3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We like leaving from the port of San Francisco. Wanted to see the Panama Canal. It was a long cruise, 17 days. The ship is nice, but we were disappointed with what they called a penthouse. It is very small, nice bed & bedding, ... Read More
We like leaving from the port of San Francisco. Wanted to see the Panama Canal. It was a long cruise, 17 days. The ship is nice, but we were disappointed with what they called a penthouse. It is very small, nice bed & bedding, little TV about 20", and only 2 plugs for American voltage! Bring a power Strip! The ship is very clean, very good food, nice staff. Very attentive to all our needs. Our Butler, Sanjay was an outstanding Bulter! Always right on top of our every need. The itinerary was not a good one for us. There really isn't a lot to see. The Panama Canal became boring after about 3 locks. The locks on our river cruise very more interesting. It was hot & humid 2 ports were canceled due to weather; Cayman Islands was to replace Key West, ended up being canceled too. We had 3 dinners brought from the speciality restaurants & served course by course in our suite by our Butler, Sanjay. Most other nights we enjoyed dinner on the outdoor terrace in the buffet. Getting on & off the ship was made very easily, no stress or long lines. There was a lot of time to sit by the pool, read & relax. Oceania does not push drinks on you; no art auction; no photographer; no coffee cards to buy, the speciality restaurants are always no extra charge serving wonderful food. This was our forth Oceania cruise, all the others being European, The Black Sea, Baltics. The one port we did enjoy was Acapulco where we had a private tour. It was a one time itinerary for us. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was my first cruise but definitely not my last. My husband and I picked this cruise in particular because it looked like it wouldn't have any small children running around, as it was after Labor Day and the target demographic seemed ... Read More
This was my first cruise but definitely not my last. My husband and I picked this cruise in particular because it looked like it wouldn't have any small children running around, as it was after Labor Day and the target demographic seemed to be for those 40 and up. It worked- we were nearly the youngest couple on board. Everyone we spoke to was an Oceania regular or had come from one of the bigger ship lines and not gone back. One couple was on their 20th Oceania cruise! The Oceania Regatta was everything I pictured a cruise ship to be. All the decor was very classically elegant and reminded me a bit of an English country home. The service was great, the food was delicious, and I never felt crowded. I spent lots of time in the beautiful Horizons bar/tearoom just looking at the amazing views. It was cool out but the saltwater pool was heated- we were nearly always the only ones utilizing it and the hot tubs. We got 4 nights at the specialty restaurants on board, 2 at Polo Grill, 2 at Toscana. I am in sales and so spend a lot of time taking customers to steakhouses, so I'm a bit hard to please, I suppose. I was pretty unimpressed with Polo Grill on both occasions. The service felt very rushed and the food was average. Toscana, on the other hand, was absolutely amazing. The two meals we had there were the best of the whole cruise. The service was impeccable. The main dining room food and service was excellent every time. We had breakfast outside nearly every morning in the Terrace Cafe, overlooking the wake of the ship. Beautiful and relaxing. I will say my biggest complaint about the Regatta was the coffee. It always tasted old and terrible. They have espresso machines with Illy beans but I like good brewed coffee and you just could not get it anywhere on board. We stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, The Hubbard Glacier, Victoria (BC), and Astoria (OR). Ketchikan was very charming, they have a nice little area on a pier with shops overlooking a creek. The salmon were getting near the end of spawning and you could watch them from the pier. We went to Dolly's House and took the $10 tour, which was worth it just to see the well-preserved kitchen and household items from the early 1900s. We also took an Oceania excursion that included a short nature walk and canoe trip. We were very fortunate to have a beautiful clear sunny day, apparently that is a rarity in Ketchikan. I was saddened to see that Ketchikan and Juneau's dockfronts were very cheesy and touristy. Apparently the cruise lines recently purchased all the waterfront property and filled it with jewelry and souvenir shops like you see in the Caribbean. There were dozens of tacky jewelry shops with sales people out front trying to lure you inside, it was really off-putting. The locals we spoke to were not happy about it. Sitka was much smaller and quaint, we really enjoyed our hike and shopping downtown. They had lots of unique little shops. All of our excursions (mostly hiking/nature walks) were very well run, had great local guides, and were very enjoyable. Another stroke of luck was on glacier day. Visibility was great and we were able to get right next to the Hubbard Glacier. Apparently on previous runs the fog had kept the Regatta from getting to it/near it. We saw lots of calving as we had cocktails on deck. What a great experience. Victoria and Astoria were nice, a bit boring. My husband and I managed to find the only bad restaurant in Victoria's Chinatown. Yelp really let us down there! The Flavel house in Astoria was a nice little tour of a beautifully preserved mansion from the 1800s. The Buoy Brewery was the highlight of our trip to Astoria, it is a waterfront brewery built on a dock with amazing food and drinks, with sea lions that live underneath it. There is a glass section of the floor you can look through to see them all lazing about and barking at each other. Our days at sea were relaxing and fun. We didn't attend any shows (they looked corny) or participate in too many activities, we just relaxed and lurked in our stateroom. Our cruise ended in San Francisco. We skipped the long taxi line and grabbed an Uber (apparently the taxis shun the ports because the fares aren't profitable). All in all, it was a great trip. We booked another cruise on Oceania while we were on board, we really enjoyed the all inclusive smaller ship atmosphere. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Our first cruise with Oceania, and second cruise overall. Service was excellent. Lots of nationalities on board and they gave a really welcoming feeling. They also cared about the guests : when my wife got seasick, several asked her, ... Read More
Our first cruise with Oceania, and second cruise overall. Service was excellent. Lots of nationalities on board and they gave a really welcoming feeling. They also cared about the guests : when my wife got seasick, several asked her, the next day, if she was feeling better. Catering was also very good, even excellent in the speciality restaurants. Only two remarks : 1) We found the Terrace Cafe on deck 9 to be very draughty. When doors where simultaneously open back (terrace) and front (pool side) a cold wind blew through the restaurant. 2) several times unripe fruit was served. A pity and a waste of food. We had the impression that the itinerary and timing were not high on the priority list of Oceania. At least twice we arrived at noon in a port, with excursions starting at 12:15. Instead of being able to view the arrival, this forces people to be in a restaurant instead. The biggest disappointment was the passage of Seymour Narrows. While the daily newsletter addressed and documented it, the captain was more honest in his announcement : it was planned for 2:00 AM ! In other words : in the dark. Yet, when we'd stayed in the nearby village of Campbell River, we'd seen cruise ships during day time. You understand our disappointment. "Luckily" we actually woke up shortly before and were on our terrace : but the only thing we saw, near the ship, in the lights of it, were at least 10 dolphins following at short distance. Poor pictures, but at least some exitement. Actually, we cannot recall having heard the cruisedirector mention anything about the interesting things along the route. Quite a difference from our first cruise. But everybody was clearly informed about opening hours of boutiques and casino. To show were the priorities were. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our 5th Oceania cruise, but the 1st one on one of the smaller ships (have always been on Riviera or Marina) -- and we will never travel on the smaller ship again. We understood that the cabins would be smaller, but didn't realize ... Read More
This was our 5th Oceania cruise, but the 1st one on one of the smaller ships (have always been on Riviera or Marina) -- and we will never travel on the smaller ship again. We understood that the cabins would be smaller, but didn't realize that the bathroom (the shower in particular) would be so tiny that it was almost unworkable. No countertop space, no place to put the clothes you wish to put on after your shower, and very little storage space in the bathroom at all; also no plug for the hairdryer. We have always touted Oceania for their excellent service and food. It seems that the sale to NCL had caused them to diminish their staff to the point that the service is definitely suffering. We have brought 10+ customers (with multiple cruises each) to Oceania, but are no longer sure we can recommend Oceania after this cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Alaska was on our bucket list. We had cruised with Oceania on the larger Riviera in the Med last November and wanted the same quality experience. We flew into Seattle a day early, staying at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Alaska was on our bucket list. We had cruised with Oceania on the larger Riviera in the Med last November and wanted the same quality experience. We flew into Seattle a day early, staying at the Fairmont - great downtown location. Stayed on in Vancouver for two days after disembarkation. Both embarkation and disembarkation were smooth as silk - definitely first class. This ship is half the size of the Riviera; so it's much easier to negotiate = not so many long treks down the hall to elevators ,etc. With half as many passengers, you recognize faces within a couple days. Not so on the Riviera. But, we missed some things. We missed the additional specialty restaurants, Jacques and Red Ginger (especially the later). There was no culinary center, with classes to take. The Canyon Ranch Spa did not offer acupuncture. There was noticeable crowding in the Terrace Café and the Library. On several occasions, after circulating through the Terrace twice, we gave up and went to Waves, both at breakfast and lunch. We liked the Main Dining Room better on this ship. We quickly discovered that Vijay was a terrific server and requested him each time we ate there. We found the MDR a great place for a quiet breakfast and always got a window table at that time of day. Baristas was just outside the MDR, which made it quite convenient. The cappuccino and pastries were always delicious. There was a bridge instructor on board. He knew his stuff, but was not very engaging with the few people who showed up for the first class. That, combined with rough seas and the resulting tummy upset, put me off of further classes and play. Our butler, Rahman, was always pleasant and, once he understood our routine and preferences, anticipated our needs and took good care of us. When we were on the Riviera, in a Vista suite, we had utilized our butler a great deal. In retrospect, we should have done the same on the Regatta. It wasn't until almost the last night that we ordered room service dinner from Toscana. We did order breakfast room service twice - nice to have a hot breakfast before heading out for shore excursions. We did not attend any of the shows, nor did we go to the casino, play Trivia, etc. We had one rough sea day. Aside from that, aside from almost constant rain, the sail was pleasant. We didn't get to use our balcony very much, mostly at the beginning and end of our cruise. We had arranged private excursions in most ports; but we did do Oceania's "Sea Otters, Raptors and Bears, Oh My" in Sitka. It was actually fabulous - bus driver/guide on for the first portion of the excursion was full of knowledge and enthusiasm. Alaska Raptor Center is a wonderful spot, and the show there was fascinating. Bear rescue was alright. The sea otter portion, on the water, ended up a wonderful, surprising whale watching adventure. We literally saw dozens of humpbacks, who put on quite the show for us. We did eventually see sea otters and sea lions; but they had already been upstaged by the whales. We are happy to have done the Alaska cruise, to see the magnificent scenery and some of the wildlife. But, once is enough. Next for us, the Baltic, back on a larger Oceania ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I liked the itinerary--an Alaska cruise, and Oceania has been our go-to cruise line for 10 years. While somewhat expensive, we always enjoy ourselves, given their EXCELLENT quality of food and service all the time. Shore excursions are ... Read More
I liked the itinerary--an Alaska cruise, and Oceania has been our go-to cruise line for 10 years. While somewhat expensive, we always enjoy ourselves, given their EXCELLENT quality of food and service all the time. Shore excursions are OK, but overpriced, and their wi-fi is sporadic and very much overpriced if you actually paying for it. Nightly entertainment is OK, but not great, and the entertainers double as co-ordinators of sports activities (such as shuffleboard, putting contest, bean-bag toss, etc). The ship is always kept spotless as it is always being cleaned and polished. Common-area furniture is upscale. Large wine list, but most bottles are around $50 when the 18% service charge is factored in. All soft drinks and juices are always free, as is ice cream all day if you want it. Very informal atmosphere--formal clothing is never required, but "dressy casual" is required for dinner in the restaurants, but acceptable in the buffet. I've booked two more cruises as we feel the benefits outweigh the shortcomings of Oceania. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This cruise was planned to celebrate DH's 90th birthday and was to include the entire family -- our four children, their spouses, if any, and six grandchildren. Altogether, 13 family members participated: DH and me,our four children, one ... Read More
This cruise was planned to celebrate DH's 90th birthday and was to include the entire family -- our four children, their spouses, if any, and six grandchildren. Altogether, 13 family members participated: DH and me,our four children, one daughter-in-law, 5 granddaughters aged from 19 to 23, and one grandson of 15. Our son-in-law could not attend. Most of us came to the port of Seattle on Friday before a Monday cruise departure for the Awe of Alaska cruise on the Oceania Regatta. We really enjoyed Seattle. We stayed in the Best Western Executive Inn which was ideally located just 2 blocks from the Space Needle and walking distance for everyone but DH and me from Pike's Place and a host of other attractions. On Monday my daughter arranged with the hotel for a van to take us to the port. It was not quite big enough for all of us and our luggage -- I have a mobility scooter -- but in two minutes a limousine appeared to take DH and me -- and we all arrived at the port within a couple of minutes of each other. Boarding the ship was painless and we enjoyed lunch at the Waves Café before going to our cabins. The cabins are definitely small for concierge level accommodations and the bathrooms are really tiny. .But there was lots of storage space which swallowed up all our belongings. Two of the cabins had to accommodate three people each, but nobody complained after they put their belongings away, and everybody learned quickly how to shower in the tiny shower. The food was mainly very good. We had made advance reservations in the two special restaurants, the Polo Grill and Toscana, and everybody enjoyed the meals there. But I think everybody except DH and me preferred the meals in the Terrace Café where you could be out and done in less than two hours. We enjoyed the food in the Grand Dining Room more than the food in the Terrace Café. Our last cruises were on Seabourne and on Viking River Cruises and we felt they had more and better salads for lunch. We prefer to eat salads rather than meat for lunch. I also missed the complementary wine flowing like water on those two lines. But we used our $400 per cabin OBC to cover wine at dinner plus most of us got in some spa time. We had signed up for a bunch of shore excursions long before we sailed. In Ketchikan, our children and grandchildren loved the Neets Bay Float Plane Bear Watch trip. We took a cruise to Misty Fjords which was not misty and we saw no wild life so it was somewhat of a disappointment. One son and his family also did the Saxman Village and Lumberjack Show and enjoyed them. In Sitka most of us took the Sea Otter and Wildlife cruise and we did see sea otters, seals and sea lions, and a bear. One son, his kids and another granddaughter went hiking. In Prince Rupert that same son went hiking again while the rest of us went on a whale watch and saw lots of whales. Our 15 year old grandson could have found other male teens on board but stayed with his older cousins and made no effort to make other friends. We thought the entertainment was disappointing, but it was not great on Seabourne either. We went to two lectures and would have enjoyed a few more. Overall, everybody had a great time and it was a very good cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Oceania generally offers an excellent experience. But not in the summer!! Our Alaska cruise was overrun with undisciplined kids. We could have saved packing our swimsuits, sunscreen, deck shoes and coverups, because there was no way to ... Read More
Oceania generally offers an excellent experience. But not in the summer!! Our Alaska cruise was overrun with undisciplined kids. We could have saved packing our swimsuits, sunscreen, deck shoes and coverups, because there was no way to get anywhere near the pool or jacuzzis. Since Oceania specifically discourages children on board, shame on the parents who think that they are the exceptions, and that their own children are angels? NOT SO! There were 40 (or was it 60?) kids onboard. It really doesn't matter, because when two kids get in a pool, no one else need apply. They were jumping off of handrails, running, yelling, splashing, and taking over the entire area. It's what kids do in and around pools - duh! It was very disappointing to have been denied that part of our cruise experience, which was important to us. Parents, please take your darlings on Disney Cruises, where they (and the other pax) can enjoy themselves. A note about the entertainment: There were two of the best entertainers we have seen on a cruise ship - a magician (Becker) and a comedian (Tom Blake). There were also some of the worst - a troupe of young singers and dancers who tried very hard, but would have been excellent at a high school musical. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I have been on six Oceania cruises. The first was June 2009 Rome to Istanbul.We ate in the Grand Dining Room. It was beautiful. The service was great and the food amazing. Just like what one would expect in the finest restaurant around the ... Read More
I have been on six Oceania cruises. The first was June 2009 Rome to Istanbul.We ate in the Grand Dining Room. It was beautiful. The service was great and the food amazing. Just like what one would expect in the finest restaurant around the world. Everyone at our table was a real "foodie" and the topic of conversation fine dining. I loved it! The 2nd was 2012 and there was a big difference with the quality of the food served. Traveled with Oceania again in 2014, 2015, 2016 and in Aug 2017. I have been on Regatta 3 times and Insignia, Riviera and Sirena. The staff has always been great. Always there to help with any need (I even scattered my mothers cremains from Regatta in 2012). They always have a smile and work very hard to make your cruise the best ever. The cooks (I will not call them Chefs) are horrible!!! I've heard people say that they had better food at a Hometown Buffet. The Special Restaurants are OK but you can't eat there every night. On the last cruise we had a running joke about how many ways they would serve the same bland ground meat with a little onion in it. It was keftka, albondigas , Italian meat balls, some other meat balls, and one morning they placed a fried egg on top and gave it a French name. Even a poor cook would have added an herb or spice every now and then. They should have some of the regular staff help them out as I think they would do alot better. I don't ever want to go on another Oceania cruise again. I have stayed with them in hopes they would return to the great experience of the past. I am embarrassed that I have touted them to so many friends!! They say "you pay for what you get," NOT on Oceania anymore. If all I wanted was a way to go from here to there on a moving hotel there are other cruise lines costing much less. Have been told there are still other lines that are what Oceania once was. I'll try them next. And make sure they are not the same owners. Read Less
Regatta Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.9
Family 2.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.3
Enrichment 4.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 3.6
Rates 4.0 4.0

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