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Oceania – A Cruise Line with a Foodie Heart

October 12, 2010

Imagine a luxury cruise line with a foodie heart and you will get a picture of Oceania Cruises. While the four-ship fleet is one of the best values in luxury cruising with beautifully appointed staterooms, a very high staff-to-guest ratio, and world-class spa facilities, her focus on culinary pleasures truly sets Oceania apart. The 684-passenger Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica, and the new 1258-passenger Marina that will make her maiden voyage in January 2011, serve the very finest cuisine at sea. Since 2003, renowned chef Jacques Pepin has been the Culinary Director for the fleet, insuring guests a remarkable culinary experience with each and every meal.

On each ship, there are five distinctive restaurants. The Grand Dining Room is a formal classic that is handsomely set with fine china, sparkling crystal, and shining silver. Impeccable wait staff presents the European-inspired Continental cuisine with fautless service. The Polo Grill is a timeless steakhouse where guests can enjoy aged beef and classic lobster tails. Toscana is the Italian restaurant, serving authentic Tuscan dishes, many recipes handed down for generations. Waves Grill is the open-air poolside restaurant for quick and casual noshing. The Terrace Café is another favorite with the option to dine under the stars. In the evening, the alfresco area of the Terrace Café serves Tapas on the Terrace, a bountiful buffet of authentic tapas, paella and other Spanish specialties. The outdoor venue is the crowning touch to the fabulous food. All of these dining options are open seating and have no surcharge.

In addition to the five signature restaurants, the Oceania Marina has two specialty restaurants to tempt the palette with international flavors. Jacques, named of course after the esteemed chef, serves French bistro fare reminiscent of the flavors in his home town of Lyon. Fresh baked baguettes and pâté with gherkins are served to each table. The menu includes freshly roasted rotisserie chicken, lamb, or duck and the chef’s “specialités de la maison” that have been hand-selected from local markets. Red Ginger, a Pan-Asian themed restaurant, serves a five-course menu de gustacion (tasting menu) featuring Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine. Try spicy Thai lemongrass-flavored coconut soup with prawns, roasted Chilean Sea Bass marinated in plum-miso sauce, and baby Bok Choy with shitake mushrooms.

Beyond the fabulous specialty restaurants, Oceania offers nutritious Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine on all their ships in the Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café. This healthy cuisine is produced with the highest gourmet standards for an incomparable and beneficial result. Each ship also serves a lavish afternoon tea daily in Horizons, showcasing the accomplishments of the pastry chefs with sweets and treats. On the Marina, La Reserve is a dedicated wine tasting venue where the head sommelier hand-selects wines each day. Small groups can also reserve tables for intimate pairing dinners. And for the most exclusive dining at sea, Marina offers the incomparable Privée. A single party of up to ten can reserve this luxurious room for an absolutely over-the-top seven course Menu Degustation exclusively designed for you by the Executive Chef.

Of course, the true foodie is not content with only eating the food, but wants to create delectable dishes, too. The Oceania Marina boasts the only hands-on cooking school at sea – the Bon Appétit Culinary Center. Under the tutelage of master chefs from around the world, you can shop for fresh local produce and meats in port, then learn how to create exquisite regional dishes in a 24-station, state of the art culinary studio, complete with individual ovens. Classes can be arranged for groups or à la carte in lengths of 45 minutes to three hours. This is a unique opportunity and a must-do for all aspiring chefs.

Oceania does indeed have a foodie heart and the line shares this passion through innovative cuisine, spectacular dining venues, and dedication to quality and service. If you have a foodie heart, you owe it to yourself to experience Oceania and the best cuisine at sea.

Covington Travel is pleased to have Oceania Cruises as a featured sponsor.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    October 12, 2010 5:23 pm

    You’re making me hungry, nice article!

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