Oceania Cruises guest Brad B. from San Diego recently returned from a beautiful voyage aboard Marina that called on Mediterranean favorites such as Florence, Monte Carlo and Barcelona before ending in Lisbon. The journey featured all of the signature Oceania Cruises experiences – convivial gatherings with fellow travelers, warm personal service from world-class staff and of course, The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ at every meal. Below he shares his humorous re-adjustment to “real life” back in California.
By Senior Executive Chef Alban Gjoka
From the moment you step off the Ramblas in Barcelona, you hear the market stalls buzzing with people, you smell the fragrant fruits and freshly caught seafood, and you can almost taste the freshly pressed orange, pineapple, mango and coconut juice stacked on the shelves. No matter how many times I arrive in Barcelona, I never get tired of coming to La Boqueria market just off of La Ramblas. It happens to be one of my favorite markets in Europe, and in one of the European cities I love most.
By: Sandy Cares
Tucked away on South America’s northeast coast is a mysterious three-island archipelago composed of Île Royale, Île Saint-Joseph and Île du Diable, or Devil’s Island, once known as the Salvation Islands. Each of these storied tiny islands, which together served as a French penal colony between the mid-19th and 20th centuries, had a different purpose.
Continuing our special series spotlighting our passionate and innovative Executive Chefs, we recently sat down with Senior Executive Chef Laurent Trias to discover his own unique culinary story. Below he reveals family influences, his “can’t live without” dishes, a few of his recent exciting culinary discoveries and much more.
Buenos Aires, much more than many cities, is defined by its very distinctive and unique neighborhoods. Every time I visit, I discover something new and unexpected in this vibrant South American city – certainly one of my favorites. There’s a wide array of choices in Buenos Aires, so you have the option of visiting the galleries, cafés and shops suited to your mood and tastes. Whenever I travel, I love to explore different areas of the city to truly get a feel for the culture, the people and the daily life. Below are some of my favorite barrios in Buenos Aires – each buzzing with an energy of its own.