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ABOVE: An Oceania Regatta-class ship. INSET BELOW: A stern view of Regatta, an outside balcony stateroom, and the Library with its English country-house decor.

photoOceania Cruises is the brainchild of Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, two former top executives from Crystal Cruises and the late Renaissance Cruises. Their idea was to create a boutique or "upper premium" cruise line with midsize ships that would offer outstanding cuisine and service at fares below those of the luxury lines.

photoOceania's first ship, Regatta, entered service in 2002; its sister ship, Insignia, followed in 2003. A third Regatta-class vessel, Nautica, was added in 2005, and a fourth--Sirena--joined the Oceania fleet in 2016. All four ships are relatively intimate by today's megaship standards, carrying a maximum of 684 passengers and a crew of 400 each. Accomodations range from inside cabins to one-bedroom owner's suites, and 73 percent of the outside cabins have private balconies.

In 2011, Oceania introduced Marina, which was built at a cost of US $600 million. The ship has berths for 1,250 passengers, or nearly double the capacity of Oceania's first generation of vessels but still mid-size by the standards of today's 3,000- and 4,000-passenger megaships. A sister ship, Riviera, was added in 2012.

photoOceania's 2020 European calendar runs from spring through fall, with 60 cruises in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Most itineraries are 10 to 14 days, but a few shorter and longer cruises (ranging from seven to 22 days) are available..

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Oceania Cruises

Cruise review:

Oceania Regatta: Dover to Barcelona

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Insignia in Venice, Italy

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