Miami, July 21: Holidays on the high seas are festive occasions when gourmet cuisine and intriguing ports of call are added to the mix. Oceania Cruisesâ€™ intimate Regatta will celebrate the season with age-old and revered traditions on a Christmas and New Yearâ€™s voyage to the Caribbean.
â€œChristmas is the best time to cruise the Caribbean. The warm weather is complemented by the holiday spirit felt throughout the islands,â€ stated Bob Binder, Oceania Cruisesâ€™ president. â€œMoreover, decorations and gala onboard events will make the holidays memorable.â€
The lineâ€™s popular â€œSun-Splashed Holidayâ€ onboard Regatta is a 12-day cruise, roundtrip from Miami, departing Dec 21, that visits the Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, St. Barts and St. Croix. A limited number of suites and staterooms are still available.
The holiday spirit is in the air from the moment guests embark on Oceania Cruisesâ€™ Regatta, which will be dressed from bow to stern in its festive finery. Strewn garland, wreaths, holly, Christmas trees, and even mistletoe provide a backdrop for carolers singing yuletide favorites, themed entertainment and special guest performers. The significance of the holiday is observed at a Midnight Mass Dec. 24 and an ecumenical worship service on Christmas Day. Special Hanukkah activities are planned by a guest rabbi and menorahs will complement the shipâ€™s seasonal decorations.
Oceania Cruisesâ€™ holiday sailings have a special culinary emphasis. Menus will include such Christmas favorites as roast turkey, goose or ham, plus traditional trimmings, sweets and eggnog. Guests can also enjoy potato latkes, matzo ball soup, and Challah bread. A gala New Year’s Eve deck party â€“ weather permitting â€“ features live music, noisemakers, party hats and Champagne.
To reserve a stateroom on â€œSun-Splashed Holiday,â€ contact a travel agent. For information or to request a brochure, visit www.OceaniaCruises.com or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.