“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 sought-after destinations. After spending Christmas Eve in Colon, Panama, Christmas Day will be enjoyed cruising the Caribbean Sea, followed by a day at Harvest Caye—a 75-acre bespoke paradise of biodiverse surroundings, exotic wildlife, and the world’s second largest coral reef. 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’s most beautiful destinations 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 fabled Mexican Riviera and fascinating 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.
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 festively decorate the entire fleet with trees, garlands and lights. A beautiful 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 rousing Christmas Eve carols and delicious Christmas Eve and Day dinners courtesy of the cruise line which boasts The Finest Cuisine at Sea. 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, if there’s still room, a sumptuous Christmas pudding.
Continuing the celebrations, the ship’s talented 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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