Also part of this announcement was that Oceania's INSIGNIA will be long-term chartered to Hapag-Lloyd for at least two years starting in April 2012. She will be renamed COLUMBUS 2.
Very interesting news, especially the piece about INSIGNIA. I really thought Oceania was in a position of desperately needing capacity, even having to turn away "guests" in many situations. I guess even Oceania is not immune to this economy, and a two year charter is a sure thing.
So now it looks like we will have almost as many operators of the original 8 R-class ships, as ships themselves! It would be interesting to sail on all five cruise lines and see how the experience really differs on these nearly identical ships.