NEW YORK, June 18, 2009 â€” When she debuts in winter 2010, Oceania Cruisesâ€™ new 1,258-guest Marina will offer a state-of-the-art culinary studio with fully equipped individual work stations, each with induction cook tops, a first at sea, affording guests the opportunity to gain a hands-on learning experience.
The new shipâ€™s multi-million-dollar, ground-breaking culinary center was announced today in New York by Bob Binder, president of Oceania Cruises, and Risa Aronson, associate publisher, Bon AppÃ©tit magazine.
â€œMany ships offer cooking demonstrations. Our goal when designing Marina was to be the first to let guests actually experience cooking side-by side with a master chef as opposed to passively watching from the audience,â€ stated Binder. â€œWe are proud to have Bon AppÃ©tit serve as our culinary partner on this pioneering project.â€
Oceania Cruisesâ€™ curriculum, designed in part by Bon AppÃ©tit, will appeal to a wide range of tastes and incorporate regional cultures and cuisines. Depending on the itinerary, classes may range from 45 minutes to three hours, and cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level. The culinary experience will also be brought ashore with market tours where guests will shop for local ingredients with the chef. Additionally, guest chefs may arrange for students to have private tastings at wineries and access to famous shore-side kitchens.
â€œOceania Cruises is taking shipboard cooking classes to a new level aboard Marina,â€ said Aronson. â€œBon AppÃ©tit welcomes the interactive component of this curriculum and is delighted to share our expertise and access to master chefs and rising stars.â€
A Ship for Food Lovers
Oceania Cruisesâ€™ new Marina has been purposefully designed for epicureans with 10 dining venues, including six open-seating, gourmet restaurants. Public spaces awash in rich woods, marble and granite, fine wool carpets and lustrous leather retain the intimacy and signature design elements of the lineâ€™s three sister ships while affording an increased level of space, comfort, convenience and luxury amenities. Guest accommodations are comprised of 629 staterooms and suites, 96 percent of which have private verandas. Facilities include an array of elegant bars and lounges, a full-service spa, spacious fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs.
Additional information about the Marinaâ€™s culinary center, including participating chefs, will be released in the coming months. Reservations for Marina are scheduled to open during the fourth quarter of 2009. For more information or to order a brochure, contact a travel agent, visit www.OceaniaCruises.com or call Oceania Cruises toll-free at 800-531-5658.