Located in the eastern and western hemispheres, Oceania covers an area of 8,525,989 square kilometres (3,291,903 sq mi) and has a population of 41,050,699.
But as years go by we wonder why the shoreline is not the same The things we knew as always true somehow do not remain The breakers break on higher ground - the outer palms are falling down The taro pits begin to die and the village elders wonder why.
The arrival of European settlers in subsequent centuries resulted in a significant alteration in the social and political landscape of Oceania.
In more contemporary times there has been increasing discussion on national flags and a desire by some Oceanians to display their distinguishable and individualistic identity.
On his first voyage in the 18th century, James Cook, who later founded the Hawaiian Islands, went to Tahiti and followed the east coast of Australia for the first time.
The Pacific front saw major action during the Second World War, mainly between the belligerents United States, its ally Australia, and Japan.
From the charming villages of the Tuscan countryside to the glittering promenades of the French Riviera, let the Mediterranean be your muse and Oceania Cruises be your guide.