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The new cruises went on sale since yesterday

Oceania Cruises to offer Alaska cruises for the first time

Oceania Cruises is featuring Alaska for the first time, adding ten departures in summer 2011, cruising to the magnificent waterways and scenery of Alaska, including two full days of glacier cruising and a choice of both popular and off the beaten track port calls.

The new cruises went on sale since yesterday and are on board Oceania Cruises’ 684-guest, elegant, mid-sized ship, Regatta, renowned for its open-seating gourmet dining, luxurious public rooms and warm, attentive service.

Guests can choose from four itineraries, priced from $3,499 per person for a 10 night cruise, based on two sharing and including all meals and complimentary bottled water.

Port calls include Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan as well as less-visited outposts such as Kodiak, Homer and Hoonah. Depending on the itinerary, travellers will also cruise the awe-inspiring Hubbard Glacier, the Gulf of Alaska, Tracy Arm and College Fjord.

The new Alaska cruise itineraries are:

Majestic Alaska – A 14 night round trip from San Francisco, a maiden port for Oceania Cruises, visiting Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; Sitka, Hoonah, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Astoria, Oregan.
Departures: May 12 and August 26 2010.

Alaskan Grandeur – 12 nights cruising between San Francisco and Vancouver. Ports include Astoria and Victoria, as well as Wrangell, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka and Ketchikan.
Departures: May 26 and August 14 2011.

Frontiers and Glaciers – A 10 night round trip from Vancouver, calling at Sitka, Hoonah, Kodiak, Wrangell and Ketchikan.
Departures: June 7 and August 4 2011.

Glacial Wilderness – 12 nights cruising between Vancouver and Anchorage, with visits to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Hoonah, Skagway, Sitka, Seward and Homer.
Departures: June 17 and 29, July 11 and 23 2011.

“We are thrilled to add the 49th state to our growing number of enriching itineraries,” said Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises’ founder and chairman/CEO of parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings. “Our guests are always seeking destinations rich in history, culture, adventure and stunning scenery. The great state of Alaska delivers all of these points of interest and more. We would also like to thank Alaska’s Governor, Sean Parnell, and the Alaska Legislature for their efforts to rollback the head tax on cruise passengers which was an important consideration in evaluating our deployment alternatives.”