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Explore the Tropics and Exotics with Oceania Cruises

Author: Daniel Edward

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Venture to dynamic cities across Asia or uncover the unity of culture and nature throughout Africa when you embark on a Tropics of Exotics itinerary with Oceania Cruises

With over 130 voyages to select from, Oceania Cruises’ 2025-2026 Tropics and Exotics Collection presents a vast range of culturally immersive itineraries to some of the most fascinating destinations on Earth.

These luxurious destination-led itineraries span from a short one-week break to an extensive, life-affirming six-month journey.

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refreshingly blends all-time favourite destinations with boutique ports that can only be visited by small ships. These lesser-visited ports allow you to experience authentic local life in relatively undiscovered pockets of the world.

And, because Oceania Cruises’ guests tend to be people who are fascinated by cultures and cuisines from around the world, the cruise line prioritises time out in port.

So, where some cruise lines have shaved off a few hours in port here and there over the last few years, Oceania Cruises has done the opposite and seeks opportunities to extend your time in port (in some cases as much as 50 per cent more than premium cruise lines).

Stepping up to luxury pays dividends in the overall experience, and Oceania Cruises’ simply MORE offer ensures that you are receiving exceptional value throughout. From roundtrip airfare to shore excursion credit, complimentary drinks, speciality fine dining, and unlimited Wi-Fi for the duration of your cruise.

Sail the South Pacific in style with Oceania Cruises. Credit: Oceania Cruises

Curated travel experiences on and off the ship
Oceania Cruises’ voyages are curated by experts, and this is perhaps brought to life most memorably in the spread of shore excursions, which suit a whole plethora of tastes.

Speaking of tastes, the line’s culinary focused tours are a decadent delight for the taste buds, and also weave together intriguing local stories and culture for a well-rounded perspective on the destination.

Thinking of exploring the South Pacific? When you arrive in Raiatea in French Polynesia, join the local guides on the ‘Culinary Secrets of the Sacred Island Tour’, which is co-led by your resident chef from The Culinary Center – the onboard cookery school.

This vibrant, gastronomical adventure includes heading to a local market to source colourful tropical ingredients – just as the locals do – and then head out to a native vegetable farm to understand traditional agricultural practices and see the production process first-hand.

After these eye-opening experiences, you’ll meet your private chef who will guide you through a hands-on workshop, exploring the finer points of Polynesian cooking. The whole experience culminates with a scrumptiously fresh local dish, overlooking lush green tropical gardens

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Cruise inspiration: three of our favourites from the Tropics and Exotics Collection
Board Riviera in November 2025 for a 12-day voyage from Bangkok to Singapore. This cruise is a perfect choice for a deep immersion in the region thanks to three overnight port stays – in Bangkok, Phuket, and Singapore. In addition, evening departures from several other ports – including Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – means you’ll have plenty of time to head out on fascinating cultural immersion tours.

Or book a suite onboard Allura – Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, which is the epitome of luxury. Her round-trip ‘Holiday Havens’ voyage from Miami departs on December 21, 2025, and includes both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Bursting with regional favourites, such as Curacao, Barbados, and St Maarten, you’ll also cherish the four days at sea, which give you lots of time to relax and explore the new ship. In particular, try the new restaurants onboard – we love Aquamar Kitchen for its wellness-inspired spin on gourmet food.

For something a little more extensive, Marina’s 24-day ‘Palms to Penguins’ voyage takes you from Rio de Janeiro all the way around the ‘end of the world’ to Santiago de Chile… via Antarctica. This thrilling voyage is one for foodies, culture vultures and nature lovers alike.

The ports are fascinating on both coastlines of South America, but in many ways, it will be the sailing days that steal the show for this voyage. We just don’t know whether it’ll be the penguin-pattered icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula or the majestically towering Chilean Fjords that will claim your heart most emphatically.

Penguins are a must-see on any Antarctic voyage. Credit: Shutterstock
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