This Week in Cruise: Three Renovations, Onboard Product Updates

(Photo by Oceania Cruises)

It’s been a big week for cruise ship renovations and onboard product updates.

Oceania Cruises just announced plans to overhaul its four Regatta-class ships, the Regatta, Insignia, Sirena and Nautica. Helmed by Miami-based Studio DADO, the $100 million OceaniaNext project will see the ships take design cues from the line’s Marina and Riviera ships, getting newly refreshed guestrooms, suites, public spaces, restaurants, bars and lounges. Insignia will be the first to debut on December 7, 2018, followed by Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019, and Nautica in June 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line just wrapped renovations on three of its own ships, the Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star. The Breakaway added a new American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge, called Syd Norman’s Pour House, while the Sun upgraded its staterooms and public spaces, as well as added a new Mexican restaurant and two new lounges. The Star received a number of updates to its staterooms, restaurants, bars and lounges and public spaces, as well as added three new venues: the Sky High Bar, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spice H20, a new adults-only enclave.

Finally, in onboard product news, Princess Cruises this week announced plans for a new fall beverage menu by Rob Floyd, a resident mixologist on the TV show Bar Rescue. The new signature cocktail menu will spotlight destination-specific ingredients, with “zero-proof cocktails” available for guests under 21. Additionally, the cruise line reports it plans to add 39 new wines to its catalogue, under the direction of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost.

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