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Ernest Hemingway’s Havana, Cuba

By Guest Lecturer Sandy Cares

Hemingway first arrived in Cuba on a cruise ship sailing from Paris to Key West in 1928. The brief stop left such a lasting impression that the writer moved to Havana in 1939 and stayed until 1960. The long-anticipated opening of Cuba to American travelers now offers the opportunity to explore several of Hemingway’s fabled island stomping grounds, several of which I’ve had the chance to explore during the spring aboard Oceania Cruises.

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14th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise Reflections

By Oceania Club Manager Neli Arias

Having just returned last week from our 14th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise in the Mediterranean, I’ve been reflecting on what a special voyage it was. I had the pleasure of co-hosting the sailing with our Senior Vice President, Nikki F. Upshaw and we both had a fantastic time meeting so many guests and enjoying explorations in this spectacular part of the world. From celebratory dinners at Toscana and La Reserve by Wine Spectator to cliff-side cafes in Santorini and floating in the Dead Sea, what I know will stay with me in the months to come is the feeling of camaraderie and friendship that you felt everywhere on this voyage.

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Guest post: Sandy’s Tropical Trivia, Part II

By Sandy Cares

If you’ve joined me on board for my lectures, you know how much I love all things Caribbean – the history, the culture, the art, the landscapes – and of course, the weather. Last month, I shared some of my top tropical trivia questions. Get inspired to plan your next voyage to the sunny Caribbean with this second round of island trivia questions. I hope to see you on board this fall! Scroll below the photo slideshow for the answers.

  1. Which Caribbean island is the birthplace of the man on the U.S. $10 bill?
  2. Which Caribbean island is the birthplace of an Empress?
  3. Which Caribbean nation has a staircase fit for a queen?
  4. Which Caribbean island is famous for “fence surfing?”
  5. Which Caribbean island served as “Area Hotel” for two U.S. astronauts?

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Answers

  1. Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, was born in Nevis in 1757.
  2. Josephine Bonaparte was born in Martinique in 1763.
  3. The Queen’s Staircase in Nassau, Bahamas honors Queen Victoria’s reign.
  4. This dubious “sport” is a highlight of Maarten beachgoers who cling onto a chain-link fence as jumbo jets land close enough to blast them right off their feet!
  5. Grand Turk played host to John Glenn when the Mercury “Friendship 7” space capsule splashed down in February of 1962. Scott Carpenter splashed down later that year.

For more fun trivia and insight on the islands, join me in the sunny Caribbean soon:

Regatta | November 17, 2016
Miami to Miami, 12 Days

Regatta | November 29, 2016
Miami to Miami, 23 Days

Regatta | December 22, 2016
Miami to Miami, 16 Days