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| Tuesday, 05 Mar. 2013

A voyage aboard Oceania Cruises will offer a new opportunity for discovery every day.. Our finely crafted itineraries and shore programs will make every journey an adventure. Enrich your life.

Summer is the perfect time to visit northern Europe's most elegant cities. Sail between Dover and Stockholm on a glorious 14-day cruise during this inaugural season and enjoy overnight stays in Copenhagen, Stockholm and St. Petersburg, ample time to experience their many delights. Along the way visit beautiful Bruges with its magnificently preserved Gothic architecture, canals and bridges. Stroll through picturesque Amsterdam and marvel at the stunning 13th century churches in Tallinn, Estonia. Admire the pristine landscape and modern architecture in Helsinki and the wonderful museums and castles of Oslo and Copenhagen. St. Petersburg, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, is surely the highlight of this itinerary. Attend a performance of the famed Bolshoi Ballet and visit the fabulous Hermitage Museum, ornate onion-domed cathedrals and restored palaces and forts.

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Explore the Mediterranean in the late summer and early autumn aboard Regatta and Insignia with a series of 12-16 day cruises sailing from Barcelona, Venice or Rome. Stroll the medieval precincts of gracious cities like Seville. Sail up the Tagus River to Lisbon. Thrill to the romance of the Provençal countryside as you visit Arles and Avignon, absorb the atmosphere of serene villages and taste fine wines at renowned vineyards. Stroll through walled cities like Carcassonne and Dubrovnik. Visit awe-inspiring Florence, Pisa or Venice - all breathtaking, romantic monuments to the Italian renaissance. Discover the formidable Crusader redoubts in Rhodes and Malta, the beaches of Corfu and Mykonos and the incomparable ancient ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Taormina. Each itinerary affords an opportunity to discover or renew an old acquaintance with these marvelous ports, with ample time to enjoy each port to its fullest.

South America - its mysterious ancient cultures barely understood, its heritage of Spanish occupation enigmatic. Beginning in late November, join Insignia on her inaugural season of exploration. Each 14-night journey will offer unusual opportunities to discover and experience the continent's spectacular natural wonders. Visit charming cities like Trujillo from Salaverry. Set at the base of the Andes it is an awesome city of traditional Spanish Colonial squares, churches and courtyards and 2000 year-old Mochica temples. Take an overnight trip to magnificent Machu Picchu and walk in the sacred city in the sky, or fly out to the stunning Galapagos Islands on an overnight excursion from Manta, Ecuador. Sail between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires on an incredible journey at the end of the world. You'll see astonishing Chilean fjords, sail around Cape Horn, visit with penguins in the Falklands and Puerto Madryn, see wildlife and beautiful lakes in Ushuaia, the last city on the planet. You can even visit the Antarctic on a special flying tour from Punta Arenas. Then it's Carnival in Rio and a journey up the Amazon past jungle settlements and 400-year-old cities that began as Jesuit missions to Manaus, a city built by rubber barons more than a century ago. Extend your holiday with pre- and post-cruise tours to spectacular Iguazu Falls or Brazil's stunning Pantanal, deep in the Amazon, where wildlife abounds.

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The Caribbean season, also beginning in late November, will feature relaxing 12-14 night cruises calling at some of the region's loveliest ports. You'll experience amazing Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala. Ride an aerial tram through the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica and bask on pristine beaches in Roatan, Honduras. Visit traditional Kuna Indians in the San Blas Islands and cruise through the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake where a fantastic resort offers access to the beautiful Panamanian rainforest. Other itineraries visit marvelous islands with excellent snorkeling, diving and magnificent beaches like Tortola, Nevis, Antigua and St. Barts. Not to be missed is Dominica with its lush forests, waterfalls and nature reserves. Experience the Mexican Riviera and Central America as never before during two unique cruises calling at Puerto Caldera, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala. To complete a perfect vacation add a pre- or post-cruise tour to the Costa Rican rainforest with its wealth of colorful birds and butterflies.

Two exquisite, intimate ships and a wealth of fascinating itineraries to excite your appetite for adventure. Your world, your way with Oceania Cruises.

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