Cruise News - Oceania Cruises new Riviera floats in Genoa
13 July 2011 marked another major milestone in the birth of Oceania Cruises new baby, the Riviera, when she floated out for the first time from her construction dock to her fitting-out berth at Fincanteri Shipyard in Genoa.
The move began with a traditional blessing from the shipyard’s clergyman. After this, the sluices were opened to allow thousands of gallons of water to flood into the building dock. It took 3 days for the dock to fill and to get the Riviera floating. Once this was completed, tugs then towed her into the harbour before turning her 270 degrees and pulling her across the water to her new berth.
The Riviera will now undergo a 9-month fit out whereby thousands of craftsmen, designers and workers will complete her interiors. When she is finished, the mid-sized 66,084-ton Riviera will feature a guest capacity of 1250 people and a staff size of 800.
If all goes to plan, she will be launched in April 2012 with her inaugural 10-day Mediterranean Tapestry Voyage from Barcelona to Athens on 24 April.
Source: Cruise Weekly 21 July