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Paradise Found: The Allure of the South Pacific
 

When you sail to far reaches of the shimmering South Pacific aboard our ships, you leave the routines of everyday life behind for adventures that elevate your travels to a whole new level. Dreamy atolls, blue lagoons, remote villages and virgin rainforests only begin to scratch the surface of the gems in the South Pacific.

Experience the paradise of the region firsthand and enjoy up-close encounters with Polynesian culture and cuisine. Revel in having Tahiti’s soaring volcanic cliffs, the sapphire seas of Moorea and the pearlescent sands of Fiji’s flawless beaches in your backyard. Uncover the lasting legacies of author Herman Melville and painter Paul Gauguin, who were so inspired by the stunning South Pacific islands. Travel further back in time at an ancient temple on Tahiti for a glimpse of sacred Polynesian traditions. On the list of seasoned travelers everywhere, our explorations of the South Pacific reveal paradise landscapes, ancestral traditions and unique insight into the local life. Here’s a brief look at what you’ll find in a few of our top South Pacific destinations.

QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC
Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia
Known as one of the most romantic islands in the world, Tahiti invites you to fall in love with island time as the tropical breeze over the sea carries the scent of fragrant hibiscus flowers. In the heart of the South Pacific, admire the surrounding lagoon and mountain peaks during a catamaran cruise, or take a stroll through the waterfront Jardins de Paofai. At Venus Point, walk the exact location where Captain James Cook once recorded the passage of Venus to calculate the distance between the sun and Earth. During a off-road journey, explore an uncommon side of Tahiti deep in Papenoo Valley, which brims with waterfalls and verdant flora. Crown your experience by heading to the beach for the sunset.

OCEANIA PARADISE
Suva, Fiji
Set on a hilly peninsula at the southeastern end of Viti Levu, Suva is the thriving multicultural and cosmopolitan capital of Fiji. Here you can enjoy everything from boutique shops and upscale restaurants to island adventures and cultural explorations. Spend the afternoon at an aromatic spice farm and gardens full of medicinal plants and then learn the secrets of native Fijian cooking. Take a longboat cruise along the Navua River, admiring mountain ranges and the surrounding tropical rainforest replete with exotic birds, dramatic gorges and cascading waterfalls. Meanwhile the Arts Village of Fiji offers an immersion into the evolution of the island’s fascinating ethnic history and art, including a performance by Fijian firewalkers.


THE MAGICAL ISLAND
Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea is home to the often-overlooked bright blue lagoon and volcanically formed island that inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Take in splendid views during a hike along the Sister Island’s three coconut trails or swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in a natural lagoon. Perhaps take a dip in the clear lagoon of Moorea with beautiful views of the island’s sharp mountain peaks, lush valleys and picturesque coastal shoreline. Then relax on a paradise beach and enjoy the warm tropical waters of French Polynesia.

Wanderlust sparked? Explore our top South Pacific voyages now.

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The Suite Life: Top 10 Butler Services
 

Once you’re settled in your suite, what can your Butler do to enhance your voyage? We’re so glad you asked. Trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, our Butlers are true professionals with the ability to meticulously attend to every detail – and even often anticipate your wishes before you realize them yourself, so the options are endless. Below are our Butlers’ top suggestions on ways they can make your voyage even more relaxing and memorable.

  1. Bring you coffee and pastries from Baristas in the morning or afternoon so you can relax in the privacy of your suite.
  2. Make your specialty dining reservations for you.
  3. Arrange shoreside dining, entertainment and transportation perfectly tailored to your preferences.
  4. Plan an in-suite cocktail party for you and your family or friends.
  5. Make arrangements or decorate for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
  6. Assist with laundry, dry cleaning and pressing requests.
  7. Provide advice on destination experiences or offerings and services on board.
  8. Arrange for course-by-course in-suite dining on your veranda or in your sitting area.
  9. Book your onboard spa appointments at the Canyon Ranch Spa.
  10. Draw a relaxing bath for you after an adventurous excursion ashore.

What’s your favorite butler service? Share it with us below or on Facebook!

 

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Next Generation of Our Owner’s Suites

By Trevor R. Howells, Principal Designer at Trevor R. Howells Interior Design

From the beginning, I was thrilled to be a part of this project. As a Ralph Lauren alum myself – having worked for Ralph Lauren for many, many years – I was excited to bring my unique design sense and knowledge of Ralph Lauren Home to the project. My first impression of these Owner’s Suites when I walked in – well, I was truly blown away. I had seen the photos and the video footage, but seeing them in person, they’re awe inspiring. They’re beautiful and truly unique spaces…on land or sea. The first thing that I did was to hone in on the signature items, and the elements that I wanted to retain, and then start to create the new vision around that.

But for me, the greatest part of working on this project has been working with the Oceania Cruises team, which actually I mean Oceania Cruises family, because that’s what I learned that they really are. Everyone I’m working with is so passionate and so caring. They bring everyone in and make them feel like family. And I’m not just extremely proud of the work that I’m doing, but I’m really proud of working with the Oceania Cruises team.

Below is a closer look at what we’ve been working on for the exciting new Owner’s Suites.

The overall concept:
Nautical chic – the love of the sea, the travel, the adventure of it all. It’s about bringing the Owner’s Suites to the next level. The next generation of Oceania Cruises.

What the new suites will feel like:
Ralph Lauren is always very cinematic. There’s always a character, we go back to a sort of Hollywood movie scenario of who that character is. The adventure that they will go on. We’re looking to tell a story. We capture the Ralph Lauren classic, so navy and white, the nautical chic aspect of the travel and the adventure. You see the detail, and you feel the layering and the luxury. The timeless style. What that feels like – being on the sexiest, most sophisticated yacht.

On the design process:
I looked at everything in the suite. I wanted to infuse the suites with a modern feel, making them feel more luxurious, but still keeping them timeless and chic. The furniture, the fabrics, the lighting, the accessories, the artwork. It’s about curating the space, making it special – elevated. The artwork is curated for the love of travel and adventure. The biggest challenge was how to create something new that was measurably better, more beautiful. The bar had to be set very high.

On the new furnishings:
I selected items from the Ralph Lauren furniture line. Furniture that was iconic to the brand…not only for their craftsmanship but for their style. We’re upholstering those items in beautiful, high-end residential fabrics – they’re extremely luxurious. Suedes and leathers, wool sateens, silk velvets, metallic linens.

On the color palette:
The mood and color palette for these suites are quintessentially Ralph Lauren, bringing in the navy and white, mixed with cream and camel and ivory. The suites are a combination of solids, stripes, textures and pattern. We’re also using pops of metallic fabrics to add an extra little shimmer to each space. For the lighting, we’ve incorporated both brass and nickel, in an eclectic mix, layering the room in the way that only a Ralph Lauren room would be dressed.

Discover more about our new Owner’s Suites at OceaniaNEXT.com.

About Trevor R. Howells
In 1997, Trevor began working for Ralph Lauren Creative Services in New York City. Working within the company’s architecture and design team, Trevor was responsible for the installations of the company’s premiere flagship retail stores around the world including New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Aspen, London, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. At Ralph Lauren Home, Trevor was instrumental in creating the brand’s signature lifestyle themes, whether it be a California beach house, a New York City penthouse, or an English country manor. Trevor managed the construction of the Home showroom in New York City and subsequent Home retail stores worldwide. In 2012, he established Trevor R. Howells Interior Design in Los Angeles, California. He is currently working with both residential and commercial clients worldwide.

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Top 5 Bermuda Spots From St. George
 

There are two reasons you’ll want to be on deck when you sail into St. George, Bermuda. First, it allows you to fully appreciate the intimate size of your Oceania Cruises ship, as the entrance to the port traverses a remarkably narrow inlet to access the harbor. Second, it’s gorgeous. The extensive coral reefs in surrounding waters create varying depths that manifest in every shade of blue you can imagine, and the rocky coastline rises to a lush green landscape of gentle hills speckled with pastel houses.

Needless to say, you’ll be eager to disembark and explore this paradise of more than 100 islands. You might tour St. George in a horse-drawn carriage or perhaps hop on a motorbike and jet off to the Royal Naval Dockyard to discover Bermuda’s rich maritime history. In the capital of Hamilton, you could rent one of the electric mini-cars that have recently become available here, offering a fun way to explore the islands on four (tiny) wheels. That said, if you simply feel like a stroll, you can enjoy a delightful day by letting your own two feet transport you to any – or all – of the places below.

The Town of St. George: Just steps from the pier, you’ll find the quaint and colorful town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its well-preserved colonial architecture and fortifications. An enthusiastic man in colonial dress welcomes you to the pretty Town Hall, which sits on King’s Square along with a replica of a pillory that can provide a fun photo op. Continue through town to shop the tax-free boutiques.

Unfinished Church: An uphill walk of a few blocks along Government Hill Road takes you to the Unfinished Church. Begun in 1874 but never completed due to storm damage and parishioner disagreements, the Gothic structure is quite lovely, and you might even glimpse a local wedding while you’re there.

Tobacco Bay Beach: Over the hill past the Unfinished Church on the north side of St. George’s Island, you’ll find Tobacco Bay Beach. Shallow turquoise waters and a protective reef along the bay make it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Afterward, grab a rum punch at the café and relax on the soft sands.

Achilles Bay Beach: Continue along the coast from Tobacco Bay Beach and you’ll soon reach Achilles Bay Beach. This secluded stretch of sand might be nearly deserted, and if you linger until sunset, you can take in fantastic views from the terrace of the adjacent restaurant.

Fort Saint Catherine: If the military history of Bermuda intrigues you, check out Fort Saint Catherine across from Achilles Bay Beach. The impressive fort houses a museum and – as you would expect of a fort – offers panoramic views of the sea.

Join us in Bermuda in 2019!

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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!