Oceania Cruises is part of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., one of the world's leading cruise groups. The holding also owns the cruise brands Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Oceania Cruises' headquarters are in Miami, the European headquarters in Southampton and the German office in Wiesbaden.
The company history
Three experienced cruise experts founded in 2002 Miami/Fl. Oceania Cruises. The start-up first chartered the 1998-ton ship “R Two”, built in 30.000 by the insolvent Renaissance Cruises. The ship was named "Insignia". The management soon realized that just one ship wasn't worth the effort. A sister ship was chartered. The new addition was called "Insignia"; the former Insignia was renamed "Regatta". In late 2005, a third R-class cruise ship joined the Oceania fleet. It was named "Nautica". In the spring of 2016, the "Sirena", which was taken over by Princess Cruises and converted for 40 million US dollars, was integrated into the fleet as the fourth ship in the "Regatta class".
Oceania Sirena in Bremerhaven
In February 2007, when the real estate and financial crisis in the USA was at its peak, the US venture company Apollo Corporation acquired the company's majority stake. Their financial background and business model made it possible to order two more, much larger ships of the new "Oceania class" from the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy. The Oceania-class ships acquired in 2011 and 2012 were named Marina and Riviera.
The premium cruise brand Oceania Cruises most recently worked under the umbrella of Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc., founded in 2007. To round off the premium portfolio, the company acquired the luxury shipping company Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2008. Six years later, in the fall of 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) bought Prestige Cruise Holdings for $3,025 billion.
What does Oceania Cruises stand for?
The Oceania motto is short: "Exquisite cuisine. Selected travel experiences. Small, luxurious ships.” Oceania Cruises cruise ships stand for a luxurious yet casual atmosphere, excellent cuisine and 450 destinations around the world. The six ships, which can accommodate a maximum of 684 or 1.250 guests, offer discerning and experienced travelers extraordinary travel experiences.
Oceania Sirena - Dine in style at the Grand Dining main restaurant
Table decoration in the Grand Dining
Ship classes and ship names
Two Oceania class ships
- Oceania Marina
- Oceania Riviera
Both ships have 625 cabins each, including 147 suites. Only 38 of the cabins (18 inside and 20 outside) do not have verandas. The deck plan shows six restaurants with free seating.
Oceania Marina in Montevideo
Oceania Riviera in the port of Livorno
Four regatta class ships
The four R-class ships were built between 1998 and 2000. The cruise line paid almost $100 million to modernize the four ships between 2018 and 2020.
Oceania Regatta in Portland / Maine
Oceania Sirena's pool deck
The smaller ships offer only four restaurants, unlike the Oceania-class ships. Regatta-class ships each have a maximum of 342 cabins, of which 62 are suites. At almost 70 percent, the balcony rate is less pronounced than that of the Oceania class.
A new building, the “Oceania Vista”, has been announced for May 2023. It is the first of two ships in the new Allura class. In terms of size, the ship roughly corresponds to the Marina and the Riviera. It is designed for 1.200 guests. The tonnage is given as 67.000 GT. The Oceania Vista has additional luxury elements compared to the two ships in the Oceania class.
Oceania Cruises is part of the Norwegian Cruise Line
One thing differentiated Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) from its two larger competitors, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, until 2014. These companies have long indulged in a few First Class affiliates for discerning travelers. NCL, on the other hand, had to limit itself to mid-range offers. With the takeover of Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the group's range of services was optimized and the qualitative gap to the competitors was reduced.
Update October 2022