Oceania Cruise Lines

With 3 elegant mid-sized cruise ships, Oceania cruises targets older North American travelers.

Oceania Cruise Lines cater mostly to older North Americans offering a country club atmosphere in Edwardian surroundings. Food and service is better than rivals Holland America, Celebrity and Crystal but cabin accommodations aren’t. There are no facilities for children.

Their 400 members of staff will make sure you get a personalized service and unforgettable dining experience on one of their 3 Oceania cruise ships: the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica.

You will be in for a casually elegant luxury cruise without being disturbed by little children running up and down. As elegant as they are, Oceania cruise ships are not built to visit Antarctica, making their destinations more exotic.

oceana cruisesHighlights of your travel will be disembarking in more than one of the many famous ports along your cruise.

Oceania Cruiseships

Oceania Cruises is formed in 2002 by 2 luxury cruise veterans offering 3 intimate and luxurious 684-guest ships:

  • Regatta
    regatta oceania cruise ship
  • Insignia
    insignia oceania cruise ship
  • Nautica
    nautica oceania cruise ship

These 3 cruiseships are elegant, mid-sized, stylish and comfortable. Compared to the food served however, their accommodations aren’t as exquisite.

The 400 staff members on board of the Oceania cruise lines do give a high level of personal service during your cruising experience.

Oceania Cruise Lines Goals

Oceania Cruises position themselves as the cruise line of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant luxury cruise travel experience.

The dining experience is excellent!


Oceania Cruise Lines sail exotic destinations like the Far East and China, with overnight stays in famed cities as Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hanoi, Saigon, Kyoto, Bombay, Luxor and Dubai.

For natural and historical beauty, they sail South America like Rio de Janeiro, the rugged outpost of Port Stanley, or the majesty of Chile’s glacier-laden fjords.

Oceania also lets you discover Europe: cruising to more than 80 ports in Scandinavia and Russia, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Black Sea and esoteric locales as Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.

The most exotic cruises on offer are in the Caribbean’s azure blue seas. Silken beaches present a tempting diversion from the winter doldrums.

From the yachtsmen’s haven of Antigua to Tony St. Barts or to the lush jungles of Central America, you will experience a world of tropical bliss that you never knew existed.

Oceania Cruises covers Africa, Arabia, Black Sea, British Isles, Caribbean, Central America, China, Greek Isles, Iceland, India, Mediterranean, Mexico, Russia, Scandinavia, South America and Southeast Asia.

We repeat: Oceania Cruise Lines do not cover Antarctica!

The closest Oceania can bring you to the ice is visiting either/or:

  • Iceland
    oceania cruise lines iceland
  • visiting Chili
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They cater to older North Americans and are opening up to Europeans. There are no facilities for children on any of their 3 cruiseships.

Oceania travelers are discerning and sophisticated. They looking forward to:

  • world-class cuisine,
  • unparalleled personal service and
  • an enriching, in-depth, destination-oriented experience.

Travel to Antarctica

Planning your Antarctica Travel

Since you don’t take an Antarctica vacation every day, and the Antarctica travel season is only 4 months, you have all the time in the world to prepare yourself for your Antarctica Travel.

Read about my Antarctica Vacation: an Antarctica Cruise on the Antarctica ship "Kapitan Dranitsyn".

Read the Antarctica Travel Tips on this page or read other Antarctica Travel diaries like this Antarctica Cruise on the Norwegian Nordnorge

Antarctica travel tips

Antarctica Cruise

If there is one place that one should go before you leave this earth for good, Antarctica is one of them. It is an excellent place to go for an adventure cruise and a trip to this white continent will be a memorable one for anyone who has the golden opportunity to make a trip there.

Antarctica CruisesThe best time to go for a cruise to the Antarctica is in the summer months for obvious reasons. However, summer is not “warm” and it can get very chilly and weather some times can be unpredictable. Also during the summers, the ice thaws so ships can navigate through the waters and ice.

Do know when we talk about Antarctic summer, we actually refer to January and February, since we are talking about the South Pole (Australian readers won’t be surprised to hear this, as they also live on the southern hemisphere).

When cruising in Antarctica , you can to see all kinds of wild life and different types of birds. You can see marine mammals like Humpback, Minke and Orca whales and seals as well. The wildlife and landscapes are truly unique and worth seeing.

Antarctica vacations

If you are one of those lucky ones that have been to practically every continent in the world and is fast running out of places to go (except the moon) then you should seriously think of taking a cruise to Antarctica .

Antarctica vacationsIt is expensive for sure and depending on where you are from, the airfare will cost an arm and a leg.

But it will be a journey of a lifetime as there is no place on earth like Antarctica .

There are various cruises you can choose to go on but if you can afford it, you have to get on one of those Russian icebreakers that will take you to places where the big cruise ships are unable to get to.

Quark Expeditions

Quark ExpeditionsQuark Expeditions Cruises is one of the more established companies that organizes cruises on Russian icebreakers to the Antarctic continent.

Their cruises focus mainly on giving you an adventure but do not expect too much luxury on board. It does roll around quite a bit so if you do not have sea legs, you are in for a ride!

Quark ExpeditionsThey do however have specialists on board that will provide you with the required information on polar ecosystems and even digital photography.

One thing I can assure you is that the food on board is excellent

… Well, on those days when the boat is not rolling and you are not sick to your stomach, eating is a joy at meal times.

Antarctica Cruises

Penguins are most likely the first animals you think about when you hear about an Antarctica cruise: they sail through the icy water, and when the ice is to hard for any Antarctica ship to crush, penguins or other of the little wildlife could be seen walking on ice.

Your vacation to Antarctica wont be complete without penguins. Without an icebreaker, you will be able to admire them from far. Yet on board of a real icebreaker, you can come up and close to these Antarctica penguins, just hold your breath… you have been warned :-).

Make sure to book a cruise that uses an icebreaker, to bring you up and close to the ice and the penguins: it will most likely a once in a lifetime travel, and since you already want to venture so far, might as well make sure you will go the extra mile and set foot on Antarctic soil!

My Antarctica Cruises Dream

penguin cruises antarctica

Antarctica cruises : did you ever dream of somebody who cruises Antarctica and that somebody is you? Never miss a episode of whale wars? Did you ever wanted to visit Earth’s lost Paradise: the seventh continent on an Antarctica cruise? Ever imagined about adventurous Antarctica cruises? I did!

This Antarctica Cruises site will show magnificent pictures about my Antarctic travel. We invite everybody to share their Antarctica travel stories and pictures, so do leave a comment!

Let’s make this site a personal tourism site for everybody who dreams about a cruise to the South Pole.