Oceania pairs with Wine Spectator for special wine events on the new Marina

When she debuts in January 2011, Oceania Cruises’ new Marina will feature La Reserve by Wine Spectator, where guests can learn about and sample fine wines selected by the connoisseurs at Wine Spectator magazine.

This new wine-tasting center will be home to a series of educational seminars and tastings so guests can better appreciate the nuances of the varietals in the regions where Marina sails. Select evenings during each voyage, seven-course, gourmet tasting menus paired with fine wines will also be offered. Although there is no charge for the food and service, wines are additional.

Situated high atop the ship on Deck 12, La Reserve sports a sophisticated, yacht club décor with seating for 24 guests as well as an al fresco patio boasting panoramic views. As part of the pioneering partnership, the wine list in the ship’s Grand Dining Room will also feature daily red and white wine recommendations from magazine editors which are perfectly paired with the evening’s menu offerings.

“Oceania Cruises is excited to launch this industry-first enrichment program in cooperation with Wine Spectator magazine,” stated Bob Binder, the line’s president. “Marina is truly a ship for epicureans. Complementing our acclaimed cuisine with the ideal wines is the ultimate enrichment for our gourmand guests.”

“The team at Oceania Cruises is comprised of food and wine aficionados,” said Marvin Shanken, CEO and chairman of Wine Spectator. “We are proud to be working with them to provide a wine experience that befits the finest culinary experience found at sea.”

Oceania Cruises’ new Marina features a total of 10 dining venues – six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants – including one by Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Facilities also include a full-service Canyon Ranch® SpaClub and gymnasium, Bon Appétit Culinary Center, swimming pool and hot tubs. Interior design highlights include the Lalique-designed grand lobby, luxurious accommodations by Dakota Jackson as well as owner’ssuites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home. For reservations or to order a brochure, contact a travel agent, visit OceaniaCruises.com or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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