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Oceania Riviera To Feature New Culinary Programmes For Caribbean Season

Oceania Cruises is expanding its culinary enrichment programme for the upcoming Caribbean season by adding new curriculum to The Culinary Centre and new Culinary Discovery Tours in some of the region’s hottest epicurean locales.

Oceania Cruises is widely recognised for its ground breaking culinary enrichment offerings, including the introduction of the first-ever Culinary Centre at sea where guests receive hands-on instruction from a master chef at well-equipped individual cooking stations.

The new programmes for the Caribbean season, developed by long-time Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly, will debut on Oceania Riviera starting in December 2016.

The Culinary Centre Programmes

Since opening on Marina in 2011, The Culinary Centre has offered guests the opportunity to expand their culinary skills with expert instruction delivered in a fun, light-hearted 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: Explore Cuba via treasured family recipes that have been passed down over generations and learn the keys to mouth-watering pastries, rich stews, succulent meats and delectable desserts. Completing the journey, you will learn the secret to concocting the perfect mojito.
  • Patio Pleasures: Patio dining is all about simplicity and flavour. Learn professional grilling techniques, how to use fruits and vegetables at the height of their freshness, and more.
  • Wake up to Brunch: Brunch is a fabulous occasion for trying new recipes and savouring great food. In this class, you will master the techniques of egg cookery and prepare classic brunch dishes while learning entertaining tips to make hosting brunch at home incredibly easy.

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 Centre’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 Centre.

The new excursions planned for the Caribbean season include:

Honduran Farm & Ocean-To-Table Experience

Visit the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and experience Roatan's largest collection of tropical flowers and plants. Here you will learn how pesticide-free, hydroponic farming assists with water conservation, sustainability and fresher, longer lasting produce in your kitchen. Following the arboretum, 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. A delicious lunch filled with local favourites such as rice and beans, coleslaw, fried yucca and cassava bread, as well as local pink shrimp prepared three different ways is offered at the end of the tour.

Cozumel Market Tour & Mayan Cooking Class

After a short orientation at The Culinary Centre, 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, you will 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.

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 you to a lunch of locally-inspired dishes and desserts. Following lunch, 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, you 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 on Oceania Cruises and its culinary programme, please contact one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.