There was an era when cruise ship dining consisted of buffets and a formal dinner at two set times. Today, choices are endless and with epicurean-oriented Oceania Cruises, guests will be treated to some of the finest cuisine afloat. With menus designed by world-famous Master Chef Jacques Pépin, the luxury line’s Executive Culinary Director, every meal is sure to be an ambrosial and memorable delight.
Oceania Cruises has long been a leader in everything gastronomic. Both the Marina and Riviera even boast state-of-the-art cooking schools called The Culinary Center on board. They are the only ones of their kind at sea where guests may learn to prepare a variety of dishes — and much more — at 12 cooking stations under the direction of master chefs.
For “gourmand explorers” seeking out of the ordinary epicurean adventures, Oceania Cruises has introduced Culinary Discovery Tours on select sailings of the Marina and Riviera to fulfill this appetite.
Guests will savor tasting the authentic flavors of places visited while also enjoying the many benefits of a relaxing luxury cruise and much more.
Cruisers may select from a variety of these enticing land tours that are multi-day pre-, post- and mid-cruise. Expertly designed, these excursions provide gastronomes the opportunity to interact with local culinary experts, explore local food markets, cooking schools, restaurants and attractions. Travelers may enhance their vacation with a total destination immersion experience through food.
These extraordinary journeys present an opportunity for guests to completely engage in all things culinary. There will be special lunches, cooking classes, wine tastings, unique tours and best of all, savoring scrumptious cuisine, including regional favorites.
Seasoned travelers are always looking for new experiences. Imagine the thrill of accompanying the chef to local shops at various ports and assisting with the selection of the freshest ingredients for that night’s dinner. There are also sumptuous, private, multi-course gourmet meals – amazing feasts for the connoisseur — accompanied by fine wines and much more to delight in.
Provence (Monte Carlo)
A dream come true for foodies is heading to the countryside for a three-night stay in beautiful Provence. Known as the culinary capital of France’s Burgundy region, just the name conjures up images of lavender, olive trees, sunflowers and vineyards. Guests will stay at the 1,500-acre Château de Berne where gourmet pleasures await. Sample the wine from local vineyards and tour quaint villages. An unforgettable experience will be helping to prepare an incredible lunch infused with fresh ingredients right from the chef’s vegetable and herb gardens. Further enhancing this gastronomic adventure is the opportunity to learn about local olive oil production when exploring Le Thoronet and Cotignac, as well as delicious regional specialties at Moulin de Pascaline. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy tastings as well as tour a private wine seller and famous vineyards of Provence – Frances’ oldest wine producing region.
From its famous truffles to pecorino cheese, Tuscany is known for its beauty and delicious offerings. On this tour, guests will delight in three glorious nights at the famous Villa Pandolfini built by the Medici family in the 1200’s. Here visitors will take part in a hands-on cooking class while learning about prepared traditional Tuscan cuisine. Connoisseurs will be in culinary nirvana when they taste the truffles here. These “gourmet gems” are world-famous and a rare treat. In addition to this unique culinary experience, visitors will also be able to view Michelangelo’s legendary sculpture, David, at Galleria dell’Accademia and browse the glittering shops along the Ponte Vecchio.
Imagine a two-night stay in historic Athens – called the Cradle of Western Civilization. Visit historic sights such as the Acropolis, and Acropolis Museum along with outdoor Greek markets.
Sample a variety of regional cheeses and the region’s famous olives, whose distinct oil was called “liquid gold” by the Greek poet, Homer.
A highlight of the trip for many will be an exclusive food and wine-pairing lunch at Varoulko, home to Greece’s award-winning, Michelin star chef, Lefteris Lazarou.
Brigade of London
Culinary London continues to grow in popularity and guests will enjoy a three-night stay on the Brigade of London land tour. One of the world’s greatest cities, explore historical food markets, such as the famous Borough Market and delightful gourmet shops. Indulge your tastebuds with cheeses, pies, ales and other local specialties. Guests have the unique experience of participating in a Master Class at the renowned Brigade Cook School, preparing a three-course lunch of classic British dishes.
The Oceania Experience
Luxurious vacations are offered on the elegant mid-sized ships of Oceania Cruises, certain to please discerning travelers as they experience the highest level of personalized service. Relax in a delightful country-club casual ambiance, where tuxedos and gowns are never required.
Bask in comfort aboard its award-winning ships as you journey to exciting worldwide destinations on your choice of over 330 ports. Enjoy a host of fabulous amenities, including unforgettable treatments at the highly acclaimed Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, for the ultimate tranquil experience.
85 percent of accommodations boast private verandas and high-end amenities. Spacious and inviting, they offer a posh comfortable retreat.
Immerse yourself in amazing cultures around the world on the diverse destinations of luxurious Oceania Cruises, with itineraries offering an endless array of historical, cultural and culinary delights.