Oceania Cruises Christens New Ship

Oceania Cruises yesterday christened the newest addition to its fleet of luxury cruise ships, the 1,250-passenger Riviera. Celebrity Chef Cat Cora served as the vessel’s godmother in a Catalan-themed christening ceremony held along the Barcelona waterfront, attended by city officials, the line’s executives and the godmothers of its other ships Regatta, Nautica and Marina.


Built at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponante shipyard, Riviera boasts 11 guest decks and builds on the designer touches that debuted onboard Marina last year. As on her sister, a magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase in the lobby serves as the onboard centerpiece and a sign of things to come for guests as they board for the first time. The staterooms and suites are luxuriously outfitted, with the top-of-the-line Owner’s Suites spanning the entire beam of the ship featuring furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home.


Oceania Cruises’ reputation for culinary excellence continues onboard the ship, with more than 18 restaurants, bars and lounges serving a variety of cuisines from French to Asian. The Grand Dining Room’s soaring ceiling and European decor lends an air of stateliness, complemented by exquisite continental cuisine and an attention to detail from the wait staff, while specialty restaurants Jacques, Red Ginger, Polo Grill and Toscana offer gourmet dining.


Riviera’s recreation options are headlined by the award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub, incorporating a series of thermal environments designed to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body. A heated swimming pool and thalassotherapy pool on the spa deck are ideal for sun worshippers, while those preferring to stay indoors can enjoy the day at the Artist Loft, Library, Oceania@Sea internet center or pick up new cooking skills at the Bon Appetit Culinary Center. Entertainment acts at the ship’s theatre, together with the Horizons nightclub and the Monte Carlo-style casino ensure the fun continues late into the evenings.


Currently on a pre-inaugural cruise, Riviera will arrive in Venice on 16 May 2012 to begin her maiden voyage. The 10-night sailing will bring cruisers to Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Turkey, with port calls at Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Monemvasia, Santorini, Crete, Kusadasi, Delos and Mykonos before arriving in Piraeus. Riviera will then spend her first summer season in the Mediterranean Sea, visiting Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.


For more information, visit www.oceaniacruises.com.

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