390 Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

This was a first Oceania cruise for after more than 10 on other lines. We enjoyed the upscale lounging and gathering areas, but found the guest entertainment mediocre for the most part. The staff entertainment was always good. Enjoyed ... Read More
This was a first Oceania cruise for after more than 10 on other lines. We enjoyed the upscale lounging and gathering areas, but found the guest entertainment mediocre for the most part. The staff entertainment was always good. Enjoyed the lectures related to the various cultures and history of the places we were going. We were not particularly interested in the lectures on the flora of the places, but guess others were more enthralled. Enjoyed most of the ports. We arranged private small group excursions that were all good and less expensive. We thought that the deck plan that had only a bathroom for one outside the Regatta lounge was inadequate and the Horizon lounge bathroom was located on the deck below. The food was excellent for the most part in the dining room. The buffet in the upper deck was much slower than others we have been to as the staff serves you rather than you serving yourself. The specialty restaurants were excellent in both food quality and service. We would have enjoyed more ship activities, but there were relatively few sea days. The afternoon trivia game had tougher questions than others we have been to, however we scored enough points to get a T shirt at the end of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We recently traveled to South America on Oceania's Regatta. This is the 4th time we have been on this ship and will travel again on it. We had a P2 and loved the space and the balcony. The couch was a bit bigger for us and we do stay ... Read More
We recently traveled to South America on Oceania's Regatta. This is the 4th time we have been on this ship and will travel again on it. We had a P2 and loved the space and the balcony. The couch was a bit bigger for us and we do stay in our room to watch the scenery go by. We had a great Butler Rahman. We didn't ask for anything so he just started bringing us little canapes and they really hit the spot. We enjoy all the dining spots on the ship. The Grand Dining room is run by a great Portuguese gentleman and he keeps it spinning. We love dining at Polo but Toscana is our favorite. The waiters are professional, courteous and just the right touch of being friendly The Captain did a great job we saw many Fjords he said 144 miles more fjords that any other cruise. He did a great job when the water was rough and moved to a smooth cruising area. He was also friendly. The ship's crew was always friendly and helpful. We took a pre cruise tour of Machu Picchu which was fabulous and ran like a dream. We were so happy we did this. We also met a great group of people before the cruise which we stayed friendly with throughout the cruise. We have been on other ships and do prefer this cruise line and look forward to our next trip with Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We are fairly experienced cruisers having been on about a dozen cruises. This trip through the Panama Canal to Lima, Peru was our first cruise on Oceania. This was the best cruise we ever - and last summer we were on the Queen Elizabeth in ... Read More
We are fairly experienced cruisers having been on about a dozen cruises. This trip through the Panama Canal to Lima, Peru was our first cruise on Oceania. This was the best cruise we ever - and last summer we were on the Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean. The food was the best we have ever had. We found the ship very well appointed and the staff very hospitable. The excursions were high priced but very interesting. We felt like we really got a feel for the Central American countries because so many tours were based upon indigenous people. As soon as we got home, we booked to the next segment from Lima to Buenos Aires. We cannot recall meeting so many passengers who were so brand loyal on any other cruise line. The entertainment was also top-notch. The casino could have had more action. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Our trip was advertised as a Daylight Transit Panama Canal trip. All was going well until Jan 1st 2015 when we were to go through the locks of the Panama Canal. We were suppose to go through the lock at 8:30 ish. Everyone was up early ... Read More
Our trip was advertised as a Daylight Transit Panama Canal trip. All was going well until Jan 1st 2015 when we were to go through the locks of the Panama Canal. We were suppose to go through the lock at 8:30 ish. Everyone was up early and ready to go through the first of the 3 locks. We waited and waited and waited and waited. Nothing happening....no announcements!! Finally we were told there was a problem and that we wouldn't be going through until several hours later. Apparently, the pilot who was suppose to be there and guide the ship through the locks did not show up. (we are guessing that he or she overslept after partying too much on New Years Eve). We lost our position for going through the locks and waited an inordinate amount of time. Then the anchor got stuck. When all was said and done, we only got to see one lock in the daytime. Disappointing?....you betcha!!! Then....we had to reroute due to bad weather. We were told a plethora of different things. We were going to skip Columbia...then we were going to Columbia for a few hours....then we were overnighting it in Columbia. The information was very sporadic and unclear. Meanwhile...the weather was atrocious and many people were sick, vomiting, unsteady etc. Instead of providing anti-nausea meds, they were selling it in the boutique. The nerve!!! (until we got back on after Columbia) We paid to see the Panama Canal during the daytime. What occured was not an act of God...it was a human error!!! When returning from our trip and dealing with customer service...their attitude was "too bad...so sad" The most they were willing to do was reimburse us a measly $400 a piece. That is hardly satisfactory due to a trip of this cost or caliper, nor does it make up for missing something that we will never ever see. The people I dealt with were nasty, attacking, uncaring and had no intention of doing anything to keep the customer satisfied. They were argumentative and disinterested in trying to appease me. And, I have found out that only the people who complained received the money. So....the cruise line was great. The staff was wonderful. The food was high quality....but the higher ups have no qualities that we would consider redeemable. They should be ashamed, embarrassed and really look into doing the right things to keep customers satisfied and returning.. Many, many people on this trip will never sail on Oceania again. Most unfortunate!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
From the captain to our room stewardess we couldn't have found a friendlier group of people to sail with. It seemed as though about the time you thought of a need, someone was already in motion to take care of it. The food was ... Read More
From the captain to our room stewardess we couldn't have found a friendlier group of people to sail with. It seemed as though about the time you thought of a need, someone was already in motion to take care of it. The food was absolutely the best with seemingly unlimited choices to satisfy all from the exoctic menus to your basic PB&J. If you enjoy sailing in clean comfortable ship, this one is great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Amazon Odyssey This was our fifth Oceania cruise, third on Regatta. The average age of the passengers on this cruise appeared to be a little older than the Oceania norm; this might have been because it was a fairly long one. Things ... Read More
Amazon Odyssey This was our fifth Oceania cruise, third on Regatta. The average age of the passengers on this cruise appeared to be a little older than the Oceania norm; this might have been because it was a fairly long one. Things started out rather badly, one of our suitcases was damaged between the dock and it's arrival at our cabin, it also ended badly, at the end of the cruise another of our cases was damaged between the time it left our cabin and its arrival at the dockside, a very poor performance. In the past we have had cases damaged by airlines, but never before between the dockside and cabin. This was the first cruise on any line we have been on where the cabin Steward/Stewardess had not popped into the cabin to say hello before we set sail. We both prefer Hypo-allergenic pillows rather than feather, so after about 3 hours in our cabin we telephoned housekeeping to ask for them to be changed, we got the usual message 'we are paging your correspondent, you may hang up'. After 30 minutes, as no one had got back to us we telephoned again, got the same message 'we are paging your correspondent etc.’ Another 20 minutes went by, still no one had got back to us, so we telephoned the reception, reception said they would chase housekeeping. Still no one turned up, after another 15 minutes reception telephoned us to ask if housekeeping had been in touch? As no one from housekeeping had contacted us reception said they would chase housekeeping. About 20 minutes later a stewardess arrived, we explained that we would like the pillows to be changed. A few minutes later the stewardess returned with Hypo-allergenic pillows, we immediately observed that they were rather dirty and stained, the stewardess stated that was how the Laundry had given them to her, she immediately went off and returned with two clean pillows. We were supposed to receive a complimentary tote bag in our cabin but we didn't, so had to ask for one. When our first preliminary onboard invoice arrived it had another cabin's invoice stapled inside it. The daily information sheet 'Currents' often had minor mistakes in it, perhaps nobody was proofreading it?. Cabin 7000 The cabin balcony window was leaking, it appeared to have been leaking for a long time as the carpet was starting to rot and was causing the cabin to smell, housekeeping shampooed the carpet twice but that did not get rid of the smell, and the smell was actually made worse when the crew tried to dry the carpet with a very noisy industrial blower unit. After 4 days we went to reception to complain, within 2 hours the maintenance team arrived and sealed the leak from the outside, perhaps this should have been done a mmend this cabin for cruises in very warm climates, as the balcony does not have any overhang over it and could long time before and certainly done before this cruise commenced. Cabin 7000 is located at the front of the ship and is in a prime position for a good view when sailing on the Amazon, however we would only recobe very exposed in bad weather. The cabin had been partly refurbished; the bathroom is very small, in fact smaller than those found on most river cruise ships. However the bathroom was very well designed for it's size and the only thing we did not like was the shower which had a curtain rather than a glass screen/door. There was a slight problem with the shower; the curtain did not reach all the way down to the tray, so when the ship rolled the rest of the bathroom got wet. In this cabin you do hear a fair amount of noise when the ship is anchoring, but it does not last very long and did not bother us. The Grand Dining Room We like the Grand Dining Room and ate there on 22 nights out of the 24 nights of this cruise. Owing to the popularity of the Grand Dining Room, on most nights we had to wait for a table, this was rather frustrating because often when we entered the dining room there were a fair number of vacant tables. On some nights we thought the waiters were under great pressure and it was possible that they were struggling to find time to reset the tables, sometimes you had to ask for salt and pepper pots. Some of the staff did appear to have much more experience than others who may have been fairly new at their jobs, but overall we thought the waiters were very good and were always warm and friendly. Sometimes in the Grand Dining Room when you were being seated the waiters place a napkin across your lap, one waitress whist doing this said to me "I will cover your belly", my wife and I had a laugh about this, of course English was not the waitress's first language. We thought the wine sommeliers were excellent, however one of the wine sommeliers may have been new, she informed me that Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc was a Chardonnay. A senior staff member did try to keep dress standards up, once whilst waiting for a table we observed that he very politely asked people in plastic flip flops not to enter the dining room. Overall we thought the food was excellent; there was a very wide choice to suit all tastes. However one thing we would disagree with is the claim made by an Oceania crew member during a future cruise presentation that 'Oceania spends three times more on food than any other cruise line'. Terrace Cafe We thought the food was not as good as it had been on previous cruises. Sometimes I like a cheese salad for lunch, so I went to the cheese station of the buffet to ask for some Gouda, the young lady gave me a slice weighing about 1 oz., so I asked for some more, to which she replied 'you want a second slice?' I felt a bit like Oliver Twist. Sometimes it not what you say but the way you say it. Shore Excursions We pre-booked and paid for all our shore excursions before boarding Regatta, however we did encounter a few minor problems:- First problem, Oceania state that their shore excursions operate 'rain or shine', however this was not the case in St Lucia, our excursion was cancelled because of rain. Second problem, in Santarem another of our excursions was also cancelled, this time because of 'lack of participants'. Third problem, in Manaus we wanted to visit the Opera House so we had booked an excursion which included a visit to it, purely by chance the evening before we were due to go on the excursion we found out that the excursion we were on was not actually going to the Opera House. When we spoke to the shore excursion staff about this, one staff member said there had been a printing error, another staff member said that the tour had been changed, luckily however we were able to change to another tour which did visit the Opera House. Fourth problem, we had been to Barbados before and the only thing we had not seen before was Orchid World, so we had booked an excursion which visited it. We received the correct tour tickets, but unfortunately when we exchanged our tour tickets for bus tickets in the Regatta lounge the staff gave us bus tickets for the wrong number bus, so we ended up going on an entirely different trip. When we returned to the ship we complained about this and received a full refund and an apology from a staff member, but unfortunately of course we missed out on Orchid World. Laundry We used the laundry service 4 times, on 3 occasions the laundry arrived back a day later than Oceania's stated service times, this was the first time laundry had arrived back late on any cruise we had been on, however the laundry do a good job with dress shirts. Immigration information for arrival in San Juan USA We received I-94W Non Immigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Cards and a letter with instructions how to fill them in. They letter requested us to fill in and return the completed cards to the Reception Desk and stated that to enter the U.S. you must have ESTA authorisation before our arrival in San Juan April 16th, this was the wrong date, it should have been November 25th. There were other errors in the letter, what to complete in case/part 8 should have been case/part 11, what to complete in case/part 10 should have been case/part 13. The actual Cards had been partly completed by Oceania, we noticed both our date of births were incorrectly filed in, so we went to Reception to bring this to Oceania's attention, we were informed that was alright because they (Oceania) were going todo a ship's manifest, all this looked a bit slaphappy to us. When we actually arrived in San Juan the information given out over the tannoy conflicted with that given by staff present in the Regatta lounge, we have been on ships with four times the number of passengers than Regatta where immigration procedures ran smother. Traveller's Tip, Brazilian Tax at 25 percent Whilst in Brazilian territorial waters there is an extra 25 percent tax added to on-board sales including the bars and restaurants, therefore we prepaid for a good quantity of wine before entering Brazilian waters, thus avoiding this extra tax. However we ended up paying the extra tax on a bottle of wine on one night because after actually going to reception and asking them the dates when the tax would apply they gave us the wrong dates! The Crew Although the crew were very pleasant and friendly, there appeared to be a huge disparity in the level of training, experience, finesse and commitment, many appeared to be fairly new at their jobs. Conclusion We hope the minor hiccups of this cruise were only one-offs and have nothing to do with Oceania's takeover by NCL and any future Oceania cruises we take will be back to their previous high standards and excellence. We will be travelling with Oceania again, but if it becomes apparent that NCL are cost cutting and standards are going downhill we will stick with P & O, Princess and Holland America.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Ship — nice size, well kept, we liked it; never felt crowded except competition for lounges at the pool was stiff due to scarcity Cabin – good except for the cramped shower stall Food — very good to excellent food and service ... Read More
Ship — nice size, well kept, we liked it; never felt crowded except competition for lounges at the pool was stiff due to scarcity Cabin – good except for the cramped shower stall Food — very good to excellent food and service throughout, except in Toscanna the first night where both food and service were seriously lacking; excellent coffee drinks at Barista Service — everyone was unfailingly solicitous, friendly, and competent Entertainment -- mediocre to poor except for a superb string quartet Ports of call — Costa Maya, Belize City, and Roatan were all depressing; Key West was fun to walk around Overall: Enjoyable and worth the money but not quite what we hoped for   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
A country girl at my core, I grew up without a lot of pampering. Much later in my life I was wined and dined and began to experience ‘the finer things’. But still I’ve always said I neither need nor want what I laughingly call ... Read More
A country girl at my core, I grew up without a lot of pampering. Much later in my life I was wined and dined and began to experience ‘the finer things’. But still I’ve always said I neither need nor want what I laughingly call ‘froo froo extras’. Still, a girl can sure can get used to a little pampering. No review makes a lot of sense without knowing the author a bit. We began cruising in the early ‘80’s when a tiny cabin with narrow beds and 2 portholes was pure luxury for us. On our honeymoon cruise in the Mediterranean in 1985 we had 2 windows and we oooo’d and ahhhh’d over that. It was another 15 years or so before we decided to splurge our hard earned dollars on a balcony. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The ultimate splurge came when I decided to blow the budget completely and book a Penthouse category suite on the Oceania Riviera for my husband’s 75th birthday. I wrote a review about that cruise so nothing needs to be said other than to warn that there really is no going back and while my husband doesn’t care about the size of the cabin, he sure has come to enjoy the Butler. I used to say ‘Butler schmutler’, but now? We get onboard and I can’t wait to meet my new best friend in the world. So our cruise on the Oceania Regatta came as no surprise, but it sure did support my continued awe of this cruise line. I can only hope with all my heart that it will not change under the watchful eye of NCL. Fingers crossed (toes, too). And Regatta’s size takes me back to days gone by when all the ships were small and it was a little like “Cheers” where nearly everyone knows your name. Less is more, smaller is better, and I do like the warmth and ambiance of the smaller ships. Embarkation in Miami – Terminal J: Like water off a duck’s back. Regatta holds a max of just under 700 passengers. We were told we could board at 11:00. As usual we parked our car across the street (love Terminal J), walked through the doors, presented our passports, etc., and were onboard within 30 minutes. I was disappointed that though we were told we could, we were unable to go to our cabin immediately upon boarding. Because of a huge inspection that morning there was a delay and we didn’t get into our cabin until after 1:30. Stuff happens. No biggie! Who Was Onboard: Captain: John McNeill General Manager: Giuseppe Bagnato Cruise Director: Dottie Kulasa Executive Chef: Farid Oudir Our Butler: Iljcho Our Attendant: Merlin Itinerary: Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan, Key West Costa Maya … While shops, pool, swim-up bar, etc., were added since our last visit, the port is completely forgettable and we were ashore no longer than 10 minutes. I am put off bitterly by vendors begging me to enter their shops. It was a drizzly day (as it was on our last visit), but their idea of a “beach” is different than mine. While there were beach chairs and everything you associate with sitting on a beach, there was no beach, no sand once you reached the water … just a rocky ledge. Even on a nice day, not very inviting. Belize City … a dreary day we did not take the 25 minute tender ashore so can’t comment. Roatan (Mahogany Bay) … again, not a very nice day so we just went ashore for a few minutes and returned to the ship. Looked like it would be fun to take the chair lift over to the beach on a nicer day. Key West … be still my heart. What a wonderful port and one of the reasons I chose this itinerary. A perfect last day with temps in the 70’s and a crystal clear blue sky overhead. I swear you can ship me out of Miami on any Oceania ship, take me down to Key West, sail out into the ocean for a day at sea, sail back to Key West and so on until we return to Miami. I would pay a bundle for that. I just love Key West for more reasons than I can count. Stateroom: Our suite was 8054 (PH3). I can only compare this suite with the considerably larger PH3 on Riviera. Except for the closet and the bathroom, I hardly noticed the size difference. I prefer this cabin. The windows sweep the entire stateroom. I also prefer having the dining table separate from the bed with larger, more comfy chairs. And the couch is longer which is ideal. But there is less counter and drawer space than the Riviera. On the minus side, I don’t like the placement of the TV on the wall next to the bed; very bad angle. The closet is way smaller than the Riviera (not a walk-in closet) and I missed that. But there is still plenty of space. Love the little entry area. The worst is the bathroom that is very small compared to Riviera. And I hated the pedestal sink that is set quite high. It was very awkward and water splashed everywhere, all over the counter and the mirror. Very little counter space. And there is no outlet at all so a nightlight is out of the question. When we return I’m bringing a battery operated flameless candle for the bathroom. But I do wish Oceania would take a page from Celebrity Solstice class ships … a dim light turns on when you open the bathroom door … perfect in the dark of night. However, the worst part of the bathroom is a design flaw that could only have been created by a man. No woman in her right mind would inflict this pain on her sisters. The toilet, as usual, is on an angle and it is placed opposite a mirror that covers the entire wall above the bathtub! Suffice to say a ¾ view of self is not something many of us want to see. I almost killed myself during this cruise is all I’ll say here for public consumption. If you’re looking for negativity in this review, that was pretty much it. Dining: The Regatta offers only Polo and Toscana with hints of Red Ginger and Jacques on the menu in the Grand Dining Room. Our favorite remains the Polo Grill where the food is, quite simply, superb. Our Butler was able to get us an extra reservation there that we weren’t able to take advantage of and I hope we’re as lucky next time. My husband loves Toscana as so many do; it’s not my favorite. I had sea bass that was just okay. Next time I’m having pasta; maybe that’s a better choice there. Dinner, always shared with others, in the Grand Dining Room was beautifully served and perfectly paced. There was only one blemish for me, the steamed lobster, which I did not mention until the end of the meal because I’d been eating more than my share and was better off without. But when asked how everything had been, I expressed my disappointment and he was so upset with me for not speaking sooner. In the end I was so embarrassed when the Executive Chef arrived at our table and I promised him there was no harm done; that it was simply written in the stars that I should stop eating. But they so wanted to make it right and I appreciated that even more than a perfect lobster. Staff/Service: There really are not enough words in the dictionary to describe Oceania’s flawless service and impeccable staff. They just can’t seem to do enough for you and they bend over backwards to make a perfect voyage for everyone ... always with a smile and a greeting. Special mention has to go to Merlin, our Attendant, who from day one seemed to know exactly when we would leave and return to the room and along with her assistant had our suite ‘shipshape’ in no time. And just as amazing was our wonderful Butler, Iljcho. He was so friendly, so accommodating, and so in sync with our moods and needs. It seemed whenever I needed him he magically appeared. I just loved him and on our last morning as I thanked him for bringing our coffee I asked him if he could please do it again the next day. If I could know where he would be and when, I swear I would schedule our cruises to coincide with whatever ship he is on. The cruise was all too short and he and I both felt that just as we got to know each other and formed a bond, we had to disembark. It’s one reason Iljcho likes longer itineraries where he gets the time to really know his passengers. All who work on Regatta work so hard and are always so warm and friendly. It has to be difficult for them when not everyone is a perfect passenger. In Waves, the Terrace, Polo and Toscana, along with the Grand Dining Room, Reception and Destination Services, the service was just amazing. Captain McNeill. I liked him from the first day when someone asked where the restrooms were and he practically escorted him to the door, so accommodating. We were invited to meet him on the Bridge, an unexpected and very special treat. Then midweek we were invited to have dinner with him, General Manager Bagnato and two other couples in the Grand Dining Room. That was so special. Sitting to his right I was entertained by his charm and good humor. He is both delightful and down to earth. As each course arrived we found we had ordered the same thing and he teased that I copied him; I had to remind him that I ordered first but suggested perhaps it was our shared Scottish heritage that led to our choices. It was an extraordinary pleasure that neither my husband nor I will soon forget. Entertainment: Tom Drake (Comedian) and Chris Rayman (Mentalist, Mind Reader & Chiromancer), Gary Musick Productions (newly onboard), Frances Bordlee (Vocalist), her last week as the featured Entertainer onboard. Tom Drake is just so funny; loved him and we made sure to never miss his shows. I told Chris Rayman that what stood out for me about him wasn’t just that he’s so entertaining, but he seemed to engage so well with his audience and truly loved what he was doing. His act was fantastic and I learned something interesting from him in a casual lecture that took place spontaneously one rainy afternoon. He defined what he sees as the difference between “fear” and “worry”. He said that fear is something we experience when we are threatened; when we believe our lives are in danger. All the rest of it, all our concerns about pushing our limits, doing something new and outside our area of comfort, is simply worry. It resonated with me because I always thought I was a scaredy cat when I guess I’m just a worry wart! The Passengers: This was mostly an older crowd with a few younger people mixed in. But we were old more in years than in spirit. I’ve been on cruises when even people much younger than we are seemed somehow old in their hearts … not so on our cruise. There were a couple of children here or there, but I didn’t see them more than once. There were a large percentage of passengers from Canada and other countries, many of whom had been onboard the 21-day Amazon River cruise. And some were continuing on through the Panama Canal for 16 days. As is usually the case, we met a lot of people we really enjoyed and I just wished we had more time. My husband, a pipe smoker, was in heaven in his little corner on the pool deck! I think he’s missed them all since we’ve been home. Disembarkation: We were the first group off the ship at about 8:15, I was treated to a quick kiss from the Captain as they swiped my card for the last time and I was standing at the curb with our luggage at 8:25 waiting for my husband to bring the car around. We were back in our house at 10:00 a.m. It doesn’t get any better than that. Final Thoughts: The poor weather in 3 of our ports didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits, least of all mine. The ship, the sea, and the pampering are really my destination on a Caribbean cruise. I cruise mostly because I love to be on the ocean with nothing but water and sky all around me. Leaving Key West on our last night, the full moon on the water, the bell buoy’s chime mixing only with the sound of the ship cutting through the water …. There is nothing on this earth more blissful for me than that. I love Oceania. We return to Regatta in April to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Our Journey Through the Islands of the Caribbean will be our 4th Oceania cruise, but it most certainly will not be our last.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Background Information: We are veteran cruisers, late fifties, no children, and have done cruises over 30+ years on a variety of cruise lines (Oceania, Disney, RCI, Princess, Holland America, Cunard, Celebrity and a few others). This ... Read More
Background Information: We are veteran cruisers, late fifties, no children, and have done cruises over 30+ years on a variety of cruise lines (Oceania, Disney, RCI, Princess, Holland America, Cunard, Celebrity and a few others). This cruise (our 25th) was our fifth on Oceania and second on Regatta. Cruise Itinerary: We selected this cruise, a 15-day repositioning cruise on Regatta, because of its itinerary and the number of ports we have not visited. The cruise, named "Radiant Retreats” by Oceania, left from Montreal, Quebec on October 20 and ended 15 days later in Miami, Florida. Travel to Montreal: We booked our flights independently on United Airlines through our travel agent, taking the credit for air from Oceania and planned a few days in Canada before the cruise. We flew from our home city to Toronto, Ontario and picked up a rental car at Hertz after our pre-reserved car at Dollar was not available (same rate). We spent one night in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at the Sheraton on the Falls (above average), one night at the Trump Tower, Toronto (incredible hotel) and two nights at Le Petite Hotel, Vieux Montreal (excellent). Le Petite Hotel, a small and unique boutique hotel with an excellent staff, was only a ten-minute walk to the pier. Montreal is a beautiful city and certainly worth visiting before a cruise that originates here. We had great meals in local bistros and enjoyed the Notre Dame Basilica and a lovely horse carriage ride in blustery, overcast cold weather. Transfer to the ship: As noted above, it was a ten-minute walk from our hotel to the pier. This was the first time in 25 cruises that we were able to walk to the ship from our hotel. Embarkation Process: We embarked Regatta within a few minutes of arriving at the pier, settling in at Waves grill for a light lunch. Our bags were available when we went to our stateroom at 2:00 pm. The pier area in Montreal is small, but efficient. Ship Information: Oceania Cruise Lines Regatta is one of three "R" ships owned by this light luxury line. Regatta, like the sister ships Nautica and Insignia, has a small passenger load of less than 700, almost 400 crew and displaces ~35,000 GRT. Regatta was recently refurbished, with new carpeting, furnishings, expansion of the Terrace Buffet (adding grilled options) and the addition of the Baristas coffee bar, located in the Grand Bar near the Dining Room. The "R"ships are very comfortable and cozy. Cabin: Our Concierge Veranda cabin was on deck 7, port side, just aft of the rear elevators. It was very convenient to all ship activities and this location weathered the rough conditions we had during the cruise better than forward cabins. Dining: Overall, the dining experience on Regatta was superb! We had wonderful dinners in the Grand Dining Room and at the Terrace Buffet on Deck 9. Waves was a favorite location for lunch. We had dinner in Polo Grill once and it was the best meal we’ve had in this venue, which is the specialty steakhouse. We did not get a chance to eat at Toscana because we were always too full from wonderful lunches and evening snacks. The drink prices on-board are a bit expensive (especially wines by the glass), so we tried to get to Happy Hour every day. We did not purchase beverage packages on this cruise. Service and crew: Overall, the service on Regatta was excellent, with very few complaints. Our cabin attendant and her assistant did a fantastic job keeping our stateroom clean and refreshed after we had a first-evening late turndown (we usually retire fairly early). Our Captain, Meinhardt Hansen, remembered us from our fantastic Nautica Midnight Sun cruise in 2013. He is a wonderful Captain and is very outgoing. The wait staff in the GDR is almost too low-key, but they are efficient. The bar staff was very good, but did seem overworked in some venues. The cruise director and her staff kept everyone informed and happy. Activities and Entertainment: We did not participate in many activities on board (pretty typical for us on a cruise). We did attend one show, with the comedian Tom Drake (hilarious). We also attended the Captain’s cocktail party and the private reception for returning Oceania cruise club members; over 400 of the passengers on this cruise were returning customers. We also played trivia at almost every opportunity; our team for the main afternoon trivia was a delightful group and we had a lot of fun trying to answer the questions. For the first time in many cruises, we played a couple games of Bingo and DH had the amazing luck to win the Snowball jackpot at the last game, which wiped out our shipboard account! Internet package: The internet services included an unlimited plan at a reasonable rate for returning passengers; we purchased two of these packages on the first day because DH has to do some work while on vacation and I like to keep up with current events. The internet was better than in the past on Oceania (faster and more reliable), although content-rich sites were blocked, including our webcams for viewing our cats at home. Of course, we were able to use cell service at the US ports. Ports and Shore Excursions: This cruise included stops in Quebec City, Quebec; Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; New York City (overnight); Heritage Wharf, Bermuda (overnight) and Port Canaveral, Florida. The original itinerary had a port stop in Charleston, South Carolina, but we were not able to make it to Charleston due to very bad weather in the mid-Atlantic region between Bermuda and Charleston. Port Canaveral was the substitute port; this port was selected primarily due to an injury that occurred on-board during the rough seas we encountered but the Destination Services worked overtime to provide for tours and a shuttle bus to Cocoa and Merritt Island. We also had a shortened day in Halifax due to weather and were unable to dock in St. George, Bermuda as planned due to concerns for wind conditions. More information on the ports can be found in the port reviews. We booked six ship tours (the most we’ve on Oceania) and they were quite good, although not reasonably priced, which is a common complaint. We also booked a private tour in Halifax and did some independent activities in New York and Bermuda. The fall colors were variable this time of year at the end of October; we were past the peak in Montreal and Quebec City, near the peak in Nova Scotia and Maine, and early in Boston and New York. The colors were still very good, especially in Bar Harbor. Passengers: We had a very small roll call for this cruise and no real activity (only an informal meet and greet). Most passengers were veteran cruisers, but there were some passengers new to Oceania and new to cruising. Disembarkation: We disembarked on Tuesday, November 4. Oceania arranged for Big Bus tours for passengers with later flights and we took advantage of this option, which included luggage storage. We really enjoyed the tour that looped through Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Little Havana and South Beach. This activity kept us from having to spend any more time than necessary at Miami International Airport, which is one of our least favorite airports in the US. Minor complaint: Although Regatta just had some major renovations, there are small things that need an overhaul as soon as possible. I was locked inadvertently in a restroom stall near the Polo Grill when the handle to the door fell off (this happened in several places on the ship and we also had a loose handle on our bathroom door that was fixed immediately). The elevator buttons are almost non-functional and should be replaced. Other than these issues, the ship looks very nice. Summary: This was one of our best cruises, in spite of missing Charleston (we were looking forward to our first visit there, but Mother Nature did not cooperate). Most of the ports were wonderful, the crew was great, and the food was superb. We have more cruises booked on Oceania, including a return to Nautica next summer with a cruise that includes Iceland and Greenland, and a 2016 cruise we booked on this cruise that will be on Marina, from Lima to New York. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Have sailed six previous times with Regent, Princess and Seabourn. We are a little younger than the crowd on board at 57 & 61 years of age. Embarkment went well, but the pick-up from the airport was in a dirty crowded mini-van. The ... Read More
Have sailed six previous times with Regent, Princess and Seabourn. We are a little younger than the crowd on board at 57 & 61 years of age. Embarkment went well, but the pick-up from the airport was in a dirty crowded mini-van. The ship decor was pleasant but our cabin was small, the bathroom was tiny and there was no water pressure, by far the worst bathroom we have experienced on any cruise to date, and closet space/drawers were limited. The food was overall a disappointment, very inconsistent in quality and service. The Toscana was excellent, the steakhouse OK and the main dining room at it's best was good, but generally disappointing. If France only knew what was being served as Steak/Frites I'm concerned there could be an international incident. My wife has a glutin issue which we were told could be accommodated, they did OK in Toscana but failed miserably otherwise, basically they had glutton free toast and other than that the solution was to remove ingredients rather than just come out and state "sorry we can't offer that". Case in point, an apple tart with goat cheese in puff pastry was served with just the apples, nothing else. When questioned the first line of defense was sorry the goat cheese has breadcrumbs in it. Finally the head dining room steward came over and agreed that the attempt to serve only the apples was lame and actually had the head chef come to our table who also agreed and said he would talk to the sous chefs and did make an apple/goat cheese concoction, but at this point (the last night of our cruise) it was too little too late. It would not have been the issue it became if they had started out by informing us they would be limited in what they could do, but instead over promised and under delivered. Overall the service was very spotty, occasionally great, sometimes good, most times mediocre as judged by the little things; sometimes you could not get a coffee refill. Plus it was evident there is a division of labor, evidently it is either below or above someone's pay grade to bring you more coffee. The ship excursions we took (we did some items on our own) varied from OK to good, but were expensive. One gripe, they deployed a minimum of tenders and ran them infrequently during the day. In Newport it was cold and raining, and I counted three tenders coming and going from Regent before our tender came, and we left port before Regent so it wasn't a case of them having a big rush of passengers trying to get back to their ship. We participated in the onboard trivia and wife wife played bingo one afternoon. The entertainment was overall acceptable, nether of us particularly cared for the on staff singers/dancers but I think they appealed to an older crowd. The comedian, magic act and piano player were good. They had a violin quartet that was also very good. The gym was adequate better than expected for a smaller ship. We usually hit the spa once or twice during our cruise but did not on this one, the rates were pretty high and we decided we would wait until we got home. We were surprised at the number of people we met who had traveled multiple times with Oceania; we certainly did not get the charm, service or the "best food at sea" claim, the glutin issue aside. The "country club casual attire" (not needing to dress up was cited by several we spoke with, but there must be a wide range of country clubs out there given the way some of the patrons dressed, I was dressed up in a sports coat. Overall I would rate the cruise a C at best, not sure that it exceeded even Princess. Overall disappointed and would not choose them again.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Oceania cruise from Sept. 16 to 28, 2014 exploring Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec and Montreal was good. There were some items, listed below, which disappointed us: • Do not use Oceania Cruises for any cruises if you have bad ... Read More
Oceania cruise from Sept. 16 to 28, 2014 exploring Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec and Montreal was good. There were some items, listed below, which disappointed us: • Do not use Oceania Cruises for any cruises if you have bad legs, knees or lungs. Oceania does not know how to assist those passengers. Their place of disembarking on many of those stops involves steep gangways. • People/passengers do not wait for others who have problems walking fast. People who are slow are expected to keep up with everyone else. Few people are nice and accommodating. • Accommodations are not made for those who need extra time in getting off/on, walking up or down gangways to/from shore. People crowd those who are walking slowly and are impatient. • Quebec and Montreal tour buses do not have wooden steps to help those who need assistance to get off or on a bus whereby the first step is 12 to 18 inches above the ground. All other tour buses on the other stops had wooden steps with most of the buses lowering themselves to assist with that first step. Quebec and Montreal tour buses refused to lower their buses and to provide wooden steps. • Oceania cruise line on ‘Regatta’, a 694 passenger ship, does not believe a passenger who has a food allergy until three incidents occur in front of the ‘Grand Dining Room’ waiters and serving staff which shows the severity of the food allergy. Talking to the Maitre’D and head waiter does not help in understanding the severity. Overall assessment is that ‘Do not go on Oceania Cruises if you are not able to walk quickly and have any food allergies’. Thank you for your time.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We are Crystal devotees, so it was with some trepidation that we signed up for an Alaska cruise with Oceania. We had heard a lot of good things...and some so-so...but the itinerary was what appealed to us, and other lines' Alaska ... Read More
We are Crystal devotees, so it was with some trepidation that we signed up for an Alaska cruise with Oceania. We had heard a lot of good things...and some so-so...but the itinerary was what appealed to us, and other lines' Alaska cruises were only seven days - and we strongly prefer a longer itinerary. The ship is beautiful, with decor highlighted by elegant fabrics and carpeting. The cabin was small, but well planned EXCEPT for the bathroom. It was ridiculously small with a tiny single sink and the shower had only a half-shower partition that failed to prevent the water from spraying all over the floor. The water pressure in the shower was also poor. Service in our cabin and throughout the ship was very good, but a little uneven. We are probably spoiled with Crystal, where each table is served by a head waiter, a senior waiter, and an assistant waiter and where you are warmly acknowledged and greeted wherever you go. On Regatta, there is basically one waiter and a bus person. Service in other areas of the ship was also good but not great. We did not feel that the excursion staff was particularly helpful or flexible, and the support staff getting on and off the ship for excursions, etc. was just so-so. Again, we realize we are spoiled by the over-the-top standards of the Crystal crews. In general, the food was very good, but again, uneven. Sometimes it was excellent...but some times, disappointing. The menu in the dining room offered a good selection, and we also enjoyed the options in the Polo Grill and Toscana. The top side casual dining was very good, but...it is still a buffet, which is not our preference. A word about the liquor. We started the cruise purchasing wine by the glass, but were so shocked by the miniscule size of the pours, ended up buying the house white by the bottle. Very cheesy. The best part about the Regatta is that its size allowed us to get into ports that are not available to larger ships. The excursions we took were very expensive, but wonderful. Worth every penny. A word about attire. Ridiculous. There is supposed to be a dress code in the main dining room, but you would never know it. Jeans and baggy, ratty pants, tops, and shoes prevailed. This does NOT add to the Regatta cruise experience and seems totally out of place with the elegance of the ship. Everything considered, my husband and I agree that we will not go back to Oceania...it just does not measure up the standards we have become accustomed to on Crystal.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I'll start by saying this was my 15th cruise so, while not as experienced as many Member Reviewers, I think I have a pretty strong foundation from which to impartially and fairly review my cruise experiences. That said, I think the ... Read More
I'll start by saying this was my 15th cruise so, while not as experienced as many Member Reviewers, I think I have a pretty strong foundation from which to impartially and fairly review my cruise experiences. That said, I think the title is a good indicator that we really enjoyed our first sailing with Oceania. Pre-Cruise: 3 nights in Seattle at the Inn at the Market. It was our initial visit to Seattle and we thoroughly enjoyed both the hotel and the city. The hotel is ideally situated at the Pike Street Market and extremely convenient to restaurants, attractions, and public transportation (the Monorail and Light Rail). I wrote a review on Trip Advisor of the hotel, Shutter Tours, restaurants, etc. I have a few more to add for attractions, but I can highly recommend the hotel. Pretty much a perfect stay and great start to our vacation. Embarkation: Uncrowded and easy. Interestingly (although we did not know it at the time), we rode up to lunch in the elevator with the new Captain (just joining the ship from Regent) and the Staff Captain. Both very personable. We kept bumping into the Captain - especially in elevators - and after a while it got to be pretty amusing. You have to love smaller ships. The Ship: Absolutely gorgeous after the dry dock/refurbishment. Since it was our first cruise with Oceania, we don't know what the ship looked like previously, but we were hard pressed to believe the ship was not new. They did a great job. The public rooms were beautiful. The self-service laundry was on our deck and we used it on the first sea day. Probably the best self-serve laundry we have seen on a ship. The machines (washers and dryers) worked very well and there were 2 irons with built-in ironing boards. The hours are restricted so the neighboring cabins are not disturbed. The Cabin: We had a stern A2 and we are very glad we chose it. The weather on the cruise was spectacular and we really enjoyed the large balcony. The 180 degree view was especially enjoyable for the scenic cruising in Tracy Arm. The bathrooms were not redone except in the suites, but the deign was efficient and perfectly adequate with enough storage. The cabin had been redone and the bed was extremely comfortable. Needless to say we slept very well. Climate control, overall layout, storage, etc. were excellent. Food: Everyone's favorite topic. I can state that it is without a doubt the BEST food on any cruise we have been on. To call The Terrace Cafe the Buffet does not do it justice. Breakfast was outstanding - especially those items which are usually pretty bad like French Toast. At lunch they grilled shrimp, lobster tails, cooked steaks to order, etc. Everything was expertly prepared and the quality was superb. In the evening it was an informal venue option if you were back from an excursion and did not want to don Country Club casual dress for the Grand Dining Room or one of the alternative restaurants. I suggested that it be called Selective Dining instead of The Buffet. It was a true dining option, not just somewhere to eat if you were tired and hungry. The Grand Dining Room again was unlike the usual MDR on a cruise. It was a beautiful room, there were plenty of tables for 2 (our preference) and it was not somewhere you "had" to eat if you did not have reservations in one of the alternative venues. The preliminary menus for the next luncheon and dinner for the next day were included with the ship's newspaper, Currents, at the nightly turn down service. The choices were plentiful, the dishes were delicious, and the preparation was exact. My only disappointment was that the much discussed Miso-glazed Sea Bass was not on the menu the night it was preliminarily scheduled. Oh well, something to look forward to on the next cruise (yes we book another while on-board). We dined in Polo, the steakhouse, the first sea day. The food was what you would expect in a really nice steakhouse on-shore. We both had the filet. The meat was first-rate and both steaks were cooked to perfection - medium for me and medium-well for my girlfriend. We dined in Toscana, the Italian restaurant, the last night (a sea day). I had the Branzino (absolutely delicious) and my girlfriend again opted for a filet. She said it was even better than the one in Polo. Desserts deserve their own section. From home-made gelato to cakes, to fruit tarts, to creme brulee and anything in between, the quality and variety was tremendous. This was the very first time that my girlfriend never had to go to the "Always Available" section of the menu to find something to eat. She was thrilled! A note about wine service. We had several bottles and the wine was always at the proper temperature and paired excellently with what we were having. Partially drunk bottles were properly stored under our cabin number for enjoyment later in the cruise. By the glass prices ranged from about $9.50 to about $12.50 in most cases. Bottle prices were not inexpensive, but not outrageous. The ability to bring wine aboard was a plus, especially for dessert wines we could enjoy in the evening on the balcony. The corkage fee if you want to enjoy them in the dining room is (I believe) $25.00. Service: Another subjective area, but we found the service to be excellent throughout the ship. There was always a smile (not obligatory or "forced") and a "Good Morning" or "Good Evening". These folks work very, very hard but seemed to universally happy. Maybe it was our imaginations at work, but that was our impression. We always enjoyed visiting with our cabin attendant, Cherry, and her assistant, Stills. From the bartenders to the sommeliers to the waiters to the Maitre d's to the Baristas - you always felt welcome. Disembarkation: Simple and quick. Well organized and everything you could hope for when leaving a ship to head home (darn it!).   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Having previously traveled on other smaller luxury cruise lines, I think our standards and expectations were set too high. From what we had heard, Oceania is a good, mid level luxury cruise line so we had a certain level of expectation. ... Read More
Having previously traveled on other smaller luxury cruise lines, I think our standards and expectations were set too high. From what we had heard, Oceania is a good, mid level luxury cruise line so we had a certain level of expectation. We booked a penthouse suite expecting over-the-top service. I must say that we were disappointed with the butler service at the PH level. We concluded that for the difference in price, a regular suite sans butler service would have been fine for us, though the one advantage to the PH level is early embarkation. Our dining room experiences were also a disappointment. The food was incredible, particularly in Toscana, (kudos to the executive chefs!) but the service was poor in the main dining room. We traveled with two friends (repeat Oceania customers) and they agreed that the wait staff was lacking in attentive service (empty water glasses, no coffee refills unless we sought them out, waiting for drink orders to be taken). Another small issue that may not bother other passengers is the constant need to present your world card any time you order a drink. It really was a nuisance, not major, but worth mentioning. The officers seemed quite aloof unlike other cruise lines and the staff on board the Regatta did nothing to make us feel "special". Again, comparing it to smaller ships where the staff knows your name by the end of the first day, no one on the Regatta seemed inclined to bother with that extra "touch". We actually mentioned it as a joke to one of the staff and challenged him to remember our names and the ironic part is that whenever we ran into him, he'd give us a blank stare! One would think he'd make a concerted effort to jot the name down and remember it. Oh well... We treated ourselves to some spa treatments. My aromatherapy massage was not as relaxing as it could have been because of a bingo game that was going on below in the Regatta lounge. There was no background music playing in my spa room because of destination announcements being made by the cruise director. So this left me with no ambient music but lots of bingo "noise" (numbers being called and excited winners calling out BINGO!) It sort of ruined the relaxing aspect of the massage. My oxygen facial was amazing though and I can still feel the results one week later! On the bright side, I must mention that the excursions were wonderful! We booked the sea plane over the misty fjords, the jet boat in Wrangell and the grizzly bear adventure in Prince Rupert, BC. We saw grizzlies, Orca whales, an eagle show, seals, walked on icebergs and so much more! Worth every penny!! The excursions were well organized and the tour operators were pleasant and quite informative. All in all, I'm glad that we tried Oceania. However, I think that we'll stick with the smaller ships, pay a bit more money and truly enjoy our time on the water!   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
There are not enough superlatives to describe our 10-day cruise on Oceania Regatta to Alaska. The quality of service would have made a five star hotel anywhere in the world envious. This was a cruise for foodies as every meal onboard was a ... Read More
There are not enough superlatives to describe our 10-day cruise on Oceania Regatta to Alaska. The quality of service would have made a five star hotel anywhere in the world envious. This was a cruise for foodies as every meal onboard was a gourmet experience. For 675 passengers there were 66 chefs, and the only thing that was not prepared fresh daily were the milk, eggs, and butter. The night life was excellent as there was something for all ages and interests. The attention to detail by the cruise director, Ray Carr, was superb. The ship recently underwent a major refurbishing and it was spotless. After a couple of tender excursions, the crew were out polishing the brass propellers to make them shine. At the Hubbard Glacier, the captain parallel parked the ship to ensure everyone had a spectacular view. The atmosphere was that of a happy family, and the staff and crew were there to ensure your vacation was the epitome of pleasure and enjoyment. If you are contemplating a cruise, look nowhere beyond Oceania anywhere in the world. I have been onboard other ships from other ocean lines, and they do not compare to the quality of Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I could have just copied a review of this ship I found elsewhere...it was written in Nov., 2011 but just about everything that reviewer said I found applicable to our cruise to Bermuda. So when we're asked for comments at the end of ... Read More
I could have just copied a review of this ship I found elsewhere...it was written in Nov., 2011 but just about everything that reviewer said I found applicable to our cruise to Bermuda. So when we're asked for comments at the end of the cruise, what's the point? Nothing changed from Nov., 2011. Embarkation was easy peasy...Onboard at 11 or so and then a three hour lunch waiting for our veranda cabin to be be ready... The lunch in the Terrace buffett was fine...good selection, everything prepared well. The cabin was small but comfortable...the ship's easy to find one's way around. Dinner's in the grand Dinning Room were...interesting...our first night, my wife ordered a NY stripe steak...inedible...sooo much gristle...the server never asked how it was...in fact during the cruise, we only had one server who seemed to care if we enjoyed our dinner..thank you, Jorge, from Portugal. The second night, three of us sat in a row..we each ordered soup...we each took one sip and it tasted like pure salt. One would think the server might ask why three of us left our soup...he didn't. Most of the meals in the Grand Dining Room were excellent...but, really, now...just two slices of beef tenderloin and just 4 thimble sized portions of grilled tuna? By contrast, all the meals in Toscana and the Polo Grill were excellent with excellent service... Port tours offered by the ship: one hour carriage tour in Charleston=$125. Same tour bought on our own=$23.50. Ship transfer to the airport=$69. Taxi to the airport, for BOTH of us=$28 including tip. You get the idea. My big issues: We missed the private island stop because of rough seas...OK, I get that..it happens a lot. We missed the St. George stop..strong winds, BUT, the same conditions existed three years ago on our Azamara and Azamara then provided us shuttle service from Hamilton to St. George. I asked onboard if O was going to do that...I was informed they were not. The ship arrived about 3.5 hours late at our next port, Norfolk, VA. We then got in line, as we were told to do, to clear immigration. We stood in line 1.5 hrs. The ship could have called us by deck, or alpha, but didn't. The cruise director blamed immigration for the hold up and suggested maybe they reduced the number of agents in order to boost their overtime pay. I found that comment to be quite insulting. She seemed to ignore the fact that we arrived 3.5 late and work schedules are established in advance...but then, blaming the gov't for everything is fashionable. Instead of an overnight in Charleston, as advertised, the ship stayed overnight in Norfolk...that was underwhelming. Without exception, the vast majority of us wanted to stay in Charleston instead...I wonder if the docking fees are less in Norfolk than Bermuda...jus' sayin'. We missed the overnight stay in Charleston. This was a big deal for many, many of us. Passengers had relatives and friends coming in from elsewhere to overnight with...I spoke with a crew member who had a friend driving in from Alabama on April 28 to meet her. We didn't arrive until April 29. We missed a tour we had bought independently for April 28. The ship blamed the weather for missing the overnight in Charleston, which made little sense to us. We also arrived 3 hours and 35 minutes late at the next port..Port Canaveral. We intended to rent a car and drive west to visit a friend...again...we had to cancel...the car rental place's shuttle didn't run that late. Entertainment: We loved the four singer/dancers..they rocked, they rolled, they sang their hearts out. We also like Greg Moreland, Magic/Comedy.... he was awesome with his tricks and had a very gentle, sweet humor about him...in addition, he offered free magic classes so we learned some tricks...we felt we paid about $6500 to learn a few few tricks and that was magic in itself. We didn't care for Tom Drake, Comedian. I don't like humor which ridicules employees who work for the gov't or Walmart, or any other employer...I find them mean spirited. We left his show early but learned he later said he is married to our cruise director. That I did find funny. There were not too many activities to do onboard during sea days...I read about 800 pages during the cruise..a new record for me. Would I sail with O again? Probably not. The past reviews from 2011 I referred to make it clear that the line plays it loose with the itinerary...We had cruised about 30 times and never, ever had as many port deviations and changes to the intineray as we did this cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Just got back from 12 nights cruise to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on Oceania's Regatta. This is our first on Oceania. Our cabin is a C-1 deluxe category. First we we so surprised at how small the bathroom space was and lack of ... Read More
Just got back from 12 nights cruise to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on Oceania's Regatta. This is our first on Oceania. Our cabin is a C-1 deluxe category. First we we so surprised at how small the bathroom space was and lack of closet space. We were expecting a floor to ceiling window at least but is was just a small window. The beds were comfortable. All soda and water were complimentary. In fairness ,Food and service was great at all dining and restaurants. However noticed that their menus did not changed that much so after the 5 to 6 days we seemed to guess what would be for the menus. Our biggest gripe were the shore excursions offered. Besides being expensive, some of them were not worth the money. The reason we chose Regatta is because we thought being port intensive we will be seeing great places. Five of the ports were tenders. Montevideo and Punta Del Este (Uruguay) were a little bit more interesting. However all the other ports, Rio Grande, Porto Belo, Parati and Ilha Grande (Brazil) there was not much to see. Oceania should just skip some of these and spend more time on ports that offer more. Buzios, Brazil was more of a shopping port, but not much. One of the worst shore excursion was in Sao Palo, Brazil. it took almost 11 hours with 2 stops (non picturesque) and a lunch. A lot of passengers were unhappy. Entertainment was so so. Their lounge is small (cabaret style). Not too many activities on board. No movie theater but you can take out DVD and watch it in the room in you care to watch it on a very small screen. If you care for food and service only then choose this cruise. We can not recommend this cruise to friends and relatives. There should be a balance as to overall cruise amenities considering that Oceania is suppose to be upscale than Holland America or Royal Cariibean or Princess cruises.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Our group of 3 couples booked this cruise with Oceania which left Rio De Janeiro on March 29, 2014 and ended at Miami on April 19, 2014. For clarifiaction, this was not an Antarctic cruise. The reason we chose this certain cruise was that ... Read More
Our group of 3 couples booked this cruise with Oceania which left Rio De Janeiro on March 29, 2014 and ended at Miami on April 19, 2014. For clarifiaction, this was not an Antarctic cruise. The reason we chose this certain cruise was that it included 7 nights on the Amazon River, going up river as far as Manaus, Brazil. The cruise itinerary was absolutely delightful and the Regatta cruise ship was great - including the gourmet food. Oh heck, especially the food!!! We docked at at least 14 ports during the cruise and had booked excursion tours for the day. The Regatta is a smaller ship, with only 684 passengers - very different from our normal cruises with 4,000 people on board. This ship is geared to an older clientelle which we sometimes found somewhat frustrating as we are quite active. (We are in our mid 60's). We had heard that Oceania cruiselines is a more upscale line and we found this to be very true. We had booked an ocean view room on dectk 4 which was great but I think that a balcony would have been much better. However, our group normally spent a lot of time on the main deck anyway. The service on Regatta was superb from room servcie to the dining room. I personally did not really participate in a lot of activities but there was certainly lots of things to kkep a person occupied. The entertainment was fantastic with only the magician act being changed partway through the trip. The singers and dancers kept us well entertained. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We had a memorable and enjoyable cruise, with only minor irritations. The itinerary was generally excellent, particularly the Rio de Janeiro to Miami segment. Cruising the Amazon River was spectacular, and only could have been done as well ... Read More
We had a memorable and enjoyable cruise, with only minor irritations. The itinerary was generally excellent, particularly the Rio de Janeiro to Miami segment. Cruising the Amazon River was spectacular, and only could have been done as well in a ship of Regatta's size. The ship's staff was generally excellent. The Cruise Director, Dotty K., was everywhere every day. She saw guests off on excursions or visits in the morning, reminding them to take an extra bottle of water to keep hydrated. She was throughout the ship in the afternoon. She hosted the evening show (and always beginning with, "But first, a joke...."). She kept things running smoothly, but always had time to listen to passengers wherever she was. Food was uniformly excellent in the dining room, and very good in the Waves Grill. The ship did not have the grill in Waves that Marina and Riviera have (but it will by now), so grilled entrees were lacking there. Staff was amazing. The Executive Chef went through the dining room meeting and greeting on several occasions. One night, my wife asked him for his recipe for miso glazed seabass, her favorite dish on board. She actually received it the night before we disembarked! The itinerary was good on the Buenos Aires to Rio leg, although it could have omitted a few ports with little to see or do. Every port on the Amazon was utterly amazing. Of note -- if you visit Boca do Valeria, it is a small village with little there. The point is to see how the indigenous people live their daily lives. The ship has "adopted" the village, and leaves "care packages" when it visits twice per year. If you go, stop and buy small gifts costing $1 or $2 at Target or K-Mart for the children who will take you by the hand and show you their village and their native animals. Get a dozen or more - it won't cost you much and will mean much to them. The only significant irritant was Destination Services. We felt that every tour was overpriced, and were routinely disappointed by the tour. Destination Services staff were arrogant and unhelpful. Complaints were never resolved, even by supervisory staff. It turns out that this is one of the "partner" services on board ship. This means that it has been outsourced. Shops and spa are also outsourced. Note - a "panoramic" tour means that you will not get off the bus, even to take pictures. You will only drive by the listed sights. Panoramic tours were uniformly disappointing. Avoid them like the plague. And, you will not get a full and accurate description of the tour until you are on board. Compare the description of the tour in the pre-cruise brochure with the description left in your cabin when you first embark, and you will see the difference. You will be told that the description left in your cabin on embarkation is the only description that can be trusted. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We enjoy the smaller ships. Our ship has a maximum of 684 passengers with staff of around 400. Service is exceptional. They keep there staff. We have cruised with them for 10 years and still see some employees from our first cruise. We ... Read More
We enjoy the smaller ships. Our ship has a maximum of 684 passengers with staff of around 400. Service is exceptional. They keep there staff. We have cruised with them for 10 years and still see some employees from our first cruise. We have stayed in inside staterooms, concierge level and penthouses. It doesn't matter to the staff what level your stateroom is. There food is the best at sea. Almost everything they serve is homemade on board. Fresh fruit, milkshakes, hamburgers, high tea, homemade ice cream and sorbet daily. They have 2 specialty resturants. Polo Grill, steak and sea food, and Toscana, Italian food. All breads and pasta, sauces made from scratch daily. These specialty resturants are included. You can make reservations for these resturants. My favorite thing with Oceania is that it is a resort casual cruise line. I never have to dress up. I can where jeans and shorts during the day and put on slacks and a blouse for dinner. My husband can wear casual slacks and a collared shirt. No jacket or tie required. If you like to dress up that is okay too. The ports are great and not all the normal spots. With the smaller ship they can go more places. The entertainment is a group of 5 to 7 entertainers performing most nights. They do a variety of shows. The cruise line also brings in talent. A comedian, musician or magician. One very important thing this cruise line does not have any accomodations for anyone under 18. While they can't keep you from brining children they tell you up front they have nothing for them. Believe it there are no programs, activities or anything else to accommodate children. Enjoy your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Oceanica Regatta Sunsplashed Islands 6-16 January 2014. Boarding in Miami was not the most organised, the were lots of crew about but none seemed to know what the procedure was and consequently there was a deal of confusion. The pre ... Read More
Oceanica Regatta Sunsplashed Islands 6-16 January 2014. Boarding in Miami was not the most organised, the were lots of crew about but none seemed to know what the procedure was and consequently there was a deal of confusion. The pre cruise information stated that boarding for PH class would commence at 1100am, it started at 1130 and was pretty easy however the cabins (suites) were not to be available until 1pm. There was a free lunch available to fill the time. Things were finally ready at about 1.30. The suite was roomy with more than enough storage, hangers and wardrobe space. Cases were stored under the bed. It was while stowing the cases that my wife discovered the dirty underwear left by the previous occupants - so much for waiting 2 hours for the room to be 'prepared'. Next was the lifeboat drill – let’s just say that at it did not fill me with any confidence that it would not be every man for themselves in the event of a real emergency. The ship is not very large but even on cruising days it wasn’t hard to find a seat or a lounger. There are all the usual things on board but they are small, card room library etc. The internet is very expensive ad hoc use is 98c per minute. Dining in the main restaurant is open which means that you can turn up anytime between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. As this ship is geared for the American market aim for an early time to eat turning up at 9pm you will likely be the only people in the room and the staff will be setting all the tables around you for breakfast which is a bit disconcerting. Most of the guests are couples and tables for 2 required a short wait but if you were willing share then seating was straight away. If you want a table for 2 stay away from table 59 as the serving station is only a couple of feet away and the sound of plates and dishes is a constant background noise. The meals were OK nothing to get excited about. Oceania, in my opinion, seemed to concentrate on the pretentious naming of the dish and the presentation rather than the taste of the food. On the first night my wife and I had to wait for 20 minutes for the main course, the staff was apologetic but the reason for the delay is still a mystery and when it arrived my wife's steak was cooked fresh while my chicken was dry and overcooked and the vegetables were cold. My guess is that it the chicken had been on a hotplate while my wife's meal was being cooked. We had booked 2 meals at The Polo Grill, one of the specialty restaurants that can be reserved at no extra cost. The menu is upmarket but the execution is poor. On the 1st visit I had the saltiest clam chowder I've ever had. It was ironic that the wine waiter appeared at that very moment to see if I wanted anything to drink. After another 10 minutes the fillet mignon I ordered came. This was nice, a really good piece of meat. The sweet was poor, billed as 7 layered Belgian chocolate fudge cake it was rock hard and tasted of nothing discernable, if I hadn't of known it was chocolate then I would never have guessed. Apart from the mediocre food the meal was constantly interrupted by staff butting in to ask if everything was OK, even the chef interrupted my sweet to ask if I enjoyed everything. On the second visit it was my birthday and the meal was 10 times better and Oceania had gone to the trouble of realising what day it was and produced a cake and the staff sang happy birthday, a really nice touch. We ate at the Toscana once and that was enough to me it had all of my criticisms of the food on this cruise in one place. The Buffet, for me, was not very good either for breakfast or dinner. All buffet items were served to you so getting the piece of food you wanted in the right amount often was a drawn out affair as wanting 4 pieces of bacon required asking for bacon 3 times as it was given out 2 pieces 1 piece thereafter. Getting toast that was not either anaemic white or burnt black was a lottery as the setting on the machine appeared to do just one or the other regardless of which server was using it. The Buffet dinners were ‘themed’ so one night was Greek another Indian etc not much good if you don’t like that countries style of food. Waves, the diner, has a limited menu but was good as the food was cooked fresh to order. Seating was limited but the staff was very good at cleaning and resetting the tables so I never had a problem getting a place to eat and the milkshakes were exceptional. There was always plenty of seating in the bars, comfortable chairs and settees. Drinks were not cheap and varied from bar to bar in taste so after a couple of days you knew where to go for a nice drink and where not. I thought the entertainment was good for the size of the ship TRIPS At the end of the cruise my overall impression of the trips was that they were very expensive for what you got and that it was possible to get much better value for money making your own arrangements. Would I travel with this company again? Maybe. If I had to sum it up a sentence then it would be I expected excellence and received very good, Oceania fell down with the details.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Regatta is small and club like. Staff is attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Fellow passengers were friendly, with few young people--mostly in 50's, 60's. Surprise for us was the entertainment--our last Oceania cruise ... Read More
Regatta is small and club like. Staff is attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Fellow passengers were friendly, with few young people--mostly in 50's, 60's. Surprise for us was the entertainment--our last Oceania cruise was too port-intensive for late-night entertainment, but this one had many sea days. Previous posts were noted, but we thoroughly enjoyed the shows we saw, especially the foursome who did reviews of Broadway and famous songsters. The location of this cabin--4023--was close to elevators and stairs, midship but more aft. It was convenient and quiet except on early morning port days, when there were a few bangs from below, where the gangway was being moved. It really didn't bother us. Our BIL and SIL had a balcony, and while we have never felt that necessary for us, considering the extra cost, it truly was lovely! The ports were wonderful, where we took private excursions with the aid of CC reviews. Dora the Explorer in Cartagena and Sebastian Hernandez in Acapulco went out of their way to ensure our good time. Elizabeth Bell sent a wonderful driver/escort, Manuel, with us in Antiqua, where his knowledge and love of his country were obvious. Huatulco was beautiful, and while we only had a beer and swim at the beach, the day was delightful. On board, the food, as always reported, was great. Service is remarkable--once you were "known" by a server, what you wanted appeared magically. I took advantage of OBC to try out the spa, and had the best massage of my life, and my first facial--yummy! Regatta is scheduled for an updating, and I hope they retain the calming, quiet ambiance! (Yes, the artwork needs some help!) Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Oceania has done it again... best service -nicest staff and great cuisine.The culinary classes to art classes-always something going on. The four restaurants Jacques,Red Ginger, Toscanna and Polo make one feel that you are not even on a ... Read More
Oceania has done it again... best service -nicest staff and great cuisine.The culinary classes to art classes-always something going on. The four restaurants Jacques,Red Ginger, Toscanna and Polo make one feel that you are not even on a ship but at 5 star experiences elsewhere. These are also not at an additonal charge. Just love Oceania and probably could not ask for more. The excursions are exspensive and some better than others-cabins beautiful-embarkation a breeze and so well done and same with leaving the ship. I still get the feeling of the class system as preference for dining and using a private deck is only for the penthouse and concierge level. People complained about using their card for every drink and found the other plans confusing and exspensive. Others found the two dollar washing machines ridiculous and using tokens. They felt the cruise line should just charge a little more and eliminate some of the nickle and diming! Overall though, a wonderful ship-did Marina last time and loved it. Oceania should work on their website though as hard to use many times. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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 ... Read More
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 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.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was our third trip with Oceania (first on Nautica, second on Marina) and we again enjoyed the high quality of service delivered by this cruise line. Spoilt for choice with fine food options but our favourite is always the Grand Dining ... Read More
This was our third trip with Oceania (first on Nautica, second on Marina) and we again enjoyed the high quality of service delivered by this cruise line. Spoilt for choice with fine food options but our favourite is always the Grand Dining Room.The staff is exceptional for its level of service and its friendliness. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Except for Cornerbrook, whose real attraction is the National Park which is not possible in the time the ship is in port, the destinations were great and the weather was kind. Quebec & Prince Edward Island were favourites and we really enjoyed a schooner ride in Newport. The ship tours are very expensive but with a bit of research it was easy to organise private providers all of whom offered good service. We missed Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor) because of the government shutdown but Ollie's Trolleys offered a good, scenic alternative with several stops for photographs. While the Autumn leaves were not in full colour, there was enough colour to be very pretty. The cabins on Regatta are not large but are well proportioned, comfortable and have lots of storage space. Wonderful bed. Bathrooms are cosy (unlike the Marina). Not much wriggling space in the shower but water pressure is good and there is always ample hot water. Will travel with Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
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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