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Oceania Cruises has launched its newest ship Allura one week earlier than scheduled. Due to join the fleet in summer 2025, Allura‘s inaugural sailing will now depart Trieste, Italy, on July 18, 2025, cruising six days to Athens, Greece, calling at gems in the Eastern Mediterranean including Rijeka, Croatia; Ravenna, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Kotor, Montenegro.

For guests booked on the original inaugural voyage departing July 24, 2025, Oceania Cruises has offered first access to booking the new maiden sailing before it went on public sale.

Rendering of Allura at sea.

Following her summer season in the Mediterranean, Allura will sail to Canada and New England for a series of immersive voyages in North America before her premiere winter season in the Caribbean, homeporting in Miami. For new-to-brand travelers who are curious to sample an ultra-premium vacation experience, the line has introduced a four-day Taste of Oceania Cruises roundtrip sailing from New York Sept. 30–Oct. 4, 2025.

“Thanks to the progress made by our valued partners at Fincantieri, we are thrilled to bring Allura into service a week earlier than planned,” said Frank A. Del Rio, President, Oceania Cruises in a media announcement. “I’m excited to be able to present Allura on a one-time taster voyage to showcase the ship to aspirational travelers who are looking to sample an ultra-premium cruise experience, and even better, sailing from downtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City.”

Fabulous News for Foodies

Oceania Cruises’ newly appointed Executive Culinary Directors, Chefs Alexis Quaretti and Eric Barale, are working with the line’s talented team to take a fresh look at menus across all venues on board Allura, with a special focus on designing an array of delectable treats for the new creperie—a first for the brand. In addition, the culinary team is developing more than 300 new recipes for The Grand Dining Room.

Allura is the eighth vessel for Oceania Cruises and is the line’s second 1,200-guest Allura Class ship. She follows her sister ship, Vista, which launched to great global acclaim in May 2023. Allura highlights include:

  • A new onboard creperie, serving freshly made-to-order crepes and waffles, as well as sundaes in the afternoon.
  • A new library, featuring walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, oversized chairs and plush residential furnishings.
  • One chef for every 10 guests, ensuring 50 percent of crew members are dedicated to culinary experiences.
  • Five specialty dining venues, including the line’s newest signature restaurants, Ember and Aquamar Kitchen, at no extra cost.
  • 1,200 guests served by 800 crew members=two crew members for every three guests.
  • Hundreds of immersive shore excursions and tours to choose from on each sailing.
  • Onboard enrichment, including art classes at Oceania Cruises’ much-loved Artist Loft, numerous guest speakers and sommelier demonstrations during exclusive Sommelier’s Choice and Cellar Master’s Classic Wine Pairing Luncheons.
  • An expansive Culinary Center and accompanying Chef’s Studio, where epicurean secrets will be shared by the talented onboard Chef Instructors.

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