Norwegian Cruise Line to Buy Ocean Princess

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd. to purchase Ocean Princess for its newly acquired Oceania Cruises brand.

The 684-passenger ship joins Oceania Cruises’ trio of sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica. The new addition will be named Sirena.

Norwegian said that upon delivery in March 2016, Sirena will immediately undergo a 35-day, USD 40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to elevate the ship to the Oceania Cruises’ standard of elegance.

Drawing on the recent transformation of Insignia as inspiration, the ship will feature Oceania Cruises’ renowned specialty dining restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill, along with more recent additions to the fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café,” Norwegian said.

The ship will welcome her first guests in late April 2016.

“The acquisition of Sirena provides measured capacity growth based on the proven platform of Oceania Cruises’ highly regarded mid-size ships,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, parent company of Oceania Cruises.

“The addition of Sirena opens up an entire array of new itinerary options for Oceania Cruises as we think about our deployment strategy,” added Kunal S. Kamlani, president and chief operating officer of Oceania Cruises. 

The inaugural season for Sirena will be released in late February 2015 with reservations opening on March 4, 2015.

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