A frequent Oceania Cruises guest, Lisa F., shares one of her favorite onboard experiences: an unforgettable evening in Privée.
Anyone who has sailed with Oceania Cruises knows that the cuisine is second to none. With the astounding variety of choices, the superb quality of the locally sourced ingredients and the amazing talent of the culinary team, I can honestly say that the onboard restaurants of Oceania Cruises are some of my favorite places to dine in the world. Beyond the impeccable cuisine, the striking decor and welcoming ambiance of the restaurants makes your evening even more than a delicious meal – it’s truly a dining experience. And nowhere is this experience more impressive than in the exclusive private dining venue of Privée.
I’ve sailed with Oceania Cruises many times, but my latest voyage on Marina was my first opportunity to dine in Privée. A group of nine friends and I have been cruising together for years, and we decided to treat ourselves to a private dinner together in Privée to celebrate our friendship and reminisce about our journeys with Oceania Cruises.
A Rare Ambiance
From the moment you enter the space, Privée makes a profound impact. It’s a cozy, intimate venue, and yet you feel as if you’ve stumbled upon some secret enclave in the Taj Mahal. The entire room glistens in white, from the custom-built table designed by Dakota Jackson to the grand leather chairs, which are so comfortable I could’ve stayed and napped there after dinner. A golden Venini chandelier illuminates the gorgeous setting, and vibrant red accents complement the white decor, including a striking painting by Korean artist Park Byung-Hoon entitled Transparence. The painting has found the perfect home in Privée because the composition of color and shape reflect the fluidity of identity, just as we diners were transformed in that moment by the celebration, the space, our interaction and the experience of the cuisine.
The Ultimate Dinner
When dining in Privée, you get to choose any courses you wish from the menus of both Polo Grill and Toscana. Having dined in each of these specialty restaurants earlier in the cruise, I knew there were more fabulous dishes on the menus than I could possibly enjoy in one evening, so I was thankful to have another opportunity to indulge in some of my favorites.
I began with perfectly steamed green asparagus, topped with coppa, Parmigiano-Reggiano and baby greens and served with roasted tomato vinaigrette.
My husband enjoyed an incredibly tender slow-roasted pork belly in apple cider marinade with honey soy sauce.
For my entrée, I chose the linguine cioppino – pasta with little neck clams, black mussels, calamari, shrimp and monkfish in a light pinot grigio and cherry tomato sauce. The flavors were marvelously rich yet quite delicate.
My husband chose the veal scaloppini in Ligurian lemon sauce, which was equally delicious.
Several of our friends savored a succulent cut of steak from Polo Grill, while another chose the whole steamed Maine lobster with drawn butter. There was something for everyone on these menus, and all of us were thrilled with our choices.
As the great Jacques Pépin says, “Food, for me, is inseparable from sharing. There is no great meal unless it is shared with family or friends.” Not only did Privée offer delectable cuisine in an exquisite ambiance, but it also allowed us to savor the experience exclusively with dear friends, sharing stories and laughs and making more memories that we will always treasure.