Oceania Cruises, a leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, is reaching new heights of creativity and variety with the launch of an innovative bar programm on Vista, the first of Allura Class ships. In addition to serving the latest cocktail-crafting trends and techniques such as flavoured smoke bubbles, a wide selection of low- and no-sugar wines, and zero-alcohol cocktails, Vista’s Allura Class vessels will have Negronis aged in wooden barrels and specialty beverage carts such as the Bubbly Bar and Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar.
“At Oceania Cruises, we continuously strive to raise the bar on every aspect of our luxury cruise experience, with food and beverage at the top of the list,” said Howard Sherman, president and CEO of Oceania Cruises. “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 program 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.”
“To develop Vista’s new bar program, I worked hand in hand with our culinary team to bring naturally sourced ingredients to our cocktail crafting process, like the creation of homemade syrups and reductions,” said Daniella Oancea, corporate beverage manager of Oceania Cruises. “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.”
Vista’s bar program will feature immersive, experiential beverage offerings like The Bubbly Bar, which will serve exclusive Champagne cocktails, as well as The Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar, where guests can DIY their perfect brunch accompaniment. In addition, with the launch of Vista comes the debut of inspired pairing experiences:
Moët & Chandon Champagne Experience, a delectable three-course pairing extravaganza, is making its first appearance on Vista. A Mediterranean sea bass tartar, paired with the 2013 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut, is the first course. Duck foie gras terrine will be followed by the mouth-watering Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial Champagne, and finished with a tender beef tenderloin accompanied by the refined and elegant Moët & Chandon Imperial Rose Champagne.
Vista will offer two unique wine and food pairings as part of its Connoisseur Wine Pairing Lunches. The five Mediterranean-inspired dishes will be accompanied by a premium selection of wines. Each course will be explained by the head sommelier, bar, restaurant, and galley teams, who will discuss the flavour profiles and pairing concepts.
Dom Pérignon Experience, a signature Oceania Cruises experience since 2019, will be featured on Vista as part of the intimate dining establishment Privée. The six-course tasting menu is a must-try meal for every Champagne connoisseur and all real foodies. Every vintage Champagne is perfectly paired with two courses that accentuate the grapes’ nuances and the blend proportion, providing everything from subtle effervescent nose to exciting, fulfilling finishes. The scallops rossini with mole negro is followed by black truffle risotto, Brittany blue lobster in yellow curry broth with coconut foam, seared sashimi-style wagyu beef with octopus tempura, and finally, sakura tea geisha flower ice cream topped with lemon caviar.
Through its Sail & Sustain program, Oceania Cruises recently announced its commitment to pursue net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050.