Nautica arrived in
Athens today, marking the end of Oceania Cruises’ final 10th-anniversary
sailing of the year. Hosted by Founding Chairman Joe Watters and his wife,
Virginia, the cruise concluded with all the fanfare merited by this historic
On the evening of September 13, the Captain’s cocktail
reception in Nautica Lounge was hosted by Captain Igor Bencina, Founding
Chairman Watters, General Manager Carlo Gunetti, Oceania Club Ambassador Sharon
Miceli and Cruise Director Nolan Dean (pictured above). Mr. Watters and the
senior officers warmly welcomed each guest to the special event.
At the celebratory reception, Mr. Watters expressed his
gratitude for the patronage of all of Oceania Cruises’ guests over the past
decade and for their loyalty in the years to come. He also recognized the
individual officers and crew who have been with Oceania Cruises for its entire
10-year history, noting that these dedicated members of the Oceania Cruises
family are certainly one of the reasons that guests continue to sail with us
time and time again.
That evening Mr. and Mrs. Watters hosted several of Oceania
Cruises’ most loyal guests for an exquisite dinner in Toscana, which of course
included a celebratory toast.
The celebration continued on September 14 at the Gala
Teatime in Nautica Lounge. Executive Sous Chef Mario Santoro and the Nautica culinary team presented a
magnificent event that included not only the artisan teas, delicious pastries and finger sandwiches that are guest favorites during the traditional daily teatime, but also ice sculptures, fine champagne, caviar and other special
treats. Mr. Watters greatly enjoyed the opportunity to talk more with several of Oceania Cruises’ loyal guests.
The year 2013 has been full of celebrations marking the landmark 10th anniversary of Oceania Cruises. As the final anniversary sailing concludes, Oceania Cruises’ founders, executives, officers, crew and guests continue to reflect on fond memories of the past decade at sea and look forward with great excitement to the next 10 years and beyond.