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Friday, May 4, 2012

Oceania Cruises Takes Delivery of the New Riviera

Oceania Cruises Takes Ownership of Riviera From Fincantieri
Oceania Cruises Takes Ownership of Riviera From Fincantieri
On April 27, 2012, Oceania Cruises took delivery today of its new 1,250-guest Riviera at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa. The line's newest entry to the upper-premium cruise segment comes just 15 months following the launch of her highly acclaimed sister ship, Marina.

"The handover of Riviera represents a milestone achievement thanks to the loyalty of our guests, our strong partnership with the travel agent community and the dedication of every member of the Oceania Cruises family," stated Kunal S. Kamlani, the line's president.

The newest addition to Oceania Cruises' expanding fleet of mid-sized ships, the 66,172-ton Riviera is purpose-built to engage and inspire epicureans with 10 dining venues, including Jacques, the namesake restaurant of the world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. The ship also boasts a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.

In just 14 days, on May 11 in Barcelona, Riviera will be officially christened, presided over by godmother Cat Cora, a master chef, restaurateur, humanitarian, author, and co-host of Bravo's new "Around the World in 80 Plates." Riviera departs on her 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens on May 16, 2012. From May 16 through November 29, 2012, she will offer a total of 20 Mediterranean voyages, calling at ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco, with maiden calls in Cephalonia (Argostoli), Motril (Granada) and La Palma, Canary Islands.

Oceania Cruises took delivery today of its new 1,250-guest Riviera at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa. The line's newest entry to the upper-premium cruise segment comes just 15 months following the launch of her highly acclaimed sister ship, Marina.

"The handover of Riviera represents a milestone achievement thanks to the loyalty of our guests, our strong partnership with the travel agent community and the dedication of every member of the Oceania Cruises family," stated Kunal S. Kamlani, the line's president.

The newest addition to Oceania Cruises' expanding fleet of mid-sized ships, the 66,172-ton Riviera is purpose-built to engage and inspire epicureans with 10 dining venues, including Jacques, the namesake restaurant of the world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. The ship also boasts a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.

In just 14 days, on May 11 in Barcelona, Riviera will be officially christened, presided over by godmother Cat Cora, a master chef, restaurateur, humanitarian, author, and co-host of Bravo's new "Around the World in 80 Plates." Riviera departs on her 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens on May 16, 2012. From May 16 through November 29, 2012, she will offer a total of 20 Mediterranean voyages, calling at ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco, with maiden calls in Cephalonia (Argostoli), Motril (Granada) and La Palma, Canary Islands.

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