Oceania mixing it up on the Vista: Travel Weekly

With a new ship appear some new thoughts in mixology for Oceania Cruises, which is rolling out an expanded beverage software on the Vista. The 1,200-passenger ship is scheduled to make its debut in May, the line’s initially newbuild in much more than a decade.

The mixology plan is intended to improve the latest beverage possibilities by onboarding contemporary traits observed at land-dependent bars and resorts.

“We are truly bringing some of the modern-day aptitude you see in the beverage entire world, the cocktail planet, to our brand name,” mentioned Frank A. Del Rio, recently named president of Oceania. “It is really seriously rounding out the complete culinary expertise.”

Oceania has extended prided itself on its gastronomy. The Vista, currently getting completed at the Fincantieri shipyard around Genoa, Italy, will have 12 dining venues and 7 bars spread across a dozen passenger decks.

Martini’s, which Oceania calls its signature bar, is a piano bar that also offers numerous variations on the common gin and vermouth libation. New to the menu are tribute drinks to some famous Hollywood names: Girl Hepburn, Blue Eyes Sinatra and Notorious Bond.

The Grand Bar, also on Deck 6, is a wine bar for scarce vintages by the glass. In the evenings it will host sommelier-led wine tastings.

The ship's Casino Mixology Bar is focused on the art of the cocktail, such as this drink topped with a vapor-filled aromatic bubble.

The ship’s On line casino Mixology Bar is concentrated on the art of the cocktail, these types of as this drink topped with a vapor-filled fragrant bubble. Photo Credit rating: Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

A notion that will make its debut on the Vista is the Casino Mixology Bar, which is focused on the artwork of the cocktail. Barrel-aged Negronis on tap and beverages topped with vapor-loaded fragrant bubbles are two of the novelties on offer.

The 24-seat La Reserve wine bar will host daily wine tastings and will supply visitors a 7-class evening meal menu with top quality wine pairings.

But bars are not the only position to delight in spirits and wines on the Vista.

A scorching trend at upscale resorts has been cellular beverage carts, typically devoted to a distinct model.

On the Vista, the roaming Bubbly Bar will provide Champagne cocktails, whilst the Supreme Bloody Mary Bar will also make the rounds, serving that eye-opening beloved.

Unique cocktails have also been crafted to be served in specialty dining establishments, these types of as the Embers steakhouse and Pink Ginger Pan-Asian location.

Oceania visitors have a multitude of pairing possibilities to choose from. A new Moet & Chandon Champagne Working experience will debut on the Vista with three programs paired with three uncommon vintage Champagnes. Then there is certainly the Dom Perignon Practical experience, a six-training course pairing supper served on all Oceania ships that will be offered in the intimate eating location Privee aboard the Vista.

Wine with lunch? Two epicurean lunch menus each individual contain five Mediterranean-motivated dishes paired with top quality wines.

For company who desire their beverages with small or no liquor, there also will be new possibilities on the Vista. The recently designed Aquamar Kitchen, focused on “lean and balanced cuisine,” will provide nonalcoholic “wines” from Pierre Zero and “sober cocktails” these as the Skinny Mimosa, Innocent Kir, Passionfruit Colada and a NO-Groni.

While there are no designs nevertheless to roll out the new merchandise on other Oceania ships, Del Rio didn’t rule it out either, presuming they are a strike with company. “We are genuinely thrilled to debut a couple of these new ideas onboard Vista,” he explained.