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December 11, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A visit last week to Sydney by the recently refurbished Oceania Cruises ship Regatta gave cruise enthusiasts a chance to see the dramatic rejuvenation and numerous enhancements that have transformed the ship.

Senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific of Oceania Cruises, Steve Odell, said Australasia was producing “exponential growth” for Oceania Cruises and was now the cruise line’s second largest global market, having overtaken the UK.

New Zealand, with a population of just 4 million, was the number-four market.

Regatta will sail a variety of itineraries within the Australasian region over the next few months.

Following her sister ships, Insignia and Sirena, Regatta has undergone a dramatic rejuvenation as part of the cruise line’s OceaniaNEXT initiative, which encompasses the style and comfort for which the brand is renowned.

OceaniaNEXT is the most comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that the brand has ever undertaken. It kicked off in 2018 with a USD 100 million investment to completely transform the line’s four most intimate 684-guest R-class vessels.

Regatta. Butler at work

Emerging from drydock on 22 September 2019, Regatta sailed to local waters via the South Pacific as part of a repositioning cruise. After cruising around New Caledonia, the ship visited Brisbane and then Sydney last week, giving guests and trade partners a firsthand opportunity to experience the refurbished ship.

Highlights of Regatta’s re-inspiration include re-imagined menus featuring more authentic regional flavours and local wines; dramatically transformed public spaces; refurbished restaurants and lounges featuring fresh furniture, lighting and ocean-inspired colour palettes; and brand-new staterooms and suites.

All accommodation aboard Insignia, Regatta and Sirena has emerged with new bathrooms, closets, desks and vanities, sofas, chairs and tables, lighting and mirrors, upholstery, carpets and drapes, and state-of-the-art technology including interactive TV systems and USB ports.

Regatta. Gracious library

Regatta’s stunning re-inspiration will be followed by Nautica in June 2020 – the last of the R-Class fleet to be refurbished. Already renowned for being cruising’s destination specialists, delivering The Finest Cuisine at Sea onboard a fleet of intimate and luxurious ships, the OceaniaNEXT programme has been designed to provide new and repeat guests with even more reasons to discover the world the way they have always dreamed with Oceania Cruises.

“It is a very exciting time to be introducing the new-look Regatta to our market,” Odell commented.

“We have had an incredible year full of exciting initiatives as part of OceaniaNEXT, including the announcement of Aquamar Spa + Vitality Centre, which will debut on board Regatta while she is in Sydney for the second time on 6 January 2020. It’s these kind of enhancements to the guest experience that see Oceania have one of the highest-repeat cruising rates of any line.

Regatta. Terrace Cafe

“We are lucky to be one of the first regions in the world to experience the re-inspiration of Regatta, which boasts 342 brand-new designer suites and staterooms, and stunning new décor in her restaurants, lounges and bars inspired by Oceania’s 450 ports of call

“The re-imagination of these four stunning vessels is just the beginning.

“We have many surprises and delights to reveal in 2020 and beyond as part of the OceaniaNEXT initiative, which we cannot wait to unveil.”

During the 2019/20 season, Regatta will embark upon a series of scenic Australasian voyages, including the 15-day Reefs to Romance itinerary departing Sydney on 6 December, visiting Airlie Beach, Alotau and Bali, and the 14-day Outrageous Outback itinerary departing Sydney on 6 January where she’ll call on Eden, Milford Sound and Auckland. February 2020 sees Regatta heading to the South Pacific for some immersive island itineraries before repositioning to Alaska for the 2020 season.

Regatta. Penthouse suite

Oceania Cruises operates six intimate and luxurious ships carrying 684 to 1250 guests. The fleet visits more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages.

Edited by Peter Needham

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