Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio recently concluded Oceania
’ 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



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.


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.


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.


Frank Del Rio, Captain Silvachynsky and GM Gelineau



Fleet Corporate Chef Franck Garanger is recognized

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


Steward Freddy Reyes


Bosun Kosta Niolov










Cellar Master Marlito Medollar



Chef de Cuisine Edgar Valguna



Chef de Partie Dindo Sabado


Chef de Partie Jonathon Bravo




Chief Purser Doru Gherghin


Jr Sous Chef Amador Gutierrez



Mechanic Evgeni Popov


Night Auditor Emily Flores



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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Peaceful Seas and Stunning Sunsets From the Decks of Regatta

Regatta Deck Night - Panama
If you follow this blog, you know that we love to share photos and stories of all the fascinating destinations visited by Oceania Cruises’ ships. While guests are initially drawn to Oceania Cruises due to our intriguing ports of call, they also realize that cruising with us confirms the truth of the adage: The journey is just as important as the destination.

Panama Canal Sunset 1The luxurious amenities and gourmet restaurants onboard our ships certainly contribute to the joy of the journey. But an equally vital part of the onboard experience is the pure pleasure of sailing the open seas and savoring the spectacular vistas from the decks of the ship. One feels an extraordinary sense of peace gazing at distant horizons and cruising over tranquil waters. No other travel experience compares.

Panama Sunset 3
Curtis Hustace is a professional photographer who has taught classes in the Artist Loft onboard Marina and also acted as a guest lecturer onboard Regatta. In the photos shared in this post, he has captured some of the serene moments you can experience onboard. We hope you enjoy these images that remind us of the pure joys of cruising.


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Meet Regatta General Manager Christian Krempl!


Regatta General Manager Christian Krempl joined Oceania Cruises in 2008, after waiting two years for an interview. He first became interested in Oceania Cruises in 2005 after hearing that they served the “finest cuisine at sea.” Considering Mr. Krempl’s passion for food, he was intrigued by a company that had the confidence to make such a claim and could also support it. In 2006 he submitted his CV to the Vice President of Hotel Operations, but unfortunately there were no positions open at the time. Two years later Mr. Krempl received the call to come to Venice for an interview. He started with Oceania Cruises the next day.

GM Others Grand StaircaseChief Housekeeper Gaby Cabello, Receptionist Alina Ciobica, Concierge Conny Hammelmann, Assistant Housekeeper Nataliya Kotlenko, and General Manager Christian Krempl on the Grand Staircase of Regatta

At the young age of 14, Mr. Krempl began his training at hotel school in Austria, the country he still calls home today. From age 16 to 20, he trained as a waiter and chef at leading hotels in Austria and Switzerland. In 1988 he landed his first job with a cruise line and has never looked back. He moved from dining room waiter to sommelier, cellar master, head waiter, chief steward, maitre d’, and hotel manager. He is now General Manager onboard Regatta and oversees the hotel operations of the entire ship. He is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful crew.

“We have a fantastic team,” says GM Krempl. “We have 396 hard-working crew members…We have 45 different nationalities, so that’s very rewarding, and that’s the most interesting part to work with them on a daily basis to try to give the best service that we can to our guests.”

GM Krempl’s workday begins early and lasts well into the evening. He starts by ensuring breakfast service is properly set up and enjoys a cup of coffee himself. Then he is off to various inspections, checking maintenance of staterooms, tasting food, meeting with department heads, keeping up with emails, and many other duties. He ensures everything is shipshape in the spa, the casino, the restaurants, and all other venues onboard, and he also checks to see that the shore excursions are running smoothly. Soon it’s time to begin dinner service and to make sure everyone is enjoying the evening entertainment. Of course, a large part of GM Krempl’s job is interacting with the guests, one of the most important ways he ensures that everyone’s experience is up to Oceania Cruises’ high standards.

While his spare time is limited, GM Krempl does like to go ashore when possible, especially to sample the local fare at a particular port. Recently in Honfleur, he was able to enjoy some cheese, sausage, and moules frites (mussels and fries) at a shoreside restaurant. When asked if he has a favorite port of call, GM Krempl has a tough time choosing. After all, he has visited nearly every country in the world, although he says the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador are a notable exception. He has even visited Antarctica on four different occasions, all of which were fascinating (although he does admit that four visits are probably enough). He looks forward to all of Regatta’s upcoming itineraries including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Amazon, and Oceania Cruises’ first venture into Alaska. GM Krempl hasn’t visited Alaska since 1997 and is excited to return and see what has changed.

Running a cruise ship does sometimes have its challenges, and GM Krempl has been around for the biggest ones of the past few years, from a labor strike to an earthquake to an Icelandic ash cloud. Krempl has high praise for the support they received from Oceania Cruises’ corporate office during these events.

“It was incredible how much help we had from shoreside. Everybody was there, for the earthquake, for example, in Valparaiso they right away flew in some executives from Oceania. [They were] there making sure everything runs smooth, assisting us and helping the guests, getting a whole picture of the situation, so this was done very, very quickly. In a couple of hours they were on a plane on their way to us and the same way with the ash cloud….It’s incredible how fast we get a response if we need help. Within hours, sometimes even less.”

GM Lisa Server
GM Krempl, Blogger-at-Large Lisa Pancake Fossland, and Grand Dining Room Waiter Francisco Lopez Molina

Happily, such occurrences are rare, and for the most part life onboard the ship is smooth sailing. GM Krempl and his staff work hard to ensure that the experience of all guests onboard Regatta meets Oceania Cruises’ high standards of excellence in every way. The secret to maintaining such high standards starts at the top.

“I think what makes the biggest difference, I mean, I’ve worked for some other nice companies, good companies, but here you only have nice people that you work with, and the way we can treat each other, respect each other, this message comes from the office in Miami. It starts with Mr. Del Rio; it’s just the way he allows us to manage here onboard…And more than 75% of the crew members, they’re coming back to Oceania because they enjoy it.”

The truth of this philosophy is evident in the warm, genuine smiles of the crew and their eagerness to ensure that every guest’s experience is flawless.  It is why inevitably on an Oceania Cruise, you will find that some crew members become friends, and on your next cruise they are often there to welcome you back onboard. GM Krempl and his staff are most definitely an essential part of what sets Oceania Cruises apart from all others. If you’re planning to be onboard Regatta soon, be sure to say hello!





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Regatta Visits Lovely La Rochelle


La Rochell Clock and Boats
Today guests onboard the Oceania Club Reunion Cruise enjoyed a lovely visit to La Rochelle, France. The weather was absolutely perfect – sunny and 72 degrees – making it a fine day to explore the Old Port, visit the Aquarium, and then return to the ship to relax by the pool for a bit before dinner. All in all it was a great day to be cruising on Regatta!

La Rochelle Towers

Two of the famous towers of La Rochelle, dating to the 14th and 15th centuries.

La Rochelle Aquarium

The city has a fabulous aquarium.

La Rochelle Camo Fish

Can you find the five fish in this photo?

La Rochelle Lobster Etc

More of our finned and crustaceanous friends

La Rochelle Yellow Fish

A colorful bunch, and with personality too!

La Rochelle Market

Continuing on through the town, we reach the local market, which of course offers cold cuts, cheeses and pastries.  A light snack whets our appetite, so it’s back to the ship for lunch!