Passenger liners are getting more and more superyacht like in the services they offer as some of the more boutique company’s seek to increase their market share.
As each begins to offer more luxury and a more personalised crew service Oceania Cruises are set to achieve culinary excellence when it launches a brand new ship.
Rivieraa new build will launch in April 2012.
Purposely built for epicureans, the 1,250-guest ship offers no less than 10 dining venues each said to be comparable with the very best of shore-side restaurants.
Rivierawill offers diverse dining experiences that cater to the palates of inquisitive travellers. But perhaps best of all, regardless of which gourmet restaurant passengers choose to enjoy, there will be no additional dining charges.
The liner offers six, open-seating gourmet restaurants, two private-dining venues and two casual eateries.
The décor of each is distinctive, yet a common design thread is evident in the extensive use of rich woods, marble and granite, fine wool carpets and supple leather.
The ship also features a Bon Appétit Culinary Centre, which offers hands-on cooking classes with a changing curriculum.
In select ports guests can accompany the chef to shore-side markets to purchase fresh, local ingredients, which they later learn how to prepare in the culinary centre.