Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, invites travellers to explore the treasured wonders of the globe’s largest cities and unique corners through its meticulously designed Free Land Programs. At no extra cost on select 2023 sailings, and now extended into 2024 voyages, the Free Land Programs are available on 24 featured sailings reaching Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and beyond. Travellers who book by 30 June 2023, may lengthen their voyage to include immersive Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs with award-winning itineraries featuring more than 600 alluring destinations. Valued at up to US$5,000 per stateroom, these Land Programs explore coveted places like the Cape Winelands, Taj Mahal, Jerusalem’s Old City and more.
“Our Land Programs are designed to deepen our guests’ travel experiences 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.”
Free Land Program offerings have limited capacity and are subject to availability.
Highlight programs include:
RIO: A CIDADE MARAVILHOSA
3 Nights | Pre- or Post-Cruise Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It’s hard not to fall in love with Rio, especially when this irrepressible city is presented so beautifully. What better introduction than seeing the highlights from every conceivable angle, including from atop Sugarloaf Mountain, which you reach via cable car. Rio is synonymous with the uber-exuberant festival Carnival, and a behind-the-scenes look divulges exactly how the outlandish floats and lavish costumes are made. Even a taste of Rio leaves you wanting more, so an entire day is devoted to independent exploration.
The Rio: A Cidade Maravilhosa program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise or post-cruise offering on board Marina’s Cape Horn Mariner Cruise departing 21 January, 2024, 24-day voyage from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile; Bountiful Brazil Cruise departing 5 March, 2024, 10-day voyage from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro; and Incandescent Amazon Cruise departing 15 March, 2024, 21-day voyage from Rio de Janeiro to Miami.
AUTHENTIC BUENOS AIRES
3 Nights | Pre- or Post-Cruise Buenos Aires, Argentina
Live like a local porteño through experiences that genuinely characterise the lifestyle. The capital’s architectural diversity becomes apparent in the boldly colored El Caminito neighbourhood and in Casa Rosado, where President Juan Perón and his wife, Evita, famously delivered speeches from the balcony. You may pass her mausoleum in Recoleta Cemetery. The cultural importance of the tango emerges during a sultry dance performance over dinner. Porteños often spend weekends at country ranches much like the estancia where you can watch gauchos while savouring grilled asado and signature Argentine wines.
The Authentic Buenos Aires program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise or post-cruise offering on board Marina’s Legendary Latin America Cruise departing 18 December, 2023, 24- day voyage from Lima to Buenos Aires, and Bountiful Brazil Cruise departing 5 March, 2024, 10-day voyage from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro.
CHILEAN WONDERS & WINE
3 Nights | Post-Cruise Santiago de Chile (San Antonio), Chile
Savour characteristic Chilean wines and drink in the country’s wondrous natural beauty. The foothills on the outskirts of Santiago contribute to an inland terroir that produces enviable wines, as a tasting at Viña Santa Rita confirms. With the towering Andes as a backdrop, the sky-high ski resort Portillo offers spectacular views. The watershed Battle of Chacabuco was fought nearby, leading to Chile’s independence. Colonial architecture clings to the steep hills of Valparaiso, a lovely seaport that earned a UNESCO World Heritage designation for its 19th-century urban landscape.
The Chilean Wonders & Wine program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a post-cruise offering on board Marina’s Cape Horn Mariner Cruise departing 21 January, 2024, 24-day voyage from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile.
3 Nights | Pre- or Post-Cruise Lima (Callao), Peru
Delve into the history, heritage and traditions of Peru as you visit top Lima landmarks, discover the ruins of a pre-Columbian city and enjoy a demonstration by Peruvian Paso horses. The archaeological complex of Pachacámac, spanning more than 1,400 acres, happens to be one of Peru’s unsung treasures, and you’ll have the opportunity to stroll the site’s adobe and stone palaces and temple pyramids. Explorations of Lima’s atmospheric main square, lined with stately palaces and ornate churches, and Callao’s colourful and creative epicentre round out this cultural mosaic.
The Lima Mosaic program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise or post-cruise offering on board Marina’s Maya & Inca Origins Cruise departing 3 December, 2023, 15-day voyage from Miami to Lima, and Legendary Latin America Cruise departing 18 December, 2023, 24-day voyage from Lima to Buenos Aires.
SINGAPORE HERITAGE HOLIDAY
4 Nights | Pre-Cruise Singapore, Singapore
Make this a holiday to remember while exploring Singapore’s most alluring highlights. A ride on the famous Singapore Flyer complete with Champagne and canapés serves as a memorable prelude, followed by an evening visit to see the holiday light display at Gardens by the Bay, a vast, lush waterfront garden and nature park, which you’ll also have the opportunity to tour by day. Relax on a sightseeing trip along the Singapore River, admire top landmarks, discover Chinatown and walk through several historical districts. Toast to the occasion with a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel, an icon of storied elegance dating to 1887.
The Singapore Heritage Holiday program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program – as a pre-cruise offering – on board Nautica’s Tropics of Capricorn Cruise, departing 28 December, 2023, 24-day voyage Singapore to Papeete.
JERUSALEM: A HOLY SANCTUARY
3 Nights | Post-Cruise Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel
The Holy Land becomes even more meaningful upon viewing its most hallowed destinations. Jerusalem is especially moving, as it holds great symbolic significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Consequently, UNESCO deemed the Old City worthy of a World Heritage site designation. The fortress-like Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is another sacred Christian landmark, as it is believed to mark the birthplace of Jesus. The ruins in Caesarea attest to the former grandeur of the seaport that Herod the Great built to honour Emperor Augustus Caesar.
The Jerusalem: A Holy Sanctuary program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a post-cruise offering on board Riviera’s Sheiks & Pharaohs Cruise departing 14 May, 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 recognisable 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 8 December, 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 19 December, 2023, 10-day voyage Dubai to Abu Dhabi.
INDIA’S CROWN JEWEL
3 Nights | Pre- or Post-Cruise Mumbai, India
Although watching a radiant sunrise and sunset at the Taj Mahal may well be the highlight of this exploration, it is by no means the only attraction that will leave an indelible impression. The time between these two spectacles can be spent at the UNESCO World Heritage site Agra Fort or at the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, a marble mausoleum known as the “Baby Taj” as it is considered to be the model for the Taj Mahal. Delhi also delights through architecture such as the triumphant arch India Gate.
The India’s Crown Jewel program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a pre-cruise or post-cruise offering on board Riviera’s Sumptuous Arabia Cruise departing 29 December, 2023, 10-day voyage Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, and Sublime Southeast Asia Cruise departing 8 January, 2024, 20-day voyage Mumbai to Singapore.
AN EDO EXPERIENCE OF TOKYO
3 Nights | Post-Cruise Tokyo, Japan
From your base in Tokyo, you will visit some of the most impressive sights of Japan, including various ancient temples as well as some of its modern and natural wonders. Discover Tokyo’s fascinating Shogun history and Japan’s rich tradition of art at superb museums, stroll through beautiful Edo-period gardens and feel like a local as you visit Tsukiji Outer Market. During your leisure time, explore the colourful market street Ameyoko and take in the high-energy atmosphere of Ginza, Tokyo’s upscale shopping and entertainment district.
The An Edo Experience of Tokyo program is available as part of Oceania Cruises’ Free Land Tour Program as a post-cruise offering on board Riviera’s Land of The Rising Sun Cruise departing 20 March, 2024, and 1 April, 2024, 12-day voyage from Tokyo to Tokyo.
CAPE WINELANDS & WILDLIFE
3 Nights | Pre- or Post-Cruise Cape Town, South Africa
Enjoy inspired wine tastings in the epicentre 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 9 May, 2024, 12-day voyage from Cape Town to Cape Town.
For additional information on Oceania Cruises’ small-ship luxury product, exquisitely crafted cuisine, and expertly curated travel experiences, visit OceaniaCruises.com, call Oceania Cruises on 1300 355 200 (Australia), 0800 625 691 (NZ) or speak with a professional travel advisor.