Q&A with Around the World Travelers


Hailing from Carmel, California, Oceania Cruises guests Charles and Janice Rauch set sail on our magnificent 2017 Around the World voyage last Friday. The couple has been sailing with Oceania Cruises for a few years now, and Janice told us that she had been dreaming of sailing around the world since she was 20 years old. They love to dance and kicked off their cruise with mimosas and dancing to the rhythms of a four-piece jazz band at the Around the World cruise reception. We caught up with them later in the afternoon on the patio of Insignia to find out how they prepared for such a big travel adventure, which destinations they’re most excited about and much more.


Guest Post: Top World Travel Adventures


Passionate traveler and Oceania Cruises guest Isabel G. shares some of her most memorable travel experiences, plus where she’s dreaming of next.

As a passionate traveler I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to see many parts of the world. Some places were harder to travel to than others and some cultures were more unique and surprising. Throughout the years, I’ve learned that one of my favorite ways to visit some of the farthest corners of the world is aboard a small ship – with Oceania Cruises.     


New Year’s Resolutions from Oceania Cruises


2016 was full of wonderful moments for Oceania Cruises. We announced our inaugural voyages to Cuba, released our Culinary Center Favorites Recipe Collection, and christened the beautiful Sirena in Barcelona. As we look forward to a prosperous and happy New Year, we asked some of our Oceania Cruises family to share their New Year’s resolutions. Read on to find out what the Oceania Cruises team has planned for the New Year.

President & CEO Bob Binder:


In the New Year, I am resolving to not have any desserts on Mondays, Wednesdays or Friday. (Except when I am on a cruise.) (Also, banana bread does not count as a dessert because it is a fruit.) (And chocolate zucchini muffins are a vegetable.)


General Manager Thierry Tholon:

thierry-tholon_general-managerjpegThe only resolution is to keep challenging and motivating myself to maintain balance in my life. I want to continue providing the best service and experience for our guests, manage each team to reach their fullest potential, and still have enough time to pump serious iron! Finding balance is the best resolution of all.


Senior Executive Chef Alban Gjoka:

chef-alban-photos-161My 2017 New Year’s resolution is simple: to achieve what was not achieved in prior years – to be less addicted to food! Unfortunately, l work in The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ so it is difficult to resist, which is why l have failed in achieving this goal for the past 8 years!

Regarding my team, my the resolution is to continue being an effective leader in coaching. Chefs are, or should be, the teachers of food. Be the living example of a food and beverage encyclopedia. Research, read, interact, partner, experiment and then pass on what you know to others. This is how great teams are formed and exceptional teams and restaurants are built.

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? Share them with us in the comments below!