Okay some other cruise lines serve fine food (think Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas), but Oceania Cruises chefs are debatably dish out some of the best at sea, so good that passengers keep on booking back for more. The company has a food-centric philosophy that pleases passenger palates no end. If you love sampling creative cuisine you can have the opportunity to do it for a whole 180 days when Oceania Insignia sets out on its world cruise, Jan. 6, 2017. If this sounds good and you have the time and budget book it now, these voyages sell out fast.
This epic globetrotting adventure represents the longest and most comprehensive world cruise itinerary in the entire industry. “This is a landmark itinerary for Oceania Cruises. It’s designed for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the diverse cultures found throughout the world, and believes each destination should be savored and enjoyed in a leisurely manner,” stated Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Oceania Cruises. “This revolutionary approach to world cruising has generated an extremely positive response from our guests, and the fact we are now preparing a fourth iteration of this epic 180-day voyage is a testament to its appeal.”
The Insignia world cruise starts in Miami and stops at ix continents, 36 countries, 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 98 ports of call, including stops in Ireland, Spain and Turkey not offered during previous world cruises. The first leg includes the Caribbean before continuing on a southern course to South America, passing through the Panama Canal and making several calls on the Pacific coast of Central America. After departing San Diego, Insignia will cruise the Pacific in route to the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, American Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. After numerous stops throughout Australia and New Zealand, passengers will cross the Timor Sea to Indonesia and explore the Java Sea before passing through the Karimata Strait to Malaysia. Cruising the South China Sea, Insignia will call on Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Thailand and India. From there the ship will cross the Arabian Sea to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The journey keeps om going as the ship cruises the Red Sea to Jordan and Egypt before passing through the Suez Canal to Israel and southern Turkey, the gateway between East and West. Insignia will spend an extensive period of time in the Mediterranean, visiting coastal cities in Greece, Italy and Spain before reaching Gibraltar and re-entering the Atlantic Ocean. She will continue sailing the Atlantic coast of Spain and call on cities in Portugal and France before cruising the Celtic and Irish Seas with several stops in Ireland. From there Insignia will cross the Atlantic to the New World, where she will arrive in Newfoundland before cruising up the St. Lawrence River to Quebec. Insignia will visit the New England coast, New York City and overnight in historic Charleston, South Carolina before returning to Miami on July 6.
Many seasoned travelers enjoy overnights in ports because of the extra time to really immerse themselves in the destination, if you’re one of them, you’ll be thrilled to know that the world cruise is featuring 16 overnight port stops at:
- · Bali (Benoa), Indonesia – March 16-17
- · Hong Kong, China – March 30-31
- · Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam – April 2-3
- · Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam – April 6-7
- · Singapore, Singapore – April 13-14
- · Bangkok, Thailand – April 9-10
- · Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) – April 18-20 (Two nights)
- · Mumbai, India – April 27-28
- · Luxor (Safaga), Egypt – May 12-13
- · Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel – May 16-17
- · Seville (Cádiz), Spain – May 29-30
- · Lisbon, Portugal – May 31-June 1
- · Bordeaux, France – June 5-6
- · New York, New York – June 27-28
- · St. George, Bermuda – June 30-July1
- · Charleston, South Carolina – July 3-4
- · Volcanoes National Park & Volcano Winery, Hilo, Hawaii – Jan. 27
- · Polynesian Lagoon Luncheon, Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Feb. 7
- · Aberdeen Marina Club Dinner, Hong Kong – March 30
- · Singapore Flyer: Dinner in the Sky, Singapore – April 13
- · Evening at Traditional Seville Fair, Seville, Spain – May 29
Fare for the world voyage start at $39,999 and include gratuities, medical care, unlimited Wifi, laundry services, five shoreside events, a visa package, luggage delivery, overnight pre-cruise hotel and roundtrip transfers—all free. For more information visit OceaniaCruises.com, call 855-OCEANIA or contact a professional travel agent.