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Our Sommelier’s Picks Down Under

With more than 60 recognized regions, Australia is in a thriving Southern Hemisphere location for winemaking. Whether you’re planning a cruise Down Under or looking for a fresh bottle for dinner tonight, Australia has so much to offer wine lovers. Without a doubt, shiraz is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved varietals. Two of our Sommelier’s favorite picks are below – and you can enjoy them on board by the bottle.

Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
Two Hands has earned a place in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for ten years in a row, the only winery in the world to ever achieve this feat. Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz comes from the estate’s Garden Series, which is their premium range of shiraz from the finest shiraz growing regions in Australia. In fact, Lily’s Garden Shiraz is the pick of the bunch, sourced from Two Hands McLaren Vale vineyards.

Tasting Notes: This generous wine is characterized by cascading blue fruits and a rich long palate. It’s a deep, intense red with a purple hue and notes of blueberry, plum and mulberry. Hints of French lavender, white pepper and warm granite add complexity.

Peter Lehmann Barossa Portrait Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest regions for fine wine and is a fairly warm region renowned for its robust Shiraz. Peter Lehmann shiraz is true to the varietal style, embodying a balanced and full-bodied character.

Tasting Notes: This full-bodied Barossa shiraz reveals a deep color and bouquet of dark forest fruits with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Soft, velvety tannins with a lingering mocha finish make it a perfect companion to roast meats and strong cheeses.


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A Local’s Guide to Santorini

Curated by Captain Dimitrios Flokos

Uncover local picks from Captain Flokos to savor the gorgeous island of Santorini in a whole new way. From hidden shopping gems to Greek dining secrets, here are some of the best ways to enjoy this Aegean gem just like the Santorinians.

Atlantis Books E.E.

Nomikos Street, Oía

For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in Santorini, explore this book lover’s dream. A charmingly old-fashioned independent bookstore, this literary haven carries everything from classic novels to travelogues and cookbooks in multiple languages. Once inside, look up to see a handwritten spiral on the domed ceiling – a thoughtful homage displaying the names of every employee who has ever worked there.

Parea Restaurant


Exquisite Greek food and exceptional service are the hallmarks of this quaint al fresco
restaurant overlooking the caldera. Though it’s in the center of bustling Fira, it’s a treasure you’ll wish you had time to dine at more than once. Don’t miss the tomatokeftedes, which are fried Santorini tomato balls, and moussaka, a layered dish of eggplant and ground beef with a creamy béchamel sauce.

Town of Imerovigli

Nestled in between Fira and Oia, the quaint town of Imerovigli garners less attention but is well worth a visit. For a quiet and relaxing afternoon, stroll down the cobblestone streets of this white-washed village known as the “balcony of the Aegean,” and take in the breathtaking views of the volcanoes and gorgeous sunsets before heading back to Oia for a traditional dinner or glass of local wine.

We hope to see you in Greece this summer!

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4 Winter Caribbean Getaways Not to Miss


With paradise islands to suit every personality and sunshine and palm trees all around, the Caribbean in the winter is one of those travel choices that always seems exponentially more attractive once the dreary skies and cold weather has hit. Now’s actually the perfect time to reserve your cruise – but which one to choose? Here are our top picks for 2018 Caribbean cruises.

Balmy Breezes | 12 Days aboard Riviera Departing Miami November 27, 2018
This alluring Eastern Caribbean itinerary transports you from the bliss of Aruba and Bonaire to lush Grenada, beach-blessed Barbados, stunningly beautiful St. Lucia and beyond. As the warm winds of the Caribbean carry you from one sun-drenched port to another, chilly temperatures will be hundreds of miles away and laid-back island life will be yours.

Sunny Charms | 10 Days aboard Riviera Departing Miami December 9, 2018
The perfect answer to early winter blues, this voyage features French-chic St. Barts, stunning St. Lucia, the sugar-sand beaches of Antigua, plus the Dutch flavor of St. Maarten and the colonial treasures of Old San Juan. This itinerary also offers plenty of days at sea to relax and enjoy the luxurious amenities of Riviera. Even better, this cruise makes holiday shopping a breeze with all of the island markets and unique handicrafts you’ll encounter along the way.

Caribbean Pearls | 14 Days aboard Riviera Holiday voyage departing Miami December 19, 2018
Why not celebrate the holidays surrounded by turquoise seas and palm-lined islands? This holiday voyage features Caribbean stars such as Barbados, Antigua and St. Lucia as well as unique off-the-beaten-path ports such as Kingstown, St. Vincent and Roseau, Dominica. Ten island paradises balanced by 3 leisurely days at sea, this is indeed the perfect escape from the holiday rush.

Caribbean New Year | 15 Days aboard Insignia Holiday voyage departing Miami December 27, 2018
Now this is the proper way to start 2019 – sailing amidst the gorgeous ABC islands, a tropical drink in hand and surrounded by sunshine and easygoing island rhythms. Experience some lesser-known treasures: the diver’s paradise of Bonaire, culture-rich Curaçao and Guadeloupe, the Pearl of the French Caribbean. The spice island of Grenada, verdant St. Lucia, glamorous St. Barts and fun-loving Puerto Rico also offer plenty of tropical adventures. Crown the journey with a few leisurely days at sea to soak in the sunshine before heading north.

See you in the Caribbean this winter!

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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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3 Top Island Adventures in the South Pacific

French Polynesia, South Pacific


When you travel to the South Pacific, the travel experiences become as exotic and epic as the locale. Outdoor adventures are in towering virgin rainforests on remote islands, cultural excursions invite you up close to traditional ways of life few ever get to experience and the lagoons offer the kind of bliss that makes you wish you were a professional photographer or travel writer. Here are our Destination Specialists’ top picks for unique adventures in the South Pacific, a corner of the world where island life reigns supreme.

Kava Ceremony & Village Luncheon | Suva, Fiji
Travel to the remote village of Raiwaqa on a longboat cruise up the Navua River to experience the local flavors and ancient traditions of Fiji on our “Navua River by Longboat” excursion. Take in soaring mountains, dramatic gorges and tropical rainforests abundant in birds and wildlife. Upon arrival, join chiefs and villagers in a kava ceremony, which is an important and sacred element of the traditional Fijian welcome ceremonies. Later enjoy lunch as well as a unique chance to mingle with the locals, browse handicrafts and even join in on the village entertainment.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia


Thrilling Off-Road Adventure | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
While Bora Bora’s famed lagoon is at the top of every traveler’s list, so many of our voyages offer an overnight on this iconic island so you can experience even more. Don’t miss the rugged and beautiful island itself. You can experience the wild side of Bora Bora on our off-road excursion which takes you to pristine locations only accessible via off-road equipped vehicles. With exhilarating ascents and rolling descents, exotic foliage, beautiful vistas and plenty of stunning photo stops – including a World War II cannon location – this is an excursion you won’t forget. There’s even a stop at a local pareo house where you can find some unique souvenirs and enjoy tropical fruit.

Snorkeling in a Blue Lagoon | Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea tops Islands.com’s list of top 5 places to snorkel in the South Pacific – here you can see dolphins, sting rays, blacktip reef sharks and more up close in the crystalline waters. Enjoy the best of Moorea’s marine life on our “Snorkel & Stingray Safari,” which sails along Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay to two different islets for snorkeling, or try our “Motu Picnic Escapade” for a blissful afternoon on a gorgeous sandy islet where you can enjoy a barbecue luncheon, swimming, snorkeling and time to soak up the paradise vibes.

Inspired? Start planning your South Pacific adventure for this winter!