By Neli Arias, Manager of Loyalty Marketing
The Oceania Club Reunion Cruise is always an exciting voyage that I look forward to planning and celebrating, and this year’s was another tremendous success. James Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Sales & Chief Marketing Officer, and I had the privilege of hosting nearly 500 loyal guests ranging from Blue Level to Platinum Level on the Artistic Discoveries voyage sailing from Venice to Barcelona aboard beautiful Riviera.
Once the guests were settled in, we hosted a welcome cocktail reception in the Sanctuary on Deck 14, complete with a stunning sunset as the backdrop. We savored delicious canapés and fresh cocktails accompanied by live music as we sailed away from Koper, Slovenia.
The next day, we toured Zadar, including a visit to the Bibich Winery. We were all quite impressed with Croatia – truly breathtaking and much more than just a burgeoning travel destination.
This year, we were happy to host a number of Bronze-Level Members – so many, in fact, that we held a special dinner in Toscana. It was a jovial evening with plenty of Prosecco, pasta and great conversation.
James and I also hosted our Platinum- and Gold-Level Members at La Reserve where we enjoyed the seven-course Connoisseur Menu, and later in the cruise we hosted our Silver-Level Members, delighting in the seven-course Discovery Menu.
I was able to hear so many stories and adventures from our guests over exquisite Champagne and wine – some of which are quite rare – all paired with truly artful dishes.
In Florence, we toured the private Vasari Corridor in the Uffizi Gallery, which showcases a unique collection of 16th- and 17th-century artwork. Then we sat down for a traditional Italian luncheon with bruschetta, pasta, chicken on a bed of arugula, plus a warm custard for dessert, all accompanied by flowing wine!
Our Oceania Club reception in Horizons was another highlight. The senior officers, James and I honored the milestones of several of our past guests. There were cocktails, relaxing music and gorgeous views – a very happy, celebratory evening for all.
It was such a privilege to meet so many of our loyal guests and hear about their wonderful experiences with Oceania Cruises. James & I look forward to seeing many of you on board again very soon!