Best Culinary Cruises 2014
Vacation cruises are one of life's most sublime joys, combining the thrill of visiting exciting ports of call, luxury accommodations, fabulous on board entertainment – and a selection of quality cuisines that can rival that of even the most sophisticated of world venues. And for those food enthusiasts searching for the very best culinary cruises 2014, Oceania Cruises in conjunction with Cruising with the Chefs has put together an array of itineraries around the world that bring all of these elements together on two magnificent ships.
A Floating Cooking School
For the connoisseurs who love both sitting down to a fine meal, and learning how to prepare one on their own, Oceania's Riviera and Marina are the only two vacation ships in the world that offer guests the opportunity to have “hands on” instruction from a world class chef in an on board, state-of-the-art culinary class room.
The Bon Appetit Culinary Center provides access to an instructional studio where guests learn to prepare a selection of quality dishes at their own work stations, using ingredients procured from local markets visited during the cruise itself. Among all the culinary cruises 2014, this is a unique opportunity to indulge one's aspiring chef side, and gain some top of the line kitchen skills in the relaxed atmosphere of a sailing vacation.
Superior On Board Dining
Of course, one of the delightful aspects of being part of the best culinary cruises 2014 will be sitting down to partake of the many exquisite meals available in a number of fine dining restaurants located throughout both the Riviera and the Marina. Guests will have no shortage of venues to choose from, with restaurants that include:
- La Reserve - an exclusive dining experience for 24 guests each evening, this Wine Spectator restaurant offers a selection of 3 gourmet seven-course meals with wines carefully paired to each selection by the ship's head sommelier.
- Polo Grill - complete with crisp white table cloths, dark-wood furnishings, and supple burgundy leather chairs, this classic steakhouse restaurant features time-honored favorites such as lobster bisque, Caesar salad, and a selection of USDA prime beef dishes unmatched on the seven seas.
- Toscana – guests expect culinary cruises 2014 to include at least one quality Italian restaurant, and Oceania delivers with an authentic slice of the Tuscan countryside that is simply delightful. Savor excellent antipasti, delectable milk-fed veal, and traditional Porcini Mushroom Risotto that you won't soon forget.
These restaurants join a host of other fine dining locations aboard both the Marina and Riviera, each professionally organized with an attentive staff that leave guests feeling pampered and spoiled.
Excellence Starts at the Top
In order to ensure that each and every dining experience aboard an Oceania Cruises ship is one that you'll long remember, world famous chef Jacques Pepin has been chosen as the Executive Culinary Director for the two Cruising with the Chefs ships. Chef Pepin has prepared meals for heads of state around the world, received the two highest culinary awards given in France, and even won an Emmy for his television collaboration with Julia Child.
Working under Chef Pepin's direction are a selection of some of the best chefs in the world, each bringing their individual talents and style to cruises through the waters of French Polynesia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and more. With quality dining venues, world famous chefs, hands-on training in preparing top flight cuisine, all amidst beautiful surroundings and truly comfortable accommodations, it's pretty easy to see why Oceania's Riviera and Marina are on so many lists of the best culinary cruises 2014.