Oceania Cruises – Exotic Asia aboard the re-inspired Riviera

Posted on Feb 3, 2023 at 1:48 pm by

Maritime Executive


Oceania cruises, the world’s leading culinary and destination-focused cruise line, announced that the newly reinvigorated Riviera will be cruising in Asia for the first time due to unprecedented guest demand in the 2023-2024 season. The 1,238-guest ship will offer passengers the most elegant way to explore some of the world’s most exciting places across Asia, placing cultural immersion and culinary excellence at the heart of the travel experience.

Better than the new Riviera It will dazzle in Asia by charting its inaugural season in the region, sailing through Arabia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Its new season brings 25 unique journeys ranging from 10 to 82 days. In addition, Regatta and Nautica will significantly expand the line’s offerings in the exotic South Pacific, with more opportunities to explore sought-after destinations such as New Zealand, Australia and French Polynesia than ever before.

New cruises have nearly doubled seasonal availability with 121 itineraries available for bookings across the Riviera, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, cementing Oceania Cruises’ position as Asia’s leading culinary-focused cruise sailing destination.

The announcement of Riviera follows an unprecedented year for luxury cruises, with sales exceeding expectations and breaking several records.

“Reinspiring the Riviera has brought our luxury product to new heights, and the expansion of the 2023-2024 Exotics season means more of our guests have the opportunity to explore one of the most intriguing corners of the world,” he said. Frank A. Del Rio, President, Oceania Cruises.

“The decision to move the Riviera to Asia was an easy one; demand for our Exotics range is very strong as our well-traveled guests are eager to visit faraway and exotic destinations for faraway experiences. Showcasing their new interiors better than the new interiors, they are way more elegant and luxurious and the convenience of exploring many fascinating cultures while enjoying the finest cuisine at sea all in one trip.”

Riviera cruises bring imaginative cultural encounters, ancient treasures, and more. From the Great Wall of China and the Grand Palace in Bangkok to the ethereal seascapes of Ha Long Bay and the temples and gardens of Kyoto, Asia’s landscapes are full of wonder. The futuristic neon-lit bustling streets of Hong Kong and Tokyo, along with sacred temples and temples, highlight the Far East’s intriguing blend of ancient and modern.

Guests will also have the chance to explore once-no-go corners of Asia like Yangon and more off-the-beaten-path locations like remote Ishigaki Island in Japan and Hue, a former imperial city perched on the Perfume River in Vietnam. These captivating journeys immerse guests in this vast continent’s best-known attractions but also leave room for the unexpected to be discovered.

Rivera, inspired again

Riviera has undergone a comprehensive renovation with all rooms and suites debuting plush residential comfort with custom furnishings, wood finishes and designer touches that radiate Oceania Cruises’ signature elegance. Some highlights of the reimagined ship include:

• Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms and Veranda Staterooms are the largest Standard Staterooms on the premises at 291 square feet
• All deluxe rooms create an elegant, warm and comfortable home feel with stylish redesigned bathrooms and new furniture
All of the hall’s bathrooms feature gleaming Italian marble and bespoke fabrics in tonal hues reminiscent of painted deserts and placid skies, each shimmering with the modernity of a Milanese country house
• All public areas of the Riviera have been upgraded with luxurious new carpets and leather covered armchairs
• All the delightful lounges, tony’s bars and opulent dining venues have been elegantly re-designed, maximizing social and epicurean experiences while maintaining a home-away-from-home atmosphere
• The grand dining room exudes an airy sense of luxury radiating from the sparkling chandelier, plush carpeting, and buttery soft leather chairs.
• Al fresco dining has been completely revamped with a delightful new trattoria featuring an array of wood-fired pizzas, delicious grilled Italian dishes, delicious salads and delectable desserts each evening
Incredible tracks

Riviera will sail 25 cruises, ranging from 10 to 82 days, offers a range of enriching experiences at port destinations such as Cochin, India; Yangon, Myanmar; Busan, South Korea; Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand.

For the first time in Oceania Cruises’ history, Regatta and Nautica boast scenic itineraries across the South Pacific and French Polynesia, with more than 20 cruises 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 captivating stays for travelers, with voyages ranging from 10 to 41 days, including returns to Australia and New Zealand for the Regatta; The Nautica sails across Arabia, India and Southeast Asia.

Del Rio commented, “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 Tokyo and Hong Kong.” Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, to name a few. The breadth of travel experiences on offer across the voyages of our elegant and beautifully appointed small ships is unparalleled.”

Trip models:

This 12-day round-trip to the Land of the Rising Sun from Tokyo offers an intriguing exploration of Japan aboard a meticulously re-inspired Riviera in March and April of 2024. Ports of call include Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Beppu, Hiroshima, and an overnight stay in Kyoto (Kobe).

Epic Eastern Explorer’s 72-day itinerary, aboard Riviera, departing early January 2024, sailing from Mumbai, India, to Tokyo, Japan. This amazing itinerary ensures complete immersion in this delightful part of the world thanks to the night calls in 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; Plus a two night stay in Yangon, Myanmar; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong, China. Other notable trips include Manila, Philippines; Hue and Nha Trang in Vietnam; Phuket, Thailand; Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

34-Day Islands Constellation, from Singapore to Papeete, Tahiti, aboard Nautica, departing late December 2023. Highlights of the itinerary include an overnight call 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.

14-day Asia Empires cruise, aboard the Regatta, sailing from Tokyo, Japan, to Hong Kong, China, late October 2023. Highlights of the itinerary 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.


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