Miami, FL, January 9, 2008 – Oceania CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Nautica debuted in glorious Sydney, Australia today, kicking off her inaugural season of sailings to Australia and New Zealand. Nautica arrived from Europe after a 45-day journey from Rome via Singapore and during her two-day inaugural stay in Sydney, she will host hundreds of top-producing Australian travel agents and media as the ship and the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s award-winning product are showcased Down Under for the very first time.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Australia and New Zealand are extremely important destinations and source markets for us and I am delighted that so many agents will be our guests aboard Nautica over the next few days and in the coming weeks,” stated Bob Binder, President of Oceania Cruises.
Glistening like new, Nautica recently completed a $5 million refit at the Union Naval shipyard in Marseille, France. During the refit, all soft furnishing were replaced or renewed, all new carpeting was laid throughout the public rooms and accommodations and more than $1 million was spent installing new bathrooms in the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 52 Penthouse Suites.
Each of the Penthouse Suites is now resplendent with a new granite and marble bathroom which boasts all new flooring, countertops and vanities, bathtubs and fixtures. In addition, new 20Ã¢â‚¬Â and 26Ã¢â‚¬Â flat-screen LCD televisions with DVD players were installed in all of the Penthouse Suites, Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms and Stateroom accommodations.
Nautica will sail a total of four voyages in Australia and New Zealand during her inaugural season and return again in 2009 and 2010. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Australasia was the most requested new destination in our companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history and subsequently became the fastest-selling voyages we currently offer. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re eagerly anticipating the day we can dedicate one of our ships for a full-season of voyages Down Under,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Binder.
Highlights of NauticaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2008-2009 Voyages Down Under
Southern Cross Holiday
18-Day Voyage from Singapore to Sydney, departs December 20, 2008
Singapore Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Semarang Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Padang Bay Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Komodo Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Darwin Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Thursday Island Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Townsville Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Whitsunday Island Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Brisbane Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Sydney
Splendors of Down Under
15-Day Voyage from Sydney to Auckland,
departs January 7, 2009 and January 22, 2009 (Reverse)
Sydney (Overnight) Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Melbourne Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Hobart Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Milford Sound Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Dunedin Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Christchurch Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Wellington Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Napier Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ White Island Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Great Mercury Island Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Tauranga Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Auckland
Coral Seas and Asian Jewels
21-Day Voyage from Sydney to Bangkok, departs February 6, 2009
Sydney Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Brisbane Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Whitsunday Island Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Townsville Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Thursday Island Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Darwin Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Komodo Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Padang Bay Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Semarang Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Singapore Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Ko Samui Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Bangkok (Overnight)
Free Airfare and 2 for 1 Cruise Fares
With Free Airfare from 20 North American gateways and 2 for 1 cruise fares, these extraordinary voyages are the pinnacle of value. 2 for 1 cruise fares that include free airfare start at just $4,599 per guest. As space is limited, guests should make their reservations as early as possible to ensure that they take advantage of the free airfare and receive the accommodations of choice on their preferred voyage.
About Oceania Cruises
Oceania CruisesÃ‚Â® is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only upper-premium cruise line and offers a unique combination of the finest cuisine at sea, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. As the leader in destination cruising, Oceania Cruises sails to more than 180 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Featuring three intimate and elegant mid-sized ships, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, the line will introduce two new mid-size Oceania Class ships to its award-winning fleet in 2010 and 2011. For additional information, to make a reservation, or to order a brochure, please contact your Travel Agent or Oceania Cruises at 800-531-5658. Visit us at www.OceaniaCruises.com.