Oceania’s Insignia is the first ship within the luxury fleet to receive the major OceaniaNEXT makeover.
The 684-passenger cruise ship has debuted its new look right before the vessel’s world cruise.
The 180-day trip will visit five continents and 90 ports with 14 overnights; it departed from New York on January 11th and arrived in Miami on January 16th.
Insignia went into a 16-day dry dock for the renovation which updated almost all of the ship’s cabins, suites and public areas in November 2018.
The other Regatta-class ships in the fleet will undergo almost identical renovations over the next two years, starting with Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020.
“We’re not moving away from country club casual. We wanted to give it a more contemporary feel.” said Isabel Galvan, vice president of marketing.
-The Grand Staircase
The ceiling has been opened up to make room for a very impressive chandelier and the bannisters have been updated to have more of an Art Deco feel.
The carpets are now a patterned blue instead of deep red and there is a large smoked glass panel serving as the backdrop.
All cabins have been stripped down and significantly lightened; instead of dark woods and brown hues, the rooms now have more contemporary colors of light blue and gray, with taupe accents.
The cushioned headboard now reaches to the ceiling, and USB ports and plugs are handily located on both sides of the bed.
All cabins also now have a state-of-the-art interactive TV system with movies on demand; there are new doors are on the cabins along with a more contemporary feel.
All bathrooms appear bigger and brighter with new fixtures, lighting and vanities along with showers now featuring French glass doors
The suite bathrooms are very luxurious with lots of marble and granite.
The hallways have also been brightened up with blue and taupe patterned carpet and gorgeous soft gray textured wall paper.
Here is some other newly-updated areas of the ship:
Artwork throughout the ship is new, tasteful and contemporary.
Guests will no longer see old-fashioned frames but metal frames instead, making the walkways more modern.
-The Grand Dining Room
This is another public space which boasts a spectacular chandelier in the middle of the room.
The chairs are light-colour leather and extremely comfy and the Grand Bar has also been opened up (removing the carpet has made the space feel larger).
The bar still has its wood-panelled look while the rest of the space has been updated in shades of blue, pewter and chocolate.
The theme of chandeliers will become clear to passengers as another anchors Martinis.
The lounge now has lighter coloured furniture and carpet with the stairs removed to improve flow, as well as new lighting fixtures.
Oceania has kept the library’s decorative ceiling and popular speciality restaurants, Toscana and Polo, have stayed the same but with some new furnishings.
OceaniaNEXT is more than just visual upgrades with the line looking at introducing new and exciting concepts.
Guests can look forward to the likes of a champagne-tasting dinner in partnership with Dom Perignon and new ways to use their onboard credit.
Some changes have already been implemented across the fleet as from last year, passengers no longer have to wait until they board their ship too use their onboard credit.
There is now the impressive option of booking shore excursions, drinks packages and spa treatments before the cruise even departs.
What do you think of Insignia’s refurb? Are you planning on sailing with Oceania after the fleetwide upgrade? Which ships have you sailed with before? Leave us your comments…
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