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Oceania Cruises 2019 highlights: World Cruise & Grand Voyages


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What makes a good number of ships in a fleet? Way back in the distant past, the mother of all luxury lines Royal Viking Line championed three as the perfect number - one each for the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Nowadays in the transformed cruise market, three seems a little limiting. But in our opinion, Oceania's fleet of six works well, offering lots of options and a choice of two ship sizes, from the 700-guest former R ships we know and love - Nautica, Insignia, Regatta and Sirena - to the slightly larger Marina and Riviera with their spacious penthouse suites.

From the start, there were really clear reasons why you might choose Oceania over other cruise lines: relatively small ships with good food offering excellent value and, most importantly, port intensive itineraries with plenty of overnights in port. Furthermore, the longer wide-ranging itineraries were perfect for combining to create mouthwatering journeys to captivating destinations.

Oceania Cruises - Regatta on the Panama Canal

The newly released 2019 programme (including Christmas 2018) is jam packed with inviting opportunities, especially for those who want to stay on board for a longer period of time. We suggest booking early to secure the accommodation you want, not to mention the excellent early booking incentives due to expire at the end of June. With some wonderful opportunities around the globe, here are our chosen highlights:

Around the World

Insignia's 158-day World Cruise from New York to Southampton leaves on 11th January 2019. (If you don't want to fly, we might just manage to get you to New York on Cunard's Queen Mary 2). This westbound journey includes a daylight transit of the Panama Canal and magical South Pacific island journey to New Zealand and Australia. Onwards via the islands of Indonesia and the Philippines to a mouthwatering bouquet of Japanese calls, then westbound via China, to Hong Kong and the Malaysian peninsula (Burma included!), India and the Persian Gulf. Finally a leisurely journey through the Mediterranean brings you at last to a June arrival into Southampton.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The Americas

If the idea of a long voyage finishing fully relaxed in the UK appeals, here is a second option to consider - the lovely Marina sailing from Lima on 18th March 2019, via the Panama Canal and Caribbean to New York, and on to Southampton arriving on 19th April. You can start off your trip with an exploration of Peru (is Machu Picchu on your list?), a magical cruise on the upper Amazon, or a trip to the Galapagos. Then kick back, join Marina, and enjoy a slow boat home to the UK.

Toucan in Panama

Africa and the Indian Ocean

There are Christmas cruises, and then there is the ultimate Christmas cruise, sailing on Nautica from Dubai on 6th December 2018. This leisurely Indian Ocean journey is a 30-day voyage from one beautiful island group to another, finishing in Cape Town on 5th January 2019. Hop off to enjoy a South African idyll, great value for UK visitors at present. Then enjoy the easy flight home, with minimal time difference so you arrive as relaxed as you were when you left.

Woman selling necklaces in Mumbai, India


For our final top pick, another wonderful Christmas option departs 13th December 2018 and finishes on 16th January 2019, a 34-day circumnavigation of Australia from Sydney - unmissable!

Koala in Sydney, Australia
Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos & Mekong, Thailand/Singapore/Malaysia & Philippines, Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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