By James Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
As one of the original 19 team members who founded Oceania Cruises in 2003, I am now thrilled to be celebrating 15 years at sea on our Oceania Club Reunion Cruise. I’ve been cruising New England on board Insignia with some of our most frequent guests, and it has been such a pleasure to hear the stories of their experiences with us over the years. One guest on board spent six months sailing around the world on her very first cruise with us, and she has come back to sail with us for more than 400 days since. Another guest, Sukey Rosenbaum, has sailed with us so many days – 931 to be exact – that she inspired the creation of our new President’s Circle level of Oceania Club.
One of my favorite experiences on each Reunion Cruise is joining guests on exclusive shore excursions created just for this special voyage. On this cruise I had the opportunity to explore Boston with Ms. Rosenbaum and several other guests. It was quite moving to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers along the Freedom Trail. Around every corner we discovered another site of a momentous event in America’s history, painstakingly preserved amidst the skyscrapers of a modern cosmopolitan city as a precious reminder of how this nation came to be: the Old South Meeting House where thousands of colonists gathered to protest the tea tax and launch the Boston Tea Party, the Old North Church where two lanterns signaled the British were coming by sea, the family home of patriot Paul Revere. Our guide had led visitors along this path for over 20 years, and his insights truly brought the history to life.
Traveling the world with family and friends is one of my greatest joys, and as I think of the sacrifices made by those early settlers in Boston, I cherish even more deeply the freedom to do so. What a fitting celebration of Oceania Cruises’ 15 years at sea!
By Senior Oceania Club Manager Neli Arias
With spring just around the corner, summer travel is on everyone’s minds and our next Oceania Club Reunion Cruise is on mine. We’ve planned some exciting festivities for this year’s Reunion Cruise and I’m so looking forward to exploring the coastal villages of New England along with the tropical beauty of Bermuda with our guests.
If you’ve been thinking about joining us on our next Reunion Cruise, we have 5 excellent reasons why you should. Happy sailing and continue reading below for the details on our 2018 Reunion Cruise!
Cottages, Coves & Coasts | 10 DaysInsignia | July 15, 2018 | New York to New York
1. It’s an unforgettable 10-day celebration of old friendships, new memories and enriching travel experiences.
2. Convenient embarkation and disembarkation in New York City. Enjoy the perfect getaway with the added simplicity of departing from Manhattan.
3. Special cocktail receptions, members-only dinners and commemorative gifts. You’ll have the chance to mix and mingle with other travelers that feel at home on board just like you.
4. UNESCO-protected St. George. A picturesque 400-year-old town, horse-drawn carriage rides, fish chowder to die for, cobblestone streets with names like Petticoat Lane and world-famous golf courses – need we say more?
5. Exclusive shore excursions. Each year we craft special shore excursions just for the Oceania Club members on our Reunion Cruise – these bring you unique travel experiences and insider glimpses of the local culture that would otherwise not be offered. This year, join us as we enjoy Beneath the Breakers in Newport; Freedom Trail & Paul Revere’s House in Boston; and our Maine Lobster Experience in Bar Harbor.
I hope to see you aboard Insignia this July!
By Oceania Club Manager Neli Arias
Having just returned last week from our 14th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise in the Mediterranean, I’ve been reflecting on what a special voyage it was. I had the pleasure of co-hosting the sailing with our Senior Vice President, Nikki F. Upshaw and we both had a fantastic time meeting so many guests and enjoying explorations in this spectacular part of the world. From celebratory dinners at Toscana and La Reserve by Wine Spectator to cliff-side cafes in Santorini and floating in the Dead Sea, what I know will stay with me in the months to come is the feeling of camaraderie and friendship that you felt everywhere on this voyage.
Whether it’s cruising down a Panamanian river by canoe or picnicking in the gardens of Versailles, Nikki F. Upshaw has a passion for exploring the four corners of the globe. As Senior Vice President of Oceania Cruises, she is often on the road for work, but some of her most memorable travel experiences are when she has a chance to share the adventures with her three children: Alexandra, 19; Connor, 16; and Keira, 9. This year, Nikki is thrilled to be hosting the 14th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise, an alluring Greek Isles exploration with two overnights in Jerusalem. We sat down with her to find out what she’s looking forward to most on the Reunion Cruise, some of her most favorite travel memories, top culinary destinations and more.
Executive Vice President James Rodriguez shares stories from the Oceania Club Reunion Cruise, sailing from Rome to Lisbon on board Marina.
The Oceania Club Reunion Cruise is one of my favorite events of the year because it gives me the chance to see past guests with whom I’ve sailed before, and so many have become dear friends. I also enjoy meeting new Oceania Club members for the first time, hearing all the stories of their cruise, and having the opportunity to thank them for their loyalty. Our guests have always been my favorite part of cruising, and the Oceania Club Reunion Cruise is all about celebrating our guests.