Oceania Cruises' First World Cruise

| Monday, 08 Jul. 2013


The Insignia will sail for 180 days

This will be the longest world cruise in the history of modern cruising - 180 days

Oceania Cruises, the company that reinvented and now leads the upper-premium cruise sector with its small, destination-oriented ships, just announced its first ever Around the World in 180 Days cruise, a "star-studded," port-intensive 180-day voyage aboard the 684-guest Insignia, setting sail round-trip from Miami on January 10, 2015.

There are two aspects of this voyage that make it unique, not only in the context of "world" cruises, but also in the cruise industry overall. At 180 days, this may be the longest singular cruise ever scheduled - almost six full months. For decades now world cruises have averaged about 110 days in length, more or less, just over half the time this cruise will cover. For example, the forthcoming 2014 world cruise season will feature 11 different world cruises from cruise lines world-wide that range from 89 days to 119 days (the longest), so 180 days is spectacularly long for a cruise. Furthermore, very few cruises billed as "world cruises" fully circumnavigate the globe any longer - most of the make it about 2/3 of the way, from New York to Venice, Italy, for example, but they are still billed a "world cruises."

This first-ever Oceania world cruise will visit five continents, 44 countries and 89 ports of call. It will feature 11 overnight calls plus 4 two-night calls in each of the following: Cape Town, South Africa; Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma); Singapore, Singapore; and Shanghai, China.

The chosen ship is the smaller but still lovely Insignia. Its 180-day journey begins with small and unusual Caribbean ports before heading south to South America and then east to 12 ports in Africa. Next comes India, an extensive visit throughout Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and then 12 ports in the South Pacific and Hawaii before returning via the Panama Canal to Miami on July 8, 2015.

"As the leading specialist in destination cruising, we wanted to create a unique port- intensive voyage that reflects the dreams of the true explorer, rather than speed across the seas racing to the next convenient port as is the norm in a typical 100- to 110-day world cruise," said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line's president. "By eliminating the 100-day time constraint, we freed ourselves to conceive a remarkable dream voyage designed to visit the world's most fascinating destinations."

In a true "around the world" cruise, something that is more of a rarity these days, Insignia will sail through all 24 time zones and cross the equator four times, will traverse three oceans and 10 seas, call on 45 islands and offer the chance to visit 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Of the 89 ports visited on this extraordinary cruise, 13 are new to Oceania Cruises, including Corinto, Nicaragua; El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela; Langkawi, Malaysia; Santa Marta, Colombia; and Xiamen, China.

Guests will also enjoy a one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Miami and free exclusive shoreside events in Walvis Bay, Namibia; Myanmar; Bangkok; Beijing and Honolulu. Please click here to view the full itinerary.

Offer features 2-for-1 cruise fares, first class airfare, pre-paid gratuities, free luggage valet and free onboard medical service

Bookings for the Around the World in 180 Days cruise open at 8 a.m. EST on July 17, 2013, and feature two-for-one cruise fares, free FIRST CLASS round-trip airfare and free pre-paid gratuities. Additionally, guests will receive a free visa package including entry visas for 16 countries, unlimited Internet and laundry service, luggage delivery, round-trip transfers and free onboard medical service, a first for the industry.

"We expect that many of our Around the World guests will be experienced cruisers and therefore will be over the age of 60," Kamlani added. "In order to eliminate the stress of worrying about everyday medical issues, we have included free onboard medical service for our Around the World guests for the duration of the cruise."

Guests must book by 9 p.m. EST on September 17, 2013, to receive early booking fares beginning at $39,999 per person.

Around the World guests will cruise aboard the Insignia, an elegant mid-size ship. Insignia is spacious enough to offer every modern comfort and amenity of larger ships, yet small enough to call on secluded bays and chic, seaside hamlets not accessible to most vessels. Gourmet cuisine crafted by acclaimed master chef Jacques Pépin is served in four open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge. The ship features spacious, modern accommodations and a state-of-the-art fitness center, casino, boutique, large pool and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.

For more information visit OceaniaCruises.com, call 800.531.5658 or see a professional travel agent.

DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART
Jan 10 Miami, Florida Embark 1 pm 5 pm
Jan 11 Cruising the Old Bahama Channel    
Jan 12 Cruising the Caribbean Sea    
Jan 13 Santa Marta, Colombia 9 am 5 pm
Jan 14 Oranjestad, Aruba 12 pm 10 pm
Jan 15 Kralendijk, Bonaire 8 am 3 pm
Jan 16 El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela 10 am 6 pm
Jan 17 St. George's, Grenada 8 am 5 pm
Jan 18 Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe 9 am 7 pm
Jan 19 Fort-de-France, Martinique 8 am 6 pm
Jan 20 Bridgetown, Barbados 7 am 6 pm
Jan 21 Scarborough, Tobago 8 am 5 pm
Jan 22 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean    
Jan 23 Devil's Island, French Guiana 8 am 4 pm
Jan 24 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean    
Jan 25 Belém (Icoaraci), Brazil 8 am 5 pm
Jan 26 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean    
Jan 27 Fortaleza, Brazil 12 pm 8 pm
Jan 28 Natal, Brazil 1 pm 9 pm
Jan 29 Recife, Brazil 8 am 5 pm
Jan 30-Feb 3 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean    
Feb 4 Lomé, Togo 9 am 7 pm
Feb 5 Cotonou, Benin 8 am 5 pm
Feb 6 Cruising the Gulf of Guinea    
Feb 7 São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe 8 am 5 pm
Feb 8-10 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean    
Feb 11-12 Walvis Bay, Namibia "Overnight" 8 am 5 pm
Feb 13 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean    
Feb 14-16 Cape Town, South Africa "Overnight" 1 pm 6 pm
Feb 17 Cruising the Cape of Good Hope    
Feb 18 Port Elizabeth, South Africa 8 am 6 pm
Feb 19 East London, South Africa 7 am 5 pm
Feb 20 Durban, South Africa 10 am 9 pm
Feb 21 Richards Bay, South Africa 7 am 4 pm
Feb 22 Maputo, Mozambique 8 am 3 pm
Feb 23-24 Cruising the Mozambique Channel    
Feb 25 Nosy Be, Madagascar 12 pm 6 pm
Feb 26 Cruising the Indian Ocean    
Feb 27 Zanzibar, Tanzania 10 am 8 pm
Feb 28 Mombasa, Kenya 8 am 7 pm
Mar 1-2 Cruising the Indian Ocean    
Mar 3-4 Mahé, Seychelles "Overnight" 8 am 5 am
Mar 4 La Digue, Seychelles 8 am 4 pm
Mar 5-7 Cruising the Indian Ocean    
Mar 8 Malé, Maldives 8 am 6 pm
Mar 9 Cruising the Indian Ocean    
Mar 10 Mangalore, India 8 am 6 pm
Mar 11 Cochin (Kochi), India 8 am 7 pm
Mar 12-13 Cruising the Indian Ocean    
Mar 14 Cruising the Andaman Sea    
Mar 15-17 Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) "Overnight" 1 pm 4 pm
Mar 18 Cruising the Andaman Sea    
Mar 19 Langkawi, Malaysia 10 am 6 pm
Mar 20 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia 10 am 7 pm
Mar 21-23 Singapore, Singapore "Overnight" 9 am 6 pm
Mar 24 Cruising the Gulf of Thailand    
Mar 25 Ko Samui, Thailand 8 am 4 pm
Mar 26 Sihanoukville, Cambodia 8 am 4 pm
Mar 27-28 Bangkok, Thailand "Overnight" 11 am 4 pm
Mar 29 Cruising the Gulf of Thailand    
Mar 30-31 Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam "Overnight" 12 pm 4 pm
Apr 1 Cruising the South China Sea    
Apr 2-3 Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam "Overnight" 2 pm 8 pm
Apr 4 Cruising the Hainan Strait    
Apr 5-6 Hong Kong, China "Overnight" 8 am 12 pm
Apr 7-8 Xiamen, China "Overnight" 9 am 7 pm
Apr 9 Cruising the East China Sea    
Apr 10-12 Shanghai, China "Overnight" 1 pm 1 pm
Apr 13 Cruising the Yellow Sea    
Apr 14-15 Beijing (Tianjin), China "Overnight" 9 am 10 pm
Apr 16 Cruising the Yellow Sea    
Apr 17 Seoul (Incheon), South Korea 8 am 6 pm
Apr 18 Cruising the East China Sea    
Apr 19 Nagasaki, Japan 8 am 6 pm
Apr 20 Kagoshima, Japan 8 am 6 pm
Apr 21 Cruising the East China Sea    
Apr 22 Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan 7 am 5 pm
Apr 23 Kaohsiung, Taiwan 9 am 7 pm
Apr 24 Cruising the South China Sea    
Apr 25 Manila, Philippines 9 am 7 pm
Apr 26 Cruising the South China Sea    
Apr 27 Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia 8 am 6 pm
Apr 28 Muara, Brunei 8 am 7 pm
Apr 29 Cruising the South China Sea    
Apr 30 Kuching (Borneo), Malaysia 8 am 5 pm
May 1 Cruising the Karimata Strait    
May 2 Cruising the Java Sea    
May 3-4 Bali (Benoa), Indonesia "Overnight" 1 pm 2 pm
May 5 Komodo, Indonesia 8 am 2 pm
May 6 Cruising the Timor Sea    
May 7 Darwin, Australia 10 am 6 pm
May 8 Cruising the Arafura Sea    
May 9 Cruising the Coral Sea    
May 10-11 Cairns, Australia "Overnight" 4 pm 5 pm
May 12 Whitsunday Island, Australia 12 pm 8 pm
May 13 Cruising the Coral Sea    
May 14 Brisbane, Australia 8 am 6 pm
May 15 Cruising the Tasman Sea    
May 16 Sydney, Australia 7 am 5 pm
May 17 Cruising the Tasman Sea    
May 18 Hobart (Tasmania), Australia 8 am 6 pm
May 19-21 Cruising the Tasman Sea    
May 22 Picton, New Zealand 8 am 4 pm
May 23 Napier, New Zealand 8 am 4 pm
May 24 Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand 10 am 8 pm
May 25 Auckland, New Zealand 8 am 6 pm
May 26-27 Cruising the South Pacific    
May 28 Nuku'alofa, Tonga 10 am 7 pm
May 28 Cross the International Date Line    
May 29 Cruising the South Pacific    
May 30 Rarotonga, Cook Islands 8 am 6 pm
May 31 Cruising the South Pacific    
Jun 1 Raiatea, French Polynesia 8 am 7 pm
Jun 2 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 8 am 7 pm
Jun 3 Moorea, French Polynesia 7 am 3 pm
Jun 3-4 Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia "Overnight" 6 am 11 pm
Jun 5 Huahine, French Polynesia 8 am 5 pm
Jun 6 Rangiroa, French Polynesia 8 am 6 pm
Jun 7 Cruising the South Pacific    
Jun 8 Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands 8 am 5 pm
Jun 9-12 Cruising the Pacific Ocean    
Jun 13 Hilo, Hawaii 8 am 5 pm
Jun 14 Honolulu, Oahu 8 am 11 pm
Jun 15 Lahaina, Maui 8 am 5 pm
Jun 16 Nawiliwili, Kauai 8 am 4 pm
Jun 17-21 Cruising the Pacific Ocean    
Jun 22 Los Angeles, California 7 am 9 pm
Jun 23 San Diego, California 8 am 4 pm
Jun 24 Cruising the Pacific Ocean    
Jun 25 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 12 pm 9 pm
Jun 26-27 Cruising the Pacific Ocean    
Jun 28 Huatulco, Mexico 7 am 2 pm
Jun 29 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala 11 am 6 pm
Jun 30 Corinto, Nicaragua 9 am 6 pm
Jul 1 Puntarenas, Costa Rica 12 pm 9 pm
Jul 2 Cruising the Pacific Ocean    
Jul 3 Panama Canal Daylight Transit 6 am 5 pm
Jul 4 Cartagena, Colombia 11 am 6 pm
Jul 5 Cruising the Caribbean Sea    
Jul 6 Cruising the Straits of Florida    
Jul 7 Key West, Florida 11 am 5 pm
Jul 8 Miami, Florida 8 am  

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