Miami, Dec. 15, 2010 â€“ Oceania Cruises has announced that Terry Breen will be a guest lecturer featured on its summer Alaska cruises aboard the lineâ€™s elegant 684-passenger Regatta. Breen will give enrichment lectures and share personal insights with guests as they explore the Inside Passage and lesser-known Alaskan ports.
With 19 years of expedition experience, Breen has honed her love for cultural anthropology and exploration with an innate stage presence to become an acclaimed area specialist. Author of The Cruiser Friendly Onboard Guide series, the first and only guides that explore the world as seen from the decks of a cruise ship, Breen will share her invaluable insight and understanding of Alaskaâ€™s celebrated sights and uncultivated wilderness.
â€œWe are delighted to have Terry join the Oceania Cruises family for our maiden foray into Alaska,â€ states Bob Binder, president of Oceania Cruises. â€œHer style and in-depth knowledge of the Great State will complement our distinctive voyages.â€
12-day Alaskan Grandeur starting at $3,299 per person
Oceania Cruisesâ€™ 12-Day Alaskan Grandeur itinerary operates between San Francisco and Vancouver on May 26 and again Aug. 14. With the lineâ€™s Double Bonus Savings promotion offering two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare, a per stateroom savings of $1,000 off cruise fares plus a $1,000 shipboard credit, rates start at just $3,299 per person, based on double occupancy, if booked by Dec. 31, 2010. Ports include:
* Astoria â€“ Known as the â€œLittle San Francisco of the Pacific Northwestâ€ due to colorful Victorian homes clinging to its steep hills, Astoria was established in 1811 and is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.
* Wrangell â€“ A former Tlingit Indian stronghold, then a Russian outpost, and finally an American settlement in 1867, on nearby Chief Shakes Island Wrangell guests can see a preserved tribal house and learn about the three gold rushes that transformed the Wrangell area.
* Juneau â€“ For a state capital, Juneau maintains a surprising small-town charm, in part because it can only be reached by sea or air due to surrounding wilderness. Visitors to the Alaska State Museum can see collections from the indigenous people. More adventurous shore excursions are also available, including a Musherâ€™s Camp & Sled Dog Discovery.
* Hoonah â€“ Hoonah, which means â€œwhere the north wind doesnâ€™t blowâ€ in the language of the Tlingit Indians, serves as our gateway to Icy Strait Point. Here wildlife outnumbers people so guests will have ample opportunities to see bears and eagles in their natural habitats as well as humpback whales, which migrate to the area in the summer.
* Sitka â€“ Called â€œShee Atikaâ€ by the Tlingit Indians, then â€œNew Archangelâ€ by Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, built by Russian settlers in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaskaâ€™s oldest native culture collections.
* Ketchikan â€“ Totem poles are one of Ketchikanâ€™s main attractions and the best places to view them are the Saxman Village and Totem Bight State Park. Guests can also learn about the local cultures and ecosystems at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.
Enjoy Gourmet Pacific Northwest Specialties
Travelers will discover Alaska aboard Oceania Cruisesâ€™ 684-guest Regatta â€“ an intimate ship known for its gourmet cuisine, luxurious public rooms and accommodations, and attentive service. As a special highlight, Pacific Northwest specialties will be featured during lunch in the casual Terrace CafÃ© and in the shipâ€™s elegant Grand Dining Room. Regional specialties will also be showcased in all four of the shipâ€™s open-seating restaurants; all of which are available with no surcharge.
When provisioning locally, the shipâ€™s executive chef seeks the freshest catch and shellfish, making on-the-spot decisions. Consequently, not all selections will always be available and there may be surprise menu additions. Depending on the voyage and venue, appetizers might include Fresh Halibut VeloutÃ© â€“ a creamy fish soup with saffron rice and julienne leeks â€“ or Alaskan King Crab Legs, sure to be a guest favorite.