Hello from Riviera!
As our president, Kunal Kamlani, announced on Friday, we have officially taken delivery of Riviera, and we’re now putting on the final touches in preparation for her christening in Barcelona next week.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing some of Riviera‘s unique design elements here on the blog, and I’m sure those of you booked on an upcoming voyage are eager to get onboard and experience the ship. Of course, Marina and Riviera were first and foremost designed for foodies, but our secondary goal has been to create floating museums that inspire and engage our guests with their sense of style and their striking, contemporary artwork.a
Our chairman, Frank Del Rio, holds a special place in his heart for all the Cuban artists featured onboard, which is understandable due to his Cuban heritage. My fascination with Asian art is not so easily explained, but it has likely evolved from my travels on that continent and my experiences with the beauty of not only the paintings and sculptures of Asia, but also the gardens, the temples and especially the people and their cultures.
As you might imagine, I was especially pleased to be able to help with the installation of the artwork in Red Ginger. Below we are hanging a Vietnamese painting that reads “Celebrate.”
The next painting says “Serenity” in Thai. I especially like it because it reflects the harmony of Red Ginger’s bold, yet tranquil, design.
As with all of our restaurants onboard, every detail is a statement on the distinctive style of each venue. So in Red Ginger we had to make sure that the table settings were works of art in themselves.
Frank, Kunal and I can’t wait until Riviera welcomes her first guests onboard, and I hope you’ll enjoy exploring every corner of the ship. In fact, we only have a few corners left to prepare. We’ll continue to share photos here on the blog as we complete the finishing touches.
I hear Chef Franck Garanger is preparing a tasting for us in Waves Grill, so for now I’d better attend to the business at hand. Like I always say, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!