MV Oceana

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Oceana near Funchal, Portugal
Name: Oceana
Ocean Princess (2000-2002)
Owner: P&O, 1995-2000
P&O Princess Cruises PLC, 2000-2003
Carnival UK, 2003-
Operator: P&O Cruises
Princess Cruises (2000-2002)
Port of registry: Template:BER, Hamilton
Template:GBR, London (2000-2005)
Builder: Fincantieri
Monfalcone, Italy
Yard number: 6044
Christened: 20 February 2000
Acquired: 29 January 2000
Maiden voyage: February 2000
In service: February
Identification: IMO number: 9169550
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,499 GRT
Displacement: 8,293 DWT
Length: 261.30 m (857.3 ft)
Beam: 32.25 m (105.8 ft)
Draft: 8.10 m (26.6 ft)
Decks: 11 (passenger accessible)
Installed power: 4 × 16-cyl Fincantieri-Grandi Motori diesel engines
combined 46080 kW
Speed: 21 knots
Capacity: 2016 (regular)
2272 (maximum)
Crew: 889
Notes: [1][3]

MV Oceana (previously Ocean Princess), is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At 77,000 tonnes, Oceana is the fourth largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She entered service with the company in November 2002 and was named by HRH the Princess Royal in 2003.[4] Oceana is sister ship to Sea Princess, which also served in the P&O Cruises fleet as Adonia between 2003-2005.


Oceana is a Sun class cruise ship owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, and operated by P&O Cruises.[5] She was built in 2000 by the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Ocean Princess

Oceana was originally ordered by P&O to serve in the Princess Cruises fleet. She was named by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal and entered service as Ocean Princess on 16th February 2000.[6] During the winter season, Ocean Princess was positioned in the southern Caribbean, while in summer she operated in Alaskan waters. Shortly after her launch, P&O demerged it's cruise ship operations and Ocean Princess came under the ownership of P&O Princess Cruises PLC, but continuing to serve in the Princess Cruises fleet.


In November 2002, Ocean Princess entered service with P&O Cruises, operating from [[Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her official naming ceremony took place in Southampton, England on 21 May 2003. The naming ceremony was the first double ship naming in history and saw Ocean Princess renamed Oceana, with sister ship Sea Princess becoming Adonia. The naming was performed by HRH the Princess Royal.[1] and her daughter Zara Philips.[7]

In 2003, P&O Princess Cruises PLC merged with Carnival Corporation. As a result, Oceana came under the ownership of Carnival UK, but continued to operate with the P&O Cruises fleet.

In summer, the vessel sails from Southampton in the United Kingdom to the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. In the northern winter, Oceana berths in Barbados; sailing through the Caribbean and to Central America.

During the two week period of 28 March 2008 - 11 April 2008, Oceana underwent a refit at Lloyd Werft shipyard as part of the P&O Cruises elevation programme. The extensive refit included Winners bar and the Monte Carlo Casino merging to become one venue; Winners. The on board photo gallery has also been improved and divided into separate areas. Starlights, a show lounge, has also benefited from the refit, as has the gym which now includes interactive mountain bikes. The cabins have received similar treatment to that of other P&O ships and now have Slumberland mattresses and Egyptian linen. The Cafe Jardin menu has been enhanced to reflect French cuisine by Marco Pierre White.[8]


Oceana has 10 passenger decks.[9]

Passenger facilities include 12 places to drink and 4 restaurants, including an open air restaurant and Cafe Jardin, a restaurant designed by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. Other notable features include a gym, sports court, casino, golf simulator, spa, family facilities, a spa and 4 swimming pools. The main entertainment venue is the 530 seat Footlights Theatre.[10][11]


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