Oceania Cruises has unveiled details on the restaurants and dining experiences aboard its newest ship, Vista, due to debut in early 2023.
“Vista will present a fresh perspective on the finest cuisine at sea with an astounding array of dining options that range from informal to the extravagant,” said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.
Vista will offer a total of 12 culinary venues, which is unprecedented for a ship of its size. Of the 12, four are brand new and exclusive to Vista.
“We have never been content to rest on our laurels, so even the expected has become the unexpected. A dramatic re-inspiration of every dining space from décor to table setting to menu offerings has resulted in a new pinnacle of diversity and creativity for our guests to enjoy,” added Binder.
Here's a look at what guests can look forward to:
Ember is the signature addition to Oceania Cruises’ family of restaurants. Open for lunch and dinner, Ember features a menu of inventive American creations blended with time-honoured classics. Whether you are looking forward to a leisurely evening of dining or a quick dinner before catching the headline show, Ember is where you want to be. Braised Short Ribs on Polenta, Grilled Swordfish with Asparagus, Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli, and a Cobb Salad with Smoked Chicken are just a few of the delights designed to tempt the palate.
Aquamar Kitchen presents a decidedly fresh perspective on dining and the pursuit of wellness. Whether you are a dedicated flexitarian or a die-hard foodie, Aquamar Kitchen offers an abundance of indulgence with none of the guilt. Breakfast selections include cold-pressed raw juices and super-food smoothies, hearty homemade granolas and avocado toasts, organic power bowls, and savory breakfast wraps. For lunch, dozens of tempting, healthy dishes are offered such as Slow-Roasted Organic Salmon with quinoa tabouleh and lemon tahini, Yellowfin Tacos with white cabbage slaw, or even a Crunchy Chicken Sandwich on a freshly baked whole grain bun
The Grand Dining Room is the luxurious grand dame of Oceania Cruises’ culinary world. Here, guests will savour a leisurely dining experience with a bevy of delicious Continental dishes, and now a fresh and new array of options brings even more exciting possibilities. Every day presents a realm of choices from signature Jacques Pépin classics to an incredible spectrum of global flavors and an all-new Executive Chef’s Tasting Menu. Menus change daily with an expansive choice of at least 10 appetizers, soups and salads and 10 dinner entrées, along with healthy options such as Aquamar Vitality Cuisine.
Polo Grill is the classic steakhouse experience. Richly layered décor and an abundance of custom millwork create an imaginative rendition of tradition set against crisp white linen tablecloths while a cadre of black jacketed servers set the tone for an evening of gracious dining. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honoured favourites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are 28-day dry aged certified Black Angus USDA Prime, while succulent seafood dishes such as grilled swordfish and whole Maine lobster gratinée are also classics in their own right.
Toscana presents an evolution of Tuscan cuisine in a truly Italian setting of rich Chianina leather, hand-blown Venetian glass and Carrara marble. Many of the recipes here originated with the mothers and grandmothers of Oceania’s own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion. Enjoy everything from octopus carpaccio with Champagne vinaigrette and artichoke and parmesan cheese timbale with black truffle sauce, to such classics as the hand-rolled gnocchi with pesto, a rich risotto with lobster medallions and shallots, or a pan-seared sea bass filet finished with Sorrento lemon, chardonnay and capers.
Red Ginger offers a combination of Thai, Korean, Japanese and Malaysian rooted specialties, such as spicy roast duck and watermelon with cashews, mint and Thai basil; Malaysian beef penang with coconut rice and paratha roti; Thai vegetable curry with sweet potatoes, aubergine, mushrooms and basil in green curry sauce, and more.
Terrace Café is the ultimate informal dining experience any time of day. At breakfast, it offers a large selection of savory and sweet dishes including made-to-order eggs, omelets, pancakes and waffles. Come lunch, an expansive menu of international-inspired dishes is complemented by rotisserie meats and the pizzeria’s oven. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner in decidedly relaxed comfort as the chefs serve up a wide array of dishes, including grilled-to-order lobster tails, fish, filets and steaks to freshly made, hand-cut sushi and sashimi, and more.
Waves Grill offers all-American favourites. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool and Terrace Café, Waves Grill offers an extensive menu during lunch and late into the afternoon. From gourmet burgers, succulent seafood and sandwiches to order, to fresh salads, coleslaw and crispy, hand-cut fries.
The Culinary Center offers an immersive dining experience as chefs share their perspectives on culture and cuisine through the lens of food and wine. Here, guests may not only partake in lively hands-on instruction, they can also enjoy private group dinners or one of the cruise line’s many exclusive and highly acclaimed food and wine pairing experiences.
Priveé is the ship’s marquee venue for bespoke, intimate culinary celebrations for a maximum of 10 guests.
Baristas offers the ultimate vistas aboard Vista with its commanding 270-degree views over the sea while guests enjoy complimentary illy espressos, cappuccinos and lattes, as well as pastries, finger sandwiches and homemade biscotti. Just steps away, the new Bakery features freshly baked French and Italian pastries.
Vista’s inaugural season itineraries will open for viewing on September 9, 2021, and go on sale the following week, on September 15, 2021. For more information, visit OceaniaCruises.com.