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Oceania Cruises' Riviera Reveals Design Details

April 20, 2012 By: Elliott Mest Travel Agent

Design details Oceania Cruises' Riviera were recently revealed to include a specially commissioned two-story Lalique Grand Staircase and a custom-crafted Italian chandelier accented by 380 crystal spheres.

Riviera’s Veranda and Concierge staterooms, at 282 square feet, feature a defined sitting area and balcony furnished with a chaise lounge, armchair and table. The 124 Penthouse suites measure 420 square feet. The layout includes a living/dining room separate from the sleeping area, walk-in closet and bathrooms with a double vanity.

Oceania Cruises partnered with American designer Dakota Jackson, who fashioned more than 40 pieces of furniture and lighting to lend the Vista and Oceania suites the feel of a city apartment. The suites feature surfaces combining glass, stone, wood and metals together with weighty fabrics such as mohair and silk chenille. Three Owner’s Suites measure more than 2,000 square feet and feature furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home collection.

Though Riviera mirrors her sister ship, Marina, in many ways, she has several design details that set her apart, including:

· The spa deck at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club features a new thalassotherapy pool as well as expanded changing areas

· On Deck 14, ceilings in the Polo Grill and Toscana restaurants have been raised

· In the staterooms, designers added a glass partition to the tub and a hand-held showerhead that can function as second shower

The ship is also a showcase for more than 100 works bysome of Latin America’s contemporary artists, a collection personally curated by Frank Del Rio, the line’sfounder and chairman and CEO of parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings. Original and highly expressive works by renowned artists from Cuba’s Vanguard Movement, from 1927 to 1950, among other works, are integrated through-out the public areas of Riviera.

Following a gala christening ceremony and event in Barcelona, the ship’s inaugural schedule begins with a 10-day Maiden Voyage May 16 from Venice to Athens. From May 16 through Nov. 29, 2012, Riviera will offer 12 itineraries on a total of 20 voyages, calling on ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco, with maiden calls in Cephalonia (Argostoli), Motril (Granada) and La Palma in the Canary Islands. Many of the itineraries feature overnight calls. Following the Mediterranean sailings, in November Riviera will cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean where she will operate a series of winter cruises.

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Elliott Mest
Elliott Mest is the Associate Editor of Travel Agent magazine.

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By Elliott Mest | April 20, 2012
Design details include a specially commissioned two-story Lalique Grand Staircase and a custom-crafted Italian chandelier accented by 380 crystal spheres.
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