Oceania Cruises will offer "small batch" tours
that embed guests in the fabric of local communities.
About 120 Go Local tours will be offered in Europe, Alaska
and South America, Oceania said.
Sample tours include a "Shepherd for a Day"
excursion in Mahon, Spain, where guests will be welcomed to a family farm in
the Spanish countryside 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 afterward have a meal at the family
In another tour, guests in Buenos Aires will shop at local
markets and then retire to a local residence where dinner is prepared and
enjoyed. There will be opportunities to ask the butchers for the best cuts, the
fish monger for today's catch or to haggle with the grocer for the best price
on vegetables, Oceania said.
"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 their day-to-day lives," said Bob Binder,
president and CEO for Oceania Cruises.