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Top 10 Ways to Meet & Mingle with Fellow Guests
 

Once you are on board, it’s time to relax and get to know your new home. Below are our guests’ favorite ways to socialize with fellow cruisers on board and meet new travel friends during their voyage. Next time you are on board, we invite you to try a few new spots and activities to meet and socialize with other guests.

1. Enjoy cocktails at The Grand Bar.

2. Socialize at the Captain’s Welcome Party.

3. Join a hands-on cooking class at The Culinary Center.

4. Play Team Trivia & Brainteaser Trivia.

5. Gather with friends for fresh illy® coffee at Baristas.

6. Meet fellow creative travelers at Artist Loft.

7. Participate in bridge lessons & tournaments.

8. Spend an evening at the Casino.

9. Practice your swing on the Sports Deck.

10. Unwind with cocktails during jazz nights at Martinis.

What’s your favorite way to mingle with other guests on board? Share it below or in the comments on Facebook!

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A Local’s Guide to Quebec City
 

Quebec City is the perfect fusion of the romantic Old European atmosphere of France and the welcoming spirit of Canada. The only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec City has a decidedly European feel, delivering beauty, history and culture. Here are some tips from our Destination Specialists on how to take advantage of your trip to Ville de Québec, a Francophile’s dream on the St. Lawrence River.

EAT
Le Clocher Penche Restaurant
203 Rue Saint-Joseph E

If you’re seeking authentic French-Canadian cuisine, be sure to visit Le Clocher Penche. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, this lively bistro is dedicated to artisan-produced and organic ingredients. A set lunch menu includes a starter, entrée and coffee or tea, plus the possibility of delicious add-ons, such as homemade fresh cheese and seasonal fruit. For dinner, Le Clocher Penche satisfies the senses with dishes such as veal sweetbread, homemade fettucine and marinated tuna. If you’re in the mood for a drink, ask your waiter to suggest a wine that will pair perfectly with your dish. This trendy local favorite is ideal for a memorable meal in this historic city.

SHOP
Faubourg Saint-Jean
Rue Saint Jean

While in Quebec City, Faubourg Saint-Jean is a must. From boutiques and clothiers to cafés and bookstores, this district is one of your best bets for local goods that you will enjoy for years to come. While visiting, make sure to stop at Chocolato rue Saint-Jean, a local chocolate shop that serves a variety of treats, including gelato, sundaes and chocolate-dipped fruit. From the unique shopping scene to the well-preserved buildings, Faubourg Saint-Jean has a European ambiance that’s hard to find in the Americas.

VISIT
La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Boulevard Champlain

A 1.5-mile-long park on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Samuel-De Champlain Promenade is the perfect place to stroll while admiring the landscape of Quebec City. With both sidewalks and bike paths, there are a variety of options for enjoying the serenity of this local haven while still being within the city. Along the bank, explore open-air contemporary artwork and four themed gardens designed to complement the river. With advance reservations, you can also take a guided tour of the area. This romantic promenade is loved by locals and tourists alike, with its breathtaking views and myriad activities.

The perfect destination to linger in during your voyage, this belle French-Canadian treasure invites you to savor the local joie de vivre.

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Food of the Gods: Greek Ingredients
 

By Restaurant Manager Georgios Korakianitis

With influences from Turkey to Italy, Greece has a vast and unique culinary landscape that has captivated a global audience. In Greece, bread, olives and olive oil are the pillars of the Greek table wherever you travel, from an upscale restaurant in Athens to a farmhouse on Crete. You’ll have a hard time finding a family gathered around a table without this trio, not to mention a
fresh bottle of wine.

 

What many travelers do not realize is that Greek cuisine not only features many typical Middle
Eastern foods, but is also strongly influenced by Rome, tracing back to when the Romans
conquered Greece in the 2nd century. So you’ll see plenty of pasta and sauces alongside yogurt, rice
and rich sweets made from nuts, honey and sesame seeds. Arab influences have also left their mark on the southern region of Greece, which means you’ll see spices such as cumin, cinnamon, allspice and cloves in the dishes. Greek coffee, of course, traces its roots to Turkey, while potatoes
and tomatoes were brought from the New World after European explorers landed in the Americas.

In Greece using local ingredients isn’t a trend, it’s simply how we cook – using what is in season
and what is available in our region. Every Greek meal is fresh and inviting, but it also takes you on a journey through Greece’s history and thousands of years of growing, cooking and eating. As you
will discover once you sit down to eat in Greece, no meal is ever “just a meal” – our celebration of life and dining is one in the same. So I invite you to discover more about just a few of the many Greek ingredients featured on board that capture the essence of our joyful and timeless cuisine.

 

Feta Cheese
The national cheese of Greece, feta, can only be produced in Greece – and only in specific regions such as the Peloponnese, Lesvos and mainland Greece – due to its Protected Designation of Origin. By law, feta is produced from either 100% sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep’s and goat’s milk. It’s the crowning centerpiece on any Greek salad and is a key ingredient in traditional dishes such as spanakopita and feta saganaki – a delicious filo-wrapped feta drenched in honey and coated in sesame.

Caper Leaves
Very difficult to find outside of Greece, caper leaves are typically pickled or boiled and then preserved in jars with brine, similar to caper berries. In fact, when our ships leave Greece, we purchase enough caper leaves to last until the ship is planning to return. Our chefs like to use them
in fish dishes and salads, such as the heirloom tomato salad.

Capers
A bold and briny ingredient, capers are picked, cured and sorted according to size. Harvesting
capers is an arduous process since they can only be picked by hand every spring. They are ideal
for garnishing and add a punch of flavor to sauces, salads, pasta dishes, fish and lamb. We
use them most often on board in our featured Greek fish at the Chef ’s Greek Market Dinner, as well as in a variety of pasta dishes and salads.

 

Kalamata Olives
This king of Greek table olives is favored around the world. The almond-shaped, deep purple
olive is noted for its rich tangy flavor that is often smoky or has hints of wine. Kalamata olives are typically left on the tree to mature a bit longer and are only harvested once their color begins to turn dark. They are usually stored in olive oil or vinegar, and are typical in Greek salads and make a great tapenade.

Filo Dough
Filo dough is an unleavened tissue-thin dough that is stretched or rolled so thin you can see through it. This type of dough is very versatile since it can be layered, filled, folded, rolled and even turned into cups, flowers or spirals. On board, we use filo in various Greek recipes such as baklava and spanakopita, as well as dishes like strudel, pastilla and tartlets. Filo-based pastries are made by layering many sheets of filo brushed with olive oil or butter, filling them and then baking.

Come live the Greek life with us in the Mediterranean this summer!

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Our Sommelier’s Picks Down Under
 

With more than 60 recognized regions, Australia is in a thriving Southern Hemisphere location for winemaking. Whether you’re planning a cruise Down Under or looking for a fresh bottle for dinner tonight, Australia has so much to offer wine lovers. Without a doubt, shiraz is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved varietals. Two of our Sommelier’s favorite picks are below – and you can enjoy them on board by the bottle.

Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
Two Hands has earned a place in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for ten years in a row, the only winery in the world to ever achieve this feat. Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz comes from the estate’s Garden Series, which is their premium range of shiraz from the finest shiraz growing regions in Australia. In fact, Lily’s Garden Shiraz is the pick of the bunch, sourced from Two Hands McLaren Vale vineyards.

Tasting Notes: This generous wine is characterized by cascading blue fruits and a rich long palate. It’s a deep, intense red with a purple hue and notes of blueberry, plum and mulberry. Hints of French lavender, white pepper and warm granite add complexity.

Peter Lehmann Barossa Portrait Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest regions for fine wine and is a fairly warm region renowned for its robust Shiraz. Peter Lehmann shiraz is true to the varietal style, embodying a balanced and full-bodied character.

Tasting Notes: This full-bodied Barossa shiraz reveals a deep color and bouquet of dark forest fruits with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Soft, velvety tannins with a lingering mocha finish make it a perfect companion to roast meats and strong cheeses.

Cheers!

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Life Aboard Oceania Cruises: Camaraderie & Feeling at Home

When you walk up the gangway and board one of our ships, whether for the very first time or the 50th, you’ll immediately feel welcomed by the beaming faces of our staff and crew awaiting your arrival. Staff and crew members inevitably recognize many arriving guests, greet them with big hugs, and you quickly begin to feel the joy and connections all around that seem to just light up the ship.

FEELING AT HOME
When describing experiences aboard our ships, guests often mention the Oceania Cruises family – feeling at home, the familiar faces, the warm smiles, the dear friends. The list continues on but represents one of the essential elements of the Oceania Cruises experience: camaraderie. The comfortable and intimate surroundings of our ships and overwhelming sense of belonging seem to kindle geniality, and whether enjoying cocktails at Martinis or relaxing on the pool deck, it is so easy to be sociable and feel perfectly at home aboard our ships.

IT’S ABOUT FAMILY
At Oceania Cruises, we take pride in the warm camaraderie and sense of home you feel each time
you come on board. One of the many advantages of our intimate ships is the pronounced familiarity it imparts on each of our voyages – you consistently notice familiar faces among the staff and fellow guests, everyone remembers your name and preferences, and friendships only deepen as the days pass and adventures unfold. You will quickly notice that there are no numbers on board our ships – each person is treated like family and as the cruise unfolds, friendships are forged and everyone becomes even closer.

PERSONALIZED SERVICE
Regardless of where we’re sailing, the bright fellowship and warmth of our crew remains constant. If our crew is happy, that joy and delight becomes contagious – and you feel that warmth in the hallways, in the restaurants, up by the pool deck and even in your stateroom or suite. Our butlers are a perfect example of the type of camaraderie we cultivate on board. Whether serving you dinner course by course in-suite or offering complimentary garment pressing, the butlers work together as a close-knit team to continually strive to make your experience as comfortable and pleasurable as possible. From our stateroom attendants to restaurant waiters and the front desk reception, everyone joins together in the spirit of making you feel right at home.

Senior Oceania Club Manager Neli Arias puts it best: “It doesn’t matter how great your ship is, how wonderful your silverware is, what kind of artwork you hang – that’s just material stuff. The people on board those ships make the difference. Our people are true, they’re real and they’re genuine.”