By Rama Gaind.
The simple sight of the ocean is spellbinding. It’s a magical place. Life slows down, the mind calms and smiles bloom on the high seas. Sailing, cruising… it’s easy, convenient and relaxing. They are great for families and the best part is that you wake up somewhere new (almost) every morning.
You can see several countries and cities without unpacking your suitcase!
Voyages tend to magnify all human emotions, but the excitement can’t be diminished as details emerge from Oceania Cruises’ 2024 voyage collection. This is the line’s biggest route launch to date, with over 350 trips.
The collection includes voyages to Europe, Alaska, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, South America, the South Pacific and the Caribbean, including more than 130 major voyages on seven ships and on the seven continents.
Oceania Cruises President and CEO Howard Sherman says this collection has set a whole new standard for destination innovation.
“There is a stunning mix of top destinations and exotic new locations, blended into creative travel offerings. In addition to our reputation for serving the finest cuisine at sea, Oceania Cruises is widely recognized for developing the most engaging and destination-rich itineraries in the cruise industry.
The destination compilation is quite amazing.
Asia and Africa: With more than three dozen cruises across the regions, Oceania Cruises showcases these intriguing lands in a way that has no equal. Riviera will chart its inaugural season in the region sailing from Arabia to India, passing through Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Japan. Nautica will explore the Far East while offering a delightful range of voyages showcasing South Africa, Mozambique, Mayotte and the Seychelles, and Regatta will offer a series of voyages that is a kaleidoscope of these fabulous countries. There are also many opportunities to explore singular countries or regions with deep immersions of Japan, Arabia and Indochina.
Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico: Renowned for its creative and immersive itineraries, Oceania Cruises offers an exceptionally diverse and creative roster of sailings to the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico. Itineraries include off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Bonaire, Dominica, Guadeloupe and St. Vincent, as well as the alluring marinas of Gustavia, Rodney Bay, Tortola and Port Royal, to name a few . Sailing west, travelers can immerse themselves in the legendary cultures of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. Panama beckons with its world-changing canal, the colonial charm of Colón and the glittering, cosmopolitan modernity of Panama City.
Europe 2024 will be the brand’s largest and most diverse European season to date. With six ships positioned around the continent, destinations are as diverse as Greenland and Iceland in the north and west, to the Holy Lands of Egypt and Israel in the south and east, and everywhere between the two. Each trip is a celebration of history, culture and cuisine in a myriad of fascinating destinations. From the glittering gems of the Greek islands, the Italian Riviera and the famous French Riviera to the delicious hidden gems of Norway’s fjord-fringed coast and the rugged outposts of Greenland and Iceland, these European itineraries of 2024 are a study in diversity. Insignia, Nautica, Marina and Sirena will spend most of the season exploring northern Europe and western wine regions. Riviera and Vista will call the Mediterranean home with a seemingly endless abundance of trips to Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Israel, Egypt and more.
North America: Regatta, Insignia and Nautica will offer nearly three dozen enticing explorations of Alaska, New England, Canada, Bermuda and the colonial South of the United States. Regatta will resume its ever-popular season in Alaska with a series of voyages that showcases the region in all its glory. Must-see destinations include Icy Strait Point, Kodiak, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Wrangell, Prince Rupert and Victoria. On the East Coast, Insignia and Nautica will offer sailings to Bermuda, New England and the Canadian Maritimes from New York, Boston and Montreal.
South America: From the lush, verdant tropical climate of the Amazon to the rugged, glacier-carved coastline of Chile, South America is a vast continent brimming with exciting exploration and vibrant heritage. Marina will sail the entire continent and even make a breathtaking diversion to Paradise Bay, Admiralty Bay and Half Moon Island in Antarctica.
South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand: Oceania Cruises is significantly expanding its offering by having two ships in the region – Regatta and Nautica. Regatta features a renewed focus on New Zealand and Australia, including a 35-day holiday circumnavigation of the continent. There’s also a cornucopia of voyages following the Southern Cross across the Pacific and into Polynesia where Nautica offers a series of four 10-day round-trip sailings from Papeete.
Echoing the words of André Gide, French writer and Nobel laureate in literature: “You don’t discover new lands without agreeing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.