Cramped cabins are simply customary on cruise ships. Subpar buffets, uninspired decor, and general lack of luxury are also commonplace. Oceania Cruises is changing that. The award-winning cruise line has unveiled a slew of luxury updates over the past two years, most notably a new generation of suites on their Marina and Riviera ships, furnished exclusively by Ralph Lauren Home. Oceania isn’t a stranger to world-class amenities, with offerings that run the gamut from private six-course Dom Perignon dinners to a full service spa and wellness center. Slip into your robe and head over to the coffee bar for a Victoria Arduino machine-made espresso; enjoy live music on the pool deck as the sun sets on the horizon. While all suites and staterooms aboard the Oceania Riviera are spacious and handsomely furnished—with Oceania-exclusive “Tranquility Beds,” private verandas, and a small sitting area—it's their latest renovations that lay travelers in the lap of luxury without compromise. This isn't your grandmother's cruise line.
Enter into the brand new Owners’ Suite—through the limestone and black cabochon-clad grand foyer—and you’ll almost forget that you’re sailing in the middle of the ocean. The 2,000+ square foot suite spans the beam of the ship, with a living room, bedroom, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, two walk-in closets, and a dramatic foyer. A player piano will serenade you into the night, and a fully-stocked bar reminds you that it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views to the sea, setting the backdrop to the suite's all-American glamour. Other features include a 24-hour butler service, course-by-course in-suite dining, and exclusive access to executive lounges. Oceania tapped Los Angeles-based interior designer Trevor R. Howells—formerly Ralph Lauren Home’s Senior Creative Director and current principal designer of his namesake firm—to carry out the redesign of the Owners' Suites, which debuted on the Riviera in April 2019 and will debut on the Marina in May 2020.
To celebrate the unveiling of the the new Owner’s Suites, we caught up with Howells to learn more about how it all came together.
吉林快3今天走势图: Tell me a little bit about the Ralph Lauren brand DNA and that of Oceania. Do you draw connections between the two?
TREVOR R. HOWELLS: Absolutely! Both strive to give the guest something extra special, an enhanced experience. Both companies definitely strive for excellence in what they do down to the smallest of details. It's all about the thought that goes into the layering of the room so the guest feels like they might actually be traveling aboard a yacht owned by Mr. Lauren himself. All the details from the way the bed is layered to the blue and white Asian porcelain, the beautiful leather desk blotter, to the cocktail shaker, to the book selection and artwork chosen. It all creates the mood of the space. Similarly, Oceania doesn’t just strive to provide the best cuisine at sea, they bring on the world-class chef Jacques Pepin to create the menu and interact with the guests. It’s not just about elevating the food, it’s about the guest’s experience which makes it unique.
For 15 years, my job was to create the environments to highlight Mr. Lauren’s Home Collection of furniture, lighting, fabric, and accessories. It was my job to also bring in antiques, art, and accessories to enhance those environments, further telling the story of the space.
ED: Throughout the process, where did you go for inspiration?
TH: I have my own library of imagery and professional shots of Ralph Lauren showrooms from the past 20 years and I kept going back to various images that, for me, were the “wow” moments that I wanted to reinterpret for Oceania. I think the most influential showroom images were ones from a Spring Collection back in the early 2000’s where we channeled the movie, To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly set in the South of France. We created two worlds in the showroom, one all cream and gold with metallic prints for Grace Kelly’s character and one all navy with nautical stripes of navy and white for Cary Grant. The living room for the Owner’s Suites is all navy with gold accents, similar to a traditional men’s Navy Pea coat with its gold buttons. Everything always ties back to fashion in a Ralph Lauren room.
ED: Designing luxury suites for a cruise ship must present a slew of logistical challenges. What was that like?
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ED: Any happy accidents?
TH: I have to say that while I welcome happy accidents that lead to more interesting spaces, this project went off without a hitch. When you’re planning everything down to inches, it was incredible how everything did come together.
ED: Some Oceania voyages are many months long, so guests likely begin to desire the comforts of home during their stay. Did you consider this when drawing up design plans?
TH: Ralph Lauren has always approached commercial projects with a residential eye. It was always about creating a luxurious residential feeling in commercial spaces like the retail stores. I don’t think any retailer goes to the lengths that Ralph Lauren does to create a truly luxurious residential feeling.
ED: In three words, how would you describe the suite?
TH: Luxury, Glamour, Iconic.