Travel Pulse – by Jason Leppert
PHOTO: Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. (photo by Jason Leppert)
Oceania Cruises has made its Concierge Level Stateroom category more enticing with one of the best onboard privileges ever.
The upscale line now offers free laundry, and the goodies don’t stop there. It has also added room service from its Grand Dining Room lunch and dinner menus to the perks as well.
“The last thing you want to worry about on vacation is doing chores such as laundry,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises, in a press release.
“You want your vacation to be relaxing, so we’ve solved that problem and we’ve provided an even greater incentive to relax in the comfort of your stateroom – lunch or dinner from the Grand Dining Room. The laundry is done and lunch and dinner are taken care of, what more could you ask for?”
Oceania is well known for offering some of the best dining at sea and now it can be enjoyed after a long day ashore. Among the premium restaurant fare now available in the comfort of your own room—while the laundry is taken care of—are Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Vegetable Ratatouille & Gratin Dauphinois and Papuan Chocolate Volcano with a passion fruit center.
These two new benefits only add to the already extensive list afforded guests in concierge accommodations as updated here:
—Room service from the Grand Dining Room lunch and dinner menus
—Complimentary laundry service (up to three bags per cabin)
—Priority noon embarkation
—Concierge Lounge access staffed by a dedicated Concierge and stocked with free soft drinks, coffees and snacks (onboard Marina and Riviera)
—Unlimited access to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub private Spa Terrace
—Free welcome bottle of champagne
—Priority online specialty restaurant reservations
—Onboard iPad use
—Complimentary unlimited internet access
—Free Oceania Cruises logo tote bag
—Cashmere lap blankets
—Free pressing of garments at embarkation
—Free shoe shine service
Combined with the complimentary pressing at embarkation and shoe shine service throughout the voyage, the three bags of free laundry is icing on the cake.
These are great value-added perks usually only made available to higher suite tiers or loyalty levels. With more and more cruise lines charging for standard room service, it’s certainly noteworthy any time premium dining is offered for free.
The new amenities will roll out across the fleet beginning October 17 on the Regatta in Miami and Riviera in Monte Carlo; October 20 on the Insignia in Montreal; October 28 on the Marina in Athens; October 30 on the Sirena in Rio de Janeiro and November 6 on the Nautica in Dubai.