Captain Bencina, with Oceania Cruises since 2008
Our captains have sailed to the far ends of the globe so we love to hear which corners they find most enchanting. We recently caught up with Captain Igor Bencina, who has been a member of the Oceania Cruises family since 2008, to hear which destination he loves visiting again and again.
Born in Trieste, Italy, Captain Bencina was always destined for a life at sea and completed his nautical studies in his hometown. He joined a local Italian cargo line, and later gained experience with other cargo lines and several different cruise lines before joining Oceania Cruises. When not at working at sea, he loves sailing his own boat and traveling throughout Europe. In fact, his favorite destination in the world is St. Petersburg, Russia.
“You can just smell history in St. Petersburg – as you visit the endless range of rich palaces, museums, cathedrals. It is such a unique experience viewing the magnificence of the artistic masterpieces everywhere,” Captain Bencina said.
Start dreaming of your next St. Petersburg exploration, and stay tuned for more of our captains’ favorite destinations!