Oceania Cruises’ Riviera, set to be christened May 11 in Barcelona,
was designed for epicureans, so it’s fitting that celebrity chef Cat
Cora will serve as godmother.
Cora is the only female Iron Chef on the Food Network show “Iron Chef
America,” and this spring she will co-host Bravo’s new television show
“Around the World in 80 Plates” with Curtis Stone.
She owns four restaurants, three in California and one in Florida, and has authored several cookbooks.
The 1,250-passenger Oceania Riviera will sport 10 dining venues plus a
Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine
Spectator, a professional-level facility for wine tastings and
Oceania, which took delivery of the ship Friday, recently unveiled two
10-day “Bon Appétit Wine & Food Festival” cruises in Europe for both
the Riviera and its sister, the Marina.
The Riviera cruise, sailing Oct. 14 from Athens to Rome, will feature
chef Stephen Lewandowski of New York’s Tribeca Grill. Chef Ken Oringer,
of Clio in Boston, will sail aboard the Marina Oct. 22 from Athens to
The chefs will offer demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and market
tours in select ports along with wine tastings and dinners featuring
recipes from Bon Appétit magazine.
Kunal Kamlani, Oceania's president, said that both chefs “have vast
culinary experience to share with our inquisitive, culinary-minded
“These new Signature Sailings offer a special opportunity for guests to
delve more deeply into their passion for fine cuisine,” he added.
The ships' Bon Appétit Culinary Centers have 24 work stations each, and
classes cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef