Oceania Cruises cooks up new culinary offerings – Adds more local flavor to European sailings

Oceania Cruises is adding some extra culinary sizzle to sailings this European season with new classes in the Bon Appétit Culinary Centers onboard Marina and Riviera and with two new Culinary Discovery Tours ashore.

Since opening on Marina in 2011, the Bon Appétit Culinary Center has offered guests the opportunity to expand their culinary skills while enjoying some good-natured fun.  The culinary emphasis varies from regional specialties based on the ship’s itinerary to comfort foods prepared in kitchens around the world, and classes are designed to cater to gastronomic novices and epicurean experts alike.  New classes being offered on select Marina and Riviera sailings this season include:

  • Healthy Greek:  Known as the birthplace of modern Mediterranean culinary trends, the island of Crete boasts some of the healthiest dietary lifestyles in the world.  In this class, guests will master cooking techniques that transform seasonal ingredients into fresh, healthy and flavorful dishes.
  • Turkish Arabesque:  A wonderful way to learn more about Turkey is to explore its cuisine.  In this class, guests will learn about the elaborate palace kitchens, unique ingredients and culinary traditions of the Ottoman Empire while mastering recipes for delicious local delicacies.
  • Beyond Ratatouille:   Inspired by Culinary Discovery Tours in Marseille and Nice, this class focuses on the magnificent cuisine of Provence. The class highlights favorite dishes of Oceania Cruises’ own Jacques Pépin as well as Guy Gedda, considered the godfather of Provençal cuisine.
  • Modern Nordic:  The fresh, inventive dishes of Nordic restaurants like Noma and Geranium have changed the way the world views Nordic cuisine.  Inspired by incredible destinations along the Baltic Sea, this class is devoted to favorite regional recipes ranging from hearty meat dishes to mouthwatering desserts.

In addition, Oceania Cruises is introducing two new Culinary Discovery Tours for Cork, Ireland, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 

In Cork, guests will enjoy a day at a top culinary destination, Ballymaloe. This beautiful country estate has been converted into a world-renowned cooking school.  Guests will tour the unique culinary and herb gardens, explore the free-range poultry farm and watch a cooking demonstration of a traditional Irish meal before stimulating their taste buds with seasonal dishes from the famous Cookery School Gardens.   

While in Palma de Mallorca, guests will tour a bustling marketplace, sample varieties of olive oil at a country farm and savor lunch at El Faro, a restaurant perched above a horseshoe-shaped harbor where the view is only rivaled by the fine Mediterranean-inspired dishes. 

The new Bon Appétit Culinary Center classes as well as the new Culinary Discovery Tours will be available aboard Marina and Riviera throughout the 2014 European season.  Both can be purchased in advance of the sailing or once guests board the ship, with rates starting from $69 per person.  A complete list of classes can be found on the “Explore Ships” tab, and more details on the Culinary Discovery Tours can be found on the “Explore Ashore” tab at OceaniaCruises.com.

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