Oceania’s 2014 Summer Collection: New Ports, New Itineraries and the Return of Insignia

Oceania, a luxury line with absolutely gorgeous ships, has released information on its 2014 Summer Collection.  They have provided details on 90 voyages and 10 new ports of call (including an almost entirely new line-up of European itineraries). They’ve also announced the highly anticipated return of their ship the Insignia. Here’s the information from the line, in a nutshell: Oceania’s five ships – Riviera, Marina, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica – will sail to more than 180 destinations …

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Oceania cruises returns to Alaska for Summer 2013

Oceania Cruises will return to the great state of Alaska from May through mid-August 2013 after a one-year hiatus. For the first time Seattle will provide the point of departure for many northern voyages. In addition to two-for-one cruise fares, free air and bonus savings of up to $3,500 per stateroom, Oceania Cruises is offering two-for-one savings on its new Unlimited Passport Collection package. The special tour package promotion, which has a value of up to $999, …

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Finds a New Home Port in Miami

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line, has announced that in the fall of 2012, they will be moving their ships from Port Everglades to the Port of Miami.  The Port of Maimi is already home to their sister company, Oceania. This change is due to the fact that the Port of Miami will have a dedicated terminal for Regent and Oceania, allowing them to operate any day of the week.  The Port …

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Oceania Cruises To Return to Canada and New England For Autumn 2012

Oceania Cruises To Return to Canada and New England For Autumn 2012 Oceania Cruises will offer Canada and New England cruises for fall 2012 in place of previously scheduled Mediterranean voyages. In total, nine itineraries have been changed. “Our 2011 Fall Foliage cruises have been so well received by our travel agent partners and their clients that we decided to redeploy Regatta from Europe to Canada and New England in fall 2012,” stated Bruce J. Himelstein, Oceania …

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The Pacific Northwest and Alaska Cruises

I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m particularly interested in cruises that depart from somewhere nearby…the thought of countless hours of flight (with children in tow) prior to embarking doesn’t rank too high on my “must do” list.  Luckily, there are many options that require far less air time if you live on the West Coast, departing from cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. From May through early October, one of the best options to be …

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Cruising the new Oceania Marina in (almost) luxury

With the launching of the Oceania Marina, there’s a new leader in a relatively new niche in cruising. The niche, somewhere between the high-priced luxury brands and the big ships of the premium lines, is called upper premium or maybe ultra deluxe or, my favorite because it’s mine, “almost luxury.” The cruise line is Oceania. The celebration party is just beginning, because its newest ship, the Marina, already is the belle of the ball. The 1,250-passenger Marina, …

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Here are seven reasons to love Oceania’s new ship, the Marina

I have not yet had a chance to see the Marina,  Oceania’s first newly built ship, so I have been waiting for a report from others. Here are some impressions from Ross Spalding, president of Crown Cruise Vacations, who recently sailed on a preview cruise. According to Spalding, “She’s a beautiful, sophisticated and stylish ship, and offers unrivaled cuisine, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. Oceania Cruises redefined the upper-premium cruise ship market with the …

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Oceania’s “Marina”…The First-Ever Ship Built for Epicureans

Love food and fine dining?  Then you will be beyond excited to hear about the offerings of Oceania’s new ship, the Marina, which debuts later this month. This gorgeous new vessel, the first of it’s kind, will have no less than six no-charge, gourmet restaurants! The Marina was designed specifically with the epicurean in mind; meals are cooked to order with the intent of serving cuisine that rivals the best that it’s land-based counterparts has to offer. …

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A Note About Oceania’s New Ship, the Marina, and it’s onboard Canyon Ranch SpaClub®

Oceania is introducing their new ship, the Marina, in January 2011.  As is their tradition, this wonderful luxury ship will provide Oceania’s lovely onboard ambiance, while remaining comfortable and familiar to those who love this line. It’s my experience that the staff on these ships is well-trained and helpful, and the cuisine is excellent (no surprise since the executive culinary director is Jacques Pepin, one of America’s best-known chefs).  And I love Oceania’s itineraries; they are “port-heavy”, …

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