Oceania Cruises

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Oceania Cruises
  • Frank Del Rio
  • Bob Binder
  • Joe Watters
HeadquartersMiami, Florida, United States
Area served
Key people
Bob Binder (CEO)
ParentNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Regatta in Stockholm, summer 2007.

Oceania Cruises is a premium cruise line based in Miami, Florida, that operates six premium cruise ships on worldwide itineraries.[1] While it also offers cruises as short as ten days, the norm is 10- to 14-days and the line is also known for its long cruises lasting up to 195 days.[2] The line's President and CEO is Bob Binder; he is vice-chairman and also a co-founder of the brand.

Since September 2014, Oceania Cruises has been a wholly owned subsidiary owned of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which also owns Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.


Oceania Cruises was founded in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio, Bob Binder, and Joe Watters. The founding management team also included industry veterans Robin Lindsay, James Rodriguez, Jeff Drew, and Howard Sherman.[citation needed]

The company chartered the former Renaissance Cruises ship R Two from Cruiseinvest and renamed her Insignia in October 2002.[3] In April 2003 the Insignia was chartered to the French travel agency TRM 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[3] and a new ship (R One, a sister ship of the Insignia/Regatta, also chartered from Cruiseinvest) entered service as the new Insignia.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] This however did not come to pass.

In February 2007, the majority of Oceania Cruises' stock was 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 1,250-passenger ships.[7] The contract was finalized in June 2007, with delivery dates for the new Oceania Class ships set for January 2011 and July 2011.[8] 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.[9]

After being leased out for two years to Hapag-Lloyd as the Columbus 2, the Insignia returned to the fleet in 2014.

In May 2014 it was announced that Oceania and Fincantieri are close to making a deal on two additional ships for the Oceania Class.[10] The order for these additional ships never came to pass.

On September 2, 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings purchased Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, for $3.025 billion.[11]

On November 25, 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises to purchase the Ocean Princess for Oceania Cruises, upon delivery in March 2016, the ship underwent a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to become the Sirena.[12]

In August 2018, Oceania Cruises announced its intention to renovate each of its four ships as a part of the $100 million "OceaniaNEXT" program.[13]

On Jan. 8, 2018, Oceania Cruises announced it has ordered two new ships to be built at Fincantieri shipyards at a cost of more than $650 million per ship. The ships will be 67,000 gross tons and have a 1,200-passenger capacity. They are due in 2022 and 2025. [14]


Regatta class[edit]

The Regatta class ships were built in 1998—2000 for Renaissance Cruises as a part of their R class.[15] They have a gross tonnage of 30,277 and can accommodate a maximum of 824 passengers in 343 cabins.[1]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Oceania
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MS Regatta 1998 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2003 30,277 tons  Marshall Islands Previously R Two and Insignia, Last refurbished in 2014. Regatta Stockholm.jpg
MS Nautica 2000 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2005 30,277 tons  Marshall Islands Previously R Five, Last refurbished in 2014. MS Nautica 01.JPG
MS Insignia 1998 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2004/2014 30,277 tons  Marshall Islands Previously R One and Columbus 2, Reentered the fleet in May 2014. MS Insignia in Venice 2008 (cropped).JPG
MS Sirena 1999 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2016 30,277 tons  Marshall Islands Previously R Four, Tahitian Princess, and Ocean Princess.[12] Sirena anchored in Sorrento.jpg

Oceania class[edit]

The Oceania class consists of two 1,250-passenger, 66,084 gross ton ships built by Fincantieri in Italy, with the first, MS Marina, delivered in January 2011, and the second, MS Riviera, delivered in May 2012. These were the first ships built for Oceania. 580 of the 625 cabins and suites have private balconies.

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Oceania
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MS Marina 2011 Fincantieri 2011 66,084 tons  Marshall Islands First new build for Oceania. Marina (ship, 2011), Sète 01.jpg
MS Riviera 2012 Fincantieri 2012 66,084 tons  Marshall Islands Marina's sister ship. Oceania Cruises Riviera 04 IMO 9438078 @chesi.JPG

Allura class[edit]

Two 1,200-passenger, 67,000 gross ton ships were ordered from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, with the first to be delivered in 2022 and the second to be delivered in 2025. [14]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Oceania
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
TBA 2022 Fincantieri 2022 67,000 tons TBD Third new build for Oceania.
TBA 2025 Fincantieri 2025 67,000 tons TBD Fourth new build for Oceania.


In December 2016, it was announced that Oceania Cruises has reached an agreement with the Cuban government.[16]

In March 2018, Oceania Cruises announced a 180-day world cruise in 2020 with calls at 95 ports in 38 countries on 4 continents.[17]


  1. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 354–355, 421–422, 514–515. ISBN 981-246-739-4.
  2. ^ "It's Official: Oceania Announces Six-Month World Cruise". TravelPulse. travAlliancemedia. July 8, 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "M/S R Two". Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. at Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish), retrieved 25. 6. 2007
  4. ^ "M/S R One". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. at Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish), retrieved 25. 6. 2007
  5. ^ "M/S R Five". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. at Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish), retrieved 25. 6. 2007
  6. ^ Oceania Cruises press release November 22, 2005, retrieved 25. 6. 2007
  7. ^ Oceania Cruises press release March 14, 2007, retrieved 25. 6. 2007
  8. ^ Oceania Cruises press release Juny 18, 2007, retrieved 25. 6. 2007
  9. ^ Sloan, Gene (4 November 2010). "Most Popular". USA Today.
  10. ^ Staff, CIN (20 May 2014). "Oceania Newbuild Rumors Gain Momentum".
  11. ^ Staff, CIN (2 September 2014). "Norwegian Cruise Line Purchases Prestige Cruise Holdings".
  12. ^ a b Staff, CIN (25 November 2014). "Ocean Princess Sold to Oceania".
  13. ^ "Oceania Cruises Remodeling Every Stateroom on Their Four Cruise Ships". cruisefever.net. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  14. ^ a b Tribou, Richard (8 January 2019). "Oceania Cruises orders two new ships". Orlando Sentinel.
  15. ^ Boyle, Ian. "Oceania Cruises". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  16. ^ "Sailing soon from the U.S. to Cuba: ships from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean". Miami Herald. December 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Staff, CIN (2018-03-07). "Oceania Announces 2020 180-Day World Cruise". Retrieved 2018-03-09.

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