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 May 22, 2006
Oceania Cruises Unveils "The Perfect Table"

 Oceania Cruises, renowned for servings the finest cuisine at sea, has created The Perfect Table for it to be served upon. As the first in a series of corporate initiatives that underscore Oceania Cruises' position as an industry leader in the field of culinary excellence, the line is set to unveil the ultimate in supreme dining experiences. Adorned with chic Versace china, glimmering Christofle silver and delicate Riedel crystal, The Perfect Table sets the stage upon which Oceania Cruises' culinary masters showcase their talent and creativity each evening.

A multi-million dollar undertaking, The Perfect Table is more than table settings, it blends the line's Signature Service with all of the key elements necessary for the ultimate dining experience. The finest cuisine, complementing vintages, deft service, a dazzling display of china, crystal, silver, and a sophisticated ambiance all combine to elevate the dining experience from extraordinary to one that is nothing short of a culinary chef d'oeuvre.

More Than A Meal, An Incomparable Culinary Experience

Renowned for their celebrated cuisine, Oceania Cruises' menus are the artful craft of world renowned Master Chef, Jacques Pepin and the menus have been adroitly refined with an infusion of new creations, classic dishes and time-honored favorites. Of course, variety is the key to extraordinary dining and our menus are the most extensive at sea. Our four open seating gourmet restaurants offer almost 200 different items every day that change on a daily basis to offer you an astounding number of choices at every meal. From ingenious fusion dishes and nouvelle cuisine to the simplicity of our Jacques Pepin Signature Dishes, new dining adventures await each and every day

"Fine dining is more than sitting down to eat a good meal, it's an experience that encompasses many different elements that combine to make every meal a truly memorable occasion," stated Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises. Recognized as a standard bearer in culinary excellence in the hospitality industry, Oceania Cruises continues its legacy of innovation with The Perfect Table.

Guests may savor succulent Maine Lobster or a tender Grilled Veal Chop every night when they dine in Polo Grill or Toscana. In the Grand Dining Room, we're heralding the return of such timeless classics as Veal Oscar, Steak au Poivre and Lobster Thermidor.

"The Perfect Table is more than a dramatic place setting. Every work of art deserves a truly great setting in which to be showcased and the stunning beauty of our new Versace china, Christolfe silver and Riedel stemware forms an exquisite frame around our gastronomic works of art," added Del Rio.

Select Culinary Highlights

Polo Grill
- Chesapeake Bay Lump Meat Crab Cake with Pommery Mustard Sauce
- Grilled Veal Chop
- Whole Maine Lobster Tail
- Grilled Colorado Rack of Lamb

- Scaloppini of Veal Tenderloin "Your World. Your Way"
- Grilled Veal Chop
- Aragosta Fra Diavolo, prepared with a fresh, Whole Maine Lobster
- Braised Double Cut Colorado Lamb Chops

Grand Dining Room
- Veal Oscar
- Steamed Maine Lobster with Saffron Rice and Drawn Butter
- Classic Beef Tartare
- Steak au Poivre
- Lobster Thermidor

Man Can Live On Bread Alone

Executive Corporate Chef Franck Garanger is also a baker at heart and he set out to create the finest French breads at sea. We're happy to report that he has succeeded admirably and guests aboard Regatta, Insignia and Nautica are now indulging in the only authentic Baguettes to be found at sea. Using only the finest Viron flour and baked in special ovens, freshly baked Baguettes and Poulichette, Normandy Bread, Brioche Rolls, Raisin Rolls, Bacon Bread, Crispy Swedish Rolls, Chestnut Rolls and Olive Bread are prepared fresh every day for the ships' four restaurants. "Star boulangers know that the quality of your bread is dictated by your flour and ovens," stated Garanger.

The Beauce region of France is renowned for the quality of its wheat and it is from this region that Oceania Cruises procures this very rare baker's delicacy. Milled from the highest quality wheat, Viron flour is renowned for producing the perfect Baguette and breads rich in texture, color and flavor.

Debut Schedule

The Perfect Table debuted aboard Nautica on May 21, 2006 and is scheduled to debut aboard Regatta on June 6, 2006 and aboard Insignia on June 14, 2006.

Oceania Cruises is an upper-premium cruise line. Featuring a fleet of intimate and luxurious 684-guest ships, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises sails to the most alluring ports in Europe, China and the Far East, South America and the Caribbean. Combining the finest cuisine at sea, exquisite personalized service, luxurious accommodations and extraordinary value, Oceania Cruises is setting a new, worldwide standard for luxury cruising.