Oceania Cruises has introduced Vista to the world, naming the first of two new 1,200-guest Allura-class ships. The vessels are being constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
Oceania Cruises has unveiled a new series of immersive destination tours under its Go Local brand. The new, exclusive small-batch tours seek to go beyond the tourist sites and embed guests in the fabric of local communities.
The company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 per cent of the contract price of each ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals.
Sporting a colour palette that is quintessentially Ralph Lauren, the suites are resplendent in navy, white, crème and camel. Fabrics and upholstery are a mélange of solids and stripes, with pops of metallic, silver and gold.
Oceania Cruises has announced the latest stage of its OceaniaNEXT initiative, a $100 million re-inspiration of the line’s four 684-guest ships - Regatta, Insignia, Sirena, and Nautica.
Oceania Cruises will introduce its new Wavenet high-speed internet fleetwide. With Wavenet, travellers will be able to upload and download large files in a snap, enjoy their favourite shows on Netflix, stream their favourite playlist on Spotify and instantly share their Oceania Cruises memories on Facebook and Instagram.
Oceania Cruises has announced an additional series of journeys to Cuba in November and December 2017. Ranging in length from six to thirteen days with departures from Miami, these voyages include the line’s first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to Havana.
Royal Caribbean has announced that the Cuban government has granted them approval for cruises to Cuba and they plan to announce their first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. At the same time, Oceania Cruises has revealed its first three inaugural voyages from Miami to Cuba. The first will depart in March 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced strategic changes to its brand leadership team to further align the company’s organisational structure with its goal to drive sustained growth and profitability. Bob Binder has been appointed president and chief executive of Oceania Cruises, in addition to his current role as vice chairman of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which he has held since 2011.
Two contractors and a member of the crew have been killed on board the Oceania Insignia following a fire. The luxury cruise vessel was docked at the Caribbean Island of St Lucia when the incident occurred. Some 656 passengers on-board the vessel were safely evacuated, with the remainder of the cruise cancelled.
Today, Oceania Cruises announced plans to provide complimentary Internet access to guests booked in either a suite or Concierge Level stateroom on any of its five award-winning mid-size ships. This is the first time the upper-premium cruise line has offered a free Internet program, with the new benefit commencing during the 2015 winter season.