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!


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.


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.

Journal cover


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.

Journal page
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.


2017 Around the World Quilt: A Patchwork of Memories

By David & Anna Smith, Guest Lecturer & ATW Quilt Coordinator

With 36 guests participating during the 180-day Around the World voyage aboard Insignia this year, the colorful ATW quilts have been beautifully completed and raffled. This year, guests created more quilt blocks than expected so two quilts were created, one with 72 blocks and the other with 25 blocks. Each block represents a world port of call visited on the world voyage or life on board. About $2000 was raised in the raffle for the Around the World quilts and was donated to the Insignia crew welfare fund.