New Immersive Itineraries to the Holy Lands, Arabia, India and Myanmar

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary-focused cruise line, recently unveiled its most exotic and unique collection of itineraries to date, with in-depth explorations of the Holy Lands of Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Myanmar and Indonesia.

“We’ve thoughtfully crafted these immersive and off-the-beaten-path explorations to some of the hardest to reach destinations in the world to satiate our guests’ appetites for new and unusual travel experiences, “stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.

The Sirena Exotic Collection comprises nine sailings of 10- to 24-days beginning in November 2020 and culminating in April 2021. Kicking off with a 12-day voyage from Jerusalem to Istanbul, Sirena then charts a course through the Red Sea to explore the Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman and then on to India, the Maldives and Myanmar. All itineraries include overnight port calls with some itineraries featuring as many as four overnights along with myriad new ports of call such as Marmaris in Turkey, Sir Bani Yas in the Emirates, Doha in Qatar, Al Bahrain in Bahrain, Al Khasab in Oman, and Sabang in Indonesia. Ideal for the intrepid explorer, these new Sirena Exotic Collection voyages offer the penultimate in trophy-port collecting.

Sirena Exotic Collection Voyages and Highlights

Aegean Awakening, 12 Days, Jerusalem to Istanbul

November 9, 2020

Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel (two overnights); Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel; Paphos, Cyprus; Alanya, Turkey; Marmaris, Turkey; Bodrum, Turkey; Chania (Crete), Greece; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey (overnight)

Footsteps of Discovery, 20 Days, Istanbul to Dubai

November 21, 2020

Istanbul, Turkey; Pergamum (Dikili), Turkey; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Antalya, Turkey; Limassol, Cyprus; Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel (overnight); Cairo (Port Said), Egypt; Suez Canal Transit; Aqaba, Jordan; Luxor (Safaga), Egypt (overnight); Salalah, Oman; Muscat, Oman; Dubai, UAE (overnight)

Middle East Meandering, 10 Days, Dubai to Dubai

December 11, 2020 & February 28, 2021

Dubai, UAE (overnight); Al Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Al Bahrain, Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; Sir Bani Yas, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dubai, UAE

Souks, Spices & Sands, 15 Days, Dubai to Mumbai

December 21, 2020

Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Fujairah, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Malé, Maldives (overnight); Cochin (Kochi), India; Mangalore, India; Goa (Mormugao), India; Mumbai, India (overnight)

Indian Ocean Jewels, 15 Days, Mumbai to Rangoon

January 5, 2021

Mumbai, India; Goa (Mormugao), India; Mangalore, India; Cochin (Kochi), India; Malé, Maldives (overnight); Sabang, Indonesia; Phuket, Thailand; Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) (two overnights)

Mystical Asia, 15 Days, Rangoon to Bangkok

January 20, 2021

Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) (two overnights); Phuket, Thailand; Sabang, Indonesia; Penang, Malaysia; Langkawi, Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Singapore, Singapore; Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam (overnight); Bangkok, Thailand(overnight)

Ultimate Asia Odyssey, 24 Days, Bangkok to Dubai

February 4, 2021

Bangkok, Thailand (overnight); Ko Samui, Thailand; Singapore, Singapore (overnight); Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Penang, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) (double overnight); Cochin (Kochi), India; Mangalore, India; Goa (Mormugao), India; Mumbai, India (overnight); Dubai, UAE (overnight)

Passage Through Time, 22 Days, Dubai to Athens

March 10, 2021

Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Fujairah, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Salalah, Oman; Luxor (Safaga), Egypt (overnight); Aqaba, Jordan; Suez Canal Transit; Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel; Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel (overnight); Limassol, Cyprus; Antalya, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Athens (Piraeus), Greece

About Sirena

The 684-guest Sirena was originally slated to sail a winter and spring season of voyages to Cuba and will now extend her 2020 European season and spend the Winter-Spring 2020-2021 season sailing to some of the world’s most beguiling and off-the-beaten path destinations.

Better than new after a top-to-bottom rebuild as part of the $100 million OceaniaNEXT initiative, the ship has 342 completely new staterooms and suites along with dramatically transformed public spaces. Sirena also debuted some additional refinements above and beyond what was done to the line’s Insignia, the first of six ships to undergo the re-inspiration process:

  • Brand-new entry doors for all suites and staterooms
  • Full-length mirrors in all suites and staterooms
  • Additional 100-volt sockets on each side of the bed in all accommodations
  • New wall sconces in the Spa
  • Additional crystal chandeliers in the public spaces and stair lobbies

In addition, there are elements of the multi-million-dollar art collection that are unique, even personal expressions, that are emblematic of the brand’s personal nature ,with pieces by Jacques Pépin and Soumiya Lakshmi Krishnaswamy. Jacques Pépin’s’s daughter Claudine, is the Godmother to the Sirena.

For more information on the artistry of Jacques Pépin, please visit this website.  To see samples of Soumiya Krishnaswamy’s work, visit her website.

About Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s six intimate and luxurious ships which carry only 684 or 1,250 guests offer an unrivaled vacation experience featuring the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages.