It looks like Oceana Cruises is following the style of Renaissance Cruises, with few days at sea
, open seating in all dining room facilities ;-(, and no formal nights ;-| -- though I suspect that the lack of formal nights will make some prospective passengers very happy! OTOH, they seem to have avoided the Renaissance mistakes by offering itineraries of 12 to 16 days :-) and by workign with travel agents :-).
Oh the whole, the strategy of going where competitors are limited probably is a good one. This strategy will allow Oceana to fill gaps in the existing market, and thus to draw passengers who don't want to go back to destinations where they have gone before.
I also don't see any indicatioos of the company's plans for expansion past MV Regatta
and MV Insignia
as yet, though admittedly an announcement of such plans now would be premature. With P&O Princess Cruises Plc. taking over three of the former Renaissance "R" series of ships (MV R3
and MV R4
as MV Pacific Princess
and MV Tahitian Princess
of Princess Cruises, the former also operating for sister line P&O Cruises Australia on a split schedule, and MV R7
as MV Minerva II
of sister line Swan Hellenic Cruises), only three of these ships -- MV R5
, MV R6
, and MV R8
remain potentially available for future growth. I think that the company also will need to procure larger vessels if it wants to pursue the highly competitive Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, and Alaska markets.