Oceania Cruise is offering one of the most comprehensive European culinary explorations in its 12-Day Voyage from Barcelona to Rome aboard Riviera. Designed with the ultimate epicurean and travel connoisseur in mind, Riviera offers guests a multitude of dining experiences, both onboard and onshore. A second 14-Day Voyage from Rome to London also takes in the epicurean highlights of Italy, Spain and Portugal before landing in the international culinary capital of London. Both cruises take place in August this year.
12-Day Regal Riviera Voyage from Barcelona to Rome, visiting Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Provence (Marseille), Saint-Tropez (France), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Portofino, Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Taormina (Sicily), Sorrento/Capri (Italy) and Rome (Civitavecchia). Departs 2 August 2019. Fares from USD4,999 per guest.
Alternatively, guests can join the 14-Day Classic Connoisseur Voyage from Rome to London, visiting Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Toulon, Bordeaux, Saint-Malo (France), Barcelona, Cartagena, Malaga, Seville (Spain), Lisbon, Oporto (Portugal) and two days cruising through the Bay of Biscay. Departs 14 August 2019. Fares from USD4,399 per guest.
Culinary Discovery Tours
While taking travelers to magnificent European destinations, Oceania Cruises offers shore excursions and land tours that capture the unique brilliance of each locale. The trademark Culinary Discovery Tours bring guests to local markets where they are able to sample authentic local produce and exotic spices used in traditional recipes.
In Seville, guests are accompanied by a master chef from Oceania’s unique onboard teaching school, The Culinary Centre to discover the ingredients that revolutionized the cuisine of Spain and subsequently the Mediterranean. After a visit to the bustling Mercado de Abastos and a guided walking tour through the architecturally-stunning Old quarter, the visit will end at one of Seville’s most-well known tapas restaurant. Specializing in Andalusian tapas, the restaurant will serve a progression of small-plates including local specialties such as dried-cured ham on apple compote.
At Saint-Malo, travelers are treated to a culinary extravaganza at one of the region’s most cherished restaurants, Castelbrac, which serves local specialties such as scallop tarts, fresh-foraged mushroom custard and many more. By the end of the tour, guests will gain an appreciation for the Mediterranean’s many diverse and unique cuisines.
Finest Cuisine at Sea onboard Riviera
The acclaimed Riviera was designed to be distinctive and special in so many ways. Featuring the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase, stunning Owner’s Suites with rich furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, and designer touches throughout the entire ship, Riviera is a showcase of rich residential design.
Her restaurants and culinary offerings are no different – from a classic steakhouse to authentic Tuscan cuisine, Riviera features six unique, open-seating restaurants, including The Grand Dining Room and a delightful coffee bar. Guests are also able to host a private party for up to 10 privileged guests in Riviera’s most exclusive onboard dining venue, Privée.
At Toscana, many of the restaurant’s authentic Italian recipes originated from the mothers and grandmothers of the culinary team. Presented on custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion.
Perfect for steak & wine lovers, Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Every course at Polo Grill stands as the very definition of time-honored favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor.
Available exclusively onboard Riviera and her sister ship Marina, guests can also opt for the Dom Pérignon Experience at La Reserve by Wine Spectator thanks to a new collaboration with the exclusive champagne house. Guests can indulge in an exuberant six-course gustatory indulgence that pairs each course with a special Dom Pérignon vintage. Champagne is effortlessly matched with dishes which are thoughtfully crafted to bring out the nuances of the grapes and the ratio of the blend, playing off every aspect from subtle, effervescent nose to lively, satisfying finish. From Brittany Blue Lobster in Yellow Curry Broth with Coco Foam to Sashimi-Style Seared Wagyu Beef with Sautéed Arugula, Blood Orange-Soya Jus and Caviar Perlita, each beguiling bite is a celebration of the finer things in life.
La Reserve by Wine Spectator also offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings while The Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea, features a range of cooking classes by master chefs.