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4 Winter Caribbean Getaways Not to Miss
 

 

With paradise islands to suit every personality and sunshine and palm trees all around, the Caribbean in the winter is one of those travel choices that always seems exponentially more attractive once the dreary skies and cold weather has hit. Now’s actually the perfect time to reserve your cruise – but which one to choose? Here are our top picks for 2018 Caribbean cruises.

Balmy Breezes | 12 Days aboard Riviera Departing Miami November 27, 2018
This alluring Eastern Caribbean itinerary transports you from the bliss of Aruba and Bonaire to lush Grenada, beach-blessed Barbados, stunningly beautiful St. Lucia and beyond. As the warm winds of the Caribbean carry you from one sun-drenched port to another, chilly temperatures will be hundreds of miles away and laid-back island life will be yours.

Sunny Charms | 10 Days aboard Riviera Departing Miami December 9, 2018
The perfect answer to early winter blues, this voyage features French-chic St. Barts, stunning St. Lucia, the sugar-sand beaches of Antigua, plus the Dutch flavor of St. Maarten and the colonial treasures of Old San Juan. This itinerary also offers plenty of days at sea to relax and enjoy the luxurious amenities of Riviera. Even better, this cruise makes holiday shopping a breeze with all of the island markets and unique handicrafts you’ll encounter along the way.

Caribbean Pearls | 14 Days aboard Riviera Holiday voyage departing Miami December 19, 2018
Why not celebrate the holidays surrounded by turquoise seas and palm-lined islands? This holiday voyage features Caribbean stars such as Barbados, Antigua and St. Lucia as well as unique off-the-beaten-path ports such as Kingstown, St. Vincent and Roseau, Dominica. Ten island paradises balanced by 3 leisurely days at sea, this is indeed the perfect escape from the holiday rush.

Caribbean New Year | 15 Days aboard Insignia Holiday voyage departing Miami December 27, 2018
Now this is the proper way to start 2019 – sailing amidst the gorgeous ABC islands, a tropical drink in hand and surrounded by sunshine and easygoing island rhythms. Experience some lesser-known treasures: the diver’s paradise of Bonaire, culture-rich Curaçao and Guadeloupe, the Pearl of the French Caribbean. The spice island of Grenada, verdant St. Lucia, glamorous St. Barts and fun-loving Puerto Rico also offer plenty of tropical adventures. Crown the journey with a few leisurely days at sea to soak in the sunshine before heading north.

See you in the Caribbean this winter!

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Our Destination Experts’ Insight: South America & Cuba in 2019-2020

On a journey with Oceania Cruises, you can indulge your sense of adventure with explorations featuring immersive journeys and tantalizing new destinations across the most breathtaking corners of the globe. From the invigorating rhythms of Brazil and Havana to the magical scenery and rugged beauty of Chile, some of the most sought-after destinations across South America and Cuba come alive in our new 2019-2020 Tropics & Exotics collection. Read on for a sampling of just a few of the great voyages in these regions, plus more about our unique wellness tours offered in South America.

 

Destination Specialists’ Featured Voyages

Amazon Interlude | November 23, 2019
Miami to Miami aboard Insignia | 25 Days

This magnificent journey combines relaxing days on tranquil Caribbean islands with more than a week exploring the exotic wilderness of the Amazon River, where you’ll have the chance to spot pink dolphins, toucans, sloths, howler monkeys and many other unique species.

Picturesque Patagonia | December 19, 2019 – Holiday Voyage
Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile aboard Marina | 16 Days

With this voyage that transports you from the beautiful beaches of Uruguay to the beguiling Chilean Fjords, you’ll have unforgettable celebrations in some of the most stunningly beautiful locations in world – filled with dramatic deserts, towering granite mountains, glaciers, ethereally blue lakes, the Pampas and much more.

Cuba Impressions | February 1, 2020 & March 8, 2020
Miami to Miami aboard Sirena | 10 Days

With three overnights in Cuba, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the country, from visiting Ernest Hemingway’s former home in Havana to touring a traditional tobacco factory in UNESCO-protected Cienfuegos and soaking up the thriving trova music scene in lively Santiago de Cuba.

Brazilian Rhapsody | March 4, 2020
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro aboard Insignia

After visiting two ports in scenic Uruguay, it’s time to see some of the many shades of Brazil – the warm and inviting sands of Ilha Grande and Buzios, beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture in Parati, the Coffee Museum in Santos, samba shows in Rio de Janeiro and more.

 

Wellness Tours Inspired By Canyon Ranch
On these voyages to South America, there’s no shortage of cultural diversions and natural wonders to inspire your sense of adventure. With our exclusive collection of wellness tours in South America – also offered Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand – there will also be plenty of options to unwind, reconnect and find balance in this part of the world. In Buenos Aires, you might cruise to an enchanted island and spend the day doing yoga and enjoying freshly prepared healthy cuisine at a serene hideaway created by art collector Claudio Stamato. In Santiago de Chile yoga and wine come together in a refreshing union at Viña Casa Marin. Practice yoga, pranayama breathing and mindful meditation at this picturesque boutique winery, and then cap the experience off by enjoying selections of their top dishes and wines. Perhaps learn the key to preparing healthy Peruvian dishes as you explore Callao’s markets with a local chef and then learn how to prepare several dishes yourself. Options across South America abound; visit our OceaniaCruises.com for more details.

Start dreaming – your perfect voyage to South America or Cuba is waiting.

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Top 5 Romantic Islands Around the World

Seeking a serene escape for you and your significant other? From secluded beaches and famed lagoons to dramatic cliffs, epic sunsets and lush rainforests, these islands span the four corners of the globe and make it hard not to swoon. For your next romantic getaway, here’s what our Destination Specialists say are your best bets.

1. St. Lucia

St. Lucia

 

What’s not to love about settling into the relaxing rhythm of St. Lucia amidst the stunning backdrop of the UNESCO-protected Pitons? This lush island is favored by honeymooners and those looking to escape and reconnect. Stroll the French colonial gem of Soufrière hand-in-hand, explore the majestic old-growth rainforest or perhaps spice things up and learn the island secrets of traditional St. Lucian dishes on one of our popular Culinary Discovery Tours™.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Island Spices & Cooking Tour

2. Santorini

Is there any place in the world that can compete with the vistas of Santorini? Dramatic cliffs, ancient ruins, picturesque villages – all with your significant other by your side. You really can’t go wrong with adventures in this Greek paradise, but one involving Santorini wine tops our list.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Food & Wine Trails: Santorini’s Boutari Winery, Oia & Fira Visits

3. The Seychelles

The Seychelles

 

A naturalist’s paradise, the Seychelles are one of those locations on the planet that truly are a world away. La Digue offers gorgeous and romantic beaches, while mountainous Mahé offers excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks as well tropical beaches.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: these secluded islands need no advance planning – arrive, relax and savor every moment of the surreal beauty.

4. Boracay

Declared “World’s Best Island” by Travel+Leisure, Boracay Island is dreamy hidden paradise free from crowds. White Beach is perfect for lazing in the sun by day and enjoying leisurely sunset strolls by evening. The surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and often lead you to even more secluded and tranquil stretches of beach that you can enjoy all to yourself.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Island Beach & Snorkeling

5. Bora Bora

Bora Bora

 

From the island’s fabled lagoon to off-the-beaten-path villages and beaches, Bora Bora offers endless corners of paradise to uncover together. There are plenty of options for adventures both on land and by sea – off-road safaris, island tours, snorkeling, lagoon cruises and more. Why not cap your Bora Bora island experience off by indulging in a sumptuous dinner at St. Regis on our new exclusive Culinary Discovery Tour?

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Gourmet Dinner at St. Regis Bora Bora

A romantic island cruise vacation is the perfect chance to rekindle and re-connect – explore more options now.

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Recipe: Huevos Rancheros with Lime Crema

By Director of Culinary Enrichment & Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly

The modern Latin kitchen is a mosaic of cuisines from South America, Central America and
Mexico, each influenced by the travels of the ancient explorers. In our new Cocina Latina class, we explore traditional cooking techniques as well as unique flavor and ingredient combinations you’ll find in the region. One of my favorites from the class is the perfect winter brunch dish – our delicious huevos rancheros recipe has just enough heat to warm you up on a cold winter morning.

SERVES 2

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces Mexican chorizo, casings removed
1 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon pasilla chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained, preferably Muir Glen
2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
4 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup grated or crumbled Mexican cheese (such as Oaxaca, queso fresco or asadero)
10 cilantro leaves
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and cream. Transfer the crema to a squeezable bottle and refrigerate until 30 minutes before needed.

In an 8-inch saute pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and sear the chorizo until crisp. Transfer the chorizo onto paper towels to drain.

Decrease the heat to medium and sweat the onion in the infused fat with the chili powders and cumin until the spices bloom and the onion softens. Add the garlic and saute until it releases its aroma, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, chipotle and seared chorizo and simmer the sauce until it thickens, about 10 minutes.

When the sauce is thickened, crack 1 egg into a ramekin. Using the bottom of a spoon, make a well in the tomato sauce and carefully pour the egg into the well. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Cover and poach until the eggs begin to set, about 3 minutes. Remove the cover and sprinkle the cheese over the eggs and sauce. Replace the cover and continue to poach until the eggs are cooked through about 2 minutes. Garnish with lime crema and cilantro.

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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!