Departing January 9, 2021 aboard Oceania Cruises’ Insignia, this roving world journey was designed for savvy travelers who dream of exploring all four corners of the globe. While many world cruises don’t actually circumnavigate the globe, this one does so in style and is particularly enticing for the breadth of cultural experiences it offers. This dream itinerary features six continents, three oceans and 100 ports in 44 countries on its westbound itinerary, with calls on sultry Havana, coveted South Pacific islands, myriad ports in Asia and India, along the Arabian Peninsula as well as the glacial landscapes of Iceland and Greenland. The impressive voyage also allows for deeper exploration with 16 overnight port visits in exotic places you’ll definitely want to linger in like Bora Bora, Dubai, Jerusalem, Yangon and Istanbul.
Exclusive Shoreside Events
Oceania Cruises enhances the destination experience further with five distinctive shoreside events hosted exclusively for world cruisers.
Istanbul’s mysteries and centuries of history come to life during an evening in the ancient Binbirdirek Cistern that transports travelers back in time to the era of the Ottoman sultans with a traditional bazaar, local delicacies and mesmerizing entertainment.
Just outside of Livorno, on the Ligurian coast, lies the famed Alpemare Beach Resort, which is owned by Andrea Bocelli and family. At this fabulous seaside resort, cruisers are treated to a wine tasting and lunch as well as a concert by Andrea’s son, Matteo.
No visit to Dublin would be complete without a private performance by the famed Riverdance troupe. The performance is held at the 18th-century Mansion House, which is not only the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, but has played host to countless luminaries including Queen Victoria, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.
In Hilo, travelers are feted at the Makahiki Games at the Umauma Falls Nature Center. Here, Hawaii’s rich heritage is on display as athletes compete in spirited spear hurling competitions such as ̀o’ ihe or an amusing match of strength and dexterity during a haka moa fight.
In Brisbane, guests delve into the mysteries of Australia’s Aboriginal way of life, courtesy of the Spirits of the Red Sand cultural experience. In addition to the extensive cultural immersion, a traditional barbeque and festive Aboriginal show round out the experience.
At Home on the High Seas
On a voyage of this length, at least part of the allure is a life at sea. And on Oceania Cruises, the elevated onboard experience is a compelling match for the high-caliber destination experiences. All the elements, from the cruise line’s award-winning culinary program and attentive crew to the absolutely heavenly Ultra Tranquility Beds, come together to make ocean-going life more than just comfortable, but memorable and luxurious.
Oceania Cruises has often been recognized for its gourmet cuisine – the line’s Executive Culinary Director is Master Chef Jacques Pépin – and on a cruise of this length, you really do get to take full advantage of the sumptuous offerings, which include popular Italian and steakhouse specialty restaurants, Continental and plant-based cuisine in the ship’s Grand Dining Room and an extensive variety of dishes at the more casual, yet equally delicious, Terrace Café – yes, lobster tail, hand-cut steaks and freshly rolled sushi are on offer nightly.
It seems Oceania Cruises has thought of everything on this Around the World journey, which includes first-class airfare, plus the cruise line’s generous Exclusive Prestige Package, which features valuable amenities that go above and beyond the usual extras: pre-paid gratuities, a pre-cruise stay at a luxury hotel, laundry services and even free medical services.
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By Kelsey Donovan
A self-admitted, non-professional foodie and bon vivant, Kelsey loves to share her passion for travel, food, and wine and is always seeking out unique experiences.