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An Insider’s Look at Our New 2020 Europe & The Americas Collection

By Mario Parodi, Vice President of Port & Itinerary Planning

Fall is my favorite time of year, not because the color of the leaves or the change of seasons, but because this is when we get to share our new Europe, Alaska, New England and Canada masterpieces with the world. After more than 10 years with Oceania Cruises, it never gets old. Born and raised in Genoa, Italy, I always have a special connection with our voyages to the Old World, especially because we reach so many smaller ports that really bring you into the daily life of the place. This season our New England and Alaska itineraries are also full of places that are little bit less well-known…you know, the kind perfect for travelers who have been there many times before.

Italy: Benvenuto a Casa
We have so many classic ports in the Mediterranean and these I like to think of as little treasures you never get tired of visiting. Places like Florence, Marseille, Amalfi and Seville…these are cities you step off the ship and immediately feel carried away, like you’re in another century. I love sailing the Mediterranean and visit family and friends in Liguria every year. Voyages like the 11-day Legacies & Legends and 10-day Italy & The Ionian are irresistible. I’ll admit it, maybe I play favorites…but for me the Mediterranean is one of the most romantic places in the world. Genoa still feels like home – it always will – even after living in Florida for so many years. One of my favorite things to when I arrive in Italy is enjoy a nice big meal, especially my favorite…trofie al pesto. This is a typical Ligurian dish and is one that, like special travels, has the power to completely transport you.

Insider’s Picks
As much as I love Italy and the Mediterranean, my favorite voyages for the season are the cruises Insignia does in August and September, especially the longer ones. The 15-day Beacons of Beauty goes to the smaller harbors of New England and Canada but also these amazing places like Nuuk, Paamiut and Isafjordur– and even better, you end in Reykjavik. Everyone should see Iceland. The 12-day Northern Serenade takes you to some classic ports – Bruges, Copenhagen and Oslo – but then you also have some hidden secrets: Lysekil, Haugesund and Tórshavn, plus one of our new ports, Lübeck, Germany.

The voyage that really caught my eye this season is the one that combines these both: the 27-day Magnificent Crossing from New York to London. The scenery up there, in those parts of Greenland, Iceland and Norway, is very different from any other place in the world and this sailing gives you time to really explore, to get a sense of this region. These longer itineraries always involve a special kind of planning in my area since we make a big effort to ensure they have unique and different ports, that the cruise has a flow. To see these types of voyages come together is always very rewarding.

I will tell you our 2020 Alaska season is also very unique because we are sailing even farther north. For me, the 14-day Glaciers & Fjords that takes you all the way up to College Fjord, Seward and Kodiak is more unusual. These places are not included on run-of-the-mill Alaska cruises and are absolutely worth a visit. Frontiers & Glaciers is another cruise that’s quite different, adding to those ports Homer during the northern leg of its journey.

So that’s my take on our new season – prego! Where will you cruise in 2020? I’d love to see your favorite choices from our new 2020 Europe & The Americas Collection below or on Facebook.

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An Insider’s Look at the Nazca Lines
 

Located in a dramatically dry plateau about 250 miles from Lima in Peru’s Nazca Desert, the Nazca Lines are a mysterious collection of etchings that can be admired from a bird’s-eye view. These etchings, called geoglyphs, were carved into the desert ground thousands of years ago.

First Discovery
This UNESCO World Heritage site was first discovered in the 1920s when a commercial airline flew over the land and passengers mentioned that they saw images on the desert floor. The lines weren’t officially noted until 1939 when American professor Dr. Paul Kosok flew over the desert on a mission to study the irrigation systems of pre-Inca civilizations. The symbols were so exceptional that geologists took interest and have been studying the secrets of these lines for decades. The lack of rain has largely protected these desert drawings from erosion for thousands of years.

The Great Mystery
Today, there are about 300 figures, including animals, plants and shapes, that compose the Nazca Lines. This site has come to be recognized as one of the most perplexing archaeological discoveries in the world. The drawings were created by people in ancient civilizations starting in 200 B.C. and continuing for hundreds of years. The mystery of the lines centers on the reason they were created. Some claim that the lines were created by aliens to be viewed from space, while others say they were made for ancient astronauts. Still more propose that they were created for pilgrims to follow towards temples and others cite water rituals as the central purpose for the lines.

When you travel to Pisco, Peru, experience the intrigue of this UNESCO site firsthand – choose the Nazca Lines Overflight excursion, which takes you soaring over the desert for incredible views of these famous lines. No one knows the truth about the secrets of this site, so enjoy the flight as you ponder the mysteries and come to your own conclusion.

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Best Wine Tasting Experiences in South America
 

Although you may traditionally think of Italy and France when you hear wine, South America has quickly become a rising star in the world of wine. In fact, many sun-drenched vineyards across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have come to rival those of Tuscany and Bordeaux in recent years, according to wine experts. Sampling top-of-the-line locally produced wine on some of our shore excursions is the perfect way to immerse yourself in this region of the world. Here are four South American wine tasting experiences you shouldn’t miss during your cruise:

1. City Sights & Juanicó Winery | Montevideo, Uruguay
After a picturesque ride through downtown Montevideo, you will arrive in Juanicó, Uruguay’s ultimate wine-producing locale. This excursion will take you through the bounteous vineyards and state-of-the-art winery in Juanicó. Here you will be treated to traditional Uruguayan foods and, of course, a curated selection of wine produced at this winery, which may include cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, semillón and sauvignon blanc. If you’re after a taste of the best of Uruguayan food and wine, then this is an ideal excursion for you.

2. Montevideo City Sights, Steam Train & Wine Tasting | Montevideo, Uruguay
After a day full of adventure around Montevideo, you will arrive at the Carrau Winery. The Carrau family has been crafting wine for 265 years, but began producing wine in Uruguay in 1930, paving the way for other local wineries and the recent development of quality Uruguayan wines. While there, you’ll enjoy several types of Uruguayan wine and sparkling wine accompanied by local cheeses and ham.

3. Panoramic Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar & Winery | Santiago de Chile, Chile
After experiencing the breathtaking views of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, you will arrive in Casablanca Valley, an area where the soil is similar to that of Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. One of the best regions for a wine excursion, the region is filled with wineries and this excursion varies the featured winery. Not only will you learn about the wine-making process, but you’ll taste several local esteemed wines and also enjoy a memorable Chilean-style lunch at the winery.

4. Live the Chilean Spirit: Wine And Horses of Casablanca | Santiago de Chile, Chile
While visiting Santiago de Chile, two authentic experiences that both locals and tourists love are visiting a local winery and enjoying a day at the Chilean rodeo. In Casablanca Valley, you will visit either Vasa del Bosque or Viña Mar Winery, where you will get an insider’s look at the wine-making process and sample some of the locally produced wines. After touring the winery, you’ll visit Puro Caballo, where you will be served a glass of wine or pisco sour while witnessing the skills and showmanship of a traditional Chilean rodeo. The experience is crowned with a savory Chilean lunch.

 

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just someone who enjoys sharing a bottle with friends, these wine tasting experiences invite you to discover the South American spirit and a delicious taste of this fascinating continent. Uncover some of these wine experiences and much more this December aboard Marina’s Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile voyage!

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Our Destination Experts’ Insight: South America & Cuba in 2019-2020

On a journey with Oceania Cruises, you can indulge your sense of adventure with explorations featuring immersive journeys and tantalizing new destinations across the most breathtaking corners of the globe. From the invigorating rhythms of Brazil and Havana to the magical scenery and rugged beauty of Chile, some of the most sought-after destinations across South America and Cuba come alive in our new 2019-2020 Tropics & Exotics collection. Read on for a sampling of just a few of the great voyages in these regions, plus more about our unique wellness tours offered in South America.

 

Destination Specialists’ Featured Voyages

Amazon Interlude | November 23, 2019
Miami to Miami aboard Insignia | 25 Days

This magnificent journey combines relaxing days on tranquil Caribbean islands with more than a week exploring the exotic wilderness of the Amazon River, where you’ll have the chance to spot pink dolphins, toucans, sloths, howler monkeys and many other unique species.

Picturesque Patagonia | December 19, 2019 – Holiday Voyage
Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile aboard Marina | 16 Days

With this voyage that transports you from the beautiful beaches of Uruguay to the beguiling Chilean Fjords, you’ll have unforgettable celebrations in some of the most stunningly beautiful locations in world – filled with dramatic deserts, towering granite mountains, glaciers, ethereally blue lakes, the Pampas and much more.

Cuba Impressions | February 1, 2020 & March 8, 2020
Miami to Miami aboard Sirena | 10 Days

With three overnights in Cuba, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the country, from visiting Ernest Hemingway’s former home in Havana to touring a traditional tobacco factory in UNESCO-protected Cienfuegos and soaking up the thriving trova music scene in lively Santiago de Cuba.

Brazilian Rhapsody | March 4, 2020
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro aboard Insignia

After visiting two ports in scenic Uruguay, it’s time to see some of the many shades of Brazil – the warm and inviting sands of Ilha Grande and Buzios, beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture in Parati, the Coffee Museum in Santos, samba shows in Rio de Janeiro and more.

 

Wellness Tours Inspired By Canyon Ranch
On these voyages to South America, there’s no shortage of cultural diversions and natural wonders to inspire your sense of adventure. With our exclusive collection of wellness tours in South America – also offered Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand – there will also be plenty of options to unwind, reconnect and find balance in this part of the world. In Buenos Aires, you might cruise to an enchanted island and spend the day doing yoga and enjoying freshly prepared healthy cuisine at a serene hideaway created by art collector Claudio Stamato. In Santiago de Chile yoga and wine come together in a refreshing union at Viña Casa Marin. Practice yoga, pranayama breathing and mindful meditation at this picturesque boutique winery, and then cap the experience off by enjoying selections of their top dishes and wines. Perhaps learn the key to preparing healthy Peruvian dishes as you explore Callao’s markets with a local chef and then learn how to prepare several dishes yourself. Options across South America abound; visit our OceaniaCruises.com for more details.

Start dreaming – your perfect voyage to South America or Cuba is waiting.

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5 Culinary Experiences Not to Miss in South America

Whether watching gauchos in Buenos Aires preparing an elaborate and savory asado, sampling the local wines near Montevideo or enjoying Peru’s most revered dish in Salaverry – mouthwatering and fresh ceviche – South American cuisine is as diverse as its people. This continent’s dishes are a delight for your senses.