Global cruise operator Norwegian Cruise has acquired Princess Cruises’ mid-size cruise ship Ocean Princess to expand its fleet of newly acquired Oceania Cruises.
Norwegian Cruise recently completed the $3.02bn acquisition of Prestige Cruises International, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Ocean Princess will be renamed Sirena under the new brand and join its sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica.
Norwegian Cruise president and CEO Kevin Sheehan said: "The acquisition of Sirena provides measured capacity growth based on the proven platform of Oceania Cruises’ highly regarded mid-size ships.
"Our belief in the Oceania Cruises brand and our commitment to its growing base of loyal guests were the rationale behind our decision to bring Sirena into the fleet."
Once delivered in March 2016, Sirena will undergo a $40m refurbishment in Marseille, France, for a period of 35 days where the ship will be fitted out with Oceania Cruises’ special features.
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The cruise ship is expected to welcome its first guests in late April 2016.
Oceania Cruises president and COO Kunal Kamlani said: "The addition of Sirena opens up an entire array of new itinerary options for Oceania Cruises as we think about our deployment strategy.
"The award-winning guest experience delivered on our ships, coupled with a collection of innovative itineraries that cater to new markets, will combine for an alluring siren song for both our current and future guests."
Image: The newly acquired mid-size cruise ship, Ocean Princess. Photo: courtesy of Pjotr Mahhonin.