Oceania Sets 2025 Summer Sailings to French Polynesia and Hawaii
Set sail with me, fellow travelers, as we delve into the exciting world of Oceania Cruises, a trailblazing cruise line renowned for its culinary delights and unwavering focus on destination exploration. The stage is set for a grand voyage in the summer of 2025, and the star of the show is none other than the boutique hotel-style vessel, Regatta, where a mere 670 fortunate souls will embark on an unforgettable journey. Mark your calendars, dear wanderers, for October 4, 2023, when reservations open, and your passport to cultural encounters, thrilling adventures, and pristine natural wonders becomes a reality.
Picture this: the prime months of August, September, and October, when the radiant sun graces the heavens, temperatures are balmy, and humidity takes a backseat. The allure of French Polynesia and Hawaii beckons, where itineraries are designed to be nothing short of magical. Allow me to paint a vivid picture of what awaits: azure lagoons in Bora Bora, ebony sands caressing the beaches of Tahiti, vibrant coral reefs in Raiatea, and majestic mountains soaring amidst the lush jungles of Nuku Hiva.
But hold on to your sunhats, dear travelers, for the excitement doesn't end there. Four out of the seven remarkable voyages will forge a captivating connection between French Polynesia and the Hawaiian archipelago, a realm renowned for its captivating craters, dramatic canyons, and lush waterfalls. Oceania Cruises has masterfully crafted immersive itineraries that promise to unveil the rich tapestry of native Polynesian culture. You'll savor the tantalizing flavors of local cuisine, embark on explorations into vibrant communities, and bask in the splendor of surrounding natural wonders.
Frank A. Del Rio, the esteemed president of Oceania, proudly declares, "One of the highlights of these parts of the world is undoubtedly the food." Indeed, these destinations are not just visual feasts but culinary treasure troves waiting to be savored as much as the breathtaking scenery.
Now, picture the Polynesian Dreams: a 15-day odyssey departing from Honolulu to Papeete aboard the Regatta. Your ports of call include Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Lahaina, Kailua-Kona, Hilo, Nuku Hiva, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Papeete. Mark your calendars for departures on August 1 and September 15, 2025, with the itinerary offered in reverse as well.
Or perhaps you're enticed by the Tahitian Legends: a 10-day escapade from Papeete to Papeete aboard Regatta, where you'll visit Papeete, Moorea, Fakarava, Nuku Hiva, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, and Raiatea. Your voyage awaits on August 16 and 26, and September 5, 2025.
And for those seeking divine Pacific oases, the journey is the destination. A 15-day sojourn from Honolulu to Papeete aboard Regatta awaits, with stops in Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Hilo, Nuku Hiva, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Papeete. This voyage sets sail on September 30, 2025.
But wait, there's more! The Song of Polynesia beckons—a magnificent 18-day route from Papeete to Los Angeles aboard Regatta. Your ports of call include Papeete, Moorea, Rangiroa, Nuku Hiva, Hilo, Lahaina, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, and Los Angeles. Departure is set for October 15, 2025.
Regatta, my dear travelers, offers an intimate boutique experience that allows you to truly explore the region. With itineraries meticulously designed to offer a unique flavor of the South Pacific, you'll bask in the ultimate small ship luxury. Imagine just 340 suites and luxurious staterooms, with nearly 70 percent boasting private verandas. The top-of-ship library invites you to browse through hundreds of books, while the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center offers relaxation and rejuvenation. But that's not all! The ship boasts eight lounges and bars for your leisure, and after dining in one of the four gourmet, open-seating restaurants, you can indulge in captivating shows and casino gameplay.
Now, let's talk about the pièce de résistance—the culinary delights that await. Both French Polynesia and Hawaii are renowned for serving up culinary specialties, exotic dishes, and delicious delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds. From poisson cru, French Polynesia's version of ceviche, featuring local raw fish marinated in coconut milk and lime juice, to the mahi mahi burger and a mai tai at Bloody Mary's in Bora Bora, your culinary journey is an adventure in itself.
And let's not forget about breadfruit, known as uru in Tahitian, a versatile starch that takes on various forms and embodies the essence of French Polynesia. In Nuku Hiva, it's roasted over hot coals and mashed with coconut milk to create a delectable dish called kaka.
In Hawaii, the classic poke reigns supreme, a raw fish bowl celebrated for its simplicity and freshness. While variations have become popular worldwide, trying ahi poke or tako poke (octopus) in its birthplace is a culinary pilgrimage you won't want to miss.
And no Hawaiian luau is complete without kalua pork, a succulent delight slow-roasted in an imu, an underground pit, and seasoned with local sea salt. Paired with rice and sautéed cabbage or coleslaw, it's a must-have Hawaiian favorite.
So, dear travelers, as you explore the paradises of Bora Bora, Papeete, Hilo, and Kailua-Kona, remember to savor not just the spectacular scenery but also the exquisite flavors that define these enchanting destinations. And as you savor every bite, let the ocean breeze and the sound of the waves serenade your senses.
Onboard Oceania, your journey is made even more delightful with services such as free roundtrip airfare, complimentary airport transfers, a short excursion credit, and a comprehensive beverage package—all included in the voyage fare. So, prepare to set sail on the adventure of a lifetime, where culture, cuisine, and exploration come together in perfect harmony amidst the stunning backdrop of French Polynesia and Hawaii. Bon voyage!