Oceania Cruises Launches New Vista Ship

Oceania Cruises celebrated the launch of its new 67,000-ton, 1,200-passenger Vista on February 25 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Italy.

Shortly after the ceremony, the construction dock began to fill with water and Vista became one with the sea for the very first time.

The ceremony was chaired by Giuseppe Torrente, director of the Fincantieri shipyard; and His Excellency Monsignor Tasca, Archbishop of Genoa. After the ship’s blessing, the shipyard’s Madrina, Miss Anna Trucco, held out a bottle of prosecco against the hull to invite good fortune for the ship and all who will sail on her.

“Vista is Oceania Cruises’ most anticipated ship in our company’s history, and I am thrilled to be here with our partners at Fincantieri as the ship transitions from blueprints and steel to reality. Vista is truly a dream ship, and we look forward to welcoming her inaugural season guests next year,” said Howard Sherman, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.

Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of Fincantieri’s Merchant Vessels Division, said: “Ten years have passed since we delivered Riviera to our friends at Oceania Cruises, from the same shipyard in Sestri. The launch of this new ship therefore represents an important step not only in its construction, but also in the consolidation of the relationship with the shipping company. I’m sure Vista will bring to life a new class of ships that will stand out for its refinement and technological advancements.

The Vista will make its maiden voyage from Rome to Barcelona on April 14, 2023, followed by twelve additional European voyages before beginning sailings from the United States to the Canadian Maritimes and New England, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.