We spent happy hours drooling over the itineraries, which are a little bit different from usual. Deployment in the Mediterranean has decreased, reducing your choices in these close to home destinations. I personally suspect that the cautious North Americans will have regained their confidence by 2018, and we will see soaring prices and limited opportunities, so now is the time to take your pick.
Take the time to check for yourselves, but here are my picks of the month for Oceania in Summer 2018…
Oceania's newest most spacious ships Riviera and Marina have such a range of dining options and facilities, and they are my preferred choice for voyages with lots of time at sea. What could be nicer than choosing a Penthouse Suite, at just £290 per person per day, to sail from Miami to Barcelona at the end of March.
The newly refurbished Sirena joined the fleet in 2016, and will operate a very attractive itinerary round-trip from Miami in April, to include Charleston and Norfolk before heading for Bermuda. If a no fly cruise is the option for you, join Marina on 23 May 23 for a 10 day round-trip from Southampton - a delightful itinerary to France and Spain.
Come midsummer, you really want to make the most of the 24 hour daylight, so head Northwards. A Baltic cruise on 22 June from Copenhagen to Stockholm brings you the very best of this magical region, with, as its highlight, three glorious days in St Petersburg. Further north still, and with the added appeal of a UK departure, Nautica leaves on a 20 day adventure to Iceland and Greenland on 30 July - a breathtaking itinerary, way off the beaten track.
A very special journey on board Sirena departing 19 August takes you from Athens to the Holy Land then on to Rome, exploring the rich history of this fascinating region - every single destination on this itinerary will be captivating.
Plan for some late summer sun, joining Nautica as she sails from Southampton on 26 September on a busy 14 day voyage to Barcelona. Overnights in Bordeaux and Lisbon, two leisurely days at sea and the highlight of a visit to Santiago de Compostela ensure a captivating itinerary from beginning to end.
In October we see Riviera departing from Athens on a 10 day round-trip Greek islands cruise which is one of the most appealing itineraries I have seen in some time. Starting with the lovely Peloponnese peninsula, then to Sicily and Malta in the footsteps of the ancients, you finish off with a bouquet of four of Greece's most fascinating islands.
And finally, why not consider a lengthy 25 day cruise in November, sailing on Sirena round-trip from Miami to South America and the mighty Amazon, all the way to Manaus. Perfectly combined with a myriad Caribbean Islands, this is the perfect autumn getaway.
Call us today on 020 7399 7670 about any of these cruises, and to learn about the added extras we are able to offer on top of great value fares!