Oceania Cruises announced its 2014-2015 Winter Collection, the largest winter
launch in the company’s history. As Blogger-at-Large for Oceania Cruises, this is
one of my favorite times of year as the future becomes full of new opportunities
to see the world! And on Insignia’s Around the World in 180 Days voyage, you
can, quite literally, sail around the entire world.

new ports in Asia, Africa and the Americas, Oceania Cruises’ five ships—Riviera,
, Nautica, Insignia and Regatta—will visit
five continents. The launch features a record-breaking 86 voyages, 44 of which
are new itineraries, plus 19 all-new Grand Voyages ranging from 24 to 71 days
and 15 Around the World itinerary combinations as part of Insignia’s epic Around the World
in 180 Days

always, luxury meets value with Oceania Cruises, and all 2014-2015 Winter
Collection voyages feature two-for-one cruise fares and free airfare. Guests who book a veranda or higher
category by December 31, 2013, will enjoy the added value of free pre-paid gratuities,
free unlimited Internet and early booking savings of up to $5,000.

Riviera in the Caribbean 

Riviera offers 12 itineraries exploring the lovely islands of the
Caribbean. Relax on one of my favorite beaches, Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, or
take a shore excursion from Tortola to Virgin Gorda and the famous Baths during
the new 10-day cruise, Heart of the


Marina in Paradise

Marina begins the season in Rio de Janeiro with two South American
voyages before heading to the South Pacific and Australia. Quickly making it onto
my wish list for 2015 is the new 10-day cruise Picturesque Polynesia, which leisurely explores the Polynesian
islands, including an overnight in Papeete, two overnights in Bora Bora and
calls on other idyllic isles such as Moorea and Huahine.


Nautica from Africa to Asia

Nautica returns
to Africa and Asia with eight itineraries ranging from 15 to 35 days, stopping
in ports from Cape Town to Beijing and Dubai to Tokyo and featuring two new
ports in South Africa: Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth. One of the best things
about visiting Africa and Asia onboard Nautica
is the abundance of overnight stays. You’ll especially appreciate the extra
time when exploring the grand metropolises of Asia and savoring spectacular
views like the Hong Kong skyline at night.


The Panama Canal & South America on

Regatta spends the season exploring the Caribbean and South America
with several cruises through the Panama Canal. If you have never sailed across
the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, this is the perfect
opportunity to check this astounding experience off your bucket list.

Around the World with Insignia
6a0120a92e343a970b019aff73b62f970b-300wiAfter a Caribbean and an Amazon cruise, Insignia departs on Oceania Cruises’ first-ever Around
the World in 180 Days
cruise. This extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime voyage sails
round-trip from Miami and circumnavigates the globe, visiting five continents,
44 countries and 89 ports of call.

Around the World itinerary combinations, ranging from 34 to
128 days, will open for bookings with the 2014-2015 Winter Collection launch,
offering a unique array of exotic ports in the Americas, Africa, Asia,
Australia and the South Pacific.

Guests booking these combinations will receive complimentary amenities
from the Exclusive Prestige Package. Depending on the length of the voyage
reserved, amenities include a one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay, access
to exclusive shoreside events, a comprehensive visa package, laundry service,
luggage delivery, round-trip transfers, Internet service and pre-paid

All New Grand Voyages

in the unveiling of the 2014-2015 Winter Collection are 19 new Grand Voyages that
blend multiple itineraries for in-depth exploration. These voyages feature
two-for-one cruise fares and free airfare as well as Exclusive Prestige Package
amenities, depending on the length of the voyage reserved. For bookings made by
December 31, 2013, these voyages also offer free pre-paid gratuities and free
unlimited Internet for all suite and stateroom categories.

more information on the 2014-2015 Winter Collection, visit OceaniaCruises.com
or call 800-531-5658. We look forward to welcoming you
onboard one of these fantastic sailings!



Two of Oceania Cruises’ upcoming spring sailings will
feature special guests who will share fascinating insights and stories to make
your cruise even more enjoyable. There is still time to reserve a suite or
onboard one of these voyages, but availability is limited, so if
you’d like to explore the world with the benefit of some of the most trusted
experts in their fields, be sure to reserve your cruise soon!

Tom DeFrank
6a0120a92e343a970b017c36ef2504970b-200wiGuests onboard Nautica’s
April 29, 2013, Temples and the Holy
sailing will be joined by very special guest Tom DeFrank. A veteran
reporter who has been part of the White House press corps during the
administrations of eight presidents, DeFrank will weave his stories, both published
and unpublished, into a compelling, entertaining presentation that will be as
captivating as the ports featured on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

Newsweek’s White
House correspondent for more than 25 years and current Washington bureau chief
for New York Daily News, DeFrank has
been described by ABC news as “impeccably sourced,” “well-connected” and
“legendary,” and the American Journalism Review named him “one of the unsung
heroes of Washington journalism.”

With a front row seat for every major political event of the
last 40 years, DeFrank reported on the resignation of one president and the
impeachment of another, was a witness to two assassination attempts against a
third and co-authored Secretary of State James Baker’s memoirs.

DeFrank developed an extraordinary relationship with former
President Gerald Ford through a series of interviews spanning from 1991 to
shortly before Ford’s death in 2006, in which Ford talked openly in a way few
presidents ever have. In these conversations, DeFrank got an intimate look at
Ford’s insightful perspective on many of the most important events of our time.

A regular on international trips, DeFrank has been to every
port on this sailing and will have fascinating stories about his encounters
with presidents, heads of state and dignitaries specific to this region.

Wendy Perrin
6a0120a92e343a970b017c36ef25b5970b-200wiIf you have been reading The Perrin Report, Wendy Perrin’s
practical advice column in Condé Nast
, you know that flying on Tuesday, Wednesday
and Saturday means lower fares and less crowded cabins and that midday Tuesday
is the time to find the best sales on airfares. For 16 years, Perrin has been
offering advice to travelers and is considered an authority on consumer travel

Oceania Cruises guests onboard Marina’s May 6, 2013, Grand
Panama Canal
voyage will visit some of the most beautiful places on earth
while learning fascinating travel tips from this internationally acclaimed
travel expert and author.

Perrin is the author of the critically acclaimed Wendy Perrin’s Secrets Every Smart Traveler
Should Know
, and her newsletter, The Perrin Postcard, is emailed to 200,000
subscribers monthly. Her feature “The Fabulous 50,” in which she enjoys an
insider’s look at some of the rarest sights on earth, was a 2006 finalist for a
National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s most prestigious editorial

Honored with the 2005 Travel Journalist of the Year award by
the American Society of Travel Agents, Perrin frequently gives lectures and
moderates panels at conferences and Condé
Nast Traveler
events. She has also appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,”
“The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and several CNN programs.

Drawing from her vast knowledge of how best to travel as
well as her experience traversing the globe, Perrin will regale guests with
practical knowledge and lively stories about places that every travel lover
should visit.



According to ancient human fossils found in Tierra del Fuego
dating back 8,500 to 11,500 years ago, humans lived in this remote region long
before it became known as the “Land of Fire.” The name “Tierra del Fuego” was
coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 when his ships arrived
at this southernmost tip of South America. It is thought that, in the mists of
dawn, the dispersed fires and columns of smoke from the native populations
seemed to float on the water, thus giving this archipelago its name.


Regatta recently
called on Ushuaia, the capital city of the Tierra del Fuego province. Ushuaia
is the southernmost urban center in the world and the closest city to the South
Pole. In December and January, the region enjoys 17 hours of daylight. Despite
its isolation and harsh conditions during the colder months of the year, or
perhaps because of these things, there is a lot to see and do in and around
Ushuaia. During Regatta’s recent visit, guests took an
unforgettable trip on the Southern Fuegian Railway, also known as the End of
the World Train, through Tierra del Fuego National Park to Lapataia Bay.



Completely cut off from the rest of South America, Tierra
del Fuego was developed in the 19th century as a penal colony where Argentina
sent its worst criminal offenders because escape was virtually impossible. The
prisoners were expected to take care of themselves, and a railway was built to
transport wood from the forests for heating and building.


Now a tourist attraction through this remote national forest, the unique train transports
guests across rivers and peat bogs, the beautiful formations of peat moss for
which this region is known. There was a brief stop at the Macarena Waterfall
Station, where guests saw the lovely falls and also heard about Tierra del
Fuego’s indigenous people, the Yamana.


Arriving at Lapataia Bay, the group was met by a catamaran
and treated to a cruise through Beagle Channel. These waters are among the best
in the world for trout fishing, but on this day the cormorants, sea lions and
seals were the stars of the show.


The cruise visited Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is also
known as the Lighthouse at the End of the World. Put into service in 1920, it
guards the entrance to Ushuaia and is now controlled remotely.


Quite comfortable with tourists, the seals and sea lions on
Seal Island and Isla de los Lobos went about their business of napping and
playing, unaffected by the arrival of spectators.

Island of the Birds is home to cormorants and other sea
birds and a few seals and sea lions as well.




There are numerous other thrilling adventures to be had at the end of the
world for those looking to explore the majestic wilderness of South America. Marina will stop in Ushuaia on South American Holiday, which departs on
December 8, 2013, as will Regatta on
the February 3, 2014 sailing, Mystical
Andes & Majestic Fjords.






6a0120a92e343a970b017c3624d1f3970b-300wiOver 1,200 miles from the nearest inhabited island and over
2,000 miles from Tahiti and Chile, Easter Island is one of the most remote
inhabited islands in the world. On Marina’s
recent call here, guests had a beautiful sunny day to explore this mysterious
island and the centuries old relics left by a once thriving population.

The name “Easter Island” was coined by a Dutch explorer who
encountered the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. The Polynesian name, Rapa Nui,
is said to refer to its resemblance to the Island of Rapa in the Bass Islands,
but some claim that Rapa was the original name given by settlers.

Uninhabited by humans for millions of years, it is believed
that a group of seafarers, probably from the Marquesas, landed on Easter Island
in 300 AD. With very few safe places to disembark, legend has it that King Hoto
Matua landed a double-hulled canoe on Anakena Beach and founded the first


Marina’s guests
enjoyed a gorgeous day frolicking in the crystal clear blue waters at Anakena
Beach and were even visited by some wild horses, a common sight on the island.
Horses were brought here by settlers years ago and now roam the island untamed.
Some estimates put the population of wild horses as high as 10,000.


What draws the more than 50,000 visitors each year are the 887 mystical moai statues carved by the ancient
inhabitants of this island. The tallest statue is nearly 22 feet high and
weighs 82 tons, and thus a great deal of mystery surrounds the methods that
would’ve been used to construct and transport these impressive monuments, built
long before the benefit of modern machinery.6a0120a92e343a970b017c3624d9ed970b-400wi




Almost half of the moai are still at the main quarry where
the statues were carved. The quarry is filled with statues that were never
completed, including the largest moai that, if completed, would have been 71
feet tall and weighed an estimated 270 tons.

The other half of the known statues were completed and moved
across the island. No one is sure exactly how this miraculous feat was
accomplished. Legends tell of people enlisting divine powers to command the
statues to walk, while other theorists describe an intricate system using
ropes, trees and human labor.



By 1868 all of the statues on the island had been toppled.
Some accounts recall an island clan pushing a statue over, but others refer to
“earth shaking,” and it is believed that an earthquake may have been responsible
for the toppling of the statues. Today, because of preservation efforts, about
50 moai have been re-erected on their ceremonial sites.


Marina will return
to Easter Island in April 2013 on the Pacific
sailing, in December 2013 on the Pacific Paradise sailing, and in April 2014 on the Islands & Incas sailing. All three
voyages are featured in Oceania Cruises’ latest Your World Your Way brochure that is hot off the presses. If you
haven’t had a chance to visit this remarkable island, hopefully you will be
able to take advantage of one of these wonderful voyages.