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Published on : Friday, November 27, 2015
Oceania Cruises is expanding its renowned culinary enrichment program for the upcoming Caribbean season by adding new curriculum to The Culinary Center and new Culinary Discovery Tours in some of the region’s hottest epicurean locales. Oceania Cruises is widely recognized for its groundbreaking culinary enrichment offerings, including the introduction of the first-ever Culinary Center at sea where guests receive hands-on instruction from a master chef at well-equipped individual cooking stations.
The new programs for the Caribbean season, developed by longtime Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly, will debut on Riviera starting in December 2016.
“Oceania Cruises is widely known for serving the finest cuisine at sea, and we go to great lengths to ensure our culinary enrichment programs deliver that same high standard,” said Chef Kelly. “Our exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours, along with our expertly curated curriculum at The Culinary Center, continue to delight guests with epicurean interests. We are constantly challenging ourselves to develop new, innovative programs that keep things fresh and interesting for our guests.”
The Culinary Center Programs
Since opening on Marina in 2011, The Culinary Center has offered guests the opportunity to expand their culinary skills with expert instruction delivered in a fun, lighthearted manner. The culinary emphasis varies from regional specialties based on the ship’s itinerary to comfort foods prepared in kitchens around the world — and classes are designed to cater to novices and epicurean experts alike. New classes on select Riviera Caribbean sailings this season include:
Culinary Discovery Tours
Exclusive to Oceania Cruises, Culinary Discovery Tours provide guests with epicurean interests a unique opportunity to explore local food markets, restaurants, vineyards, farms and cooking schools with regional culinary experts. All tours are accompanied by The Culinary Center’s master chef instructor and begin with an orientation of the local culture and cuisine. Many conclude with a destination-inspired cooking class back at The Culinary Center. The new excursions planned for the Caribbean season include:
Honduran Farm & Ocean-To-Table Experience
Guests will visit the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and experience Roatan’s largest collection of tropical flowers and plants. Here guests will learn how pesticide-free, hydroponic farming assists with water conservation, sustainability and fresher, longer lasting produce in your kitchen. Following the arboretum, guests will take a boat to Big French Key Beach and La Palapa restaurant for an interactive cooking demonstration featuring pink shrimp harvested by the local fishermen. At the conclusion of the demonstration, guests will enjoy a delicious lunch filled with local favorites such as rice and beans, cole slaw, fried yucca and cassava bread, as well as local pink shrimp prepared three different ways. After lunch, guests have time to relax on the beach, have a swim, or simply soak in the beauty of this tropical paradise.
Cozumel Market Tour & Mayan Cooking Class
After a short orientation at The Culinary Center, guests set off in small groups to explore an open-air, seasonal market filled with locally grown produce and spices, freshly caught fish and other ingredients used in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Following the market, guests visit the Mayan Cacao Company to discover the importance of the cacao seed in ancient Mayan civilization and watch a demonstration of how chocolate is now made from the cacao plant. Back aboard the ship, guests delve into Yucatecan cuisine during a 90 minute cooking class, also sampling several authentic local dishes.
Gourmet San Juan: Market, Lunch, Coffee & Chocolate
Designed for the ‘foodie’ who desires an immersion into Puerto Rican fare, this tour heads to Santurce, a district of the city noted for art, food and music. At Santaella Restaurant, one of Puerto Rico’s rising culinary stars Jose Santaella treats guests to a lunch of locally-inspired dishes and desserts. Following lunch, guests visit La Placita Mercado Santurce, a quaint marketplace filled with stands featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, local handicrafts and homemade botanicals. After strolling the market, guests will enjoy a chocolate demonstration and tasting at Casa Cortés, and cap the experience with a coffee brewing seminar and cup of gourmet mountain-grown coffee at Café Cuatro Sombras.
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