Fancy being a shepherd for the day? Cruise line announces unique on-shore adventures

Fishing in Italy and even Gaelic sports are also part of 120 tours on offer

Contemporary cruise liners as now focusing just as much on their on-shore experience, as they are on their onboard experience – and Oceania Cruises are leading the way.

The cruise holiday brand has launched a new offering for those cruisers who are just as passionate about their time on dry land as they are about their time at sea.

The company’s Go Local series features a variety of immersive on-shore tours as part of their OceaniaNEXT programme, which focusses on small batch tours that push past the usual tourist trail.

More than 120 tours are on offer across locations including Europe, Alaska and South America as part of the  series, with the spectrum of unique experiences ranging from a day at the farm in Kuşadası, Turkey to playing Gaelic sports in Cork, Ireland.

Highlights from Go Local tour list include ‘Being a Shepherd for a Day’ in Mahon, Menorca. On this tour, guests spend time at a Spanish family farm in Ciutadella or Es Mercadal and try their hand at traditional farming activities such as milking and shearing sheep. As you’d expect from a Spanish holiday, food features heavily on the itinerary too, with a lesson on goats cheese production and a meal of local cheeses, fresh bread, cured meats and local wine.

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Another not-to-be-missed tour is ‘Fishing with the Natives’ in Portofino, Italy. This hands-on excursion sees guests spend a day at sea with a local fishing crew, watching them haul in the day’s catch, which is then prepared for a traditional meal. The tour finishes with a refreshing dip in the sea off the coast of Portofino.

Commenting on the launch, Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer for Oceania Cruises, said: ‘On our new Go Local tours, you don’t see the highlights or even visit a landmark; 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.’

Discover more about the company’s on-shore excursions at

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