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Free air, tours, beverages in Oceania Cruises' new 'simply MORE' promotion

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Pasta-making on an excursion to a farmhouse near Civitavecchia. Oceania Cruises now includes free tours in its new 'simply MORE' ptomotion
Oceania Cruises offers free air, transfers, shore excursions and a beverage package in its new 'simply MORE' promotion.

This applies to all new reservations beginning July 1 for cruises departing from Oct. 1.

Replaces 'OLife Choice'

The promotion — designed to be simple while clearly conveying value — replaces 'OLife Choice' and was signaled by President Frank A. Del Rio during Vista's May inaugural.

Now, rolling out 'simply MORE,' he said: '... We asked our key audiences, guests and travel partners, what they wanted, and that was simplicity, choice and value ... they now have all three.'

Del Rio added that, for him, 'the cornerstone of this exciting new value promise is the generous credit offered to every guest to be spent on shore excursions of their choice.' He pointed to Oceania Cruises' immersive itineraries and array adventures ashore.

Up to $1,600 credit per stateroom for tours

The amount of the credit varies by voyage length, from $600 per stateroom for an itinerary of seven to nine days, to $1,600 per stateroom on sailings of 31 to 35 days.

Oceania Cruises offers more than 8,000 tours in its 600-plus ports of call.

'The simply MORE shore excursion credit can be applied to any and all of our tours, from witnessing an active volcano from a helicopter in Montserrat and learning how to tend and herd sheep at a shepherd school in northern Spain on one of our "Go Local" tours to enjoying an insider’s view of iconic modernistic buildings in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on a "Beyond Blueprints" excursion, which takes travelers behind the scenes of landmark buildings with an architectural guide,' Del Rio said.

The credit also may be applied to 'Food & Wine Trails Tours' and 'Culinary Discovery Tours,' sustainability-focused 'Go Green Tours' as well as excursions with a private car and driver.

Beverage package includes premium labels, not just house pours

Simply MORE's included beverage package features free premium-label Champagnes, more than three dozen wines and over 20 American and international beers, during lunch and dinner.

Oceania Cruises has always included specialty dining; with the new promotion, Del Rio said travelers get 'a generous array of wines — not just house pours — to choose from, plus Champagnes and beers to enjoy, too.'

Reservations for sailings prior to Oct. 1 will remain unchanged, with amenities included as originally selected.