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Oceania offers themed cruises

FOR the first time, Oceania Cruises will offer theme cruises on selected 2012 itineraries aboard the Regatta, Nautica, Marina and the soon-to-be-launched Riviera.

The new 'Signature Sailings' will feature across 10 European voyages and offer food, wine, music, and health and wellbeing themes.

Guests will enjoy seminars, hands-on cooking classes, concerts, wine tastings and more. Depending on the voyage, special guests will also join passengers including Oceania executive culinary director and French chef, Jacques Pépin, jazz musicians, and wine experts.

2012 Signature Sailings:

Jacques Pépin Cruise

Master chef Jacques Pépin has served as Oceania Cruises' executive culinary director for eight years. On this sailing, he'll hold court in Jacques - his first namesake restaurant - as well as in the Bon Appétit Culinary Centre leading Q & A sessions, cooking demonstrations and signing books.

Marina "Tuscan Artistry" - May 12, 2012; 10 days, Barcelona-Rome

Spring Music Fest

A broad range of jazz styles will be featured. Six guest musicians, including four headliners, will perform individual main stage shows in addition to more casual jam sessions. There will also be special dance sets and dance instructors.

Nautica "Mediterranean Tapestry" - May 14, 2012; 10 days, Athens-Barcelona

Oceania Club Reunion Cruise - two sailings

Oceania Cruises loyal past passengers will be recognised as the guests of honour when they are invited back for two special reunion cruises, which will include memorable surprises both on board and ashore.

Riviera "Iberian Odyssey" - June 17, 2012; 10 days, Lisbon-Rome

Regatta "Radiant Rhythms" - March 6, 2013; 12 days, Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro

Italian Wine Immersion Cruise

Highlights will include lectures, tastings and special Wine Bars, where guest experts and musical performers will create the perfect vibe to explore and experience fantastic wines from throughout Europe and around the globe.

Regatta "Italian Interludes" - July 27, 2012; 12 days, Rome-Venice

Vitality and Wellness Cruise - two sailings

In addition to healthy eating and fitness tips, guests will gain insights on enhancing their mental wellbeing to live life to the fullest. Spinning, yoga and Pilates classes are also offered at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and gourmet Canyon Ranch spa cuisine is available.

Regatta "Pearls of the Aegean" - August 8, 2012; 10 days, Venice-Athens

Riviera "Accent on Italy" - October 24, 2012; 10 days, Rome-Venice

Bon Appétit Wine and Food Festival - two sailings

Epicureans rejoice! The experts at Bon Appétit magazine are assembling culinary stars, wine experts and wine magazine editors for a palate-pleasing voyage.

Riviera "Enchanted Grandeur" - October 14, 2012; 10 days, Athens-Rome

Marina "Temples & Palaces" - October 22, 2012; 10 days, Athens-Istanbul

President's Cruise

Oceania Cruises President will host a 10-day voyage through Southern Europe. Special highlights are in store, both aboard ship and ashore.

Nautica "Mediterranean Tapestry" - October 26, 2012; 10 days, Barcelona-Athens

For more information visit Oceania Cruises or call 02 9959 1370.

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