Our Sommelier’s Favorite South African Wines
One of the quintessential South African experiences is enjoying a taste of the celebrated Winelands – along with setting off on a thrilling safari, of course. The country’s most recognized wines are typically characterized by their distinct fusion of old-world heritage and cutting edge techniques. Below our sommelier shares the top choices on board.
Recognized throughout the travel agent community as a creative and innovative leader with global experience, Nikki F. Upshaw has been with Oceania Cruises since 2011 and is currently the Senior Vice President of Sales. She notes that she was first attracted to Oceania Cruises for its great vision and potential for growth. Nikki recently traveled to South Africa, and below shares some fascinating details from her experience.
The African safari has long epitomized the kind of quintessential and exotic adventure many travelers only dream of — remarkable untamed wilderness, majestic landscapes and some of the most unforgettable wildlife encounters. A safari heightens the senses and enlivens the spirit, providing the extraordinary opportunity to witness the iconic Big Five (the lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo) along with other stunning animals such as giraffes, cheetahs, hippos and zebras in their pristine, natural environments. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler to Africa, or this is a dream you’ve long been waiting to realize, we invite you to immerse yourself in an authentic safari experience on one of Oceania Cruises’ thrilling tours. Highlighted below are just a few of our professionally-guided safari tours, available on a range of voyages aside from those listed.
During Nautica‘s recent visit to Cape Town, Oceania Cruises guests enjoyed a shore excursion that explored the majestic beauty of the Cape Peninsula. These gorgeous pictures feature Fish Hoek Beach situated on False Bay, where guests soaked in the sun while watching the local people, and their dogs, roam along the beautiful shoreline.
As we ring in the New Year, it seems only natural to reflect on some of our favorite memories from 2011. As Blogger-at-Large for Oceania Cruises, I enjoyed the privilege of visiting many fascinating ports of call onboard Marina and collecting numerous photos from those traveling on the other ships as well. Most of my travels were in Europe, exploring grand cities, historic churches and monumental architecture. Perhaps that is why I so enjoyed these photos of Madagascar, which were shared with me by the Destination Services team onboard Nautica. A vivid contrast to the bustling cities of Europe, Madagascar is a haven for exotic wildlife and exquisite flora.