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September 29, 2010

OCEANIA CRUISES' NEW MARINA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL SEA TRIALS

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Miami, September 27, 2010 - Oceania Cruises' 1,250-guest Marina, scheduled to launch in January 2011, successfully completed sea trials on Sept. 26, which included three days of sailing the Mediterranean for the first time.

During the sea trials, technicians and engineers from the Fincantieri shipyard along with Oceania Cruises' marine and technical teams evaluated the vessel's speed, maneuverability, hydrodynamics and propulsion, among many other aspects of the ship's performance.

"She is a beautiful ship. Marina was extremely maneuverable with virtually no vibration to be felt, even at high speeds," stated Captain Dimitrios Flokos, the ship's master. "Marina exceeded all expectations. In fact, shipyard representatives commented this was the most successful sea trial in recent history for technical performance."

A second and final round of trials will be run just prior to the ship's delivery. The 65,000-ton ship ? being built at Fincantieri in Sestre Ponente, Italy ? is scheduled for delivery Jan. 17, 2011. Photos from the sea trials and new construction photos can be seen at www.oceaniacruisesblog.com.

"Her first foray at sea was a resounding success. Marina exhibited exceptional sea-keeping abilities, is amazingly agile and cruised at more than 22 knots with plenty of power in reserve," said Robin Lindsay, the line's executive vice president of vessel operations, who was on board during the sea trials. "Now that sea trials were successfully concluded, we will focus on finishing her magnificent interiors."

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The ship's inaugural schedule includes a 13-day Maiden Voyage Jan. 22 from Barcelona to Miami, where inaugural activities are planned. On Feb. 8, Marina departs on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Marina operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.

To learn more about Marina, contact a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled combination of fine cuisine, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. Award-winning itineraries visit more than 330 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. The line's 1,250-guest Marina joins the fleet in January 2011, followed by Riviera - a sister ship - in April 2012.

About Prestige Cruise Holdings
Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Formed in 2007 to manage select assets in Apollo Management's cruise investment portfolio, PCH is led by Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises. PCH is the market leader in the upper-premium and luxury segments of the cruise industry with nearly 4,000 berths between the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, a number the company expects will grow to approximately 6,500 berths by 2012.

Looking At These Great Pictures Of The Ship!

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Posted by Denise at September 29, 2010 10:06 AM
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