OCEANIA Cruises has debuted in Australia the first of its R-class ships to emerge from refurbishment as part of the OceaniaNEXT initiative, with Insignia visiting the east coast last month as part of her 180-day Around the World voyage.

The ship underwent a huge transformation late last year and now features new suites and staterooms, updated restaurants, bars, lounges and public spaces along with reimagined menus and new technology, such as bedside USB charging ports.

Insignia’s new look was designed to maintain the feel of Oceania ships which passengers love, while also providing a more contemporary look, said Steve McLaughlin, Vice President Sales Australia & New Zealand. It is much more than just new paint and carpet, he added.

With Oceania Cruises’ focus on cuisine, it is unsurprising that the transformation has extended to the restaurants with more authentic colour, flavour and local wines.

While Insignia is the first to undergo the update, by June 2020, her sister ships Regatta, Sirena and Nautica will all be transformed under the OceaniaNEXT program. The initiative will see a US$100 million investment fleet-wide and also includes cosmetic updates to Marina and Riviera.

“One of the many reasons Oceania Cruises enjoys one of the highest repeat cruise rates of any brand is the fact we’re constantly refreshing our offering and investing in our fleet, with the OceaniaNEXT initiative encompassing the most extensive suite of enhancements we have ever embarked upon,” said Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific with Oceania Cruises, Steve Odell.

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