Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Entered service: July 1998 / April 2004
Onboard currency: USD
Passengers (lower berth): 684
Length: 181.0 metres
Beam: 25.5 metres
Draft: 6.0 metres
Oceania Cruises was launched in 2003 and is the brainchild of cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio and Joe Watters, former heads of Renaissance Cruises and Crystal Cruises, respectively.
Oceania was acquired by New York-based Apollo Management, L.P., an investment company that specialises in private equity, debt and capital markets in 2007. Under Apollo, Prestige Cruise Holdings was formed to manage their cruise portfolios which now includes Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas as well as a significant stake in Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
In September 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line formally acquired Prestige Cruise Holdings.
Originally built in 1998 for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, Insignia was one of the original two ships in the Oceania fleet. Right from the start, Insignia and sister-ship Regatta set the tone for Oceania, with a style that defines the line to this day. Like all the former Renaissance vessels, they are comfortable and spacious ships, decorated with a clubby, old-school style, with lots of dark-wood paneling, gilt-framed paintings, Oriental-style carpets, and deep-hued upholstery. They are traditional but casual, and perfect for travellers who want an atmosphere that’s more about relaxing, reading a good book, and chatting with friends than about flashy excitement.
Today, Oceania operates a four-vessel fleet. The 66,084-ton, 1,258-passenger Marina and Riviera were launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Based in Miami, Oceania Cruises is about creating a destination-intensive experience with top-notch food and superior service.
Passengers onboard Oceania’s cruises tend to be older (50 and older), are well traveled and hail mostly from the U.S. and Canada. The line also markets to English-speaking travellers from the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Insignia was previously on a two-year charter with Hapag Lloyd as Columbus 2 and returned to Oceania Cruises in May 2014.
A fatal fire in the engine room occurred in December 2014.
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