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Foodies will want to get in early on Oceania Cruises’ first annual Culinary Masters’ Cruise, where they’ll have the chance to explore local cuisines ashore as well as on board.

The Oct. 16, 2024 cruise aboard the 1,250-guest Marina will be hosted by Oceania Cruises’ two Master Chefs of France, Alexis Quaretti and Eric Barale and sail from Valletta, Malta, to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, calling at ports in Croatia, Greece and Italy.

Oceania Cruises is a cruise line built by foodies, run by foodies, for foodies,” commented Frank A. Del Rio, president of Oceania Cruises. “Since our launch 20 years ago, we have put food at the heart of everything we do, so hosting our first-ever Culinary Masters’ Cruise is a natural evolution for us. This special sailing gives us the chance to show our immense pride in being the only cruise line to have two of its chefs inducted into the prestigious echelons of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and the opportunity to share their wisdom, creative talent and fantastic culinary connections with our guests.”

The first Culinary Masters’ Cruise will offer passengers the opportunity to hear expert insights in onstage panel discussions and enjoy live cooking demonstrations from chef Alex, Oceania Cruises’ sr. culinary director, and chef Eric, v.p. of culinary, and their special guests.

Foodies to Enjoy Chef’s Market Dinners

All guests will be invited to attend Oceania Cruises’ legendary signature gala seafood brunch, usually only reserved for ship launches, and enjoy themed Chef’s Market Dinners in The Terrace Cafe, which will use ingredients bought from local markets by the onboard culinary team, inspired by the destinations visited.

Plus, there will be the chance to purchase bespoke experiences available only aboard this sailing, including culinary tours in local ports and hand-on cooking classes, led by Oceania Cruises’ culinary team; expert-led wine tastings on board; or an exclusive private dinner event.

Sailing from Valletta, Malta’s historic capital, Marina will have a day at sea before visiting Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia; Bari, Italy; the Greek ports of Corfu and Katakolon; and then onto Italy, for the final day in foodie-heaven Naples, before finishing in Rome.

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