New Oceania Cruises Ship Floated Out, Marking Major Construction Milestone

Oceania Cruises' new upcoming ship Allura has been floated out at the shipyard, marking the next stage in the construction process.

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Oceania Cruises newest upcoming ship, Allura, has marked a major construction milestone. The 1,200-guest vessel was just floated out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Italy.

During a float out, the dry dock is flooded as the ship touches water for the first time. It is then floated out of the dry dock and moved to a fitting-out berth where interior work is done.

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(Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

Allura was blessed by the shipyard’s chaplain, Father Stefano, in a low-key ceremony in deference to the recent passing of General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of Fincantieri. The shipyard’s Madrina, Caterina Romeo — a designer in Fincantieri’s technical department — christened the ship as is traditional, endowing blessings upon the vessel and all who sail upon her.

Allura is now entering the final stages of construction, which will focus on the suites, lounges, and restaurants, all embodying Oceania’s commitment to culinary excellence and destination immersion.

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(Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises)

The ship is scheduled to officially enter service from Trieste, Italy on July 18, 2025 on a six-day cruise to Athens, Greece. Following a summer season in the Mediterranean, Allura will sail to Canada and New England for a series of voyages before her first winter season in the Caribbean, homeporting in Miami.

Allura is the eighth ship in the Oceania Cruises fleet and the second Allura class ship. She follows her sister ship, Vista, which launched in May 2023.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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