Oceania to spend $50M on renovation of older ships

By Jerry Limone
Oceania Cruises said Monday that it will spend $50 million refurbishing its three R-class ships — the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica.

The renovations are scheduled from April 24 to June 6, with the Insignia and Nautica being refurbished in Marseille, France, and the Regatta in Vancouver.

Oceania will refurbish suites, staterooms and selected public spaces, some in the colors and decor found on Oceania’s newer ships, the Marina and Riviera. As with the newer ships, original artwork will be commissioned for staterooms and suites.

The ships' top accommodations, the Owner's and Vista suites, will receive new bathrooms, including the addition of oversized showers and new vanities.

Casual-dining restaurant Terrace Cafe will get a new grill that will allow for the preparation of lobster tails, steaks and lamb chops. The Baristas coffee bar found on the Marina and Riviera will be added to the R-class vessels.

The company will glass-enclose the ships' only indoor smoking area, located in the Horizons observation lounge. Oceania is installing a new air-filtration system for the space.
The dining room and Toscana, the line's Italian restaurant, will be expanded with more tables for two.

Show lounges will be refurbished, and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub will receive new steam and changing rooms.

The renovated Insignia will debut on May 8 in Barcelona for a seven-day cruise. The refurbished Nautica will debut on May 16 in Civitavecchia, Italy, for a 10-day voyage, and Regatta on June 7 in Vancouver for a 10-day Alaska cruise.

Oceania’s R-class ships each have a 684-passenger capacity.
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