A New Contender Joins the Upscale Cruise Market
With this month’s maiden voyage of the Riviera, boutique cruise line Oceania Cruises increased its fleet to four luxury ships. Sailing from Venice to Athens, the ten-day “Pearls of the Aegean” introduced a new contender in the upscale cruise market. Following a gala christening ceremony in Barcelona, the 1,250-guest Riviera debuted just sixteen months after the launch of her sister ship, Marina. The new ship even has its own godmother — Cat Cora, the American chef, restaurateur and co-host of Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates.” This pairing is apt, since the Riviera has been specially designed for epicureans and features ten dining venues, including a French bistro from Jacques Pépin. Notable facilities include a Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a Bon Appétit Culinary Center and the Artist Loft enrichment center. For the ship’s design, Oceania Cruises partnered with Dakota Jackson, who fashioned more than 40 pieces and furniture and lighting to give the staterooms an upscale urban apartment feel. Additional furnishings come from the Ralph Lauren Home collection. Along with the launch of its new ship, Oceania Cruises is introducing more than 1,000 new tours and excursion packages, so that guests can custom-design their cruise experience.
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