Oceania Cruises has introduced the first in a series of new product enhancements rolling out across its luxury fleet as part of its OceaniaNEXT program. Elevated dining experiences and service levels will await guests when Marina returns to the seas in August 2021 on a 10-night Northern Europe cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm.
OceaniaNEXT enhancements will also debut onboard the rest of Oceania’s small, luxurious ships – Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Riviera, and Sirena – as each vessel returns to sailing. Oceania recently announced plans for a seventh ship, Vista, which will debut in 2023.
During the pause in sailing, the Oceania Cruises team continued to invest in creative ways to evolve the onboard experience with a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements to the brand’s already renowned Finest Cuisine at Sea® and acclaimed service. This is just the first of many new OceaniaNEXT enhancements to be revealed over the coming months, according to Oceania.
“We’ve undertaken this ambitious brand initiative to elevate every facet of the Oceania Cruises guest experience to new levels. From thoughtfully reimagined menus to enhanced service levels to the dramatic re-inspiration of our six ships, guests will find that the Oceania Cruises experience is better than ever,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.
Whether guests are in the mood for an elaborate dinner at Toscana, or prefer to indulge in the line’s exclusive Dom Perignon Experience, or crave the casual comfort of tacos or fresh poke bowls, each meal is given the same thought, care and creativity to ensure it is as mouth-watering as it is memorable.
The Grand Dining Room
In The Grand Dining Room, the dinner menu includes more than two dozen new dishes. New appetizers include caramelized duck foie gras accompanied by apricot infused with Loire Valley wine, and mozzarella fior di latte panna cotta with aubergines stiletto and fried focaccia.
Meanwhile, main courses range from French monkfish with saffron-tomato-cognac-cream sauce and wild rice, to the hearty veal piccata with sweet and sour lemon sauce, glazed pearl onions and Parisian potatoes.
Sunday Brunch is an elegant yet relaxed affair in The Grand Dining Room, and the new menu has been thoughtfully crafted to include a more diverse selection of international dishes as well as a wider range of healthy options.
Highlights include a new Asian Noodle Bar, a gourmet Taco Corner, a prepared-to-order Pasta Station, a healthy Smoothie Bar, and a Salad Bar with an extensive selection of starches, proteins, greens, and raw and cooked vegetables for guests to create their own custom salad combination.
Refined and romantic with a uniquely modern Italian flair, Toscana specializes in the rich and rustic regional flavors for which Italy is famous. Dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion. As part of OceaniaNEXT, the line has reimagined Toscana’s menu with 21 delectable new dishes including:
- Sformatino di Peperoni – roasted bell pepper flan, creamy Parmesan sauce
- Tagliolini Carbonara – tagliolini, pancetta, egg yolk-Parmesan sauce
- Agnello Arrosto – stuffed roasted lamb loin with spicy soppressata sausage
- Il Tiramisú ai Frutti di Bosco – red berry tiramisú with mascarpone cream
- Tortino di Cioccolata – molten chocolate fondant with Sicilian blood orange sauce
The Terrace Café and Waves Grill
The ever-popular Terrace Café has expanded its lunch offering to include locally sourced fish, sausages, and marinated meats, including regional specialties from the ports and destinations visited.
For more laidback fare, Waves Grill has added a fresh, prepared-to-order poke bowl station inspired by flavors from around the world, including Japan, the Middle East,
Evening Canapé Choices
Canapés served in the lounges and bars after a day of exploring are a much-loved tradition on board Oceania Cruises. The experience now features a wider variety of selections, echoing the gourmet inspiration of the new dishes offered in The Grand Dining Room. The selections will be presented individually to each table as part of the line’s enhanced health and safety measures.
Guests in Penthouse, Oceania, Vista, and Owner’s Suites may choose from a canapé selection now including the addition of plant-based California rolls, a Mezze Platter, and a Taco Trilogy.
Service levels have also been significantly enhanced through a combination of increased staffing and implementation of a new electronic ordering system. This ensures that order-taking, food and beverage service, and table re-setting is seamlessly streamlined. This will allow restaurant staff to focus on providing the exemplary service that is at the heart of Oceania.