Recently, the Cruise Specialists team had the opportunity to meet the guests embarking on the 2019 Oceania World Cruise and host a proper send-off celebration in their honor.
2019 Oceania World Cruise Send-off
In true Cruise Specialists fashion, Annie Scrivanich and John Bell met up with Cruise Consultants Sharon Whiting, Teresa Skeim, Carol Terhune, Bridgett Quinn, LynnDee King, Diane Ritchey and their Oceania World Cruise guests to bid them a bon voyage!
They toured the Insignia for an in-depth look at the updates before enjoying an elegant lunch in Toscana. Then, they joined their world cruise guests for a private cocktail party in the Polo Grill, where they could get to know their guests better. Soon, the guests would set off to venture to the far-reaching corners of the world on this beautiful ship.
As with any leading cruise line, Oceania values the comfort and refined taste of guests for every sailing. It’s why they have orchestrated a two-year, 100-million-dollar commitment to redesign of their four Regatta-class ships, the Insignia, Nautica, Regatta and Sirena. The company refers to this substantial investment as a “re-inspiration” rather than a simple “renovation.”
OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken,” said Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises President and CEO. “Our Regatta-Class ships are like second homes to our loyal guests and travel partners. They don’t build ships like these anymore, which is why this re-inspiration project is such an important milestone in our company’s 15-year history. We are maintaining the intimate surroundings and personal attention that our guests love, while at the same time setting a new standard of style and elegance for small ship cruising.”
The re-inspiration included new designer furniture in all of its suites, staterooms and shared spaces. Renewed Reception Halls and splendid, crystal-accented Grand Staircases will set the new look of the ships apart from their original appearance. From custom-created furnishings, upscale accessories and even Carrara marble in bathrooms of the Penthouse, Vista and Owner’s Suites, clients will sail in classic elegance across the seas.
After receiving feedback from guests that expressed a desire for more authentic experiences, smaller groups on tours and an increased focus on overall wellness, Oceania responded. At the premier Oceania Connoisseur Club event in Los Angeles, Oceania announced they now offer:
- 160 Go-Local tours with 10-20 passengers per group in select European ports
- Increased options for culinary and wine tours
- Destination concierges for custom tours
- Smaller, more intimate tour groups
- New destinations: Australia Circumnavigation, Coastal Norway, Croatia and Turkey
The experts at Cruise Specialists came away from this event impressed with the OceaniaNEXT enhancements and ready to share their knowledge with their colleagues and clients.