Oceania Cruises will expand its Culinary Center offerings, by adding 20 new classes, including a two-day culinary immersion program. The new programs, developed by longtime Director of Culinary Enrichment, Chef Kathryn Kelly, will debut on Marina and Riviera from April 2015.
Oceania Cruises' Insignia, will remain out of service until at least 22nd March 2015, after a fatal engine room fire killed 3 people in St Lucia on 11th December.
Three crew members have tragically died, after an engine room fire started on board the luxury Insignia, operated by Oceania Cruises. The fire has resulted in the current cruise being cancelled.
Back in September 2014, Princess Cruises announced that it had plans to sell their smallest ship, Ocean Princess when their new ship enters service in 2017.
Today, Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruiseshas announced the vessel will join their fleet in April 2016.
The 684-passenger ship will be renamed Sirena and join sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica.
Kevin Sheehan, president and chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings said:
The acquisition of Sirena provides measured capacity growth based on the proven platform of Oceania Cruises' highly regarded mid-size ships.
The ship will undergo a 35-day refurbishment, costing $40 million in Marseille, before joining the fleet.
Cruises on board Sirena, will be released towards the end of February 2015, before going on sale on March 4th.
Oceania president and chief operating officer, Kunal Kamlani, commented:
The addition of Sirena opens up an entire array of new itinerary options for Oceania Cruises as we think about our deployment strategy.
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