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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.

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Top Ways to Win Big O Points
 

Whether you’ve always been driven to win or just have a fondness for contests and tournaments, here are our favorite ways to embrace your inner competitive spirit on board and score some Big O Points. Once you’re on board, check your daily Currents and look for the Big O Points logo and activities hosted by your Entertainment Team. Regardless of what you choose, you’re certain to discover a few new ways to mingle with your fellow travelers – and you just might meet your match.

  1. TEAM TRIVIA & BRAINTEASERS TRIVIA
    Check your daily issue of Currents for these rousing favorites – you’ll be up against historians, scientists, professors, engineers and the like. Join trivia during the beginning of your cruise and arrive early to form the best team. It’s time to get those Big O Points!
  2. MENSA QUIZZES
    We’re excited to be one of the very few cruise lines partnering with Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world, to bring you this challenging daily quiz on board. Put your knowledge to the test!
  3. TABLE TENNIS
    Keep an eye out for hosted morning tournaments listed in Currents.
  4. GOLF PUTTING
    Practice your swing, mingle with other golf enthusiasts and enjoy the chance to earn Big O Points during hosted sessions.
  5. SHUFFLEBOARD & CROQUET
    Check Currents for sports deck competitions – with great views and the chance to win Big O Points, these activities can’t be beaten.
  6. NAME THAT TUNE
    Join guests in Martinis for cocktails and put your music repertoire to the test with this competitive classic.

What’s your favorite way to win Big O Points? Share below or on Facebook!

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Top 5 Bermuda Spots From St. George
 

There are two reasons you’ll want to be on deck when you sail into St. George, Bermuda. First, it allows you to fully appreciate the intimate size of your Oceania Cruises ship, as the entrance to the port traverses a remarkably narrow inlet to access the harbor. Second, it’s gorgeous. The extensive coral reefs in surrounding waters create varying depths that manifest in every shade of blue you can imagine, and the rocky coastline rises to a lush green landscape of gentle hills speckled with pastel houses.

Needless to say, you’ll be eager to disembark and explore this paradise of more than 100 islands. You might tour St. George in a horse-drawn carriage or perhaps hop on a motorbike and jet off to the Royal Naval Dockyard to discover Bermuda’s rich maritime history. In the capital of Hamilton, you could rent one of the electric mini-cars that have recently become available here, offering a fun way to explore the islands on four (tiny) wheels. That said, if you simply feel like a stroll, you can enjoy a delightful day by letting your own two feet transport you to any – or all – of the places below.

The Town of St. George: Just steps from the pier, you’ll find the quaint and colorful town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its well-preserved colonial architecture and fortifications. An enthusiastic man in colonial dress welcomes you to the pretty Town Hall, which sits on King’s Square along with a replica of a pillory that can provide a fun photo op. Continue through town to shop the tax-free boutiques.

Unfinished Church: An uphill walk of a few blocks along Government Hill Road takes you to the Unfinished Church. Begun in 1874 but never completed due to storm damage and parishioner disagreements, the Gothic structure is quite lovely, and you might even glimpse a local wedding while you’re there.

Tobacco Bay Beach: Over the hill past the Unfinished Church on the north side of St. George’s Island, you’ll find Tobacco Bay Beach. Shallow turquoise waters and a protective reef along the bay make it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Afterward, grab a rum punch at the café and relax on the soft sands.

Achilles Bay Beach: Continue along the coast from Tobacco Bay Beach and you’ll soon reach Achilles Bay Beach. This secluded stretch of sand might be nearly deserted, and if you linger until sunset, you can take in fantastic views from the terrace of the adjacent restaurant.

Fort Saint Catherine: If the military history of Bermuda intrigues you, check out Fort Saint Catherine across from Achilles Bay Beach. The impressive fort houses a museum and – as you would expect of a fort – offers panoramic views of the sea.

Join us in Bermuda in 2019!

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Top 4 Destinations for Fall Foliage
 

Watching the leaves change from deep, lush greens to vibrant oranges, golds and reds is a favorite fall pastime and nowhere is better for fall foliage adventures than New England and Canada. Whether you’ve never experienced a fall foliage cruise before or you’ve been drawn back to the charming region again and again, be sure to check out these top spots during peak leaf-changing season to admire Mother Nature’s annual masterpiece.

  1. Acadia National Park, available from Bar Harbor, Maine
    Always an attraction regardless of the season, 47,000-acre Acadia National Park positively radiates every autumn with the glow of its changing fall leaves. The park’s 27-mile main loop is lined with postcard-perfect photo opportunities.
    Shore excursion to try:
    Acadia National Park & Carriage Ride
  2. Cape Breton Island, available from Sydney, Nova Scotia
    At the eastern end of Novia Scotia, Cape Breton Island offers stunning ocean views and endless vistas of treasured fall foliage. Particularly beautiful are Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the shores of the famed Bras d’Or Lakes.
    Shore excursion to try: The Bras d’Or Lakes Grand Tour
  3. Plains of Abraham, available from Quebec City, Quebec
    Quebec City’s Central Park, Plains of Abraham offers the perfect balance of cosmopolitan pleasure and natural beauty. The 250-acre oasis in the heart of the city is also the perfect place to pause with a cup of hot chocolate and drink in the sea of red, orange and yellow leaves.
    Shore excursion to try: Grand Exploration of Quebec
  4. Prince Edward Island’s Heritage Roads, available from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
    Discover the vivid apricot-orange of sugar maples, the blazing vermilion of red maple and sumac and the golden yellows of poplar, birch and beech trees along one of Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) unpaved and very scenic Heritage Roads.
    Shore excursion to try: Anne of Green Gables & Island Drive

Where’s your favorite spot to take in beautiful fall foliage? Share it with us below or on Facebook!