Oceania launches the ultra-premium Riviera
Oceania Cruises have recently christened Riviera, the newest entry in the upper-premium cruise ship market, at a gala ceremony in Barcelona.
The ship’s godmother, Chef Cat Cora, (pictured) the restaurateur, humanitarian, author, and co-host of Bravo's new "Around the World in 80 Plates," named the ship.
“Today, the baton as the world's premiere ship has passed to Riviera,” said Frank J. Del Rio, Oceania’s founder and chairman. “When asked, I've repeatedly said that it was going to be hard to improve on Marina's perfection, but I didn't say it would be impossible. And we have done just that - improved on perfection.”
Like Marina, her sister ship, Riviera also features a Bon Appétit Culinary Center, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, luxurious suites by Dakota Jackson, Ralph Lauren Home-furnished Owner’s Suites, and a grand Lalique staircase lit from above by a dazzling, custom-made chandelier.
Her distinguishing features include a museum-worthy collection of fine art focusing on the works of some of Latin America’s most accomplished and admired contemporary artists and an Artist Loft with hands-on instruction.
Following the christening cruise, Riviera begins a 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens, departing on May 16, 2011. From May 16 through November 29, 2012, she will offer a total of 20 Mediterranean voyages, calling at ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco, with maiden calls in Cephalonia (Argostoli), Motril (Granada) and the Canary Islands.
For the latest Explore Your World specials on Riviera or for her 2013 itineraries, please contact Oceania or (02) 9959 1371 or visit oceaniacruises.com