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Top 10 Cruises in 2012

Best New Culinary Cruise

Cruise Line: Oceania
Ship Name: Riviera
2012 Itineraries: Mediterranean, Caribbean

Purpose built with a palate-savvy clientele in mind, the Riviera follows in the foodie footsteps of sister ship Marina. Launching in April, the epicurean-edged, upscale vessel will cater to some 1,250 passengers with innovations like the Bon Appétit Culinary Center (the setting for chef-led, hands-on cooking classes, often featuring fresh-from-the-market ingredients procured from local ports) and no fewer than 10 dining venues (an exceptional number for a ship of this size), including six open-seating gourmet restaurants (which are all-inclusive in the rates), with a Tuscany-inspired eatery, pan-Asian fare venue, and a French bistro by Chef Jacques Pépin. Or, splurge on seven-course pairing dinners at La Reserve by Wine Spectator, showcasing premium wine pairings chosen by editors of Wine Spectator magazine. For an extra indulgence, consider sailing during the at-sea Bon Appétit Wine & Food Festival on October 14, a 10-night sailing from Athens to Rome featuring a panel of culinary and wine experts, joined by editors from Bon Appétit magazine. Riviera will sail 10- to 12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean through November, and move to the Caribbean for a series of 10- to 14-night winter sailings.

Mediterranean 10- to 12-night cruises from $3,049/person, Caribbean 10- to 14-night sailings from $1,699; rates include select beverages and airfare;

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