The countdown to Riviera‘s Maiden Voyage continues as today Riviera arrived in Barcelona, the city where her godmother, Chef Cat Cora, will name the ship tomorrow in a gala ceremony.

Since we arrived in Valencia yesterday, the celebration of all things Spanish has officially begun. Oceania Cruises President Kunal Kamlani shared this photo of a delicious pan of paella he enjoyed in Valencia, the city where the dish originated.

Valencia Paella

The celebration continued last night with the World Latin Dance Party in Horizons. The bartenders were even decked in Spanish garb.

Spanish Garb

Meanwhile, Chef Franck Garanger carved the finest Spanish ham, Jamon Iberico Pata Negra, in La Reserve as the senior management team finalized plans for the christening.

Pata Negra

Today Chef Kelly gave me a sneak peek of one of the Culinary Discovery Tours that will launch with Riviera. First we shopped at the Santa Caterina Market. Then we visited a cooking school where we tasted olive oils, learned to make tapas, and enjoyed a wine tasting as well.

I will share photos of our adventures with you soon, but for now I have to run to the flamenco show. The renowned Spanish flamenco group Los Mulero is performing for us onboard. The Spanish celebration promises to continue through tomorrow and Riviera‘s Christening Ceremony. Check the blog to read about all the festivities!

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