New culinary tours launched by Oceania Cruises in 2012

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New culinary tours launched by Oceania Cruises in 2012

Oceania Cruises is expanding its range of culinary cruises offered onboard its fleet of intimate luxury cruise vessels - commencing with the launch of the new Oceania Riviera.

The luxury cruise lines new Culinary Discovery Tours will take place in more than 25 ports of call worldwide,  and will give the ships guests the chance to explore local food markets in small intimate groups, hosted and escorted by an expert chef.

The Culinary Discovery Tours will give the guest an opportunity to

  • Visit an artisanal cheese maker
  • Experience a local Chocolatier
  • Visit a vineyard
  • Go shopping at a local fish market
  • Visit the Agora meat and fish market in Athens
  • Take lunch at the Plaka
  • Go olive oil tasting in Barcelona
  • Shop at the Santa Caterina Market
  • Enjoy lunch in local restaurants, trying the regional specialities

Tours also incorporate mini-lectures, demonstrations or lunch before returning to the ship's Bon Appétit Culinary Centre for a hands-on cooking class, drawing inspiration from the local market.

"It was ground-breaking when Oceania Cruises introduced the first hands-on culinary school at sea with the launch of Marina," said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line's president. "Now with the introduction of sister-ship Riviera we are taking culinary enrichment to a whole new level to solidify our reputation as the cruise line for epicureans."

The Bon Appétit Culinary Centre on Oceania Cruises' Riviera and Marina features 24 fully equipped work stations. Induction cook tops and convection ovens to provide participants with the opportunity to gain a hands-on cooking experience. Classes cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level.

On Oceania Cruises' smaller, 650-guest ships - Regatta and Nautica - the new Culinary Discovery Tours will combine excursions to local markets with hands-on cooking experiences at a shore-side cooking school or a well-known restaurant kitchen. In Istanbul, for example, guests will follow their tour with a cooking class at Cooking Alaturka.

Oceania Cruises offer luxury cruises with unrivalled cuisine, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalised service and extraordinary value.

Award-winning itineraries visit more than 330 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. The line's 1,250-guest Marina debuted in January 2011 and will be followed by Riviera - a sister ship - in May 2012.

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