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Oceania is in the upper premium segment of the cruise industry, therefore the job requirements for candidates and service performance level expectations are quite high. On the other hand working onboard the upper premium class luxury ships of this cruise line is a great experience. The ships sail to all continents and the chances of getting a contract with a "boring" (all Caribbean or all Alaska) type of itinerary are close to zero.Oceania Cruises offers various types of jobs within all shipboard departments on regular basis - Deck & Engine officers and ratings, Food and Beverage Services, Guest Services, Entertainment, Medical Doctors and Nurses, Accommodation etc. Some of the positions aboard the ships are provided by concessionaires.

A short overview and history of Oceania Cruises - in 2002, cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio and Joe Watters, former heads of Renaissance Cruises and Crystal Cruises respectively, teamed up to form Oceania Cruises, acquiring the former R1 and R2 cruise ships of Renaissance Cruises, and renaming them Regatta and Insignia. Both ships have received a $5 million refurbishment and now offer an 'upper premium' cruise experience with higher levels of food and beverage and other services. Since both cruise ships were so new, having entered service in 1998, they were in excellent condition, however, they each received a $5 million refit before joining the fleet of Oceania Cruises. Upgrades and maintenance work was undertaken on both ships during two-week dry docks. Work included intensive maintenance of machinery and navigation equipment. Another former Renaissance Cruises ship named "Nautica" joint the Oceania Cruises fleet in 2005.

In February 2007, the majority of Oceania Cruises' stock were sold to the New York-based Apollo Management. The following month Oceania made a memorandum agreement with the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy to construct two new 1,260-passenger ships. After being leased out for two years to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as the Columbus 2, the Insignia returned to the fleet in 2014.

Overall, Oceania Cruises has managed to create a luxury experience, particularly in the areas of cuisine and service at a mid-market price point. Ultimately, the company offers one of the industry's best value-for-money options in cruising. The intimate and luxurious 684 passenger ships, feature itineraries to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Panama Canal. The itineraries have been tailored to include many overnight port stays allowing passengers time to immerse themselves in the history, culture and local flavor of the region. Voyages for this cruise line include the Black Sea, British Isles, Caribbean, Central America, Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Mexico, North Cape, Russia, Scandinavia, and South America. A new cruise ship named Marina - especially build for Oceania Cruises joined the Oceania Cruises fleet in late 2011. Although it was a bigger cruise vessel, the intention of Oceania Cruises was to keep the atmosphere on board intimate and luxurious like on the other three smaller ships in the fleet. The latest ship of Oceania Cruises - a sister ship of Marina christened Riviera joined the Oceania Cruises fleet in 2012 thus adding another 800 cruise ship jobs to the existing 1600 plus shipboard positions that Oceania Cruises offers at the moment.

In September, 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line purchased Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, for $3.025 billion. In November, 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises to purchase the Ocean Princess for Oceania Cruises, upon delivery in March 2016, the ship will undergo a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to become the Sirena

Oceania Cruises ships and itineraries:


MS Riviera: Marshall Islands registered, built 2012, 66,000 gross tons, 1,258 passengers, 800 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitivecchia (Rome) and Venice - Italy, Barcelona - Spain, Piraeus (Athens) - Greece, Istanbul - Turkey; Black Sea out of Istanbul - Turkey; Canary Islands and North Africa out of Barcelona - Spain; Southern/Easten/Western Caribbean out of Miami, FL; Trans-Atlinatic out of Miami, FL and out of Barcelona - Spain.  
  Oceania Cruises Riviera ship
     
MS Marina: Marshall Islands registered, built 2010, 66,000 gross tons, 1,258 passengers, 800 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Iberia, Western Europe; British Isles out of London; Northern Europe and Iceland out of London; Baltic countires and Scandinavia out of Copenhagen - Denmark and Stockholm - Sweden; Mediterranean and Holy Land out of Barcelona - Spain and Istanbul - Turkey; Aegean out Piraeus (Athens) - Greece and Istanbul - Turkey; Trans-Atlantic from Rome to Rio de Janeiro; South America out of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil; South America and South Pacific out of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil; South Pacific out of Valparaiso - Chile; French Polynesia out of Papeete; South pacific/New Zealand/Australia out of Papeete; New Zealand/Australia out of Auckland; South Pacific out of Sydney - Australia; South America/Panama Canal/Caribbean out of Lima - Peru; Trans-Atlantic out of New York, NY.
  Oceania Cruises Marina ship
     
MS Nautica (formerly R5 of Renaissance Cruises): Marshall Islands registered, built 2000, 30,277 gross tons, 684 passengers, 386 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitivecchia (Rome) and Venice - Italy, Barcelona - Spain, Piraeus (Athens) - Greece, Istanbul - Turkey; Black Sea out of Istanbul - Turkey; Australia/Southeast Asia out of Sydney - Australia; Far East/Southeast Asia/India/Arabia out of Hong Kong and Tianjin (Beijing) - China, Bangkok - Thailand; Australia/New Zealand out of Singapore, Sydney - Australia and Auckland - New Zealand.
  Nautica cruise ship
     
MS Sirena (formerly R4 of Renaissance Cruises and Ocean Princess of Princess Cruises): Marshall Islands registered, built 1999; 30,277 gross tons; 684 passengers; 386 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitivecchia (Rome) and Venice - Italy, Barcelona - Spain, Piraeus (Athens) - Greece, Istanbul - Turkey; Black Sea out of Istanbul - Turkey; Australia/Southeast Asia out of Sydney - Australia; Far East/Southeast Asia/India/Arabia out of Hong Kong and Tianjin (Beijing) - China, Bangkok - Thailand; Australia/New Zealand out of Singapore, Sydney - Australia and Auckland - New Zealand.
  Oceania Cruises Sirena ship
     
MS Insignia (formerly R1 of Renaissance Cruises and Columbus 2 of Hapaga Lloyd Cruises): Marshall Islands registered; built 1998; 30,277 gross tons; 684 passengers; 400 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitivecchia (Rome) and Venice - Italy, Monte Carlo - Monaco, Barcelona - Spain, Piraeus (Athens) - Greece; Western/Northern Europe out of Dover and Tilbury (London) - UK, Barcelona - Spain, Stockholm - Sweden, Copenhagen - Denmark; Trans-Atlantic out of Barcelona - Spain and Miami, FL; Caribbean/Amazon out of Miami, FL; Panama Canal out of Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA; Mexican Riviera out of Los Angeles, CA.
  Oceania Cruises Insignia ship
     
MS Regatta (formerly R2 of Renaissance Cruises): Marshall Islands registered, built 1998, 30,277 gross tons, 684 passengers, 386 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Civitivecchia (Rome) and Venice - Italy, Monte Carlo - Monaco, Barcelona - Spain, Piraeus (Athens) - Greece; Western/Northern Europe out of Dover and Tilbury (London) - UK, Barcelona - Spain, Stockholm - Sweden, Copenhagen - Denmark; Trans-Atlantic out of Barcelona - Spain and Miami, FL; Caribbean/Amazon out of Miami, FL; Panama Canal out of Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA; Mexican Riviera out of Los Angeles, CA.
  Regatta cruise ship
     








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