Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Oceania Cruises: ‘Riviera’—She Floats

When water first touches the hull of a ship under construction it’s a time to celebrate and Oceania Cruises did just that last Saturday, July 16th, as the line’s new 1,250-guest Riviera reached that milestone and was afloat for the first time. Pictured here, Riviera has moved from the construction dock to her fitting-out berth where shipyard workers will focus on finishing her interiors, which were designed in concert with the renowned team from Y&S of Oslo, Norway.

Riviera’s guests will sail in 625 beautifully appointed and custom-crafted accommodations—some of which are among the largest at sea, ranging from 174 to a whopping 2,000-plus square feet. The top category suites will reflect a chic, residential elegance with designs by Dakota Jackson of New York City and S.B. Long Interiors of Greenwich, CT and furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home. Standard staterooms are stylishly furnished and offer the comforts of home. The ship will also feature a Lalique-designed grand lobby, 10 dining venues and numerous bars and lounges. Facilities will include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub and fitness center and innovative Bon Appétit Culinary Center, as well as the ubiquitous swimming pool and hot tubs.

In her inaugural year, Riviera will cruise the Mediterranean and then cross the Atlantic where she will spend the winter cruising the yacht harbors of the Caribbean. Images of the ship under construction can be found at OceaniaCruisesBlog.com.

Photo Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

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