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Inside Barcelona’s La Boqueria with Chef Alban

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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.  

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4 Unforgettable Culinary Moments in Liguria

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By Culinary Enrichment Director & Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly

One of my favorite places to travel to in Italy is the Ligurian coast. Nestled between the Mediterranean coastline and the majestic Alps, Liguria is a darling of Italian culinary aficionados and its dishes celebrate both the mountains and the sea. Known as “the land of pesto,” Liguria is home to the fragrant “green gold” of the region, aromatic pesto. Genovese basil, creamy pine nuts and fresh garlic combine with fragrant olive oil to create this treasured staple of Liguria. Here are my favorite moments from our popular Culinary Discovery Tour available from Portofino: Chef Market Tour, Pesto, Pasta & Lunch.

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Oceania Club Reunion Cruise : Milestones and Memories

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Executive Vice President James Rodriguez shares stories from the Oceania Club Reunion Cruise, sailing from Rome to Lisbon on board Marina.

The Oceania Club Reunion Cruise is one of my favorite events of the year because it gives me the chance to see past guests with whom I’ve sailed before, and so many have become dear friends. I also enjoy meeting new Oceania Club members for the first time, hearing all the stories of their cruise, and having the opportunity to thank them for their loyalty. Our guests have always been my favorite part of cruising, and the Oceania Club Reunion Cruise is all about celebrating our guests.

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La Bella Vita: Take an Insider’s Journey to Italy

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One of Europe’s most evocative and charismatic countries, Italy never ceases to amaze us with its ancient ruins, Renaissance riches and mouthwatering meals. It’s a country that’s irresistible because of its legendary sites, but also because of that enviable Italian sensibility for savoring the finer things in life and the sweeping dedication to enjoying the moment and living well – la bella vita.