Oceania Cruises has been busy, with two new ships debuted in the past 18 months, an array of new excursions and the launch of Culinary Adventure Tours. The company is also offering some pretty spectacular deals on its long-range itineraries—so if it’s a client-satisfying Oceania Cruises update you’ve come for, you’ve come to the right place.
The newest ship to join the line is the Riviera, a 1,250-guest vessel described by the company as a ship where “casual elegance meets high style.” The ship, in fact, was designed specifically for those guests who seek the ultimate in food, comfort and style, and features 10 dining venues—six of which are gourmet, including a French bistro by Master Chef Jacques Pepin—Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Artist Loft enrichment center and Bon Appetit Culinary Center…but we’ll get into that later. Riviera first set sail on May 16, with this first European season to last through Nov. 29, including 20 voyages that visit 12 countries.
Rivieria’s slightly older sister, Marina—which debuted just 16 months earlier in January 2011—offers similar amenities, with the addition of a wine-tasting facility that was developed in cooperation with Wine Spectator magazine. This season, Marina is offering a 10-day Baltic Treasures itinerary featuring Oceania Cruises’ first trips to Scandinavia and Russia. The itinerary travels from Copenhagen to Stockholm, with stops in Germany, Poland, the Swedish Gotland Islands, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Baltic Treasures cruises start at $2,544 pp, with departures on July 22 and Aug. 1, 11, and 21.
With the launch of the Riviera also came the introduction of Culinary Discovery Tours, excursions that take small groups into the local markets of—so far—more than 25 ports worldwide.
The tours come as an enhancement to the already popular Bon Appetit Culinary Center, which can be found aboard both the Riviera and Marina. Featuring 24 fully equipped work stations, guests can choose from 1- or 2-hour classes ranging from beginner to top-chef level. New courses available for 2012 include Beyond Brie: the Innovative Cheeses, where guests learn to assemble a cheese plate, and Favorite Pairings with Favorite Foods, which focuses on pairing finger foods with cocktails and beer. Classes are $39 for one hour or $69 for two.
Culinary Discovery Tours take it a step further, though, by starting out with a chef-guided excursion into the local market, plus mini-lectures, demonstrations or lunch before heading back to the culinary center for a cooking class inspired by the day’s finds. As part of the tour, guests might visit an artisanal cheese maker, chocolatier, wine vineyard or fish market.
Culinary Discovery Tours are currently available for European sailings aboard the Riviera and Marina, with prices starting at $175. The program will be introduced on Asia, South America and Caribbean itineraries for Oceania Cruises’ winter 2012-13 season.
And if any of your clients are looking to cruise around the world, now’s the time. The company offers three Grand Voyages that travel 36, 46 and 71 days through Asia, the South Pacific and Europe.
The first upcoming Grand Voyage will set sail on Oceania Cruises’ longest itinerary, the 71-day Pagodas and Sultans, departing Beijing on March 10, 2013. The 684-passenger Nautica will visit 35 ports of call in 19 countries spanning three continents. Fares start at $16,481 pp dbl.
Next up, the 36-day Polynesian Passage will explore the South Pacific, traveling aboard the Marina from Sydney to Papeete. During their cruise, guests will see all of the South Seas Isles, the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington, and Auckland, New Zealand. The Polynesian Passage itinerary departs March 14, 2013, with rates starting at $8,204 pp dbl.
Then with a departure date of April 4, the 46-day Route of the Great Traders itinerary sets sail aboard the Nautica, leaving Bangkok with Rome as its final destination. Along the journey, guests will explore Southeast Asia, stopping in Thailand, Singapore and India, through the Suez Canal with a stop in Egypt, and into the Mediterranean, visiting Italy’s Amalfi coast. Rates start at $10,726 pp dbl.
So we’ve covered the Grand Voyages…now come the grand savings. Clients booking a Grand Voyage with Oceania Cruises will enjoy complimentary prepaid gratuities, a $250 shipboard credit and free roundtrip airfare. Not bad, right?
For more information, call (800) 531-5658 or visit oceaniacruises.com.