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Guest Post: Our Top 5 Alaska Cruise Moments

By Oceania Cruises Guests Leslie & Peter Rubacky

Weeks later, we’re still reminiscing about our incredible cruise to Alaska. It was 10 blissful days of the great Alaskan outdoors, amazing food and wine, and tons of good old-fashioned family fun – deck games, board games, trivia – did we mention the great wine and lots of laughs? Here are a few of our favorite moments.

1. Our floatplane excursion to Misty Fjords from Ketchikan – it was most definitely equal parts adrenaline and awe.
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2. Shuffleboard paired with a good rosé and Alaskan skies – how can you go wrong?
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3. Experiencing Sawyer Glacier. We got up close and personal with the glaciers, which you can only do on a smaller ship like Oceania Cruises.
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4. The moment we learned this fun fact: not everyone knows how much whales like a good sauvignon blanc.
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5. Watching brown bears in Sitka. Despite their imposing appearance, the bears were delightfully playful in their antics, almost juvenile.
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We had such a great time, we’re already planning where our next family vacation on Oceania Cruises will take us!

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Inside An Artist’s Cruising Journal

By Dorothy Simpson Krause

Dot KrauseOn Riveria, Marina and Insignia, I’ve traveled to the far corners of the globe as I inspire and help guests in Artist Loft to create meaningful work – I’ve sailed everywhere from Denmark, Latvia and Norway to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and French Polynesia to Oman, Egypt and Israel to Aruba, Curacao and Grenada. What journeys I’ve had.

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I’ve been an artist-in-residence on Oceania Cruises since 2012, and for these past several years I have also been keeping an on-going journal that chronicles and captures the places I visit during the voyage. From the beginning, I hoped that the journal wouldn’t be completed on a single cruise but would span a number of voyages.

For me, this journal is the perfect way to pay homage to the places I’ve been because it allows me freedom in what I include and the elements or details that are meaningful and memorable to me. I mostly collage the journal pages with interesting images or ephemera that I find on the voyages. The inside front cover incorporates an image of Riviera which was cut from an Oceania Cruises brochure. Other pages also use Oceania Cruises images combined or contrasted with found objects and images from other sources. They’re designed to capture the spirit of the place without being location specific. To provide continuity, the pages have been given the effect of age with pigment and watercolor using stencils and rubber stamps in brown and sepia.

Journal inside 4In order to be able to add to the journal, instead of working in a bound book I folded sheets of cream-colored paper into 5.5” x 6.5”-sized pages and placed them into a rectangular piece of pigskin cut from an outdated jacket. Designed to wrap around the pages with considerable overlap, the leather allows the journal to expand over time. It was painted with layers of acrylic paint and rubbed with gold metallic pigment to give it a patina. A Riviera 2012 commemorative pin was affixed to the wrapped cover to hold an elastic band in place and provide both a closure and a focal point.

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When my journal, entitled “Oceania” is complete, I’ll sew the loose pages into the spine of the cover to hold it all together. Currently I’ve completed 67 pages, and I look forward to adding many more to come as I meet more of you on board!

About Artist-in-Residence Dorothy Simpson Krause
Dorothy Simpson Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and is in the collections of more than two dozen museums. Dot is a Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she taught for 35 years, and has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as at many other celebrated institutions. She is the author of Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books, and co-author of Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials. You can see her work at www.DotKrause.com and www.facebook.com/DotKrause.

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Oceania Cruises: 3 Insider Ship Tips, Part 2

By Guest Lecturer Sandy Cares

Several weeks ago, I shared a few of my top tips for when you sail with Oceania Cruises. Since they were so popular, I wanted to share a few more that fellow cruisers told me were helpful. Whether you are about to go on your first voyage with Oceania Cruises or your 20th, here are a few secrets to help you enjoy it even more.

1. There’s a simple way to keep your table from being cleared at Terrace Café and Waves Grill if you get up for dessert or another dish. I just love eating in the Terrace Café and Waves Grill. Sometimes I get carried away chatting with folks between the fruit selection and choice of breakfast potatoes and take a little too long, and the super-efficient wait staff clears my table. The simple solution? I started leaving my napkin over the armrest on the chair. This signals to the wait staff that you will be back.

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2. Stay current with Currents. I know, I know. You return to your room at midnight and you just want to crawl into your oh-so comfy bed. But hold on – before you put all of the papers on your bed aside, be sure to keep your latest copy of Currents handy.

This is the ship’s daily newsletter and is your key to the next day’s events and activities on board as well as the scheduled docking time, sail away time and destination highlights. This newsletter also has the all-important local port agent details should you ever need them while ashore. Glance through and highlight everything you absolutely want to do the next day or else you will be wondering how another day slipped away and you missed out on the ballroom lesson, the table tennis tournament, and Sandy’s enrichment lecture! One guest even shared that she takes a photo of Currents with her smartphone so she doesn’t have to carry the actual paper with her.

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3. Guest lectures are re-broadcast on the television in your stateroom. Sometimes people say they are sorry they missed my lectures and I always reassure them, “You’re not off the hook.” That’s because my lectures, and all guest lectures, are re-broadcast on a designated TV channel in your stateroom in case you can’t attend them. Another way you can watch the lectures is in the gym on any of the cardio machines – why not give your mind a workout too?

Do you have a great insider tip for us? Share it with us on Facebook, and stay tuned for even more insider ship tips next month!

 

 

 

 

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La Cuisine Bourgeoise: New Elegant Food & Wine Pairing Experience

A creamy Soufflé de Homard Plaza Athénée with lobster and cheese served from atop a gleaming silver tray – that’s happiness on a plate that harkens back to the halcyon days of the Hôtel Plaza Athenee in Paris. Pair it with an exquisite Louis Latour Meursault Chardonnay and you have just one of seven perfectly delectable courses in our latest epicurean masterpiece, La Cuisine Bourgeoise, by Jacques Pépin at La Reserve by Wine Spectator.

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Artist-in-Residence Frank Hyder & The Janis Project

What happens when you combine art and travel? You get the worldwide, mobile and inflatable sculpture installation of a talented Miami-based artist, and one of Oceania Cruises’ artists-in-residence, Frank Hyder. Frank’s inflatable sculptures, conceived in 2008 for a group show named “Giants in the City,” found its origins in street and parade art. Janis, the giant two-faced painted head, is about 10 feet tall and is currently sailing aboard Marina with Frank. He first launched the installation aboard Nautica in 2015. This summer, he has been working on an array of colorful watercolors of Janis as the inflatable sculpture travels with him.