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REGATTA REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE – GUESTS EXPERIENCE THE OLIFE IN ALASKA

By Kunal S. Kamlani, President

We’ve celebrated several significant milestones at Oceania Cruises over the past few years, from the launch of our first newly built ship, Marina, to the celebration of ten years at sea. This week I joined Regatta as she emerged from dry dock to embark on a 10-day Alaskan voyage from Vancouver to Seattle.  It was immediately apparent that another pinnacle had been reached.

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REGATTA, INSIGNIA AND NAUTICA: IMPROVING ON PERFECTION

As Blogger-at-Large for Oceania Cruises, I have had the great fortune to sail on Regatta, Insignia and Nautica several times over the past few years. With only 684 guests on board, these ships feel as warm, welcoming and intimate as smaller vessels while also offering the conveniences and amenities of the larger ships. In other words, they are perfect. So it was hard for me to imagine how Oceania Cruises could improve on perfection.

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REGATTA LEAVES HER HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO

Regatta is
wrapping up another fantastic summer in Alaska with a final stop in San
Francisco before following sunny skies to the Southern Hemisphere. Highlights
of the summer included Oceania Cruises’ 10-year anniversary sailing with
Chairman and Founder Frank Del Rio and his wife, Marcia – godmother of Regatta – and stops in destinations as far west as Kodiak and Seward. As Regatta calls on San Francisco, this seems
like the perfect time to share some of the amazing shoreside activities
available from this charming city by the bay.

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10TH ANNIVERSARY SAILING ONBOARD REGATTA CONCLUDES

Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio recently concluded Oceania
Cruises
’ 10th anniversary sailing onboard Regatta,
the ship that started it all. Regatta
sailed from Seattle on the Coastal Alaska
voyage on July 5th, exactly 10 years after the ship set sail on her inaugural
voyage. Mr. Del Rio hosted the sailing with his wife, Marcia, who is Regatta’s godmother.

The sailing featured numerous celebrations in honor of the
milestone anniversary. The exceptional culinary team flexed their creative
muscles at the Gala Tea. High tea is a time-honored tradition onboard the ships
of Oceania Cruises and is held each day at four o’clock in Horizons lounge. But
the Gala Tea was a unique celebration that went above and beyond the
traditional teatime selections. The talented chefs spent many hours preparing not
only a vast assortment of finger sandwiches and pastries but also exquisite
sculptures made from ice, fruit and chocolate to adorn Horizons for the special
event.

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On one evening Mr. and Mrs. Del Rio hosted a special dinner
in Terrace Café for some of Oceania Cruises’ most loyal guests. Fleet Corporate
Chef Franck Garanger prepared a special menu that included Steamed Prince
Rupert Wild Halibut “au Caviar” with a Fennel and Saffron Emulsion, as
well as Roasted Veal Rack Loin with Cocotte Potatoes.

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One of the most special evenings was the 10th Anniversary
Oceania Club Cocktail Reception in honor of all of Oceania Cruises’ loyal
guests as well as the dedicated officers, staff and crew. Some of the most
traveled guests in Oceania Cruises’ history were onboard this sailing,
including Mr. and Mrs. Kohel, Diamond Oceania Club members who were on their
56th cruise. Also recognized were Mr. and Mrs. Starzman, Platinum Oceania Club
members who had sailed on Regatta’s
inaugural voyage on July 5, 2003.

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Mr. Del Rio took the opportunity to thank all of Oceania
Cruises’ guests who have made the past decade possible. He also joined Captain Vitaliy
Silvachynsky and General Manager Jason Gelineau in honoring the team members
who have been with Oceania Cruises for its 10-year history.

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Frank Del Rio, Captain Silvachynsky and GM Gelineau

 

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Fleet Corporate Chef Franck Garanger is recognized

Captain
Silvachynsky himself was one of those congratulated, along with Fleet Corporate
Chef Franck Garanger. Several others were also recognized, including those
pictured below.

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Steward Freddy Reyes

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Bosun Kosta Niolov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cellar Master Marlito Medollar

 

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Chef de Cuisine Edgar Valguna

 

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Chef de Partie Dindo Sabado

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Chef de Partie Jonathon Bravo

 

 

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Chief Purser Doru Gherghin

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Jr Sous Chef Amador Gutierrez

 

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Mechanic Evgeni Popov

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Night Auditor Emily Flores

 

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Staff Captain Damir Kurilic

 

The sailing ended with a spectacular show in the Regatta
Lounge, after which the entire crew paraded into the lounge to join guests in a
final celebration. It was truly a historic and unforgettable 10th
anniversary sailing – a wonderful celebration of the past 10 years at sea and
the perfect way to kick off the next decade to come!

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