Oceania Cruises Presents The Re-Inspired Sirena Cruise Ship

Oceania Cruises, a culinary and destination focused cruise line unveiled the better than new Sirena, fresh from her dramatic re-inspiration in Southhampton last week to a select group of luxury and travel journalists. The top to bottom re-build, which has resulted in a substantially improved ship, is part of the $100+ million Oceania brand enhancement programme.
Boasting 342 completely new staterooms and suites along with dramatically transformed public spaces, Sirena debuts some additional refinements above and beyond what was done to the line’s Insignia, the first of six ships to undergo the re-inspiration process.
“The re-inspired Sirena is perhaps the best expression of our team’s Kaizen culture which focuses on implementing constant incremental change that continually elevates the guest experience. That is the heart and soul of our Oceania initiative,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO.
Some of the additional enhancements above and beyond the work carried out on Insignia include:
• Brand-new entry doors for all suites and staterooms
• Full-length mirrors in all suites and staterooms
• Additional 100-volt sockets on each side of the bed in all accommodations
• New wall sconces in the Spa
• Additional crystal chandeliers in the public spaces and stair lobbies
Topping off the awe-inspiring transformation of the Sirena are elements of the multi-million-dollar art collection that are unique, even personal expressions that are emblematic of the brand’s very personal nature.
Hanging prominently in the re-styled Baristas, the ship’s social hub and coffee bar, is an original by the legendary Jacques Pepin which was specially commissioned for the Sirena. Pepin, best known for having been chef to numerous heads of state, writing dozens of cookbooks, and of course, his long-running and Emmy-award-winning cooking shows on PBS, has always found cooking and painting to be remarkably similar forms of artistic expression.
 “I don’t know whether my painting has helped my cuisine, or whether my cooking has helped my painting, and I don’t know if one borrows from the other. All I know is that, certainly for me, cooking and painting can live in harmony together. Both are different expressions of who I am, and both enhance my life considerably,” stated Pepin.
He also found a very special joy in doing a piece for “his daughter’s ship” as Claudine Pepin christened the Sirena when she entered service in 2016.
“I like to work with shapes and colours in semi abstract composition where I do not have to reproduce true reality,” added Pepin who is also the line’s Executive Culinary Director.
At the centre of the ship, the deck and a half tall French-glass mirror that crowns the ship’s Reception Lobby and iconic Grand Staircase contains a hand-painted willow tree that symbolises balance, learning, growth and harmony. Insignia, the first of the ships to be re-inspired, aptly features a Tree of Life which portends positive energy and a bright future.
Nearby in the Reception Lobby, is a commissioned piece by Soumiya Lakshmi Krishnaswamy that hangs next to the portrait of Claudine Pepin, the ship’s Godmother. This piece is particularly meaningful as Soumiya is a life-long friend of Claudine Pepin and was her roommate at university.
“I knew I was creating something that would be living aboard the Sirena. I love the water and to be out on the middle of an ocean. I made this piece as part of a collection that seeks to capture the spirit of adventure that lies in the sea and with people who follow in pursuit of it,” stated Soumiya.
Oceania is a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements so transformational, they are inspirational. This ambitious brand initiative will elevate every facet of the Oceania Cruises guest experience to new levels. From thoughtfully crafted new dining experiences and reimagined menus to the dramatic re- inspiration of the brand’s six ships, guests will savour The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM, be pampered aboard intimate and luxurious ships, and be enriched through in-depth destination exploration.
The line’s six intimate and luxurious ships which carry only 684 or 1,250 guests offer a luxury holiday experience featuring the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages.
For more information about Oceania Cruises, visit Oceaniacruises.com, call +44 (0)345 505 1920 or contact a professional travel advisor.