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Oceania Cruises - a departure from the norm

May 7, 2012 By Don & Maureen Anderson Owners of the Cruise Store Oceania Cruises is a cruise line that offers something different from other cruise lines, and they do it extremely well. Cruising all over the world, Oceania's ships do not truly have home ports as is typical for other cruise lines. Instead, Oceania traditionally schedules successive one way cruises, allowing their ships to cover a greater variety of ports and offer such a range of itineraries that you would be sure to find the vacation of your dreams. There are currently four ships cruising under the Oceania banner, all mid-sized, giving them the ability to slip into boutique ports that are off-limits to larger vessels. The Regatta and Nautica each carry 684 passengers. The Marina launched in 2011, and her sister ship The Riviera which sailed her maiden voyage in April, are the cruise line's first-ever new builds and carry 1250 passengers. While twice the size of their Oceania counterparts, they still maintain the tradition of legendary service and amenities while increasing the amount of options to passengers. New features include two more specialty restaurants, and the Bon Appétit culinary Center for hands-on cooking classes while at sea. Experience sumptuous suites and staterooms and slip between the lavish linens of the Prestige Tranquility Bed; The Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; open seating in as many as six restaurants with the exquisite cuisine inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, all with no supplemental charges; a generous staff to guest ratio allowing for more personalized service; and a country club casual dress code with no formal nights. Oceania's onboard entertainment and activities are also a divergence from the norm. Their ships house expected offerings such as pools, spas, casinos, and fitness centers, but the aim of the cruise line is to enrich your experience. A highlight is the esteemed lecturers brought onto their ships to enlighten travelers with their own experiences and insights, focusing their discussions on destination-related topics that cruisers will be seeing first-hand during their trip. Music can be heard all around the ship, whether it's a classical string quartet enjoyed while relaxing poolside, soft jazz improvisations at Horizons, or a headline performance in the Lounge. Each moment spent onboard an Oceania Cruise confirms that this is no ordinary cruise experience. The Cruise Store/Vacations & More is open Monday to Friday 9-5 and after hours by appointment. Please stop in at 55 Maple Street, East Longmeadow and say hi. Drop us an email at anderson@cruisestore.com or call us at 525-9001. Bon Voyage! Sponsored by The Cruise Store CruiseStore.com 55 Maple Street, East Longmeadow • 413-525-9001 Bookmark and Share