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EPIC ODYSSEYS







                                          s we go to press, Insignia is cruising through the second half of her “Around
       POINTS OF                          the World in 180 Days” World Cruise. We caught up with John and Jean
       DISTINCTION                 A Peterson, our voyage hosts for the first segment of this global adventure,
                                   to get their impressions of the 684-guest ship:
       • The Finest Cuisine at Sea™
                                       “In a word, the interior is beautiful. The passenger spaces are in top
       • Award-winning itineraries      condition. The ship has a clubby, turn-of-the-century appearance with
        featuring over 365 alluring     marble floors and wood-paneled bulkheads throughout. The library is
        destinations                    particularly elegant and we enjoyed spending time there.”

       • Spectacular port-intensive
        voyages featuring overnight   As we’ve noted before, Oceania Cruises is known   Bermuda. In all: 90 ports in 36 countries with
        visits and extended evening   as the cruise line for epicureans. (Legendary   14 overnights.
        port stays                 Master Chef Jacques Pépin is its executive
                                   culinary director.) The Petersons concurred   This World Cruise also features a number of
       • Intimate, luxurious ships   with Oceania Cruises’ “The Finest Cuisine at   exclusive shore events:
        catering to just 684 or 1,250
        guests                     Sea™” claim, and noted “The menus had a wide   • an authentic tea ceremony and Kabuki
                                   range of choices, and repetition of the 14-day   performance in Tokyo
       • Acclaimed Canyon Ranch    cycle was hardly noticeable.” In addition to its   • dinner and horse racing at the
        SpaClub®                   Grand Restaurant and two specialty restaurants,   longstanding Hong Kong Jockey Club
                                   Insignia offers the Terrace Café with outside
       • Country club casual       seating – “delightful when the weather permits.”   • a traditional Thai evening in Bangkok
        ambiance
                                                                                  • cocktails and dinner at Jerusalem’s
                                   THE ULTIMATE GLOBAL EXPEDITION: 2019            UNESCO-listed Old Acre
                                   WORLD CRUISE NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING
                                                                                  • a three-course dinner at the Bordeaux
                                   We’ve  recently  received  details of  Oceania   wine estate Château Smith Haut Lafitte
                                   Cruises’ 2019 World Cruise aboard Insignia.
                                   Especially nice: Cruisers have the flexibility to   Exotic overnights – and opportunities for
                                   embark in New York, Miami or Los Angeles on   deeper travel experiences – await in Bali, Tokyo,
        Terrace Café               three different dates in January. The westbound   Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City,
                                   circumnavigation will explore the Pacific   Bangkok, Yangon, Luxor, Jerusalem, Lisbon,
      “We really liked that we could   Riviera, Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific   Bordeaux and Bermuda. Call us soon so that
       get excellently prepared    before heading down under to New Zealand   we can secure your desired accommodations on
       Maine lobster tails any     and Australia. After an extended period in Asia,   this 2019 adventure.
       evening in the Terrace buffet.”    Insignia will continue on to the Holy Land and
        ~ John and Jean Peterson,       the Mediterranean. Rounding out the six-month   The 2018 World Cruise, departing next January
         Cruise Specialists Voyage Hosts                                      3 from Miami, is now on a waitlist. If you are
                                   voyage: calls  in  Canada/New  England  and


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