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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.

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A Local’s Guide to Sevilla

From the tapas bar everyone is buzzing about to the top choice for a true south-of-Spain flamenco experience, the best way to enjoy the charismatic capital of Andalusia is to learn the secret spots where Sevillanos flock to. These insider tips from our Destination Specialists will immerse you in the local culture and give you a taste of the true soul of Spain.

SHOP

WABI SABI SHOP & GALLERY
Calle Francos, 9

 

From hand-painted ceramics with animal motifs to lavishly soft leather bags, María López has expertly curated her narrow space near Plaza de San Francisco to offer a contemporary-minded shop that features local artists. Wabi Sabi, which in Japanese means “the beauty of the imperfect,” is an eccentric boutique with a fascinating mix of art and interior design.

VISIT

LOS GALLOS TABLAO FLAMENCO
Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11

 

The award-winning and internationally recognized Los Gallos Tablao Flamenco has been putting
on outstanding shows since 1966. The Spanish art of flamenco, which combines guitar playing, song and
dance, is also filled with exceptional pageantry, flair and passion. For a gold-standard flamenco show, this Seville institution tops the list of locals’ favorites and offers a night to remember.

EAT

LA AZOTEA
Calle Zaragoza, 5

 

This modest restaurant creates seasonal dishes that turn old favorites into exquisite tapas. If you’re looking for a casual spot that focuses on delicious local cuisine, La Azotea offers a frequently changing menu and a well-curated regional wine list, plus four locations. You can also visit this Sevillano hot spot on Calle Jesús del Gran Poder, Calle Conde Barajas and Calle Mateos Gago.

Viva España! We hope to see you in Spain this spring!

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Rome Wellness Tour: Thermal Baths of the Popes

Imagine feeling relaxed and enjoying rejuvenated skin after soaking in thermal waters while on a Mediterranean cruise. Add an ancient setting with legendary history and you’ve arrived at Thermal Baths of the Popes tour in Rome, Italy, the site of one of our new Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch

1 comment on “Santorini in One Day: Top 3 Experiences”

Santorini in One Day: Top 3 Experiences

By Oceania Cruises Guest Marisol M.

Santorini, a gorgeous Greek island with whitewashed buildings and towering cliffs along the east coast, enchants all who visit with its romantic sunsets, unique volcanic-sand beaches and jaw-dropping sweeping views. It’s no wonder Santorini is known as a traveler’s dream.

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Street Food in Sicily: Arancini Recipe

By Executive Chef & Director of Culinary Enrichment Kathryn Kelly

Several years ago, I was strolling the beautiful streets of Taormina and I happened to stop for a coffee and breakfast snack when I discovered these beautiful caramel-colored rice balls. I decided to sample one, and discovered from the shop owner that the rice balls, arancini, are a traditional way Italians use leftover rice and risotto.