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Oceania Cruises has unveiled its summer and autumn 2016 schedule, which includes the highly anticipated maiden voyage for Sirena, a new 684-guest ship that enters service on April 27th 2016 with a Barcelona to Venice voyage.  In total, Oceania Cruises’ 2016 summer and autumn collection features 121 unique sailings, 90 new itineraries; 50 of which are extended journeys, and 20 intriguing ports not previously visited by the upscale line.  In the summer and autumn season alone, the now six ships in the Oceania Cruises’ fleet will sail to more than 240 ports in over 70 different countries, including several overnight stays in the world’s most sought-after destinations.

Oceania Cruises; new ship, new destinations, new 2016 itineraries / Photo © Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises; new ship, new destinations, new 2016 itineraries / Photo © Oceania Cruises

With its April 2016 debut, Sirena will join the line’s trio of award winning sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica and offer an array of new itineraries filled with unique destinations to provide more options for Oceania Cruises’ guests.  After undergoing an extensive bow-to-stern refurbishment Sirena will emerge with the same stunning elegant style Oceania Cruises’ guests love about the existing fleet, and feature renowned specialty dining restaurants Toscana and Polo Grill, along with more recent additions to the fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill Terrace Café. (Pictured, Oceania Cruises’ new ship Sirena will be a sister ship to the award winning Insignia, Regatta and Nautica)

The six ship fleet provides Oceania Cruises with even greater flexibility to create an unprecedented number of new itineraries for the upcoming season, offering a perfect fusion of classic and off-the-beaten-path ports.  These new itineraries explore all corners of the world and will capture the imagination of even the most seasoned traveller.  One thrilling new itinerary is a 17-night sailing on board Marina from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso (Chile) traversing the southern tip of South America, while marvelling at the magnificence of the Chilean Fjords.

The line also introduced seven new Grand Voyages, ranging from a 90-night round-trip journey from Miami to a 40-night Vancouver to Montreal sailing.  The 90-night Grand Voyage from Miami will explore exciting destinations of North America, magnificent fjords of Greenland, iconic locations in the Mediterranean and exotic lands in Africa, including stops in less travelled ports such as La Goulette (Tunisia) and Algiers (Algeria).  The 40-night Grand Voyage from Vancouver to Montreal will visit sensational ports on both coasts of North America including stops in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia plus an exhilarating Panama Canal crossing.

In total, Oceania Cruises’ ships will visit 20 new destinations as part of the summer and autumn collection.  These new ports of call include:

·         Alcudia (Mallorca), Spain
·         Golfito, Costa Rica
·         Piombino (Tuscany), Italy
·         Agadir, Morocco
·         Bandol, France

·         Catalina Island, California

·         Crotone (Calabria), Italy

·         Ensenada, Mexico

·         Gaeta, Italy

·         Gaspe, Quebec
·         Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec

·         Helsingborg, Sweden

·         Karlskrona, Sweden

·         La Paz, Mexico

·         Manzanillo, Mexico

·         Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
·         Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

·         Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

·         Skagen, Denmark

·         Triestre, Italy

·         Vlissingen, Netherlands
·         Akureyri, Iceland

With such an elaborate array of itineraries, here is a summary of the regions and destinations the Oceania Cruises’ fleet will sail during the summer and autumn of 2016.

Sirena

Sirena’s maiden voyage will be an extraordinary 14-night cruise from Barcelona to Venice on April 27th 2016.  The inaugural season features an entirely new line-up of 10- to 14-night voyages, artfully blended with a mix of classic and new destinations throughout the Mediterranean, including two voyages venturing as far west as Seville and Lisbon.  The ship will make an impressive 11 maiden calls for Oceania Cruises, such as the famed beaches of Gaeta (Italy), the pristine rainforest of Golfito (Costa Rica) and the well-preserved provincial township of La Paz (Mexico).

Marina

Guests sailing on the elegant 1,250-guest Marina will experience incredible new journeys throughout Scandinavia, the Baltic and the British Isles and visit sought-after ports such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and St. Petersburg.  After 4 months discovering Northern Europe, the ship repositions to South America with a grand 16-night Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro sailing on November 21st 2016 that includes overnights in Salvador (Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro.  The ship will devote the remainder of the season exploring stunning sites in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.

Riviera

Riviera begins the season exploring iconic and picturesque ports throughout the Mediterranean including overnights in Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Venice, Istanbul and Jerusalem (Haifa); and sojourns to a new destination for Oceania Cruises, the gentle seaside village of Bandol (France).  After the Mediterranean season, the ship repositions to the Caribbean with a splendid 14-night journey from Barcelona to Miami.  The season will conclude with the ship sailing south visiting colourful towns and pristine beaches of Central America and the Caribbean.

Regatta

Guests sailing the intimate 684-guest Regatta will travel the majestic beauty and picturesque ports of Alaska with an impressive line-up of quintessential itineraries and new variants for sailing America’s last frontier.  After the Alaskan season, the ship repositions to the North East with an exhilarating 18-night voyage from San Francisco to New York, where the vessel will visit two new ports in Quebec, the maritime splendours of Havre-Saint-Pierre and Gaspe.  The ship will conclude the season with a 23-night exploration to exotic villages along the Amazon River and a 16-night discovery of tranquil towns and unspoiled beaches in Central America and Mexico.

Insignia

Insignia begins the season with an incredible new 90-night round trip Grand Voyage from Miami exploring North America, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa.  Following the Grand Voyage, the ship will sail south to explore cosmopolitan and less travelled ports throughout South America, ranging from Peru’s 15th century Inca site of Machu Picchu; to the bustling streets of Buenos Aires; and the beautiful beaches of Punta del Este, known as the St. Tropez of Uruguay.  The season concludes with several sailings in the Caribbean, including a stop at a new port for Oceania Cruises, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), known for its white sand beaches and world-class golf.

Nautica

Guests sailing on Nautica will experience new itineraries offering remarkable natural beauty and inspiring history throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia, including overnights in Reykjavik (Iceland), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Mumbai (India).  The ship will sail 18 voyages ranging from 7- to 30-nights in length, exploring new ports such as the quaint seaside village of Vlissinger (Netherlands), the bohemian town of Skagen (Denmark) and the naval city of Karlskrona (Sweden), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Nautica will conclude the season with a 15-night voyage navigating Africa’s southern coast with overnights in Durban (South Africa) and Walvis Bay (Namibia).

Information source: Oceania Cruises

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