The Panama Canal has long been recognized as one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. More than a century ago, the 50-mile-long passage created the ultimate shortcut for ships – eliminating the perilous journey around the southern tip of South America and changing international trade forever. Here are a few lesser known facts about the Panama Canal.
For Liana Forest, Oceania Cruises has become a home away from home as she plays the piano and sails throughout the world aboard our ships. Today, she shares with us her musical past, her love for Oceania Cruises and more.
By Dr.Ken Beattie
My recent journey aboard Oceania Cruises’ Insignia was a spectacular exploration of Asia. Cherry blossom season held on just long enough for us to enjoy the fluffy pink clouds and rosy carpets at our feet. As ancient as many parts of this region are, the cities are remarkably modern and sophisticated. Shanghai towers with beautiful new architectural wonders, yet is also punctuated with colonial and regional designs. Our stay straddled a weekend and public holiday so locals were out and about in the many green spaces in the city.
By Sandy Cares
If you’ve joined me on board for my lectures, you know how much I love all things Caribbean – the history, the culture, the art, the landscapes – and of course, the weather. Last month, I shared some of my top tropical trivia questions. Get inspired to plan your next voyage to the sunny Caribbean with this second round of island trivia questions. I hope to see you on board this fall! Scroll below the photo slideshow for the answers.
- Which Caribbean island is the birthplace of the man on the U.S. $10 bill?
- Which Caribbean island is the birthplace of an Empress?
- Which Caribbean nation has a staircase fit for a queen?
- Which Caribbean island is famous for “fence surfing?”
- Which Caribbean island served as “Area Hotel” for two U.S. astronauts?
- Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, was born in Nevis in 1757.
- Josephine Bonaparte was born in Martinique in 1763.
- The Queen’s Staircase in Nassau, Bahamas honors Queen Victoria’s reign.
- This dubious “sport” is a highlight of Maarten beachgoers who cling onto a chain-link fence as jumbo jets land close enough to blast them right off their feet!
- Grand Turk played host to John Glenn when the Mercury “Friendship 7” space capsule splashed down in February of 1962. Scott Carpenter splashed down later that year.
For more fun trivia and insight on the islands, join me in the sunny Caribbean soon:
As a fellow traveler and world explorer, have you ever experienced another country’s independence day celebrations? From spectacular fireworks in Ghana to commemorative traditions in Peru, a country’s day of independence is always a festive holiday full of pride. In honor of the United States’ upcoming Independence Day, we took a quick look at other countries’ days of freedom around the globe and how they honor it.