Just about every cruise line has begun announcing bigger, better improved itineraries for 2015. The latest (following the article we just ran on Crystal’s World Cruise) is Oceania Cruises. The company just released its 2015 Summer Collection om the Nautica, Marina, and Riviera will offer 24 new ports during voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, Asia and Africa. (Reservations for the new voyages open for sale on March 5, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern).
Among the novel ports are Luanda, Angola; Paamiut, Greenland; Trois-Rivières, Québec; Archangel, Russia; Skiathos, Greece; Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Wismar, Germany; and Palamós, Spain. Also new this season is a series of Grand Voyages in Europe. Ranging in length from 20 to 70 days, these longer itineraries offer guests multiple opportunities for extended exploration during the summer.
“Our 2015 Summer Collection is perfect for those who enjoy a taste of the finer things in life,” shares Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “With a fantastic mix of marquee cities, boutique ports of call and extended port stays, we set a new standard for immersive destination experiences.”
Premiering port stops
Nautica, Marina, and Riviera will set sail on 43 European itineraries, 40 of which are new. Nautica will spend the majority of the season exploring the majesty of the British Isles, the Baltic and Scandinavia, sailing as far north as Greenland, while Marina will also explore the region before making her way around the Iberian Peninsula to embark on several cruises in the Western Mediterranean. Featuring all new itineraries, Riviera will call the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, Turkey and the Black Sea home for the season. Regatta will spend the summer in Alaska offering her perennial favorite 7- and 10-day itineraries as well as five all new sailings, including the exciting 12-day Glacial Explorer. In the fall, she will sail for New York City on a new Panama Canal cruise and then showcase the autumn foliage with four cruises throughout New England and Canada.
Insignia does a second, unique 180-day voyage on July 8, 2015, that inlike conventional world cruises that commence in winter, will spend the summer sailing from Miami through New England and Canada to Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Insignia will then call on France, Portugal and Spain en route to Italy and other alluring destinations in the Mediterranean. During the winter season the ship will explore Asia and Africa before returning to Miami. Individual segments within the 180-Day World Odyssey will open for bookings with the launch of the 2015 summer season, as will Grand Voyages featuring various combinations of these itineraries.
- Great Northern Lights –A 20-day journey aboard Nautica that sails from Copenhagen on July 19, 2015, and includes four new ports of call including Trondheim, Norway; Aalborg, Denmark; Archangel, Russia; and the Solovetsky Islands, where guests will have a unique overnight stay. After cruising the North Sea and exploring the Norwegian fjords, the voyage concludes in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
- British Isles Medley – a 12-day roundtrip cruise from Southampton, England, on Marina that sails on July 21, 2015, and calls on the new ports of Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; and the U.K. cities of Liverpool and Newcastle (Tyne).
- Isles & Empires – An eight-day trip on Riviera that sets sail on July 17, 2015, and explores some of the world’s oldest ports in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Black Sea, and also includes a new port of call in Zadar, Croatia.
- Glacial Explorer – A glorious roundtrip, 12-day voyage aboard Regatta from Seattle that leaves on June 25, 2015.
All voyages feature Oceania’s 2-For-1 Cruise Fares, including fee airfare, plus 50% off deposits on all stateroom categories and free pre-paid gratuities for guests staying in Veranda Staterooms and above. Additionally, all Grand Voyages feature Exclusive Prestige Package amenities that may include a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay; visa package; roundtrip transfers; laundry service; unlimited internet and free pre-paid gratuities in all stateroom and suite categories. Reservations must be booked by June 30, 2014.
For more information on Oceania Cruises, call 855-OCEANIA (855-623-2542), visit www.OceaniaCruises.com, or contact your Travel Agent.