Last night was a truly special evening on the 10th Anniversary Sailing
onboard Marina, as we hosted a
cocktail reception in honor of our Oceania Club members. I was thrilled to have
the opportunity to greet many of our loyal guests, including Mr. Ken Reycraft
and Ms. Sheila Brohman (above), who are on their 27th cruise with us.
I always enjoy attending these receptions when I am onboard, but last
night’s event was especially memorable for me because we also recognized the
onboard team members who have been with us for the company’s entire 10 years.
We opened the Miami office on January 5th, 2003, with less than 20
employees. Our telephones weren’t working yet, and we did not have any
computers. Our first ship, Regatta,
was due to arrive in only six months and we were still planning her itineraries.
Most importantly, only six months before delivery of the ship, we were in
the process of building a team to operate the vessel. For a cruise line, the
most important asset we have is our onboard team, and we needed to quickly
recruit 400 officers and crew members.
The cruise industry is dominated by a few very large players, and we had
to convince 400 team members to take a chance on a startup company run by a
small group of investors with big dreams. Those initial crew members that we
were able to recruit were so much more than a crew of 400. They quickly became
a strong team that would shape the future success of our company.
I am so pleased that many of those inaugural team members are still with
Oceania Cruises. Fifteen of them are here with us on this anniversary sailing, including
Captain Dimitrios Flokos (left). It was my honor and privilege to recognize each of
them at the reception last night and to have the chance to shake their hands
and thank them for being a cherished part of our Oceania Cruises family. I
wanted to share their names here and to offer my congratulations and heartfelt
thanks to all of the officers and crew across our fleet who have provided a
decade of dedicated service. You are the reason that we welcome so many loyal past
guests onboard our ships with every sailing.
10-Year Team Members onboard Marina’s 10-Year Anniversay Sailing:
Head Baker Valmarino Abad Alberto
Cellar Master Ramona Caracas
Asst. Cabin Stewardess Ancizar Franco Chamorro Guacales
Maitre D’ Toscana Paul Mihai Climescu
Asst. Electro Technical Milen Dimitrov Dimitrov
Butler Fabian Mascarenhas
Asst. Chef de Partie Rojello Ozoria Rincon
Provision Master Diosdado Jr Pilongo Pacot
Chef de Partie Esteban Racadio
AB Fireman Sammuel Capati Rugayan
Deputy Head Waiter Vedran Stanojevic
Cabin Stewardess Mayra Lisseth Valle
Chef de Partie-Pastry Jhon Jairo Romero Vaca
Restaurant Manager Borislav Sijan
Master Dimitrios Flokos