Oceania Cruises’ INSIGNIA Undergoes Dramatic Refurbishment

Miami, FL, May 12, 2006 – Oceania Cruises’ Insignia has recently emerged from a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Carried out during a ten-day period in a French shipyard, Insignia gleams like a freshly polished jewel, resplendent with stylish new furnishings and sporting an abundance of new amenities. Several hundred shipyard workers were joined by Insignia’ s 400+ staff members to undertake the refurbishment project which consumed thousands of meters of new upholstery, custom-milled carpeting and special flooring, thousands of gallons of paint and refinished acres of teak.

Under careful adherence to the line’s commitment to quality, this refurbishment project was undertaken with the ship only in service less than two years and was planned to coincide with the beginning of her 2006 European season. Sparkling like new, Insignia will soon host Oceania Club members who are sailing on the line’s second annual Oceania Club Reunion Cruise. Repeat guests, and those sailing for the first time alike, will be equally impressed with the luxurious new appointments.

Several thousand meters of new, custom-milled woolen carpets replaced all existing carpeting and were laid throughout the public areas and accommodations.

All of her staterooms and suites received the new third generation Tranquility Beds with new Imperial Mattresses.

The Owner’s and Vista Suites have been completely rebuilt and have been lavishly furnished with custom Empire-style furnishings, 42”plasma screen televisions and Bose® surround sound audio systems.

Deck 11 is now home to a top-of-ship oasis with eight luxury cabanas and rich teak decking.

New state of the art communication equipment was installed to facilitate greater internet speeds and the use of cell phones at sea.

At the shipyard, the refurbishment work was overseen by members of Oceania Cruises’ executive team that included President and CEO, Frank Del Rio; Senior Vice President of Vessel Operations, Robin Lindsay; and Vice President of Hotel Operations, Franco Semeraro.

“ Insignia set a new standard for luxury and excellence in the cruise industry when she was introduced in 2004, and the significant investment we have made in these improvements demonstrates our commitment to providing our guests with the finest cruise experience on the seven seas,” stated Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.

Insignia also underwent a thorough mechanical and technical upgrade. Invisible to guests, many behind-the-scenes systems were upgraded and enhanced such as new fresh-water plumbing throughout the vessel, new fresh-water evaporators with increased capacity, all tiled surfaces were refaced and finished and all of the galleys received new flooring and upgraded equipment.

Insignia Emerges as a “New Ship”

Virtually identical to that of her slightly younger sister ship, Nautica, Insignia’ s extensive multi-million dollar upgrade and refurnishing left no area of the ship untouched. Thousands of square meters of custom carpeting was installed throughout the public areas, corridors and accommodations. In fact, every square inch of carpeting and upholstery aboard Insignia is now brand new. All of the teak decking and railings were stripped and reconditioned and all stateroom/suite doors and hardware were removed, stripped and French-polished.

All of the rich wood paneling was restored to “better than new” condition and the ship’s team of professional upholsterers worked around the clock to reupholster more than 300 sofas, hundreds of chairs, and reconditioned hundreds of tables and fittings. Horizons, the ship’s observation lounge and nightclub received an extensive roster of upgrades which included new upholstery and carpeting, a new sound and light system and a magnificent new inlaid dance floor. The most dramatic enhancement of all is the addition of a new bar with an exquisite, hand-crafted granite top and a bar front composed of crackled, backlit Murano glass.

Insignia is also the first of the line’s ships to receive a museum quality nautical art collection comprised of antique paintings and ship models that have been acquired from private collections around the world.

Dramatic New Owner’s and Vista Suites

Stripped to the bare steel and rebuilt under the direction of renowned shipboard architect Petter Yran, principal of the legendary firm of Yran & Storbratten, each of the Owner’s and Vista Suites has been fitted with luxurious new Empire-style furnishings and couture fabrics, a wide-screen plasma television, a Bose® surround sound audio system and wide-screen laptop computers. All ten of the suites have been furnished with custom made pieces and museum quality artwork that were selected by Oceania Cruises’ President and CEO, Frank Del Rio, and Executive Vice President, Bob Binder. Owner’s Suites are resplendent in a new color scheme of rich claret and gold that exudes an air of nobility while the Vista Suites, with their soothing yet luminous palette of gold, meadow and sage project an ambiance of relaxation and understated elegance.

Sophisticated Resort-Style Relaxation Areas

With the addition of eight new private cabanas aboard Insignia, Oceania Cruises now boasts the only fleet to feature luxury private cabanas at sea. Located atop the ship on Deck 11, the new cabanas are a haven of solace and relaxation. Featuring sweeping views of the sea and scenery through walls of glass, each is furnished with a custom made teak Balinese Daybed for two, chic white privacy drapes and a roll-back Roman-shade roof which affords guests the optimum amount of sun, shade and refreshing sea breezes. Cabanas may be reserved on a full-cruise or daily basis and feature the services of a dedicated attendant who will provide drink service, morning and afternoon snacks and chilled towels. Guests may also avail themselves of meal service in their cabana and special wellness treatments performed by the staff of the Oceania Spa.

Adjacent to the pool on Deck 9, The Patio is a chic and luxurious on-deck lounge area. Featuring plush sofas and chairs, sheer draperies and daybeds with spectacular sea views, this lounge offers the perfect respite from the sun while allowing guests to remain part of the pool deck social scene. In the afternoon and evenings, the lounge area takes on a unique ambiance with mood lighting and live music from the band stand where guests may enjoy a refreshing cocktail and dance to the strains big band and jazz performed by the ship’s renowned orchestra.

Elegant New Stateroom and Penthouse Furnishings

In addition to the new carpeting and Tranquility Beds , all accommodations onboard have been redecorated with new draperies, valances, fabrics and soft furnishings. All sofas and chairs have been re-upholstered and new draperies and accent furnishings in warm jewel tones of gold and deep sapphire. Sleek, new glass-topped cocktail tables that were custom made in Italy lend a chic yet functional element to the staterooms and suites, and all Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms and Penthouse Suites feature new flat-panel televisions.

Museum Quality, Multi-Million Dollar Art Collection

Renowned and beloved for a rich, warm décor that exudes comfort and elegance yet eschews stuffiness and pretense, Insignia is now home to a new multi-million dollar art collection. Comprised of antique nautical paintings and models along with contemporary and traditional pieces from renowned artists and masters, the collection imparts a new richness to the already sublime interiors. Strolling or relaxing throughout the ship, guests will discover pieces that are not only aesthetically complimentary but ones that provoke thought and inspire discussion. As with any great collection, it will continually grow through new additions and guests will be delighted to find new pieces being continually added throughout the year.

An Enticing Array of Diverse Itineraries

In 2006, Insignia’s itineraries span all of Europe, from the Greek Isles to the British Isles and Iceland. This winter, she returns once again to South America to call upon the quaint colonial trading villages on the Brazilian coast, to the vibrant metropolises of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and the dramatic, glacial fjords of Chile. The spring of 2007 sees her return to Europe where she joins Nautica to call upon the most fabled destinations in the Mediterranean and Greek Isles.

Insignia will make three very special European voyages in 2007:

She will host the third annual Oceania Club Reunion Cruise from Athens to Rome on September 13, 2007 and calls on Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Antalya, Turkey; Limassol, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt; Heraklion, Greece; La Goulette, Tunisia; Valletta, Malta; and Messina, Sorrento and Rome, Italy.

She sails a very special Mythology and Archeology cruise from Istanbul to Barcelona which, as the name conveys, calls upon the great wonders of the archeological world – Mitilini, on the Greek isle of Lesbos; Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Antalya, Turkey; Limassol, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt; Heraklion, on the Greek isle of Crete; Valletta, Malta; La Goulette, Tunisia; Cagliari, on the Italian isle of Sardinia; and Mahon, Spain.

Join Jacques Pépin and his special guests as they sail onboard Insignia on August 6, 2007 from Barcelona to Saint-Tropez, France; Monet Carlo, Monaco; Florence/Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Sorrento, Italy; Taormina, Italy, Athens, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Delos, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey and culminates with and overnight stay in Istanbul, Turkey.

About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises is the world’s only Upper-Premium cruise line. Featuring a fleet of intimate and luxurious 684-guest ships, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises sails to the most alluring ports in Europe, China and the Far East, South America and the Caribbean. Combining the finest cuisine at sea, exquisite personalized service, luxurious accommodations and extraordinary value, Oceania Cruises is setting a new, worldwide standard for luxury cruising.
For additional information or reservations, please contact your Travel Agent or Oceania Cruises at 800-531-5658. Visit us at OceaniaCruises.com .

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