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Paradise Found: The Allure of the South Pacific
 

When you sail to far reaches of the shimmering South Pacific aboard our ships, you leave the routines of everyday life behind for adventures that elevate your travels to a whole new level. Dreamy atolls, blue lagoons, remote villages and virgin rainforests only begin to scratch the surface of the gems in the South Pacific.

Experience the paradise of the region firsthand and enjoy up-close encounters with Polynesian culture and cuisine. Revel in having Tahiti’s soaring volcanic cliffs, the sapphire seas of Moorea and the pearlescent sands of Fiji’s flawless beaches in your backyard. Uncover the lasting legacies of author Herman Melville and painter Paul Gauguin, who were so inspired by the stunning South Pacific islands. Travel further back in time at an ancient temple on Tahiti for a glimpse of sacred Polynesian traditions. On the list of seasoned travelers everywhere, our explorations of the South Pacific reveal paradise landscapes, ancestral traditions and unique insight into the local life. Here’s a brief look at what you’ll find in a few of our top South Pacific destinations.

QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC
Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia
Known as one of the most romantic islands in the world, Tahiti invites you to fall in love with island time as the tropical breeze over the sea carries the scent of fragrant hibiscus flowers. In the heart of the South Pacific, admire the surrounding lagoon and mountain peaks during a catamaran cruise, or take a stroll through the waterfront Jardins de Paofai. At Venus Point, walk the exact location where Captain James Cook once recorded the passage of Venus to calculate the distance between the sun and Earth. During a off-road journey, explore an uncommon side of Tahiti deep in Papenoo Valley, which brims with waterfalls and verdant flora. Crown your experience by heading to the beach for the sunset.

OCEANIA PARADISE
Suva, Fiji
Set on a hilly peninsula at the southeastern end of Viti Levu, Suva is the thriving multicultural and cosmopolitan capital of Fiji. Here you can enjoy everything from boutique shops and upscale restaurants to island adventures and cultural explorations. Spend the afternoon at an aromatic spice farm and gardens full of medicinal plants and then learn the secrets of native Fijian cooking. Take a longboat cruise along the Navua River, admiring mountain ranges and the surrounding tropical rainforest replete with exotic birds, dramatic gorges and cascading waterfalls. Meanwhile the Arts Village of Fiji offers an immersion into the evolution of the island’s fascinating ethnic history and art, including a performance by Fijian firewalkers.


THE MAGICAL ISLAND
Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea is home to the often-overlooked bright blue lagoon and volcanically formed island that inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Take in splendid views during a hike along the Sister Island’s three coconut trails or swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in a natural lagoon. Perhaps take a dip in the clear lagoon of Moorea with beautiful views of the island’s sharp mountain peaks, lush valleys and picturesque coastal shoreline. Then relax on a paradise beach and enjoy the warm tropical waters of French Polynesia.

Wanderlust sparked? Explore our top South Pacific voyages now.

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The Suite Life: Top 10 Butler Services
 

Once you’re settled in your suite, what can your Butler do to enhance your voyage? We’re so glad you asked. Trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, our Butlers are true professionals with the ability to meticulously attend to every detail – and even often anticipate your wishes before you realize them yourself, so the options are endless. Below are our Butlers’ top suggestions on ways they can make your voyage even more relaxing and memorable.

  1. Bring you coffee and pastries from Baristas in the morning or afternoon so you can relax in the privacy of your suite.
  2. Make your specialty dining reservations for you.
  3. Arrange shoreside dining, entertainment and transportation perfectly tailored to your preferences.
  4. Plan an in-suite cocktail party for you and your family or friends.
  5. Make arrangements or decorate for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
  6. Assist with laundry, dry cleaning and pressing requests.
  7. Provide advice on destination experiences or offerings and services on board.
  8. Arrange for course-by-course in-suite dining on your veranda or in your sitting area.
  9. Book your onboard spa appointments at the Canyon Ranch Spa.
  10. Draw a relaxing bath for you after an adventurous excursion ashore.

What’s your favorite butler service? Share it with us below or on Facebook!

 

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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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2018 Reunion Cruise: Celebrating 15 Years at Sea with our Well-Traveled Guests

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!

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Top 5 Reasons to Join our 15th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise

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!