Oceania Cruises: Cruising with Culture
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For travelers interested in a little more culture, such as a renowned culinary program and destination-immersive itineraries, look no further than Oceania Cruises. The brand caters to a well-traveled crowd with an interest in exploring deeper while traveling on elegant mid-size ships with large-ship amenities.
Oceania’s itineraries ,which range from seven to seventy days, are designed to visit ports that larger ships aren’t able to reach, expanding the possibilities to discover smaller, more intimate destinations. Not only do the itineraries open the doors to more unique cities, they also give travelers more time in each destination. Oceania cuts back on time at sea by offering more time in port and even more overnight stays than most of their competitors. For example, on a two-week voyage, many of the itineraries will only have one day at sea, giving travelers the optimum amount of time to explore as many, and as much of, the destinations as possible.
Oceania offers two different classes of ships: the two R-class ships accommodate just under 700 guests, whereas the two brand new O-class vessels can fit just over 1200 passengers. All of the ships strive for a residential atmosphere, complete with furnishings by Ralph Lauren Home and designer Dakota Jackson. The latest additions to their fleet, the Marina and Riviera, are renowned for a guest to staff ratio that is generally only found on luxury lines that charge double the price. However, all four of the vessels bring incredible service to the table without even a hint of pretentiousness. In the open seating dining, a country club casual dress is recommended, no tuxedos or evening gowns are required.
Not only is the dining down to earth, the food on Oceania takes center stage. Known as the foodie cruise line, Oceania offers seven dining venues on their newest ships at no additional charge and has more resources dedicated to the culinary experience than any other cruise line. This experience is made even greater by their Executive Culinary Director, the famed Master Chef Jacque Pepin. Not only that, the line is known for its Bon Appétit Culinary Center, the world’s only hands-on cooking school at sea, which is lead by Bon Appétit chefs. Guests can cook and learn along with the chefs at one of the 24 cook-top stations, providing an in-depth educational experience instead of merely a spectator sport.
One can’t have the finest culinary experience at sea without also providing a little viticulture. Wine lovers will not be disappointed with Oceania’s seven-course wine pairing dinners at La Reserve, the result of a partnership with Wine Spectator Magazine where the magazine editors hand-select the evening’s pairings.
We love Oceania in the Virtuoso network (it was voted Best Premium/Contemporary Cruise Line at Virtuoso Travel Week 2012) and are able to offer our clients exclusive amenities onboard. For instance, select sailings are part of the Virtuoso Voyager Club, where a representative from the Virtuoso network is onboard to host complimentary cocktail parties, shore excursions, and act as a point of contact to guests booked through a Virtuoso agency – and if you book through me, you’ll be one of those guests! Ask about Voyager Club sailings, as well as other special perks that come with booking a luxury cruise line with Vacations by Lindsey!