Oceania Cruises Reveals OceaniaNEXT Re-inspiration Program

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Oceania Cruises recently announced its new OceaniaNEXT initiative, which will see four ships reimagined with enhancements that will elevate every component of the guest experience. A $100 million re-inspiration of Oceania’s 684-guest ships, Regatta, Insignia, Sirena and Nautica, will result in four better-than-new-ships. When the re-inspiration is finished, each ship will feature 342 brand new designer suites and staterooms, as well as stunning new décor in the restaurants, bars and lounges – all inspired by Oceania’s 450 ports of call. Insignia will debut in December 2018, then Sirena in May 2019, followed by Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020.

“OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken,” said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises. “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. We have opened a new chapter, innovating in every way as we look to the future and the way our guests want to travel. We can’t wait for our ‘new’ ships to launch.”

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August 15, 2018   No Comments

The Cruise Web Tours Oceania Cruises’ Marina Cruise Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

A group of The Cruise Web’s Cruise Consultants recently toured Oceania Cruises’ Marina cruise ship in New York City. They were able to explore this elegant, classic ship from top to bottom and see all the amenities she has to offer guests. They also enjoyed a delicious lunch – and Oceania is known for offering some of the best cuisine at sea! When they returned we asked them for their reviews of Marina, and they had nothing but great things to say:

Allison S.:

“The entire ship was lovely with a simple, clean, and elegant design overall. Of course, the Jacques Pepin designed cuisine was excellent – as to be expected. I particularly enjoyed the pool deck with its teak chairs and tables, and how loungers were generously distanced from each other. An unexpected, but pleasant, surprise was how inviting the interior cabins are; they give the feeling of being in an interior room in an old manor house, and are given the same attention to detail as the higher priced rooms.”

Ian H.:

“Oceania Marina exceeded all my expectations. At only 8 years old, she is in pristine condition. The two things that stood out to me the most were the incredible amount of wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every public area, and the million-dollar fine art collection decorating the walls of each hall and lounge.”

Gloria H.:

“Marina is a great example of luxury at its best. The décor was modern and contemporary and very tastefully done. The colors chosen gave off a calming feel; for those who like subtle elegance – Marina is for you. The food was fantastic, everything is fresh and your plate is made to order. The chocolate lava cake was to die for, I watched two grown men almost cry when they tasted that cake. It was that good! I also liked the Theater set up, even though the seats were in long rows, there was plenty of space for people to walk through, and the seats were wide enough that you did not feel packed in. Marina also had a culinary center where you could work one-on-one with the chef and learn how to prepare a few of their signature dishes. For anyone who likes the finer things in life but don’t want to mortgage your house to get it – Oceania might be a good fit for you!”

Sherry J.:

“I was very impressed by the entire look of the Marina and its décor. Everything was elegant and tastefully done from the furniture to the flooring. I had the best beef tenderloin I have ever had preceded by an appetizer of tasty pasta purses filled with provolone in a butternut squash cream sauce.”

Juliana C.:

“When walking aboard Oceania Marina, it was as though I had walked into a luxury hotel with very intricate details. The staff was very courteous and amicable. Oceania take pride in using the freshest ingredients at sea and it is reflected in their cuisine.”

Ben S.:

“What impressed me the most were the different dining options. There is a reason Oceania takes pride in calling themselves ‘the finest cuisine at sea’. Marina has many specialty dining options that are elegantly and feature incredible menu items. We were treated to lunch in the Grand Dining Room and had some delicious options available: lobster & caviar, stuffed pasta shells, sea bass, beef tenderloin, and a unique dessert! Aside from the dining options, you can also try a themed cruise where Master Chef Jacques Pepin or Claudine Pepin will be onboard with a specially designed menu, culinary demonstrations, and more. If you want a luxury experience at a great price, I highly recommend Oceania Cruises!”

James M.:

“I thought the ship was very boutique and elegant, the staff beyond attentive, and the food amazing – especially the chocolate volcano dessert. The ship was easy to navigate and it was great to see all the fun activities available onboard.”

Scott R.:

“The food was wonderful and the service impeccable. I found the lobby to be very impressive and thought the miniature golf course on deck 16 was in excellent shape.”

If you’re a ‘foodie’, looking for luxury at an affordable price, enjoy understated elegance, or want to see the world in your own way, then a cruise with Oceania Cruises is perfect for you! For more information about upcoming sailings aboard Oceania’s Marina, and all other Oceania sailings, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert cruise consultants.

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May 16, 2018   2 Comments

Oceania Cruises Celebrates 15 Years!

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

As one of Oceania Cruises’ top producers, The Cruise Web was invited to participate in the Oceania’s 15th Anniversary celebration in New York City, featuring an exquisite menu inspired by none other than world renowned chef, Jacques Pepin!

The Cruise Web's Vice President celebrated Oceania Cruises' 15 year anniversary

The Cruise Web’s Vice President, Karolina Shenton, was honored to represent the company at this intimate event hosted by the Oceania’s executive team.  The menu presented that evening was a seven-course affair, La Cuisine Bourgeoise, and featured dishes from Pepin’s childhood. Oceania’s clients can now taste the same dishes on select Oceania’s ships and enjoy “happiness on the plate” as Jacques Pepin says.

A sample of the menu served at the Oceania Cruises' 15 year anniversary dinner.

 

The special guests of the event included, Jacques and his daughter, Claudine Pépin, who is the godmother of the Oceania’s ship – Sirena.

Upon Karolina’s return to the office, she had more than a few stories about the amazing dishes she enjoyed at this exclusive event.  If you would like to experience this amazing culinary experience for yourself, speak with one of our cruise consultant about booking your next voyage aboard Oceania Cruises.

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January 23, 2018   No Comments

Oceania Cruises Announces New and Exclusive Dining Experience

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Oceania Cruises, a world leader in culinary expertise, recently announced its newest dining experience – La Cuisine Bourgeoise.

Created by Oceania Cruises’ Executive Culinary Director, Master Chef Jacques Pépin, La Cuisine Bourgeoise is an elegant seven-course affair where guests will be treated to fresh, seasonal ingredients, classic flavors, and will celebrate sharing a meal with friends and family. The dining experience will feature many of Chef Pépin’s favorite dishes.

La Cuisine Bourgeoise was created by famous French chef Jacques Pepin.

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August 21, 2017   No Comments

Oceania Cruises Introduces ‘Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch’

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Over the years, Oceania Cruises has explored the link between healthy living and mindfulness through its wellness retreats at sea. With every new program introduced onboard, Oceania Cruises worked to perfect its transformative wellness experience. Now, for the first time ever in the cruise industry, Oceania Cruises in partnership with Canyon Ranch will debut an exclusive and comprehensive innovative series – Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch.

As a fully-integrated wellness retreat at sea, these tours will provide a new and unique way to experience specific regions while immersing your being into wholeness and health-inspired explorations. France, Spain, Italy, and Greece will be first on the itinerary for exploration. As time goes on, many more destinations will be included.

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While onboard, savor the various breakfast options that promote a healthy morning routine, and a delicious dinner menu featuring “steamed Maine lobster atop savory Castilla-La Mancha saffron rice followed by warm, fragrant chocolate cake.” Enjoy a signature treatment at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, with a Canyon Stone Massage or a detoxifying Seaweed Leaf Wrap. Take advantage of the generous savings provided through wellness specials at the SpaClub.

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April 6, 2017   No Comments

New High-Speed WiFi for Norwegian, Oceania and Regent

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

WiFi connectivity at sea just got a whole lot better for guests sailing on Norwegian, Oceania and Regent ships starting July 2016. Experience lightning-fast WiFi powered by SpeedNet, as the ongoing efforts of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to enhance internet experience on all 23 ships prove the company’s commitment to excellence at sea.

The current bandwidth across its fleet will be quadrupled to deliver popular websites at speeds that imitate high-speed fiber optic networks. This will allow guests to stay in touch with family and friends back home, keep up with social media postings and access internet content of choice.

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May 13, 2016   3 Comments

Oceania Cruises’ ‘Sirena’ Christened In Style

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Joining the world-renowned Oceania Cruises’ fleet with a star-studded christening ceremony in April 2016 was Oceania’s newest ship, Sirena. This elegant sister ship to Regatta, Insignia and Nautica has a 684-passenger capacity with distinguished Owner’s and Vista Suites that exude class and elegance.

Featuring some unique highlights of her own, Sirena embodies the most treasured elements of Oceania Cruises with a touch of modern chic designs suitable for progressive cruising. Everything from world-class musical productions, comedy shows and theatrical effects were carefully put in place to create long-lasting memories.

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May 13, 2016   No Comments

New Culinary Classes Available with Oceania Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

There are 20 new classes being offered onboard Oceania Cruises in their Culinary Center! With an abundance of guests seeking new educational experiences, the Culinary Center is introducing these new classes as part of its Gourmet Explorer Series. A special two-day culinary program that focuses on the legacy of Chef Jacques Pepin is one of the new classes. The new classes will showcase regional cuisine from Morocco, Peru, the Pacific Northwest and more to be learned onboard. The Oceania curriculum is designed to improve upon the skills of a home cook by focusing on the essential techniques for creating many different types of sauces, grilling, preparing vegetables and other culinary skills.

Culinary Center“In our Culinary Center, guests cook under the instruction of faculty members who are CIA graduates and have apprenticed under a who’s who of renowned chefs,” shares Director of Culinary Enrichment, Chef Kathryn Kelly. “We continue to add new topics to keep things fresh for past guests and this year we’re proud to honor our consummate teacher, Jacques Pepin, with a special class.”  The Culinary Center is introducing its new classes as part of its Gourmet Explorer Series debuting on the Marina and Riviera in April of 2015.

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February 20, 2015   2 Comments

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Agrees to Acquire Prestige Cruises International, Inc.

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Couple in Hot Tub - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., otherwise known as “Norwegian” has announced their bold move to acquire two premium cruise brands, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises through their $3.025 billion purchase of Prestige Cruises International Inc.

“The acquisition of Prestige represents an extraordinary opportunity for Norwegian Cruise Line to expand our market presence by adding two established, award-winning brands in the upscale cruise segment with loyal followings,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. As Norwegian points out, their expertise in contemporary leisure travel, when combined with the luxury touches of Prestige, will open near limitless cross-selling opportunities, brand collaboration and overall growth of the company’s market share. “We are excited to become part of the Norwegian family and start a new chapter for our company,” said Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige.

Prestige currently operates a total of eight ships between their two brands with Oceania Cruises as the market leader in the upper-premium cruise segment. Additionally, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the market leader in the luxury cruise segment and operates three award-winning, all-suite ships. “The combination of three distinct brands, each serving a different market segment, under one umbrella immediately creates an industry-leading cruise operator with an unmatched growth trajectory and a portfolio of products that allows us to appeal to guests at every stage of their life cycle,” added Kevin Sheehan.

To learn more about Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises, call 1-800-377-9383 or complete our online quote request and one of our cruise experts will contact you shortly.

 

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September 3, 2014   3 Comments

The Cruise Web Joins Oceania’s Cruise Connoisseur Club

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

For the third year in a row, The Cruise Web was invited into Oceania Cruises‘ Cruise Connoisseur Club. This prestigious honor is reserved only for the top North American travel agencies that show an outstanding level of support for the Oceania Cruises brand.

Oceania Welcome The Cruise Web to their Cruise Connoisseur ClubIn honor of this achievement, Tina White, regional sales director for Oceania Cruises, presented Cruise Web President Frans Hansen with a decorative plate – very fitting considering Oceania’s devotion to top-tier, one-of-a-kind cruise dining. The beautiful award was unveiled in front of the entire Cruise Web team as Tina praised the hard work put in by our agency’s cruise consultants and support staff.

For more than ten years, Oceania Cruises has offered an intimate and affordable deluxe cruising experience. Their cruise itineraries focus on providing an immersive destination-driven vacation aboard smaller, modern ships. To learn more about Oceania Cruises or to experience their unique style of deluxe cruising, contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383.
 

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August 14, 2014   2 Comments