Oceania Cruises

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Oceania Cruises

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This Miami-based luxury cruise line operates a fleet of ships that sail on worldwide itineraries.

Founded in 2002 by Frank Del Rio, Bob Binder, and Joe Watters, the cruise line is now owned by Norwegian Cruise Line when the conglomerate bought Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises for $3.025 billion in 2014.

In the early days of the company, Oceania chartered former Renaissance Cruise ship, R Two, under the name Insignia. Insignia sailed for six months with Oceania before she was contracted to a French travel agency TRM. During this time, Oceania had no ships in operation, however, by June 2003, Oceania had begun service again with two ships. R Two, Oceania’s original Insignia ship, was renamed Regatta and her sister ship, R One, was named as the new Insignia.

In November 2005, R Five, another R class ship entered service for Oceania as MS Nautica. Another ship was announced to join the fleet at this time but it never came to fruition.

Majority share of Oceania Cruises was sold to Apollo Management in February 2007 and only a month later, a letter of intent was signed for the construction of two new ships. By June, the contracts were finalised and MS Marina and MS Riviera were delivered in 2011 and 2012. These were the first new builds for Oceania Cruises.

In 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line had put plans in place with Princess Cruises to purchase Ocean Princess. By March 2016, after a $40 million dry dock, MS Sirena entered service as the sixth ship for Oceania.

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Regions cruised

Who is it for?

Longer cruises and an intimate, luxury experience on a small ship
Budget cruisers, families

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