When Vice Chairman Bob Binder was on Oceania Cruises’ 10th anniversary sailing onboard Marina
last month, he shared some photos from the gala anniversary brunch. After seeing the spectacular celebration created by Oceania Cruises’ talented chefs, I was especially looking forward to this event when I embarked the anniversary sailing onboard Riviera. As always, our brilliant chefs did not disappoint.
This special “Colossal Brunch” was held during a
beautiful day at sea. You could sense the festive atmosphere the moment you
arrived in the Grand Dining Room, where the staff stood ready to greet all of
our guests with a warm welcome to the celebration. The Grand Dining Room was
adorned with ice sculptures, floral arrangements and amazing displays of
“edible art.” From the pastries, breads and fruits to the carving stations and
the seafood, every creation was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Guests were treated to an array of culinary delights. There
were crab claws, gravlax, colossal shrimp and grilled lobster tail. Prosciutto
and Virginia ham were sliced to order. Caviar was served with the traditional
accompaniments, and there was a selection of cheeses from around the world as
well as a colorful assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. The bread onboard
is always baked fresh daily using only the finest French flours, and each
baguette, bagel and croissant was carefully crafted into a masterpiece.
The only challenge was saving room for the splendid desserts,
each a work of art. A delicious anniversary cake was accompanied by a towering
sculpture designed in chocolate. What better way to celebrate Oceania Cruises’
10 years of culinary excellence at sea than with a spectacular brunch as we
sailed the Adriatic from Dubrovnik to Venice. It was the perfect beginning to a
wonderful day, and the day concluded with an equally special celebration.
While exceptional cuisine has always distinguished the
Oceania Cruises experience, our guests tell me time and again that it is the
officers, staff and crew that make every Oceania Cruises voyage feel like
coming home. Last night was the Oceania Club cocktail
reception in honor of our cherished guests and dedicated team members that
are such an important part of our Oceania Cruises family.
I welcomed guests to the event with (pictured above left to right) General Manager Thierry Tholon, Oceania Club Ambassador Carol Harrington, Captain Gunnar Romtveit and Oceania Club Ambassador Cary Arias. It was an emotional
event as we honored some of the most loyal guests, officers and crew that have
sailed with us over the past 10 years.
In the above photo are pictured Ms. Deanne Abram and Mr. Stanley Smith, who we welcomed on their 13th voyage with Oceania Cruises. To the left are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Abrams, who were recognized for reaching the Bronze level of Oceania Club membership on their fifth cruise with us. In total, nine guests received their Bronze pins for having sailed five cruises, and six guests received their Silver pins in recognition of their 10th voyage with us. It was truly a pleasure to meet so many of our loyal guests and have the opportunity to thank them for being a part of our Oceania Cruises family.
We also recognized Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fraterman, who were on their 14th cruise and were our most traveled guests on this sailing. One of the most special moments of the evening was when we honored Cruise Director Leslie Jon, who has been with Oceania Cruises for our entire 10 year history. This day was truly the pinnacle of an
unforgettable 10th anniversary sailing, and we look forward to making more fond
memories in the next decade to come.