|Parent||Prestige Cruise Holdings|
Oceania Cruises is a Miami, Florida, United States-based shipping company that operates five luxury cruise ships on world-wide itineraries. It is currently the world’s largest upscale cruise line, offering good-quality food and itineraries at a cheap price when compared to other upscale cruise lines. Since April 2007, Oceania Cruises has been owned by Apollo Management.
Oceania Cruises was founded in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, the latter being the former vice president of Renaissance Cruises. The founding management team included industry veterans Bob Binder, Robin Lindsay, James Rodriguez, Jeff Drew and Howard Sherman. The company chartered the former Renaissance Cruises ship R Two from Cruiseinvest and renamed her Insignia in October 2002. In April 2003 the Insignia was chartered to the French travel agency TRM[disambiguation needed] for three months, during which Oceania Cruises operated no vessels. On 15 June 2003 Oceania Cruises re-commenced service with two ships: the Insignia was renamed Regatta and a new ship (R One, a sister ship of the Insignia/Regatta, also chartered from Cruiseinvest) entered service as the new Insignia.
In November 2005, a third R-class ship entered service for Oceania Cruises when the company chartered the R Five from Cruiseinvest and renamed her Nautica. At the naming ceremony of the Nautica, Frank del Rio announced the plan of adding a fourth ship, Marina, to the Oceania Cruises fleet in July 2007. This however did not come to pass.
In February 2007, the majority of Oceania Cruises' stock were sold to the New York-based Apollo Management. The following month Oceania made a memorandum agreement with the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy to construct two new 1,260-passenger ships. The contract was finalised in June 2007, with delivery dates for the new Oceania Class ships set for January 2011 and July 2011. The contract also includes an option for a third vessel of the same type that could be delivered in May 2012, but Oceania declined the option.
The Regatta class ships were built in 1998—2000 for Renaissance Cruises as a part of their R class. They have a gross tonnage of 30,277 and can accommodate a maximum of 824 passengers in 343 cabins.
|MS Regatta||1998||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2003||30,277 tons||Marshall Islands||Previously R Two and Insignia, Last refurbished in 2011|
|MS Nautica||2000||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2005||30,277 tons||Marshall Islands||Previously R Five, Last refurbished in 2010|
Two 1,260-passenger, 66,084 gross ton ships were ordered from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, with the first being delivered in January 2011 and the second delivered in May 2012. 580 of the 626 cabins and suites have private balconies. The interiors of these ships are designed by the Norway-based Y&S Architecture and Interior Design.
|MS Marina||2011||Fincantieri||2011||66,084 tons||Marshall Islands||First new build for Oceania|
|MS Riviera||2012||Fincantieri||2012||66,084 tons||Marshall Islands||Marina's sister ship|
Ships being Chartered
- MS Insignia - Being chartered to Hapag-Lloyd for two years as the Columbus 2; Columbus 2 will rejoin the fleet as the Insignia in May 2014.
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