After welcoming two new ships in two years, Oceania Cruises said Monday that its three older ships are set for a $50 million overhaul.
The 684-passenger Regatta, Insignia and Nautica will all be refurbished during a six-week span next year between late April and early June. The three “R class” ships came from the defunct Renaissance Cruises; Regatta and Insignia were built in 1998 and Nautica launched in 2000.
Upgrades are meant to add some of the amenities that have made the newer Marina and Riviera popular, including the Baristas coffee bar and original artwork. Other upgrades include new bathrooms in the priciest suites; a new grill and other changes for The Terrace Café; a renovated Horizons observation lounge; an enclosure and new air filtration system for the indoor smoking area; more tables for two in two restaurants and enhanced show lounges.
Following the renovations, Insignia will return to the fleet after a two-year charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on May 8, 2014. Nautica will follow on May 16 and Regatta on June 7.