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Oceania Cruises offer post-refurbishment Cape Town to Singapore cruise for 2020

Oceania Cruises will be homeporting Nautica in Cape Town for a set of roundtrip cruises during the 2019/2020 cruise season, but will also be cruising from South Africa with Insignia, a sister ship to Nautica.

Insignia will cruise from Cape Town on April 9th, 2020, bound for Singapore. This 30-night voyage takes passengers across the Indian Ocean via the Maldives, India and Sri Lanka, with additional port calls in Southeast Asia.

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Reflecting the destination-intensive nature of Oceania Cruises, Insignia won’t spend more than a few days at sea during any leg of the voyage, with the longest stretch of seadays (three nights and four days) coming between Mauritius and the Maldives.

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The full itinerary includes port calls in several South African cities – Mossel Bay, Durban and Richard’s Bay, as well as Maputo in Mozambique before Insignia heads out into the Indian Ocean bound for Saint-Denis, Reunion and Port Louis, Mauritius.

After a day in the Maldives, Insignia will then head for India, where she’ll make a port call in Cochin, as well as Colombo in Sri Lanka, before crossing over to Myanmar, where she’ll spend a full two nights and three days in port in Yangon.

After Myanmar she’ll visit Phuket in Thailand and Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia before arriving in Singapore.

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Oceania Cruises is planning to overhaul its interior decor from current (right) to new (left).

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Passengers on this itinerary can choose from more than 75 shore excursions, but the highlights are likely to be a hike or SkyCar ride up to the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, the lava tunnels near Saint-Philippe on Réunion Island, an evening visit to Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, an awe-inspiring, jewel-encrusted, 326-foot-tall Buddhist temple and the pristine waters and abundant underwater life at Koh Khai Nok outside Phuket.

Aboard Insignia itself there are four restaurants, eight bars and cafes, two whirlpools, a spa and fitness centre, two lounges and a casino.

Insignia is large enough to be a comfortable cruise ship, but the environment on-board is intimate and quiet, reflecting the elegant, mature cruise crowd to which Oceania caters.

The ship’s decor is dignified, with mantles for would-be fireplaces, embroidered armchairs, Oriental carpets and drawings or paintings throughout the ship that could be Dali, Picasso or Rembrandt. She’s very much a floating manor house versus floating hotel.

This is all due to change in the near future, however, as Oceania Cruises recently announced a major refurbishment of the fleet that will give its ship’s a more modern, chic atmosphere.

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