Sail with Celebrity Master Chef Jacques Pépin & Other Exciting Travel Opportunities for Foodies

Sail with Celebrity Master Chef Jacques Pépin & Other Exciting Travel Opportunities for Foodies

With unprecedented offers to alluring worldwide destinations, 2016 presents the best opportunity in years to take your dream vacation. Among the many attractive offers available, perhaps none provide better values than those presented by Oceania Cruises. Oceania Cruises is bringing luxurious and unique travel opportunities within easy reach of discerning travelers, offering destination focused cruises from as low as $1,799 to the Mediterranean, Alaska, and the Caribbean, all of which include free roundtrip airfare and value-laden amenities that can save travelers hundreds more on their vacation. Oceania Cruises is making similar appealing offers to other destinations, including South America, Asia, and the Panama Canal, to name a few.

With its devoted focus on delivering the Finest Cuisine at Sea™, crafting unique itineraries that frequently include long days and overnights in port, offering world-class service, and sailing a fleet of uncrowded mid-sized ships, it is no wonder why year over year, Oceania Cruises continues to win over even self-proclaimed “non-cruisers” as loyal repeat guests.

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A Culinary Enthusiast’s Dream
It is no understatement to say that the culinary experience aboard Oceania Cruises has become legendary. In 2015, Oceania Cruises won “Best for Foodies” by Fodor’s Travel World’s Best Cruises, “Best Lines for Foodies” by Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships, and “Best for Dining” by Cruise International. These awards are merely the latest in a long list of awards Oceania has received recognizing its commitment to delivering the best dining experience available at sea, one that rivals even the world’s finest restaurants.

It starts with Oceania Cruises’ partnership with famous Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Master Chef Pépin serves as Oceania’s Executive Culinary Director. In that role, Master Chef Pépin carefully oversees all menu creations and inspires Oceania’s chefs “to perform feats of gastronomic wizardry.”

Oceania Cruises provides guests a broad choice of dining options, all of which offer open seating with no set dining times. Choices include the elegant Grand Dining Room, serving continental cuisine; Toscana, serving authentic Italian dishes; and Polo Grill, a traditional steakhouse. Two of Oceania’s ships- the Riviera and the Marina– offer additional alternative restaurants. They include Red Ginger, an Asian restaurant rated “Best Restaurants at Sea” by USA Today; Jacques, Jacques Pépin’s signature French bistro; and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, offering an intimate multi-course gourmet food-and-wine pairing experience. With the exception of La Reserve by Wine Spectator, and unlike most other cruise lines, none of the restaurants aboard Oceania Cruises require a surcharge.

For guests who desire a more hands-on experience, Oceania Cruises offers the state-of-the-art Culinary Center. The Culinary Center, available on the Riviera and Marina, boasts 12 individual fully-equipped cooking stations that provide aspiring chefs of all skill levels the ability to participate in hands-on cooking classes led by onboard guest expert master chefs. Class participants may also have the option of expanding their culinary knowledge even further by taking a Culinary Discovery Tour. These unique tours allow guests to shop with the chef instructors for fresh ingredients at local markets. Some of these tours also involve exciting opportunities to experience local cuisine by dining in private homes or local restaurants.

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Sail with Jacques Pépin or Claudine Pépin in 2016
Relish the idea of engaging with arguably one of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs? In 2016, you have the opportunity to do just that by sailing with Master Chef Jacques Pépin on a 10-night Mediterranean cruise. The cruise, called Medieval Artistry, sails from Venice to Rome from October 1st to October 11th, 2016, and visits different ports each day spanning Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece. Onboard, Master Chef Pépin will lead engaging lectures and culinary demonstrations. Guests will also be treated to specially designed signature menus. Rates on this cruise begin at $2,999 per guest, based on double occupancy. This fare includes roundtrip airfare, free unlimited onboard Internet, plus a choice of 4 free shore excursions, $400 per person shipboard credit, or a free House Beverage Package which includes free unlimited wine, champagne or beer at lunch and dinner.

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If you prefer an option closer to home, Master Chef Pépin’s daughter, Claudine Pépin, will be accompanying guests aboard a unique 10-night sailing roundtrip New York and visiting ports in New England, Maritime Canada, and Bermuda from October 18th to October 28th, 2016. Ms. Pépin is a celebrity in her own right and has cooked with her father on several of Master Chef Pépin’s PBS cooking series, including “Jacques Pépin’s Kitchen:  Cooking with Claudine.” Ms. Pépin has also authored the cookbook, “Kids Cook First.”  Onboard the 10-night cruise, Ms. Pépin will lead engaging lectures and culinary demonstrations, and guests will enjoy specially designed signature menus. Rates on this cruise begin at $4,099 per guest, based on double occupancy. This fare includes roundtrip airfare, free unlimited Internet, plus a choice of 4 free shore excursions, $400 per person shipboard credit, or a free House Beverage Package which includes free unlimited wine, champagne or beer at lunch and dinner.

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Seven Lands and Seas Travel and Bon Appétit Tastemaker Sailings
Where you book your Oceania Cruise can make a huge difference in your overall experience. A small select group of travel agencies hold the distinction of being both a member of Oceania Cruises’ Cruise Connoisseurs Club- reserved for Oceania Cruises’ top 50 travel agency partners- and a chosen Bon Appétit Tastemaker. Those few travel agencies designated as Bon Appétit Tastemakers were carefully chosen by Bon Appétit and Oceania Cruises based on their proven track record of delivering extraordinary culinary and wine-focused travel experiences. Seven Lands and Seas Travel of Alexandria, Virginia is the only locally-owned travel agency in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area to hold the dual distinction of being both a Cruise Connoisseurs Club member and a Bon Appétit Tastemaker.

Booking a Bon Appétit Tastemakers cruise with Seven Lands and Seas Travel offers travelers attractive money-saving and enriching advantages. For example, travelers who book one of more than forty 2016 and 2017 voyages aboard Oceania Cruises with Seven Lands and Seas Travel will receive a $200 per stateroom onboard spending credit, a wine tasting event with a complimentary bottle of wine, and a complimentary welcome bottle of wine signed by the winemaker. These amenities come in addition to other amenities that may be available on select voyages, including OLife Choice™ amenities that include free unlimited internet plus a choice of up to 5 free shore excursions, a free beverage package, or an additional shipboard credit. Some voyages may also include pre-paid gratuities.

To learn more about the Bon Appétit Tastemakers program and voyages, visit http://www.7landsandseasBAVoyages.com.

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Save Even More On Select Oceania Cruises Booked with Seven Lands and Seas Travel
By booking your Oceania cruise with Seven Lands and Seas Travel, you may also receive even more money-saving amenities. These amenities, available on select sailings, come in addition to the Bon Appétit Tastemaker amenities and the amenities offered by Oceania Cruises. They often include additional onboard spending credit and prepaid gratuities.

Some examples of the special offers available exclusively through Seven Lands and Seas Travel aboard Oceania Cruises are the following:

May 11th, 2016- 11 Night “Idyllic Ionian,” Venice to Rome aboard Sirena
This cruise is aboard Oceania Cruises newest ship, Sirena, a sister ship to three of Oceania’s other ships- the Regatta, Nautica, and Insignia. Prior to joining the Oceania fleet in late April, Sirena will undergo a $40 million renovation which will bring two new dining options, Tuscan Steak, an Italian specialty restaurant, and Jacques Bistro, serving classic French cuisine during lunch. Sirena caters to just 684 guests and promises a level of elegance and luxury consistent with all of Oceania’s ships.

On this cruise, Seven Lands & Seas Travel is offering a $400 Onboard Credit and Pre Paid Gratuities.  These are in addition to the OLife Choice™ amenities offered on this cruise including Free Unlimited Internet, PLUS Choose One:  4 Free Shore Excursions, Beverage Package or $400 additional Onboard Credit per person.

July 7th, 2016- 10 Night “Mediterranean Collage,” Valleta to Barcelona aboard Sirena
Seven Lands & Seas Travel is offering a $400 Onboard Credit and Pre Paid Gratuities. These are in addition to the OLife Choice™ amenities offered on this cruise including Free Unlimited Internet, PLUS Choose One:  4 Free Shore Excursions, Beverage Package or $400 additional Onboard Credit per person.

July 13th, 2016- 10 Night “Scandinavian Treasures,” Copenhagen to Stockholm aboard Marina
Seven Lands & Seas Travel is offering a $400 Onboard Credit and Pre Paid Gratuities. These are in addition to the OLife Choice™ amenities offered on this cruise including Free Unlimited Internet, PLUS Choose One:  4 Free Shore Excursions, Beverage Package or $400 additional Onboard Credit per person.

August 31st, 2016- 12 Night “Sun-Drenched Isles,” Venice to Athens aboard Riviera
Seven Lands & Seas Travel is offering a $400 Onboard Credit and Pre Paid Gratuities. These are in addition to the OLife Choice™ amenities on this cruise including Free Unlimited Internet, PLUS Choose One:  4 Free Shore Excursions, Beverage Package or $400 additional Onboard Credit per person.

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Don’t miss out on your opportunity to explore Europe and experience the splendor of Oceania Cruises this summer! These are just a few of the fantastic voyages on which you can enjoy Seven Lands and Seas Travel Exclusive amenities, and they are only available when booked through Seven Lands and Seas Travel.  For more Information about these and other Oceania Cruises and to book, call Seven Lands and Seas Travel at (703) 706-0011, or toll free at 866-368-7327, e-mail info@7landsandseas.com, visit us on the web at http://www.SevenLandsandSeasTravel.com, or stop by 2161 Jamieson Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia. We look forward to making your travel dreams come true!

[Rates are per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability at the time of booking].

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