Oceania Cruises has unveiled “the better-than-new” Sirena, following a top-to-bottom ship re-build, part of the US$100-plus million OceaniaNEXT brand enhancement programme.
Now with 342 new staterooms and suites along with transformed public spaces, Sirena debuts additional refinements above and beyond what was done to the line’s Insignia, the first of six ships to undergo the renewal process.
Additional enhancements include new entry doors and full-length mirrors for all suites and staterooms; and extra crystal chandeliers in the public spaces and stair lobbies.
“Shapes in Color #3” by Jacques Pépin.
The ship’s art collection now includes an original by Jacques Pépin, which was specially commissioned for Sirena.
Pépin, best known for having been chef to numerous heads of state, dozens of cookbooks, and his long-running and Emmy-award-winning cooking shows on PBS, finds 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 Pépin.