The year 2013 marks a major milestone in the history of
Oceania Cruises as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. Last week Vice Chairman
Bob Binder shared stories of the special events onboard the first of four sailings in honor of this momentous occasion. This week two more Oceania
Cruises’ executives board sailings to celebrate 10 years at sea with the loyal
guests who have made it all possible.
Today, July 5th, marks the most historic of these sailings
because the man who founded Oceania Cruises, Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio,
embarked Regatta on the very same
date that she sailed her first voyage 10 years ago. On July 5, 2003, after
being christened in Barcelona, Regatta
set sail to explore Europe on the first voyage in Oceania Cruises’ history. Now
10 years later, Regatta sails from
Seattle to discover the majestic wilderness of Alaska. Frank will host this very special anniversary sailing with his wife, Marcia, who is the godmother of Regatta and was warmly welcomed home today by General Manager Jason Gelineau and the other officers and crew.
When the anniversary sailings were being planned, Frank Del
Rio had his choice of which ship he would like to sail on. For Frank, there was
no question of which ship he would choose. “Regatta
will always be my special ship,” he says. “If it wasn’t for her, nothing else
would’ve been possible.”
Meanwhile, President Kunal S. Kamlani is celebrating the
anniversary onboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Riviera. He boarded the ship in Civitavecchia on Wednesday to host
the Italian Escapade sailing.
Several special events are planned in honor of the guests as well as the
officers and crew that have been so loyal to Oceania Cruises over the years. Yesterday Kunal joined several guests, along with Chef Kelly and sous chefs Asif and Raj from the Bon Appétit Culinary Center, on a Culinary Discovery Tour. Check the blog tomorrow to read about their wonderful experience in Livorno, and watch for more stories of exciting anniversary sailing events in the coming days!