By: Thierry Tholon, General Manager
I can’t help but feel nostalgic when Oceania Cruises debuts a new season of itineraries – it always makes me look back on all of my wonderful travel experiences and reflect on the incredible memories. Now that I’ve been with Oceania Cruises for more than a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of sailing aboard all of our ships and all around the world. I’m excited about so many of the voyages in our new Tropics & Exotics Collection – faraway journeys to Asia; around the continent I call home, Australia; up the east coast of Africa and across the Indian Ocean… truly once-in-a-lifetime voyages. There are also lots of great Caribbean escapes and adventures in South America. I have to confess, though, that the region that always catches my eye first is definitely the South Pacific.
with Chief Purser Maiana Tunoa
Hibiscus-laden islands, infinite shades of blue, overwater
bungalows and sultry breezes – French Polynesia is quite possibly the most beautiful place on the planet and has inspired incredible tales of exploration throughout the ages. So how do you even begin to plan for your voyage to this Garden of Eden? You ask a local, of course.
We caught up with French Polynesian native and Oceania Cruises’ Chief Purser Maiana Tunoa to get the inside story on what to eat, some secret spots only locals know about, and a few top Tahitian phrases. Read on for the best of Moorea and Tahiti.
President & CEO Bob Binder
With our Around the World 2019 journey opening for reservations today, I’ve been reflecting on my own world cruise experiences. It was 20 years ago that I first journeyed on an around the world cruise, a westbound route just like Insignia’s magnificent new route.
We’ve recently unveiled a collection of more than 30 new exciting itineraries for the Winter 2017-18 season aboard Regatta, Marina, Riviera, and Sirena.
Dan Ostler, one of our thought-provoking guest lecturers, is a passionate traveler that takes joy in the many fascinations of the natural world. He devoted his lifelong career to research and design in diagnostic radiology techniques and laser surgery, and now enjoys indulging his spirit for adventure as he explores the world and shares his knowledge as a travel enrichment lecturer. He was recently aboard one of Marina’s journeys in the South Pacific and shared his underwater experiences below.