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!

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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!


Introducing Our New 2020 Around the World Voyage


We are thrilled to share our newest 180-day Around the World journey, which explores 95 ports on four continents across 27 time zones for voyage truly unlike any other. Departing Miami on January 8, 2020, this journey aboard Insignia features our most expansive focus ever on Japan with nine intriguing ports of call, and for the first time ever on an Oceania Cruises global journey, circumnavigates South America and explores the breadth of Alaska from the Aleutian Islands to the Inside Passage. The complete itinerary is available for viewing online now and reservations open on March 7, 2018.

The World Less Traveled
Though visiting an impressive 95 destinations in 38 countries with an indulgent 17 overnight port visits, Insignia’s ambitious odyssey is much more than the sum of its celebrated ports. On this incredible journey, you’ll transit the newly-expanded Panama Canal from Miami to San Francisco while exploring picturesque ports in Central America, Mexico and Baja California and then circle South America from the cloud-kissed ruins of Machu Picchu to the samba beat of Rio de Janeiro, calling on a wide array of iconic and boutique ports throughout Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Next, Insignia makes a transatlantic journey to South Africa as you discover off-the-beaten-path ports in Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ghana, along with Africa’s magnificent wildlife. Your exploration continues along the dramatic landscapes and world-class cities throughout Asia including visits to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and China as well as numerous alluring destinations in Japan. You’ll then have the chance to explore rugged Alaska and the Aleutian Islands before this grand odyssey culminates with a Panama Canal transit, inviting you to explore the best of The Americas.

More Options for Unforgettable World Journeys
Although our 180-day voyage from Miami to San Francisco on January 8, 2020 is our centerpiece journey, we have created several flexible options. Choose from five other curated itinerary options, embarking in either Miami or San Francisco and ranging up to 200 unforgettable days.

2020 Around the World Voyage Highlights

• Continents visited: 4
• Countries visited: 38
• Time zones crossed: 27
• Islands visited: 24
• Ports visited: 95
• UNESCO World Heritage sites accessible: 67
• Overnight stays (including two-night stays): 17
• Nautical miles sailed: 44,090
• Oceans cruised: 3
• Seas cruised: 18
• Number of times equator crossed: 4
• International Date Line crossed: 1
• Largest population: Tokyo, Japan
• Smallest population: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
• New ports: 6 | Aomori, Japan; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Hakodate, Japan; Oarai, Japan; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia and Santa Barbara, California.

Take a deeper look at this voyage now and start planning the journey of your lifetime!


Quilting Around the World 2018

Every year on board Insignia’s Around the World voyage, our guests join in the tradition of putting together a quilt as a memento of their journey. Last year’s quilting experience was so popular, our guests ended up making two quilts instead of one – and this year’s quilt is off to an excellent start. Guests have already begun selecting different destinations and ship themes and creating quilt blocks with the guidance of Anna Smith, ATW Quilt Coordinator and Tricia Blake, ATW Hostess.


The quilt block themes, which feature a colorful range of destinations from the 2018 Around the World itinerary as well as life on board, have created such a thrill that many more guests are now planning to shop for more fabric and embellishments during the rest of the world voyage. In addition to the large quilt designed during this year’s voyage, a unique photo-transfer project was kicked off and embraced by many of our Around the World cruisers. Large take-home maps with embroidery and beads that highlight every stop on the 2018 Around the World cruise will be created as unique mementos of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage that forges so many memories and friendships.


In fact, guests from previous Around the World voyages will be joining this cruise later to contribute their quilting expertise and creativity, adding a sense of continuity to this cherished project. Near the end of this cruise, raffle tickets will be sold to Around the World guests, and the coveted quilt will find a home with a fortunate winner. The money raised will go to the Insignia Crew Fund, another wonderful reason why guests love this exciting and creative project so much.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months, plus details on our all-new 2020 Around the World journey, opening for reservations in March!

Anna Smith is a resident of Kamloops, BC and is the ATW Quilt Coordinator aboard Insignia. Her husband, David Smith, is a frequent travel photography guest lecturer. They have visited over 135 countries on six continents. For more details, visit Anna and David’s website here.


Oceania Cruises: 3 Insider Ship Tips, Part 3

By Guest Lecturer Sandy Cares

Last year, I began sharing a few of my favorite tips for sailing with Oceania Cruises. From the flip-top lids on the lovely Bulgari amenities to the simple way to keep your table from being cleared at Terrace Café, you learn more each time you’re on board. As a frequent guest lecturer on board, I’ve picked up lots of helpful tips along the way, so I wanted to share a few more that I’ve found especially helpful.

  1. You can attach Currents, the daily shipboard newsletter, to your wall with refrigerator magnets because the walls are metal. If you didn’t happen to bring any magnets, you’ll find no end to them at any of the ports along the way. Or just pop into the boutique on board and pick up a couple of Oceania Cruises magnets. By the way, these Oceania Cruises magnets make absolutely great and inexpensive little giveaways to your tour guides and other locals you meet along the way!

  2. That clock on your nightstand is sheer genius. Did you realize all you have to do is lift it at night and it lights up so you can see the time? Put it back down and the room is dark again.

  3. My last tip is on packing to leave the ship. Be sure to leave something out of your suitcase to wear on disembarkation day. Be mindful and set an outfit aside for yourself before rolling your suitcase into the corridor. Stories abound on this subject. A guest once admitted to me that he mistakenly packed his wife’s set-aside outfit while she was asleep and he had to climb mountains of suitcases in the middle of the night to retrieve it before she woke up. It’s also easy to avoid getting locked out of your room when moving luggage into the hallway. Simply remember to “lock” the deadbolt and the door will prop open until you are finished moving all of your luggage out.

Happy cruising!


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?

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.

4. The moment we learned this fun fact: not everyone knows how much whales like a good sauvignon blanc.

5. Watching brown bears in Sitka. Despite their imposing appearance, the bears were delightfully playful in their antics, almost juvenile.

We had such a great time, we’re already planning where our next family vacation on Oceania Cruises will take us!