Pre-registrations open for Vista’s inaugural world cruise

Oceania Cruises responds to feedback for newest ship on 2026 RTW voyage

Oceania Cruises has confirmed its 2026 Around the World voyage will be hosted aboard its newest ship, Vista. The highly anticipated inaugural 180-day voyage for the ship, launched in May 2023, will set a new bar with unparalleled comfort and convenience.

Now open for preview, bookings for this unique, all-encompassing journey officially open on 14 March 2024.

Jason Worth, Vice President, International Sales for Oceania Cruises told LATTE the upper-premium cruise line had responded to guest and travel advisor feedback, dedicating its newest hardware to the six-month-long voyage, that will encompass 101 ports and 43 countries. Typically, Oceania Cruises has utilised its R-Class ship, Insignia, on its round-the-world sailings.

“Those in the trade community who have been fortunate to see Vista first-hand are really excited about this. To have Vista as the world cruise ship, with all its high-end amenities, culinary school and dining concepts… their wishes are fulfilled,” Worth said.

Oceania Cruises' Vista

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Setting sail from Miami on 6 January 2026, the boutique 1,200-guest vessel will cross three oceans and 18 seas, exploring the jewels of Southeast Asia and Australia, island-hopping in the South Pacific, calling on unique ports in Europe, and exploring favourite South American cities. Fully charting entire continental coastlines, the journey features both off-the-beaten-path secrets and impressive cities embracing cultural immersions, epicurean discoveries and breathtaking natural wonders.

With Vista‘s assignment, Oceania Cruises also has a larger number (and variety) of cabins to offer aboard the 2026 world voyage compared to its old ships. In fact, the capacity is nearly double that of Insignia, which has 684 berths.

Worth also noted that aside from the larger size of the vessel, there are additional dining options and onboard amenities that guests can enjoy and experience, such as Aquamar Kitchen or the Artist in Residence classes.

“Guests will have more things to do to stay busy, on and off the ship, or take advantage of the therapies and wellness experiences at the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center.”

Vista’s SpaceX Starlink Wi-Fi offering will also mean guests can stay connected over the duration.

Horizons lounge and bar

“After the remarkable success of our most recent world cruises, we have been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to present travellers with an even more extraordinary experience for our 2026 voyage,” said Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.

“With that, we are excited to announce that Vista, Oceania Cruises’ pinnacle of luxury and newest ship, will circumnavigate the globe artfully intertwining diverse continents, enriching cultures, and mouthwatering cuisines, creating an unforgettable tapestry of exploration for our guests. With this new voyage, we are excited to offer a rare chance to experience the world from an entirely new perspective – and further forward the future of global cruising.”

Around the World in 180 Days

The 2026 Around the World journey weaves together a lineup of destinations into a brilliant kaleidoscope of world wonders, marvellous attractions, and exceptional encounters. Vista will start its six-month sojourn with a sweeping six-week exploration of South America, fully charting the continent’s western coast before continuing to Mexico and California, and then will island-hop in the dazzling South Pacific and call on unique Australian ports such as the Whitsunday Islands. Further west, off-the-beaten-path secrets will come to life in Southeast Asia and across India. Toward the end of the voyage, Vista will call into enchanting coastal villages and iconic cities throughout the Mediterranean, British Isles and Nordic region before crossing back over to the United States.

Red Ginger restaurant

Continuing to elevate The Finest Cuisine at Sea®, Vista features 11 onboard culinary venues including the lines’ newest additions: Aquamar Kitchen, offering an array of wellness-inspired dishes with a hint of indulgence; The Bakery at Baristas, serving freshly baked pastries; and new signature restaurant, Ember.

On board, culinary aficionados will delight in the gourmet experiences curated by Oceania Cruises’ two resident Master Chefs of France, Alexis Quaretti and Eric Barale. From immersive Culinary Discovery Tours™ ashore to hands-on cooking classes back on board, guests will have the opportunity to savour the flavours of cultures from around the world alongside Director of Culinary Enrichment Kathryn Kelly, an Oceania Cruises Around the World first. Vista additionally offers an elevated variety of onboard activities including eight bars, lounges and entertainment venues, including the new Founders Bar, the luxurious Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center and Aquamar Spa Terrace.

Culinary Center and Dining Room

Starting at AU$89,450 per person for the French Veranda Stateroom category, the 180-day world cruise boasts an array of included amenities with the Exclusive Prestige Package such as free laundry services, free exclusive shoreside events, free 1-night pre-cruise luxury stay, free US$1000 shipboard credit per stateroom as well as inclusive simply MORE™ amenities including a generous shore excursion credit of US$8,800 per stateroom and a comprehensive beverage package available during lunch and dinner, free Wifi, and free pre-paid gratuities.

World Odyssey and Global Wanderlust Voyages

In addition to Vista’s Around the World in 180 days cruise, Oceania Cruises is offering more flexibility than ever by offering Global Wanderlust, a 120-day voyage from San Diego to Miami, as well as World Odyssey, a 197-day cruise from Los Angeles to Miami. While the global destinations are naturally the star attraction on this journey, the luxurious ambiance of Vista welcomes guests to the ultimate home at sea. With staterooms among the most spacious ever to be offered on a world journey, Oceania Cruises provides the space for a ritual of rejuvenation before exploring each day.

Aquamar Spa

Worth noted that travel advisors should be conscious that there is only one world cruise in 2026, and guests in Australia will be on the same playing field when it comes to booking. He encouraged trade partners to pre-register any interested guests now. The local team will be staying up late to process pre-registrations in the early hours of the 14th, coinciding with the opening of bookings on 13 March in the US.

“Our call centre team is ready and excited to book their guests,” he said, noting that there is a very healthy commission for those travel advisors booking the 180-day voyage.

“We see a lot of Australian travellers extending their cruise duration, in the 70-plus day voyages. The 120-day option from San Diego to Miami really isn’t that much longer, so I believe there will be a lot of interest from this market,” he concluded.

A detailed brochure for Oceania Cruises’ 2026 Around the World journeys may be found here.

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