with new marble and granite vanities.

· The addition of Baristas, Oceania Cruises’ relaxing coffee bar where master baristas prepare complimentary Illy® espressos, frothy cappuccinos and fresh pastries throughout the day.

· The Terrace Café will be transformed with dramatic new furnishings, flooring, wall-coverings, and lighting. This restaurant will also feature a state-of-the-art grill which prepares cooked-to-order specialties such as juicy steaks, succulent lobster tails and mouth-watering chops.

· Horizons will be resplendent in a new palate of soothing sea blues, cocoa brown and mint and furnished with new chairs and sofas that are perfect for conversing, relaxing or simply taking in the stunning views.

· The Main Lounge will be completely refurbished with new carpeting, chairs and luxurious new fabrics and upholstery.

· Ever-popular Martinis will receive new furnishings while retaining its classic ambiance.

· The pool deck will sport all new furniture and new tile work.

· The Canyon Ranch Spa Club will have all new Steam and Changing Rooms with dramatic new mosaics.

· The Sports Deck, located atop the ship with magnificent vistas of the sea, features a new mini-golf course, new shuffleboard courts and selection of deck games.

· Insignia will feature the addition of an Artist Loft on Deck 11.

· As part of the 2014 R Class refurbishments, Cabanas will be removed from all R Class ships and replaced with mini-golf.

Information source: Oceania Cruises

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