Even though Oceania's pricing structure breaks down the cabin categories by type and location, there are really only eight stateroom configurations: inside, obstructed view, porthole, outside, balcony, penthouse, vista suite and owner's suite.
Standard cabins -- with or without balconies -- are small, based on industry standards. They range from about 140 to 216 square feet (with balconies). Oceania has done wonders with them, in terms of getting their guests to focus less on size and more on comfort. Oceania was one of the first cruise lines in the industry to tout a branded bedding program with its patented Tranquility Bed, taking its cue, no doubt, from the Westin hotel chain's heralded Heavenly Bed. Oceania ordered up a new standard when Regatta was launched. Now these named mattresses -- Mariner's Dream, Carnival Comfort and the like -- are ubiquitous on many ships.
The bathrooms in standard cabins are miniscule but do come with fluffy towels, elegant bath products and lots of shelf space. In fact, storage in the small cabins is excellent, with a full-size closet, several drawers, a desk and shelves. Most cabins also have loveseats (some of which open to make a third berth), and all have flat-screen TV's and DVD players.
Concierge-level staterooms, all on Deck 7, are actually veranda staterooms with added fridges (not available below that category), an alpaca throw and a tote bag. Except for the tote and the fridge -- and two guaranteed reservations per alternative restaurant -- these rooms are identical to the balcony cabins located on Deck 6.
Regatta really starts to shine with its Penthouse cabins, located on Deck 8. Basically the size of one-and-a-half staterooms, these feature large sitting areas and full-size baths. Owner's Suites -- at about 1,000 square feet -- are at the aft of the ship and include nifty wrap-around decks; Vista Suites (just fewer than 800 square feet) are at the front and are prized for their sweeping, forward views. Both have individual bedrooms and sitting rooms. Suites sell out first, often within hours of an itinerary being announced. Suite guests above concierge level get the services of a team of butlers -- specifically trained in the art of service -- and daily hors d'oeuvres; in-suite dining from any of the dining-room menus; priority embarkation and debarkation; and, where offered, priority tender service.
Cabin 6085 on Regatta, with veranda. Three cabins away from aft on ship. Quiet location not near stairs or lifts. Little hallway traffic. One deck over main dining room, no noise noticeable at any time. Overall cabin is very quiet and soundproof....continue
We had a Penthouse Suite near the Owners Suites. Our suite was large and very nice, we dined in several times and had lots of room. We had guest for drinks several time and there was lots of room. The Butler is a nice touch, the ice bucket was always full and there was...continue
8018, a PH1 cabin which we really liked. Our top level cabin was supposed to come with certain priorities, like for the two restaurants, but that just wasn't so. Butler was fine but no better than our cabin attendants on Sea Dream or Seabourn. The bed was very...continue