Oceania Cruises has lined up the trip of a lifetime in their round-the-world-in-180-days maritime extravaganza for 2023, featuring luxury small ship Insignia.
Their genuine World Cruise will visit 33 countries on four continents, crossing an amazing 24 time zones, with 27 islands thrown in for good measure, in the full 180-day sailing that takes the idea of global traveling and puts it on a whole new scale.
The just-announced itinerary will see the 684-guest ship depart from San Diego on Jan. 15, 2023, and begin a voyage of discovery like no other.
Oceania’s emphasis has always been on excursions that get to the heart of the culture, history, and cuisine of their ports of call, while also providing the ultimate in onboard comfort and pampering in an opulent, small-ship setting. Their latest offering, Around the World in 180 Days, whisks guests away on an unparalleled adventure, from the mysteries of Machu Picchu to the ice-clad bays of Antarctica, sailing three oceans and 14 seas while crossing the equator four times.
Bob Binder, president and chief executive officer of Oceania Cruises says, “We now know how irreplaceable these experiences are, and cherish the privilege of travel more than ever. Travel connects us through shared experiences, creates lifelong bonds, and enriches us in ways we never would have imagined. That was the mindset that guided us in crafting this epic around-the-world voyage for our guests.”
The number of ports alone—96, some with multi-day stays—is astonishing, and 61 of those ports feature UNESCO World Heritage sites. Add to that the opportunity to spend three full days cruising around Admiralty Bay, Paradise Bay, and Half Moon Island in Antarctica, and you know you’re in for something truly spectacular.
Among the highlights are five included private shoreside events, each exclusive to guests making the full global circumnavigation:
- An Argentinian Cultural Exposition in Buenos Aires, including an equestrian show, tango lessons, local foods and wines, and a grand display of music and dance.
- An afternoon at Boschendal Winery in Cape Town, South Africa, where food and wine tastings are accompanied by live music and an elaborate farmers market.
- The ultimate Bedouin experience, featuring tribal music and dance, a private falcon show, and dinner under the stars at Al Maha Desert Dune in the Arabian Desert outside of Dubai.
- A once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness a Burmese Monk Donation Ceremony in Yangon, Myanmar. This sacred ritual will include a special contribution by Oceania Cruises in support of more than 200 monks and 100 villagers. The event includes an elaborate spread of canapes and refreshments against a backdrop of traditional music and dance.
- An evening lit by candlelight at Vung Duc Cave in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay outside Hanoi. Enjoy the welcoming Dragon Dance, a candlelight dinner show featuring local music and entertainers, and a sumptuous feast of local delicacies and wine pairings.
Days at sea beg the use of poolside Balinese day beds for a bit of relaxation or reading, a rejuvenating spa treatment, or a laid-back putter around the upper deck putting green. And, of course, global wines and cuisine served to the highest standards is a hallmark of the onboard dining experience.
With each booking, guests can choose the additional perk of 64 free shore excursions, a free beverage package, or a free $6,400 shipboard credit.
All guests will enjoy Oceania Cruises Exclusive Prestige Package, which includes free first-class roundtrip airfare from more than two dozen select North American air gateways; pre-paid gratuities up to $8,200; onboard medical care, unlimited internet, and free laundry service; exclusive shoreside events; a free visa package; luggage delivery for guests from the U.S. and Canada; a one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in the port of embarkation; and free roundtrip transfers within 50 miles from the cruise departure port.
Don’t feel like flying to San Francisco for embarkation and departure? Those who would like an even longer cruise can start their adventure on Dec. 28, departing out of Miami. Extend it further with a return trip to Miami on July 29, or go for the full-blown experience and make New York your final destination on Aug. 2, for a lavish 218 days in total.
Tempt yourself with a browse through the full brochure, or contact your preferred travel agent. This itinerary opens for bookings on Jan. 27, 2021.