By Rebecca Wong
Luxury liner Oceania Cruises has recently announced its 2020 Around the World in 180 days Voyage, spanning 38 countries, 95 ports, and an extensive focus on the Asian region. Here’s what cruisers can look forward to.
Discover the land of the rising sun
The voyage is slated to be Oceania’s most expansive focus on Japan, with nine ports of call in the country alone. New destination include Aomori, a city characterized by a blend of Edo-period influences and modern architecture, and Oari, home to endless beaches and popular aquarium Aqua World.
The Florida-based cruise line is looking to expect more Asian passengers too. “We are confident we’ll see more Asian travellers on voyages of this kind – they recognize the great value it offers,” observes Felix Chan, Vice President of Sales Asia Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “Our Asian guests are travelling more frequently and further, so why not for longer.”
Check off UNESCO World Heritage sites from your bucket list
A stunning 67 World Heritage Sites lie within reach, with more than half situated in Asia. Get in touch with nature at sites such as South Korea’s Jeju Island, Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay and the Volcanoes of Kamchatka in East Russia. On the other side of the globe, scale the heights of Machu Pichuu, or explore the cobbled streets of Cuba’s Old Havana.
Enjoy exclusive perks
Along with booking early comes numerous perks; 2 for 1 cruise fares (starting at USD $39,999), complimentary first-class round trip airfares and a choice of either $7,800 worth of shipboard credit, a beverage package or up to 78 shore excursions. Additionally, Oceania’s Exclusive Prestige Package offers free pre-paid gratuities, onboard medical care, laundry services, visa packages, and a 1-night luxury hotel stay prior to cruising.
Cultural immersions by the sea
Part of Around The World’s itinerary also includes exclusive shoreside events spotlighting local cultures. Take the opportunity to participate in traditions like a monk donation ceremony in Rangoon, with over 100 nearby villagers in attendance. Or witness a traditional Cantonese opera performance in Hong Kong – an ancient performing art characterized by colourful costumes, elaborate makeup, and a reflection of Chinese philosophies.
Live the luxe life
All of MS Insignia’s suites and staterooms come with complimentary round-the-clock room service dining, wireless internet access, Bulgari amenities and concierge service. A 24-hour butler service is provided for suites, as well as unlimited access to Oceania’s private Spa Terrace (for guests in concierge-level staterooms and suites). Peckish guests can also head to the ship’s bars and lounges for gourmet canapes served daily.
Savour the best international cuisine
Oceania’s on-board menu is inspired by none other than famed master chef Jacques Pepin, the cruise’s Executive Culinary Director. Expect a plethora of world cuisines at the ship’s various restaurants and cafes. To coincide with visiting each region, special events highlighting authentic local fare will also be held. Expect items like Japanese delicacies and sushi whilst traversing the Sea of Japan, and a Carnival-style deck party on the waters of Brazil.