Film journeys and evocative movie settings have long fueled travelers’ imaginations, often sparking the start of the next great journey. Last time, we shared a selection of inspiring and transportive travel books in anticipation of our upcoming Around the World in 180 Days voyage this January. To continue fueling your travel dreams, here’s a set of films that take you around the world with classic adventures, enchanting storylines and stunning visual imagery.
Just about everyone has experienced that moment when you’re watching a travel show or reading a magazine and you see your dream destination — the place that instantly makes you feel, “I want to go there.” One dream destination grows to two, then three, and soon you find yourself with a lengthy list of intriguing locales around the world that you want to visit. The challenge becomes determining which ones you’ll cross off your list first.
For every traveler, an around-the-world journey embodies the ultimate travel experience. The longevity and vastness of an around-the-world trip open the door to more meaningful explorations, unparalleled cultural discoveries, pursuing your passions — in essence, life-changing experiences — just not feasible on shorter trips. With Oceania Cruises’ inaugural Around the World in 180 Days voyage, you can experience just that: Your World. Your Way.®
While everyone takes the plunge for different reasons, the same bubbling anticipation takes place the weeks and months before your trip. What better way to feed your travel anticipation than to dive into books that transport you to places all around the globe you’ll soon see?
Here are a few of our favorites:
Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne: This timeless travel adventure follows Phileas Fogg and Jean Passepartout around the world by rail and by steamer after Fogg accepts a ₤20,000 bet that he can tour the world in 80 days.
Where you’ll go: London, Bombay, Hong Kong and Yokohama, among others
Full Circle: One Man’s Journey by Air, Train, Boat and Occasionally Very Sore Feet Around the 50,000 Miles of the Pacific Rim, Michael Palin: Serving as the written counterpart to the 10-part PBS series, this day-by-day recount of Palin’s fascinating journey visits 17 countries around the world’s largest ocean.
Where you’ll go: Russia; throughout Vietnam, Japan and China; Australia; New Zealand; and Tierra del Fuego, just to name a few
Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit, Joyce E. Chaplin: History buffs will especially love this immersion into the history of around-the-world travel, a tradition nearly 500 years old.
Where you’ll go: Historical global circuits of every kind, even the first via bicycle, balloon and submarine
Time Among the Maya, Ronald Wright: Wright explores the ancient roots of Mayan culture, encompassing history, anthropology, politics and religion to provide a thorough study on the enduring civilization.
Where you’ll go: Guatemala, Belize and Mexico
Brazilian Adventure, Peter Fleming: Fleming goes on a loosely planned 1932 expedition into once-unexplored areas of Brazil on a quest for missing English explorer Colonel P.H. Fawcett.
Where you’ll go: 3,000 miles of wilderness and rivers in central Brazil
The Tree Where Man Was Born, Peter Matthiessen: During trips over the course of a dozen years, Matthiessen captures vivid scenes and firsthand accounts that create a timeless portraiture of East Africa.
Where you’ll go: Maasailand,Tanzania, the Kenyan Highlands and Mt. Kilimanjaro, among others
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela: Written in large part during Mandela’s imprisonment, this powerful autobiography traces Mandela’s path to becoming president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, offering deep insight into the political and social forces that contributed to the oppression of black people in South Africa.
Where you’ll go: South Africa
An Area of Darkness, V.S. Naipaul: A classic modern travelogue, this stunningly perceptive account of Naipaul’s first travels to India tells of how he grapples with profound ancestral questions and disillusionment.
Where you’ll go: Bombay, Kashmir, Himalayan caves and Madras, among others
The Quiet American, Graham Greene: A celebrated anti-war novel written in 1955, the lyrical narrative masterfully weaves together a romantic encounter with a political parable in a charged portrayal of the conflict between the Communists and French colonial powers in Vietnam.
Where you’ll go: Saigon
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang: In this story of three generations in 20th century China, Chang blends history and memoir to portray Chinese social history during the decades preceding the Communist revolution.
Where you’ll go: Yibin and throughout the province of Sichuan, and later London
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding, Robert Hughes: In a sweeping historical account of Australia, Hughes sites diaries, letters and other original sources to meticulously explore the historical, political and sociological reasons that led to England’s infamous convict transportation system.
Where you’ll go: Norfolk Island, Moreton Bay and Tasmania; Sydney, Port Macquarie and throughout New South Wales
In the South Seas, Robert Louis Stevenson: Published in 1896, this South Pacific classic fuses the culture, traditions and history of Polynesia and Micronesia with Stevenson’s personal impressions.
Where you’ll go: Tahiti, Samoan Islands and Kiribati, to name a few
Stay tuned for part two, when we’ll take you around the world in movies. Happy reading!
The year 2013 marks Oceania
Cruises’ 10th anniversary, and we have been celebrating with a number of
signature sailings and special events. Today we look forward to our next decade
at sea with a new milestone: Around the
World in 180 Days. The first-ever around the world cruise in Oceania
Cruises history, this unprecedented, port-intensive voyage onboard the elegant Insignia sets sail from Miami on January
10, 2015, and circumnavigates the globe.
Insignia’s 180-day journey begins by visiting boutique ports
in the Caribbean and then steers south to South America and east to Africa
before heading to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Hawaii.
Via the Panama Canal, Insignia
returns to Miami on July 8, 2015. This extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime voyage
will visit five continents, 44 countries and 89 ports of call and will feature
11 overnight stays plus 4 two-night calls in Cape Town, South Africa; Yangon,
Myanmar (Burma); Singapore, Singapore; and Shanghai, China.
“As the leading specialist
in destination cruising, we wanted to create a unique port-intensive voyage
that reflects the dreams of the true explorer, rather than speed across the
seas racing to the next convenient port as is the norm in a typical 100- to
110-day world cruise,” says Oceania Cruises President Kunal S. Kamlani. “By
eliminating the 100-day time constraint, we freed ourselves to conceive a
remarkable dream voyage designed to visit the world’s most fascinating
In addition to crossing the
equator four times and sailing through all 24 time zones, the Around the
World in 180 Days cruise will traverse three oceans and 10 seas, call on 45
islands and offer the chance to visit 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of the 89 ports visited on this
extraordinary cruise, 13 are new to Oceania Cruises, including Corinto,
Nicaragua; El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela; Langkawi, Malaysia; Santa
Marta, Colombia; and Xiamen, China.
for the Around the World in 180 Days cruise open today and feature
two-for-one cruise fares, free FIRST CLASS round-trip airfare and free pre-paid
gratuities. Additionally, guests will receive free visa packages including visas for 16 countries,
unlimited Internet and laundry service, luggage delivery, round-trip transfers
and free onboard medical service, a
first for the industry. Guests will also enjoy a one-night pre-cruise
luxury hotel stay in Miami and free exclusive shoreside events in Walvis Bay,
Namibia; Myanmar; Bangkok; Beijing and Honolulu.
Early Booking Savings of up to 70 percent will be available through September 17, 2013. We
hope you will join us on this journey of a lifetime!