Foodie cruises: Lines offer more culinary activities on ship and on shore

Excursions to markets where sea chefs shop The outdoor food market of Nice, France, is not far from the cruise ship docks. Still, it’s easier to find and more fun to navigate if you are following a ship’s chef while he searches for produce for your dinner. Earlier this year, our small tour group came off the newly refurbished 212-passenger Star Breeze, led by Michael Sabourin, Windstar Cruises’ corporate chef. He had been this way many times …

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Married middle name cruise ID nightmare

Passing through immigration in Stockholm, I can finally relax. I’ve arrived at our departure port so no more worry about being denied boarding by an airline. My concern? The full name on my passport is different from the full name on both my flight reservations and the Oceania cruise manifest. This inconsistency is my middle name. It’s partly due to the conflicting ID requirements on the state and federal levels, a situation many married women may encounter …

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Internet Perk for Select Oceania Passengers

One of the best things about sailing a luxury line is the added amenities that come with the cruise package, and Oceania has just sweetened the deal. The line has just announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, they will be offering complimentary internet to passengers who book either a suite or Concierge-Level cabins… fleetwide. If you book an Owner’s suite, or a Vista or Oceania suite, you will receive unlimited internet for the entire voyage.  …

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Cruising with the Chefs features rock star chefs on culinary cruises aboard Oceania’s Riviera and Marina

Foodies who are also cruise enthusiasts can now choose travel experiences tailored to their twin passions. From August through October 2014, the new Cruising with the Chefs, founded by Lisa and Rodney George of St. Louis, Mo. and Naples, Fla., offers three culinary cruises with celebrity guest chefs exclusively aboard Oceania’s Marina and Riviera ships. The cruises showcase the ships’ Bon Appétit Culinary Centers, the only hands-on culinary centers at sea. Each 2014 cruise is “a cruise …

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Oceania Cruises unveils 2015 Summer collection

Today Oceania Cruises announces its 2015 Summer Collection featuring voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, Asia and Africa. Reservations for the new voyages open for sale on March 5, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. The award-winning fleet of Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Marina, andRivierawill offer a diverse collection of itineraries, with 24 exciting new ports of call on four continents during the 2015 summer season. Among the new ports are Luanda, Angola; Paamiut, Greenland; Trois-Rivières, Québec; …

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Oceania Cruises- See the world in 180 Days

Due to an overwhelming response to the first  Oceania 180-Day World Odyssey, the line has scheduled another world cruise for the Insignia, sailing July 8, 2015. Reservations are now open for this unforgettable voyage featuring 2 for 1 Cruise Fares, FREE First Class Roundtrip Airfare, Early Booking Savings and Exclusive World Odyssey Package amenities. The EXCLUSIVE WORLD ODYSSEY PACKAGE includes: Free Pre-Paid  Gratuities Free 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Stay Free Onboard Medical Services Free Luggage Delivery* Free …

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Oceania Cruises to rechristen Insignia in gala ceremony

Oceania Cruises announced that Virginia Watters, wife of the line’s Founding Chairman, Joe Watters, and the original Godmother of the ship, will rechristen Insignia in Istanbul on June 11, 2014. The ceremony will herald the return of the ship to the Oceania Cruises fleet after a two-year hiatus.  Virginia Watters first christened Insignia in March 2004 in the presence of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Since then, the ship has carried tens of …

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Exploring the globe on a world cruise

Thinking about taking a world cruise?  They are the experience of a lifetime, and there are still some cabins left for those of you who have the time and inclination.  Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Oceania, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises all offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the globe via a cruise ship.  Click here to find out more about these lines. Here is a sampling …

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Canyon Ranch and Prestige Cruise Holdings renew SpaClub at Sea partnership

Canyon Ranch is pleased to announce the extension of their partnership with Prestige Cruise Holdings to operate Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at Sea, which includes the spa, beauty salon, wellness and fitness amenities onboard Oceania Cruises’ premium mid-sized ships and Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-suite, ultra-luxury ships for the next five years.  The state-of-the-art SpaClub facilities operating fleet-wide on Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Marina and Riviera and Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner …

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$50M renovation of Oceania Ships

  Oceania Cruises has recently announced that it will spend $50 million refurbishing its three 684-passenger ships— the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica.   Oceania plans to overhaul it suites, staterooms and public spaces, an match the color schemes and decor of the line’s newer ships, the Marina and Riviera.  Owner’s and Vista suites will be given new bathrooms, adding new showers and vanities.   The Terrace Cafes will each get a new and improved grill, and the …

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