Oceania Cruises’ newly refurbished Insignia arrived in Mumbai after visiting Cochin, Mangalore and Goa in India as part of her 180 Day Around-the-World Cruise. Insignia is the first ship to debut new enhancements undertaken as part of the OceaniaNEXT initiative; her guests will travel through the Pacific and Asia, as well as cruising through the Middle-East, Europe and American regions. With their motto of ‘The Finest Cuisine at Sea’, Oceania Cruises with Insignia has chosen to elevate its guest experience through new dining experiences and their theme based re-imagined menus.
The first OceaniaNEXT initiative to be undertaken is the $100 million re-inspiration of the line’s four 684-guest ships (Regatta, Insignia, Sirena, and Nautica). Each has emerged with 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms, and new décor in the restaurants, lounges and bars, inspired by the line’s 450 ports of call.
At the helm of the dramatic refurbishment is Studio DADO, a Miami-based design and concept studio specialising in luxury residential and hospitality design. Also, the owners’ suites are designed by the brand Ralph Lauren. The complete revamping of the ship was accomplished in 20 days time in Germany.
“OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken,” said Bob Binder, President and CEO, Oceania Cruises. “Our Regatta-Class ships are like second homes to our loyal guests and travel partners. They don’t build ships like these anymore, which is why this re-inspiration project is such an important milestone in our company’s 15-year history. We are maintaining the intimate surroundings and personal attention that our guests love, while at the same time setting a new standard of style and elegance for small ship cruising. We have opened a new chapter, innovating in every way as we look to the future and the way our guests want to travel. We can’t wait for our ‘new’ ships to launch.”
The new interiors of the ship showcase the best of residential design. Furnishings from Baker and Donghia along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet adorn the public spaces, with new custom-milled carpets lining the floors.
A new Grand Staircase framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents define the characteristics of the Reception Hall and Upper Hall. Overhead, a crowning grand chandelier adorned with hanging pieces of smoked and hand-painted glass, designed by studio DADO specifically for the ship, is installed.
The Grand Dining Room features a colour scheme of buttery soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading in tone with the crystal chandelier, which is the room’s defining centrepiece.
Martinis the bar, inspired by the coastline of Santorini, features hues of deep Grecian blue, sienna and chocolate browns, and stately pewter. Silver-white marble and tobacco quartz accent the bar with its trademark walnut panelling. The bar looks inviting and bright in comparison with its previous decor and allows the guests to enjoy drinks at leisure. The more spacious staterooms and suites are lighter, brighter, and of a modern setting with outward looking verandas. All accommodations feature designer accessories, with new technological adaptations. The attached bathrooms too offer more space outfitted with Carrara marble, polished granite, and sleek onyx.
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