October 9, 2015

New Winter Ports Part 1: Australia

As Destination Immersion Specialists, we never stop seeking captivating new destinations to share with our guests. From extraordinary landscapes and rare wildlife to indigenous art and ancient history, our exciting 2016-2017 Winter Collection introduces an array of exotic ports of call throughout Australia. Below are just a few highlights to look forward to on your next Oceania Cruises voyage.

Top Experiences in Featured Australian Destinations


Broome, Australia: A celebrated gateway to the Kimberley region in the northwest corner of Australia, Broome offers spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets, gorgeous white sand beaches and much more.

  • Ride a camel on Cable Beach
  • Admire indigenous art at Short Street Gallery
  • Visit the Japanese pearl divers’ cemetery
  • Glimpse ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume


Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island), Australia: Brimming with wildlife and wilderness, Kangaroo Island enchants with a range of parks, preserves and beaches, not to mention its welcoming, small town charm.

  • Learn about Little Penguins at Penneshaw Penguin Centre
  • Travel to Flinders Chase National Park for bush walks, to observe the fur seal colony and more
  • Explore Penneshaw Maritime & Folk Museum
  • Sip a glass of sauvignon blanc at Sunset Winery

There’s more! Discover the rest of our new ports in Australia on our website:

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia
Exmouth, Australia
Perth (Fremantle), Australia
Portland, Australia

Plus, stay tuned for a spotlight on our new destinations in the Caribbean and South America next week!

October 7, 2015

NEW 2016-17 Winter Collection: Reservations Now Open!

 NEW 2016-17 Winter Collection: Reservations Now Open!Reservations are now open for our new 2016-2017 Winter Collection! With 89 sailings, including 60 unique new itineraries and 19 new ports of call, it’s truly an extraordinary collection of voyages. Live the OLife™ as you discover the best of Asia & Africa, Caribbean, Panama Canal & Mexico, South America, South Pacific & Australia, plus exciting, remote destinations on our Transoceanic Voyages.

Our Winter Collection features an excellent new amenity package, OLife Advantage*, for all bookings made by December 31, 2015.

  • FREE Shore Excursions
  • FREE Unlimited Internet
  • FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities

Be among the very first to reserve the voyage and accommodation of your choice, and receive exceptional savings.

From Perth to Patagonia: 2016-17 Winter Collection Highlights

Sirena sets sail on her inaugural winter journeys, including an exciting 34-day Southern Cross Sojourn, featuring eight stunning new ports of call in Australia and Papua New Guinea, including Perth and Alotau. Join Sirena in Polynesian Paradise, the Outrageous Outback, or on other journeys throughout the South Pacific and Down Under.

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Riviera spends the winter in the sunny Caribbean with voyages ranging from 7 to 14 days in length – simply perfect for escaping the dipping temperatures. Discover Caribbean Hideaways, Islands in the Sun and more.

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Marina invites you to uncover the magic of the Incas & the Andes in South America, followed by Seaswept Breezes and Tropical Tempos on a series of relaxing journeys among the palm-lined islands of the Caribbean.

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Nautica enchants with Safaris, Temples & Jewels, Imperial Grandeur and Far East Mysteries on an array of exotic journeys throughout Asia and Africa.

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Insignia departs Miami on January 6, 2017 on our exciting Around the World in 180 Days voyage. Our magnificent new route follows the sun west, heading from  the Caribbean and Pacific Riviera to the South Pacific, continuing on to explore the vast marvels throughout Asia and several favorites along the Mediterranean before crossing the high seas to New England and Canada.

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Regatta explores the diverse coasts of the Americas at length. All-new South American and Caribbean itineraries take you on a thrilling Amazon Exploration, a Patagonian Odyssey circling Chile and Argentina, through the iconic Panama Canal and beyond.

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Start planning your dream journey now!

*See Terms & Conditions.

October 2, 2015

Curious Traveler Webisode 8: Destination Immersion Specialists

Our shore excursion collections offer insight into the culture, history and cuisine of the fascinating ports of call our guests visit. In the final webisode of Emmy Award-nominated Curious Traveler, host Christine van Blokland explores Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. 

As Destination Immersion Specialists, we design tours with as much time in port as possible, including overnight stays in popular destinations. Christine began her Mediterranean voyage with a pre-cruise tour of Rome, the Eternal City, before embarking on an unforgettable journey aboard Riviera.  From touring sprawling expansive wineries in Italy and truffle hunting with a Master Chef in Slovenia to exploring ancient ruins in Greece and hiking a medieval fort in Montenegro, the possibilities of maximizing your time in each port are endless.


Delve deeper into a region’s culture and history with Oceania Choice and Oceania Exclusive Excursions for unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. Use our Find a Shore Excursion tool on OceaniaCruises.com to discover countless ways to explore the world.

To watch all eight Curious Traveler webisodes, visit Oceania Cruises’ YouTube Channel. Learn more about premier journalist Christine van Blokland and the award-winning PBS program Curious Traveler

October 1, 2015

Exciting New Culinary Experiences Unveiled for Sirena

Tuscan-steakSince Oceania Cruises has long been recognized for having the finest cuisine at sea, what better way to honor our newest ship than with some exciting new culinary offerings? As we move closer to welcoming the elegant Sirena to our fleet, set to debut in April 2016, we're pleased to share a few exciting new details. 

Sirena will feature two specialty restaurants: the all-new Tuscan Steak and one of our guests’ favorite, Red Ginger. Tuscan Steak, inspired by Polo Grill and Toscana, is destined to become an instant classic, offering succulent steaks and seafood with a Tuscan flair.  Its eclectic menu will offer authentic favorites that celebrate the passion and tradition of Italian dining, while continuing to offer savory steakhouse fare. Among its varied and delectable offerings will be the signature Tuscan porterhouse, Bistecca alla Fiorentina; Iberico de Bellota pork chop with Gaeta black olives; and Maine lobster Fra Diavolo.

And considering the overwhelming popularity of Red Ginger, the beloved Asian-inspired restaurant currently available on Marina and Riviera, we are thrilled to add this remarkable dining experience aboard our newest ship.

Logo-jacques-bistroAdditionally, the Grand Dining Room aboard Sirena will transform into Jacques Bistro during lunch, offering guests the opportunity to be transported to an authentic Parisian bistro.  Inspired by Oceania Cruises’ Executive Culinary Director and world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin’s namesake restaurant on Marina and Riviera, the bistro offers simple and elegant French fare.  As evidenced by its hand-written chalkboard displaying the day’s specialty items, Jacques Bistro is certain to entice you with its comfortable and warm mid-day charm.

Sirena1Sirena offers diverse and destination-rich itineraries appealing to both seasoned world travelers and passionate cruisers who crave a more intimate and luxurious cruise experience.  Prior to her inaugural season, the 684-guest ship will undergo a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment so that she will shine like the rest of the fleet. Sirena’s decks will be resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work; and her lounges, suites and staterooms will be completely refreshed including major design changes to the Owner’s Suites, Vista Suites and Horizons Lounge. 

For more information on the stellar culinary offerings aboard Sirena, please visit OceaniaCruises.com.  

September 28, 2015

Q & A with Artist-in-Residence W. Andre Allen

W. Andre Allen The bold hues and intricate grid-like patterns on glass have likely caught your attention on board before – they are the trademark of artist W. Andre Allen. Hundreds of this artist’s intriguing works are aboard our five ships, and he has been delighting guests with his techniques at Artist Loft for several years. An accomplished self-taught artist, he is based in Miami, Florida and has gained significant recognition for his unique craft and eye-catching imagery in recent years. W. Andre Allen is currently aboard Marina, hosting workshops in Artist Loft as he sails with guests among the Mediterranean during the next month. We caught up with him to discover insight into his artwork and the inspiration he brings to Artist Loft.

Andre - Wall of HopeOur ships feature a range of your acrylic and glass artwork. Can you describe your process for developing those works? I have dyslexia, so I actually paint backwards. Because the “front” surface of the glass can easily become scratched, I leave it covered and paint on the reverse. Once the painting is completely sealed, I take off the protective front covering to see what the image looks like. This process really works for my mind – I can start with the forefront and work backwards. It’s a complete flow. Out of thousands that I’ve done, I think probably only one or two haven’t worked.

Andre Williard 9What inspires the aesthetics of your artwork?

Everything is about grids – from living in New York for so long. I’ve been flying there all my life. I looked down one day, and the aerial view just struck me. Cy Twombly, an abstract artist, has also made an impact – his expressive style and drip techniques have been an inspiration. I often use textured cloths and other materials to create additional layers. The process is one of adding and subtracting to give the works more layers and depth.

Tell us about your workshops in Artist Loft – what do you focus on?
We paint glass plates with acrylic and just have a fabulous time. There are always guests who believe they can’t paint, or have never painted before – and their work comes out better than they ever would have imagined! It’s so inspiring. The classes are always full which I just love.

Andre Williard 2What are some of your newest projects?
About a year ago, I began printing my artwork on silk and other fabrics for scarves and pocket squares. I take a piece of the painting, have it photographed and then transfer it onto silk, so they’re all really unique. The scarves and pocket squares are available in Artist Loft every time I’m on the ship – Oceania exclusives! In fact, I’m currently working with a luxury department store on the development of a fabric line and another furniture company is interested in working with me on other projects. It’s an exciting time.

What’s your dream destination or voyage?
I’ve been wanting to go to Africa for a really long time, and now I’m actually getting the chance to aboard Marina – it’s a big dream come true. I always say, if you believe, it will happen.

Join W. Andre Allen in Artist Loft this fall or on an array of exciting Mediterranean voyages next summer:

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