MV Oceana

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Oceana (2000) - Venice - 2016.jpg
Oceana docked at docked at Venice, Italy
  • Ocean Princess (2000-2002)
  • Oceana (2002-present)
  • Princess Cruises (2000-2002)
  • P&O Cruises (2002-present)
Port of registry:
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy
Yard number: 6044
Christened: 20 February 2000
Acquired: 29 January 2000
Maiden voyage: February 2000
In service: February 2000
Identification: IMO number: 9169550
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,499 GT
Displacement: 8,293 DWT
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)
Installed power:
Speed: 21 knots
  • 2016 (regular)
  • 2272 (maximum)
Crew: 889
Notes: [1][3]

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 seven 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.[4]Oceana is a sister ship to Sea Princess (which served in the P&O Cruises fleet as Adonia between 2003 and 2005), Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, all of which are Sun-Class cruise ships.


Oceana is a Sun class cruise ship owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, and operated by P&O Cruises.[5] She was built in 2000 by the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Ocean Princess[edit]

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.[6] 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.[1] and her daughter Zara Philips.[7]

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 onboard 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 onboard 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.[8]


Oceana has 10 passenger decks.[9]

Passenger facilities include 12 places to drink and 4 restaurants, including an open-air restaurant and Cafe Jardin. 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.[10]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

In early April 2014, Oceana underwent emergency repairs after she developed a problem with one of her propeller shaft seals.[11] 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.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Asklander, Asklander. "M/S Ocean Princess (2000)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Retrieved on 10 February 2009
  3. ^ "About Oceana: Ship statistics". P&O Cruises. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  4. ^ "P&O Cruises | Oceana Cruise Ship | Oceana Webcams". 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  5. ^ "P&O Cruises - Oceana Owner". Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ The young royals: Zara Phillips. "Gloucestershire - History - The young royals: Zara Phillips". BBC. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  8. ^ "P&O Oceana Refurbishment". 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Fast Facts | Oceana Cruise Ship | Fodor's Cruise Reviews". Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  10. ^ "P&O Cruises | Oceana Cruise Ship | Oceana Cruises". 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  11. ^ "P&O's Oceana to stay in Barcelona for repair work". CruiseNews UK. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Passengers will face an extra three days on board Oceana as the ship undergoes repairs in Barcelona". Daily Echo. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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