New Oceania Cruise Ship to Debut Early Due to ‘Unprecedented Demand’

Oceania Cruises has announced that it’s moving up the debut of its upcoming ship Vista by introducing a new Founder’s Cruise departing Rome on May 13, 2023. Previously, the vessel was scheduled to debut on May 20th, but what the line is calling “unprecedented demand” has driven the maiden voyage forward by a week.

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The Pool Deck on Vista (Rendering courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

“Vista has been driving exceptional demand from the moment we first revealed her inaugural voyages. With all of her maiden season voyages sold out or on waitlist status, we are introducing an additional voyage to satisfy that exceptional demand,” stated Howard Sherman, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.

The new Founder’s Cruise will be hosted by Oceania’s founder and NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio. Sailing from Rome, travelers will have the opportunity to visit destinations in Italy, Greece, and Croatia, and experience exclusive celebrations, cocktail receptions, and other special events.

Here’s the full May 13-20, 2023 itinerary:

  • May 13: Rome, Italy
  • May 14: Sorrento/Capri, Italy
  • May 15: Messina, Italy
  • May 16: Argostoli, Greece
  • May 17: Corfu, Greece
  • May 18: Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • May 19: Zadar, Croatia
  • May 20: Venice, Italy

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Grand Dining Room on Vista (Rendering courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

Highlights of Vista include:

  • 12 dining options, four of which are brand new for Oceania
  • Spacious standard staterooms that are more than 290 square feet
  • Penthouse Suites and staterooms with large bathrooms featuring rainforest showers
  • Soaking tubs in Owner’s, Vista, and Oceania Suites
  • New Concierge Level Solo Veranda Staterooms for solo travelers
  • Eight bars, lounges, and entertainment venues
  • Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center and Aquamar Spa Terrace

The Founder’s Cruise is now open for sale.

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