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

Join me, Chef David Shalleck,
on a Unique-Flavor-Driven Voyage
Through the Central Mediterranean
Athens to Rome | 10 Days | September 3 – 13, 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!

Celebrate the pleasures of the Mediterranean lifestyle at the perfect time of year while tasting a mosaic of flavors along the way. Enlightening culinary shore excursions, memorable meals featuring local ingredients, regional wines, and private events on board the ship are just a few of the experiences you’ll enjoy during this delicious adventure at sea. During the private demos I will share tips, tricks, and techniques to show how easy it is to keep the goodness alive from your home kitchen.

The Mediterranean Summer® Cruise for Food Lovers includes Three 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 Host,
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
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 minimumsand 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
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 - Disembark

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.

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 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.


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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