I just got an e-mail about the new "Oceana" cruise line. This answers many of the questions about the rest of the "R" ships and the Renaissance web site we were all so leary about last summer.
IIRC, Renaissance had nine (9) "R" ships in service. With this news, I can account for only six with the previous announcements that
>> The former MV R3 is the new MV Pacific Princess (split deployment between Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises/Australia),
>> The former MV R4 is now MV [i] Tahitian Princess [/i[ (Princess Cruises), and
>> The foremr MV R7 will begin sailing as MV Minerva II (Swan Hellenic Cruises) in March 2003.
This leaves two unanswered questions.
>> 1. Which three of the other six "R" ships are going to the new line?
>> 2. What is happening to the three remaining "R" ships?
We probably will find out sooner or later, but I would appreciate any additional information that you have.