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Behind the Scenes with our Destination Specialists

“The most unforgettable travel moments unfold when you feel completely immersed in another world and can embrace the true spirit of a place.” That’s how Vice President of Destination Services Christine Manjencic sums up what creates a meaningful travel experience. With that as the guiding inspiration,
our expert team of destination specialists curates imaginative destination experiences in more than 450 awe-inspiring ports around the globe, inviting you to experience the unique essence of each as you sail the world.

It Takes a Village
Planning and organizing a unique collection of shore excursions for each port is no simple feat. The process begins by forging relationships with local tour experts and develops from there, often with imaginations inspiring new tours. Manjencic explained that it’s truly a team effort, and that our shoreside office pays particular attention to our Destination Services staff on the ships. The best insight always comes from those who intimately know the place.

“We encourage the shipboard staff to explore new possibilities and give us their recommendations,”
Manjencic said. “They are traveling the world and spending time with our guests – they see first-hand what is desired, how we can raise the bar, what we can do even better.”

Beyond our knowledgeable Destination Services Managers on board and local top-rated tour guides
in every port, our in-house team has in-depth travel and destination experience that they call on to
design new tours.

“I worked on ships for 18 years before joining the shoreside Destination Services team – my experiences from all of those years in different ports are really useful when organizing unique, insider-style tours for our guests,” Manjencic explained. “The saying it takes a village is so perfect for what we do – from start to finish the number of people involved in organizing and executing each shore excursion usually winds up being dozens.”

A Tour for Every Traveler
Whether you love active adventures that keep you moving as you explore a new destination or delight in experiencing a new culture through its local cuisine and culinary traditions, we have the perfect excursion for you.

“With excursions focusing on cultural exchanges, history, adventure, cuisine, natural wonders and so much more, there really are options tailored to every kind of traveler,” Manjencic said.

Having a fleet of smaller boutique hotel-style ships also means you have access to destinations that are more remote and out of reach for larger cruise lines. Enjoy the best of both worlds with explorations
that include both corners of the world less touched by tourism and iconic attractions. The best part? All of the logistical and operational details are taken care of for you no matter what you choose. Once
you’ve booked your shore excursions, you can enjoy each destination from the moment you arrive until you sail away, without worrying about whether you will make it back to the ship in time or how you
will get from one area to another.

What are you waiting for? To start choosing shore excursions that suit your travel style, visit My Account on OceaniaCruises.com or explore the options before you book.

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4 Top Wellness Experiences in India
 

What better corner of the world to slow down and re-discover your inner peace than India, the birthplace of yoga and ancient Ayurvedic practices? With a rich tradition in healing, wellness and spirituality, it’s one of the most sought-after locales for wellness retreats. From guided meditation to Ayurvedic consultations, these unique shore excursions invite you to delve into India’s centuries-old relationship with wellness as you explore the best of each destination.

  1. Harbor Cruise & Ayurveda Experience | Cochin, India

    Combine Cochin sightseeing with a traditional Indian wellness experience at an Ayurveda center. Begin by enjoying sweeping views of cosmopolitan Cochin during a picturesque cruise around the city’s harbor after which you’ll visit an Ayurveda center for an insightful consultation with a traditional Ayurveda doctor. Ayurveda, a holistic healing practice, was developed in India more than 3,000 years ago and promotes good health by keeping the mind, body and spirit in balance. At the center, also enjoy a wonderfully rejuvenating massage with natural herbal oils. Later, explore some of the top landmarks around Fort Cochin, such as the unusual Chinese fishing nets, the 16th-century Mattancherry Palace and more.

  2. ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Art of Living & Goan Heritage | Goa, India

    Practice an ancient form of effortless meditation at the Art of Living, an institute dedicated to creating a stress-free and violence-free society to attain world peace. Learn more about deep-breathing techniques and mantras from your meditation expert, and tap into the reservoirs of peace, joy and creativity within. Following the meditation session, visit the nearby Goa Chitra Ethnographic Museum for a fascinating look at ancient Goan culture and lifestyle.

  3. Meditate While Cruising | Goa India

    For the ultimate in relaxation, a guided meditation is united with a serene cruise down one of Goa’s many beautiful rivers. As you sail along the naturally beautiful shoreline in a unique houseboat, a yoga guru will guide you through a series of meditative postures. Using controlled breathing techniques, experience a revitalization of your body, a calming of your mind and an increase in positive energy. To enhance the experience even further, you’ll enjoy a healthy lunch before returning to the pier.

  4. Yagna Encounter & Mumbai’s Ancient Temple Complex | Mumbai, India

    Enjoy the fascinating and unique experience of joining several spiritual Hindu ceremonies in sacred locations across Mumbai. Begin at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a spiritual oasis set upon four sprawling acres, where you’ll join a Hindu “Aarti” prayer ritual and morning chant. Also visit the famed Banganga, an ancient sacred water tank filled with waters believed to have healing powers – and is among the holiest sites in Mumbai. Here you’ll watch priests perform a special rite called Yagna. The experience is crowned with a visit to the Lalbah spice market, which brims with aromatic, colorful spices.

Join us in India this winter or spring for rejuvenating wellness experiences and unforgettable cultural immersions.

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A Local’s Guide to St. George’s, Grenada
 

The Caribbean offers seemingly endless tropical islands to experience, but one of the most fascinating is Grenada. This island has some of the most scenic vistas and beautiful hiking trails throughout the Caribbean. Of course, Grenada also provides breathtaking beaches, cultural attractions, excellent shopping and festive island-style dining. Here’s what our Destination Specialists recommend.

SHOP
Esplanade Mall
St. Juilles Street

Step off the ship and into a mall with more than 50 shops with gifts for everyone. As a part of the cruise terminal, this bustling mall is a great place to stop before or after a fun excursion. Although this area may seem touristy, this is the perfect place to purchase locally-made clothing and Grenadian rum to bring back for yourself or your loved ones. Just outside the mall, live music by locals keeps the atmosphere laid-back and festive. Vendors lining the square sell everything from sunglasses to aromatic spices such as local cinnamon and nutmeg.

EAT
Patrick’s Local Homestyle Cooking Restaurant
Lagoon Road

A home-turned-restaurant, Patrick’s Local Homestyle Cooking Restaurant will satisfy your taste buds with Grenadian favorites and a homey atmosphere. A small restaurant, Patrick’s is a family-run establishment and offers the chance to try more than 10 dishes in small portions, so you can have a taste of traditional fare in its many delicious forms. Sample dishes such as callaloo soup, breadfruit salad, fried plantains, curried chicken and much more. This restaurant is popular visitors and locals alike because of the fresh island flavors and authentic Grenadian cuisine.

VISIT
Fort Frederick
Richmond Hill

If there’s one place you don’t want to miss on Grenada, it’s Fort Frederick. This historic site was built by the French in 1779, but ended up being used by the British to defend the island against the French. Fort Frederick is well-preserved and a must-see for anyone interested in history. Although the fort is small, its intriguing story and spectacular views make it well worth it. The fort offers stunning panoramic views of Grenada and the surrounding sea.

The culture- and history-rich island of Grenada may not be the most well-known, but it’s one you’ll certainly remember long after your visit. We hope to see you in the beautiful Caribbean this winter!

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A Guide to Our Uncommon Caribbean
 

As one of the most popular travel and cruise destinations in the world, you’ve probably explored the iconic beaches and beautiful isles of the Caribbean before. But with 26 countries and over 7,000 individual islands in the Caribbean, there are plenty of still-undiscovered destinations to add to your travel wish list – even for travel and cruise connoisseurs. Our Caribbean voyages invite you to discover the uncommon Caribbean, charting the lesser-known coastlines and bringing you to more boutique ports and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Here are few delightfully less-traveled Caribbean islands well worth exploring.

Kingstown, St. Vincent
With plenty of old world charm, rolling emerald hills and a picture-perfect harbor, plus some the best sailing waters in the Caribbean, this island is certain to become one of your favorite escapes. Kingstown’s 250-year-old Botanical Gardens are home to countless exotic plants and make for a perfect morning excursion. Delve deeper into St. Vincent’s natural treasures with a guided hike along the Vermont Nature Trail to learn about the island’s unique, rare and endangered flora and fauna, including the colorful St. Vincent parrot. To strike even further off the beaten path, sail to neighboring Bequia on a catamaran and explore its lovely Front Street.

Kralendijk, Bonaire
The least developed island of the ABC islands, Bonaire is a small desert-landscape island renowned for diving and snorkeling due to its pristine coral reef, a designated national park, located just a few feet from the shoreline. Sail to the stunningly beautiful waters of Klein Bonaire for exceptional snorkeling where you might spot parrotfish, angelfish, sea horses, sea turtles and more. If you prefer to stay above water, glass-bottom kayaks and boats offer another great way to witness all of Bonaire’s colorful marine life. Those looking to delve into the island’s otherworldly landscape – filled with craters, giant cacti and limestone plateaus – will want to venture to Bonaire’s east coast on a thrilling 4×4 adventure.

Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe
For a taste of French flair in the tropics, Guadeloupe is your answer. You might choose to spend the day in the charming sugar town and fishing village of Sainte Anne, filled with restaurants, boutiques, a lively market, a lovely seaside promenade and an excellent white sand beach. Mountainous Basse-Terre, the main western island is equally alluring – discover the lush volcanic landscape with a guided hike in Guadeloupe National Park, visit the Montebelo rum distillery for a tasting or explore the Botanical Gardens in Deshaies.

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
The birthplace of Calypso, this Caribbean nation and its capital city of Port of Spain are big on atmosphere. Immerse yourself in Trinidadian culture with a traditional performance at the Cultural Center or a visit to Pan Theater for a rousing steel band performance. Head into the heart of Trinidad to Asa Wright Nature Center for a closer look at the island’s incredible diversity of wildlife, butterflies and tropical plants. Bird lovers will want to visit Caroni Bird Sanctuary – an idyllic wetland that attracts thousands of unique water birds – and rum aficionados should stop at House of Angostura, Trinidad’s premier rum distillery.

Roseau, Dominica
This nature lover’s island is filled with lush rainforests, misty waterfalls, geothermal springs, rare plants and birds – and plenty of adventures. Go on a tubing adventure down the meandering Layou River or hike to the stunning trio of waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. The Emerald Pool, part of the UNESCO-protected, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, is another choice option. Chocolate lovers shouldn’t miss the unique experience of learning all about cocoa bean processing and making chocolate treats at Dominica’s oldest estate, Bois Cotlette.

Come join us in the tropics this winter and experience an entirely new side of the Caribbean.

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A Local’s Guide to Rome
 

If you’ve been to Rome once or if you’ve been one hundred times, you know that there is much more to the Eternal City than its famed tourist attractions. Rome is a town of the people, the capital of a country dedicated to its citizens.
If you want to experience Rome like a local, here are our Destination Specialists’ top off-the-beaten-path suggestions for this beautiful city.

SHOP
San Lorenzo District
Via Tiburtina

The San Lorenzo District is a great place to experience Roman boutiques and get your Italian chocolate fix. Experience the family-run Candle’s Store on Via dei Campani for one-of-a-kind artisanal candles that put run-of-the-mill candle shops to shame. Whether you’re buying your friends and family hip, Italian clothing at local boutiques or sampling artisan chocolates and desserts at Said – the area’s authentic chocolate shop – the San Lorenzo District brims with perfect gifts for everyone in your life, including yourself.

VISIT
Centrale Montemartini
Via Ostiense 106

After exploring so many traditional Italian museums, you might be ready for something different. The newest addition to the Capitole Museums in Rome, Centrale Montemartini is a former power plant turned museum displaying ancient statues. A three-minute walk from Basilica San Paolo, this unique Greco-Roman museum is a must-see juxtaposition of the old and the new. The thought-provoking contrast between the industrial world and classical art is a testament to Italian ingenuity that makes this stunning collection well worth a visit.

EAT
Nuovo Mondo
Via Amerigo Vespucci 15

Within the homey neighborhood of Piazza Testaccio, you’ll find Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio, a daily market that favored by locals. Take time to experience Rome’s delicacies while shopping the market. Browse overflowing stalls filled with fresh fish, fresh and cured meat, freshly picked herbs and vegetables and ripe, colorful fruit. You can sit in the open piazza in the middle of the square and savor some fresh and local treats. However, we recommend saving room for the best pizza in Rome at a local favorite, Nuovo Mondo. At this humble, bustling restaurant, satisfy your senses with authentic Roman thin-crust pizza and the quintessential Italian experience.

Benvenuti a Roma! Welcome to the real Rome with these hidden secrets.