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Top 10 Re-Inspiration Design Highlights
 

Small details and designer choices are giving way to an even more luxurious ambiance and elevated cruise experience on board our four re-inspired Regatta-Class ships. Get a closer look at the enhancements coming soon to Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena.

1. A sparkling new Grand Staircase: The Reception Hall and Upper Hall will set the re-inspired tone with a new Grand Staircase framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents while overhead, a luminous and grand chandelier sets the space aglow.

2. Designer residential furnishings and fabrics in public spaces: Furnishings from Baker and Donghia, along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet, will dramatically enhance the public rooms and be set upon custom-milled carpets and illuminated by glowing crystal chandeliers above.

3. An even grander Grand Dining Room: Bejeweled new chandeliers will adorn The Grand Dining Room along with buttery soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading.

4. A new personality and palette for Martinis: Our beloved bar will feature a fresh new palette of deep Grecian blue, sienna and chocolate browns and stately pewter, while silver-white marble and tobacco quartz will accent the bar. The trademark walnut paneling will add luster and whispers of familiarity.

5. A light, brighter & more spacious Horizons: This favorite space for quiet mornings, Afternoon Tea, and evening entertainment and drinks will now be even more alluring as the room is opened up to offer beautiful unobstructed 270-degree views.

6. Sleekly redefined staterooms: Each and every stateroom will feature custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes. Supple upholstered headboards, designer draperies and chic lighting plus all new storage spaces – new closets, dressers and vanities – will make them even more spacious and attractive than before.

7. Deluxe Concierge Level upgrades: Ultra Tranquilty Beds and re-inspired verandas with stylish new furniture will elevate Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms even further.

8. Floor-to-ceiling bathroom transformations: Every fixture and surface will be new with beautiful vanities, sleek glass enclosures and perfect lighting in each and every suite and stateroom bathroom.

9. Luxury finishes in Suite bathrooms: Fine Carrara marble, polished granite and sleek onyx will also bejewel the spacious bathrooms in Penthouse, Vista & Owner’s Suites.

10. Lavish new suites: Owner’s, Vista and Penthouse Suites will be adorned in designer fabrics and furnishings echoing the serene seas and expansive skies, becoming calming and tranquil oases of quietude and relaxation.

Stay tuned for more details on our exciting Re-Inspiration coming soon!

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Unveiling the Re-Inspiration of Classic Elegance
 

We’re thrilled to share this exciting news with you – beginning this December, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena will begin the transformative process of becoming four new ships in a dramatic re-inspiration without peer. Each ship will glow with a new sheen as crisp and polished as a flawless diamond. Tuscan marble, engaging works of art and designer residential furniture will adorn the re-inspired spaces. The iconic Library will be just as plush and hushed as you remember it, and magnificent views will fill Horizons as never before.

The Next Chapter for Our Iconic Regatta-Class Ships
Unveiling a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements so transformational they are inspirational, our Re-Inspiration will elevate virtually every facet of the Oceania Cruises experience. Every surface of every suite and stateroom will be entirely new, while in the public spaces, a refreshed color palette of soft sea and sky tones will surround a tasteful renewal of fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures that exquisitely encompasses our inimitable style and comfort. From the bejeweled new chandeliers in the gracious Grand Dining Room and beckoning Reception Hall to the sleek and calming Canyon Ranch Spa, each ship will celebrate a rejuvenation so sweeping, you will find it positively unimaginable to resist their welcoming embrace.

The Design Team Behind Our Re-Inspiration
The design team at Miami-based Studio DADO is a set of innately curious world travelers that have a passion for blending cultural, historical and natural elements into their designs. They believe that artful and thoughtful design results in comfort, celebration and unexpected delight. As our guests, you are at the epicenter of their thought process and they are just as obsessed with the small details as they are with creating memorable and timeless spaces, which you’ll see brought to life in every corner of our ships.

Better Than New
A twinkle of elegance and comfortable sophistication will refine our dining venues, creating worthy stages
for The Finest Cuisine at Sea. Imagine sipping an aperitif in the restyled Grand Bar and then sinking into buttery-soft dining chairs in The Grand Dining Room, where a renewed sense of grandeur radiates from the glistening chandelier and plush carpets.

Suites & Staterooms Renewed
Lighter, brighter and even more spacious, every suite and stateroom on board will positively glow from a
wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling re-inspiration. Custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood
finishes, designer accessories and an air of elegance and sophistication will be the hallmarks of our
completely transformed guest accommodations. Every square inch will be new, enhanced by nuanced
shades of the sea and sky, creating a harmonious celebration of style and comfort.

In a new world of luminous and luxurious design, rest assured that one aspect will remain constant
and unchanged: our trademark warm and personalized service. Whether you are sailing for the first time or the fiftieth, you’ll note the ease with which the staff remembers your name and your preferences along with the genuine smiles and enthusiasm that can only come from the heart.

Re-Inspiration Sailing Debut
Whatever it is that inspires your passion for travel, we look forward to welcoming you aboard the newly re-designed and re-inspired Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena soon.

INSIGNIA: Cuba CollageMiami to Miami | 10 days | Dec 7, 2018

SIRENA: Medieval MediterraneanBarcelona to Venice | 10 days | May 19, 2019

REGATTA: Colorful CaribbeanSeattle to Miami | 20 days | Sep 24, 2019

NAUTICA
COMING JUNE 2020

Stay tuned for our top 10 Re-Inspiration design highlights – coming later this week!

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2018 Reunion Cruise: Celebrating 15 Years at Sea with our Well-Traveled Guests

By James Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

As one of the original 19 team members who founded Oceania Cruises in 2003, I am now thrilled to be celebrating 15 years at sea on our Oceania Club Reunion Cruise. I’ve been cruising New England on board Insignia with some of our most frequent guests, and it has been such a pleasure to hear the stories of their experiences with us over the years. One guest on board spent six months sailing around the world on her very first cruise with us, and she has come back to sail with us for more than 400 days since. Another guest, Sukey Rosenbaum, has sailed with us so many days – 931 to be exact – that she inspired the creation of our new President’s Circle level of Oceania Club.

One of my favorite experiences on each Reunion Cruise is joining guests on exclusive shore excursions created just for this special voyage. On this cruise I had the opportunity to explore Boston with Ms. Rosenbaum and several other guests. It was quite moving to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers along the Freedom Trail. Around every corner we discovered another site of a momentous event in America’s history, painstakingly preserved amidst the skyscrapers of a modern cosmopolitan city as a precious reminder of how this nation came to be: the Old South Meeting House where thousands of colonists gathered to protest the tea tax and launch the Boston Tea Party, the Old North Church where two lanterns signaled the British were coming by sea, the family home of patriot Paul Revere. Our guide had led visitors along this path for over 20 years, and his insights truly brought the history to life.

Traveling the world with family and friends is one of my greatest joys, and as I think of the sacrifices made by those early settlers in Boston, I cherish even more deeply the freedom to do so. What a fitting celebration of Oceania Cruises’ 15 years at sea!

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Recipe: Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup)
 

Tom Kha Gai Soup

This quintessential Thai chicken coconut soup is a deliciously aromatic accompaniment to any meal with an Asian flair or a complete meal on its own. This soup is served in Red Ginger, our Asian restaurant on board, and you can learn this recipe and other Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese favorites from this restaurant during our “Most Requested Red Ginger” class at The Culinary Center on Marina and Riviera.

According to Chef Kathryn Kelly, Executive Chef & Director of Culinary Enrichment, Thai cuisine is best characterized as complex, balanced, fresh and spicy – and this classic chicken and coconut soup brings that description to life with fresh lemongrass, lime juice, coconut milk, Thai chilies and galangal – which is also known as Thai ginger and is in the ginger family, but the flavor is markedly more citrusy and earthy.

Tom Khai Gai Soup

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Serves 6

16 cups low-sodium chicken stock
3 stalks lemongrass, mashed
1 cup coarsely chopped galangal
8 kaffir lime leaves
2 Thai chilies
6 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 cups straw mushroom pieces
18 cherry tomatoes, halved
Juice of 3 to 5 limes
18 cilantro leaves

In a large stockpot over medium heat, combine the chicken stock, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves and chilies and simmer until the stock reduces by half, about 1½ to 2 hours. Decrease the heat to low, add the chicken and poach to an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C. Remove the chicken, let cool and shred. Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.

Return the stock to the stockpot over medium heat, reheat the stock and add the coconut milk and fish sauce. Divide the shredded chicken, mushroom pieces and cherry tomatoes among 6 bowls. Just before serving, stir the lime juice into the stock, adjusting the amount to taste. Divide the stock among the bowls, garnish each with cilantro leaves and enjoy!

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Q&A with Claudine Pépin
 

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As proud godmother of Sirena, Claudine Pépin takes great pleasure in hosting her Signature Sailing every year. This year’s 10-day journey from Rome to Venice aboard Sirena explores several Italian gems in the Mediterranean as well as sought-after destinations lining the Adriatic Sea. With this sailing just around the corner in July, we caught up with her to find out what she’s most excited about, her favorites aboard Sirena and more.

What are you looking forward to most during your Signature Sailing this summer?
I’m truly looking forward to meeting first-time Oceania Cruises guests – they are so happy and always have a great time. I’m also looking forward to seeing guests that I’ve sailed with several times. I feel like it’s a reunion every trip; I have a growing Oceania Cruises family! In addition, every itinerary and every port offers a new treasure – we never get tired of the adventures.

Do you have any “Signature Sailing traditions” that you’ve started with your husband or daughter?
After we unpack quickly, we always have a bite at Terrace Café. We love to see the crew, many of whom we now know, and all the new folks we’ll meet. Rollie, Shorey and I love to be out on the deck as we sail away from the first port. We always take lots of pictures together and send them to all our friends.

What is your favorite culinary experience on Sirena?
That is an impossible question. I look forward to every meal and I also look forward to breakfast in my stateroom while looking outside at the beauty of the port of call we might be visiting or the ocean. I look forward to veal chop at Tuscan Steak, Chilean sea bass at Red Ginger, The Bistro in The Grand Dining Room for lunch and the Dover sole at The Grand Dining Room for dinner. I love Terrace Café for any meal – you’ll often find me on the back veranda there!

What insider Sirena tip would you share with guests?
Baristas, the coffee bar outside The Grand Dining Room, is a great way to start the day or any time you need to recharge.

Tell us about some of the explorations you’re looking forward to having in the Mediterranean.
Where to begin? In Rome before the cruise, we’re going to see the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and then the Jewish Quarter – and oh, of course we’ll visit a few trattorias in between. In Amalfi, I’m excited to dine at one of the cliffside restaurants with views of the deep blue harbor and in Taormina, we all can’t wait for the pasta! While in Malta, we’re planning to visit the island of Gozo so we can go to one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Mediterranean. And then we haven’t been to several of the ports along the Adriatic before, such as Durres and Kotor, so we’re very much looking forward to discovering them.

Can you give us a sneak preview of what might be involved in your cooking demo?
The recipes are designed to be easy for the home cook, and to pay homage to the local fare. (Hint: the Veneto is famous for potato gnocchi.)

For you, what is the quintessential end to a night on board?
A glass of Champagne and a little dancing in Horizons.

Claudine looks forward to meeting many of you who will be joining her on her Signature Sailing this July –see you on board Sirena!