Oceania Cruises Takes Delivery Of New Flagship Marina
In mid-January Oceania Cruises officially took delivery of Marina, the line’s first newly built ship, which measures 66,000 tons and accommodates 1,250 guests. The handover took place at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa, where Marina officially became a part of the Oceania Cruises’ fleet joining Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Her sister ship, Riviera, is currently being built in the same shipyard and will debut in 2012.
After a pre-inaugural cruise to Barcelona, Marina will then sail to Miami where she will be christened on February 5 with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac, commemoratively crashing against the hull. The evening will be capped by an extravagant fireworks display. Marina sets sail February 8 on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Marina then operates a 12-day roundtrip Caribbean cruise from Miami, departing March 16. She then sails along the US Eastern Seaboard before deploying to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.