The itineraries of Regatta operate on port-intensive schedules, so entertainment options on board are fairly light. The ship's daytime fare is pretty much modeled after old-school cruising traditions: trivia contests, social bridge and board games, dancing lessons and galley tours. Cruises usually feature an enrichment lecturer who speaks on destination-related topics, such as art and history.
Lounges onboard offer a variety of atmospheres. Martini's is clubby and English country house-like, though its immediate proximity to the casino's slot machines can be a bit off-putting. Adjacent to The Grand, it's Baristas by day. The coffee bar has a terrific location, but the furnishings seem a bit old-fashioned and space-consuming (more like a pretty living room than a coffee bar), and it didn't feel like a particularly warm place to lounge. At night, the space becomes the Grand Bar for those wanting pre- and post-dinner cocktails. The Regatta Lounge is the ship's theatrical space, hosting everything from variety shows to lectures; it's got its own bar.
There are a variety of tastings -- wine, martinis and malt scotch -- for an extra fee.
At night, musical entertainment usually prevails. A pianist performs at Martini's. A classical quartet plays from the Upper Hall -- adjacent to The Grand -- during dining hours. And the small Regatta Band is in situ in Horizons Lounge for predinner dancing. For the few late owls we saw, a self-programmed virtual D.J. is in Horizons Lounge.
The ship has a small casino with slots and table games.
There are occasional special events, which included a "night at the movies," a magician, and a guest vocalist who performs pop, opera and classical songs.
The cruise line's shore excursion menu has improved over the years, with a particular nod to a nice range of recreational, active options, but it's still rather overpriced compared with other lines and independent tour operators. One plus is the ship offers a number of tour packages meant to provide cost savings to those who book several. These can be booked online before the trip begins.
An onboard concierge can also make arrangements for private guides and limousine rentals.
Regatta Public Rooms
While there's no true atrium on Regatta, its public spaces on decks 4 and 5 are absolutely stunning. Passenger services, such as the purser's desk and shore excursions, are located on Deck 4 in the cozy, beautifully refurbished lobby. A number of plush sofas and armchairs are scattered about, and it's a lovely place to read a book. The visual highlight of the lobby is the two-deck high staircase, inspired by that of "Titanic" (the Leonardo DiCaprio version), and it opens up into Deck 5's upper hall. Here, you'll find two shops. One boutique is thoughtfully stocked with resort wear, jewelry and essential necessities, and across the hall there's a store with perfume, jewelry, cosmetics.
The library, on Deck 10, is one of the most beautiful -- and functional -- at sea. Not only is the room simply gorgeous, with its faux fireplace, garden-inspired ceiling murals, cozy chair and table settings, and views out to three sides of the ship, it also has a good book selection. (Though it could perhaps use a little bit of updating.) Even better? Oceania doesn't insult passengers by locking the bookshelves. The whole facility, which also includes a couple of Internet-connected computers, is open around the clock. A note for those whose laptops have wireless capabilities: It is an extremely pleasant place to check daily e-mails.
Oceania@Sea, the ship's Internet cafe, is staffed on sea days 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and on port days 8-11 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. The venue is active, particularly while at sea, with various classes being offered, including Adobe PhotoShop and Windows for Beginners. Internet service was faster than I remembered, and discounted packages are available for heavy users, including an "all you can use" product, for $28 per day, for those who spend a fair bit of time online. WiFi is available throughout the ship and is fairly reliable.
The Laundromat on Deck 7 got a complete overhaul during the 2014 refurbishment and stackable washer and dryers replaced the more space-consuming models. As a result there's more capacity.
Regatta Spa & Fitness
Regatta's main pool deck is absolutely gorgeous, one of the most beautiful sundecks on any ship. Mosaic tiling in sea-inspired blues surround the pool, catchy blue and white striped cushions top wicker-like loungers and deep armchairs, and teak decking abounds.
A pair of whirlpools surrounds the main pool.
For those seeking shade rather than sun, there's a lovely nook, tucked away on one side of the deck, with plush furnishings underneath an overhang.
The spa, operated by Canyon Ranch SpaClub, is serene and harmonious, though compact. The menu of services is vast. There's acupuncture, Reiki, body wraps, treatments and scrubs, facials, instant tanning, reflexology and more than 10 different massages, from Thai to aromatherapy and acupuncture massage to deep tissue.
The spa facility includes locker rooms for men and women. In addition to beautiful mosaic tiling on the walls, there's a scented rain shower, an aromatic steam room and lockers; robes and slippers are provided.
Just outside of the spa, all the way forward, is Regatta's Spa Terrace, a gorgeous and intimate outdoor space. The centerpiece is a large thalassotherapy pool, surrounded by well-padded chaise lounges. Access to this area costs $25 per person for one day to $100 for five days, though the area is free of charge to passengers booked in concierge-level cabins and suites.
Connected with the spa is the ship's beauty salon, which is rather tired-looking. It's full service, with hair styling and cuts, and nail treatments.
All services in the spa and salon incur an auto-gratuity of 18 percent.
An important component of Canyon Ranch's SpaClub is its fitness facility, which features a variety of cardiovascular and weight equipment and an expanded menu of services. Passengers can, for an extra fee, arrange for private sessions with a trainer, undergo a fitness assessment and an orthotics consult. Classes are available and include yoga, Pilates and aerobics.
The ship has a few recreational facilities -- shuffleboard, Ping-Pong and a walking/jogging track (13 times around makes a mile). A miniature golf course is located on the Sports Deck, on Deck 11.