Chef David Shalleck's
Mediterranean Summer®
Cruises for Food Lovers

Join me, Chef David Shalleck,
on two Appetizing Back-to-Back Voyages
sailing Central & Western Mediterranean
Athens to Lisbon | 20 Days | September 3 – 23, 2024
Oceania Cruises’ New Luxury Ship, Vista


Celebrate the pleasures of the Mediterranean lifestyle at the perfect time of year while tasting a mosaic of flavors along the way.

Mediterranean Summer® is more than a season — it’s an attitude!


Immerse yourself in a fascinating journey through this incredible itinerary of wonderful cuisines rich in history, culture, and tradition. The Mediterranean Summer® story comes to life while you savor a cornucopia of flavors along the way. Inspiring and engaging shore excursions, mouthwatering meals paired with local wines, and private events on board Oceania’s newest ship, Vista are just a sample of the experiences you’ll enjoy during this unique culinary adventure at sea. Throughout the journey I will share tips and techniques to show how easy it is to replicate this fantastic region’s dishes at home.

The Mediterranean Summer® cruise package includes Six Exclusive Shore Excursions, Private Demos and Cocktail Parties, Prestige Beverage Package, Pre-Paid Gratuities, Free Internet, and Airfare from select gateways in the continental United States.

Limited to a small group of only 20 guests, I can assure you this is a voyage not to be missed! 


About Your Chef,
David Shalleck

Chef, author, culinary producer David Shalleck is no stranger to the Mediterranean. As a member of the chef-instructor team at Oceania Cruises The Culinary Center he has taught hands-on classes and led Culinary Discovery Tours™ throughout the region.

Earlier in his career, while doing internships in some of Italy’s most famous restaurants he was the summer season chef for a prominent Italian family on board their private yacht. This rare opportunity became the setting for his acclaimed culinary travel memoir, Mediterranean Summer.

David has been the chef-de-cuisine in numerous respectable, Michelin-starred fine-dining establishments and has logged over 250 cooking shows as the culinary producer for well-known chefs such as Jacques Pépin and José Andrés. Adding recipe and food product development to his vast portfolio of experience, David’s career in the culinary business has spanned decades. You can learn more about David at his websites: and

Mediterranean Summer®Cruise 2024

Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Tue, Sep 3 - 1:00 pm Embark
Tue, Sep 3 - 9:00 pm

Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock.

Mykonos, Greece (tender)
Wed, Sep 4 - 7:00 am
Wed, Sep 4 - 4:00 pm

Enjoy wandering through the narrow, winding streets of this delightful seaside village with its whitewashed houses, flowers and brightly painted shutters and doors. Stand beneath the windmills on the hill. Visit the archaeological museum and an old bakery still using a 15th century wood-burning stove.

Istanbul, Turkey
Thu, Sep 5 - 11:00 am
Fri, Sep 6 - 3:00 pm

Indulge your eyes and senses in this magnificent city astride two continents. Visit beautiful Topkapi Palace, the awesome Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque. Cruise the Bosphorus to see the city and its surroundings from another perspective. Visit one of the many museums or stroll through the spice market and the famous Grand Bazaar.

Exclusive Shore Excursion on Sep 5th:
The story of Turkish cuisine begins with a visit to the magnificently restored kitchens at Topkapi Palace followed by a stroll through the lively and famous Spice Market. Savor the allure of Turkish cooking at a traditional restaurant embellished with a tasting of different baklava at a renowned pastry shop.

Please be advised the excursions shown above are subject to minimums and due to unforeseen circumstances there may be slight modifications.

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Sat, Sep 7 - 11:00 am
Sat, Sep 7 - 10:00 pm

Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums.

Rhodes, Greece
Sun, Sep 8 - 8:00 am
Sun, Sep 8 - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Or drive along the scenic coast to Lindos. Enjoy the whitewashed little town and climb to the ancient acropolis, its temples and wonderful views.

Exclusive Shore Excursion:
Greek hospitality abounds for what will be a memorable visit to a wonderful family restaurant a short walk from the pier. A spirited, lively, and informative demo and hands-on class on their terrace leads to a delightful lunch comprised of classic Greek dishes.

Please be advised the excursions shown above are subject to minimums and due to unforeseen circumstances there may be slight modifications.

Cruising the Mediterranean
Mon, Sep 9
Mon, Sep 9

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea.

Valletta, Malta
Tue, Sep 10 - 8:00 am
Tue, Sep 10 - 5:00 pm

Discover the myriad of cultural layers of Malta, from its amazing prehistoric temples at Tarxien to beautiful walled medieval Mdina, nearby Rabat, and Marsaxlokk, a colorful fishing village. Admire the stunning scenery and wander through imposing churches and down the streets of fortified towns where the Knights of St. John once held sway.

Exclusive Shore Excursion:
A journey through the beautiful countryside to gather ingredients ends at a marvelous farmstead to enjoy a savory meal featuring Maltese cooking. Throughout the menu the farmer and a respected local chef will present a delectable sampling of the island’s hearty flavors.

Please be advised the excursions shown above are subject to minimums and due to unforeseen circumstances there may be slight modifications.


Palermo (Sicily), Italy
Wed, Sep 11 - 9:00 am
Wed, Sep 11 - 7:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the glorious history of this ancient city and its magnificent monuments, like the imposing Norman cathedral and the majestic 9th century Arab palace and its breathtaking Palatine Chapel. Admire the marvelous opera house and the artifacts in the archaeological museum.

Amalfi/Positano, Italy (tender)
Fri, Sep 12 - 8:00 am
Fri, Sep 12 - 6:00 pm

Visit enchanting Amalfi to admire the 12th century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th century cathedral and cloister. Then discover chic Positano with its relaxed, sophisticated air and white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colorful fishing boats.

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Fri, Sep 13 - 8:00 am
Fri, Sep 13 - 9:00 pm

Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo.

Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
Sat, Sep 14 - 8:00 am
Sat, Sep 14 - 8:00 pm

Spend a glorious day amidst the fabled architecture of this Renaissance city. See the Duomo with Brunelleschi’s dome, the famous baptistry, Michelangelo’s magnificent David, the bridge over the Arno and the astonishing Uffizi Gallery. Visit Pisa’s superb Campo dei Miracoli and its beautiful cathedral and famed campanile. Or enjoy the Tuscan countryside, Siena and San Gimignano, renowned for its medieval towers. Shopping: Find leather goods, lingerie, gold jewelry, Florentine mosaic, lace, marbled paper items, antiques and fine art. Dining: Savor the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and infinite variety of breads, cakes and salamis.

Exclusive Shore Excursion:
Start the day at the popular and bountiful Mercato Centrale in Livorno then continue into Northern Tuscany for an engaging cooking demo, wine tasting, and lunch at a glorious and historical winery estate.

Please be advised the excursions shown above are subject to minimums and due to unforeseen circumstances there may be slight modifications.

Monte Carlo, Monaco (tender)
Sun, Sep 15 - 8:00 am
Sun, Sep 15 - 9:00 am

Drive along the famous Grand Corniche with its stunning views of Monaco and the Old City; then stroll through this marvelous quarter and its pink Grimaldi Palace. And don’t forget the Casino. Explore the wonderful old villages along the Côte d’Azur from Nice to medieval Eze or Cannes, Grasse and lovely St. Paul de Vence – each one a jewel to be savored.

Provence (Marseille), France
Mon, Sep 16 - 8:00 am
Mon, Sep 16 - 7:00 pm

See the sights and enjoy the views of historic old Marseille and visit the charming fishing port of Cassis. Or venture into the celebrated Provençal countryside with its fields of lavender and sunflowers. Explore lovely Aix or stroll through Avignon and its Papal Palace and the hilltop village of Les Baux.

Barcelona, Spain
Tue, Sep 17 - 9:00 am
Tue, Sep 17 - 9:00 pm

Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí’s other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains.

Exclusive Shore Excursion:
Experience two of Barcelona’s best public markets before a pleasant walk through the Gothic Quarter to enjoy a delicious tapas lunch followed by a visit to one of the city’s most alluring pastry shops, then recap the day on board with a glass of Cava at The Culinary Center.

Please be advised the excursions shown above are subject to minimums and due to unforeseen circumstances there may be slight modifications.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Wed, Sep 18 - 7:00 am
Wed, Sep 18 - 3:00 pm

Explore this beautiful island beginning with the magnificent Seo Cathedral and Bellver Castle. See the windmills and impressive manor house in the verdant countryside. Discover the amazing natural wonders in the Drach Caves. And for romance, visit the former Carthusian monastery in Valldemosa, where George Sand and Chopin spent a winter.

Almeria, Spain
Thu, Sep 19 - 10:00 am
Thu, Sep 19 - 11:00 pm

Soak up the sun on one of the numerous exquisite beaches lining this Mediterranean haven. Visit the astonishing Alcazaba, a medieval fortress high on the ridge overlooking the extraordinary city. The revered wall paintings in the caves of Velez Blanco offer fascinating insights into an ancient people. See where the historic and modern merge on a stroll down the Paseo de Almeria.

Malaga, Spain
Fri, Sep 20 - 7:00 am
Fri, Sep 20 - 7:00 pm

Spend a day in Granada seeing the magnificent Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, last stronghold of the Moors, or venture into the mountains to the picturesque Mijas, one of Andalusia’s dazzling “white” towns. Explore delightful Málaga, its Alcazaba, Roman theater and beautiful cathedral, or discover the charming resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus along the famed Costa del Sol.

Seville (Cadiz), Spain
Sat, Sep 21 - 7:00 am
Sat, Sep 21 - 6:00 pm

Spend a fabulous day in Seville visiting the magnificent cathedral, climbing the famed Giralda Tower and strolling through the gorgeous Alcazar and its gardens. See the ceramic-encrusted Plaza de España and stroll through the alleys of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Or explore the Andalusian wine country and Jerez, the home of sherry. Don’t miss the charm of Cádiz with its gracious squares, its flower-filled parks on the city bastions and its bustling markets.

Exclusive Shore Excursion:
After a stroll through the Old Quarter of this charming port city en route to the bustling Mercado de Abastos for a taste of some regional foods continue to a classic Andalusian restaurant for a sampling of regional dishes and local wines.

Please be advised the excursions shown above are subject to minimums and due to unforeseen circumstances there may be slight modifications.

Lisbon, Portugal
Sun, Sep 22 - 10:00 am (overnight)
Mon, Sep 23 - 8:00 am Disembark

Visit the ornate Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery and stroll the narrow, winding streets of the charming Alfama district. Enjoy marvelous old Sintra, a royal country retreat, and Cascais, a beautiful seaside resort. Explore medieval Obidos or make a pilgrimage to Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared repeatedly to three shepherd children in 1917.

Mediterranean Summer®Exclusives

●Cruise group host: Chef David Shalleck
●20-Night Luxury Cruise Accommodations
●Four Cocktail Parties
●Four Private Demos with Chef David
●Prestige Beverage Package
●Two Chef Dinners in a Specialty Restaurant
●Six Exclusive Culinary Shore Excursions
●Free In-Room Dining available 24 hours a day
●Free Coach Class Air from select US and CAN gateway cities
●Free airport transfers with Oceania’s air program*
●Free Dining at Specialty Restaurants
●Free Specialty Coffees, Sodas and Vero Nano-filtrated water

●Free WiFi onboard Vista
●Free Pre-Paid Gratuities 
●Free shuttle service from ship to city center in many ports
●Fare includes air-related government taxes, surcharges and fees of $367 per person

Plus automatic membership to
The Mediterranean Summer® Tasteful Travelers Club
Pre-Cruise Zoom Calls | Virtual Cooking Demos | Member-Only Extras

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s seven small, luxurious ships carry no more than 1,238 guests and feature The Finest Cuisine at Sea® and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly curated travel experiences aboard the designer-inspired, small ships call on more than 450 marquee and boutique ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific in addition to the epic 180-day Around the World Voyages. The brand has an additional 1,200-guest Allura Class ship on order for delivery in 2025.



Contemporary Luxury

Step aboard Vista and you’ll discover a dramatic new way of seeing the world. Vista invites you to savor the journey on a ship whose captivating beauty and stylish design evoke the wonders you’ll discover ashore. Stunning interiors and harmonious spaces reflect a fresh, new perspective through organic elements inspired by the land and sea.


A marvel in the making, Vista will deliver The Finest Cuisine at Sea®, exceptionally personalized service with two staff members for every three guests, a warm and welcoming ambiance as a result of the ship’s captivating residential furnishings, and introduce several unique firsts for the brand in the realms of dining and guest experiences. Vista’s best-in-class culinary experiences, luxurious signature public spaces, and spacious, residentially-inspired suites and staterooms create a welcoming home away from home.



Evenings aboard Oceania Cruises can be anything you desire. Marvel at the continuously changing talented guest entertainers as you delight in high-energy production shows, talented vocalists, classical music and more. Perhaps stop by the lively Monte Carlo-style Casino for a rousing game or two. Unforgettable evenings are just steps from your stateroom.

From reading comfortably in the library to sipping fine vintages at a wine tasting, a wonderful spectrum of enriching activities awaits you on board. Join one of our esteemed guest lecturers to discover their unique cultural and destination expertise, or learn to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes at The Culinary Center, our state-of-the-art cooking school.


Stateroom with Veranda

Measuring 291 square feet of living space including the private veranda, Vista’s standard Veranda Staterooms are the epitome of spaciousness. Bathed in soft tones of harvest and wheat punctuated with seagrass and bold sienna, each is furnished with a queen-size Tranquility Bed piled high with plush linens and plump pillows, a comfortable seating area, private veranda, thoughtful amenities, abundant storage space and an oversized bathroom.

Category B1 and B2

Concierge Veranda

Vista’s Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms envelop guests in lavish comfort. Shades of cream and rich fawn set the tone for a luxuriant respite with an extravagantly dressed queen-size Tranquility Bed, sumptuously comfortable sitting area and a private veranda to take in the marvels of the surrounding seascapes. All feature extraordinary closet and storage space, and a marble bathroom with walk-in rainforest shower. A wealth of additional amenities, such as a dedicated Concierge Lounge, unlimited use of the Aquamar Spa Terrace, room service from The Grand Dining Room and free laundry services, elevates the experience to the sublime.

Category A1 and A2

Penthouse Suite

An overabundance of space and elevated levels of luxury define the Penthouse Suite experience. Ingenious design and tony furnishings punctuate the space, which is resplendent in rich upholstery, fine leathers and stunning works of art. Measuring 440 square feet, Penthouse Suites feature the added luxuries of a walk-in closet, an oversized bathroom with dual vanities and of course, a large private veranda overlooking the sea. Penthouse guests also have unlimited use of the sublime Aquamar Spa Terrace along with Butler service and keycard access to the suites-only Executive Lounge with a dedicated Concierge.

Category PH1 and PH2

More About Oceania Cruises

Featuring a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe.

Mediterranean Cruises

We are driven to the destinations that line the Mediterranean Sea. These are among the most popular locations around the world for travelers. Is it the agreeable climate? The cultures and culinary riches? Is it he draw of the turquoise sea? Of the 22 countries that surround the Mediterranean, each with its unique culture and cuisine, the most popular are Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Turkey; Israel in the Levant, and North African countries of Egypt and Morocco.

Mediterranean Summer® Cruise for Food Lovers

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