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Oceania Cruises has announced its first-ever Around the World in 180 Days cruise. The port-intensive, 180-day voyage onboard the Insignia will set sail roundtrip from Miami on Jan. 10, 2015. Segments will be offered after past guests have had a chance to book.
The cruise visits five continents, 44 countries and 89 ports of call and will feature 11 overnight calls plus four two-night calls in Cape Town, South Africa; Yangon, Myanmar (Burma); Singapore; and Shanghai, China, returning via the Panama Canal to Miami on July 8.
The journey starts with boutique ports in the Caribbean, and then sails south to South America and east to Africa before heading to India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Hawaii. Of the 89 ports visited, 13 are new to Oceania, including Corinto, Nicaragua; El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela; Langkawi, Malaysia; Santa Marta, Colombia; and Xiamen, China.
“As the leading specialist in destination cruising, we wanted to create a unique port- intensive voyage that reflects the dreams of the true explorer, rather than speed across the seas racing to the next convenient port, as is the norm on a typical 100- to 110-day world cruise,” said president Kunal S. Kamlani. “By eliminating the 100-day time constraint, we freed ourselves to conceive a remarkable dream voyage designed to visit the world’s most fascinating destinations.”
Guests also receive a one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Miami and free exclusive shoreside events in Walvis Bay, Namibia; Myanmar; Bangkok; Beijing; and Honolulu.
Early booking fares made by Sept. 17 provide two-for-one cruise fares, free first class roundtrip airfare and free pre-paid gratuities. Additionally, guests receive a free visa package including entry visas for 16 countries, unlimited Internet access and laundry service, luggage delivery, roundtrip transfers and free onboard medical service, a first for the industry.