Oceania to “O” its Three “R” Ships

Major refits skedded for three original Oceania Cruises ships in 2014.

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MV INSIGNIA at Portofino, 2 August 2008.
MV INSIGNIA at Portofino, 2 August 2008. Photo and copyright Peter Knego.

Oceania Cruises announced earlier this month that it will be investing some $50 million USD into upgrades for its three smaller former “R Class” ships REGATTA, NAUTICA and INSIGNIA (currently under charter to Hapag-Lloyd as COLUMBUS 2). The six week refits will be undertaken between April 24 and June 6 of 2014 and will see the installation of some of the more popular “O class” features on its two larger ships, including Baristas coffee bar and upgraded Terrace Grills. Staterooms, suites and public spaces will be upgraded with new fittings and decor.

To see what an “R Class” ship was like prior to upgrading, please see the following posts about the MV INSIGNIA:

INSIGNIA Double Decked!, Part One

INSIGNIA Double Decked!, Part Two.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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