Oceania Cruises unveiled its new Go Local series of immersive destination tours. As a part of the brand’s stream of OceaniaNEXT enhancements, these new tours go beyond the tourist sites where guests will be welcomed into local homes and businesses.
More than 120 tours are offered throughout Europe, Alaska, and South America with myriad choices of tours that run the gamut from A Day at the Farm in Kusadasi, Turkey to the Hidden Treasures of Milongas in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Playing Gaelic Games in Cork, Ireland.
Go Local Tours Include
- Shepard for a Day in Mahon, Spain – Guests will be welcomed to a family farm in the countryside of Ciutadella or Es Mercadal and introduced to the lifestyle and operation of the farm, including the milking and shearing of the sheep. Guests will also learn the intricacies of making goat cheese and how the coastal winds that soak the grazing fields result in the cheeses having a hint of sea-saltiness. After the immersion into sheep farming, it’s time for a meal around the family table where guests will sample local cheeses, fresh baked bread, cured meats and of course, wine.
- Shop for Dinner and Set the Table in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Accompanied by a local guide, guests will spend an afternoon and evening shopping local markets and then retiring to a local residence where dinner is prepared and enjoyed. Navigating through a market bustling with locals, there will be opportunities to ask the butchers for the best cuts, the fish monger for today’s catch or to haggle with the grocer for the best price on vegetables. After the shopping is finished, it’s time to enjoy a traditional Argentine dinner “at home.”
- Fishing with The Natives in Portofino, Italy – On this excursion, guests spend the day at sea with a local fishing crew, watching them haul in the day’s catch. The Captain and crew will describe their typical day on the Ligurian Sea and explain the different methods they use such as casting nets or the traditional palamiti – long lines with hundreds of hooks. Of course, no day at sea would be complete without a meal of traditionally prepared, just-caught fish followed by a dip in the sea off the coast of Portofino.
- Ardmore Village & Inspiration of a Local Artist in Waterford, Ireland – At the Brigid Shelly Gallery in Ardmore the local artist known affectionately as “The Cow Lady” guides you during a hand-on painting class in her studio. Shelly loves to capture landscapes and people on canvas but admits that she is a bit fascinated with painting the local cows. She starts with a tour of her gallery and a look through some of her recent works and then turns everyone loose to release their inner Picasso. Of course, everyone returns home not just with fond memories, but their own personal masterpiece.