10 Incredible Firsts Onboard Oceania Vista

Words: Crush

Savouring different dishes and flavours is surely one of the many highlights of travelling the globe. Not only do travellers get to immerse themselves in the surrounding beauty of the destination, but when travelling onboard the right cruise line, cuisine takes centre stage onboard too. 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.

Cruising & cuisine – the perfect pairing

Oceania’s Vista, launched in May 2023 – just in time for the Mediterranean summer season – is the line’s first new ship in more than a decade. So, it’s no surprise that Vista offers incredible firsts. Foodies and discerning travellers are in for a treat.

1. The mother of culinary godmothers

Celebrated Italian-American chef, author, restaurateur and Emmy Award-winning food personality, Giada De Laurentiis is Vista’s godmother.

“As the world’s leading culinary-focused cruise line, bringing Giada into the Oceania Cruises family was an easy decision,” said Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.

“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 agreed to be godmother of Vista.”

2. Signature dishes found nowhere else

Godmother, De Laurentiis, was the brains behind two superb signature dishes served on board Vista. Settle down to try these masterpieces in Toscana, the authentic Italian specialty restaurant, and The Grand Dining Room.

Her Capri-inspired lemon spaghetti, featuring lashings of lemon cream, jumbo shrimp, fried capers, mascarpone and dusted with Parmesan, has already received rave reviews, as has her Branzino Pomegranate – fennel-potato purée, braised fennel, potato spheres, pomegranate gastrique and vinaigrette.

3. Rum or whisky?

Onboard Vista, you’ll have plenty of both. 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 rich history of rum and tea, dating back to the 17th century. There are ice cream cocktails on offer too.

4. All-veranda accommodation

Views, views and more views! Vista offers all-veranda accommodations and the most spacious standard staterooms at sea, so you can marvel at the sea views from everywhere.

5. New mixology program

From the informal to the extravagant, Vista caters for all tastes. Sip away with these drink experiences…

  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Experience makes its debut on Vista, with a delectable three-course pairing extravaganza featuring rare vintages.
  • Connoisseur Wine Pairing Lunches
  • Dom Pérignon Experience, a signature Oceania Cruises experience since 2019.
  • The Bubbly Bar cart, which serves exclusive Champagne cocktails.
  • The Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar, where guests can DIY their perfect brunch accompaniment.
  • The Casino Mixology Bar is already an Instagram favourite.
  • Shaken or stirred – check out the new martini menu at the aptly named Martinis, Oceania Cruises’ signature bar.

“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 tableside preparation of an Espresso Martini,” Daniella Oancea, corporate beverage manager of Oceania Cruises.

6. Wellness-inspired dishes

With a total of 11 culinary venues, guests certainly won’t go hungry – or unhealthy, thanks to Aquamar Kitchen.

Aquamar Kitchen offers an array of delicious wellness-inspired dishes and low to no alcohol drinks, with only a hint of indulgence. Guests rave how they taste just as good as the ‘real deal.’ Aquamar is open for a lighter breakfast and lunch. Expect smoothies and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, acai bowls and trendy avo toast for breakfast. For lunch? Order poke bowls, falafel wraps, chicken burgers, tacos and more.

7. New signature restaurant, Ember

For a taste of Americana, step into Vista’s new signature restaurant, Ember, for an upscale take on a classic American dining experience. Slightly less formal than the Polo Grill steakhouse, Ember is the place to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and crowd favourites, such as melt-in-mouth steak, porcini dusted bone-in ribeye, or a breadcrumb crusted tomato Provençale. Be sure to leave room for dessert; taste the heavenly roasted apple tart and corn ice cream – an ingenious nod to evolving American farm-to-table cuisine.

8. The Tranquillity Bed

Sleep travel is well and truly a trend for 2023 and beyond, as travellers seek out the best places to find some rest.

Guests on board Vista won’t be disappointed with the sleep experience. Drift off to dreamland on 1000 thread count linens and unique Tranquillity mattresses (filled with aromatised Camomile fibre and super comfortable water gel!).

9. Single cabins

Solo travellers are not overlooked on Vista, in fact, they are given priority. Single cabins are centrally located on Deck 6 and boast their own balconies and bubbly, of course.

The 270-square-foot cabins come complete with 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.

Plus, solo travellers don’t have to pay a supplemental fee for occupying two-person cabins.

10. The Owner’s Suite

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

What’s next for Oceania Cruises’ Vista?

Waters less travelled… here are just a handful of the destinations Vista will be exploring:

  • Donegal’s scenic fishing village, Killybegs – traditional Irish cottages, seafood and stunning blue flag beaches.
  • Stornoway (Hebrides), Scotland – go for the white sand beaches, Gaelic-speaking locals and 5000-year-old stones.
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – a popular escape for New Englanders since 1602.
  • Shelburne, Nova Scotia – as pretty as a period movie piece or an Impressionist-dotted sailboat scene.
  • La Coruña, Spain – less than an hour from where the ship docks, you can marvel at the incredibly ornate Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

Star-studded performances

Multiple Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer, pianist and actor, Harry Connick Jr., joined De Laurentiis and a host of other well-heeled guests at Vista’s star-studded christening and naming ceremony on May 8 in Valletta, Malta. The high-energy opening performance of Into the NightVista’s dance-centric theatrical show led by renowned Dancing with the Stars pro dancer and choreographer, Britt Stewart, set the scene for a showstopper of a night.

Inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean

Her entire first summer season was almost sold out. If you want to be onboard Vista’s inaugural season, act fast! Cabins onboard are selling fast.

September 2023 onwards…

Fortunately, you can still get the Vista experience for 2023 and beyond. Vista will sail to Canada and New England before heading south for a series of winter itineraries exploring Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Vista’s 2024 summer season will see her sail a series of Grand Voyages in the eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic Seas – visiting an intriguing array of iconic cities and smaller boutique ports throughout Italy, Turkey, Greece and the Holy Lands.

And after Vista?

Her sister ship, Allura, which is set to debut in May 2025, will feature several unique firsts in the realms of dining, accommodation and guest experiences.

About Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s seven small, luxurious ships carry a maximum of 1,238 guests, and feature the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe.

Expertly curated travel experiences aboard the designer-inspired small ships, call on more than 600 marquee and boutique ports, in more than 100 countries on 7 continents on voyages that range from 7 to more than 200 days. The brand has a second 1,200-guest Allura Class ship on order for delivery in 2025. With headquarters in Miami, Oceania Cruises is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. – a diversified cruise operator of leading global cruise brands, which include Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

If you’re eager to discover just how perfect a pairing cruising and cuisine is, book ahead for your Oceania Cruises experience today. Contact your nearest travel advisor or visit the website link below.

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