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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.

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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Inspirations at Artist Loft with Noel Suarez

Join Noel in Artist Loft this summer aboard Riviera, from June 14th through June 28th and again from July 25th through August 22th. We recently caught up with him to learn more about his recent classes in the Caribbean and hear about his favorite Mediterranean inspiration and his plans aboard Riviera this summer.



6a013480ad3a9d970c019b0080b644970d-320wiThe holidays are always a festive time on board the ships of Oceania Cruises – and Halloween is no exception! The chefs embraced the spooky spirit of the season in a pumpkin-carving contest onboard Riviera. Everyone put their knife skills to the test to concoct the creepiest, craziest, most creative jack o’lantern in the galley.


We’ve always known our chefs were gifted, but they really showed off their artistic talents in carving these fearsome faces. The grand prize went to Assistant Cook Emmanuel Paygane. Cook I Komang Pamatha took second place, and Assistant Chef de Partie Vishant Raut took third.

Congratulations to each of them!

Of course, amidst the Halloween fun, our chefs continue to
create the exquisite cuisine that our guests enjoy on board each day. In fact,
Fleet Corporate Chef Franck Garanger was putting the finishing touches on a new
salmon en croute to be served at lunch. Is your mouth watering yet?


Happy Halloween from your Oceania Cruises family!



set sail
from Barcelona on Thursday on the Mosaic
cruise, hosted by celebrated master chef and Oceania Cruises’ executive culinary director, Jacques Pépin. Chef Pépin is hosting several special onboard events during this cruise, including culinary demonstrations and guest appearances in the Bon Appétit Culinary Center.

Chef Pépin has also been enjoying the opportunity to explore the wonderful destinations on this itinerary. In Barcelona, he visited Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Begun in 1882, the magnificent church
was unfinished at the time of Gaudí’s death in 1926 and remains unfinished to this day, although successive architects have continued the work according to Gaudí’s original designs.



Of course, Chef Pépin also wanted to explore the local
markets in Barcelona, so he stopped into the Santa Caterina Market to check out
the expansive selection of fresh produce, fish, meats, cheeses and more. It was
the perfect spot to enjoy a bite of lunch as well!

While Pépin is renowned as a brilliant master chef, you may
not be aware that he is also a talented artist. Some of his own works as well
as several works by other artists in his personal collection are displayed in
Jacques restaurant onboard the ship. Thus, it’s no surprise that Pépin greatly
enjoyed the chance to visit the Miró museum when Riviera called on Palma de Mallorca.


Pépin with friend and fellow chef, Jean-Claude Szurdak

While Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, his mother’s family
was from Mallorca, and he began visiting there at a young age. In 1929 he
married a Mallorcan woman, Pilar Juncosa, and settled in Mallorca permanently
in 1954. He built studios here that he and his wife later donated to the city
of Palma, and now visitors can contemplate the artist’s work amidst his own
creative surroundings. Pépin and his friends enjoyed a lovely afternoon
discussing the works of this legendary artist in such an intimate and personal


It’s no wonder that Oceania Cruises and Chef Pépin make such
a perfect team, as our ships are known for two of Pépin’s favorite things:
exquisite cuisine and an exceptional art collection. Upon returning to Riviera, Pépin could observe works from
an astounding array of artists, from Pablo Picasso to Wifredo Lam. And guests
onboard Marina can see some of Joan
Miró’s finest works without even disembarking the ship!

The Mosaic Masterpiece
cruise continues with calls on Málaga, Gibraltar, Casablanca and Cádiz. More
culinary and artistic delights are sure to come!



Greetings from the Italian Escapade sailing onboard Riviera and the ongoing celebration of
Oceania Cruises’ 10th anniversary. It has been a wonderful cruise so far, and
I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of our past and first time guests. I
couldn’t be more proud of the officers and crew who continue to make everyone
onboard a part of the Oceania Cruises family.

6a0120a92e343a970b0192abe9139a970d-320wiOceania Cruises
was founded on the vision of
a group of people with a passion for spectacular destinations and fine cuisine,
and we are enjoying both as part of this anniversary sailing. In celebration of
10 years of culinary delights, Senior Executive Chef Alexis Quaretti and Bon
Appétit Culinary Center
Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly hosted a culinary
demonstration. I welcomed guests to the event and shared a bit about the
culinary history of Oceania Cruises before turning it over to the experts to
share some of the secrets behind our exquisite cuisine.


As we were celebrating 10 years at sea, it
seemed appropriate that the chefs would prepare dishes from the sea. They
demonstrated three guest favorites: Salmon Gravlax with Cucumber Salad, Poached
Halibut with Lemon Cream Cuisson on a Quinoa Cake, and the ever-popular Red
specialty – Miso-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass. It was both educational and heartwarming
to see Chef Quaretti and Chef Kelly, two special members of the Oceania Cruises
family, working together to share their knowledge with our guests and
illustrating one of the reasons that our guests have continued to return to us
for the past 10 years: the finest cuisine at sea prepared by some of the most
talented – and entertaining – chefs in the culinary world.


Soon after the
demonstration, Riviera dropped anchor in Sorrento with the impressive Mount Vesuvius looming in the background. Situated
on a terrace overlooking the splendid Amalfi coastline, Sorrento is imbued with
charm and echoes of the ancient past.

There are a number of
appealing ways to spend a day in Sorrento, from going to see the ruins of
ancient Pompeii to visiting the Blue Grotto in Capri to simply walking around
the rustic, sun-drenched town of Sorrento. The Blue Grotto was on the bucket
list of many guests, so a group of us boarded a ferry and headed to Capri for
the afternoon.

The grotto is a uniquely
beautiful sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri. A small opening in the
cave at the surface of the water and a larger opening beneath the surface provide
the only light sources. We entered the grotto through the small opening, just
large enough for a rowboat to pass through. Inside the cavern itself was dark,
but the water was illuminated with a brilliant blue glow. The effect was
absolutely dazzling. It’s difficult to fully capture the beauty of the
experience in a photograph, so if you haven’t visited the Blue Grotto, I highly
recommend you add it to your own bucket list.


After a spectacular day in
Sorrento, we returned to the ship and enjoyed an excellent dinner at Jacques.
Then everyone gathered on the pool deck for a sail away party.

Cruise Director Leslie Jon was emcee of the event, and General Manager Thierry Tholon led the entire crew in a parade around the decks. This was truly an emotional evening as the officers and crew of Riviera celebrated Oceania Cruises’ 10th anniversary with our cherished guests.
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I look forward to more celebrations with our guests, officers and
crew, and I’ll share further stories here on the blog as our Italian Escapade continues.