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The Suite Life: Top 10 Butler Services
 

Once you’re settled in your suite, what can your Butler do to enhance your voyage? We’re so glad you asked. Trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, our Butlers are true professionals with the ability to meticulously attend to every detail – and even often anticipate your wishes before you realize them yourself, so the options are endless. Below are our Butlers’ top suggestions on ways they can make your voyage even more relaxing and memorable.

  1. Bring you coffee and pastries from Baristas in the morning or afternoon so you can relax in the privacy of your suite.
  2. Make your specialty dining reservations for you.
  3. Arrange shoreside dining, entertainment and transportation perfectly tailored to your preferences.
  4. Plan an in-suite cocktail party for you and your family or friends.
  5. Make arrangements or decorate for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
  6. Assist with laundry, dry cleaning and pressing requests.
  7. Provide advice on destination experiences or offerings and services on board.
  8. Arrange for course-by-course in-suite dining on your veranda or in your sitting area.
  9. Book your onboard spa appointments at the Canyon Ranch Spa.
  10. Draw a relaxing bath for you after an adventurous excursion ashore.

What’s your favorite butler service? Share it with us below or on Facebook!

 

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Steeped: Traditional Tea Culture in Asia
 

Though often linked with England, scones and clotted cream, a variety of rich legends about the origin of tea exist throughout Asia, highlighting its deep cultural ties to the continent. According to one Chinese legend, Emperor Shen accidentally made the first cup of tea nearly 5,000 years ago, when he was purifying water beneath the shade of a tea tree and a few dried leaves blew into his pot.

Here’s a brief glimpse at tea traditions across Asia:

China
First prospering during the Tang Dynasty and considered one of the seven Chinese necessities, tea has a storied history in China. Teahouses, tea ceremonies, and everyday tea are all elements embedded in Chinese culture. Green tea makes the most popular choice, prized for its health benefits. Notably, cups of tea in China are never served full – it’s considered impolite.

India
As the world’s second-largest tea grower, tea is popular throughout India, brewed both at home and at ubiquitous tea stalls. Masala chai, black tea with a blend of spices such as cinnamon, ginger and green cardamom, is traditionally served at breakfast and during the evening, with warmed milk and sugar.

Japan
Formal Japanese tea ceremonies date back to the 16th century, and are still practiced throughout the country. The secular rituals feature Matcha tea, a type of stone ground green tea, served in special ceramic ware and traditional Japanese sweets to balance the bitterness of the tea.

Afternoon Tea On Board
During your next voyage with Oceania Cruises, embrace the ancient tradition of tea and sample artisanal teas during Afternoon Tea from our signature tea collection, which in addition to classics such as English breakfast and Earl Grey, includes an array of more exotic black, herbal, green and white teas.


BLACK TEA
Orchid Vanilla
Madagascar vanilla, coconut slivers, luxurious, indulging

HERBAL TEA
Ginger Lemongrass
Spring lemongrass, soft ginger, balanced, invigorating

GREEN TEA
China Gunpowder
Hand-rolled green tea leaves, aromatic oils, grassy, stimulating

WHITE TEA
White Ginger Pear
Japanese pear, hint of ginger, exotic, alluring

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Next Generation of Our Owner’s Suites

By Trevor R. Howells, Principal Designer at Trevor R. Howells Interior Design

From the beginning, I was thrilled to be a part of this project. As a Ralph Lauren alum myself – having worked for Ralph Lauren for many, many years – I was excited to bring my unique design sense and knowledge of Ralph Lauren Home to the project. My first impression of these Owner’s Suites when I walked in – well, I was truly blown away. I had seen the photos and the video footage, but seeing them in person, they’re awe inspiring. They’re beautiful and truly unique spaces…on land or sea. The first thing that I did was to hone in on the signature items, and the elements that I wanted to retain, and then start to create the new vision around that.

But for me, the greatest part of working on this project has been working with the Oceania Cruises team, which actually I mean Oceania Cruises family, because that’s what I learned that they really are. Everyone I’m working with is so passionate and so caring. They bring everyone in and make them feel like family. And I’m not just extremely proud of the work that I’m doing, but I’m really proud of working with the Oceania Cruises team.

Below is a closer look at what we’ve been working on for the exciting new Owner’s Suites.

The overall concept:
Nautical chic – the love of the sea, the travel, the adventure of it all. It’s about bringing the Owner’s Suites to the next level. The next generation of Oceania Cruises.

What the new suites will feel like:
Ralph Lauren is always very cinematic. There’s always a character, we go back to a sort of Hollywood movie scenario of who that character is. The adventure that they will go on. We’re looking to tell a story. We capture the Ralph Lauren classic, so navy and white, the nautical chic aspect of the travel and the adventure. You see the detail, and you feel the layering and the luxury. The timeless style. What that feels like – being on the sexiest, most sophisticated yacht.

On the design process:
I looked at everything in the suite. I wanted to infuse the suites with a modern feel, making them feel more luxurious, but still keeping them timeless and chic. The furniture, the fabrics, the lighting, the accessories, the artwork. It’s about curating the space, making it special – elevated. The artwork is curated for the love of travel and adventure. The biggest challenge was how to create something new that was measurably better, more beautiful. The bar had to be set very high.

On the new furnishings:
I selected items from the Ralph Lauren furniture line. Furniture that was iconic to the brand…not only for their craftsmanship but for their style. We’re upholstering those items in beautiful, high-end residential fabrics – they’re extremely luxurious. Suedes and leathers, wool sateens, silk velvets, metallic linens.

On the color palette:
The mood and color palette for these suites are quintessentially Ralph Lauren, bringing in the navy and white, mixed with cream and camel and ivory. The suites are a combination of solids, stripes, textures and pattern. We’re also using pops of metallic fabrics to add an extra little shimmer to each space. For the lighting, we’ve incorporated both brass and nickel, in an eclectic mix, layering the room in the way that only a Ralph Lauren room would be dressed.

Discover more about our new Owner’s Suites at OceaniaNEXT.com.

About Trevor R. Howells
In 1997, Trevor began working for Ralph Lauren Creative Services in New York City. Working within the company’s architecture and design team, Trevor was responsible for the installations of the company’s premiere flagship retail stores around the world including New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Aspen, London, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. At Ralph Lauren Home, Trevor was instrumental in creating the brand’s signature lifestyle themes, whether it be a California beach house, a New York City penthouse, or an English country manor. Trevor managed the construction of the Home showroom in New York City and subsequent Home retail stores worldwide. In 2012, he established Trevor R. Howells Interior Design in Los Angeles, California. He is currently working with both residential and commercial clients worldwide.

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2020 Europe & The Americas: Destinations to Delve Into

From the rolling Irish countryside to the birthplace of Aphrodite, the destinations in our 2020 Europe & The Americas Collection offer imaginative adventures and the chance to explore more of Europe’s and North America’s most intriguing destinations. To inspire your cruise planning, here’s a glimpse from our Destination Experts at what you’ll find in just a few of our newest ports in Europe – surprising facts, tempting culinary specialties and more.

Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain
In contrast to the more hopping Balearic Islands driven by the thumping bass of lively nightclubs, you’ll immediately notice that the rhythm of life on Menorca is reflected in gentle waves lapping at powdery sands.

Did you know? Ciutadella’s daily open-air market has been a place to socialize and shop since the 14th century. Meet locals as you shop for handcrafts, jewelry, colorful textiles, leather goods and avarcas, traditional Menorcan sandals.

Culinary delight to try: Artisanal Mahón made from raw cow’s milk and aged for 2 to 3 months

Dartmouth, UK
Don’t miss the pristine coves of the River Dart estuary, lined with quaint cottages and bobbing sailboats. The waterfront is so picturesque that you may wonder if any Pilgrims were tempted to unload here when the Mayflower pulled in for repairs en route to the New World.

Did you know? Agatha Christie summered in Dartmouth. Greenway, her gorgeous summer home and gardens, as well as nearby landmarks often surface in her stories.

Culinary delight to try: Real Devonshire cream tea with scones at a riverside café

Glengarriff, Ireland
Far away from Ireland’s cosmopolitan urban centers, nestled deep in Bantry Bay, Glengarriff offers all the joys of the Irish countryside, from the dramatic beauty of its coastline to quirky cultural distinctions like a nature walk through the private gardens of a local family.

Did you know? To properly kiss – and reap the rewards from – the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle near Glengarriff, you need to lean backwards holding onto an iron railing from the parapet walk. The legendary gift is worth it: eloquence.

Culinary delight to try: When in Ireland, do as the Irish do and drink the country’s national drink, whiskey. At Jameson Distillery near Glengarriff, go behind the scenes for a look at whiskey making and enjoy a tasting.

Marina di Carrara, Italy
As you sail into Marina di Carrara, the gorgeous snow spilling down from the mountains onto the green pine forests above the nearby town of Carrara will take your breath away – until you remember it is summer. What you are seeing is the exposed veins of the world’s most sought-after white marble. The Tuscan seaside resort of Marina di Carrara lies just outside the Marble City and invites you to enjoy some quality beach time or journey farther afield to explore the magic of Tuscany. 

Did you know? The lush green hills of Carrara provided the white stone for Michelangelo’s Pieta and Rodin’s The Kiss and have been worked since Roman times.

Culinary delight to try: Tuscan wine, of course. Head into the geographic and metaphoric heart of Italy for a memorable wine-tasting adventure.

Paphos, Cyprus
Paphos isn’t just sunny, it’s really sunny – with an average of 13 hours a day in the summer and five hours during what are normally dreary months. It’s easy to fall in love with this beautiful land of rocky coastline and clear blue waters, which is why it was the perfect setting for the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love.

Did you know? A highlight of the Paphos Archaeological Park, the House of Dionysus has some of the finest, best-preserved mosaics in the world. Discover gods, goddesses and a floor made of seashells depicting the mythical Greek sea monster Skyla.

Culinary delight to try: Eat like a Paphos native with mezes, a series of small dishes served at a leisurely pace to allow space for conversation. Start with olives, followed by bread with tahini, before moving on to grilled lamb kebabs.

What destination caught your eye in our new 2020 Europe & The Americas Collection? Share it below or on Facebook.

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An Insider’s Look at Our New 2020 Europe & The Americas Collection

By Mario Parodi, Vice President of Port & Itinerary Planning

Fall is my favorite time of year, not because the color of the leaves or the change of seasons, but because this is when we get to share our new Europe, Alaska, New England and Canada masterpieces with the world. After more than 10 years with Oceania Cruises, it never gets old. Born and raised in Genoa, Italy, I always have a special connection with our voyages to the Old World, especially because we reach so many smaller ports that really bring you into the daily life of the place. This season our New England and Alaska itineraries are also full of places that are little bit less well-known…you know, the kind perfect for travelers who have been there many times before.

Italy: Benvenuto a Casa
We have so many classic ports in the Mediterranean and these I like to think of as little treasures you never get tired of visiting. Places like Florence, Marseille, Amalfi and Seville…these are cities you step off the ship and immediately feel carried away, like you’re in another century. I love sailing the Mediterranean and visit family and friends in Liguria every year. Voyages like the 11-day Legacies & Legends and 10-day Italy & The Ionian are irresistible. I’ll admit it, maybe I play favorites…but for me the Mediterranean is one of the most romantic places in the world. Genoa still feels like home – it always will – even after living in Florida for so many years. One of my favorite things to when I arrive in Italy is enjoy a nice big meal, especially my favorite…trofie al pesto. This is a typical Ligurian dish and is one that, like special travels, has the power to completely transport you.

Insider’s Picks
As much as I love Italy and the Mediterranean, my favorite voyages for the season are the cruises Insignia does in August and September, especially the longer ones. The 15-day Beacons of Beauty goes to the smaller harbors of New England and Canada but also these amazing places like Nuuk, Paamiut and Isafjordur– and even better, you end in Reykjavik. Everyone should see Iceland. The 12-day Northern Serenade takes you to some classic ports – Bruges, Copenhagen and Oslo – but then you also have some hidden secrets: Lysekil, Haugesund and Tórshavn, plus one of our new ports, Lübeck, Germany.

The voyage that really caught my eye this season is the one that combines these both: the 27-day Magnificent Crossing from New York to London. The scenery up there, in those parts of Greenland, Iceland and Norway, is very different from any other place in the world and this sailing gives you time to really explore, to get a sense of this region. These longer itineraries always involve a special kind of planning in my area since we make a big effort to ensure they have unique and different ports, that the cruise has a flow. To see these types of voyages come together is always very rewarding.

I will tell you our 2020 Alaska season is also very unique because we are sailing even farther north. For me, the 14-day Glaciers & Fjords that takes you all the way up to College Fjord, Seward and Kodiak is more unusual. These places are not included on run-of-the-mill Alaska cruises and are absolutely worth a visit. Frontiers & Glaciers is another cruise that’s quite different, adding to those ports Homer during the northern leg of its journey.

So that’s my take on our new season – prego! Where will you cruise in 2020? I’d love to see your favorite choices from our new 2020 Europe & The Americas Collection below or on Facebook.