Oceania Cruises, the world’s largest gourmet and destination-focused cruise company, announced that the newly re-inspired Riviera will sail in Asia for the first time in the 2023-2024 season due to tremendous passenger demand.
With a focus on cultural immersion and gastronomic quality, the 1,238-guest ship will provide guests with the most stylish way to discover some of Asia’s most magnificent locations.
Better than new, Riviera will dazzle in Asia by sailing through Arabia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines during her first season there. Her new season offers 25 unique journeys that range from 10 to 82 days.
With 121 itineraries available for booking across Riviera, Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica, Oceania Cruises has solidified its position as the preeminent destination- and cuisine-focused cruise company sailing in Asia.
A year of record-breaking revenues for the luxury cruise industry led to the unveiling of the reinvented Riviera.
“Riviera’s re-inspiration has pushed our luxurious product to new heights, and the expansion of our Exotics 2023-2024 season means even more of our guests will have the chance to experience one of the world’s most interesting corners,” said Oceania Cruises President Frank A. Del Rio.
“The choice to bring Riviera to Asia was straightforward; demand for our Exotics line is quite strong with our well-travelled customers eager to explore remote, wondrous destinations for off-the-beaten-path experiences. Riviera sailing this part of the globe, showcasing her new stem-to-stern, better-than-new interiors, is the most stylish, luxurious, and relaxing way to visit many fascinating cultures while enjoying The Finest Cuisine at Sea on a single voyage.”
Asia cruises with Riviera offer innovative cultural encounters, ancient treasures, and much more. The sights and landscapes of Asia are breathtaking, from the Great Wall and Bangkok’s Grand Palace to Ha Long Bay’s ethereal seascape and Kyoto’s temples and gardens. Along with revered pagodas and temples, the futuristic neon-lit bustling streets of Hong Kong and Tokyo captivate, displaying the fascinating fusion of the old and new in the Far East.
Visitors will also have the option to visit once-forbidden areas of Asia like Yangon and less-travelled areas like the isolated island of Ishigaki in Japan and Hue, an ex-imperial city on the Perfume River in Vietnam. These captivating journeys immerse visitors in the most famous sights on this vast continent and allow space for the unexpected to be discovered.
Riviera will sail 25 voyages, including stops in Cochin, India, Yangon, Busan, Phuket, and Bangkok.
In March and April of 2024, the meticulously refurbished Riviera offers an exciting exploration of Japan on the 12-day Land of the Rising Sun roundtrip from Tokyo. Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Beppu, Hiroshima, and a stopover in Kyoto are among the ports of call.
Onboard Riviera, the lengthy 72-day Epic Eastern Explorer itinerary sails from Mumbai, India, to Tokyo, Japan, and sets sail in early January 2024. With overnight stops in Male, Maldives; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Singapore; Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam; Shanghai, China; Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam; Seoul, South Korea; Kyoto (Kobe) and Tokyo, Japan; plus two-night stays in Yangon, Myanmar; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong, China, this magnificent itinerary ensures complete immersion in this exciting part of the world. The Philippines’ Manila, Vietnam’s Hue and Nha Trang, Thailand’s Phuket, Malaysia’s Penang, and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur are also among the itinerary highlights.
The Nautica will sail on the 34-day Constellation of Islands in late December 2023, travelling from Singapore to Papeete, Tahiti. Highlights of the itinerary include a stopover in Bali, Indonesia, a visit to Bora Bora, French Polynesia, and stops at Papeete, Tahiti, Darwin, and Cairns in Australia, Suva, Fiji, and three days of Coral Sea sailing.
In late October 2023, the Regatta will embark on the 14-day Empires of Asia expedition, which will go from Tokyo, Japan, to Hong Kong, China. Highlights of the itinerary include:
- Overnight stays in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Kyoto (Kobe), Japan.
- Visits to Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
- Japanese ports, including Kagoshima and Hiroshima.
All cabins and suites aboard Riviera have had a thorough renovation, and they now include handcrafted furniture, wood finishes, and designer accessories that reflect Oceania Cruises’ distinctive touch of luxury.