Oceania Cruises orders two new ships
Oceania Cruises, which has not added a new ship to its fleet since 2012, has ordered two new vessels in a new class of ship.
The Allura class of ship will be similar in size to its two largest and latest ships, Oceania Marina and Riviera with the first ship coming in 2022 and the second in 2025.
“These brand new ships, we’ve come up with some very exciting new features with more restaurants and new dining experiences, a wide arrange of suites and staterooms to choose from and even some additional cultural and enriched elements,” said cruise line president and CEO Bob Binder.
Marina, which arrived in 2011 and 2012’s Riviera are just over 66,000 gross tons each and have a 1,250-passenger capacity based on double occupancy. Binder said the new ships will carry fewer guest and have a great staff-to-guest ratio, coming in at 67,000 gross tons and a 1,200-guest capacity.
The line also sails four older ships, which were all originally built for other cruise lines before Oceania Cruises began operations in 2002.
No specific details about the new ship designs were revealed, other than they will be built at Fincantieri shipyard, which is where Marina and Rivieria were built. The new ship costs will be more than $650 million each, according to the cruise line.
“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary - and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Oceania Cruises.
Oceania has put a great focus on culinary on its ships including the popular Bon Appétit Culinary Center, Master Chef Jacques Pépin’s first namesake restaurant at sea and a Wine Spectator wine program. It’s an upper-premium brand, that falls between its two sister fleets, the mass-makret Norwegian Cruise Line and luxury Regent Seven Seas. It’s not all-inclusive like Regent Seven Seas, but does offer partial-inclusive options in the normal fare, such as free dining at the specialty restaurants.
The line’s fleet sails all over the world, including sailings out of Miami. A seven-night Caribbean cruise from Miami in 2019 has inside cabins starting at $999 per person, based on double occupancy.
“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential-style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” Binder said.
For more information, call 1-855-OCEANIA or visit OceaniaCruises.com.
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