Oceania is working with Y&S Architecture and Interior Design, based in Oslo, Norway on the design of the 66,000-ton, 1,252-passenger ships' public spaces, suites and staterooms. The buzz words? "Warm" and "welcoming." Here's what to expect from the decor:
Sumptuous interiors: dark woods, leather, Italian marble, granite and woolen carpets
A harmonious colors palette incorporating earth and jewel tones
Furnishings and accent pieces that more closely resemble that of a fine home or manor
Y&S architects have worked with Oceania before on its Regatta class, as well cruise lines such as Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Silversea and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
According to the cruise line press release, signature Oceania public spaces -- Martinis, Horizons, The Patio, and a Grand Staircase -- will return. Indeed, the Oceania class is an evolution of the line's Regatta class. However, the ships will travel 20 percent faster than existing Oceania vessels, hold 80 percent more passengers, and feature new dining options and larger spas. Also, 96 percent of all accommodations will feature private teak verandahs.
The ships will be constructed at Fincantieri's Sestre Ponente shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Stay tuned to Cruise Critic for more details as they are announced.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor