Oceania Cruises has announced that bookings for its 2017 Around the World cruise have opened.
Represented in South Africa by Cruises International, Oceania Cruises first launched its 180-day Around the World cruise in 2015.
The fourth Oceania Around the World cruise will depart from Miami, Florida, on 10 January 2017, aboard the 684-passenger cruise ship Insignia.
Insignia’s 2017 route will take guests from the southern Caribbean and Pacific Riviera on the coast of Mexico across the broad Pacific Ocean, visiting the Hawaiian islands and French Polynesia on the way.
The cruise continues to some of Australia and New Zealand’s most renowned destinations, including Auckland, Milford Sound, Sydney and Cairns.
Travelling north into Asia, the itinerary features several overnight stays, including Bali, Hong Kong, Ha Long Bay, Singapore and Mumbai, along with a two-night stay in Rangoon (Yangon). After overnight visits to Egypt and Israel, guests will visit several favourites in the Mediterranean, including Rome, Barcelona, Lisbon and Bordeaux.
The Insignia then crosses the Atlantic back to the Americas, where the first port of call will be in Canada.
Montreal and Quebec will be visited, along with a new port, Sept-Îles, before the ship heads south, stopping off at classic New England ports.
Insignia eventually returns to Miami, completing the traveller’s 180-day voyage.
All in all, the trip visits six continents, 36 countries and 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
There will be a total of 98 ports of call, of which 16 will involve overnight stays.
“This worldwide cruise should be on every traveller’s bucket list,” said George Argyropoulos, CEO of Cruises International. “It is the ultimate vacation experience, literally travelling right around the world for six months. The places visited, sights, scenery, cultures and history experienced along the way is unrivalled.”