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First look: Inside Oceania Cruises' new ship, Sirena

First look: Inside Oceania Cruises' new ship, Sirena
usatoday.com — ST. TROPEZ, France -- Eager for a glimpse of Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Sirena? USA TODAY this week is among the first on board the 684-passenger vessel as it sails on its inaugural voyage, and we're posting photos in the carousel above and at our Twitter page and Facebook page.

Oceania founder hints at new class of ship for line

Oceania founder hints at new class of ship for line
usatoday.com — ABOARD THE SIRENA -- Oceania Cruises' next ships are likely to feature an entirely new design, the CEO of the line's parent company told cruise writers this week. Speaking at a christening event for Oceania's new Sirena, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio said the 684-passenger vessel would be the last of eight older "R class" ships that Oceania adds to its fleet.

It's makeover time for a beloved Disney ship

It's makeover time for a beloved Disney ship
usatoday.com — It's official: The Disney Wonder is about to get a makeover. Disney Cruise Line president Karl Holz revealed plans for the overhaul earlier this month at a press event at Disney World near Orlando.

New Oceania ship christened in Barcelona

New Oceania ship christened in Barcelona
usatoday.com — BARCELONA -- Chef and cookbook author Claudine Pepin on Wednesday christened a new ship for food-focused cruise line Oceania during a heart-warming ceremony in Barcelona. The co-host of a series of PBS cooking shows, who has long ties to the line, pulled the lever of a brass ship's telegraph to send a champagne bottle smashing against the hull of the 684-passenger Sirena -- a former Princess vessel that Oceania has purchased and revamped.

Eating (and cooking) like a local on an Oceania cruise

Eating (and cooking) like a local on an Oceania cruise
usatoday.com — Just how much does the cuisine on an Oceania ship change as it moves around the world? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. In Part 7 of our exclusive seven-part video series on the line's 684-passenger Nautica, in the carousel above, we look at how the ship's itineraries influence the menus on board (click HERE to see the video in wide screen).

Royal Caribbean cancels seven more sailings out of Miami

Royal Caribbean cancels seven more sailings out of Miami

Royal Caribbean cancels seven more sailings out of Miami
wtsp.com — Royal Caribbean has canceled seven more voyages of Empress of the Seas, which has been undergoing a major overhaul in dry dock since February. The line said the 2,020-passenger ship needed more work than it originally envisioned when it scheduled the overhaul, which was supposed to be done by late March.

Photo tour: The allure of a Vantage river ship

Photo tour: The allure of a Vantage river ship
usatoday.com — Thinking about a river cruise in Europe? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at one of the newest vessels on the Rhine and Danube rivers, Vantage Deluxe World Travel's River Voyager. Unveiled last month, the 176-passenger River Voyager is Boston-based Vantage's seventh ship in Europe.

Why you want to book cruises with overnight stays

Why you want to book cruises with overnight stays
usatoday.com — What's the advantage of a cruise that includes overnight stays in ports? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. In Part 5 of our exclusive seven-part video series on Oceania Cruises' Nautica, in the carousel above, we offer a taste of one of the ship's extended port calls in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (click HERE to see the video in wide screen).

Cuban-born travelers cleared to cruise to Cuba

Cuban-born travelers cleared to cruise to Cuba
wtsp.com — The Cuban government has eliminated a rule barring Cuban-born people from entering or leaving the country by sea, ending a controversy that threatened to derail the first USA to Cuba cruises in more than 50 years.
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May 03, 2016

RT @USATODAYeats: Just how much does the cuisine on an Oceania ship change as it moves around the world? See for yourself usat.ly/26qQND0@CruiseLogeCytG @CruiseLog

May 02, 2016

RT @ChrisCruises: Coming up Monday 5-09 at 11AM EST, it's the first @TravelPulse chat #TPOT #PulseChat Topic: cruises and Cuba!


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