Cruise Line unveils first voyages to Asia on a refurbished ship

Oceania Cruises, the cruise line known for its culinary and destination-focused cruises, has announced that its newly revamped Riviera will embark on a voyage to Asia for the first time in the 2023-2024 season.

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The company attributes this historic cruise to overwhelming guest demand.

With a capacity of 1,238 guests, Hotel Riviera offers an unparalleled way to explore some of the most picturesque places in Asia. Cruises will put cultural immersion and culinary excellence at the forefront of the travel experience.

The ‘reinspired’ Riviera will offer guests a rare opportunity to visit previously off-limits destinations in Asia, including Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Itineraries will also include remote ports of call such as Ishigaki Island in Japan and Hue, a former imperial city on the Perfume River in Vietnam, during the upcoming 2023-2024 season.

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Sailing periods range from 10 to 82 days, and the ship will be a first in Asia with stops along the Arabian Peninsula, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

With the introduction of more South Pacific cruising with ships like the Regatta and Nautica, the cruise line has managed to double its passenger availability with 121 itineraries.

Frank A Del Riothe president of Oceania Cruises, explained the decision to open this new sailing in Asia in a statement from the company.

The decision to transfer Rivera to Asia Demand for our Exotics range has been very strong as our well-traveled guests crave visiting remote and exotic destinations for off-the-beaten-track experiences. Sailing the Riviera to this corner of the world, showcasing her new cabins from stem to stern, better than new interiors, is the most elegant, luxurious and comfortable way to explore many fascinating cultures while enjoying the finest cuisine at sea in one voyage. “

Improvements have been made to the newly renovated Oceania Riviera

The recent refurbishment of the Oceania Riviera included some cosmetic changes as well as venue improvements. The Stateroom bathrooms have been redesigned as each room features Italian marble, plush carpeting and comfortable new chairs welcoming occupants into the lounges and dining room.

The dining experience has also been elevated with an overhaul of the outdoor dining area, which now includes a delightful new restaurant. Guests can enjoy a wide range of wood-fired pizzas, grilled Italian dishes, salads and delicious desserts each evening while dining al fresco.

New Routes for Oceania Ships

Riviera will embark on 25 voyages in Asia, ranging from 10 to 82 days, giving travelers the chance to explore destinations such as Cochin, India; Yangon, Myanmar; Busan, South Korea; Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand. This is the first time in the company’s history that the Regatta and Nautica have sailed to the South Pacific and French Polynesia, with more than 20 voyages highlighting some of the region’s most sought-after ports, including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Rangiroa and Raiatea.

These South Pacific sailings offer a selection of enticing stays for travelers, with voyages ranging from 10 to 41 days, including returns to Australia and New Zealand for the Sailing Regatta and Nautica through Arabia, India and Southeast Asia.

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According to the company’s CEO, Del Rio, Thanks to these wonderful itineraries, our guests can discover some of the most beautiful and remote destinations in the world, such as the little-known islands of Polynesia, in the most luxurious and immersive way possible – by sea. They can also enjoy the world-famous cityscapes of Toyko, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, The breadth of travel experiences on offer across the voyages of our elegant and beautifully appointed small vessels is unparalleled.”

The move by Oceania Cruises is set to provide travelers with an unparalleled level of luxury and adventure in some of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the world.

Some of the flights are introduced in this new reveal

  • Land of the Rising Sun – 12 days Riviera cruise starting and ending in Tokyo. Sailing will explore Japan in March and April of 2024. Ports of call will include Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Beppu, Hiroshima and overnight in Kyoto (Kobe).
  • The epic of the eastern explorer – 72-day Riviera cruise sailing from Mumbai to Tokyo starting January 2024. Overnight calls include Male, Maldives; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Singapore, Singapore; Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam; Shanghai, China; Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam; Seoul, South Korea; Kyoto (Kobe) and Tokyo, Japan. Includes 2 nights stay in Yangon, Myanmar; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong, China. The trip will also pay visits to Manila, Philippines. Phuket, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
  • Constellation of carrots – 34 days sailing on the Nautica from Singapore to Papeete, Tahiti. This cruise departs in December of 2023. Highlights will include an overnight stop in Bali, Indonesia; and Bora Bora, French Polynesia plus visits to Papeete, Tahiti, and French Polynesia; Darwin and Cairns in Australia; Suva, Fiji; and three days sailing in the Coral Sea.
  • Empires of Asia – A 14-day sailing aboard the Regatta, this itinerary will sail from Tokyo to Hong Kong in October of 2023. Highlights will include overnight calls in Kyoto (Kobe), Japan; Shanghai and Hong Kong, China; In addition to visits to Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Japanese ports including Kagoshima and Hiroshima.

Oceania Cruises, a Miami, Florida-based company, operates six cruise ships on global itineraries, with cruises lasting from 10 to 14 days, and up to 195 days. The brand’s president and CEO, Bob Binder, is also a co-founder and vice president. Oceania Cruises has been a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which also owns Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, since September 2014.