SPONSORED: Set sail aboard Vista: 10 reasons to book a cruise holiday

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SPONSORED: Set sail aboard Vista: 10 reasons to book a cruise holiday

Oceania Cruises holds the reputation for being the world’s leading culinary-and-destination-focused cruise line. Their hallmark? Small ships, curated experiences, immersive itineraries, and the finest cuisine at sea. With that to consider, it’s no wonder Oceania Cruises is going all out with firsts offered aboard Vista (the line’s first new ship in more than a decade) – foodies and adventurers are in for a treat.

Savouring different dishes and flavours is one of the many highlights of travelling. Not only do you get to immerse yourself in the tastes of the destination, but when travelling aboard the right cruise line, cuisine takes centre stage onboard too. Launched in May 2023 for the Mediterranean summer season, Oceania’s Vista will be the line’s first new ship in more than a decade!

1. The celebrity godmother

No christening is complete without a godparent present. Chef, author, restaurateur and Emmy Award-winning food personality Giada De Laurentiis was chosen to be Vista’s godmother and appeared at a star-studded christening and naming ceremony in Valletta, Malta. On her appointment as the ship’s godmother, the president of Oceania Cruises, Frank A. Del Rio, said, “Her casual yet sophisticated style and devout love of quality cuisine are the perfect recipe for Vista. She truly personifies our first Allura Class ship and we could not be more delighted that she has agreed to be godmother of Vista.”

2. Once-in-a-lifetime menu

De Laurentiis will whip up two signature dishes to be served on board Vista. These dishes are new and exclusive to Vista. Guests can settle down to try these two masterpieces in Toscana, the authentic Italian speciality restaurant, and The Grand Dining Room. Be inspired by Giada’s Italian-American upbringing with a classic dish that will hold you over until you can dine at Toscana onboard your next Oceania Cruises voyage:

Italian style meatball subsGet the recipe for Italian-style meatball subs here. 

3. Top-shelf selection

Aboard Oceania’s Vista you don’t have to choose between your favourite beverages, you can have them all! Stop by The Macallan Diamond Bar Cart, a mobile bar cart that will showcase the theatre and ritual of smoking cocktails. The Brugal Rum & Tea at Sea experience will let you sip the history-rich experience of rum and tea, dating back centuries. That’s not all! There are ice cream cocktails on offer, too.

4. Breathtaking views

There are ocean views all around! Vista offers all-verandah accommodations and the most spacious standard staterooms at sea.

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5. Curated cocktails

Daniella Oancea, corporate beverage manager of Oceania Cruises says, “On Vista, having a drink will be an experience unto itself – from the beauty of watching a skilled bartender smoke an old-fashioned, to the table-side preparation of an espresso martini.” Take part in drink and cocktail experiences and offers such as the Moët & Chandon Champagne Experience, Connoisseur Wine Pairing Lunches, The Casino Mixology Bar and the Dom Pérignon Experience. Toast to a year of good food and travel with your own signature cocktail at home:

Get the recipe for vanilla vodka passion here. 

6. Feel-good food

You certainly won’t go hungry or feel unhealthy, thanks to Aquamar Kitchen. Inspired by 11 culinary venues you’ll visit once you set sail, Aquamar Kitchen will offer an array of wellness-inspired dishes and low- to no-alcohol drinks with just a hint of indulgence. Be inspired by Aquamar and prepare a balanced meal that tastes great as it’ll make you feel:

Baby marrow fritter bowlGet the recipe for baby marrow fritter bowl here.

7. Fine American dining

For a taste of Americana, step into Vista’s new signature restaurant, Ember, for an authentically rich and luxurious American dining experience. If you’re too impatient to wait, get hyped up by creating your own classic American dish at home:

GumboGet the recipe for gumbo here. 

8. Sleep like a king

With the rise of campervan nomads and RV families, sleep travel is well and truly a trend for 2023 and beyond. On board Vista, you can expect to drift off to dreamland on 1 000-thread count linen and unique Tranquillity mattresses (filled with aromatised chamomile fibre and super-comfort water gel).

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9. One can be company

Travelling solo? You’ll be given top priority. Single cabins are centrally located and boast their own balconies and bubbly. The 270-square-foot cabins come complete with those slumber-inducing Tranquillity mattresses and all the trimmings, along with perks such as priority embarkation, access to the exclusive Concierge lounge, free laundry service, room service, a complimentary bottle of Champagne, and more.

10. Go big or go home

For a true bucket-list experience, book (very) far ahead to experience Vista’s Owner’s Suite. This sumptuous accommodation experience can boast of being one of the world’s largest cruise ship suite accommodations.

Ready for a new adventure? Book your holiday aboard Ocean Cruises’s newest ship, Vista. Learn more here.

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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