Ocean cruises just got even more spectacular

Oceana Cruises

By Renate Engelbrecht

Friday, Nov 19

The world’s leading culinary- and destination focused cruise line, Oceania Cruises has recently announced that they will be rolling out the next phase of their culinary enhancements across the luxurious small-ship fleet as part of its OceaniaNEXT program.

In May, they already introduced new, thoughtfully crafted dining experiences, menus and elevated service levels and now they bring even more. This next phase includes new wine tasting programs, expanded in-room dining offerings and a soufflé of the day in The Grand Dining Room. These updates have already been launched on board Marina and Riviera and will debut on Insignia, Nautica, Regatta and Sirena as each vessel returns to sailing.

According to Oceania Cruises’ President and CEO, Bob Binder, they continue to challenge themselves to raise the bar to continually delight their guests. “Across all six of our ships, the creativity and dedication of the Oceania Cruises culinary team continues to create memorable experiences for our guests.”

My favourite enhancement, of course, is the new wine tasting programs on every sailing.

Wining and dining on the ocean

While Oceania Cruises already boasts an impressive wine list, the new wine tasting programs bring a journey to some of the world’s best wine regions, all from the comfort of the ship.

Wine tasting on the ocean
Wine tasting on the ocean. Image: Supplied

Offered on every voyage, sommeliers will lead guests in interactive tasting sessions like Top California Cabs, Mediterranean Jewels, Stars of the Southern Hemisphere, Forever French, 360 Degrees of Reds and The Red Challenge, which puts two different wine regions against each other, like Napa VS Bordeaux.

In addition to learning about tasting notes and terroir, each deep dive features complementing canapés.

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La Reserve and Baristas

Guests can also enjoy an array of local wines, spirits and tapas during the evening wine bar offered in La Reserve or Baristas aboard Marina and Riviera on select evenings. It is here where Oceania Cruises’ chefs present food and wine from ports of call along with many market-fresh tapas dishes, small plates and cheeses.

La Reserve tapas and wine
La Reserve tapas and wine. Image: Supplied

Oceania Cruises bring in-room dining to another level

On Oceania Cruises’ ships, dining in can be just as much fun as dining out. Their in-room dining menu has been revitalised and now includes more exquisite options for every meal.

Think Plant-Based California Rolls, Antipasti Plates, new soups and salads like the Miso Ramen Soup and the Grilled Salmon Salad for appetisers. Their new burger menu boasts an Alaskan Salmon Burger while the new entrées include a Petite Beef Filet, Thai Coconut Red Curry, a Hawaiian Poke Bowl and more. The new dessert options will have you develop a sweet tooth every hour, with items like Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, “Pure Energy” Smoothies and a Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Oceana Cruises in-room dining options
In-room dining options. Image: Supplied

And, as if that’s not enough, the in-room dining experience has also been enhanced with an in-room hot breakfast for all staterooms and suites.

Oceania Cruises’ in-room dining remains complimentary to all guests.

Oceania Cruises Soufflé of the Day

I remember making a soufflé once. It was a complete fail. It takes skill, which is why I’ve chosen to rather enjoy it elsewhere and Oceania Cruises’ The Grand Dining Room is one place where I believe you might be able to enjoy some of the best soufflés you’ve ever had.

This decadent dessert is a favourite on board, so the culinary team actually developed a rotating menu of daily indulgences, including some reimagined twists to the all-time classic. Guests can choose between:

  • Coco-Malibu Soufflé with Pineapple and Lime
  • Valrhona Guanaja Chocolate Soufflé topped with Cacao Nibs
  • Green Apple Martini Soufflé
  • Pistachio Soufflé with a Cherry Ragout
  • Grand Marnier Soufflé
  • Passion Fruit Soufflé with a Mango Ragout
  • Lime and Limoncello Soufflé with a Berry Compote
  • Chestnut Soufflé with Pear Ragout
Riviera, Istanbul
Riviera, Istanbul. Image: Supplied

That’s not all, though. Oceania Cruises will be rolling out even more enhancements in the coming months, highlighting a new facet of the guest experience.

They’ve also just opened its recently unveiled 2023 Europe and North America Collection of voyages for sale to the public, which means there is no excuse now not to book or to start saving! After two years of being locked in, wouldn’t you just love charting the alluring coastlines of the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Baltic and Scandinavia, Alaska, Canada and the Colonial Americas? With these cruises you’ll get to explore iconic cities, off-the-beaten-path villages and unspoiled natural wonders.


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