Oceania Cruises operates a fleet of small luxurious ships that accommodate between 648 and 1238 passengers. Currently, there are seven ships within the Oceania fleet. An eighth ship will join the Oceania Cruises fleet in 2025. Each of Oceania's ships are flagged in the Marshall Islands and managed from the company's headquarters in Miami (Florida, USA).
Oceania Cruises is a luxury cruise line owned by parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings which is one of the largest and most prestigious cruise companies in the world. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) also owns the ultra luxury cruise line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Find out more about Oceania Cruises here >
Oceania Cruises operate three 'classes' of luxury cruise ships. The smallest of these classes is the Regatta Class which can accommodate up to 656 passengers. The Oceania Class of ships are nearly twice as large as the Regatta Class and provide accommodation for up to 1,235 passengers. The newest Allura Class ships which have yet to be launched will accommodate up to 1,200 guests.
All Oceania Cruises ships have the same focus on 'signature spaces' which include the Grand Staircase, Aquamar Spa and the Grand Dining Room. As you would expect from a cuisine focused luxury cruise line, there are numerous signature restaurant brands including Toscana, Pollo Grill, Jacques, Red Ginger, Tuscan Steak, Terrace Cafe, Waves Grill and Horizons.
The number of available restaurants will vary depending on the ship class you are travelling on. For example, on smaller ships like Nautica, Regatta and Insignia you will find the Grand Dining Room, Terrace Cafe, Waves Grill, Toscana and Polo Grill. By comparison you will only find additional speciality restaurants like Red Ginger, Jacques and Privee on the larger ships.
All Oceania Cruises ships are classified as small ships by cruise industry standards. With an average total passenger capacity of 898 passengers, they offer a totally different service level when compared to the behemoth cruise ships of many mid-tier cruise lines.
Oceania is famous for its or its long 'world cruises' which last up to 195 days. Consequently, all Oceania ships are better equipped for long voyage cruising and offer a greater level of floor area than other comparable cruise lines.
With an average of 570 crew members per vessel, Oceania has one of the highest crew to passenger ratios of any luxury cruise line with 1 crew member for every 1.58 passengers. The level of available space onboard is also significantly higher than many cruise lines with 49.68 tonnes per passenger.
By comparison, Royal Caribbean's ship 'Wonder of the Seas' carries up to 6988 passengers which is nearly eight times the average passenger capacity of an Oceania ship. The crew to passenger ratio on Wonder of the Seas is one crew member per 3.03 passengers making the service ratio onboard Oceania nearly twice as high. Space per passenger is also significantly lower at 33.89 tonnes per passenger which is nearly 32% less.
There are numerous other benefits of small ship cruising so why not visit our small ship cruises page to find out more. Afterall, Panache Cruises is a small ship cruise specialist. We're here to help!
Conceived by visionary nautical designer John McNeece, Oceania's Regatta Class ships were originally built between 1998 and 2001 for the luxury cruise line Renaissance Cruises. However, Renaissance ran into financial difficulties in 2001 and the eight 'R Class' vessels eventually found their way to Oceania Cruises and Azamara Cruises with four ships going to each cruise line.
Since joining the Oceania Cruises fleet, each of the Regatta Class ships have seen extensive remodelling and refurbishment. Despite this, each of vessels within the class still have the same gross tonnage (30,277 tonnes) and almost identical passenger capacities (between 648 and 656 guests). However, each of the sister ships have the same number of crew (410) thereby creating one of the most attractive crew to passenger ratios in the luxury cruise sector with each crew member looking after just 1.6 people.
Rather appropriately, one of Oceania's Regatta Class ships is called Regatta! The others are named Insignia, Sirena and Nautica. Please follow the links on each ship name to find out more about each ship, the unique features onboard, detailed deck plans and the cabin or stateroom grades. You can also search for upcoming cruise itineraries for each ship.
You can find out much more each ship by visiting our comprehensive guide on each vessel. Find out more about each ship's history, when it was last refitted and the various luxurious facilities onboard.
Both of the Oceania Class ships within the fleet were built specifically for Oceania Cruises between 2011 and 2012. Both sister ships, named Marina and Riviera, weigh in at 66,084 tonnes and carry 1238 passengers when at full capacity.
The Oceania category of ships has one of the highest percentage of cabins with private balconies in the entire cruise sector. Of the 625 cabins and suites onboard 580 have private balconies. This is just one of the areas where this excellent class of luxury cruise ship excels.
Although passenger capacity is increased when compared Oceania's Regatta Class vessels, the same service levels are maintained with nearly 800 crew. Consequently, the crew to passenger ratio onboard both Marina and Riviera remains at 1 crew member for every 1.59 passengers.
However, the larger size of the Oceania category of ships actually increased the amount of available space per passenger. This increased to 53.38 tonnes per passenger which represents nearly a 16% increase in space per passenger when compared to the Regatta Class of ships.
Due to their increased size, Marina and Riviera are able to offer a greater number of speciality restaurants. Given Oceania's famed reputation for providing the 'finest cuisine at sea', this will be welcome news to dedicated 'foodies'. Marina and Riviera are the only ships in the Oceania fleet that feature the restaurants Jacques and La Reserve.
Find out more about Marina and Riviera via our dedicated ship pages where each vessel is covered in more detail.
The first of Oceania's new Allura Class ships will join the fleet in April 2023. Called Vista, this new class of ship will carry up to 1,200 passengers. The second ship of the Allura class, which has yet to be named, is due to join the Oceania fleet in 2025.
The new Allura Class ships will bring new dining options to Oceania's already extensive list of fine dining venues. The cruise line's executive chefs have devised a new restaurant concept called Ember which will welcome guests for both lunch and dinner.
The internal spaces of the ship also see dramatic new features which bring a greater element of modernity when compared to the Regatta Class of ships which have more traditional yet contemporary styled interiors.
The new signature spaces include the Grand Lounge, a spectacular new Grand Staircase and the finest Aquamar Spa seen on any Oceania ship to date. Be among the first to experience Ember, the newest addition to the Oceania Cruises family of restaurants the new Aquamar Kitchen which will offer an superb range of wellness inspired menus.
This new class of ship will have the highest passenger to crew ratio of any Oceania cruises ship with two crew members for every three passengers.
Oceania offers a wide variety of luxury accommodation onboard its ships from interior staterooms, spacious balcony cabins with verandas to signature suites. The exact specification of the cabins and staterooms does vary however depending on the ship. When contacting Panache Cruises, please check with your Cruise Connoisseur for further details.
Panache Cruises is one of Oceania's leading global partners and our packages and offers are unique in the marketplace. Due to our standing as one of the cruise line's leading partners, we also have priority access to the best available cabin / stateroom grades.
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