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Our goal at Oceania Cruises has always been a lofty one – to offer our guests a world of affordable luxury and attractive value that is unrivaled anywhere. You can now explore the world with us in a style that's unequaled because our ships are comfortably mid-size. With only 684 guests to pamper, our international staff of 400 professionals personalizes their service to flawless perfection. Our size advantage allows for other striking advantages for our guests indulgence, including the absolute finest cuisine at sea served in four, distinctive open-seating restaurants and a warm, convivial ambiance, much like that of a private country club. Casual elegance has never felt so natural.

Indulge in a shiatsu massage in the world-renowned Mandara Spa. Work out with a personal trainer in the fitness center. Discuss the finer points of a lecture with an award-winning author, distinguished ambassador any number of famed speakers featured in our "Your World" lecture series. Email friends about your luck in the casino and adventures ashore. This is cruising as you've always imagined. This is Your World. Your Way!

If you have always wished to cook alongside a famous chef, now is your opportunity for that Incredible Culinary Experience.

Welcome to a Whole New World of Dining at Sea

Bon Appétit Culinary Center


In the Bon Appétit Culinary Center – the only hands-on cooking school at sea – you will learn how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes in a state-of-the-art culinary studio under the tutelage of Master Chefs from around the world. To immerse you in the regional flavors of the destinations, you will use fresh, locally purchased produce, meats and fish. Imagine accompanying Marina’s chefs while shopping for porcini mushrooms in a quaint village market, or selecting freshly caught seafood along the waterfront.

  • The only culinary center at sea to offer hands-on instruction
  • Produced in conjunction with Bon Appétit, America’s premier publication catering to fine food and wine
  • Expert, Master Chefs provide instruction in a professional kitchen atmosphere
  • Expand your knowledge and appreciation of local cuisines through shoreside events and market tours
  • Choose from a varied curriculum or à la carte instruction
  • From great regional cuisines to the secrets of barbecue grilling, our hands-on classes are perfect for every aspiring chef.

 Immerse yourself in the joy of cooking gourmet cuisine at Oceania Cruises' Bon Appétit Culinary Center. It's the world's only hands-on culinary studio at sea, a distinction that elevates the gourmand experience onboard Marina to a level of participation far beyond even the grandest expectations. 

The Mariner is fully equipped with individual work stations, each with induction cook tops, a first at sea, affording guests the opportunity to gain a hands-on learning experience.

 *Why make the Marina a “ship for epicureans”?

 “The culinary experience has always been the foundation of our brand. When we designed Marina, we added in some new twists and a range of dining you don’t find on other ships. The shipyard told us they’ve never built a ship with so much space dedicated to dining. The culinary studio features 22 stoves, each with it own workstation, food processor, cutting boards and burners. Guests will be actually creating the dishes along with the instructor – it’s really the best way to learn. We’ll also have a dedicated wine-tasting center.”

Oceania Cruises’ curriculum, designed in part by Bon Appétit, will appeal to a wide range of tastes and incorporate regional cultures and cuisines. Depending on the itinerary, classes may range from 45 minutes to three hours, and cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level. The culinary experience will also be brought ashore with market tours where guests will shop for local ingredients with the chef. Additionally, guest chefs may arrange for students to have private tastings at wineries and access to famous shore-side kitchens.