This article is about the former Princess Cruise Lines ship known as the Ocean Princess from 2000 to 2002. For the current Princess cruise ship see Ocean Princess (ship).
Oceana docked in Cadiz, Spain
|Port of registry:|
|Christened:||20 February 2000|
|Acquired:||29 January 2000|
|Maiden voyage:||February 2000|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9169550|
|Class & type:||Sun-class cruise ship|
|Length:||261.30 m (857.3 ft)|
|Beam:||32.25 m (105.8 ft)|
|Draft:||8.10 m (26.6 ft)|
|Decks:||11 (passenger accessible)|
MV Oceana (previously Ocean Princess), is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At over 77,000 tonnes, Oceana is the fifth largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She entered service with the company in November 2002 and was named by HRH the Princess Royal in 2003. Oceana is sister ship to Sea Princess, which served in the P&O Cruises fleet as Adonia between 2003 and 2005. Oceana is a sister ship of Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, which are also Sun-Class Cruise Ships.
Oceana was originally ordered by P&O to serve in the Princess Cruises fleet. She was named by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal and entered service as Ocean Princess on 16 February 2000. During the winter season, Ocean Princess was positioned in the southern Caribbean, while in summer she operated in Alaskan waters. Shortly after her launch, P&O demerged its cruise ship operations and Ocean Princess came under the ownership of P&O Princess Cruises, whilst continuing to serve in the Princess Cruises fleet.
In November 2002, Ocean Princess entered service with P&O Cruises, operating from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her official naming ceremony took place in Southampton, England on 21 May 2003. The naming ceremony was the first double ship naming in history and saw Ocean Princess renamed Oceana, with sister ship Sea Princess becoming Adonia. The naming was performed by HRH the Princess Royal. and her daughter Zara Philips.
In 2003, P&O Princess Cruises merged with Carnival Corporation. As a result, Oceana came under the ownership of Carnival UK, but continued to operate with the P&O Cruises fleet. Sister ship Adonia later returned to the Princess Cruises fleet and reacquired her original name, Sea Princess.
In summer, the vessel sails from Southampton in the United Kingdom to the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. In the northern winter, Oceana berths in Barbados; sailing through the Caribbean and to Central America.
During the two-week period of 28 March 2008 - 11 April 2008, Oceana underwent a refit at Lloyd Werft shipyard as part of the P&O Cruises elevation programme. The extensive refit included Winners bar and the Monte Carlo Casino merging to become one venue; Winners. The on board photo gallery has also been divided into separate areas. Starlights, a show lounge, has been refitted, as has the gym which now includes interactive mountain bikes. The cabins have received similar treatment to that of other P&O ships. The Cafe Jardin menu has been changed to reflect French cuisine by Marco Pierre White.
Oceana underwent another refit on December 5, 2012 which lasted 15 days. Passenger cabins were refreshed and new carpeting was fitted throughout. Select dining restaurant Cafe Jardin was relaunched with a new Marco Pierre White menu and on board nightclub Le Club saw an extensive refurbishment with new seating, lighting and audiovisual equipment. Other minor improvements were made to the pool area and Horizon Grill, as well as the self-service restaurant, Plaza.
Oceana has 10 passenger decks.
Passenger facilities include 12 places to drink and 4 restaurants, including an open air restaurant and Cafe Jardin, a restaurant endorsed by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. Other notable features include a gym, sports court, casino, golf simulator, spa, family facilities, a spa and 4 swimming pools. The main entertainment venue is the 530 seat Footlights Theatre.
Accidents and Incidents
In early April 2014, Oceana underwent emergency repairs after she developed a problem with one of her propeller shaft seals. The ship stayed in port in Barcelona for three days instead of the scheduled one for divers to carry out the repairs, and calls at Alghero, Cartagena and A Coruña were cancelled.
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