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Gourmet goes global with MSC Cruises and Oceania Cruises—two elite brands that have worked to create unique culinary and spirits experiences for your demanding clients.

Gourmet Dining

MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seascape—ready to launch in December 2022—will head to sea with 11 dining choices plus 20 libation stations (i.e., bars) for your clients to nosh and imbibe to their heart’s content. Five of these are specialty restaurants that take their palates around the world from Mexico (#tacotuesdays will be epic) to Japan, with deep dives into the sea for fresh catches and a specialty steakhouse with an al fresco dining area. Dessert and aprés dinner drinks (hello chocolate martinis), of course, start with the line’s signature Venchi 1878 eatery.

“We take pride in the delicious cuisine that we offer on board our cruises, and MSC Seascape will be a prime example of our focus on satisfying our guests’ tastes,” said Giovanni Guido, corporate food and beverage director, USA and Caribbean, in a press statement. “There will be something to please every palate on this new ship from the authentic tacos served at HOLA! Tacos & Cantina to the freshest seafood and outstanding wine list at Ocean Cay Restaurant. After a day of activities at sea or exploring the amazing destinations that we visit, guests will find a wealth of options to fuel up during their cruise.”

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Gourmet Drinking

Oceania Cruises’ Vista in Monaco.

“These new rum and whisky programs come on the heels of the recently announced elevated bar program aboard Vista, debuting May 20, 2023,” said Daniela Oancea, corporate beverage manager of Oceania Cruises. “Across the fleet we have been working on a number of innovative concepts tapping into current mixology trends that will modernize and enhance our sailings. We know this partnership with Edrington spirits company will be an exciting addition on board.”

And these are not ordinary spirits programs. Starting with the whiskey, Oceania has chosen to elevate The Macallan’s single malt whiskeys into the stratosphere with experiences like The Macallan Diamond Bar Cart, The Macallan Smoker, The Macallan Flight Program and The Macallan Chocolate Pairing to tantalize your client’s sweet tooth.

When it comes to rum, this isn’t just any old Caribbean offering: Oceania is taking the Dominican Republic’s Brugal 1888 Doblemente Añejado aboard its vessels on a twist on the age-old pairing of rum and tea with the Brugal Rum & Tea at Sea experiences, then there’s the Nearly Neat Serving Cart with Brugal 1888 for sophisticated takes on traditional cocktails and the icing on the cake: Ice Cream and Brugal Cocktails.

And there’s more: the “elevated bar program” mentioned above that’s debuting on the Vista includes cool trends and techniques such as flavored smoke bubbles, low- and no-sugar wines and zero-proof cocktails, just for starters. Your clients will love to toast to their new memories with interesting pairings, including a three-course pairing with Moet & Chandon Champagne, the six-course signature Dom Perignon experience and more.

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