By Oceania Club Manager Neli Arias
Having just returned last week from our 14th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise in the Mediterranean, I’ve been reflecting on what a special voyage it was. I had the pleasure of co-hosting the sailing with our Senior Vice President, Nikki F. Upshaw and we both had a fantastic time meeting so many guests and enjoying explorations in this spectacular part of the world. From celebratory dinners at Toscana and La Reserve by Wine Spectator to cliff-side cafes in Santorini and floating in the Dead Sea, what I know will stay with me in the months to come is the feeling of camaraderie and friendship that you felt everywhere on this voyage.
Frequent Oceania Cruises guest Lisa F. shares why autumn can be the best time to explore Europe.
During my years of traveling, I’ve visited Europe in the spring, summer and fall. While I’ve always had a wonderful experience, I think fall is my favorite season for exploring the Mediterranean. Here are the reasons why:
With Senior Culinary Director Eric Barale
On the Garonne River, the crescent-shaped city of Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its inimitable food and wine. The famed wine-growing region of Bordeaux is dotted with stately châteaux that could have been plucked from fairytales and offers more vineyards than you could dream of visiting.
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 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.