A rendering of Oceania’s new ship, the Riviera // © 2012 Oceania Cruises
Construction on Oceania Cruises’ new 1,250-passenger Riviera fell behind schedule when strikes at Fincantieri’s shipyard near Genoa, Italy, lasted longer than expected.
The maiden voyage of Riviera has moved from April 24 to May 16, and all guests affected by the delay are being contacted to discuss alternative cruise dates. They have the option of rebooking another cruise and receiving a future cruise credit ranging from $250 to $1,000 per guest, depending on category of accommodation. In the event guests do not wish to rebook, they will receive a full refund. Travel agent commissions will be protected.
“We sincerely regret any inconvenience that this may cause our guests,” said Oceania Cruises president Kunal S. Kamlani. “We are working very closely with the shipyard to ensure Riviera is completed to meet Oceania’s high standards of quality and service.”
The new maiden voyage will be a 10-day Pearls of the Aegean cruise that includes an overnight onboard the ship in Venice before visiting Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Monemvasia, Crete, Santorini, Kusadasi (gateway to Ephesus), Delos, Mykonos and Athens.