Can you imagine cruising on a luxury vessel out of the "City of Angels," past your hometown, and then taking in the awe-inspiring grandeur of Alaska before crossing the mighty Pacific en route to a spellbinding adventure through Japan, China, and Southeast Asia?
While a voyage like this might not be one you've ever conjured up in your imagination, it is the stuff dreams are made of.
Cruising through scenic passageways and conquering numerous bucket-list cities on its epic itinerary, the "Glories of Alaska & Asia" provides a generous helping of adventure from the comfort of an ultra-luxury vessel.
Travellers will spend 53 days aboard Oceania Cruises' flagship vessel, the breathtaking Regatta, which harkens back to old-school glamour with entertainment options like Gatsby's — a nod to the classic novel The Great Gatsby and its posh 1920s party scene.
If you associate ocean cruises with huge crowds, boisterous guests, and massive ships, this cruise line may sound like a luxurious breath of fresh air.
Not only is the guest capacity significantly lower — try 656 passengers rather than 1,500 to 6,000 on medium and large ocean liners — but the guest-to-crew ratio is much higher.
The cruise departs from Los Angeles' San Pedro cruise terminal on Oct. 4 and spends a couple of days at sea before making stops in Astoria in Oregon, followed by a couple of B.C. towns you may have heard of: Victoria and Vancouver.
If you aren't keen on departing out of L.A., you will likely be able to board the cruise at Canada Place cruise terminal when it sails into the port on Oct. 6. If you would prefer this option, call Oceania before you book to see if it is a possibility.
Cruisers will then sail up the breathtaking Inside Passage en route to Alaska before making stops in "The Last Frontier's" usual suspects: Ketchikan, Sitka, Anchorage, and Kodiak.
After making a stop in Dutch Harbour in the Aleutian Islands, the voyage will make its way across the Pacific Ocean, crossing the International Dateline and spending several days at sea before visiting the "Land of the Rising Sun."
In Japan, passengers can enjoy stops in an impressive nine cities with an overnight stop in Kobe. After this, the cruise will spend a day at sea heading to Shanghai before returning to make its final stop in Japan.
The voyage makes a couple of stops in Taiwan before visiting Hong Kong and then heads to Southeast Asia.
Cruisers will enjoy a couple of days cruising through Vietnam's awe-inspiring Halong Bay before visiting three other Vietnamese cities. After making one stop in Cambodia, the cruise makes a couple of stops in Thailand before spending a day at sea and then making its final stop in Singapore on Nov. 27.
|Wednesday, October 4||Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA||9:00pm|
|Thursday, October 5||At Sea|
|Friday, October 6||At Sea|
|Saturday, October 7||Astoria, OR||7:00am||5:00pm|
|Sunday, October 8||Victoria, BC, Canada||9:00am||10:00pm|
|Monday, October 9||Vancouver, BC, Canada||8:00am||7:00pm|
|Tuesday, October 10||Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)|
|Wednesday, October 11||Ketchikan, AK||7:00am||5:00pm|
|Thursday, October 12||Sitka, AK||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Friday, October 13||Hubbard Glacier, AK (Cruising)|
|Saturday, October 14||Anchorage (Seward), AK||8:00am||6:00pm|
|Sunday, October 15||Kodiak, AK||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Monday, October 16||At Sea|
|Tuesday, October 17||Dutch Harbor, AK||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Wednesday, October 18||At Sea|
|Thursday, October 19||Crossing International Dateline (Cruising)|
|Friday, October 20||Crossing International Dateline (Cruising)|
|Saturday, October 21||At Sea|
|Sunday, October 22||At Sea|
|Monday, October 23||At Sea|
|Tuesday, October 24||At Sea|
|Wednesday, October 25||Muroran, Japan||10:00am||7:00pm|
|Thursday, October 26||Miyako, Japan||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Friday, October 27||Sendai, Japan||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Saturday, October 28||Oarai, Japan||7:00am||4:00pm|
|Sunday, October 29||Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan||8:00am||7:00pm|
|Monday, October 30||Shimizu, Japan||7:00am||5:00pm|
|Tuesday, October 31||Kobe, Japan||Noon|
|Wednesday, November 1||Kobe, Japan||6:00pm|
|Thursday, November 2||Hiroshima, Japan||8:00am||4:00pm|
|Friday, November 3||Kagoshima, Japan||11:00am||7:00pm|
|Saturday, November 4||At Sea|
|Sunday, November 5||Shanghai, China||11:00am|
|Monday, November 6||Shanghai, China||4:00pm|
|Tuesday, November 7||At Sea|
|Wednesday, November 8||Okinawa (Naha), Japan||7:00am||1:00pm|
|Thursday, November 9||Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Friday, November 10||Kao-hsiung, Taiwan||9:00am||4:00pm|
|Saturday, November 11||Hong Kong||2:00pm|
|Sunday, November 12||Hong Kong||7:00pm|
|Monday, November 13||At Sea|
|Tuesday, November 14||Halong Bay, Vietnam||7:00am|
|Wednesday, November 15||Halong Bay, Vietnam||5:00pm|
|Thursday, November 16||Chan May, Vietnam||Noon|
|Friday, November 17||Chan May, Vietnam||2:00pm|
|Saturday, November 18||Nha Trang, Vietnam||9:00am||5:00pm|
|Sunday, November 19||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam||11:00am|
|Monday, November 20||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam||4:00pm|
|Tuesday, November 21||At Sea|
|Wednesday, November 22||Sihanoukville, Cambodia||6:00am||5:00pm|
|Thursday, November 23||Laem Chabang, Thailand||Noon|
|Friday, November 24||Laem Chabang, Thailand||3:00pm|
|Saturday, November 25||Ko Samui, Thailand||8:00am||4:00pm|
|Sunday, November 26||At Sea|
|Monday, November 27||Singapore||8:00am|
Vancouver cruise with Oceania through Alaska and Asia
While there are numerous cabin categories to choose from on the Regatta, the transoceanic sailing is selling out quickly. Right now, the lowest cabin category available is the Deluxe Ocean View. However, it offers a tremendous per diem value, particularly since the cruise line is offering a limited-time inclusive package.
Currently, Oceania customers can enjoy two-for-one cruise fares, round-trip airfare, and airport transports as well as one of the following three "perks": 24 shore excursions, a beverage package, or US$2,400 in shipboard credit.
While the Deluxe Ocean View typically costs C$49,598 per person, the promotional price works out to a per-person total of C$24,799. The total of a stateroom for two people works out to the price you'd regularly pay for only one person. Since the cruise is 54 days long, the per diem value for each guest works out to $459.24.
The cruise fare includes gourmet meals, live entertainment, luxury accommodation, transportation, and butler service for the entirety of your cruise.
Book your sailing with Oceania Cruises online.