Oceania Cruises has unveiled its Go Local series of tours – part of the company’s OceaniaNEXT changes. The new tours are designed to give guests a look at life in local communities.
“On our new Go Local tours, you don’t see the highlights or even visit a landmark, you are being introduced to local artisans, shopping local markets and quite literally becoming part of a local family. You’re learning about and experiencing generations-old traditions and the ways of their day-to-day lives,” stated Bob Binder, president and chief executive officer for Oceania Cruises.
More than 120 tours are offered throughout Europe, Alaska and South America, with myriad choices of tours that run the gamut from a day at the farm in Kuşadası, Turkey to the hidden treasures of the Milongas of Buenos Aires, Argentina to playing Gaelic sports in Cork, Ireland.
Sample tours include:
- Shepherd for a Day in Mahon, Menorca, Spain – guests will head to a family farm in the countryside of Ciutadella or Es Mercadal and be introduced to the lifestyle and operation of the farm, including the milking and shearing of the sheep. Guests will also learn how to make goats cheese and how the strong coastal winds that soak the grazing fields result in the cheeses having a hint of sea-saltiness. After the immersion into sheep farming, guests will enjoy a meal of local cheeses, freshly baked bread, cured meats and of course, wine.
- Shop for Dinner and Set the Table in Buenos Aires, Argentina – accompanied by a local guide, this experience sees guests go shopping in the local markets before being invited into a local residence where dinner is prepared and enjoyed.
- Fishing with the Natives in Portofino, Italy (pictured)– on this excursion, guests will spend the day at sea with a local fishing crew. The day will be finished off with a meal of just-caught fish, followed by a refreshing dip in the sea off the coast of Portofino.