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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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6 Culinary Experiences Not to Miss in Alaska
 

Mt. McKinley, Alaska

 

Alaska is known for its beautiful landscapes, fascinating culture and thrilling adventures. But one lesser-known aspect of Alaska is its scrumptious seafood and local fare that culinary travelers will love. Although there are many options near our ports, Oceania Cruises also offers unique excursions that invite you to experience Alaska’s fresh and rich cuisine.
Here are six culinary experiences you shouldn’t miss while you’re enjoying The Last Frontier:

1. Baranof Island Brewing Company | Sitka
After adventures at the Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Sound Science Center, our “Taste of Sitka” excursion brings you to Baranof Island Brewing Company, a local microbrewery specializing in handcrafted brews. As part of the excursion, you will enjoy a microbrew and wild Alaskan salmon. Visiting Baranof Island Brewing Company is perfect for beer aficionados and those interested in discovering more about the beer-making process.

2. George Inlet Lodge | Ketchikan
While visiting Ketchikan, the George Inlet Lodge is a must. A testament to how much we love this culinary experience, the George Inlet Lodge is featured in two of our shore excursions: “Cruise George Inlet And Crab Feast” and “Mountain Peak Flightseeing & Crab Feast.” This local Alaskan lodge is known for its rustic charm and Alaskan hospitality. On each excursion, you’ll have the chance to enjoy Alaska’s prized Dungeness crab, along with other Alaskan delicacies.

3. A Traditional Salmon Bake | Juneau
If you’re craving Alaska’s famous salmon, then the “Gold Creek Salmon Bake” is perfect for you. This excursion as well as our “Historic Gold Mine, Panning & Salmon Bake” excursion transport you to beautiful Salmon Creek, where you’ll enjoy a nearby waterfall while savoring freshly-caught Alaskan salmon, Gold Rush potatoes, traditional cornbread, fragrant blueberry cake and more.

4. Best-Kept Culinary Secret | Skagway
Known for its fishing, Skagway is the perfect locale to sample Alaskan seafood. Burro Creek Lodge is a private rustic resort that’s accessible only by canal on an enclosed custom-built boat or by air, so it’s long been a local secret. On our “Burro Creek Waterfall Lodge & Crab Feast” excursion, you’ll experience a meal to remember. Savor fresh Dungeness crab and shrimp boil, along with andouille sausage, corn on the cob and red potatoes all accompanied by beer or wine. And save room for dessert!

5. Alaskan Cooking Class | Icy Strait Point
If you’re missing the kitchen, then join our “Wild Alaska Culinary Experience” excursion. During this excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from local Alaskan chefs and cook your own Alaskan seafood. This one-of-a-kind cooking class invites you to experience Alaska like a local and expand your recipe repertoire.

6. Locals’ Favorite Hangout | Haines
A three-minute walk from the port, Big Al’s Salmon Shack is a modest eatery that serves some of the best salmon and fish & chips in the area. This to-go joint is loved by locals and tourists alike and is the perfect stop after an excursion for sampling food that both tourists and locals love.

Join us in Alaska this summer to experience a delicious, new side of one of our favorite corners of the world.

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7 Alaskan Icons Not to Miss
 

Unlike anywhere else on the planet, Alaska brims with sprawling wilderness, dramatic glaciers and vibrant native heritage. A voyage to this corner of the world calls out to your adventurous spirit and encourages you to get to know a fascinating and truly wild side of North America. What to do when you finally get to America’s last frontier? Our Destination Specialists share the top 7 icons you shouldn’t miss.

1. Hubbard Glacier | North America’s largest tidewater glacier, the majestic Hubbard Glacier is 76 miles long and about 7 miles wide. The ice you see at the terminal face is approximately 450 years old, over 2000 feet thick at some locations and will leave you speechless. Cruise Hubbard Glacier this summer.

2. Totem Poles | Colorful totems reflect the native heritage of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, illustrating family lineage and sacred cultural heritage. In Ketchikan, you can visit the Totem Heritage Center, which is a national landmark housing 33 totems preserved from abandoned Tlingit and Haida villages, while Sitka offers an impressive collection of totems near its visitor center and along the walking trail.

3. Bald Eagles | America’s most iconic and majestic symbol, bald eagles are abundant in Alaska with the population estimated to be at 30,000. The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines is a particularly good spot as well as along the banks of the Stikine River near Wrangell.

4. Historic Gold Mine Towns | Skagway is a very well-preserved gold rush town – check out The Chilkoot Trail just outside of town, which is the centerpiece of the town’s gold rush history. You can also ride a train along the White Pass and Yukon Railway, which is known as Alaska’s Gold Rush Train and offers a glimpse into the 19th century miner landscape. Alaska’s gold mining past is alive in Juneau as well – retrace the historic route taken by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold, visit Last Chance Basin and try your hand at panning for gold in Gold Creek.

5. Inside Passage | One of the most stunning locations in the world, this protected passage is calm and filled with everything from snowcapped mountains and calving glaciers to wildflowers and plenty of wildlife every summer. You can even spot migrating whales. Explore the Inside Passage with us.

6. Russian Culture in Sitka | Once the capital of Russian America, Sitka was a booming West Coast center for trade, diplomacy and the arts during the early 1800s. You can soak up the Russian influence with a scenic walking tour of the city, stopping at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Russian Bishop’s House and the Russian Orthodox Cemetery as well as many historic houses that showcase a Russian influence.

7. Denali | Alaska is home to 17 of our nation’s 20 highest peaks, including the majestic Denali, which is North America’s tallest peak. Explore this icon in comfort on our 4-day pre- or post-cruise Denali land tour.

We look forward to seeing you in Alaska this summer!

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Guest Post: Our Top 5 Alaska Cruise Moments

By Oceania Cruises Guests Leslie & Peter Rubacky

Weeks later, we’re still reminiscing about our incredible cruise to Alaska. It was 10 blissful days of the great Alaskan outdoors, amazing food and wine, and tons of good old-fashioned family fun – deck games, board games, trivia – did we mention the great wine and lots of laughs? Here are a few of our favorite moments.

1. Our floatplane excursion to Misty Fjords from Ketchikan – it was most definitely equal parts adrenaline and awe.
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2. Shuffleboard paired with a good rosé and Alaskan skies – how can you go wrong?
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3. Experiencing Sawyer Glacier. We got up close and personal with the glaciers, which you can only do on a smaller ship like Oceania Cruises.
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4. The moment we learned this fun fact: not everyone knows how much whales like a good sauvignon blanc.
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5. Watching brown bears in Sitka. Despite their imposing appearance, the bears were delightfully playful in their antics, almost juvenile.
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We had such a great time, we’re already planning where our next family vacation on Oceania Cruises will take us!

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Great American Adventures in Alaska

Big, bold, and beautiful, Alaska is a captivating land of ancient glaciers, majestic wildlife and an enchanting culture that welcomes travelers with open arms. The 49th state also offers myriad opportunities for exciting glacial explorations and kayaking tours, along with more leisurely pursuits such as birding or local ale tastings.