When you think about the food on a cruise ship, you may not imagine famous chefs cooking on board. In the case of Oceania Cruises, travelers can taste the dishes of famed French chef Jacques Pépin, television presenter, author of 30 cookbooks and on these cruises, Executive Culinary Director of the company.


Within these huge multi-storey ships, they have several restaurants dedicated to western and eastern cuisine. One of them, “Jacques”, homonymous to the chef, has decorated it in the style of a Parisian bistro with his personal touch, with his family memories and even with his collection of works of art. It looks as though it was a normal restaurant on the mainland, but It is in the middle of the sea.


His good taste is also reflected in his cuisine, with a varied menu, where you can order a tender chicken, an Iberico pork with crust prepared in “la rôtissoire”, or a perfect fish fillet with Beurre Blanc, as well as desserts, a Mousse au Chocolat or a Charlotte Cécile and a wide selection of wines and champagne.



Pépin is not the only famous chef in the culinary direction of cruises, we also have the British chef Jamie Oliver on the Royal Caribbean, Paco Roncero on Pullmantur or Ramón Freixa on MSC, and many more are still on the list.


Oceania Cruises is a line of cruises dedicated to gastronomy and destinations, and has recently been awarded as “the shipping company with the best gastronomy on board”. The curious thing is that this company came up with the idea of ​​opening the first cooking school on board, called “Culinary Center”, for passengers who want to learn to cook in the middle of the sea with the best chefs, and also in the layovers, they make visits to local markets, where chefs take advantage to buy fresh products.