Oceania’s three identical midsize ships—the 684-passenger Insignia, Nautica, and Regatta—are geared toward a crowd that wants to explore interesting ports and enjoy a taste of finery— including gourmet cuisine (menus are overseen by Jacques Pepin), personalized service, resort-like pool decks, and nice accommodations—without paying a steep price. Think of Oceania as an affordable Silversea. There is no need to pack the tux, though; these ships are as casual as country homes. (In 2009, Canyon Ranch signed on to operate Oceania’s spas.) Two newly commissioned ships, the Marina and the Riviera, will join the fleet by 2012.
Geographic Areas: Mediterranean, Baltic, Asia/Far East, Transoceanic, Caribbean, South America, Mexico, Australia.