Spain: Oceania Cruises’ New 1,250-Passenger Vessel Riviera Christened in Barcelona

Oceania Cruises' New 1,250-Passenger Vessel Riviera Christened in Barcelona

Oceania Cruises christened its new 1,250-passenger vessel Oceania Riviera in Barcelona on May 11th 2012. The vessel was built at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa.

The newest addition to Oceania Cruises’ expanding fleet of mid-sized ships, the 66,172-ton Riviera is purpose-built to engage and inspire epicureans with 10 dining venues, including Jacques, the namesake restaurant of the world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. The ship also boasts a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.

Each of Riviera’s 625 suites and staterooms are imbued with a warm and smart contemporary look. Veranda and Concierge staterooms – at 282 square feet among the most spacious at sea – feature a defined sitting area and balcony furnished with a chaise lounge, armchair and table. The 124 Penthouse suites measure an industry-leading 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 preeminent American designer Dakota Jackson, who fashioned more than 40 exquisite pieces of furniture and lighting to lend the Vista and Oceania suites the feel of a chic city apartment. Exuding style and innovation, they feature surfaces combining glass, stone, wood and metals together with rich, weighty fabrics such as mohair and silk chenille. Three Owner’s Suites measure more than 2,000 square feet, spanning the beam of the ship, and feature furnishings from the acclaimed Ralph Lauren Home collection.

Oceania-Class Ship Facts / RIVIERA Facts

Built: 2012

Tonnage: 66,084

Guest Capacity: 1,250 (Double Occupancy)

Builder: Fincantieri; Sestre Ponente, Italy

Length: 784.9 feet

Beam: 105.64 feet

Draft: 24 feet

Cruising Speed: 20 knots

Propulsion: Diesel Electric, 2 controllable pitch propellers

Restaurants: Six Open Seating Restaurants:

  • The Grand Dining Room – Continental Cuisine
  • Polo Grill – Steak House
  • Toscana – Gourmet Italian
  • Jaques – Country French Cuisine
  • Red Ginger – Asian Cuisine
  • Terrace Café – Casual Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: 625 Guest Staterooms and Suites:

  • 3 Owner’s Suites
  • 8 Vista Suites
  • 12 Oceania Suites
  • 124 Penthouse Suites
  • 200 Concierge Veranda Staterooms
  • 244 Veranda Staterooms
  • 20 Ocean View Staterooms
  • 14 Inside Staterooms

Riviera departs on her 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens on May 16, 2012.

Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, May 14, 2012; Image: oceaniacruises