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Top 5 Bermuda Spots From St. George
 

There are two reasons you’ll want to be on deck when you sail into St. George, Bermuda. First, it allows you to fully appreciate the intimate size of your Oceania Cruises ship, as the entrance to the port traverses a remarkably narrow inlet to access the harbor. Second, it’s gorgeous. The extensive coral reefs in surrounding waters create varying depths that manifest in every shade of blue you can imagine, and the rocky coastline rises to a lush green landscape of gentle hills speckled with pastel houses.

Needless to say, you’ll be eager to disembark and explore this paradise of more than 100 islands. You might tour St. George in a horse-drawn carriage or perhaps hop on a motorbike and jet off to the Royal Naval Dockyard to discover Bermuda’s rich maritime history. In the capital of Hamilton, you could rent one of the electric mini-cars that have recently become available here, offering a fun way to explore the islands on four (tiny) wheels. That said, if you simply feel like a stroll, you can enjoy a delightful day by letting your own two feet transport you to any – or all – of the places below.

The Town of St. George: Just steps from the pier, you’ll find the quaint and colorful town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its well-preserved colonial architecture and fortifications. An enthusiastic man in colonial dress welcomes you to the pretty Town Hall, which sits on King’s Square along with a replica of a pillory that can provide a fun photo op. Continue through town to shop the tax-free boutiques.

Unfinished Church: An uphill walk of a few blocks along Government Hill Road takes you to the Unfinished Church. Begun in 1874 but never completed due to storm damage and parishioner disagreements, the Gothic structure is quite lovely, and you might even glimpse a local wedding while you’re there.

Tobacco Bay Beach: Over the hill past the Unfinished Church on the north side of St. George’s Island, you’ll find Tobacco Bay Beach. Shallow turquoise waters and a protective reef along the bay make it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Afterward, grab a rum punch at the café and relax on the soft sands.

Achilles Bay Beach: Continue along the coast from Tobacco Bay Beach and you’ll soon reach Achilles Bay Beach. This secluded stretch of sand might be nearly deserted, and if you linger until sunset, you can take in fantastic views from the terrace of the adjacent restaurant.

Fort Saint Catherine: If the military history of Bermuda intrigues you, check out Fort Saint Catherine across from Achilles Bay Beach. The impressive fort houses a museum and – as you would expect of a fort – offers panoramic views of the sea.

Join us in Bermuda in 2019!

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Top 10 Re-Inspiration Design Highlights
 

Small details and designer choices are giving way to an even more luxurious ambiance and elevated cruise experience on board our four re-inspired Regatta-Class ships. Get a closer look at the enhancements coming soon to Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena.

1. A sparkling new Grand Staircase: The Reception Hall and Upper Hall will set the re-inspired tone with a new Grand Staircase framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents while overhead, a luminous and grand chandelier sets the space aglow.

2. Designer residential furnishings and fabrics in public spaces: Furnishings from Baker and Donghia, along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet, will dramatically enhance the public rooms and be set upon custom-milled carpets and illuminated by glowing crystal chandeliers above.

3. An even grander Grand Dining Room: Bejeweled new chandeliers will adorn The Grand Dining Room along with buttery soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading.

4. A new personality and palette for Martinis: Our beloved bar will feature a fresh new palette of deep Grecian blue, sienna and chocolate browns and stately pewter, while silver-white marble and tobacco quartz will accent the bar. The trademark walnut paneling will add luster and whispers of familiarity.

5. A light, brighter & more spacious Horizons: This favorite space for quiet mornings, Afternoon Tea, and evening entertainment and drinks will now be even more alluring as the room is opened up to offer beautiful unobstructed 270-degree views.

6. Sleekly redefined staterooms: Each and every stateroom will feature custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes. Supple upholstered headboards, designer draperies and chic lighting plus all new storage spaces – new closets, dressers and vanities – will make them even more spacious and attractive than before.

7. Deluxe Concierge Level upgrades: Ultra Tranquilty Beds and re-inspired verandas with stylish new furniture will elevate Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms even further.

8. Floor-to-ceiling bathroom transformations: Every fixture and surface will be new with beautiful vanities, sleek glass enclosures and perfect lighting in each and every suite and stateroom bathroom.

9. Luxury finishes in Suite bathrooms: Fine Carrara marble, polished granite and sleek onyx will also bejewel the spacious bathrooms in Penthouse, Vista & Owner’s Suites.

10. Lavish new suites: Owner’s, Vista and Penthouse Suites will be adorned in designer fabrics and furnishings echoing the serene seas and expansive skies, becoming calming and tranquil oases of quietude and relaxation.

Stay tuned for more details on our exciting Re-Inspiration coming soon!

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Unveiling the Re-Inspiration of Classic Elegance
 

We’re thrilled to share this exciting news with you – beginning this December, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena will begin the transformative process of becoming four new ships in a dramatic re-inspiration without peer. Each ship will glow with a new sheen as crisp and polished as a flawless diamond. Tuscan marble, engaging works of art and designer residential furniture will adorn the re-inspired spaces. The iconic Library will be just as plush and hushed as you remember it, and magnificent views will fill Horizons as never before.

The Next Chapter for Our Iconic Regatta-Class Ships
Unveiling a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements so transformational they are inspirational, our Re-Inspiration will elevate virtually every facet of the Oceania Cruises experience. Every surface of every suite and stateroom will be entirely new, while in the public spaces, a refreshed color palette of soft sea and sky tones will surround a tasteful renewal of fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures that exquisitely encompasses our inimitable style and comfort. From the bejeweled new chandeliers in the gracious Grand Dining Room and beckoning Reception Hall to the sleek and calming Canyon Ranch Spa, each ship will celebrate a rejuvenation so sweeping, you will find it positively unimaginable to resist their welcoming embrace.

The Design Team Behind Our Re-Inspiration
The design team at Miami-based Studio DADO is a set of innately curious world travelers that have a passion for blending cultural, historical and natural elements into their designs. They believe that artful and thoughtful design results in comfort, celebration and unexpected delight. As our guests, you are at the epicenter of their thought process and they are just as obsessed with the small details as they are with creating memorable and timeless spaces, which you’ll see brought to life in every corner of our ships.

Better Than New
A twinkle of elegance and comfortable sophistication will refine our dining venues, creating worthy stages
for The Finest Cuisine at Sea. Imagine sipping an aperitif in the restyled Grand Bar and then sinking into buttery-soft dining chairs in The Grand Dining Room, where a renewed sense of grandeur radiates from the glistening chandelier and plush carpets.

Suites & Staterooms Renewed
Lighter, brighter and even more spacious, every suite and stateroom on board will positively glow from a
wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling re-inspiration. Custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood
finishes, designer accessories and an air of elegance and sophistication will be the hallmarks of our
completely transformed guest accommodations. Every square inch will be new, enhanced by nuanced
shades of the sea and sky, creating a harmonious celebration of style and comfort.

In a new world of luminous and luxurious design, rest assured that one aspect will remain constant
and unchanged: our trademark warm and personalized service. Whether you are sailing for the first time or the fiftieth, you’ll note the ease with which the staff remembers your name and your preferences along with the genuine smiles and enthusiasm that can only come from the heart.

Re-Inspiration Sailing Debut
Whatever it is that inspires your passion for travel, we look forward to welcoming you aboard the newly re-designed and re-inspired Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena soon.

INSIGNIA: Cuba CollageMiami to Miami | 10 days | Dec 7, 2018

SIRENA: Medieval MediterraneanBarcelona to Venice | 10 days | May 19, 2019

REGATTA: Colorful CaribbeanSeattle to Miami | 20 days | Sep 24, 2019

NAUTICA
COMING JUNE 2020

Stay tuned for our top 10 Re-Inspiration design highlights – coming later this week!

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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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New Innovative Gourmet Menus at The Grand Dining Room

Grand Dining Room

While The Grand Dining Room has become known for its exquisite European-inspired culinary creations, we’re thrilled to unveil a sweeping re-inspiration of our dinner menus, which now offer you the ultimate fine dining experience at sea. The menus feature an incredible spectrum of world flavors as well as an all-new Executive Chef’s Food & Wine Pairing, available every evening and featuring the chef’s selection of exquisite dishes specifically curated for their complementary and contrasting flavors. Another highlight of the menus is the new “Global Cuisine” tasting menu each evening – these are bolder and more adventurous ethnic dishes – perfect for the traveler with a spirit for spice.

The Ultimate in Dining Choice, Flexibility, and Customization at Sea
Each evening in the Grand Dining Room, you will be treated to more than two dozen dishes to choose from – six appetizers, three soups, four salads, nine main courses, and nine side dishes. Every menu incorporates our acclaimed and imaginative vegetarian dishes along with our Canyon Ranch Balanced Selections that follow their mantra for indulgent, yet healthy living. All in all, the menus offer you more than 800 dishes.

Hundreds of New Dishes Accompany Time-Honored Favorites
Whether you are sailing for the first time with Oceania Cruises or the 50th, you will delight at the diversity of selections with fresh and bold flavors, in addition to classic dishes that have been favorites ashore and at sea, for years or decades. Scintillating new additions such as herb-crusted cornish hen diavolo, Palermo-style grilled swordfish, smoked ricotta risotto, and Paul Bocuse’s Alaskan halibut Viennoise, accompany time-honored favorites such as Jacques Pepin’s quartet of beef bourguignon, salmon supreme, steak frites and herb-crusted rotisserie chicken. Other classics being reprised include involtini di melanzane alla parmigiana, traditional coq au vin, golden-friend wiener schnitzel, and dover sole meuniere.

Perfect Pairings for a Perfect Evening
Of course, if you’re looking for a more adventurous dining experience, a special evening, or just something with a healthy bend, you will want to experience one of our three new tasting menus. Reflecting our globe-trotting adventures, the new menus feature a Global Cuisine tasting every evening that focuses on a particular region, specific country, or particular cooking style – Asia, France, Cuba, India, United States, Spain, Thailand, Morocco, Polynesian, Greek, South America and Japan. If you’re seeking a healthy-living choice, Balanced Selection offers four courses of mouth-watering lighter options. The Food & Wine Pairing menu invites you to try four courses selected by our master chefs, each expertly paired with a different wine selected by our head sommelier, presenting a perfectly-paired gourmet tasting menu each evening.

These new menus are currently available onboard Riviera and will be introduced aboard Sirena in May, Insignia in June, Nautica and Marina in July, and Regatta in August. We look forward to welcoming you to The Grand Dining Room for a gourmet dining experience to remember!