Steel being cut for OCEANIA Cruises' MV RIVIERA at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

The keel was laid for Oceania Cruises’ MV RIVIERA, second of its 1,258 passenger MARINA class ships, on June 3 at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente (near Genoa) shipyard. The first of 55 steel blocks that will form the ship’s hull and superstructure was lowered into the graving dock in a process that will continue until the ship is delivered in April of 2012. The RIVIERA will follow the MARINA, which debuts in February of 2011 and it is anticipated that at least one more vessel in this class will be announced soon.
To watch MaritimeMatters exclusive video of the RIVIERA’s steel cutting this past February, please click here.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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