“In France, we know, but we are convinced that there is a potential,” says Silvia Semeria, manager at Oceania Cruises development in France, Scandinavia and “emerging countries” (sic). This landing on the French market comes, well seen, a booklet in glossy paper and a website that is in French. Open for booking, it also displays quantity prices promotional.

ship to human size, Mike Louagie

The american company showcases the luxury of its fleet, the relatively small size of its vessels, the variety of its itineraries and its “high gastronomy”. On this last point, we can suppose, however, that, for a Frenchman, this will not be the selection criterion, number 1 of an ocean liner american. Even if the menus are supervised by a French chef, in this instance Jacques Pépin, 83 years old, party to conquer the America in the early 1960s, after having served as the general de Gaulle.

Six ships with a capacity of 1,250 and 684 passengers

On the other hand, the possibility to be seated indifferently, and without supplement in all the restaurants the edge is a plus. Include four, those that can be found on each boat: the Grand Dining Room (French and international cuisine), Terrace Cafe (buffet), the Italian Toscana to the plates decorated by Versace and the very u.s. Polo Grill, a trendy steak, swordfish and Maine lobster grilled. And for those that are interested, note that cooking classes are taught in a room specially equipped with individual workstations with induction hob and all the necessary equipment. End of chapter gastronomy.

The fleet consists of six ships of medium tonnage. “They are not small but not large either, compared to the sea monsters today,” says Silvia Semeria. And their relatively small size allows for a stopover in the ports smaller”. The two most recent, Marina and Riviera , built for Oceania Cruises in 2011 and 2012, host of 1,250 passengers and 800 crew members. But the ability of the other – I nsignia, Regatta, Sirena and Nautica – is two times less important: 684 passengers and 400 crew members. It is with those, purchased in 2002 at Renaissance Cruises, which had to file for bankruptcy, Oceana Cruises has been created in 2003.

The new livery of the “small” ships. Oceania Cruises

For 15 years, the company has offered a facelift to its four “small” ships, original, out of the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire between 1998 and 2000. This gift to $ 100 million includes the renovation of the 342 cabins and suites in shades of blue, common areas furnished by Baker and Donghia and fabrics designer Rubelli and Kravet… That shot of young for to be the centrepiece of a Grand Staircase with balustrades carved and embellished with crystals, Lalique. Insignia has already released its new livery this month. Sirena the aborera may 19, 2019, Regatta September 24, 2019, and Nautica June 23, 2020.

A choice of 460 cruises of 7 to 180 days

Although some of the cabins are “internal” (no porthole or window), Oceania Cruises is a company of luxury. Life on board seems to be rather quiet, between the swimming pool, the spa, the library at the English, the putting green, the Culinary Center and the string quartet classic. The night owls can rest assured that there are also cruise obliges, shows, a disco and a casino.

The Grand Staircase Mike Louagie

As for the navigation program, it is immense: 460 cruises of 7 to 180 days submitted to the site by the fall of 2020, with 450 ports of call on all continents, trans-atlantic, trans-pacific and round the world at the departure of Miami and San Francisco. Of course, this american company is not involved in préacheminents (it will therefore have to fend for themselves or go through a travel agency to reach the port of embarkation and returning to France). But it offers stays to the ground, pre-and post-cruise, in order to prolong the discovery of a destination.

And most importantly, its programs have a lot of originality. Including the cruise ship in u.s. waters. A few examples: the “Crossing the cultural” from Miami to San Francisco via the Panama canal on Regatta starting may 1, 2019 (18 days, promotion from 3.959 € outside cabin). Or these trips of 7 days from 1,400 € in the cabin with sea view: “The happiness of Bermuda” board’ Insignia , departing from New York (and return) 11, 18 and 25 August 2019 and the “Vineyards stars” with Sirena , departing from Los Angeles (and back) for 7 and 14 December 2019, with, among other excursions, the famous Nappa Valley. See also the many odyssey in the Pacific the u.s. and canada, some of which sail to Alaska. www.oceaniacruises.com

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