Oceania Cruises has unveiled its new Go Local series of immersive destination tours, part of the brand’s stream of OceaniaNEXT enhancements.
Small-batch tours go beyond the tourist sites and “embed guests in the fabric of local communities”, Oceania says.
More than 120 tours are offered throughout Europe, Alaska, and South America with choices of tours that run the gamut from A Day at the Farm in Kusadasi, Turkey, to the Hidden Treasures of Milongas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Playing Gaelic Games in Cork, Ireland.
Oceania says guests will experience destinations on an entirely new level where they are welcomed into local homes and businesses and immersed into their way of life.
“On our new Go Local tours, you don’t see the highlights or even visit a landmark. On these tours you are being introduced to local artisans, shopping local markets, and quite literally becoming part of a local family.
“You’re learning about and experiencing generations-old traditions and the ways of people’s day-to-day lives,” said Bob Binder, president and CEO for Oceania Cruises.
Shepherd for a Day in Mahon, Spain
Guests will be welcomed to a family farm in the countryside of Ciutadella or Es Mercadal and introduced to the lifestyle and operation of the farm, including the milking and shearing of the sheep.
Guests will also learn the intricacies of making goat cheese and how the strong coastal winds that soak the grazing fields result in the cheeses having a hint of sea-saltiness.
After the immersion into sheep farming, it’s time to savour a meal around the family table and sample local cheeses, fresh baked bread, cured meats and of course, wine.
Go Local Tours are currently available for purchase and can be viewed in the “Explore Ashore” section of OceaniaCruises.com.