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February 2020

Oceania Cruises Renowned Cuisine Now Includes Plant-Based Options

Oceania Cruises’ claim to fame has always been The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM, and those who sail on her would fully agree. With Master Chef Jacques Pépin at the helm of its culinary program, Oceania guests can expect nothing but creative masterpieces at every meal. 

The Grand Dining room’s sumptuous décor sets the mood with sparkling chandeliers, tables set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silverware, and fine linens. Its splendor is matched by European-inspired cuisine, from rich indulgences to healthy Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine. Specialty dining is extraordinary onboard Oceania, with authentic Northern Italian cuisine at Toscana, classic steaks and seafood at Polo Grill, bold Asian specialties at Red Ginger, and exquisite French fare in a Parisian bistro named after the Master Chef himself – Jacques.  Casual Terrace Café, Waves Grill, and Baristas specialty coffee shop round out the gastronomic journey.

For guests with discerning tastes, Oceania offers a seven-course wine pairing dinner with La Reserve by Wine Spectator, and a six-course champagne pairing dinner with the Dom Pérignon Experience. For special celebrations, a party of up to 10 guests may also reserve La Privée private dining room, adorned with a Dakota Jackson-designed dining table and a golden Venini chandelier.

Oceania further enhances its guests’ culinary experience through a series of Culinary Discovery Tours. Guests can participate in chef-led excursions that connect them to the local food scene, such as touring traditional markets, dining at renowned restaurants, and taking in cooking lessons by local chefs. And back onboard, guests can attend cooking demonstrations or even hone their skills in The Culinary Center.

In 2019, Oceania introduced an extensive plant-based menu onboard its fleet, with more than 200 new menu items. Plant-based dishes are available at all meals in The Grand Dining Room and the casual Terrace Café, as well as in all specialty restaurants at dinner.

“These new plant-based options are flavorful, colorful, bold, and creative. Our hallmark finest cuisine at sea now provides an innovative and appealing menu of choices that reflects our guests’ evolving palates and heightened focus on wellness while balancing our more decadent and extravagant dishes,” stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. 

Here are a few highlights of Oceania’s new plant-based menu:

Breakfast
Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes with Berries and Maple Syrup
Green Apple Müesli with Pistachios, Pecans, and Yellow Raisins
Avocado Toast on Rustic Farmers Bread

Lunch
Chilled Melon Soup with Port
Korean Kimchi Soup
Wakame Sesame Salad
Hawaiian Poke Bowl
Penne au Pistou with Broccoli and Sundried Tomato

Dinner
Som Tam Green Papaya Kelp Noodle Salad
Roasted Butternut Squash with Arugula, Mango, Black Radish and Hearts of Palm
Sweet Potato-Oat Tarte with Forest Mushroom and plant-based Truffle Cheddar Sauce
Falafel Fritters with plant-based Harissa Mayo, Cucumber, Mint, and Capers
Crespelle alla Fiorentina with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomato Sauce
Green Curry Stir Fry with Eggplant, Oyster Mushrooms, Green Peas and Thai Basil

Desserts
Plant-based Vanilla Mango Ice Cup, Crispy Granola
Vodka-Marinated Strawberries Romanoff with plant-based Vanilla Ice Cream
Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly
Shortbread with plant-based Orange Cream Cheese and Raspberries

A selection of cold-pressed juices and vegan smoothies will also be served every morning until 11 am at the Raw Juice and Smoothie Bar next to Waves Grill on the pool deck.

Healthy cuisine is complemented with Oceania’s Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center onboard all ships, with an array of wellness treatments that rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Wellness Discovery Tours are also available in many of Oceania’s destinations, introducing guests to wellness practices throughout the world. Sample tours include visiting thermal baths in Italy, practicing beach yoga in Ecuador, learning about holistic Ayurveda treatments in India, and more.

Taking guests on this gastronomic and wellness journey is Oceania’s fleet of six intimate ships. Four original ships carrying 684 guests – Insignia, Nautica, Regatta, and Sirena - boast lavish staterooms and suites, with 70 percent having private balconies. These intimate vessels feature classic designs with fine teak decks, custom stone and tile work, and delightful lounges and bars. Slightly larger at 1,250 guests are two contemporary ships – Riviera and Marina - with sparkling Lalique grand staircases, and stunning suites furnished by Ralph Lauren Home. 

Included in every Oceania cruise are roundtrip airfare and free internet. The OLife Choice program also offers guests a choice of free excursions, free onboard credit, or free a beverage package. Onboard, all meals including specialty dining are complimentary, as are all non-alcoholic beverages, specialty coffees and teas, and bottled water. Oceania sails to six continents with voyages ranging from seven days to the full 180-day annual World Cruise. Don’t miss out – contact your Vacation Consultant today to experience sailing onboard Oceania Cruises for yourself!

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