Oceania Cruises has announced its most extensive and immersive series of World and Grand Voyages for 2025, with several cruises featuring port calls in, and departures from South Africa.
The line has reprised its perennially popular Around the World in 180 Days voyage for 2025, but in an east to west direction, underscoring the increasing popularity of longer, more languid, destination-immersive voyages.
Oceania Cruises has also introduced a series of seven Grand Voyages ranging in length from 50 to 111 days, one of which will feature South Africa, while her Around the World in 180 Days itinerary will also call in the country.
“This new collection of globe-spanning itineraries includes both iconic and off the beaten path ports of call and offers a wealth of opportunities for our guests to explore the farthest corners of the globe, making the journey just as rewarding as the destination,” said Howard Sherman, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.
“Each of these Grand Voyages takes advantage of one of life’s greatest luxuries: time,” he added. “The journeys range from a spectacular 111-day expedition of wonders across the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean to an extraordinary journey that is the first of its kind – combining fascinating explorations of three continents aboard two small, luxurious ships with an incredible multi-day Land Program in between.”
Oceania Cruises said in a release that each of its itineraries has been designed for the intrepid explorer, the traveler with an endless wanderlust and a penchant for enjoying the finer things in life.
World Cruise and Grand Voyage featuring South Africa
Around the World in 180 Days
180 Days, Five Continents, 32 Countries, 89 Ports
January 5, 2025 – July 3, 2025
Setting sail on a rare east-to-west journey, the 2025 Around the World in 180 Days cruise sails from Miamiaboard the 656-guest Insignia. She first heads south for explorations in vibrant Brazil and the wilds of the Amazon before crossing the great Atlantic Ocean for adventures in the villages and majestic landscapes of Africa.
En route to South Africa, this crossing features a call on the most remote inhabited island on the planet: the volcanic isle of Tristan da Cunha. Insignia then continues east, to the great cities of Asia, with explorations of some of the most exclusive islands lining the Indian Ocean along the way.
The French Comoros, Maldives and Seychelles give way to captivating destinations in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia and beyond. As Insignia heads south along the less explored coast of Western Australia, guests will have the opportunity to discover some of this continent’s most unsung treasures.
During the navigation of the South Pacific, the ship will make a rare call on Champagne Bay on Vanuatu along with some of French Polynesia’s most stunning islands before heading north to visit the lush Hawaiian Islands to conclude this global journey.
While in Africa, Insignia will also stay overnight in Walvis Bay, Namibia, and Cape Town and Richard’s Bay in South Africa, in addition to 17 other ports on the itinerary. A mid-cruise African Safari overland program is also on offer from Cape Town.
Epic Continental Explorer – Papeete to Barcelona
February 25 – June 17, 2025
This 111-day voyage visits 28 countries with 12 overnight port stays in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and beyond. It offers multiple weeks spent exploring the Indian Ocean and Africa, including the continent’s exotic and mysterious western shores.