9 Dover Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

Oceania - Regatta - Cruise - Dover to Stockholm-14 days My wife and I took this cruise on July12, 2010. We flew to Heathrow and were driven to the ship at Dover by a van booked through Oceania (they also drove us from the ship to the ... Read More
Oceania - Regatta - Cruise - Dover to Stockholm-14 days My wife and I took this cruise on July12, 2010. We flew to Heathrow and were driven to the ship at Dover by a van booked through Oceania (they also drove us from the ship to the airport in Stockholm at the cruise's conclusion). Cost per person: $189. Very smooth and easy...and pricey. Our ocean view cabin on deck three was well laid out and typical of the cabins we had had on various other ships on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The cabin included a t.v. and dvd player but lacked an adequate number of electrical outlets. If you are electronics heavy, bring a multiplug adapter. The worse thing about our cabin was that it was at wharf level when docked, which resulted in a lack of privacy unless the curtains were drawn. The service we had everywhere on the ship ranged from very good to excellent. The Regatta has open seating in its main dining room and scheduled seating in its two "limited engagement" dining rooms, the Polo Grill and Toscana. These latter two had to be booked in advance (unless there was a last minute cancellation) and were only open for dinner. The number of advance reservations (which are at no additional charge) depended on your cabin class. There was a buffet open for all three meals, plus a pool area sandwich style restaurant and an afternoon tea. In general, I found the food and service in the main dining room at least equal to that in the "limited engagement" restaurants, and the buffet good for breakfast. The lunch and dinner buffets were well prepared and the choices reasonably abundant, but the food, in my opinion, did not match the quality of the food served in the main, Polo, or Toscana restaurants. The service was great in all the dining areas, and the food excellent in the main, Polo, and Toscana dining rooms. The wine list was extensive. A bottle of decent California red (Rodney Strong 2006 or Franciscan 2006 Cabernet) was, with the mandatory 18% gratuirty included, in the $40 range. A bottle Chateau Petrus was available for $2000. We explored most cities on our own. It would have been nice if Oceania supplied transportation from the wharf to the cities, when appropriate. We did take an Oceania tour in Tallinn, which was adequate. We booked three Oceania excursions in St. Petersburg. The first, of Catherine's Palace, was fine, largely because the guide spoke good English and was knowledgeable. The second, of the Hermitage, the highlight of St. Petersburg, was a disaster. The guide was inexperienced, spoke poor English, and gave inadequate and confusing directions. The museum was immensely crowded, the tour was rushed and scattershot, and, all in all, a tremendous disappointment. The third, of the Jewish Synagogue, was half disaster and half joy. The guide's English was not only poor, but he mumbled and was often unintelligible. However, when the Miami-trained Cantor at the museum sang for us, it was pure joy. My advice to prospective passengers on this Oceania cruise itinerary (and probably on others as well) is to book your onshore excursions independent of Oceania. There are various companies available on the internet that will provide excursions (with necessary visas in Russia) and are, according to the passengers who did this, both superior and 30-50% less expensive. I do want to include one issue that particularly irritated me. The folder that was sent to pasengers about a month prior to sailing noted that email "Charges are $2 for the first 100KB of each inbound message address and each outbound address," and that an Outlook Email account had been set up for us (addresses were included in the handbook. (p.40) However, when we visited the computer center we were informed this was the "old" policy, and that the "new" and current policy was that each email cost $3.95 plus $.95 a minute. Furthermore, you had to compose the email on rather than off line. When I complained that this ex post facto change was a bit unethical, I was informed, albeit politely, by the computer specialist, that there was nothing he could do and that I might wish to see the concierge, Furthermore, the promised email addresses had been cancelled. In summary, the cruise featured great food and service, but poor and expensive excursions (although our experience in this last was quite limited). Will we book another Oceania cruise? I don't know, but we certainly will be more discriminating in booking excursions. Nota Bene: I omitted references to entertainment because we did not attend any events. I was told that the magician was quite good, however. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
This was actually the 2nd time on this particular ship -- previously when it was Renaissance in 2001. Love the size of ship with less than 700 passengers. Love that fact that you don't have the continuous overhead announcements and ... Read More
This was actually the 2nd time on this particular ship -- previously when it was Renaissance in 2001. Love the size of ship with less than 700 passengers. Love that fact that you don't have the continuous overhead announcements and picture taking. Very personalized service both in the cabins, dining room and through out. Due to the capacity, getting off and back on the ship was easy. This particular cruise was very busy as only 1 or 2 days at sea and the rest in various ports. I took the opportunity to fly to Moscow for the day from St. Petersburg which was very worthwhile. All the tours were very well organized and interesting. Yes, maybe a little more pricey but it was a vacation -- someone else took care of everything! The food was quite good and varied in the dining room and extraordinary in the specialty restaurants. Just sorry that access is limited by level of accommodations. I enjoyed this ship so much, will be going on it a 3rd time in February to Australia/New Zealand! Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
This was our third cruise on Oceania. We have cruised Istanbul to Athens and the Baltics. This cruise, Vikings/Castles/and Kings was full of interesting ports. We had two sea days to rest up. After boarding in Dover we went to lunch. ... Read More
This was our third cruise on Oceania. We have cruised Istanbul to Athens and the Baltics. This cruise, Vikings/Castles/and Kings was full of interesting ports. We had two sea days to rest up. After boarding in Dover we went to lunch. Pizza was served that was dry and hard. We were shocked. My comment was is the "bloom off the rose at O?". Thank goodness a few days later the pizza was up to snuff as far as being moist and tender. It still was not as good as on other lines we have sailed. Dining in the specialty restaurants was a mixed bag. We had rather tough and dry lobster served two time. Fillet Mignon in Polo was indeed a great steak. We enjoyed the staff and food in the Grand Dining Room. Our B1 cabin was limited to continental breakfast - no eggs or breakfast meats. When I asked about a full breakfast I was told this was an "amenity" reserved for the higher cabins and suites. Personally I do not feel that having paid a handsome sum for a B1 veranda that I should be denied eggs and bacon on my room service tray. O can save the tablecloth and flower in a vase for the higher priced cabins and serve me some protein in the morning. Entertainment was not up to snuff. The on board entertainers - band, male and female singers were adequate. We had a magician/mentalist who was IMHO boring. The comedian was pretty good. Prom Night, the final of the World Cup soccer game and the all crew review were pretty bad offerings. One can only guess that entertainment is where O has made cuts in order to sail in the black. We loved our B1 veranda cabin and had sailed in 6065, 6067 and 6069. We don't mind that these cabins are smaller then those on HAL. We don't mind that they have a small shower vs a tub/shower on HAL. The size and layout are fine with us. This cruise O provided free water and soft drinks. We used 2 or 3 cans of soda as mixers and really appreciated the unlimited supply of water. Crew as usual was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
This was our second cruise on Oceania, both on the Regatta. The ship was as clean and before, and the staff maintained its excellent level of service and responsiveness. We flew into London Heathrow, were met quickly by the Oceania rep, ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Oceania, both on the Regatta. The ship was as clean and before, and the staff maintained its excellent level of service and responsiveness. We flew into London Heathrow, were met quickly by the Oceania rep, got on the shuttle within 15 minutes and were enroute to Dover. After a 90-minute drive (during which we caught up on our sleep), we were at the ship. It was already 4:30 pm, so we went directly aboard rather than walking through town. The check-in process went very smoothly (they now have a questionnaire asking if you have a cough, cold, etc., which probably does little good given that someone who has paid a boatload of cash to get there probably wouldn't confess in any case...). We were in our room in ten minutes, and our luggage arrived shortly thereafter. We booked a PH suite for the first time & our butler (Iljco) was great throughout. We wanted to make the trip special, and the PH was certainly worth the added cost due to the port-intense itinerary. We were able to order from the specialty restaurant menu when desired, and did so several times after returning from a long day's excursion. Nothing like a great dinner on our balcony without the hassle of leaving the room... On several nights, we ate at Tapas on the Terrace. We really enjoy a served buffet, and the variety of foods available. They had fresh pasta, fresh seafood dishes, etc., and their buffet (IMHO) exceeds that found on other luxury lines in every category. We usually ate breakfast in our room; we eat lightly, so it was toast and juice, then off for the day. We also ate at Waves for late lunch a few times. They have a serviceable salad bar, ice cream and shakes and will cook to order a hamburger, chicken burger or fish. Once again, better casual option than offered in other luxury lines IMHO. Entertainment was as expected; we only attended shows on three nights due to busy days. Good, not great, but enjoyable nonetheless. We did the trivia game most evenings just for fun (one area of suggested improvement is to make the points earned a little more valuable- in fact, they should give a hat and keychain to everyone for advertising value if nothing else). We did most shore excursions on our own (except for Gdansk, where we did a ship's tour to Stutthof and the Old City- good tour, fair price). We had a bad experience during our Amazon cruise previously with canceled ship tours, and didn't want to chance it this time. Even when traveling independently, the travel desk and local folks they brought aboard were pleasant, informative and willing to help. We used Red October for our tour in St Petersburg, and they did a fantastic job at a very fair price. One note of caution for independent travelers is the use of hop on-hop off buses and boats in the respective cities they visit. In the high season, it is not uncommon for those buses or boats to be absolutely full by the middle of the day, thus meaning you lose a lot of time waiting unless you plan ahead. Advice would be to book some sight ahead of time (especially the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, where you can avoid a wait of at least an hour by buying on line); use taxis to get around, and to form ad hoc groups on the ship or at the dock to save a little money. In Bruges, unless you are in great shape, don't try to walk to the train station to get to town. It is a 35-40 minutes walk on a difficult road. A taxi for eight to the center of Bruges is about $10 each, each way- a good value. Disembarkation was smooth; received the tags and time the evening prior, and all went as planned. We had the advantage of flying back from Stockholm perhaps the most civilized and organized airport I've visited. Loooong flight back home, but we're already planning our next cruise. We booked the Roman Revelations 14-day in Oct 2010 while aboard to take advantage of the discounts, and are confident next year's cruise will be on par with this one. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
My wife and I are in our 60's and we planned this cruise with another couple about a year in advance. We wanted to celebrate my wife's 65th birthday and were not disappointed. We do try to travel 2-3 times a year but this is the ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 60's and we planned this cruise with another couple about a year in advance. We wanted to celebrate my wife's 65th birthday and were not disappointed. We do try to travel 2-3 times a year but this is the first extended cruise we have taken. When planning we looked at the number of ports which were included and decided we would not be able to see all of the countries we covered for the cost involved and the time spent in each area. We started with a 2 day stay in London to avoid being exhausted upon arrival at the ship. Stayed at the Hilton Hyde Park for two nights and it was very acceptable. The package included dinner the first night which really worked out since we did not have to chose a restaurant in an unfamiliar town. The meal was very good. Also included breakfast each morning and that was also very good. Complete with most everything you would want. We had prearranged transportation from the airport to hotel and then to the ship. While expensive, it was the best way to go for the four of us and would do this again as opposed to arranging this thru the ship. It ended up costing less and we were more comfortable. The drive from London to Dover is a little over two hours and being in a comfortable van as opposed to a bus was better. Checking in on arrival was very smooth as there were no others passengers checking in at the time. We had a concierge level room which gave us a dedicated line for check in but was not needed. We arrived about 1:00 pm and our room was ready which was an advantage of the concierge level. Others were not able to get their room until about 3:00 pm (Deck 6 and below) Lunch was available and was in the Terrace Cafe buffet. I would recommend making your dining reservations for the Polo Grill and Toscana as soon as you arrive on the ship. They fill up fast and to get time days and times you want, do it ASAP. Our stateroom was as expected with plenty of closet space and storage. Included with this room was a small refrigerator with drinks of all types. Be aware there is a charge for all that you use but the cost is the same as anywhere on the ship. We also had a DVD player which was used sparingly. Having a balcony was a definite advantage both for relaxation and arriving at the different ports. It was nice to be able to relax and see the sights on arrival. We were fortunate to have Olena and her assistant John as our cabin steward. They did a fantastic job. If you do not like the duvee you can ask for a blanket instead which suited us better. The only complaint about the room is the size of the shower but on a ship you do not expect large areas. The Penthouse suites and above included a tub and more living space. You have to decide whether the extra cost is worth it. We tried to find anything bad about the food and the dining areas and could not. The food was excellent in all of the dining rooms and the service was always first class. Our favorite server in the dining room as Shiaiane who was a wine and cocktail server. From the first night she never forgot what we wanted for cocktails and even when she was not our server, always check to make sure all was OK. A very special person if you get to meet her. Toscana and Polo Grill were top notch with the food being above and beyond what we expected. On my wifes birthday they sang Happy Birthday and brought a special personalized cake which was the best dessert I have ever had, truly special. For the men, a sport coat is not required for country club casual. I had planned to take two and changed to one and was very pleased to have done so. I wore it 5 times for the whole cruise. Nice dress slacks and a sport shirt are very acceptable in all areas. I wore the sport coat in the Polo Grill and Toscana and one night in the Grand dining room. The size of the ship is perfect. The average age of the passengers is 55 and above. We saw a few younger kids but not many and this cruise is not designed for children. We only took one ship excursion and that was in Helsinki and it worked out fine. We had pre-arranged tours in Germany and St Petersburg with Viktoria of spb-tours.com. We can truly recommend this company as the best. We did not want to be on a bus so arranged for the four of us only and it was worth the small additional cost. You could do what you wanted when you wanted to deviate from our original plans if necessary. We did and saw many things that the ships tours did not do including going to special local restaurants in St Petersburg. The 3 days there were the highlight of the cruise. I had also prearranged a stop at the Absolute Ice Bar in Stockholm which happened to be the last night of the cruise and was really lots of fun and quite and experience and would recommend it for a fun thing to do. All other port we would take a cab into town or take local transportation which included the hop on and off buses and canal boats. Do not miss the Van Gogh museum and get tickets before you get to the museum. There is a place about 1/2 a block away which you can do this an avoid the long lines for tickets. At each port the ship had a representative from that town on board to help and I would take advantage of that resource. We did not get involved in many of the ships activities as we were touring much of the time. Did participate in the putting and ping pong which was fun and got to meet many of your shipmates. Entertainment was available each evening but did not attend to many as long days of touring do run you down. The service on the ship was outstanding. Everytime you passed a crew member, they always said hello and greeted you with a smile. The only negative feature you have to deal with is the lack of do it yourself laundry facilities. There is one room with four washers and dryers so you need to plan ahead. We ended up using the room service facilities and the extra cost was not that great and much more convenient. We took advantage of the ships buses to the airport in Stockholm and would recommend doing this. You need to be of the ship by 9:00am and they have your luggage ready and by the bus when you disembark. Very smooth and easy. Overall, this was the Cruise of a Lifetime. It is well worth the cost as you get what you pay for. The size of the ship was perfect with 600 passengers. It never seemed crowded at any time. Having the ship as your hotel in each port was the only way to go. Never had to pack or unpack. I would highly recommend Oceania Regatta or any of their ships. You get what you pay for and this being an upscale cruise was well worth the cost to us. We are still talking about the trip and will continue to do so for some time to come. Putting your pictures together after the trip will take a good period of time but will keep the memories alive. Read Less
Sail Date July 2008
My husband and I recently took a two week Baltic cruise on the Regatta starting June 18. This was our first cruise with Oceania and we expected treatment above that of our previous experiences with Princess and Royal Caribbean. We ... Read More
My husband and I recently took a two week Baltic cruise on the Regatta starting June 18. This was our first cruise with Oceania and we expected treatment above that of our previous experiences with Princess and Royal Caribbean. We regret that we did not stick with Princess and Royal Caribbean. It was not worth the extra money and they failed to treat us in a first class manner. The balcony room was a little small as was the bathroom. The stewardess was excellent. The reception staff was wonderful. The dining room service was good and most of the time the food choices were adequate. We quickly found out that on Regatta, you cannot order anything except what you saw on the menu in front of you. Their rules make no attempt to cater to your wishes. One night none of the appetizers appealed to me. I asked for shrimp cocktail, an option that is never a problem on the other 2 less expensive cruise ships. To his credit, my waiter immediately summoned his superior, who then summoned his superior and so forth until I had serveral higher levels of dining room staff at my table. They refused to deviate from the menu. Although this item is always available in their specialty grill restaurant, I could not have it in the main dining room. I also discovered that you cannot deviate from the exact way that any item is prepared. The entertainment is extremely inferior to the kind that I enjoyed on Princess and Royal Caribbean. One person singing or playing the violin or the clarinet provided the evening's show. The dance band was often flat and only provided dancing for 30 minutes before the "show." The shore excursions were disappointing to say the least. Many people (ourselves included) had Oceania booked tours cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. The staff offered no alternative to the cancelled tour. The tours that did go through provided a ratio of 30 passengers to 1 guide with no microphone. I would advise others to book with independent tour companies that specialize in their ports of call. I know much more after this cruise that I wished that I had known before. It is my pleasure to offer this advice to others so they can avoid my nightmare in St. Petersburg. We had arranged 3 days and 2 nights of touring with a driver and guide provided by Alla Tours. I knew from research on-line before we left home that some cruise lines try to interfere with those taking private tours by refusing to let then off the ship in time to meet their guide. We thought, it's a good thing that we are on an upscale line. We were very wrong. David, the cruise director did not announced that the ship was clear for us to leave. Luckily I noticed people leaving the ship around 8:15 and we went out soon after. When my husband and I walked towards the Russian passport control, we moved forward with a solid mass of people about 6 people wide and about 75 people deep. No one from Regatta was at the rear of this mass of people to direct us. After moving slowly along with no discernible lines for 20 minutes, we saw JR, the assistant cruise director, standing in front of the Russian passport control booths. There was a computer generated sign above 3 of the booths saying "Oceania Tours" and the booth on the right was labeled "Independent Tours." I now know that I could have exited through any of the booths since the Russian officials don't care whose passport they process. JR said we were in the Oceania Tours line and in a very nasty manner pointed his finger and insisted that we go to the back of the line of 400 people and move up only on the right side of the crowd. He also claimed that Javier (his boss and the concierge) was out there directing passengers where to line up. We never saw him nor did any of the other independent travelers with whom we spoke. I wish that I had just continued straight ahead instead of "cutting" in line. Now we have JR screaming at us and fellow passengers annoyed with us for "cutting" in the independent tours line. When our guide told us that JR had no right to insist we exit only through the booth on the right, I felt betrayed and abused. We paid for the same "luxury" cruise that the other passengers paid for. Why were treated like we were traveling "steerage?" When we returned from touring on Friday, we spoke to David about our experience. He made no apology or explanation. On Monday I saw David and said that I was still waiting for an apology. He told me in a less than cordial manner that I would not be getting an apology. This added insult to the injury and affected the remainder of the rest of our time onboard. I did write a letter to the CEO and received no reply. My travel agent sent my letter to her Oceania representative, and I have not heard from them either. If you are tour-savy, you can cruise this line. Any others should beware. I will never cruise this line again. It is not worth the extra money. Read Less
Sail Date June 2008
I know we took our cruise 11 months ago but I am new to Cruise Critic and figured why not write a review about this wonderful trip. It all started in New York on Aug. 10th where we flew out of JFK non-stop to Heathrow. We arrived early ... Read More
I know we took our cruise 11 months ago but I am new to Cruise Critic and figured why not write a review about this wonderful trip. It all started in New York on Aug. 10th where we flew out of JFK non-stop to Heathrow. We arrived early in the morning and took some time to see the sights of London. We then took the train to Dover followed by a cab ride to the ship. Now to the exciting stuff. Embarkation- Embarkation was painless due to the fact that we arrived on the later side. We were the only people there at that time meaning it took about 5-10 minutes from curb to stateroom. It couldn't have been any easier. Stateroom- We were booked in a Concierge level stateroom meaning that we had all the amenities of a regular stateroom plus some. We were allowed to make 2 reservations in each of the alternative restaurants ( as opposed to 1) along with a few other things. The room was very comfortable if a bit small, as usual. The balcony was sufficient and because our family was in a stateroom next to us we were able to take down the partition and have an extra large balcony which was very nice. After not being able to sleep for about 20 hours now we were all tired and took a nap before dinner. Food- That night we ate in the Grand Dining Room which is very nicely decorated. It is at the back of the ship which means that there are 3 walls of windows. We were extremely impressed with both the food and waiters. Our waiter, Edwin was very friendly and we requested to sit in his section every night. The food was excellent and rivaled some of the top restaurants in New York. There were other options to the Grand Dining Room of course. First, there is the casual buffet, Tapas on the Terrace. It serves Mediterranean specialties along with what is on the menu in the dining room that evening. We never had any problem getting a table up there and the food was very good. There are also two alternative restaurants aboard, Polo Grill and Toscana. Polo Grill serves Steaks and Seafood. The food there was outstanding and we would have eaten there more if we could have. Toscana serves Italian. There are many choices on the menu from pastas to lobster. The food there was very good as well. For lunch there is also a poolside grill, Waves which serves sandwiches and hamburgers. Oceania is near the top in the food category for sure. Entertainment- Entertainment onboard is definitely lacking but by design. At night they have one show at 9:45 in the main show lounge, the Regatta Lounge. They had a comedian one night who was very funny. Other than that it was a singer or mediocre production show. Aside from the main show there was nothing much going on except for a band playing or the Casino. Activities- By design Oceania doesn't have very many activities. Aside from trivia, bingo, shuffleboard and ping-pong there is pretty much nothing. However that was not really a problem for us as the ship was in port all but two days. Oceania also hands out Big "O" points. When you participate in activities you receive anywhere from 1 to 3 points. These are redeemable at the end of the cruise for some OK prizes such as a T-shirt or Portfolio. If anything it just encourages people to participate. Ports- The ports are obviously the highlight of the cruise. We visited 11 amazing countries with an overnight in Stockholm and 2 nights in St. Petersburg, the highlight of the cruise. Every city is different from one another and has so much history and character. This cruise really highlights the best cities of the Baltic. None of these cities are to be missed. I will not go in to detail about all the cities though otherwise I would be typing here for a very long time, but you get the idea. Disembarkation- The disappointing day had arrived, the day our cruise was over. Debarkation began early in the morning and we were off the ship by 7 AM to catch our flight to Frankfurt and then New York. This is most certainly a cruise that we will never forget. I would definitely recommend Oceania to anyone interested in seeing some of the world's finest destinations on board a beautiful ship. Hopefully we will get the chance to sail on Regatta again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2007
Just returned from the Baltic on Regatta on the July 17 sailing. Generally it was a very good cruise, it being our 17th. The good stuff. The ship is clean and well kept; lots of room to move around. Crew is helpful and pleasant. Food is ... Read More
Just returned from the Baltic on Regatta on the July 17 sailing. Generally it was a very good cruise, it being our 17th. The good stuff. The ship is clean and well kept; lots of room to move around. Crew is helpful and pleasant. Food is excellent. Among the best we've had, including Silverseas. Oceania has done a good job here in all venues. Beds are as advertised. We slept well every night. We've booked another Oceania cruise from Istanbul in 2006. If you use Oceania for your air, do yourself a favor and pay extra for direct routing. Otherwise, they'll send you the cheapest, most round about way that'll take you extra hours. We arrived home almost 6 hours later than someone who had direct and we both left Stockholm on the same flight and went the same distance, me to FL, them to Chicago. We really didn't like the nickel and diming: EVERYTHING'S extra. And the prices are a bit high, but cleverly not so high that you'd really pitch a fit. Good research there on Oceania's part. Wine corkage of $20 is ridiculous. Open the bottle in your room, pour a glass, and take it with you. A dinky bottle of water to take on shore excursions is $2.50. It's a really nice size for this. Keep the bottle and refill it. Save you lots of bucks. Oceania@ Sea is a joke. Computers down most of the time; internet service is $.95 PER MINUTE with really sllooowwww servers to make the minutes add up (shades of early AOL), and emails are $2 each, in or out. I sent one email to 4 people; $8. A real rip off. Our butler, David, was great. Always there, very responsive, pleasant. Even when I asked him to clean the dog poo I stepped in. Toscana is so-so, Polo was good, Terrace has a great buffet, Tapa was a worked over lunch, Grand Dining Room was the best as far as service and food. We found service in all restaurants to be spotty; sometimes good, sometimes not so good. The servers tend to be forgetful, but try really hard. In Terrace (the buffet) you are served everything. You do not touch the utensils. Seems like a really nice touch, but the portions handed out are skimpy. Portion control? Good idea as many of the people on this cruise were really big. Lots of fat bellies. The manager of Polo had his nose in the air too much. Andreas, maitre d' in Grand was great. Grand Dining Room is too small. For open seating, there's no excuse for a 20-30 minute wait. Boutique is a bit small, but reasonably well stocked. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Prices were high for everything, except on the "sale" days. Buy then and it was reasonable. With our suite category, we boarded directly, but couldn't get to the cabin until 1 PM. That however was two hours sooner than the regular cabins. Also, penthouse suites are much larger than regular cabins. Shore excursions were good. Guides were knowledgeable and spoke good English for the most part. Most buses had fair leg room. There was lots of confusion in the meeting Regatta lounge before tours. Too many people at one time; too noisy. Spread it out. There's no reason to try to have all the tours leave within a half hour when the ship's in port for 8 hours and most tours are 3-4 hours. Berlin was a long day but well worth the time and cost. So much history. The Moscow day excursion was long and very expensive. Worth every penny. What a thrill to stand in Red Square; ride the metro; go inside the Kremlin; see Putin's office (from the outside). This was the highlight of the cruise for us. I could say more, but then it's rambling. If I didn't mention it, we didn't do it. Swim, spa, golf, etc. As I said above, we've booked another cruise on Oceania, so the plusses way outweigh the bad. Read Less
Sail Date July 2005
Just back from the Regatta Dover to Stockholm trip and as promised, here are some thoughts. First off, we had a great trip. The ship is excellent both in size and staffing. We found the food, cabin, smoking policy, facilities, and ... Read More
Just back from the Regatta Dover to Stockholm trip and as promised, here are some thoughts. First off, we had a great trip. The ship is excellent both in size and staffing. We found the food, cabin, smoking policy, facilities, and cleanliness to be completely as advertised. We had splurged for a vista suite and found it remarkable. Butler service was attentive and responsive and the space itself was expansive and luxurious. We used the fitness facilities and the Spa and found them of excellent quality and they compared very favorably to other cruises we have taken. The Oceania at Sea computer room was available 24 hours a day; pricey but efficient. We were always able to get on a computer and check emails. We only used destination services for one tour to Gdansk. The tour itself was fine. The ship destination staff had warned of potential problems finding a taxi into Gdansk, however it turned out that a number of taxis were available if we had chosen an independent tour (which we would have preferred). The port intensive itinerary for this cruise was exceptional and in most cases the docking locations were very good. We ran like crazy every day and made the most of our time in port. Cannot really comment about the entertainment on board, as we never attended any of the shows. Spent too much Casino time I guess. However, there was certainly a variety of entertainers and music onboard and at the docks. While we never attended the enrichment lectures we did find ourselves watching them on the TV in the cabin and other passengers did comment on their quality. The port talks were less informative and more geared toward selling tours rather than broadly explaining about the ports. However, with a single exception (which I think is quite remarkable) we found the entire staff, when dealing with passengers, to be friendly, helpful and genuinely interested in servicing our needs. From wait staff to cabin staff, from embarkation staff to officers, from casino dealers to maitre'ds, everyone was friendly, helpful and made us feel special. So for a quick snapshot we had a great time on an excellent craft, met interesting people, saw exciting ports (it sure "wasn't Kansas anymore") and spent two weeks focusing on unique towns, interesting local customs and foods, pampering ourselves and not thinking about work and obligations. We found our trip to be both a great learning experience and a darn good time from morning to night. Read Less
Sail Date June 2004
Regatta Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 2.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.2
Enrichment 4.5 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.5
Rates 4.0 4.0

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