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18 Night Transpacific Cruise from Auckland

18 Night Transpacific Cruise from Auckland

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  • Day 1
    Auckland
  • Day 2
    Paihia
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Noumea
  • Day 6
    Maré Island (New Caledonia)
  • Day 7
    Port Vila
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Lautoka
  • Day 10
    Suva
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Pago Pago
  • Day 12
    Apia
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Bora Bora
  • Day 16
    Bora Bora
  • Day 17
    Raiatea
  • Day 18
    Tahiti (Papeete)

Regatta

Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Pros

Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

Cons

In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

Bottom Line

A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts


Cruise Reviews

It is Day 14 of our 18 day cruise from Tahiti to Sydney. I am enjoying the cruise and observe many happy guests. The crew has been amazing and Corey Powell is doing a great job as cruise director. In addition to all of the standard ... Read More
It is Day 14 of our 18 day cruise from Tahiti to Sydney. I am enjoying the cruise and observe many happy guests. The crew has been amazing and Corey Powell is doing a great job as cruise director. In addition to all of the standard announcements that he is required to give, he adds some humor and fun. A really nice guy as well! All of the crew work so hard to please all of the guests even when a few guests are being demanding. The crew seems to be enjoying the cruise as well. Most of them work long hours, every day, away from their families for 6 months. I have lots of respect for all of them! The South Pacific ports have been amazing and we have had good weather in most ports. My favorites so far are Pago Pago, American Samoa, Port Vila Vanuatu and Noumea, New Caledonia. Shore excursions are well managed and interesting. We did not stop at Apia, Samoa due to the measles outbreak there and state of emergency there (a wise decision). Food has been very good as expected. Fellow guests are from Canada, Australia, USA, Germany and Europe. Majority of guests are in their sixties and seventies. Lecturers have been interesting and relevant to where we are sailing. Especially enjoyed the story of the ship's recent refit. Oceania had to move the refit of Regatta from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada due to the U.S. not allowing key contractors with special skills to enter the country. An economic boom for Canada and a multi-million dollar loss for the USA. Then it rained for 17 of the 21 days which required improvising ways to dry the finish on all of the teak wood that is applied after the teak is installed. Painting in the rain was a challenge as well and LOTS of creativity and hard work needed to complete the project. This is why they were still finishing up on the inaugural cruise to Miami. Many crew members slept thru 24 hours a day of construction and hauled all of the new mattresses and furniture in place without the use of the elevators. Wow!! Congratulations to Oceania for the successful project! The ship looks great! Also, as a visually impaired guest, all of the crew and most guests have been very helpful to me while letting me navigate on my own which I like. My only wish is that the cruise offer a nightly show sometimes at 6pm because 9:30pm is too late for many guests. I went to a few of the shows early in the cruise. I highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise, back-to-back, San Francisco to Papeete and then on to Sydney, because of the itinerary and we have been pleased so far. This is our second Oceania cruise. The weather has been great, the facilities on the ship are ... Read More
We chose this cruise, back-to-back, San Francisco to Papeete and then on to Sydney, because of the itinerary and we have been pleased so far. This is our second Oceania cruise. The weather has been great, the facilities on the ship are in good order and our cabin (veranda) has ample storage room and is nicely furnished, good bedding, fake wicker on the veranda. Embarkation was very fast and easy, even though I had to change credit cards due to a fraud. Let's go with the good stuff first. The food has been, almost half way through the cruise, excellent. They must have amazing refrigeration to keep berries fresh for so long. There are ample choices at all meals and high quality. The food service at the buffet, Grand Dining Room, and specialty restaurants is professional and friendly at the same time. The Waves poolside grill is also very good with a great menu. The public areas are spotless and well-maintained. Our cabin steward is a wonder. Our cabin is always clean and fresh, with everything well maintained. Sharmila goes above and beyond to give good service. The wifi on this ship is the best I've seen on any cruise line and we have sailed on many. Help in the computer room is here for many hours each day. The spa services are priced as usual at sea (double what I pay at home) but service is excellent. The contract with Canyon Ranch will expire in 6 months and they will be switching to Steiner, so I don't know what staff changes there will be, but those working there now are great! The gym facilities are more than adequate for the passenger load. The tours are overpriced, of course as expected. We are using private tours whenever possible. The entertainment has been better than expected in the Regatta Lounge and the string quartet and pianist have large audiences every evening. Now for the bad stuff. Oceania must know the demographics of their passengers, especially on an itinerary like this one. Most are over 70 and at least half use canes or other mobility devices. The ship and, from talking with the concierge, the company, makes little effort to accommodate these passengers. Maybe is it a cost issue, but the piers chosen in Hawaii (3 ports) were out of the way, with long and difficult, badly paved walks to get out to a street. I have been to Hawaii 3 times and never had this problem with any other cruise line. Not only didn't they not mention the difficulty such as a half mile walk in Maui with no place to stop or rest, but the concierge said "It's not our fault." No mention in the Currents newsletter or port information about this. Other cruise lines provide golf cart or other shuttles, wheelchair assistance when needed and warnings. I saw a man with double canes struggling and a woman trying to get off the pier to meet a relative on Maui (not allowed to drive to near the ship) look faint as she and her sister walked with canes. This is not only inconsiderate, but dangerous as there was no way to get help. My husband and I (82 and 78) are capable of the walk, but I can't say it was easy. We had to phone relatives we are traveling with and tell them not to even try. In speaking to other passengers, we have found that this is a common complaint on this cruise, one man even taking most meals in his cabin because the ship is so unaccommodating. We have never seen or heard about this before in the 60+ cruises we've taken on many different cruise lines, including, in this price class, Viking Ocean and Azamara. And nobody in management seems to care or even admit there is a problem. Another policy issue. I spoke to the Fitness Manager and asked about offering chair yoga for those of us who can't get down on the ground. She told me she would be glad to do so but had no chairs. I suggested they use the chairs in the Card room which is right next to the Spa. She said that management won't allow it and that is true. The official line is that the card room must be kept available for card players. There are none at 8AM, I pointed out, but there would be at least a dozen yogis, maybe more, at that hour. The concierge reiterated that the room must always be available to card players, illustrating a total lack of flexibility and willingness to fill guest needs. Both Azamara and Viking Ocean are really great in doing whatever they can to be helpful, but Oceania is more about following corporate rules. For these reasons, I will probably not be cruising with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This is the 11th day on this cruise ship Regatta. People complain about minor things but let’s stop for a moment and really think of what people complain about! I have met the most decent, hard working, humble employees on the ... Read More
This is the 11th day on this cruise ship Regatta. People complain about minor things but let’s stop for a moment and really think of what people complain about! I have met the most decent, hard working, humble employees on the planet. They treat you well, they attend and go beyond their work. One must remember these people are months and months without husband, wife, daughters, sons and loved ones. They work together amazingly and efficiently. The cruise is excellent. Food, shows and everything they do is genuinely good. I would like to thank all the employees for their hard work and dictation. It’s amazing to watch how each and every emplyee works in every department with each other like a fine symphony. I give it 100% score. If one has a problem, they should address it and one will see there is really nothing to complain about. Let’s have a little empathy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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