MIAMI, April 12, 2010 â€” When she debuts in January 2011, Oceania Cruisesâ€™ new Marina will feature La Reserve by Wine Spectator, where guests can learn about and sample fine wines selected by the connoisseurs at Wine Spectator magazine.
This new wine-tasting center will be home to a series of educational seminars and tastings so guests can better appreciate the nuances of the varietals in the regions where Marina sails. Select evenings during each voyage, seven-course, gourmet tasting menus paired with fine wines will also be offered. Although there is no charge for the food and service, wines are additional.
Situated high atop the ship on Deck 12, La Reserve sports a sophisticated, yacht club dÃ©cor with seating for 24 guests as well as an al fresco patio boasting panoramic views. As part of the pioneering partnership, the wine list in the shipâ€™s Grand Dining Room will also feature daily red and white wine recommendations from magazine editors which are perfectly paired with the eveningâ€™s menu offerings.
â€œOceania Cruises is excited to launch this industry-first enrichment program in cooperation with Wine Spectator magazine,â€ stated Bob Binder, the lineâ€™s president. â€œMarina is truly a ship for epicureans. Complementing our acclaimed cuisine with the ideal wines is the ultimate enrichment for our gourmand guests.â€
â€œThe team at Oceania Cruises is comprised of food and wine aficionados,â€ said Marvin Shanken, CEO and chairman of Wine Spectator. â€œWe are proud to be working with them to provide a wine experience that befits the finest culinary experience found at sea.â€
High Style on the High Seas
Oceania Cruisesâ€™ new Marina features a total of 10 dining venues â€“ six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants â€“ including one by Master Chef Jacques PÃ©pin. Facilities also include a full-service Canyon RanchÂ® SpaClub and gymnasium, Bon AppÃ©tit Culinary Center, swimming pool and hot tubs. Interior design highlights include the Lalique-designed grand lobby, luxurious accommodations by Dakota Jackson as well as Ownerâ€™s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home. For reservations or to order a brochure, contact a travel agent or call toll-free at .