Oceania Cruises’ new cruise ship, Oceania Riviera, was built at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard in Italy. Construction began in January 2010 and the ship was structurally complete by July 2011. The ship resembles its sister ship Oceania Marina, which was launched in the early 2011. The ship was delivered in April 2012 and was christened in May 2012.
Riviera has a length of 785ft, beam of 106ft, maximum draught of 24ft and gross tonnage of 66,084t. The maximum speed of the ship is 20k. The ship can accommodate 1,250 passengers and 800 crew members.
Riviera made her first voyage, named Pearls of the Aegean, from Venice to Athens in May 2012.
Design of the Oceania Riviera
The interiors of the ship were designed by Y&S Architects of Oslo. The ship features a grand stairway and a grand lobby, designed by Lalique, owner’s suites and spacious accommodation. It has a total of ten restaurants, including six open air restaurants.
The grand dining room has a crystal chandelier at the centre of the ceiling.
It also has rich wood furnishings with soft cocoa, cream and gold hues, and a few apricot and cranberry furnishings.
The ship has a total of 16 decks, including 11 guest decks. The fifth deck includes boutiques, Jacques and Red Ginger restaurants, a Marina lounge, and concierge, reception and destination services.
Deck six includes a grand dining hall, casinos in the centre, the grand bar and Martini’s lounge. The seventh to 12th decks have staterooms.
The 12th deck houses vista suites, Oceania suites and concierge level veranda staterooms along with an artist loft, a culinary centre, a pool, terrace cafe, waves bar and waves grill. The 14th deck includes a boardroom, coffee shops, spa, fitness and aerobics, library, restaurants, sanctuary and salon. The 15th deck includes a fitness track and a horizon observational suite. The 16th deck features the activities court.
Construction of Oceania Cruises’ new ship
Construction works of Oceania Riviera were carried out at Fincantieri’s shipyard at Genoa, Italy. The construction works were completed and the ship sailed to Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard, Italy, with the help of tugs in July 2011. The interior and finishing works were carried out at the shipyard.
Stateroom designs and furnishings
Oceania Riviera has 625 staterooms and suites, including three owner’s suites, eight vista suites, 12 ocean view suites, 124 penthouse suites, 200 concierge staterooms, 244 concierge veranda staterooms, 20 ocean staterooms and 18 inside rooms.
The area of the staterooms ranges from 174ft² to more than 2,000ft². The luxurious suites were designed by Dakota Jackson and S.B. Long Interiors, and the rooms were furnished by Ralph Lauren Home.
The ship has three owner’s suites, which were furnished by Ralph Lauren Home. Each of the three suites has an area greater than 2,000ft². Each suite features a living room, a bedroom with king-size bed and closets, a dining room and a music room.
The suites are provided with flatscreen televisions, DVD players, iPods, and laptops with wireless internet access and media library. The suites are also provided with an indoor and an outdoor spa. The outdoor spa has a flatscreen television which can be viewed in the open air.
The 282ft² concierge level veranda is similar to the penthouse suites. Each suite is provided with private furnished veranda, LCD flatscreen television, a wireless laptop computer, plush seating area, and an oversized marble and granite bathroom with tub and separate shower.
Deluxe ocean view suites span 242ft² and offer panoramic ocean views and natural sunlight. The other facilities include a refrigerator mini bar, Queen or twin bed accommodations, a spacious seating area, desk, breakfast table, and oversized marble and granite furnished bathrooms with separate tub and shower.
The 174ft² inside staterooms have a big bathroom furnished with marble and granite. Other facilities include a refrigerated mini-bar, vanity desk, breakfast table and a choice of a queen-size or two twin beds.
Dining and entertainment onboard the Oceania Riviera
The ship is provided with ten dining locations, including the grand dining room, restaurants and coffee shops. It also has a private dining room called Privée, which provides a seating arrangement for eight people.
The restaurants and coffee shops include Toscana, Polo Grill, Jacques, Red Ginger, Terrace Cafe and Barista. The lounges include Marina Lounge, a stage for comedians, magicians, jazz players, and the Horizon observational lounge. The bars on-board include the Grand Bar, Waves Bar and La Reserve.
The bon appetite culinary centre has 24 individual cooking workstations where guests are provided with expert chef tuition. The ship also has a theatre, disco and a library with more than 2,000 volumes of books.
Spa and fitness facilities
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub on-board Oceania Riviera offers acupuncture, Ayurveda, Reiki, body massage, facials, Thai massage, reflexology and tanning treatments.
The fitness centre on the deck provides fitness and personal pilates sessions.