Oceania Cruises Features Two Star Chefs for Hands-On Epicurean Cruises

This October, Oceania Cruises will welcome culinary stars and wine experts on two 10-day “Bon Appétit Wine & Food Festival” European cruises. Chef Stephen Lewandowski of New York’s Tribeca Grill and Chef Ken Oringer of Clio in Boston will offer demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and market tours in select ports along with wine tastings and dinners featuring recipes from Bon Appétit.

Part of the line’s new Signature Sailings program, the Bon Appétit Wine & Food Festival voyages depart Oct. 14 from Athens to Rome with Chef Lewandowski and Oct. 22 from Athens to Istanbul with Chef Oringer.

The October 14 festival with Chef Lewandowski is Oceania Cruises’ Ancient Grandeur cruise, which visits Kusadasi, Monemvasia, Cephalonia, Taormina, Sorrento/Capri, an overnight in Livorno (Florence/Pisa/Tuscany), Marseille (Provence) and Monte Carlo, aboard the line’s new Riviera, which launches in May 2012.

Chef Oringer will host the Oct. 22 Temples & Palaces voyage onboard Marina, which calls at Patmos, Ashdod (an overnight stay provides time to visit Jerusalem), Haifa, Limassol, Rhodes and Kusadasi with an overnight in Istanbul prior to disembarkation.

The 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera are purpose-built for epicureans with six open-seating, gourmet restaurants – including a French bistro by Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Interior design highlights include a Lalique-designed grand staircase, public rooms, accommodations and Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home.

The Bon Appétit Culinary Centers on board both ships feature 24 fully equipped work stations. Classes cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level.

For more information, visit www.OceaniaCruises.com.

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