Oceania Cruises welcomes first passengers back on board

Marina disembarks from Copehagen to rejoin scheduled deployment

Oceania Cruises welcomed its first guests back onboard for the first time in 524 days last weekend. Marina is the first of Oceania Cruises’ ships to resume sailing and is also the very first cruise ship to sail from the port of Copenhagen since 2019.

“Today is one of those days we will all remember for a lifetime as we reunite with our shipboard families and our guests to start exploring the world once again,” said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.

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All Oceania Cruises voyages are operating with a requirement that 100% of guests and crew are vaccinated, creating what the cruise line believes is one of the safest holiday experiences in the world.

The line is undertaking a phased restart with its science-backed plan for a healthy return to service that protects our guests, crew and communities visited. The SailSAFE Health and Safety Program creates multiple layers of protection against COVID-19, developed with guidance from public health and scientific experts including the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council and the Healthy Sail Panel.

Marina’s first voyage sails from Copenhagen to ports in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland prior to concluding in Stockholm. The ship will spend the remainder of the northern hemisphere summer and autumn cruising around Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Greek Isles prior to setting sail for Miami where she will arrive on 1 December 2021.

Oceania Cruises' President Bob Binder with crew aboard Marina | Source: Oceania Cruises/Facebook
Crew aboard Marina on hand to welcome guests arriving onboard | Source: Oceania Cruises/Facebook

Marina is the first ship to resume sailing for Oceania Cruises and will be followed by Riviera, which resumes sailing in the Greek Isles on 18 October 2021, and Insignia from Miami on 21 December 2021, to kick off the epic six-month-long Around the World in 180 Days voyage. Sirena resumes sailing in the Caribbean on 21 January 2022, and Regatta will start sailing on 5 February 2022 in Polynesia, followed by Nautica in the Mediterranean on 1 April 2022.

Lead image: Oceania Cruises’ first passengers since the cruise line’s voluntary suspension in service due to COVID cut the ribbon ahead of boarding Marina in Copenhagen | Source: Oceania Cruises/Facebook

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