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Oceania expands free land programs on upcoming Dubai and Cape Town itineraries

Oceania Cruises has expanded its Free Land Programs to include Dubai and Cape Town on its 2024 voyages, along with 24 other select cruises visiting Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and beyond.

Passengers who book by June 30th, 2023, may lengthen their voyage to include immersive Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs with award-winning itineraries featuring more than 600 alluring destinations at no extra cost.

Valued at up to $5,000 per stateroom, these Land Programs explore coveted places like the Cape Winelands in South Africa, Taj Mahal in India, Jerusalem’s Old City in Israel, the Empty Quarter in the UAE, and more.


“Our Land Programs are meant to deepen our guests’ experience by introducing them to the cultural and culinary discoveries, breathtaking landscapes, wildlife encounters and architectural awes of some of the world’s most faraway corners,” said Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.

“We are thrilled to share our guests have the continued opportunity to dive further into several iconic destinations and do it for free through the extension of our Free Land Programs,” he added.

Free Land Program offerings have limited capacity and are subject to availability, according to Oceania Cruises. There are three such land programs featuring Dubai and the wider UAE, with one that focuses on Cape Town in South Africa.


3 Nights | Pre-Cruise Dubai, UAE

See the United Arab Emirates through landmarks that best express its richly layered history and audacious vision for the future. The Emirates’ cultural heritage is engagingly displayed within the waterfront Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah, while the capital of Abu Dhabi showcases more modern attractions, including its Grand Mosque, which holds 40,000 worshipers. The Louvre Abu Dhabi reflects the country’s deep devotion to the arts. Still, the desert dominates most aspects of life, which is why a Bedouin-style dinner amid the sand dunes seems so appropriate.

The Majestic Emirates program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise offering on board Riviera‘s Sheiks & Pharaohs Cruise departing May 14th, 2024, 15-day voyage Dubai to Jerusalem.

3 Nights | Pre-Cruise Dubai, UAE

Marvel at Dubai’s iconic architecture as a prelude to experiencing the city like a local. Photo stops at Jumeirah Mosque and the instantly recognizable Burj Al Arab hotel serve to pique your interest in Dubai. Still, the ultimate view awaits you from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Prepare to be awed. Browsing the souks offers a far more intimate exploration, as does cruising the lagoon in a traditional dhow. A day in Abu Dhabi presents the capital’s charms, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque.

The Dubai Discovery program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise offering on board Nautica‘s Exotic Eastern Spices Cruise departing December 8, 2023, 20-day voyage Dubai to Singapore. It is also offered as part of the Free Land Program on Riviera‘s Middle East Meandering Cruise departing December 19th, 2023, 10-day voyage Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

3 Nights | Post-Cruise Dubai, UAE

Wildly different experiences await you each day. Dubai leads off by flaunting cutting-edge architecture ranging from the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to towering Burj Khalifa, once the world’s tallest building. A day in Sharjah celebrates tradition and history, as is evident while browsing its Museum of Islamic Civilization and Souk Al Arsa, the oldest marketplace in the United Arab Emirates. Yet another day is devoted to desert exploration, as you race through the dunes in a brawny four-wheel-drive vehicle before settling in for an authentic Bedouin-style dinner.

The Marvels of Dubai & Sharjah program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a post-cruise offering on board Riviera‘s Asian & Arabian Jewels Cruise departing April 28th, 2024, 16-day voyage from Singapore to Dubai.

Cape Winelands

3 Nights | Pre- or Post-Cruise Cape Town, South Africa

Enjoy inspired wine tastings in the epicenter of the esteemed Cape Winelands, paired with opportunities to view animals synonymous with Africa. Dutch-influenced towns and country estates dot the fertile wine region, ensuring an experience that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Not far away lies Aquila, a private game reserve where you may spot the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo. Look for other species at the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve and penguins at Boulders Beach.

The Cape Winelands & Wildlife program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise or post-cruise offering on board Nautica‘s South Africa Spotlight Cruise departing May 9th, 2024, 12-day voyage from Cape Town to Cape Town.

Other land programs available include Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Auckland, Sydney, Singapore, Jerusalem, Mumbai and more. A full list can be found here.

Oceania Cruises is part of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings group which also includes Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line. It operates seven small, luxurious ships carrying a maximum of 1,238 guests and sailing destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. The brand has a second 1,200-guest newbuild, Allura, on order for delivery in 2025.

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