Oceania cruise ship under construction breaks bookings record
She is still under construction and is not expected to sail until her debut in April 2023, but Oceania’s last ship is already breaking records. The first cruises for the newer ship went on sale on September 15 at 9:00 a.m. EST, and an hour and a half later the number of reservations had surpassed the company’s most recent record, set in March 2021.
Vista proves the popularity of small cruise ships
Despite the tough times the cruise industry is going through, many cruise lines achieved record travel sales in 2022 and 2023, including once again Oceania Cruises. This once again proves the popularity of cruising and the confidence passengers have in the ability of cruise passengers to navigate safely:
“The tremendous surge in bookings we saw the day we opened sales for Vista underscores the tremendous demand for our acclaimed small-ship, destination-oriented vacation.” said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.
It only took Oceania Vista an hour and a half to set the record for the most cruises sold in one day, surpassing the previous record by almost 60%. On top of that, the previous record had been set on six different ships for a single season.
The new record set by 67,000 gross tonnes Seen is for one vessel. It is not a surprise. The company’s newest ship will be one of the most luxurious and comfortable ships in the world when it is released in 2023.
The ship will accommodate 1,200 guests, who will have six passenger decks with a wide variety of comfortable, social, recreational and wellness-oriented spaces.
Accommodation on board the ship ranges from 270 square feet for solo cabins to over 2,400 square feet for owner’s suites which span the full width of the ship. The cruise line said nearly all of the Owners, Oceania and Vista suites have all been sold for the inaugural season.
“We are seeing exceptional demand from our loyal Oceania Club repeaters and brand new customers who are drawn to Vista’s new restaurants and culinary concepts, residential-style cabins and suites, and unique itineraries that present destinations from a new angle ”, said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.
Sailing 2023 Vista will be a global ship
When set sail in 2023, the Vista will be a truly global ship, very much in line with Oceania’s vision to be a destination-oriented cruise line. The ship’s inaugural season will sail the British Isles and Canada, the Mediterranean, the Holy Lands and the Panama Canal.
Its maiden voyage will depart from Rome with stops in Messina (Sicily), Italy, Valletta, Malta, Monte-Carlo, Toulon, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and more before arriving in Barcelona, in Spain. The ship will remain in the Mediterranean until July, when it is repositioned in London in the United Kingdom.
From London, the ship will make its maiden transatlantic voyage to New York, with stops in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada.
The rest of the Oceania fleet, apart from Marina which sailed at the end of August, is not yet operational. French Riviera will sail around the Greek Islands from October 18. Insignia will depart Miami on December 21, 2021, she will embark on an epic six-month voyage that will see the ship around the world in 180 days.
The other ships will have to wait until 2022 before they are put back into service. Mermaid will sail the Caribbean from January 21 2022, Regatta will set sail on February 5, 2022, in Polynesia, and Nautica will sail in the Mediterranean from April 1, 2022.