MIAMI, November 5, 2012 – This winter, Oceania Cruises is expanding its Culinary Discovery Tours bringing the exclusive and popular enrichment experience to the South Pacific on the award-winning Marina. Uniquely designed for each port, Culinary Discovery Tours provide guests with the opportunity to explore local food markets, vineyards and farms in small groups, side-by-side with an expert chef from the Bon Appétit Culinary Center. Participants then join the chef in the culinary center for a hands-on cooking lesson of the regional cuisine in one of 24 fully-equipped work stations.

The new South Pacific Culinary Discovery Tours are offered in the Bay of Islands and Tauranga, New Zealand on the 18-day South Pacific Paradise cruise. Departing Papeete, Tahiti on February 7, 2013, the cruise calls on 11 ports throughout French Polynesia, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia before arriving in New Zealand.

“Oceania Cruises offers a unique culinary experience for epicureans through our Bon Appétit Culinary Center and the new Culinary Discovery Tours. We created these tours for our guests on Marina as she heads to the South Pacific as feedback on our experiential cuisine programs has far exceeded expectations,” said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president.

“A Chef-Insider’s Food & Wine Feast” Culinary Discovery Tour in the Bay of Islands visits Kerikeri, a horticultural center and home to Ake Ake winery for a tasting with the head vintner and a meal created from locally grown foods depending on what’s fresh that day. Guests might expect a regional dish prepared with seafood from the Bay of Islands, such as Pan-Roasted Snapper with Capsicum Coulis.

The Culinary Discovery Tour in Tauranga, “Maori ‘Kai’ Cooking Demo and Kiwi Fruit,” explores a flourishing kiwi orchard followed by a trip to the lakes of Rotorua for a traditional Maori luncheon featuring native herbs and ingredients used by the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Marina also sails three additional South Pacific voyages with highlights that include overnight calls on Easter Island and Bora Bora, cruising the Tuamotu Archipelago and crossing the international dateline. Additional sailings include:

Ancient Legends – 20-day holiday sailing between Valparaiso, Chile and Papeete, French Polynesia, visiting Robinson Crusoe Island, Hanga Roa, Chile, Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands, Fakarava, French Polynesia, Moorea, French Polynesia, and Bora Bora. Departure: December 27, 2012.
Tahitian Breeze – 11 day voyage roundtrip from Papeete, French Polynesia with visits to Bora Bora and ports in the Marquesas Islands. Departures: January 16 and January 27, 2013.

With free air, two-for-one fares and bonus savings of up to $4,000 per stateroom, guests will find exploring the exotic South Pacific with Oceania Cruises an extraordinary value. Bonus savings are offered on bookings made through December 31, 2012.

Noted for its luxurious public rooms and accommodations, and warm and attentive service the 1,250-guest Marina, and sister ship Riviera, was purpose-built for epicureans with six open-seating, no-fee gourmet restaurants – including a French bistro by Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Interior design highlights include a Lalique-designed grand staircase, elegant public rooms, spacious accommodations and Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home.

The Bon Appétit Culinary Center on Oceania Cruises’ Riviera and Marina features 24 fully equipped work stations. Induction cook tops and convection ovens afford participants the opportunity to gain a hands-on cooking experience. Classes cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level.

For more information, browse www.OceaniaCruises.com. To make a reservation, see your travel agent.