Oceania Cruises

The thought of sailing away overcomes me in weather like this. I can imagine myself sipping coffee on a balcony, scanning the horizon for dolphins and waiting for the next port.

A cruise is a wonderful way to cross off several destinations (like Caribbean Islands, or Greek Islands) without having the expense to fly to one island at a time.  This is definitely how I hope to do the ABC islands someday soon. (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao)

This week, Oceania (Cruise Line – The luxury division of Norwegian Cruise Lines) caught my eye. They are offering some outstanding deals.  The great thing about these ships is that they are small. 700 passengers or less, feels like a vacation, not like a floating city.

Oceania has just 4 ships in the fleet, and the “Riviera” often makes the top 8 list that Cruise Critic puts out for the Best Luxury Cruises.

The Riviera, does one cruise from Montreal to Miami in late October. It’s a 14 day voyage as shown here.  But, do look at all their European offerings and transatlantic voyages too. Maybe something will catch your eye. (I’m after the Miami to New York cruise that circles the southern Caribbean. I could get my ABCs and more!)

To avoid sticker shock from some of the brochure prices, do look for specials for Canadian Residents, or for particular cruises. Or ask your favourite travel agent for help. There are numerous offers that bring the prices right down, sometimes a 40% discount or more, you just need to know where to look.

Which cruise catches your eye?

 

Bargain Alert! YWG to YVR

****** June 27th Update*****

The hot deals disappeared on Monday. Back to $460 round trip. Had to act quick on that one.

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$250, tax incl and return, sound like a nice price from Winnipeg to Vancouver?

Select dates available. (see calendar) 

We have New Leaf Airlines to thank for this. They have inspired Westjet (Prices shown are Westjet) to discount a few flights and match prices on this route.

Other cities included as destinations from Winnipeg are Abbotsford, Kelowna and Toronto.

Bookings available now, for flights July 25th, thru October, including Thanksgiving. Many of the cheap flights to Vancouver are actually non-stop. Bonus!

IF you find the right dates on flights to Vancouver or to Abbotsford you might be able to pair it with a discounted cruise to Alaska. Possibilities here are endless.

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Screenshot from Sunday, June 26th. Westjet’s price calendar.
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Just a couple cruise options from Expedia.ca