Oceania Launches Nautica In Istanbul

November 23, 2005
In a christening ceremony held in Istanbul yesterday, Oceania Cruises launched the 30,277-ton, 684-passenger Nautica, its third ship. The ship was officially named by godmother Fana Holz, a Miami philanthropist -- and the ship was blessed, as befits the multi-cultural Istanbul, by an Imam, a Roman Catholic priest and a rabbi.

Nautica, a sister to the heretofore launched Regatta and Insignia, boasts some new features not found on those vessels; take a look at our updated First Glimpse to check them out.

The ship will spend the winter season sailing Asian itineraries and has already departed for what Oceania's billing as its "Magical Maiden Voyage," a 24-day cruise from Athens to Singapore.

Almost stealing Nautica's thunder was an announcement by Oceania's president Frank del Rio that the cruise line has "secured" its fourth ship. To be named Marina, the vessel, like the rest of the fleet a member of the former R-series of Renaissance Cruises, is expected to debut in July 2007. Intriguingly, del Rio did not offer details on which of the remaining Renaissance R-series vessels Oceania will take over. All others are currently either leased or owned by other cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, Swan Hellenic and Pullmantur.