Chef-Led Tours of Oceania Cruises

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Curator’s statement

Imagine browsing a market full of roasted nuts, aromatic spices and Turkish delights in Istanbul, or wandering the stalls of Mallorca’s Olivar Market, which overflows with cheeses, produce, seafood and flowers. Perhaps you can even see yourself cooking traditional recipes alongside a family dressed in colorful, traditional clothing on the Isle of Crete. Now imagine doing these things alongside a knowledgeable chef, fluent in local culture and cuisine. These are the experiences that luxury cruise line Oceania provides in more than 50 ports of call.

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Where to stay in Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises Vista Ship

Oceania Cruises' Vista Ship redefines luxury ocean travel with its elegant design, world-class amenities, and immersive itineraries to create an unparalleled cruise experience.

Oceania Cruises Nautica

Oceania Cruises' Nautica offers a sophisticated and intimate voyage, combining timeless elegance with curated travel experiences to create a uniquely enriching cruise journey.

Oceania Cruises Allura Ship

Oceania Cruises Allura Ship reflects the irresistible draw of exploration and discovering captivating new travel experiences around the world.

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Things to do in Oceania Cruises

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Aghios Nikolaos (Crete), Greece

Embark on a culinary adventure in the Mediterranean with an interactive cooking demo and custom lunch. Begin with a chef's briefing and a scenic ride to Zaros, a charming village near Mount Ida. Immerse yourself in the island's culinary heritage while exploring farming, weaving, and wood carving traditions. Join a local family in preparing dishes like dolmadakia and gemista, surrounded by the vibrant culture of Crete. Taste Cretan olive oil and sample raki, then savor a delicious local meal with wine. After the tour, consider shopping for olive oils or further exploring Zaros to extend your exceptional experience.

Bandol, France

Head to La Cadière d’Azur, a charming village in the heart of Bandol wine region, known for its herbs, produce and elegant rosés. Arrive at Hostellerie Bérard, where Michelin-starred Chef René Bérard awaits. Wander through his gardens, adorned with roses, grape trellises, lettuce, herbs and fruit trees, all used in his Provençal dishes. Experience a cooking demo on his cottage terrace and conclude with a feast at Le Bistrot de Jef, enjoying Bandol wines and Mediterranean-inspired creations amid stunning Provence views.

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

Embark on a culinary journey led by your Chef Instructor to one of the world’s top gastronomic spots. Enjoy exclusive access to iconic kitchen gardens, explore a free-range farm and dine at the charming Ballymaloe House. Starting from Cobh pier, your coach will traverse County Cork's picturesque landscapes to Chef Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery School. Wander through wildflower meadows, vegetable crops, and greenhouses, then head to Ballymaloe House for an intimate 3-course meal with your Chef host. An unforgettable day of culinary exploration awaits you.

Cozumel, Mexico

Immerse yourself in a flavorful experience by pairing artisanal tequila with authentic homemade tacos. Led by a skilled chef, explore the unique qualities of tequila and mezcal through a curated tasting. Discover the diverse range of flavors in mezcal, which originates from various agave plants and often carries a distinctive smoky note from its traditional cooking process. With detailed explanations from the chef, you'll gain insight into these artisanal methods. Enjoy the tequilas and mezcals alongside a variety of tacos like Yucatan-style barbecued pork and meaty stew-filled options. Your culinary journey will also include insights into the origins of each dish.

Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

Experience Jerusalem's culinary delights with your Chef Instructor. Begin at Tishbi Winery, renowned for its wines embodying diverse vineyard landscapes. Sample and purchase exceptional vintages, then explore Jerusalem's landmarks en route to the vibrant Machane Yehuda market. Taste Middle Eastern delicacies with your Chef before enjoying personal time. Indulge in a hearty traditional lunch, venture into the walled Old City for exotic treats and capture photos at the Church of All Nations and the Mount of Olives. This culinary journey through Jerusalem's flavors and sights promises an unforgettable day.

Villefranche, France

Uncover the delights of Nice with your Chef Instructor. Traverse pastel-hued architecture in Cours Saleya, where fragrant scents of fresh produce and spices fill the air. Shop for local treasures with guidance from your Chef Instructor, who will lead you to flavored olive oil, confection and herb vendors. Enjoy a socca tasting before venturing to Èze, a medieval village with breathtaking views. Experience a luxurious meal at Château Eza, accompanied by a carefully curated menu and Provençal rosé. Raise a glass to an exceptional day on the French Riviera.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Experience Uruguay's culinary excellence on a flavorful journey with your Chef Instructor. Begin by diving into the art of outdoor barbecue during a hands-on cooking class, where you'll learn authentic techniques and secrets passed down through generations. Then, venture to Artesana, a boutique winery in the Canelones region, known for wines rivaling those of Bordeaux. Sample diverse varietals, including Uruguay's flagship Tannat, before enjoying a sumptuous lunch with fellow aficionados. Elevate your backyard barbecue skills with newfound grilling and charcuterie insights from your host and Chef Instructor, making your culinary creations exceptional. Savor the feast that you prepared, paired with full-bodied wines, rounding off a remarkable culinary escapade.

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