Company Watch - Oceania Cruises.
OceaniaOs New Riviera Offers Art Classes, Culinary Tours. Oceania CruisesO new Riviera, scheduled for a May 11 christening, will feature an array of enrichment opportunities. Artist Loft will feature artists-in-residence who will offer instruction on watercolor painting, needlepoint and more. Artists scheduled to sail include watercolorist Barbara Ashton and interiors and landscapes artist Nan Hass Feldman. Ashton will join RivieraOs Lisbon-to-Rome itinerary, Sept. 14 to 24. Feldman, a founder of the Danforth Museum of Art, will sail the 10-day OMediterranean TapestryO voyage, May 16 to 26. The Bon Apptit Culinary Center will cater to all culinary skill levels with new classes, such as Oceania Highlights, which features some favorite recipes from the lineOs signature restaurants; Healthy Cooking, inspired by the lineOs collaboration with Canyon Ranch; and Emerging Cuisines, focusing on Moroccan, Peruvian and Asian-fusion dishes. New one-hour classes include OBeyond Brie: the Innovative CheesesO and OFavorite Pairings with Favorite Foods.O In addition to the onboard program, Riviera will debut Culinary Discovery Tours, which let guests explore local food markets in small groups with an expert chef. Tours to a produce or fish market, cheese maker, chocolatier or vineyard will incorporate mini-lectures, demonstrations or lunch before returning to the shipOs culinary center for a cooking class drawing inspiration from the local market. In Barcelona, where Riviera is being christened on May 11, guests will go on a Spanish olive oil tasting, shop at the Santa Caterina Market and finish the day with lunch at a tapas restaurant. May 3, 2012
Oceania CruisesO New Riviera Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage. Oceania CruisesO new Riviera departed May 16 on its 10-day OPearls of the AegeanO maiden voyage, from Venice to Athens. The 1,250-guest vessel, which launches just 16 months after the debut of sister ship Marina, was christened in Barcelona by godmother Cat Cora, a TV chef, restaurateur, and co-host of the new Bravo network television show OAround the World in 80 Plates.O Riviera is purposely designed for epicureans and features 10 dining venues -- six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants, including a French bistro by Master Chef Jacques Ppin. Facilities also include a Canyon Ranch SpaClub and Bon Apptit Culinary Center and Artist Loft enrichment center. During its inaugural Europe season from May 16 through Nov. 29, Riviera will operate 20 voyages, calling at ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco. May 2, 2012
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