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Oceania Cruises to Debut Mixology Programme and New Pairing Menus when Vista makes its maiden voyage in May 2023

  • by Adrian Eugene Seet
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Vista will transport guests to the most scenic destinations around the globe.

Oceania Cruises is introducing an elevated, innovative bar programme aboard the 1,200-guest Vista, first of the brand’s all-new Allura Class ships, when it goes on its maiden voyage on 20 May 2023. The Vista will be Oceania Cruises’ new 67,000 ton ship which will make her maiden voyage from Rome to Barcelona on 14 April 2023 followed by twelve additional European voyages prior to commencing sailings from the United States to the Canadian Maritimes and New England, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.

Vista will also feature the latest cocktail-crafting trends and techniques such as flavoured smoke bubbles, an extensive selection of low- and no-sugar wines and zero-proof cocktails, plus Negronis aged in wooden barrels and specialty beverage carts like the Bubbly Bar and Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar.

Specialty Beverage Carts (NCL photo)
Specialty Beverage Carts (NCL photo)

Oceania Cruises offers culinary- and destination-focused experiences with The Finest Cuisine at Sea.  “As Vista will present a fresh perspective on the finest cuisine at sea with an astounding array of culinary options that range from informal to the extravagant, it’s only appropriate that we build a bar programme to match. From new spirits selections and a wide range of mocktails to new pairing menus and the introduction of The Moët & Chandon Champagne Experience, our teams have truly outdone themselves,” shares Oceania Cruises President & CEO Howard Sherman.

Vista Grand Dining Room (Oceania Cruises renderings)

“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,” Oceania Cruises Corporate Beverage Manager Daniella Oancea adds.

The Casino Mixology Bar

This new concept on Vista will focus on the art of the cocktail. A unique selection of bourbons and ryes are available. Cocktails and spirits will be prepared tableside. Enjoy Negronis straight from the barrel and incredible “Flavour Blaster Gun” cocktails topped off with vapour-filled bubbles with aromatic flavours.

Martinis Bar

Oceania Cruises’ signature onboard bar Martinis is refreshing its namesake cocktail with a new spirits selection of Mermaid Gin and Vodka, handcrafted from ethically sourced botanicals on the Isle of Wright. The new menu features a collection that pays tribute to Hollywood’s greatest names such as Lady Hepburn, Bogart’s Casablanca, Blue Eyes Sinatra and Notorious Bond.

Baristas Coffee

Barista offers delicious coffee on board and will introduce a new drink menu that features innovative cocktails that incorporate Amari, an Italian herbal liqueur in addition to ready-to-drink Italian selections such as Cordino, San Pellegrino cocktails and Campari sodas.

Existing concepts with new drink concepts

Low- or no-alcohol options will be served together with lean and healthy cuisines at The Aquamar Kitchen. Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits such as Dry London Gin, American Malt Whisky, White Cane Spirit Rum and Amalfi Spritz will be offered on board the Vista. Available on board would also include non-alcoholic “wines” from Pierre Zéroa as well as mocktails such as Skinny Mimosa, Innocent Kir, Pure Amalfi Spritz, Passion Fruit Colada, Dark and Spicy and NO-Groni.

Ember will feature American creations blended with time-honoured classics paired with unique wines, craft beers, ryes and bourbons as well as themed cocktails ranging from long-drinks to aperitifs such as California Dreaming, First Avenue, Sicilian Godfather and Tennessee Nights.

Red Ginger features a focused menu of beverages such as Asian beers, sakes and cocktails celebrating Asian flavours such as ginger, turmeric, coriander and lychee to complement its Pan-Asian dishes. New drinks here include Tokyo Whisper, Oriental Pear Mule, Asia Daisy, Namaste and Hanoi Nights.

New Pairing Menus

Privée (Source: Oceania Cruises)

New pairing experiences will debut with the launch of Vista.

The Moët & Chandon Champagne Experience features a three-course menu paired with rare vintages. Start with a Mediterranean sea bass tartar paired with the 2013 Grand Vintage Brut followed by a duck foie gras terrine and the silky Nectar Imperial Champagne. And finish with a cured beef tenderloin coupled with Imperial Rose Champagne.

Two carefully curated journey will also be added in the Connoisseur Wine Pairing Lunches. Menus include five different Mediterranean influenced dishes complimented by a premium range of wines as the head sommelier and bar, restaurant and galley teams explaining each course pairing concept and their flavour profiles.

The Dom Pérignon Experience has been a signature Oceania Cruises experience on board the Riviera and Marina since 2019. It will be available on Vista as part of the intimate dining venue Privée. Each of the three Champagne vintages is paired with two courses. Highlights of the six courses include scallops rossini with mole negro followed by black truffle risotto, Brittany blue lobster in yellow curry broth with coconut foam, seared sashimi style wagyu beef with octopus tempura, culminating with sakura tea geisha flower ice cream topped with lemon caviar.

Highlights of The Vista

The Vista will feature 12 dining options, four of which are brand new. There will be eight bars, lounges and entertainment venues. 1,200 guests will be served by 800 crew members. It will offer the most spacious standard staterooms at sea with over 290 square feet. Penthouse Suites and staterooms will feature large bathrooms with oversized rainforest showers while Owner’s, Vista and Oceania Suites feature luxurious soaking tubs. Palatial Owner’s Suites and top-of-ship Library styled exclusively in Ralph Luaren Home. Solo travellers will be able to stay in new Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms.

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