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Cooking in Paradise: New Caribbean Culinary Classes

From savory huevos rancheros with lime crema and spiced snapper on wilted greens to decadent Mayan cocoa pots and DIY ginger beer, the recipes featured in The Culinary Center’s latest season of Caribbean cooking classes are just the thing to warm up your winter.

The perfect way to get to know the paradise islands of the Caribbean as you sail from one to the next is to roll up your sleeves and learn the secrets of local recipes by trying them out yourself – guided by one of our talented Chef Instructors, of course. Below is a quick look at the fresh new offerings, all best paired with the turquoise water, white sand and laid-back lifestyle of the islands.

2018 Caribbean Culinary Classes

1493: The Foodie’s New World
When 15th-century explorers sailed back to Spain from the New World, they introduced ingredients that revolutionized Mediterranean cuisine such as peppers, potatoes, melons, corn and tomatoes – not to mention exotic spices. This class honors the ingredients that redefined the cuisines of the Americas, the Mediterranean, and introduces you to several exquisite recipes perfect for hosting a memorable post-cruise dinner party.

Argentine-Style Master Grilling
Perhaps the only country that rivals the United States in their mastery of grilling is Argentina. In this technique-driven class, learn chefs’ insider secrets to consistently grill meats, fish, vegetables and breads to savory perfection. In the Argentine tradition, you’ll also learn expert tips for creating sauces and marinating, as well as indoor and outdoor grilling essentials.

Break Out Of Your Shell: Celebrate The Egg
Ask our chefs to name their favorite ingredient, and most will passionately tell you: eggs. This class features The Culinary Center chefs’ most-requested egg recipes, all inspired by the cuisines of the Americas. It’s a celebration of the amazing versatility of eggs, complete with sparkling cocktail pairings. Join us for this classic cooking class to learn all about the art and science – and diversity – of cooking with the incredible egg.

Caribbean Fresh
Island cuisine is not only fresh and vibrant – it’s remarkably healthy. Healthy cuisine is the backbone of Canyon Ranch, and our inspiration for this class. The recipes featured in this class comfort both the body and soul, and are all inspired by culinary traditions from across the Caribbean islands. Delight and surprise yourself with the astounding depth of flavors you can enjoy while nourishing yourself and your family.

Catch Of The Day
Nothing says Caribbean cuisine more than enjoying the bounty of the sea. Gain confidence to cook several different types of fish and seafood as you learn master-level fish cookery techniques and flavorful island-style recipes at the same time. To help expand your seafaring repertoire and palate, discover more about lesser-known fish varieties that make great substitutes for your favorites.

Cocina Latina
In recent years, our chefs have traveled throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Patagonia, to learn the recipes and ingredients of this revered and distinct cuisine. Based on a careful balance, Latin cuisine elevates basic ingredients, such as the potato and rib-eye steak, to extraordinary levels. Master our chef-selected recipes and cocktails – all abundant in flavor and personality – that have made the Latin American kitchen the new frontier of foodies worldwide.

Floribbean: Florida Meets Caribbean
The sultry Caribbean and South Florida food scenes are where vibrant and diverse cultures meet bold flavors. This class explores the trendy fusion of Caribbean and Floridian dishes – Floribbean cuisine – a fresh celebration of delicious dishes for entertaining at home. In addition to learning some new savory recipes, you’ll master tropical cocktails and island-inspired desserts.

See you in The Culinary Center on Marina & Riviera this winter!

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Hope Starts Here Hurricane Relief Program

As islands across the Caribbean clean up and begin to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, you may be wondering what you can do to support the region. We have been in touch with our friends and business partners from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Barts, Tortola, and Dominica and they have all said the same thing, “we will rebuild.” Their resilience is an inspiration as many are already working hard to return their islands to their radiance and charm. Now it’s our turn give them a well-deserved helping hand.

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Rebuilding Hope

During this time of great need, we have banded together to contribute to the recovery of the region. We have joined forces with our sister companies to raise at least $2.5 million on behalf of All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit relief organization dedicated to rebuilding communities impacted by natural disasters. The funds will be used toward rebuilding damaged schools across the Caribbean and we have committed to matching up to $1.25 million of our guests’ donations made to All Hands Volunteers through our Hope Starts Here program.

Hope Starts Here Voyages
Thankfully, many Caribbean islands have been spared severe damage and can help bolster tourism in the islands, which as you know, is a vital economic lifeline for millions across the region. Between now and November 15th, when you book any of the thirteen voyages below that are part of our Hope Starts Here program, we will make a donation of $500 per stateroom to All Hands Volunteers and also will provide you with an additional savings of $500 off of your veranda stateroom fare. The $500 donation will go toward our goal of matching $1.25 million of our guests’ donations, and meeting or exceeding our $2.5 million goal. You can rest assured that your generous donation will be making an impact locally in the areas hit the hardest.

Some of our Caribbean itineraries have been revised due to the impact, while we have been able to preserve the majority of our calls. Puerto Rico and St. Maarten were the hardest hit and will need ample time to recover – we’ve replaced them with calls in Punta Cana and Basseterre for the season. Our partners in the islands are resilient and are rebuilding quickly – St. Barts, Martinique, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, Key West, and the balance of the Caribbean are open to travelers and are eager to showcase their hospitality – and thanks.

Visit OceaniaCruises.com/HopeStartsHere for more information on how you can help those in need. 

Hope Starts Here Voyages

Riviera | December 12, 2017

Marina | December 17, 2017

Riviera | December 22, 2017

Riviera | January 3, 2018     

Riviera | January 13, 2018   

Riviera | January 23, 2018               

Riviera | February 6, 2018   

Riviera | February 16, 2018             

Riviera | February 26, 2018

Riviera | March 8, 2018

Riviera | March 18, 2018     

Sirena | April 23, 2018

Regatta | April 26, 2018

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Why Namibia Should Be on Your Travel List

From exciting safaris and genuine cultural interactions to sprawling deserts and surreal landscapes, Namibia has it all. Discover our Destination Specialists’ top 4 reasons you should sail to this stunning African country with us.

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The 80 million-year-old Namib Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world, home to the world’s highest-shifting sand dunes and adorned with a kaleidoscope of vivid colors. Within the Namib Desert, you can discover the smaller UNESCO-protected Namib Sand Sea, unique plant life and spectacular rock formations.

Discover this vast and fascinating landscape firsthand on our Treasures of the Namib Desert by Off-Road Vehicle shore excursion. 

Immerse Yourself in the Unique Culture
Get an insider’s look at Namibian culture with an expert guide. Discover more about the country’s history, watch a food demonstration, sample local dishes, see traditional dances and more.

Delve into African culture with our Swakopmund Township Tour.

shutterstock_717980434.jpgBird-lovers’ Paradise
Home to thousands of different bird species, Walvis Bay Lagoon attracts many different types of birds due to its rich feeding grounds. This is an ideal location to spot birds such as sandpipers, plovers, pelicans and herons, depending on the season.

Try our Birding Tour to observe a huge variety of shore birds and waders, plus a large Cape Fur Seal colony. 

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As a RAMSAR Natural Heritage Site and one of the most important wetlands along Southern Africa’s west coast, the Walvis Bay Lagoon is not only renowned for its native bird species, but also bottlenose dolphins and a seal colony. The calm water is perfect for natural explorations and appreciating the beautiful scenery.

For relaxing nature cruise on Walvis Bay Lagoon paired with sparkling wine and fresh oysters, try our Dolphin & Seal Cruise.

Join us in Africa this winter!

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Guest Post: Our Top 5 Alaska Cruise Moments

By Oceania Cruises Guests Leslie & Peter Rubacky

Weeks later, we’re still reminiscing about our incredible cruise to Alaska. It was 10 blissful days of the great Alaskan outdoors, amazing food and wine, and tons of good old-fashioned family fun – deck games, board games, trivia – did we mention the great wine and lots of laughs? Here are a few of our favorite moments.

1. Our floatplane excursion to Misty Fjords from Ketchikan – it was most definitely equal parts adrenaline and awe.
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2. Shuffleboard paired with a good rosé and Alaskan skies – how can you go wrong?
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3. Experiencing Sawyer Glacier. We got up close and personal with the glaciers, which you can only do on a smaller ship like Oceania Cruises.
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4. The moment we learned this fun fact: not everyone knows how much whales like a good sauvignon blanc.
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5. Watching brown bears in Sitka. Despite their imposing appearance, the bears were delightfully playful in their antics, almost juvenile.
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We had such a great time, we’re already planning where our next family vacation on Oceania Cruises will take us!

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The Water of Life: Single Malt Scotch Tastings On Board

As you sail the North Sea, charting dramatic Scottish coastlines dotted with medieval fortresses, towering cliffsides and rugged headlands, discover the perfect accompaniment to your unforgettable views at one of our memorable Single Malt Scotch Tastings.

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Scotland’s most famous whisky export, single malt scotch is whisky that’s produced in batches from water, malted barley and yeast at a single distillery using copper pot stills. Celebrated for centuries as the “water of life,” whisky involves an ancient process that’s been refined over centuries – not quite alchemy, but almost, as our bartenders and sommeliers can attest. Nearly every stage of the production process influences the taste and aroma of the final product, from the stills at the distillery to the peat and fermentation.

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Wherever you may be on your whisky journey, a little insight on flavor and technique can go a long way. Our Single Malt Tastings on board bring you the chance to savor and experience some of the world’s most renowned single malts such as:

  • Dalwhinnie Classic, a 15-year-old malt from the windswept Highlands of Scotland with a heathery honey finish
  • A 12-year-old Cragganmore, an elegant Speyside malt with complex aromas and a smoky maltiness
  • A 14-year-old Oban from Oban Distillery, which overlooks the Firth of Lorn in an ideal location for a single malt with the perfect balance between Highland and Islay

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Savor the spirit of Scotland with one of our rousing Single Malt Scotch tastings next time you are on board – check your daily Currents for times and locations or see the Head Bartender or Executive Cellar Master for details. Isn’t time you kick back with a wee dram of this world-famous elixir?