Oceania Cruises Offers New Culinary Programs For Caribbean Season

Oceania Cruises is expanding its renowned culinary enrichment program for the upcoming Caribbean season by adding new curriculum to The Culinary Center and new Culinary Discovery Tours in some of the region’s hottest epicurean locales.  Oceania Cruises is widely recognized for its groundbreaking culinary enrichment offerings, including the introduction of the first-ever Culinary Center at sea where guests receive hands-on instruction from a master chef at well-equipped individual cooking stations.

The new programs for the Caribbean season, developed by longtime Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly, will debut on Riviera starting in December 2016.

“Oceania Cruises is widely known for serving the finest cuisine at sea, and we go to great lengths to ensure our culinary enrichment programs deliver that same high standard,” said Chef Kelly.  “Our exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours, along with our expertly curated curriculum at The Culinary Center, continue to delight guests with epicurean interests.  We are constantly challenging ourselves to develop new, innovative programs that keep things fresh and interesting for our guests.”  

The Culinary Center Programs

Since opening on Marina in 2011, The Culinary Center has offered guests the opportunity to expand their culinary skills with expert instruction delivered in a fun, lighthearted manner.  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 novices and epicurean experts alike.  New classes on select Riviera Caribbean sailings this season include:

    Cuban Family Table: Guests will explore Cuba via treasured family recipes that have been passed down over generations and learn the keys to mouthwatering pastries, rich stews, succulent meats and delectable desserts.  Completing the journey, guests will learn the secret to concocting the perfect mojito.
    Patio Pleasures: Patio dining is all about simplicity and flavor.  Guests will learn professional grilling techniques, how to use fruits and vegetables at the height of their freshness, and more; leaving them with an expanded repertoire of summer favorites to showcase at their next barbeque.
    Wake up to Brunch: Brunch is a fabulous occasion for trying new recipes and savoring great food.  In this class, guests will master the techniques of egg cookery and prepare classic brunch dishes while learning entertaining tips to make hosting brunch at home a breeze.

Culinary Discovery Tours

Exclusive to Oceania Cruises, Culinary Discovery Tours provide guests with epicurean interests a unique opportunity to explore local food markets, restaurants, vineyards, farms and cooking schools with regional culinary experts.  All tours are accompanied by The Culinary Center’s master chef instructor and begin with an orientation of the local culture and cuisine. Many conclude with a destination-inspired cooking class back at The Culinary Center.  The new excursions planned for the Caribbean season include:

Honduran Farm & Ocean-To-Table Experience

Guests will visit the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and experience Roatan's largest collection of tropical flowers and plants.  Here guests will learn how pesticide-free, hydroponic farming assists with water conservation, sustainability and fresher, longer lasting produce in your kitchen.  Following the arboretum, guests will take a boat to Big French Key Beach and La Palapa restaurant for an interactive cooking demonstration featuring pink shrimp harvested by the local fishermen.  At the conclusion of the demonstration, guests will enjoy a delicious lunch filled with local favorites such as rice and beans, cole slaw, fried yucca and cassava bread, as well as local pink shrimp prepared three different ways.  After lunch, guests have time to relax on the beach, have a swim, or simply soak in the beauty of this tropical paradise.  

Cozumel Market Tour & Mayan Cooking Class

After a short orientation at The Culinary Center, guests set off in small groups to explore an open-air, seasonal market filled with locally grown produce and spices, freshly caught fish and other ingredients used in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Following the market, guests visit the Mayan Cacao Company to discover the importance of the cacao seed in ancient Mayan civilization and watch a demonstration of how chocolate is now made from the cacao plant. Back aboard the ship, guests delve into Yucatecan cuisine during a 90 minute cooking class, also sampling several authentic local dishes.

Gourmet San Juan: Market, Lunch, Coffee & Chocolate

Designed for the ‘foodie’ who desires an immersion into Puerto Rican fare, this tour heads to Santurce, a district of the city noted for art, food and music. At Santaella Restaurant, one of Puerto Rico’s rising culinary stars Jose Santaella treats guests to a lunch of locally-inspired dishes and desserts. Following lunch, guests visit La Placita Mercado Santurce, a quaint marketplace filled with stands featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, local handicrafts and homemade botanicals. After strolling the market, guests will enjoy a chocolate demonstration and tasting at Casa Cortés, and cap the experience with a coffee brewing seminar and cup of gourmet mountain-grown coffee at Café Cuatro Sombras.

For more information about Oceania Cruises, The Culinary Center or Culinary Discovery Tours, guests can visit OceaniaCruises.com, call 1.855.OCEANIA (1.855.623.2642) or contact a professional travel agent.

About Oceania Cruises

Featuring a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 330 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia and Nautica and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style. Oceania Cruises will add a fourth 684-guest ship in April 2016 when Sirena officially joins its fleet.

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