Introducing Our New 2020 Around the World Voyage


We are thrilled to share our newest 180-day Around the World journey, which explores 95 ports on four continents across 27 time zones for voyage truly unlike any other. Departing Miami on January 8, 2020, this journey aboard Insignia features our most expansive focus ever on Japan with nine intriguing ports of call, and for the first time ever on an Oceania Cruises global journey, circumnavigates South America and explores the breadth of Alaska from the Aleutian Islands to the Inside Passage. The complete itinerary is available for viewing online now and reservations open on March 7, 2018.

The World Less Traveled
Though visiting an impressive 95 destinations in 38 countries with an indulgent 17 overnight port visits, Insignia’s ambitious odyssey is much more than the sum of its celebrated ports. On this incredible journey, you’ll transit the newly-expanded Panama Canal from Miami to San Francisco while exploring picturesque ports in Central America, Mexico and Baja California and then circle South America from the cloud-kissed ruins of Machu Picchu to the samba beat of Rio de Janeiro, calling on a wide array of iconic and boutique ports throughout Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Next, Insignia makes a transatlantic journey to South Africa as you discover off-the-beaten-path ports in Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ghana, along with Africa’s magnificent wildlife. Your exploration continues along the dramatic landscapes and world-class cities throughout Asia including visits to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and China as well as numerous alluring destinations in Japan. You’ll then have the chance to explore rugged Alaska and the Aleutian Islands before this grand odyssey culminates with a Panama Canal transit, inviting you to explore the best of The Americas.

More Options for Unforgettable World Journeys
Although our 180-day voyage from Miami to San Francisco on January 8, 2020 is our centerpiece journey, we have created several flexible options. Choose from five other curated itinerary options, embarking in either Miami or San Francisco and ranging up to 200 unforgettable days.

2020 Around the World Voyage Highlights

• Continents visited: 4
• Countries visited: 38
• Time zones crossed: 27
• Islands visited: 24
• Ports visited: 95
• UNESCO World Heritage sites accessible: 67
• Overnight stays (including two-night stays): 17
• Nautical miles sailed: 44,090
• Oceans cruised: 3
• Seas cruised: 18
• Number of times equator crossed: 4
• International Date Line crossed: 1
• Largest population: Tokyo, Japan
• Smallest population: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
• New ports: 6 | Aomori, Japan; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Hakodate, Japan; Oarai, Japan; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia and Santa Barbara, California.

Take a deeper look at this voyage now and start planning the journey of your lifetime!


Mark Twain’s Bermuda


By Sandy Cares

Most people know Samuel Langhorne Clemens by his famous pen name Mark Twain, author of literary classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But did you know that Twain visited the stunning island of Bermuda a total of eight times in his lifetime? The famous writer left such an impression on the island that locals created various sit-by-me-statues of him and placed them around the island to honor him.

Favorite Sights
Twain was the type of person who liked to play billiards or sit on the veranda of the pink Princess Hotel watching the vessels in the harbor. He thought, “There are several “sights” in the Bermudas, of course, but they are easily avoided. This is a great advantage—one cannot have it in Europe. Bermuda is the right country for a jaded man to “loaf” in.”

Another attraction he enjoyed was the India Rubber Tree on Queen Street in Hamilton. Member of the fig family, the gigantic limbs, the large leaves and the remarkable rooting system may all give root as to why the author was so impressed by it.

Most Visited Spots
Built in 1652 as a private home, Twain also visited the famous Tom Moore’s Tavern, known back then as Walsingham House whose namesake, the Irish Poet Thomas Moore, had written some of his great verses under the resident calabash tree, which still stands in the property about 180 meters away from the building.

The Bermuda Aquarium ranked among his favorite places in Bermuda where he regarded the gaping grouper fish as politicians with their mouths wide open.

Twain would also visit the stunning Crystal Caves, which he described as “a brilliant lake of clear water under our feet, and all the roof overhead splendid with shining stalactites, thousands and thousands brown and pink and other tints.”


Twain’s Love for Bermuda
Little about Bermuda escaped Mark Twain’s notice and approval, as he once mused, “You go to heaven if you want to, I’d rather stay right here in Bermuda.”

In April of 1910, the famous author left Bermuda for the last time and died in New York a few days later. He came into the world with Halley’s Comet in 1835 and wanted to depart with the comet’s return in 1910. He got his wish. Halley’s Comet appeared the following month.

Join Sandy Cares this summer in Bermuda aboard Sirena and Insignia:

Sirena | June 23, 2018 | Miami to Lisbon
Insignia – August 4, 2018 New York to New York
Insignia – August 14, 2018 New York to New York
Sirena – August 31, 2018 Rome to Miami


Quilting Around the World 2018

Every year on board Insignia’s Around the World voyage, our guests join in the tradition of putting together a quilt as a memento of their journey. Last year’s quilting experience was so popular, our guests ended up making two quilts instead of one – and this year’s quilt is off to an excellent start. Guests have already begun selecting different destinations and ship themes and creating quilt blocks with the guidance of Anna Smith, ATW Quilt Coordinator and Tricia Blake, ATW Hostess.


The quilt block themes, which feature a colorful range of destinations from the 2018 Around the World itinerary as well as life on board, have created such a thrill that many more guests are now planning to shop for more fabric and embellishments during the rest of the world voyage. In addition to the large quilt designed during this year’s voyage, a unique photo-transfer project was kicked off and embraced by many of our Around the World cruisers. Large take-home maps with embroidery and beads that highlight every stop on the 2018 Around the World cruise will be created as unique mementos of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage that forges so many memories and friendships.


In fact, guests from previous Around the World voyages will be joining this cruise later to contribute their quilting expertise and creativity, adding a sense of continuity to this cherished project. Near the end of this cruise, raffle tickets will be sold to Around the World guests, and the coveted quilt will find a home with a fortunate winner. The money raised will go to the Insignia Crew Fund, another wonderful reason why guests love this exciting and creative project so much.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months, plus details on our all-new 2020 Around the World journey, opening for reservations in March!

Anna Smith is a resident of Kamloops, BC and is the ATW Quilt Coordinator aboard Insignia. Her husband, David Smith, is a frequent travel photography guest lecturer. They have visited over 135 countries on six continents. For more details, visit Anna and David’s website here.


Made in Spain: A Chef’s Look at Iberian Ingredients On Board

By Fleet Corporate Executive Chef Franck Garanger


High-quality ingredients travel from market to galley to inspire the big flavors of our traditional small bites and regional Spanish dishes on board. Having spent many years in Valencia now, I’ve cooked and learned and lived the culinary ways of Spain. I love this country for so many reasons but one of them is that it has such a high quality of food because of the passion and respect Spanish people have for food. You see it everywhere you go – in the markets, in the restaurants, and in the neighborhood tavernas and tapas bars too. They have a great knowledge of what exactly is good food and when to eat it.

The variety of Spanish ingredients is immense due to the varied climate, topography and geography of each region. For example, Galicia in the northwest has incredible fish and seafood and is one of the best sources of beef in all of Europe. País Vasco, or Basque Country, is recognized for its incredible quality of tapas, called pintxos here. Valencia is celebrated for its rice fields and paella, while Andalucia is known for its use of spices and vegetables due to its geographical proximity to Africa. Traveling around Spain, you really see and taste the distinctness of the regions in their dishes and wines.

After cooking many, many pans of paella, tortilla española and pots of gazpacho, I feel…almost Spanish – almost. Many of the most beloved Spanish foods are really quite simple and rely heavily on drawing out the natural flavors of fresh, classic ingredients. Here are some of the Spanish ingredients I love most that we use on board to capture the flavors of this vibrant country.

Castilla-La Mancha Saffron
Prized as the most expensive and elusive spice, our saffron is cultivated in Spain’s heartland, noted for its ideal climate, and harvested by hand. On board, we use saffron for paella of course, but also risotto, bouillabaisse and several sauces for fishes.


Marinated Olives
When you’re in Spain, it’s likely some olives will appear with your drinks. A staple of Spanish pantries everywhere, olives pair with everything. My favorites that we serve on board are the large green manzanilla variety and arbequinia.

Jamón Ibérico de Bellota
Recognized as the finest in the world, this exceptional ham is cured for up to four years and comes from an ancient breed of acorn-fed pig found only on the Iberian Peninsula. You’ll see it in markets and grocery stores across Spain and aboard our ships – it’s a culinary tradition Spaniards are very proud of, and once you taste it, you’ll understand why.


Piquillo Peppers
Grown in Northern Spain near Lodosa, these small red peppers are perfect for roasting, which gives them a rich, smoky-sweet flavor. These are traditionally stuffed with potatoes and bacalao (cod) or béchamel. We also blend them in savory sauces.

The pronounced nutty flavors of this Castilla-La Mancha cheese is made exclusively fromraw or pasteurized Manchega breed sheep’s milk and has been produced in this region for thousands of years. Enjoy it by itself or for one of the most classic pairings, try it with dulce de membrillo, a traditional quince paste, and Marcona almonds.


Everyone from school children to Spanish grandmas love octopus, especially pulpo a la gallega, a signature Galician dish. This is a soft-cooked large octopus and gets its unique flavors from three simple ingredients: paprika, sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. On board, we serve pulpo a la gallega during our Spanish buffet at Terrace Café.

Next time you are on board, look for featured Spanish dishes on select menus at Terrace Café and The Grand Dining Room. Buen provecho!


Top 5 Romantic Islands Around the World

Seeking a serene escape for you and your significant other? From secluded beaches and famed lagoons to dramatic cliffs, epic sunsets and lush rainforests, these islands span the four corners of the globe and make it hard not to swoon. For your next romantic getaway, here’s what our Destination Specialists say are your best bets.

1. St. Lucia

St. Lucia


What’s not to love about settling into the relaxing rhythm of St. Lucia amidst the stunning backdrop of the UNESCO-protected Pitons? This lush island is favored by honeymooners and those looking to escape and reconnect. Stroll the French colonial gem of Soufrière hand-in-hand, explore the majestic old-growth rainforest or perhaps spice things up and learn the island secrets of traditional St. Lucian dishes on one of our popular Culinary Discovery Tours™.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Island Spices & Cooking Tour

2. Santorini

Is there any place in the world that can compete with the vistas of Santorini? Dramatic cliffs, ancient ruins, picturesque villages – all with your significant other by your side. You really can’t go wrong with adventures in this Greek paradise, but one involving Santorini wine tops our list.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Food & Wine Trails: Santorini’s Boutari Winery, Oia & Fira Visits

3. The Seychelles

The Seychelles


A naturalist’s paradise, the Seychelles are one of those locations on the planet that truly are a world away. La Digue offers gorgeous and romantic beaches, while mountainous Mahé offers excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks as well tropical beaches.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: these secluded islands need no advance planning – arrive, relax and savor every moment of the surreal beauty.

4. Boracay

Declared “World’s Best Island” by Travel+Leisure, Boracay Island is dreamy hidden paradise free from crowds. White Beach is perfect for lazing in the sun by day and enjoying leisurely sunset strolls by evening. The surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and often lead you to even more secluded and tranquil stretches of beach that you can enjoy all to yourself.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Island Beach & Snorkeling

5. Bora Bora

Bora Bora


From the island’s fabled lagoon to off-the-beaten-path villages and beaches, Bora Bora offers endless corners of paradise to uncover together. There are plenty of options for adventures both on land and by sea – off-road safaris, island tours, snorkeling, lagoon cruises and more. Why not cap your Bora Bora island experience off by indulging in a sumptuous dinner at St. Regis on our new exclusive Culinary Discovery Tour?

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Gourmet Dinner at St. Regis Bora Bora

A romantic island cruise vacation is the perfect chance to rekindle and re-connect – explore more options now.