Oceania Cruises Announces Launch of Culinary Creations Land Tours
Renowned for elite culinary enrichment programs, it seems Oceania Cruises will continue to the set the bar high in 2016, as it announces the upcoming launch of Culinary Creations Land Tours.
The expanded collection of tours will be available beginning spring 2016 in parts of Europe and South America. The events will take place on select cruises aboard the Nautica, Marina, Riviera and Sirena.
The land tours will range from two to three nights and will be made available pre-, mid- and even post-cruise.
Once on land, guests will visit local markets, culinary schools and restaurants, where they'll learn from experts.
"This is a natural extension for the Oceania Cruises brand, and leverages two of our greatest strengths: developing rich shore experiences that bring the incredible destinations we visit to life, and creating the most engaging culinary enrichment programs at sea," said Oceania Cruises president and COO Jason Montague in a statement.
"As destination experts we recognize that many cultures around the world are often defined by their culinary traditions, and the new Culinary Creations Land Tours we designed are perfect for guests seeking a more in-depth exploration of those traditions," he added.
In Athens, for example, guests will stay for two nights, sampling "locally made cheese and olives" and attending "wine and ouzo tastings."
The expanded land tours also include visits to some of the area's top attractions as well. For instance, during a three-night stay in Tuscany, guests will embark on a half-day walking tour of Florence where they'll visit beloved "attractions such as Michelangelo's David at Galleria dell'Accademia and Ponte Vecchio."
Fares for the upcoming Culinary Creations Land Tours start at $1,399 per guest based on double occupancy, and Oceania Cruises' new OLife Advantage program offers additional amenities — including complimentary shore excursions, unlimited internet service and pre-paid gratuities — to guests who book a 2016 cruise early.
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