Oceania Cruises is introducing new small group tours, promising to go “beyond the tourist sites” and offering guests the opportunity to experience destinations on “an entirely new level”.
The new Go Local series sidesteps a destination’s traditional highlights and landmarks, and introduces guests to local artisans, local markets and visiting local families.
“You’re learning about and experiencing generations-old traditions and the ways of their day-to-day lives,” said Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer for Oceania Cruises.
Part of the brand’s stream of OceaniaNEXT enhancements, Go Local see’s Oceania guests welcomed into local homes and businesses and immersed into their way of life.
More than 120 tours are offered throughout Europe, Alaska, and South America. Options range from A Day at the Farm in Kusadasi, Turkey to the Hidden Treasures of Milongas in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Playing Gaelic Games in Cork, Ireland.
Sample Go Local Tours
- Shepard for a Day in Mahon, Spain – Guests will be welcomed to a family farm in the countryside of Ciutadella or Es Mercadal and introduced to the lifestyle and operation of the farm, including the milking and shearing of the sheep. Guests will also learn the intricacies of making goat 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, it’s time to savour a meal around the family table and sample local cheeses, fresh 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 is a fun and engaging afternoon and evening of shopping local markets and then retiring to a local residence where dinner is prepared and enjoyed. Navigating through a market bustling with locals, there will be opportunities to ask the butchers for the best cuts, the fish monger for today’s catch, or to haggle with the grocer for the best price on vegetables. One need not be a foodie to appreciate the richness of this experience. After the shopping is finished, it’s time to enjoy a traditional Argentine dinner ‘at home’.
- Fishing with The Natives in Portofino, Italy – On this lively excursion, guests spend the day at sea with a local fishing crew, watching them haul in the day’s catch. The captain and crew will describe their typical day on the stunningly beautiful Ligurian Sea and explain the different methods they use such as casting nets or the traditional palamiti – long lines with hundreds of hooks. Of course, no day at sea would be complete without a meal of traditionally prepared, just-caught fish followed by a refreshing dip in the sea off the coast of Portofino.
- Ardmore Village & Inspiration of a Local Artist in Waterford, Ireland – At the Brigid Shelly Gallery in Ardmore, the local artist known affectionately as “The Cow Lady” guides you during a hands-on painting class in her studio. Shelly loves to capture landscapes and people on canvas but admits that she is a bit fascinated with painting the local cows. She starts with a tour of her gallery and a look through some of her recent works and then turns everyone loose to release their inner Picasso. During the session she will entertain with tales of local life, history and lore and she loves to answer questions. Of course, everyone returns home not just with fond memories, but their own personal masterpiece.
The Go Local additions complement Oceania’s existing immersive range of touring options – Oceania Exclusive and Oceania Select collections of mainstream excursions, trademark Culinary Discovery Tours, Food & Wine Trails tours for the ultimate foodie experiences and Wellness Tours available across six continents.
Go Local Tours are currently available for purchase and can be viewed in the “Explore Ashore” section of OceaniaCruises.com