(12 p.m. EST) -- A new lunch menu featuring dishes from celebrity chef Jacques Pepin will be rolled out to Oceania's fleet by March 2018.
The Bistro concept, which debuted on Sirena, is now available on Riviera and Insignia and coming soon to Marina, Regatta and Nautica. It will feature an enhanced menu, with 600 new dishes; the new menu also will be introduced to Sirena.
Offered every day in the Grand Dining Room, The Bistro evokes a French-style bistro with a lunch menu designed by Pepin, the line's culinary director. The menu is broken up into five appetizers, four soups and salads, and eleven entrees -- with options that include salade Nicoise and croque monsieur. French wine and desserts will also be available.
In addition to French fare at lunch, diners can choose from 14 new Taste of the World selections created by the line's culinary team. Dishes include specialties from Cuba, Mexico, Scandinavia, Italy, Asia, Greece, France, Lebanon, Spain, Morocco, England, Philippines, the Caribbean and India, and are available as an appetizer or an entree. Examples range from pickled vegetables and roasted lemongrass chicken from the Philippines to marinated herring with polar bread from Scandinavia.
"The Bistro offers the ultimate combination of lunchtime Grand Dining Room classics that our guests have known and loved and is now infused with Jacques Pepin's hallmark specialties from France and around the world, to create an afternoon experience that will become an instant favorite," Oceania Cruises' president and CEO Bob Binder said in a statement.
Oceania Cruises was recently voted Best Dining, within the Luxury category, in Cruise Critic's 2017 Editors' Picks Awards.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor