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Regatta Cruise Review by Jasper50

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Member Name: Jasper50
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: A2
Cabin Number: 7022
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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Oceania - Regatta. Just perfect
Cabin 7022. Spacious, clean and comfortable beds. Own balcony with large panoramic glass doors. Plenty of storage space. Robe and sets of drawers, cases are stored under the bed. The only negative on the cabin is the size of the shower cubicle. Like being in a caravan shower but plenty of hot water available. Regrigerator in room, stocked daily. No charge for soft drinks and bottled water.

Dress is neat casual, no dinner suits required even for the Captains cocktail hour. Could be very casual around the pool and the Grill bar at the pool for lunch.

2 restaurants, Grand dining room and Terrace Cafe are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. No bookings are required for these at any time and you could dine when suited. Both have fully set tables with full table service and plenty of staff on hand. Grand dining room is full service at the table. Menues changed daily and included signatures dishes. Terrace Cafe more informal and buffet style still with lots of service and choices. Could dine indoors or outdoors at the Terrace Cafe. The Grill bar at the pool was available for lunch every day, offering grilled steaks with hamburgers, sausages, and hot dogs. We dined every day for lunch here and had a beautiful small grilled steak with 2 grilled medallions of lobster with a small salad. Of course, just remove the bun and you had a lovely grill with salad.

2 other restaurants, Pollo Grill and Toscana (Italian) you must book for. No extra cost involved. Our room number entitled us to 2 bookings in each. Would suggest you pre book these before departure on line at you reservation site.

We did not book until after embarked so had to dine at 6.30 one night but not a problem. Can check daily at breakfast for cancellations and may be lucky enough to obtain an extra booking which we were able to do.

Daily excursions. Lots of choices each day but quite expensive. You can pre book your day tours before departure which gives you a big savings on the original costs. If pre book can make changes to tours once on board. Most tours start early in the morning, around 8am and are usually for 3 - 5 hours.

If not doing an excursion, always go ashore to walk around the town. Tenders to/from shore were very good and plenty available if doing own thing.

Entertainment provided each night at 9.30 pm for one hour, then passengers are encouraged to use the dance floor, lounges, bars or casino for the remainder of the evening.

Shipboard entertainment included fully equiped gym, day spa providing all types of treatments, computer room providing internest acess at a cost. Could take a full day WiFi for about $24 per day or 100 minutes for $85. Pool Deck with 2 spas and plenty of sun lounges, tables and chairs, library, cards and games room, various bars and lounges and auditorium. Regatta had own entertainers on board including a 5 piece band, entertainers X 6, pianist and comedian.

Alcoholic drinks are expensive. Glass wine $12 approx. Bottle beer $8. All non alcoholic cocktails and soft drinks are free. Drink packages are offered at $33 per day, good value if you consume a bit of alcohol.

Thoroughly recommend this cruise, ship was refitted and updated in 2010.

Publication Date: 08/20/12
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