We just completed our third Oceania and second Regatta cruise. Somehow it didn't seem up to the same level as our two previous experiences: an Alaskan cruise on the Regatta in 2011 and a Baltic cruise on the Marina in 2012.
This was also our first experience with a non veranda cabin, a decision I will weigh very carefully before making again. I like taking pictures from the ship and a window gets covered with spray and rain very quickly, and only gets rinsed when that side is is pier-side. To be totally honest, we did take a downgrade buy-out when the price became irresistible.
The excursions seemed to be lacking a in quality control were of very uneven level, in transport and satisfaction. Some were done in school buses - not cool. The excursion we had booked for Bar Harbor was substituted due to the Government Shutdown and lack of access to Acadia National Park. The substitute did not have any photo stops or go into the villages on its loop, perhaps due to local More
regulations or coach size. It seems to me that given the length and advance notice of the shutdown a more suitable alternative could have been arranged. The free circulator bus was more satisfactory for stops and photos, albeit without a commentary.
The cruise director seemed to hang out the bridge mainly, didn't see too much of him. The food did not seem exceptional. The tomatoes were plastic, even in the specialty restaurants. The deserts were rather ordinary, and surf and turf came with none-Maine lobster tail, even in the specialty restaurant. In the Grand Dining Room hot courses sat cooling on the Buffet until someone got around to clearing the previous course.
There were no wines or spirits in the mini fridge this time and the room service menu didn't have any hot non-continental breakfast items. That menu also seemed limited for lunch and dinner, but had the best salad of all the restaurants. Waves Grill service was extended by an hour to 4 pm, which was welcome, post-excursion. The morning Coffee and Roll service in the Horizon lounge until 11 am was also appreciated. Drinks prices seemed to have increased.
The internet service was a disaster the first third of the voyage. I was able to get minutes restored to my account, a good customer service choice, but there were many unhappy campers. Even the passengers, in addition to the crew, took to going ashore to use free WiFi.
Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy, once the pier was found. Our non American cabbie in NYC didn't have a clue as to where the ship was. Oceania could do a better job of giving ship location information sooner. It wasn't until the very end that we could notify our friends where to pick us up for disembarkation. Less
We took a buy out from a Veranda Cabin to a Window cabin. It was described at that time as having a picture window. It had a picture window size opening in the interior hull but the window opening itself, was more the size of one of our bedroom windows at homeOther than that, we had the airflow reduced to below conversational level the first evening and had no other problems. Our cabin was clean and well attended by our steward and assistant. The bed was between the couch/desk area and the hull as compared to our previous experiences of having the couch/desk area closest to the hull.