Oceania Cruises Announces Winter Holiday Cruises

Oceania Cruises invites travelers to enjoy a holiday escape to a range of destinations, complete with seasonal-themed menus, treats, joyous activities and all-round merriment.

Oceania’s Marina. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises

“There’s no better escape at the holidays, than to run off to the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean, or the fascinating and festive shores of South America,” stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.

Oceania Cruises’ Christmas & New Year Sailings Highlights:

  • Marina’s Caribbean Gems holiday sailing highlights the Western Caribbean, visiting many of Central America’s destinations. After spending Christmas Eve in Colon, Panama, Christmas Day will be enjoyed cruising the Caribbean Sea, followed by a day at Harvest Caye. Sailing roundtrip Miami on December 17, 2017, the 12-day voyage also finds time to discover destinations in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Florida.
  • Sun-Splashed Holiday onboard the 1,250-guest Riviera allows guests an intimate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day like no other. With back to back sea days, Riviera offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy Oceania Cruises’ laid-back ambiance and immerse themselves in the festive fun onboard. The cruise sails round-trip Miami, on December 22, 2017, first visiting private Island Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and then a tour of the Southern Caribbean including Martinique, Grenada, Barbados and St Lucia. Guests will also be able to ring in 2018 following their explorations of St John’s, Antigua on New Year’s Eve, before relaxing into their New Year with another day at sea.
  • The Festive Americas cruise onboard Sirena is a holiday voyage extraordinaire that sails 35-days from San Diego to Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2017. Guests can enjoy the Mexican Riviera and west coast of Central America before a post-Christmas transit of the Panama Canal. Sirena then navigates the Southern Caribbean calling on Curacao, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago before sailing on to South America in the New Year. Here, guests will have the chance to visit French Guiana, multiple ports of the Amazon and highlights of Brazil’s west coast, including Recife and Salvador.

For new bookings made by November 15th, Oceania Cruises will make a donation of $500 per stateroom for new bookings on select Caribbean voyages sailing from December 2017 through April 2018, to assist in these fund raising efforts for humanitarian aid and to help restore and maintain a vibrant tourism environment.

Through a partnership with All Hands Volunteers under the Hope Starts Here program, Oceania Cruises and its sister brands have pledged to raise at least $2.5 million dollars for relief efforts with the company committed to $1.25 million in matching donations from valued guests, team members, suppliers, and travel partners to ensure that our efforts to assist these islands in their time of need makes an even greater positive impact.

Along with the cruises on board Marina, Riviera and Sirena, the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica will also celebrate the Christmas and New Year celebrations discovering Cuba, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia, the South Pacific, and a circumnavigation of Australia.

An Oceania Cruises Christmas

Along with traditional Christmas and Chanukah services, Oceania Cruises will decorate the entire fleet with trees, garlands and lights. A gingerbread-house village stars as the focal point, which will delight guests with a selection of sweet treats – such as fruit cake, candy canes, Italian panettone and Russian tea snowballs – located next to the display.

An elaborate feast will be on offer with Christmas Eve carols and Christmas Eve and Day dinners. Eggnog will be served during breakfast in The Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café on Christmas Day. In the Grand Dining Room, Christmas dinner comprises of a seven-course banquet, including an amuse-bouche of lobster medallions with daikon and caviar in acacia honey vinaigrette; Napoleon of sautéed duck foie gras and rhubarb, violet and hibiscus flower sauce; creamy pumpkin soup cappuccino with fried parsley; a whole roasted Christmas goose with apple stuffing; and Christmas pudding.

Continuing the celebrations, the ship’s entertainment team will perform a fabulous Christmas show, as well as a heart-warming reading of The Night Before Christmas.

To top off a very merry onboard ambiance, Santa Claus himself will be coming down the ship’s funnel to surprise both those young and young-at-heart.

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