Oceania's newest ship, Vista, lives up to the hype. Credit: Vicky Mayer

Sail on Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Vista, from Southampton

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The newest addition to the Oceania Cruises fleet sails from Southampton, offering the finest cuisine at sea, with the added benefit of a no-fly voyage

Sailing with 1,200 guest, Oceania Cruises’ newest ship – Vista – promises epicurean delights for foodies.

The line’s latest ship which joined the fleet back in May serves up the ‘Finest Cuisine at Sea®’, both on the plate in the various onboard restaurants and also through enriching culinary classes on board and culinary discovery tours in ports. If food is the way to your heart, you’re going to fall in love with Vista.

And the best part of sailing from Southampton is that so many of the world’s most mesmerising destinations are all within reach without having to fly anywhere. No airports, no baggage restrictions. The holiday starts right away.

Cheers! Enjoy new and exciting immersive mixology experiences onboard Vista. Credit: Oceania

Next level enrichment and entertainment

Everyone knows that Oceania Cruises is a firm favourite for top notch food, and onboard Vista guests stand to learn some of this culinary prowess so that you can take home pro tips and impress at your next dinner party.

Chef instructors at the onboard ‘Culinary Center’ are experts in sharing their knowledge and passion for cooking and travel – masterfully blending the two to deliver an information and engaging series of demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

Take that culinary enrichment a step further on a chef-guided tour out in port to deep-dive into the food and drink culture of the destination. Is there any better way of getting to know a place than through its food?

And it’s not just culinary enrichment on offer onboard Vista. The all-new ‘LYNC Digital Center’ promises interactive and fun sessions to enhance your digital knowhow. Whether that’s to get to grips with social media, or push your smartphone photography to the next level, the dedicated digital concierge is ready to support you.

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Sail with Oceania Cruises for simply MORE

When you sail with Oceania Cruises and take advantage of their simply MORE offer, you’re gifting yourself a host of all-inclusive extras, from unlimited WiFi to shore excursion credits, airfare and airport transfers, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner (including champagnes and wines) and delicious meals in the ship’s luxurious gourmet speciality dining options – all included.

On Vista that means you can tuck into a delicious meal at Oceania Cruises’ newest restaurant, Ember, when American classics are reimagined with a modern twist. With an effortless ease, akin to a family-run Sonoma tasting room, Ember is sure to become a guest favourite.

As is Aquamar Kitchen, a casual breakfast and lunch spot located near the ship's buffet that will appeal to fans of healthy eating. Salad options included the Thai Mood, which features 11 ingredients including free-range chicken, fennel and mint.

Whether you are looking forward to a leisurely evening of dining or a quick dinner before catching the headline show, Ember is where you want to be. Credit: Oceania Cruises

No-fly from Southampton. Where can I go?

1. Sometimes you don’t need to travel far to see amazing places – especially when sailing from Southampton. Vista’s 11-day ‘Grandeur of Great Britain’ sailing, departing on May 23, 2025, circumnavigates the British Isles with visits to all four nations of the United Kingdom, as well as three ports in Ireland. With simply MORE, take advantage of $800 shore excursion credit to really get discovering.

2. A two-week cruise from Southampton can take you north to visit the Baltic’s ‘Vibrant Northern capitals’. This spectacular itinerary features three overnight stays in port, encouraging deeper immersion in the local scene, including in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, where the ‘Beyond Blueprints’ tour explores the city’s fascinating architectural story, guided by an expert architectural historian for an eye-opening perspective on the city.

The fjord-facing Scandinavian city of Olso rewards a visit. Credit: Shutterstock

3. For fans of extended voyages, Vista has something special for you too. Her 25-day ‘Cosmopolitan Capitals’ grand voyage, departing July 21, 2025 explores the Baltic port capitals – as far east as Tallinn – before returning west to tour the varied coastline of the British Isles. With simply More you will receive $1,800 shore excursion credit to take your exploration further and delve deeper in to this historical gem.

4. Maybe you don’t mind a little bit of flying. Well, why not take a repositioning cruise from Southampton to Bilbao in northern Spain? Vista’s ‘Gallic Grandeur’ voyage is a 10-day jaunt down the west coast of France, with two overnight stays in port, including in Bordeaux where a ‘go local’ tour lets you skip past the tourist façade and connect with the real soul of the city, just like a local. And you’ll only need to fly one-way, when you depart in Bilbao… and with simply MORE, your flight and airport transfer are already covered in the booking.

Bordeaux is France's wine capital. Credit: Shutterstock
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