Ok, i'll clarify a bit the layout of the chapel. The chapel has seating on the left and the right sides. At the center, between the congregation and the iconostatis, is an icon stand. Between the icon stand and the iconostatis is where the priest was serving communion. Perhaps he was intending for people to walk around the right side of the icon stand instead of the left to approach the chalice? Still i'm not sure if he was referring to his right, facing us, or the other way around.
If the Priest wishes to be this detailed about how the faithful should approach the Chalice, he should direct everyone to approach the chalice from the right side, facing the iconostasis, and depart from the chalice from the same right side facing the iconostasis.
There are icons of Christ distributing Communion to the Apostles from His left and right hand. What is wrong with this Priest?
If the icon stand is an impediment, moving the icon stand is easier.