Have you rearranged your furniture countless times in an attempt to create a comfortable and inviting living room in a small space? The good news is that, with a bit of ingenuity, you can enjoy the living room of your dreams regardless of size. From bright and eclectic to minimalist and warm, you can incorporate many of today’s design trends into a small living room using our collection of small living room ideas.
The most important aspect of creating a space you love is ensuring it aligns with your vision and lifestyle. As Billy Baldwin, an icon in interior design, said, “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.”
Whether using decor tricks to create the illusion of a larger room or designing a cozy space for relaxation and entertainment, these apartment small living room ideas can take you there.
Let’s explore the many ways to make your small space shine!
1. Furniture to fill your space
While it may seem contrary, integrating larger furniture, such as a sectional, can make the room appear more expansive. The key is choosing a color that blends in with the walls and opting for low-level, armless pieces. Another innovative option is selecting a couch with raised legs, creating a sense of space.
From there, carefully consider each piece of furniture, enhancing negative space while ensuring a living room designed for your lifestyle. Do you need a side table? Would nesting tables work as coffee tables and double as side tables when friends are over? Placing furniture in a close, conversational layout creates a cozy atmosphere for entertaining.
2. Cleverly placed mirrors
The strategic use of mirrors is one of the best techniques for making rooms look bigger. Placing a large, beautiful mirror opposite windows brings in more natural light and brightens the entire room. Unless you’re going for a vintage look, simpler frames are generally a better choice when creating a sense of spaciousness.
You can also add dimension and atmosphere by placing a mirror close to a light source, like a table lamp or candle. Even mirrored furniture, such as a side table, reflects light, contributing to the illusion of more space. You can also go big with mirror panels. According to Architectural Digest, mirrored walls are in, yet again.
3. Color to the rescue
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You’ve probably heard that painting walls white creates the illusion of a bigger room. Any lighter color, however, such as soft neutrals and pastels, can have the same effect. You can even go bold if you stick to a limited palette.
From natural wood tones to deep greens or blues, rich hues offer a cozy, enveloping feeling, and complementary shades provide a cohesive look that can make a room look bigger.
If your rental agreement doesn’t allow painting, you can still add bursts of color with pillows, throws and artwork. One large painting creates a focal point, drawing the eyes upward while adding intrigue and contrast. Add a sizeable color-coordinated area rug big enough for all your furnishings to sit on, and you have the anchor that ties the room together. Need some inspiration? Check out these popular paint colors and decorating styles that range from art deco to bohemian and Japandi.
4. Lightweight window coverings
Floor-to-ceiling window coverings add height and dimension but can make a room look smaller when made of heavy material. On the other hand, sheer fabrics provide a light and airy feeling while letting natural light infuse the room.
5. Layers of light
While layered lighting is important in every room, this approach is particularly critical in small spaces. It combines ambient, task and accent lighting, drawing your attention to specific features while creating depth and intrigue.
Consider wall sconces, hanging pendant lights and strategically placed lamps. LED strips under shelving provide light from an unseen source, setting the mood by changing colors with one touch of a button.
6. Go vertical
Are you having trouble finding space for your bookcase and much-loved artwork? Consider a shelf at a height you can just reach that encircles the room.
This shelf can appear to float when painted the same color as the walls. Deliberately placed books, plants and artwork offer texture and functionality while drawing the eyes upward and making the room appear larger.
7. Purposeful living
A small living room gives you the opportunity to embrace purposeful living. One way to achieve this is ensuring large pieces provide multi-functionality. An ottoman can double as a coffee table, hidden storage space and a footrest. A bench may offer storage for blankets. There are even bookcases with fold-down tables you can use as a desk.
8. Pay attention to the corners
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Adding houseplants, a beautiful lamp or strategic shelving to a few corners brings attention to every area, making your living room seem bigger. Not only do plants enhance your living space, but several studies show they also improve air quality, boost productivity and even reduce stress.
Some good options for darker corners include peace lilies, Boston ferns, philodendrons and spider plants. With indirect light, lush parlor palms and monstera plants can fill a corner.
Marie Kondo, developer of the KonMari Method for decluttering and star of two Netflix series, suggests that “Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order.” Tidying also creates a minimalist, clutter-free zone that does wonders for increasing a sense of space. Consider a few baskets or decorative boxes to hide remotes and other random items.
10. Bring the outdoors in
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Natural light offers many gifts, including reduced energy usage and improved sleep. It also makes a space feel more expansive and filled with life. Installing a curtain pole extending past the windows allows you to draw curtains fully back, revealing more light and making your windows appear wider.
11. A space for book lovers
Creating a cozy reading nook is often a top priority for book lovers. Fortunately, a window seat or corner chair with a soft blanket and throw pillows is often all it takes. Add a wall sconce or pendant light that saves space, and enjoy.
Are you ready to create a comfortable, more spacious living room where you relax with friends and family? Use these design tips to steer you in the right direction.
Still looking for your own cozy space to decorate? Start here.
While I’ve been waxing poetic about my design dreams for our Victorian for months now, today we’re kicking things into higher gear – with the One Room Challenge! You may have caught wind of this awesome series before. In it, 20 bloggers make over one room, blogging the process and sharing updates with you every Wednesday. I’m so excited to be joining this season’s crew. Obviously, this challenge is perfect for our current situation – we have boundless makeover needs on our hands. But what to focus on??
When looking around the Victorian, I immediately saw a room that deserved some focused attention. You see, the Victorian came with this lovely “parlour” space off of the living room. It could be a library. An office. A playroom perhaps. But I’m a huge fan of keeping the TV out of main living areas so when we looked at the most practical use for this room, it became immediately obvious – this little den could be where we can isolate all of our electronic distractions into a media room. Aka – our man cave! Well, man cave light. I like me some football too and Scandal – let’s be real!.
The parlour was delivered to us in such…ahem…lovely condition.
The marbled forest green trim really had me at hello. Ugh. But in all seriousness, this room actually has great bones. Under all the green paint, that original molding is stunning. The light in the room is lovely and the 12 foot ceilings are dramatic. In the grand scheme of our remodel, this room actually requires only cosmetic improvements although I do have a couple of showstopper ideas in mind!.
But let’s start with some inspiration. Since this room needs to be as guy friendly as possible dark, sophisticated color palettes are really catching my eye. Furniture should be cozy, luxe and layered but with a noticeable masculine edge.
I can just envision sinking into a plush couch, cocooned by a richly hued dark walls, velvet curtains pulled to enjoy Pitch Perfect 2! But first things first. We need to pick the perfect paint color. We’ve got to solidify the look easier said then done when you’re melding his & hers styles. Then we’ve got finalize a layout and select furnishings. And I’m excited to bring you along for all the fun!
So if you’ve been craving some serious design inspiration – you’ve definitely got something to keep you occupied for the next six weeks – 20 times over!! Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in the series. If past challenges are any indication, you’re in for some seriously amazing makeovers. Be sure bookmark your favorites to follow along!
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Singapore Airlines’ first-class product has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best luxury experiences in the sky. Many in the points and miles world save up to book this bucket list experience, complete with Dom Perignon (and Krug) Champagne, caviar and some of the best inflight service out there.
Before we dive into how you can book your next first-class adventure on Singapore Airlines, let’s look at what you can expect from the different aircraft types operated by the carrier.
The first-class cabins
Currently, Singapore operates aircraft with two different first-class layouts — the Boeing 777-300 and the Airbus A380. On its 777-300s, the first-class cabin is arranged in a 1-2-1 layout at the front. Each seat has plenty of room and turns into a lie-flat bed. The seats are similar to the business-class seats on this aircraft in layout, though they have more personal space and the first-class service sets them apart.
You’ll find Singapore Airlines’ famous Suites class on the Airbus A380s. The Suites are located at the front of the upper deck, and each one has a bed separate from the seat, providing an incredible amount of personal space you will not find on most commercial aircraft.
Two Suites can be combined into a double bed, making it ideal for couples. This is about as good as first class gets.
The A380 Suites are significantly better than the 777 first-class seats, so it’s worth going out of your way to book the A380 if possible.
Regardless of aircraft, you can count on some great Champagne, a great meal — don’t forget to “Book the Cook” — and plenty of hot towels to help you stay refreshed. If you are departing from Singapore, you will also have access to Singapore Airlines’ exclusive and recently renovated Private Room lounge.
If you see a route operated by one of Singapore’s new Airbus A350s or 787s, keep in mind that it doesn’t have a first-class cabin on this aircraft, but it does have a fantastic business class.
Related: 8 reasons I’m excited about Singapore Airlines’ A380 Suites flying to the US
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How to book Singapore Airlines first class with miles
Unlike most airlines, Singapore Airlines will only let you book its first-class (and business-class) award tickets on long-haul routes through its own KrisFlyer program. So while United Airlines and Air Canada are both Star Alliance partners of Singapore Airlines, you won’t be able to use MileagePlus or Aeroplan miles to book these premium-cabin awards.
Singapore Airlines is not operating A380 services to or from any destinations in the United States after switching the service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to a 777 service in May.
Schedules and aircraft type are subject to change, but at the time of publication, over the northern summer period, Singapore will operate the A380 to the following destinations:
Destination from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
KrisFlyer miles required for Suites class (each way, per person at Saver level)
KrisFlyer miles required for Suites class (each way, per person at Advantage level)
New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).
Melbourne Airport (MEL).
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM).
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
Sydney Airport (SYD).
While the 777 first-class product isn’t quite as impressive as the A380 product, the good news is that Singapore Airlines flies the 777 product to several U.S. destinations. At the time of publication, over the northern summer period, Singapore will operate the 777 with first class to the following destinations:
Destination from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
KrisFlyer miles required for first class (each way, per person at Saver level)
KrisFlyer miles required for first class (each way, per person at Advantage level)
Auckland Airport (AKL).
New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK).
London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via Tokyo.
Melbourne Airport (MEL).
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM).
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) via Frankfurt.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
Sydney Airport (SYD).
Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND).
Zurich Airport (ZRH).
You can also try Singapore Airlines first class on the airline’s fifth-freedom routes. Here is the one-way pricing for Saver and Advantage awards:
Between New York and Frankfurt: 97,000 (Saver)/143,500 (Advantage) miles.
Between Los Angeles and Tokyo: 120,000 (Saver)/187,000 (Advantage) miles.
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KrisFlyer does not impose fuel surcharges on flights on its own metal, so fees, taxes and surcharges on first-class and Suites flights are reasonable.
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Saver availability is strictly limited, but you can pay more miles for an Advantage ticket. You might also consider waitlisting for a Saver award.
And if you only want to get a taste of Singapore Airlines first class on a short flight, you can book flights between Singapore and Jakarta for 40,000 Avianca LifeMiles on some dates.
Off the beaten points first reported you can use LifeMiles to book this route. But despite searching, we haven’t seen the ability to redeem LifeMiles for other Singapore Airlines first-class or suites-class routes.
How to earn Singapore KrisFlyer miles
While Singapore Airlines doesn’t offer a cobranded credit card in the U.S., the airline partners with several major rewards programs with transferable currencies, including:
Earning rewards with one or more of these programs and transferring them to Singapore Airlines is one of the easiest ways to earn KrisFlyer miles. The following cards all currently offer strong welcome bonuses that you could easily convert to KrisFlyer miles:
American Express® Gold Card: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first six months of card membership. Terms apply.
The Platinum Card® from American Express: Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first six months of card membership. Check to see if you’re targeted for a 125,000-point welcome offer through CardMatch (offer subject to change at any time). Terms apply.
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express: Earn 120,000 bonus points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
Citi Premier® Card: (see rates and fees) Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
Ink Business Preferred Credit Card: Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
In the case of transferable currencies that don’t instantly transfer to KrisFlyer, you’ll want to call and put a hold on your award ticket before initiating a transfer. That way, you won’t find yourself with stranded Singapore KrisFlyer miles because of a lack of award space.
At first glance, it might seem like only being able to book Singapore first-class awards with the KrisFlyer program would be a problem. However, when you consider that Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy points can all be transferred to your Singapore KrisFlyer account, it seems a lot more doable.
As with many premium-cabin awards, you’ll want to start looking for award space as soon as you know your travel dates. First-class award space on Singapore Airlines is not always easy to find, so starting your search as early as 355 days before your desired departure date is advisable. Also, consider waitlisting or searching at the last minute.
With a little planning, you’ll be able to earn the required miles and find the necessary award space to try one of the best first-class products in the world.
One of the many historic states, Virginia has a rich history mixed with vibrant cities and gorgeous natural landscapes. From cities like Richmond and Alexandria to coastal towns like Virginia Beach, there are plenty of areas to look at if you’re considering moving to or buying a home in Virginia. From iconic Federal-style homes to Queen Anne and Georgian-style houses, there are lots of Virginia-style homes to choose from.
To help you find a starting point, we at Redfin have put together a list of 11 Virginia home styles you’re likely to find, whether you’re looking to buy a home in Virginia Beach or in Woodbridge. Let’s jump in and see some of the best Virginia-style homes.
1) American Foursquare
Commonly found in Virginia and other parts of the East Coast, American Foursquare homes were most popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. These homes are defined by their square or rectangular shape with a hipped roof and wide front porch. American Foursquare houses often have a simple, functional layout with a central hallway and rooms arranged around it, as well as classic finishes like built-in cabinetry, hardwood floors, and decorative moldings.
With their design inspired by the Craftsman style of architecture, bungalow houses are single-story homes with open concept living spaces and two-to-three bedrooms on the same level. The steepness of the gabled roof determines whether you’ll find an additional attic space. Other common features of bungalow homes include raised foundations and covered front porches. This home style is a popular choice due to their smaller size and affordability.
If you’re a fan of traditional architecture, you can’t go wrong with a Colonial home. These homes have been around since the 1600s and come in a variety of styles, from Georgian to Federal to Dutch Colonial. Regardless of the style, most Colonial homes share certain design features, such as a two-story layout, a steep gable or gambrel roof, and symmetrical windows on the exterior. You’ll also find that these homes are typically made from durable materials like stone, wood, or brick, and often feature formal living and dining rooms on the main floor with bedrooms located on the second floor.
Contemporary homes offer a sleek and modern design that is becoming increasingly popular in Virginia. These homes have an emphasis on functionality and clean lines, making them perfect for those who appreciate minimalist design. Inside, contemporary homes feature an open-concept layout with ample natural light. Expect to see a mix of materials like concrete, glass, and steel that give the homes an edgy and sophisticated look.
Craftsman homes in Virginia typically feature a charming and cozy aesthetic that emphasizes warmth and comfort. These homes have a combination of natural materials such as wood and stone, as well as distinctive details like exposed beams and decorative brackets. Craftsman homes usually have an open floor plan, a cozy fireplace, and built-in cabinetry, all of which create an inviting feel of the space. These Virginia homes also often include outdoor living spaces such as porches or patios, perfect for enjoying the mild climate and scenic surroundings.
The Federal style emerged during the late 1700s and early 1800s, making them one of the older architectural styles in the US. Federal style homes in Virginia are typically two to three stories with symmetrical façades and rectangular shapes. They often feature brick or stone exteriors, with decorative elements such as columns, cornices, and pediments. Inside, they have high ceilings, intricate moldings, and grand central staircases.
Another prominent architectural style in Virginia is the Georgian style. Popular in the 18th century, you can find Georgian homes in historic districts throughout the state. These homes have a symmetrical façade with evenly spaced windows, typically five on the first and second floors. The entrance is typically adorned with a decorative pediment, while the roofline is flat with a modillion cornice. Inside, these homes feature a central hallway with rooms on either side, high ceilings, and wood paneling.
Neo-colonial style homes in Virginia are a modern take on the traditional colonial design. They typically feature two-to-three stories, symmetrically placed windows and doors, and a central front entrance. Neo-colonial homes also tend to have pitched roofs with dormer windows and a brick or wood exterior. Inside, they often have traditional details like crown molding and wainscoting. Additionally, there are often modern upgrades like open floor plans and updated kitchens and bathrooms.
9) New construction
New construction homes are typically designed with a blend of traditional and modern architectural styles. Open floor plans, ample natural light, and energy-efficient features are common in new homes. Expect to see a range of building materials, including brick, stone, and fiber cement siding. Many new construction homes in Virginia also feature luxurious suites and large kitchens with high-end appliances. There are often outdoor living spaces such as decks or patios, completing the home.
Rambler homes, also known as ranch-style homes, are single-story homes characterized by a long, low profile with a horizontal layout and typically have an open-concept floor plan. They often have a simple design with a low-pitched roof, large windows, and a minimalistic aesthetic. In Virginia, rambler homes are popular in suburban and rural areas. You can find them on large lots with expansive outdoor spaces. They offer convenient, single-level living with a focus on indoor-outdoor connectivity.
11) Queen Anne
The final Virginia home style is the Queen Anne house, known for its ornate and elaborate features. Queen Anne homes are typically two or three stories tall with steeply pitched roofs, asymmetrical facades, and multiple gables. The exteriors of these houses are often made of wood or brick and feature intricate details such as stained glass windows, decorative shingles, and ornamental brackets.
Inside, these homes have high ceilings, large windows, and elaborate woodwork, including crown molding and carved staircases. Many Queen Anne homes also feature large front porches with intricate woodwork and decorative railings, as well as spacious rooms with multiple fireplaces.
Known for its Renaissance-style twin pinnacles, the San Remo is one of New York City’s most recognizable — and most desirable — residential buildings, with countless A-listers calling it home over the years (including Bono, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, to name just a few).
But the building’s appeal extends beyond its long list of current and former celebrity residents.
Its history dates back to 1929 when acclaimed architect Emery Roth set out to build the first of New York City’s twin-towered residential skyscrapers. And he couldn’t have picked a better location, as the two towers, at 145 and 146 Central Park West on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, have two of the best addresses in town.
Towering over Central Park, the San Remo is now home to some of the world’s most coveted apartments. And one of these units has recently hit the market, sporting a $14.5 million price tag.
The massive 5,000-square-foot San Remo apartment has an impressive total of 11 rooms (originally 13), including a massive living room that overlooks the corner of Central Park West and West 74th Street, providing views east over Central Park.
“Apartment 3C at 145 Central Park West provides the discerning buyer an opportunity to buy an unaltered 4-bedroom-and-library layout in Emery Roth’s Neoclassical masterpiece, the San Remo,” said listing broker and Coldwell Banker Warburg President Frederick Warburg Peters.
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“While it needs renovation, the flowing layout and palatial room dimensions make for one of the finest homes available today in New York,” Warburg added.
The San Remo apartment also comes with a spacious library, a dining room, and a breakfast room, also featuring a staff room and service entries adjacent to the eat-in kitchen and elevator landings.
While the $14.5 million price tag is far from affordable (to say the least), it’s worth noting that the home is being offered for sale at yesteryear’s prices.
The listing price is equal to what the current owner paid for the unit four years ago, making it a unique opportunity for well-off buyers looking to move into the highly exclusive San Remo building.
For reference, Diane Keaton’s former San Remo apartment re-listed in 2019 with the same $14.5 million asking price. But prices in the Emery Roth-designed building tend to go sky-high, with the best example being actress Demi Moore’s former unit, a 14-room triplex, that listed for a mind-boggling $75 million back in 2015 (it ended up selling for $45 million two years later).
Additional perks of living in the building include access to amenities like door staff, laundry facilities, a gym, and more. Of course, owners will be directly across the street from Central Park, and near all of the shops and restaurants on the Upper West Side.
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While a major renovation project can set you back tens of thousands of dollars, there are way more affordable ways to give your home a new look.
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Here are some ideas for upgrading your home that will cost just $20 or less.
Invest in New Decor and Accessories
“Whether it’s using books for decor or finding a new art piece, accessories can make a [room] feel totally new,” said Yasmine El Sanyoura, home designer at Opendoor.
You can find affordable home decor at places like Target and HomeGoods.
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Rearrange Your Furniture
Moving around the layout of your furniture can instantly make a room look and feel different, and this is an upgrade you can make at no cost.
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Change Out Your Throw Pillows
Switching out your throw pillows can give your living room or bedroom a new look.
“Throw pillows are magical,” said Lisa Modica, interior designer and owner of Cherry Tree Interior Design. “Grab some in a few colors and patterns that match your color palette in your room, fluff them on your sofas and chairs, and you’re set.”
If you’re artistically inclined, consider painting a mural on a blank wall or DIYing your own canvas art. You can find plenty of inspiration on places like Pinterest.
Opt for Thrifted Furniture
Thrifted furniture can be pricey, but you can also find gently used furniture that people are giving away for free. Check places like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for furniture steals.
“When you’re shopping for used furniture, there are a few things to keep in mind,” said Dan Wiener, founder of Homedude. “First, make sure the furniture is in good condition. Second, make sure the furniture is the right size for your room. Third, make sure the price is right. And fourth, make sure the style of the furniture matches your home décor. Often, gently used furniture can be found at a fraction of the price of new furniture.”
Add a Chic Throw Blanket
Throw blankets instantly add warmth and dimension to a room. You can find affordable throws at Walmart and Target.
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Bring in Some Greenery
“Plants are an inexpensive way to upgrade your living spaces,” said Stefan Bucur, founder of The Rhythm of the Home. “They add fresh greenery and a lively presence.”
You can find small- to medium-sized houseplants at affordable prices at places like Trader Joe’s and Home Depot. Faux greenery is often even cheaper, and you can find small fake plants for $20 or less at Target.
Declutter and Organize
A thorough decluttering session can make a space look refreshed, and it doesn’t cost a thing.
“A cluttered area always looks less impressive than an organized area,” Bucur said.
Restyle Your Bookshelf
Bookshelves can make a statement — or they can just look messy. Consider restyling your bookshelf by arranging books by color, and adding small affordable decorative pieces to tie everything together.
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Editor’s note: TPG’s Erica Silverstein accepted a free trip from Oceania Cruises to attend the unveiling of Vista. The opinions expressed below are entirely hers and weren’t subject to review by the line.
“Is this a luxury cruise ship?” That was the question on everyone’s lips during the maiden sailing of Oceania Cruises’ Vista, the first new Allura-class vessel to debut for the upscale cruise brand.
We gawked at the beautifully designed public spaces, with their detail-oriented accents, eye-catching light fixtures and highly textured materials. (Yes, I petted the walls of the elevators and stroked every chair.) We luxuriated in enormous standard cabin bathrooms and sumptuous Tranquility Beds. We dined on exquisite freshly made pasta, perfectly cooked fish and decadent desserts. We ordered smoked, bubbled, herbed and ice-balled cocktails at the ship’s craft cocktail bar and took photos of each creative concoction.
Vista is clearly a ship for travelers who love to explore new destinations, prioritize fine dining and premium beverages and immerse themselves in chic surroundings. However, in the cruise space, this ship is clearly in the upscale category and not true luxury.
Then again, when you’re curled up on a circular day bed, drink in hand, on a resort-style pool deck in the Mediterranean, Vista might just provide all the luxury you need.
Overview of Vista
Vista debuted in May 2023, the first new ship for Oceania Cruises in a decade and the flagship of the line’s new Allura class. It carries 1,200 passengers in cabins and suites that all have either a true balcony or a French veranda (meaning you can open doors to the fresh air but can’t step outside).
The ship’s target demographic is well-off, mature couples who are looking for destination-focused itineraries on a ship with elevated dining. For a small, 67,000-ton ship, Vista wows with eight restaurants, plus a bakery and private dining rooms for wine-paired meals. It also stands out for its expanded Culinary Center, for cooking classes and demos, and Artist Loft, where passengers can get crafty under the tutelage of resident artists.
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Fans of the line will appreciate that Vista is modeled from sister ships Marina and Riviera, and the layout is strikingly similar.
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Vista is not an all-inclusive ship, but it’s more inclusive than lines such as Celebrity Cruises or Holland America. Its fares cover all dining (except for private, wine-paired dinners), fitness classes, nonalcoholic beverages and in-port shuttles. Its booking promotions may offer additional inclusions, like free Wi-Fi, airfare, excursions, beverage package or shipboard credit.
What I loved about Vista
Some people love to return again and again to their favorite restaurants; others prefer to try a new venue every time. I fall into the latter category, so I loved that I could eat at a different restaurant each night of my cruise on Vista.
I could get dolled up and go to a steakhouse or Italian restaurant, or I could play it casual and eat on the buffet’s outdoor terrace or at the pizzeria. I could enjoy a multi-course sit-down lunch or take my pick of eight burgers at the grill. Vista also had plenty of options for between-meal grazing – a quiche from the Bakery, a scone at Horizons’ afternoon tea, or a cookie from the Concierge Lounge.
Not only did Vista’s large selection of eateries keep my meals interesting, but there wasn’t a bad option in the bunch. Sure, sometimes I didn’t order the right dish, but I enjoyed every meal I ate on board.
Vista will wow you with its gorgeous looks from the moment you step on board. The atrium gives a knockout first impression with its stunning floor-to-ceiling sculpture with a changing light display.
The bold center archway of the Grand Dining Room will immediately catch your eye, as will the ceiling design of the intimate Privee dining room. Each specialty restaurant has been designed with care, from the brick oven-inspired ceilings of Ember to the pagoda-style floor lamps in Red Ginger.
The noteworthy Grand Lounge sports geometric chandeliers and glass shelves of vases and glass sculptures, while the faux wood paneling on the pool deck sets it apart from any cruise ship Lido you’ve ever seen. The glam settings make you feel like you’re a movie star and add to the decadent feeling of being on vacation.
Cocktails and mixology program
The new mixology program on Vista is one of its standout features. I happily ordered cocktail after craft cocktail at the Founders Bar in the name of research, trying drinks with smoke bubbles on top, frozen fruit balls in their center and unique ingredients (like tea) in their centers. The concept turns your standard pre-dinner drink into a playful and exciting event. It also makes a ship carrying mainly retirees feel hip and trendy.
Vista also carries a line of nonalcoholic “liquors” to make zero-proof cocktails that taste like the real deal, as well as nonalcoholic beer. It’s a fabulous option for sober cruisers or travelers who need to rest their livers after a lively evening. Unfortunately, not all bars carry nonalcoholic cocktails. On my cruise, I found them on the menu at the new Aquamar restaurant and Horizons observation lounge.
What I didn’t love about Vista
I failed to find anything serious to critique about Vista, so what I didn’t love about the ship is more about my personality than any real failing of the cruise line.
Evenings on Vista do not offer a variety of pursuits. You can go to a bar, with or without music. You can try your luck at the casino. You can attend the one show each evening, but only if your dinner time allows for it. That’s pretty much it.
My cruise did not offer karaoke night, evening trivia and games, or a pool deck party. I missed the two special-guest acts, a pianist and a guitarist, and the song-and-dance performances by the onboard cast failed to impress. The ship didn’t offer any secondary shows at night — no comedians or musical acts you came to listen to and not talk over.
To be fair, small-ship upscale cruising isn’t about nightlife, and most travelers on Oceania are perfectly content with a long dinner, an evening dancing or drinking in Horizons and an early bedtime. The library does have some board games you can borrow, so consider that as an alternative activity.
One should never judge a ship’s service based on its first sailings when the crew is still getting used to each other and the layout and procedures of a new ship. I mention service solely to answer the question of why Vista isn’t considered a luxury ship.
In terms of hardware, Vista is one fine ship, which rivals the vessels belonging to luxury lines like Silversea Cruises and Seabourn, even nipping at the heels of over-the-top sister line Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It’s in the “software,” so to speak, where the line relegates itself to the upscale sector. And that’s fine.
In addition to not offering truly all-inclusive fares, Vista doesn’t offer the personal, often fawning service you find on true luxury lines. I barely met my room steward. No one offered to carry my plate at the buffet. The chefs weren’t offering to make me dishes off-menu, and on occasion, I had to work to flag down a waiter to bring me a drink. Personally, I’m fine with this level of service, but it does not put Vista in competition with ultra-luxury ships.
The few service issues will improve over time. But Vista, by nature, will never offer the crew-to-guest ratio or over-the-top service levels you’d expect to find on a more expensive cruise line.
Vista cabins and suites
Vista has only eight major cabin and suite types, making cabin selection a relatively straightforward process. Its three main non-suite cabin types – French Veranda, Veranda and Concierge Level staterooms – have identical interior layouts, so you’re really only choosing between perks and exterior space.
New and noteworthy on Vista are Oceania’s first dedicated solo cabins, 270-square-foot balcony cabins with a twin bed, smaller bathroom and slightly narrower design than a regular veranda room. They’re Concierge Level rooms, so solo travelers get extra benefits, such as access to the Concierge Lounge and Aquamar Spa Terrace.
My cabin was a regular Concierge Level room with a private veranda. At 291 square feet, it was the same size as a Veranda room, but with a slightly nicer interior design. (French Veranda rooms are identical to Veranda rooms in design, but where the Veranda cabins have a private balcony, French Veranda rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a railing; you can get fresh air but you can’t step out.)
I was very happy in my Concierge Level room on Vista. Oceania’s Tranquility Beds are some of the best in the business, and I loved falling asleep between a snuggly duvet and 1,000-thread-count sheets. Even better, the bed is flanked by three-drawer nightstands, 100V plugs and USB ports and reading lights.
Storage is decent with a two-door closet, two deep drawers in the desk, two coat hooks on the wall and a few additional shelves. It was the perfect amount of space for me, but I could see how a couple might fight over the drawer space.
The room had a mostly forgettable love seat, other than it looked nice and pulled out into an extra bed. The oval marble table was a perfect size for room service breakfast.
The highlight of the room, in my opinion, was the spacious, marble-tiled bathroom. Here, there was storage in spades: two glass shelves in the large shower, one large drawer and shelf space in the vanity and a corner unit with four deep drawers and three shelves in a mirrored cabinet. The shower had a rain head and a wand on an adjustable mount. The large no-fog mirror lit up at the touch of a button, perfect for putting on makeup.
I also appreciated the comfortable, padded balcony furniture. Standard balconies on Vista come with two upright chairs and a round drinks table, but the cushions made the seating comfier than the mesh-and-metal versions you find on many big-ship cruise lines.
Other thoughtful touches in the room include an electronic thermometer and do not disturb sign touchpad, quiet-close drawers, wooden hangers and carafes of Vero water, plus reusable water bottles to take on tour (to reduce single-use plastic water bottles). The mini fridge was stocked with soft drinks, though my cabin attendant didn’t seem to notice that I was drinking exclusively club soda. You’ll also find the requisite safe and hair dryer (neither of which I used), an umbrella and a shoehorn.
Concierge Level rooms come with extra perks, most of which are useful but not necessary. You get access to the lovely Aquamar Spa Terrace, with its hot tubs, day beds and thalassotherapy pool. You also get access to the Concierge Lounge on Deck 9; I don’t know why you’d want to watch TV in this windowless lounge, but I appreciated the 24/7 drinks and snacks and access to a concierge.
Other amenities include a welcome bottle of Champagne, pashmina-style cashmere lap blankets for use in your cabin and a tote bag. Perks include priority embarkation, lunch and dinner room service from the Grand Dining Room menu (I totally missed this one), priority specialty restaurant reservations, and complimentary laundry (up to three bags), pressing (on embarkation day) and shoeshine service.
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Penthouse Suite on Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY
For those with an urge to splurge, Oceania has four additional suite categories, each with butler service and access to an Executive Lounge. The Penthouse Suites are simply an expanded version of the balcony rooms, with additional closet and seating areas. The Oceania Suites have a full living and dining room, a separate guest or TV room, large balcony, guest bathroom and marble-clad master bath and dressing area. They are mostly found on Deck 12, but two on Deck 11 aft have wraparound corner balconies.
The eight Vista Suites, which I didn’t see, are even bigger than the Oceania Suites and located at the front of the ship, so they have extra-long wraparound balconies. The three Owner’s Suites span the entire aft width of the ship, with two balconies, and are designed by Ralph Lauren Home. A light-filled grand foyer opens onto the living, dining and bar area on one side and the enormous master bedroom with king-sized bed, walk-in closet and generous bathroom with soaking tub and ocean-view shower.
Vista restaurants and bars
Oceania prides itself on being a foodie cruise line, and Vista carries on the line’s tradition with six major dining venues included in the cruise fare, over-the-top extra-fee wine-paired private dinners and a new mixology program that goes above and beyond what its competitors are offering.
It’s hard not to nitpick a line that brags it has “the finest cuisine at sea” (and has even trademarked that tagline). Each meal may not be the best you’ve ever had on a cruise ship, but each meal you have will be solid, with plenty of choice of both where to dine and what to select from the menu. Vista is certainly a ship foodies will appreciate.
I made a point to try every restaurant on board during my weeklong cruise, and it actually took some scheduling to make it happen. It’s a good thing most of Vista’s sailings are 10 days or longer, so you have ample time to sample all the dining venues and even make repeat visits to your favorites.
You are allowed to make at least one advance reservation for each of Vista’s four specialty restaurants — possibly more depending on the length of the cruise and the type of cabin or suite you book. Once on board, you can ask if there’s walk-in availability for additional meals.
The Grand Dining Room is perhaps the most gorgeous main restaurant I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The design, with white archways in the center of the room, is also functional; it separates the giant venue into nooks, so it doesn’t have that hotel ballroom feel.
At breakfast, you can order everything from grilled lamb chops and broiled kippers to omelets, pancakes and lighter fare, such as yogurt parfaits. The highlight of the lunch menu is the “Taste of the World” sampler platter themed around a different country each day.
The dinner menu makes three suggestions for themed meals: selections from Jacques Pepin’s namesake French restaurant on Vista’s sister ships, global cuisine and Aquamar Vitality cuisine (ie lighter dishes). Don’t miss the creative Humphry Slocombe ice cream for dessert, with flavors like Elvis the Fat Years and Harvey Milk & Honey Graham.
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Terrace Cafe on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY
The Terrace Café is Vista’s buffet venue with indoor and outdoor seating. The stunning wall mosaics set the tone for the sophisticated spread you can sample here. Think daily sushi, an array of fine cheeses, made-to-order omelets, pasta and steaks and premium ice cream (including one Humphry Slocombe flavor at lunch and dinner). The vegetarian options weren’t always the best at the Terrace Café, though it often had gluten-free pasta.
On either side of the Terrace Café are several new and returning casual dining venues that should not be overlooked.
Waves Grill has always been one of my favorite grill venues at sea. Midday, it serves sandwiches, hot dogs, grilled entrees (mahi mahi, cajun chicken) and a huge selection of burgers, including Wagyu, veggie and salmon, in addition to the classic cheeseburger.
In the morning, it offers a downsized breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets. At night, it transforms into a pizzeria with Italian-style pizza, a burrata menu (do not miss the burrata and tartufo dish) and a sinful Nutella pizza dessert. Pro tip: You can place an order at Waves and ask for your dish to be delivered to your table at the Terrace Café, so you don’t have to choose between the options.
Past Oceania cruisers might wonder where Waves’ famous smoothies and power bowls got to. The answer is Vista’s new “healthy” dining venue, Aquamar, set up on the opposite side of the Terrace Café from the Waves Grill.
In the morning, don’t miss Aquamar’s selection of avocado toast or its freshly made juices, unusual lattes and smoothies. (You haven’t lived until you’ve spiked your morning OJ with turmeric and cayenne pepper.) Energy bowls, banana pancakes and omelets round out the breakfast menu.
The lunch menu at Aquamar is vast. You can order poke-style bowls or compose your own, do a breakfast repeat with omelets and avocado toast, or order sandwiches from around the world, including tuna tacos, falafel pita, a Mexican chicken wrap or an Impossible burger. Wash it all down with a nonalcoholic cocktail that will have you convinced you’re drinking the real thing.
All the previously mentioned restaurants allow you to dine at will, but Vista has four reservations-required dinner spots that are the stars of the show. Three return from sister ships Marina and Riviera, while one is new, replacing French restaurant Jacques.
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Ember restaurant on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY
The new entrant to Oceania’s food scene is Ember, serving inventive American fare. Though the venue is one of Vista’s signature restaurants, it has a more casual vibe than the others, and meals here don’t take quite as long. Consensus on my sailing is the standout dishes are the spinach and artichoke dip, lobster mac and cheese (with an actual hunk of lobster-in-the-shell on top) and the triple chocolate brownie sundae.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Polo Grill, Vista’s fanciest restaurant, where dinners can take hours. It’s a classic steakhouse in a dimly lit setting with an enormous menu where protein is the star.
While it was perhaps not my favorite dining venue on board, the salmon I ordered was cooked perfectly, so moist and tender that I raved about it for the rest of the cruise. Folks at my table ordered everything from filet mignon to a whole Maine lobster, and everyone was satisfied with their choices.
Also, you may be understandably tempted to order the Polo Quartet of four desserts to finish your meal. I will save you the trouble by telling you the key lime pie is hands down the best of the bunch, and you should order the full-size version and skip the tasting plate.
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Polo Grill on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY
Toscana is Oceania’s long-standing Italian restaurant, but on Vista, it’s newly enhanced with dishes created by the ship’s godmother, Italian food star Giada De Laurentiis. If you enjoy veal, this is your spot; nearly half of the secondi menu consists of veal dishes (you can also order lamb and roast suckling pig here). I tried Giada’s branzino and wasn’t wowed.
Whatever you order, make sure to order at least one pasta dish with Toscana’s incredible ship-made pasta. You can’t go wrong with Giada’s lemon spaghetti or the pesto gnocchi. If you need to skip dessert at one specialty restaurant, this is where I’d pass … unless you are a die-hard tiramisu fan.
The final specialty restaurant is Red Ginger, a pan-Asian dining experience. Perhaps it’s because I love Asian food, but I have a hard time choosing what to eat at Red Ginger because everything looks so good. You could make a meal on appetizers alone.
To start, try the sushi, duck and watermelon salad or summer rolls. For your main, consider the miso-glazed sea bass, lobster pad thai, bulgogi ribeye steak or red curry chicken. You might think dessert is a non-starter, but the caramel tapioca was tasty, and the soft ice cream with Japanese togarashi is a fun mix of sweet and spicy.
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Red Ginger on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY
Vista also offers multiple options for intimate or private wine-pairing lunches and dinners on board. They include a wine-pairing lunch at Ember and wine-themed dinners in private dining rooms attached to Toscana and Polo Grill. Hidden between those two restaurants is Privee, another intimate dining room where two special dinners are held: Odyssey (described as a “gustatory journey for the senses”) and the Dom Perignon Experience that pairs special Champagnes with equally special dishes.
But the food options don’t end with the restaurants. The Bakery by Baristas was a popular spot for daily beignets, quiches and pastries. Afternoon tea in Horizons is an Oceania specialty, with your choice of Twinings tea, scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches and cakes and petits fours all wheeled around in glass carts by formally dressed waiters.
Vista’s bars are hopping before and after dinner because there’s not much else to do on board at night.
The Martini Bar is the most happening lounge, located near the Grand Dining Room, several specialty restaurants and the casino. A pianist performs here on and off throughout the evening. You can find all your standard mixed drinks here, as well as a special martini menu. At peak times, you might not be able to find a seat.
On the other side of the casino is the Founders Bar, a new concept for Oceania, dedicated to creative craft cocktails. If you like your drinks topped with smoke bubbles, frozen balls of fruit or sprigs of herb or dried fruit slices, this is your spot. Seating is limited, but you can request your drink be delivered around the corner to the Grand Lounge, a stunning scenery area where a classical string quartet plays in the evening.
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Founder Bars on Oceania’s Vista. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY
Be careful — it’s so fun trying out all the crazy concoctions that you might bust your drink budget if you haven’t upgraded to the premium beverage package.
Horizons is the observation lounge at the top of the ship, looking forward. We heard rave reviews of the live band here and some choice words about the resident DJ, but if you want to watch the sunset or get your groove on after deck, Horizons is the bar for you.
Baristas is the coffee bar by day and aperitif bar by night. Get your daytime caffeine fix with Illy espresso, macchiatos, cremas and more, including coffees spiked with booze. After 6 p.m., you’ll find an Italian-influenced list of aperitifs and digestifs (amaretto, Campari, limoncello), as well as wines and cocktails (such as an Aperol spritz or negroni).
The pool bar serves all the daiquiris and coladas you can drink while lounging on Vista’s gorgeous, resort-style pool deck. You can also order drinks at any of the restaurants. Aquamar has a lovely menu of nonalcoholic cocktails, fresh juices, lattes and smoothies.
Vista is also introducing new immersive cocktail experiences for the cruise line, which unfortunately had not yet debuted on my sailing. These will include a customizable Bubbly Bar in Baristas, a Bloody Mary Bar at lunch in the Terrace Café, a Macallan whisky and chocolate pairing, and cocktail-making seminars pairing Brugal 1888 rum with ice cream or tea.
Vista activities and shows
An Oceania cruise is a destination-focused trip, so onboard activities are kept to a minimum. You’ll find trivia contests, spa seminars, casino tournaments and technology classes at the LYNC Digital Center, such as travel photography and photo editing for social media.
Where Oceania excels in onboard activities are with cooking classes and demos in the Culinary Center and art classes at the Artist Loft. Oceania brings on real chefs and working artists to lead the workshops. Sign up as soon as you get on board because these popular classes fill up quickly.
I tried a “drip technique” painting class where we decorated glass plates, and it was a far cry from the watercolor or needlepoint classes you might find on other ships. The two-part class explored a unique technique, and even though I’m not experienced in crafting and my plate looked pretty bad after the first class, the artist knew what he was doing, and my final product was surprisingly good. It’s also a fun way to socialize with other passengers and the artists in residence.
Vista’s culinary center is three times larger than the versions found on sister ships Marina and Riviera. In addition to the test kitchen with 24 individual cooking stations, a second room can be arranged for lectures or even dinners. Classes are themed, often related to the ship’s destination, and yes, you can eat what you cook. They do cost extra; fees start at $79.
On a warm, sunny day, Oceania’s gorgeous resort-style pool deck is the place to be with padded loungers and day beds, a main pool with a wading area around it and a couple of hot tubs. Sporty types should head to the ship’s topmost half decks for an outdoor running track, shuffleboard, croquet/bocce, pickleball, mini-golf and a golf-driving cage.
The Aquamar Spa on Deck 15 offers a barber shop, salon, fitness center with aerobics studio and sauna and steam rooms in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Concierge Level and suite guests receive complimentary access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace at the front of the ship, with two hot tubs and a thalassotherapy pool.
If it’s cool and rainy, consider decamping to the nook- and book-filled library, where you can borrow games, settle in with your laptop or peruse guidebooks. Baristas is right around the corner. The ship also has the requisite shops selling fine jewelry and logo items.
In the evenings, you can find a singer-pianist in Martinis, a string quartet in the Grand Lounge and a band followed by a DJ in Horizons. I heard great things about Vista’s Music Station Band, but somehow I was always eating dinner when they were performing.
Each night, there’s a show in the Vista Lounge, either a guest performer or a typical cruise ship song and dance show by the onboard performers. One of the new shows on Vista was choreographed by Britt Stewart, a professional dancer who’s worked with “Dancing with the Stars.”
Vista itineraries and pricing
Vista will spend its summers in the Mediterranean and winters in the Caribbean. In fall 2023, the ship will also visit Canada and New England and transit the Panama Canal twice. Cruises range in length from seven to 90 days, but most are one to three weeks in length.
Cruise-only prices start from $1,799 for a French Veranda cabin or $2,049 for the lowest-category balcony room on a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Alternatively, you can choose Oceania’s more inclusive and expensive OLife fares; these start from $2,599 for the French Veranda cabin or $2,849 for a regular balcony room.
The current OLife promotion runs through June 30 and includes round-trip airfare and transfers, plus your choice of four shore excursions, a beverage package or $400 onboard credit per cabin. Starting in July, the line will offer a set of included perks, without the need to choose, but the actual inclusions may change during promotional periods.
What to know before you go
The travel documents you need for your Vista cruise are determined by your itinerary and homeports. For most cruises, you will need a passport that is valid for six months after your trip ends. For round-trip sailings out of U.S. homeports, a birth certificate and government photo ID will suffice. It’s up to each passenger to determine if any of the ports of call require additional visas.
When you finish checking in online for your cruise, Oceania will email you a boarding pass that you should print out and bring with you to the terminal.
Crew gratuities are added to your onboard bill and amount to $18 per person, per day, in Concierge-class rooms and below, or $23 per person, per day, in upper-level suites. Gratuities can be prepaid. You are always welcome to tip above the auto-gratuity for exceptional service. All tour guides should be tipped in cash at the end of a tour.
A 20% gratuity is added to onboard bar and spa bills.
Vista is one of the first Oceania cruise ships to use Starlink high-speed internet. I can attest to the speed of Oceania’s premium plan after attending a 90-minute Zoom meeting with only the slightest of lag.
Every cabin comes with one free Wi-Fi login (for one device at a time), or you can pay to add additional devices or for the premium plan that accommodates music and video streaming.
Carry-on drinks policy
Passengers can bring up to six bottles of wine per cabin for consumption in their room. If you wish to drink your own wine in a restaurant or public area of the ship, you will need to pay a $25 per bottle corkage fee.
Vista offers designated areas on the Deck 12 pool deck (forward, starboard corner) and in the smoking lounge on Deck 14 forward, outside Horizons. The latter is a gorgeous space with forest-green walls, but it is entirely indoors. This policy applies to e-cigarettes, pipes and cigars, in addition to regular cigarettes.
Smoking is forbidden everywhere else on board, including in cabins and on private balconies. Passengers who are caught in violation of the smoking policy will be disembarked at the next port of call and may also be required to pay additional fees to cover costs for cleaning or replacing damaged furniture or decking.
Vista has complimentary self-service launderettes on decks 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Each is outfitted with a detergent dispenser, washers and dryers, an ironing board and a seating area with a TV if you choose to wait for your load to finish. You can walk away while your load runs, but set a timer because folks will remove your clothes if you don’t pick them up in a timely fashion.
Alternatively, you can pay to send out your clothes to have them washed and/or pressed.
Vista’s cabins and suites offer electrical outlets and USB ports on both sides of the bed and by the desk. You’ll find both U.S. 110V and European 220V outlets. Americans may want to bring an adapter for charging devices in public rooms where the outlets are all European-style.
The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar. The reception desk can change dollars for the local currency.
You must be 21+ to drink alcohol onboard all Oceania cruises. When the ship is in international waters, young adults ages 18 to 20 may purchase and drink beer or wine (as well as the House Select beverage package).
Oceania does not have a complicated dress code with specific attire required on certain evenings. Instead, the line suggests “elegant casual resort wear” for evenings and requests that guests do not wear casual jeans, shorts, T-shirts, baseball caps, casual sandals or sneakers in the restaurants after 6 p.m.
For casual dining, choose the Pizzeria or Terrace Café for your evening meal. Shorts and baseball caps are allowed; athletic wear is not.
Elegant casual resort wear translates into date-night dresses (but not full-on cocktail attire), skirts and blouses or dressy pants and tops for women, and collared shirts and slacks for men. Jackets and ties are not required.
During the day, casual attire is fine, but please don’t wear swimwear, bathrobes or pajamas in public areas. You’ll need footwear if you leave the pool deck.
Vista is an elegant mid-size cruise ship that’s the perfect home base for travelers who appreciate dining variety, enjoy interesting cocktails and fine wines and wish to explore the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Cabins and suites are thoughtfully designed, though, for longer voyages, you might need to take advantage of onboard launderettes as cabin storage might be tight.
Vista offers a high-end experience on a beautifully designed ship, but you’ll have a choice in how you spend your vacation budget rather than paying upfront for all-inclusive fares.
Sustainability and environmental consciousness, as we know, are becoming increasingly important owing to the dangers of climate change constantly looming upon us. As such, finding ways to reduce waste and minimise our ecological footprint has become a priority. When it comes to home décor, one area where we can make a significant impact is our approach to furniture. Before simply tossing away old or unwanted pieces, there are often opportunities to repurpose, reuse, or recycle them, giving them new life and reducing the demand for new furniture.
But, how? Don’t worry, we are here to your rescue! According to Sajal Lamba, Co-founder and Director, Wriver, change is the only constant as the saying goes and there are plenty of ways one could go about curating your most personal spaces. “Reinventing ways to express your lifestyle choices through your living space can be a truly authentic way to tell your story to those you invite into your home or workspace,” he added.
The interior designer further mentioned that what we do with our interiors is a reflection of our most personal aspirations and value. “The key to the synchronicity of design and functionality within living spaces is in how you curate them based on size and flow of traffic together with finer details like the shape, colours, and types of furniture you choose to bring together,” he said.
While there are many expert tips out there, Lamba shared a few key aspects around re-imagining your interiors with accessible furniture.
Reconfigure your furniture: Instead of multiple pieces that you might traditionally choose, fill a room with accent pieces that until now, were enjoyed in the privacy of your bedroom or study room. “Break up a sectional. The fact that a sectional was purchased to fit together a certain way doesn’t mean it absolutely has to stay in that configuration. Often the pieces can be reconfigured into a new layout that might fit a new space better,” he explained.
what we do with our interiors is a reflection of our most personal aspirations and value (Source: Pexels)
Multiple pieces into one unique statement: Consider curating pieces in a way that extends or adds space. “Add an ottoman to an existing sofa or lounge chair and you’ve created a comfortable spot. Or simply re-upholster your sofa-go from a bold colour to magnificent prints! A simple redo like that can change the mood, look and feel of a space. Try incorporating a low or seat-height ottoman-coffee table to create a corner where no corner existed before, and shift a section over to expand the amount of usable seating area,” hhe said.
Making bold ‘mismatched choices’: Let’s say you want to add some end chairs to your dining table or create more seating space in your living room. “Instead of buying matching furniture for what’s already existing, shift and play around with the sofas and chairs you already have – be bold and embrace a bit of ‘mismatch’ because that certainly tells a story that is unique to your personality! Use almost anything as a low table. Designers often praise stool tables as multifunctional design superheroes, but really so many items can serve double duty as a small table or seat.”
Experiment with functionality: Perhaps you need more working space or maybe you want to simply make a bold statement – and that’s where you can experiment with the functionality of furniture. “Consider how pieces like chests, chairs (especially durable indoor-outdoor seats), crates and the like could be used to act as a small table in the bathroom, at the foot of the bed, on the patio — the list goes on and on, and the results are often beautifully unique,” Lamba said.
By embracing these practices, we can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to home décor while also adding a unique and personal touch to our living spaces.
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Experience the perfect blend of convenience, affordability, and comfort at Cambridge Square. Embrace the dynamic growth of Downtown Bethesda while enjoying the peaceful retreat of your home. Cambridge Square invites you to indulge in the best that this thriving community has to offer.
2013 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20009
Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Hampton Courts, a meticulously crafted architectural masterpiece constructed in 1926. This historic building exudes the allure of early 20th-century design, captivating you with its elegant appeal.
At Hampton Courts, modern amenities blend seamlessly with classic architecture. The building features two elevators for your convenience, a controlled intercom entrance ensuring security, and a well-equipped laundry room with a convenient card payment system.
Indulge in the comfort of our studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments, where updated appliances and spacious floor plans await. Each residence combines the essence of the past with modern comforts, creating a truly exceptional living experience. Best of all, all utilities are included in your rent, alleviating any concerns about additional bills.
Convenience is paramount at Hampton Courts. The U Street Metro Station, offering access to the yellow and green lines, is just three blocks away, providing seamless transportation options to explore the city. Additionally, you’ll find Capital Bikeshare bicycles, only a block from the building, offering you endless means of transportation to navigate the vibrant surroundings.
Embrace a vibrant neighborhood where a plethora of amenities awaits. The Saturday Farmer’s Market, Yes Organic Market, Trader Joe’s, Vida Fitness, and numerous yoga studios are all within a few blocks from your front door. Explore the culinary delights, wellness centers, and vibrant community events that surround you.
Come and experience the essence of city living at Hampton Courts. Allow yourself to be captivated by its timeless allure and discover a lifestyle that seamlessly combines historic charm with modern convenience.
261 Congressional Lane Rockville, MD 20852
Experience the perfect blend of comfort and convenience at Congressional Towers Apartments, ideally located just off Rockville Pike. Situated in the heart of Rockville, our community offers residents unparalleled access to a host of amenities.
Just three blocks from the Twinbrook Metro, our residents enjoy seamless connectivity to shopping, entertainment, and a diverse range of dining choices. Whether you’re in the mood for a shopping spree or a night out on the town, everything you need is within easy reach.
Our spacious apartments are designed with your utmost comfort in mind. As a resident of Congressional Towers, you’ll enjoy an array of free amenities, including parking and extra storage, ensuring you have ample space for your belongings. Additionally, you’ll receive a membership to Rollins Congressional Club (RCC), a resort-style water park featuring a club-style gym and fitness center. Embrace a healthy and active lifestyle without ever leaving the comfort of your community.
At Congressional Towers, we believe in providing a hassle-free living experience. That’s why all utilities are included in your rent, eliminating the need to worry about multiple bills. Simply move in and enjoy the convenience.
Call or schedule a tour today to discover your perfect apartment home at Congressional Towers. Experience the unparalleled convenience, exceptional amenities, and a vibrant community that awaits you.
1475 Euclid St NW Washington, DC 20009
Nestled in the vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood, Hilltop House awaits, offering a collection of studio and one-bedroom apartments for rent. Step into a world of charm and comfort, where each apartment boasts large windows and inviting breakfast bars, creating a cheerful, open, and bright atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Simplify your apartment living and budgeting with ease, as all utilities are included with your rent at Hilltop House. Experience the convenience of a worry-free lifestyle, allowing you to focus on enjoying the vibrant surroundings.
Hilltop House boasts an enviable location facing the picturesque Meridian Hill Park. Immerse yourself in a variety of social and cultural events that unfold within its lush green spaces. From kickball leagues and yoga classes to Frisbee sessions and drum circles, the park offers endless opportunities for recreation and community engagement. Experience the vibrant energy that fills the park every Sunday as it comes alive with a multitude of activities.
Just a couple of blocks away from the Hilltop House apartment community, you’ll find the Columbia Heights Metro station. This convenient transportation hub provides access to both the green and yellow lines, effortlessly connecting you to all that Washington, D.C. has to offer. Explore the rich history, iconic landmarks, and diverse neighborhoods of the capital city with ease.
Hilltop House Apartments offer the perfect blend of a tranquil oasis and access to the excitement of the city. Experience the best of both worlds as you soak in the cultural offerings, culinary delights, and vibrant community of Adams Morgan and beyond. Your perfect home in Washington, D.C. awaits at Hilltop House.
2755 Macomb St. NW Washington, DC 20008
Nestled at the prime corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Avenue, The Klingle awaits with its stunning landscaped grounds and meticulous upkeep. This coveted property offers unrivaled convenience and a lifestyle that caters to your every need.
Situated at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street, The Klingle places you within easy walking distance of Cleveland Park’s most popular shops and restaurants. Indulge in a variety of culinary delights and explore a vibrant local scene right at your doorstep. Additionally, the Cleveland Park Metro Station, National Zoo, and the locally-famous Uptown Theater are just moments away, ensuring endless entertainment and cultural experiences.
Immerse yourself in a thriving community where convenience and charm harmoniously coexist. The Klingle invites you to experience a lifestyle that seamlessly blends accessibility, natural beauty, and an abundance of local attractions.
1702 Summit Place NW Washington, DC 20009
Discover well-designed apartments that maximize every inch of space, offering a thoughtful layout that meets your every need. Step inside and be greeted by the gleaming hardwood floors, which come to life as natural light streams through the windows, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The arched doorway details add a touch of architectural interest, showcasing the attention to detail that sets these apartments apart.
Embrace your inner chef in the kitchens, equipped with gas stoves that allow you to prepare gourmet meals with ease. Enjoy the pleasure of culinary creativity in a space designed to inspire.
Beyond the allure of these exceptional apartments, the location is truly unbeatable. Situated just blocks away from both Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, you’ll find yourself in the heart of two vibrant neighborhoods that offer a wealth of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. With a Walk Score of 91, every amenity and convenience is within easy reach, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of city living.
Welcome to a life where thoughtful design, affordability, and prime location intersect. Experience the best of urban living in these apartments that redefine what it means to feel at home.
Pleasant Hills Apartments
100 Fort Drive NE Washington, DC 20011
Escape to Pleasant Hills, a hidden gem just off North Capitol Street, where beauty awaits your discovery. Immerse yourself in a collection of spacious and affordable apartment homes that exude charm and comfort. Step onto the beautiful hardwood floors that grace each residence, admire the built-in shelves that add a touch of sophistication, and delight in the renovated kitchens that ignite your inner chef.
Pleasant Hills enjoys a privileged location, situated across from Archbishop Carroll High School and a mere two blocks from Catholic University. Experience the vibrancy of the neighborhood as you become part of a thriving community filled with academic excellence and cultural richness.
For effortless commuting, the Brookland Metro station is within easy reach, offering seamless access to all the wonders the city has to offer. Indulge in a myriad of dining options within the thriving Brookland community, where culinary delights await at Col. Brooks Tavern, San Antonio Grill, Brookland Cafe, and more.
Pleasant Hills is where unexpected beauty unfolds, where spacious living, affordability, and a sense of community intertwine to create a truly remarkable experience. Embrace the oasis that awaits you at Pleasant Hills and discover a world of serenity and enchantment.
Sherry Hall Apartments
2702 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007
Nestled in the charming neighborhood of Glover Park, between the coveted areas of Georgetown and Cleveland Park, you’ll find Sherry Hall. Situated on one of DC’s primary arteries, this exceptional residence offers an ideal location that embodies the essence of urban living.
Indulge in the culinary delights of Wisconsin Avenue as you explore the multitude of popular restaurants within walking distance from your doorstep. Delve into a world of flavors and gastronomic experiences, all conveniently close to your new home.
Step inside your apartment sanctuary and be greeted by the elegance of beautiful hardwood floors that grace your living space, adding a touch of sophistication and warmth. Immerse yourself in the modernity of brand new kitchens, thoughtfully designed with stainless steel appliances, including a gas range, granite countertops, and stylish light wood shaker cabinets. The large windows invite an abundance of natural light, illuminating every corner of your home and creating a welcoming ambiance.
At Sherry Hall, we believe in simplifying your life. That’s why all utilities are included, providing you with peace of mind and transparency in your monthly expenses. Say goodbye to surprises and complex calculations—here, you can focus on enjoying the comfort and tranquility of your new home.
Discover the perfect harmony of serenity, convenience, and modernity at Sherry Hall, where every detail is designed to enhance your living experience. Embrace the unmatched lifestyle that awaits you, where vibrant city living meets the comforts of home.
Clarence House Apartments
4530 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
If you’re seeking a studio, one, or two-bedroom apartment that combines convenience and comfort, look no further than Clarence House apartments. Located within walking distance to the metro, Giant, Whole Foods, pharmacies, dry cleaners, restaurants, shopping hubs, and esteemed schools, this is where your apartment search begins.
Living at Clarence House means unlocking the treasure trove of hidden gems in our vibrant neighborhood. Immerse yourself in a world of cultural experiences as you stroll to a captivating concert at the Austrian Embassy or indulge your passion for music by enrolling in a class at the renowned Levine School. Let your literary soul flourish as you become a regular at the iconic Politics and Prose bookstore, where new discoveries await on every shelf. And for a glimpse into the fascinating history of art and gardens, the Hillwood Museum is just a short trip away.
Beyond the convenience and cultural richness, Clarence House offers a haven of comfort and tranquility. Explore the versatile floor plans of our studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, each thoughtfully designed to meet your needs. Experience the joy of coming home to a welcoming and spacious environment that nurtures relaxation and a sense of belonging.
Begin your apartment journey at Clarence House, where the vibrant pulse of city life meets the comforts of home. Embrace the limitless possibilities and experiences that await you in this dynamic neighborhood.
1868 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC 20009
At The Norwood, the perfect fusion of old-world craftsmanship and modern sensibilities awaits you. This historic building has been meticulously upgraded to offer the epitome of apartment living. Immerse yourself in a world where timeless charm meets contemporary convenience.
Step into your new home and be greeted by the allure of hardwood floors, evoking a sense of warmth and sophistication. The high ceilings create an atmosphere of openness and grandeur, while central air conditioning ensures your comfort throughout the year. Experience the harmonious blend of The Norwood’s grace, elegance, and modern upgrades that culminate in a truly distinctive living space.
With an impressive Walk Score of 97, your new home places you at the center of it all. From the vibrant restaurants and nightlife of Adams Morgan to the tranquil beauty of Rock Creek Park, every facet of city living is within your reach. Indulge in culinary delights, explore cultural treasures, and immerse yourself in the energy of the surrounding neighborhood.
At The Norwood, you’ll discover a sanctuary that seamlessly combines history and contemporary living. Unwind in a space that reflects your refined taste and appreciate the convenience of a location that offers endless possibilities. Experience the best of both worlds at The Norwood, where timeless allure meets modern comfort.
2101 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20009
As you gaze upon Wakefield Hall’s ornate facade, you’ll soon discover that the beauty continues within. Step into a world of elegance where exquisite apartments await. With hardwood floors, updated kitchens, and walk-in closets, every detail has been carefully curated to create a charming and comfortable living space.
Convenience is at your doorstep at Wakefield Hall. Located near the U St./Cardozo Metro Station, you have effortless access to all that Washington, DC has to offer via the yellow and green lines. Immerse yourself in the vibrant pulse of the city and explore its cultural treasures, all just a few steps away from your front door.
Indulge in the captivating energy of your neighborhood as you venture out. Discover local art galleries, savor the flavors of eclectic cuisines, and embrace the lively atmosphere that surrounds you. Wakefield Hall places you at the center of cultural vibes and offers a gateway to the rich experiences that await in the city.
Embrace a lifestyle that seamlessly combines convenience, charm, and cultural immersion at Wakefield Hall. This is more than just an apartment; it’s a place to call home and an invitation to be part of a vibrant community. Welcome to Wakefield Hall, where timeless beauty and contemporary living intertwine.
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After capping the 2021 season with a Super Bowl win for the Los Angeles Rams, cornerback Jalen Ramsey‘s performance seemed to justify the five-year, $105 million contract he signed with the team in 2020.
But that same contract spelled salary-cap trouble, following a woeful 2022 season for the Rams. As such, Ramsey was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a draft pick in March. And while the trade means a change of coasts, at least Ramsey will continue to reside in a sunny clime.
As a result of the deal, Ramsey is selling his knockout 10,100-square-foot mansion in Hidden Hills, CA, for $13,995,000. If he snags that amount, he’ll make out nicely. Ramsey bought the seven-bedroom home (which includes a recently added guesthouse) in 2020 for $9.5 million.
The property offers amenities galore, including a basketball court, home gym, sauna for post-workout aches, gaming room, move theater, wine cellar, and a training hill built into the backyard for sprinting practice.
Privacy and serenity are guaranteed in this swanky, guard-gated community—an area that’s famously populated by celebrities and captains of industry.
This masterpiece of a home features three levels of posh details, such as Italian marble and white oak floors. An open layout allows seamless movement from room to sun-filled room.
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There are fireplaces in the living area and primary bedroom, which has a two-sided version with a mini living room on one side. The primary bath is immense, with a standalone soaker and walk-in shower.
But the outdoor spaces might be even more amazing than the house itself, thanks to the many full-sized trees, terraced gardens, huge pool, and built-in barbecue area.
Ramsey starred in college at Florida State before he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. His seven seasons in the NFL have been impressive: He’s garnered 375 solo tackles, 77 assists, 19 interceptions, and one Super Bowl ring.