Princess Cruises and Oceania Cruises, two lines known for their food offerings, have rolled out some amazing new wine, champagne and cocktail offerings across their fleet.
So if you love a tipple, these new programs will definitely impress. We have also also compiled together a list of some of the best wine packages.
Oceania Cruises, famed for their partnership with the godfather of French cuisine, Jacques Pepin, often run food dedicated cruises which includes dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, cooking classes and visits to local markets with the ship’s chefs.
The line has unveiled an exclusive Dom Perignon Exxperience at the La Reserve restaurant, one of its flagship aboard its six ships.
“This is a totally new concept that is exclusive to Oceania Cruises. We worked with the team at Dom Perignon to pair the perfect champagnes with the perfect flavors and the outcome is spectacular. Marina and Riviera will be the only places in the world for travelers to enjoy this exclusive Dom Perignon experience,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises.
Created by the culinary team at La Maison Dom Perignon in conjunction with Oceania Cruises’ culinary team, the dinner is offered to a maximum of 24 guests.
“We created this dinner to be sophisticated, memorable, a little bit decadent, but also a lot of fun. After all, champagne is all about celebration,” added Binder.
Dom Perignon Experience Menu
Scallops “Rossini”, mole negro, roasted pineapple
Comme un Rossini de St Jacques, mole negro et ananas rôti Dom Perignon 2009
Brittany blue lobster in yellow curry broth, coco foam
Curry jaune de homard bleu, nuage de coco Dom Perignon 2006
Black truffle risotto, aged parmesan
Risotto aux truffes noires et vieux parmesan Dom Perignon 2006
Earlier this year, Princess Cruises revealed it would be offering 142 wine selections, making it the most extensive offering in the cruise line’s history.
The premium cruise company also announced a partnership with Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Doug Frost.
The highly awarded sommelier is only one of four people in the world that has achieved these titles, and along with the Princess Cruises beverage team, have created a new wine philosophy that centres around exploration, discovery and enrichment.
the new wine menu, available in the main dining rooms fleet wide, is also approachable, with 30 percent of the list priced at $39 and under and 66 percent at $49 or less. Descriptions on the list also make it easy for occasional wine drinkers to select. For example, white wines are designated as “refreshing,” “light and mild,” “fruity and vibrant” and “rich and textured.”
“Princess guests have a passion for culinary travel so our goal in creating this new wine menu was to find fascinating wines from some of the memorable destinations Princess visits,” said Mr Frost.
“This way guests can return from shore and still experience local tastes with exciting wines at all price points. Plus, what better way to celebrate any occasion than with a special bottle of wine that can be shared with friends and loved ones on a cruise.”
The new wine list has expanded regional representations from around the world by a staggering 56 percent and adding 42 percent more grape varietals than existed previously. Emerging gems, such as Ao Yun Cabernet Sauvignon from China, along with elites such as Lafite, Petrus, Grange, Masseto and others round out the offerings.
Selections like Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and an opportunity to explore varietals that are noteworthy – like Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia and often the exceptional – a Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, offer guests an unrivaled value. The complete wine list can be found here.
Guests who purchase the Premier Beverage Package benefit from a 25 percent discount off bottles of wine in the main dining room.
In addition to the new wine menu, Princess Cruises is rolling out six new beverage menus at The Sanctuary, Pool Deck, Wheelhouse Bar, Crooners, Explorer’s Lounge and a general menu offering 13 drinks created by Master Mixologist Floyd. And, guests can enjoy 20 new high-end and exotic spirits, some of which reflect the cruise line’s exotic destinations, and 17 new international and craft beers, as well as 39 new wines by the glass, also inspired by the cruise line’s itineraries.