161 Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

This is the 11th day on this cruise ship Regatta. People complain about minor things but let’s stop for a moment and really think of what people complain about! I have met the most decent, hard working, humble employees on the ... Read More
This is the 11th day on this cruise ship Regatta. People complain about minor things but let’s stop for a moment and really think of what people complain about! I have met the most decent, hard working, humble employees on the planet. They treat you well, they attend and go beyond their work. One must remember these people are months and months without husband, wife, daughters, sons and loved ones. They work together amazingly and efficiently. The cruise is excellent. Food, shows and everything they do is genuinely good. I would like to thank all the employees for their hard work and dictation. It’s amazing to watch how each and every emplyee works in every department with each other like a fine symphony. I give it 100% score. If one has a problem, they should address it and one will see there is really nothing to complain about. Let’s have a little empathy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
WE decided on this ship because we wanted something not too big and not too small. WE were 3 people cruising as they has the buy 2 get one child free. It was my mom and my 13 year old daughter. We chose a veranda suite concierge level. ... Read More
WE decided on this ship because we wanted something not too big and not too small. WE were 3 people cruising as they has the buy 2 get one child free. It was my mom and my 13 year old daughter. We chose a veranda suite concierge level. At first we thought the cabin was small, but grew to love it. Amenities were fine, towels and linens fabulous, and the veranda perfect. The crew was amazing! Super friendly, always smiling, tripping over themselves to help/ Our cabin steward was so attentive, always anticipating our needs. He knew our schedule and was in and out while we were gone. The food!! OMG I can't understand any bad food reviews. We are a culinary family, in the food biz. The meals were outstanding in all the restairants and the buffet was wonderful too. The Grand dining room was beautiful and the wait staff was extremely well trained and professional. They learned our names and preferences very quickly and always had smiles on their faces. They seemed to really enjoy what they were doing. One delicious, well presented meal after another. Perfectly seasoned and hot if it was supposed to be and well chilled if that was the appropriate. The entertainment was what you'd expect. Most;y, the cruise director Corey stole the show. He was so fun. My suggestion here is to lower the volume. Goodness, it was so so loud several people had their fingers in their ears. I did not understand the need for an evening dedicated to the LGBTQ community though. I don't like any groups being singled out like that. WE did not take advantage of any shore excursions as we tend to go it on our own, takinga bus or cab out of the pert to explore. But other travelers seemed thrilled with theirs. The public rooms were always near empty..giving us the feeling that we had the whole place to ourselves. We spent most of our time in Horizons, but also would sit for a cappuccino in the various other public spaces. Very elegant and beautiful. The artwork on this ship id fabulous. Whoever picked the artists to showcase did an amazing job. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the pieces. One negative for us was the cruise Ambassador..the woman helping you book future cruised. I was excited to talk to her about bookibg a trip for me and my husband this fall but she was dismissive, un-helpful and unfriendly. She pretty much just handed me a brochure and told me to look at it. Thanks a lot, there was one in my cabin already. I did not book with her. Other than that, the service was exceptional, the food divine and the crew just fantastic. Loved the cruise, can't wait to see Regatta again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We've always wanted to go to Alaska and out of the blue, got an Oceania brochure in the mail. With a couple RC cruises under our belts (which were fine), we decided to try a smaller, more upscale cruise line. Mainly we were looking ... Read More
We've always wanted to go to Alaska and out of the blue, got an Oceania brochure in the mail. With a couple RC cruises under our belts (which were fine), we decided to try a smaller, more upscale cruise line. Mainly we were looking to avoid the crowds & lines of the big ships, and see if the food was as good as they brag about. Both hopes were met. There were times walking around the ship where is seemed like we were the only passengers on board. Never any lines for anything - meals, shows, getting on & off, etc. Never any problem getting a good seat for anything. The food in the dining room, specialty restaurants or poolside grill. But the big surprise to us was the outstanding buffet. We've never been to a buffet anywhere with the quality, selection or service of this one. We didn't expect the entertainment to be as good as on the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised to find it every bit as good - a terrific little song & dance team, a string quartet playing here & there, it was great. Plus the enrichment lectures, in this case a marine biologist, were really interesting and not something the other cruises offered. The library, which seems to be disappearing from the mainstream lines, was excellent. Cons: Smaller ships don't do as well in rough seas, and the first leg from SF to Alaska, was a bit rough. But we expected that and the seasick pill handled the problem pretty well. There's nothing for kids and were none on board. But that's not a con for old geezers like us who enjoy the peace & quiet. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise after seeing the itinerary. Not only did this cover the east side of Australia, where a lot of cruises stay, but we were very interested in seeing some of Western Australia. The cruise also included two ports in Papua, ... Read More
We chose this cruise after seeing the itinerary. Not only did this cover the east side of Australia, where a lot of cruises stay, but we were very interested in seeing some of Western Australia. The cruise also included two ports in Papua, New Guinea and two in Indonesia. Since this cruise is during the height of summer, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia were very warm with high humidity. Papua New Guinea is not a tourist mecca, by any stretch. Darwin was very warn also. The tours that we took off the most part were very good to excellent. The tours we selected revolved mainly around the wildlife and we were not let down. We did get to see all the animals that most have heard of plus some we hadn't. The guides we had were very knowledgeable and really made the tours enjoyable. There were also tours that included going to the top of a lighthouse, the last whaling station in AU and many wineries.There were a few ports that we decided just to stay in town and do our own sight seeing. Along the way there were visitor information guides to assist. Also, the residents in Western Australia are very nice and quite friendly. They were willing to assist with any questions we had. We have cruised on Oceania many times and previously on the Regatta. The ship, is to get and entire rework under their 'Oceania Next' program which includes all new staterooms and penthouses by September of this year. Right now the ship is a bit worn, but kept in very condition. We look forward to seeing the 'new' ship in the future. This is one of the smaller ships of Oceania with only 684 passengers. The ports and excursions are the highlights with a few amenities on board. Most passengers were retired folks like ourselves and it is a much quieter environment that other cruises lines. There were very few children on board. since we were on the ship for 34 days on this cruise and doing a back to back on to New Zealand for another 14 we really enjoyed the extra space a Penthouse. It is well appointed. It comes with a mini fridge stocked with complimentary soft drinks, a safe, hair dryer, with a few extras The cabin was 322 sq. ft. that includes a three cushion sofa, a small table and two comfortable chairs. The dining rooms were very good, as usual.with Toscana and Polo being excellent. Probably the most important thing to comment on is the staff. We couldn't have enough kind words to describe the level of service, from our butler, cabin attendants, servers, hostesses, barista, sommeliers and maitre d's.We truly enjoyed the level of service provided by all and the entire trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because of our prior cruise to Tahiti on Marina. We wanted a smaller ship able to dock without tendering and able to navigate in to the Hubbard glacier. Alaska was on our bucket list. We also enjoy fine dining which ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of our prior cruise to Tahiti on Marina. We wanted a smaller ship able to dock without tendering and able to navigate in to the Hubbard glacier. Alaska was on our bucket list. We also enjoy fine dining which Oceania is known for. We had a great trip. The excursions were all very good. However, you can book them cheaper yourself but we prefer to pay extra for the convenience and having Oceania cover any risk associated with them and be covered with the insurance. The other issue is that some of the excursions are limited and when several ships are in port, you might not get one. The excursions in Alaska were great. We expecially liked the bears of Anan, the White Pass Railway, and the Whale watching tours. Our weather could not have been better. Seeing the Hubbard glacier from the ship was magnificent. I would recommend checking trip advisor for more in depth reviews of the considerable amount of excursions, because its too much to review here. From what I researched, Oceania has the most available. The service on board was very good, and we had no issues. The entertainment was even a bit better than our previous voyage. Liked the comedians and the ventriloquist. Even played bingo for the first time. The casino was small and I think the odds are better in Atlantic city, but just a feeling, can't prove it, but people seemed to be losing money very quickly and the place was never crowded. I did miss the two specialty restaurants, Jacques and Red Ginger that are on the larger ships. We have a lot of local Italian restaurants so a French restaurant is a real treat for us, especially one inspired by Jacques Pepin. We liked Polo and Tuscan but there was limited availability, owing in part I think to the size of the ship. On Marina we were able to obtain a reservation in a specialty restaurant any time we wanted one. The only issue we had was with the food preparation. This was an initial disappointment and not up to our previous cruises on Oceania or their reputation, in my opinion. So much so that I brought it to the attetion of the food director and exec chef who took it seriously and rectified the issues, of which there were several. I was very surprised at these issues. I won't relate them all, but for example, the scrambled eggs for breakfast on the buffet were the consistency of soup and could be poured off the plate, meat cooked improperly, etc.. But to their credit, they were resolved the next day, which is why I kept my rating at excellent overall. We liked the barista and good expresso was always available without a long wait. I did like the afternoon tea when we could make it. Seating was hard to come since it was popular and limited on this smaller ship, especially on sea days. Also had to wait a bit longer for tea and pastries here. Love the string quartet, especially when they played a song by "Guns and Roses". Talented folks. One thing I learned is that you are allowed to bring wine on board, so if you are not a heavy drinker, we did that and used the credit for the occasional wine at dinner and gratuities owed at the end of the cruise. Even used the saltwater pool one warm sunny day. Fun but a cold trip back to the cabin. Great captain and crew and great interacting with them and other passengers on a smaller ship. Would go back to Alaska on Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Just finished a great family cruise on the Regatta. The service was outstanding, by the second day the staff we saw the most (bars and dinning rooms) knew our names. The food was as expected - top knotch. We ate in both of the specialty ... Read More
Just finished a great family cruise on the Regatta. The service was outstanding, by the second day the staff we saw the most (bars and dinning rooms) knew our names. The food was as expected - top knotch. We ate in both of the specialty rest (Polo Grill & Toscana) the food was fabulous and the service very attentive. Other than that we normally ate in the Terrace Cafe ( breakfast & dinner) or Waves ( lunch outside) and did not try the main dinning room and we were very happy with the quality of the food and the casualness which by the third day had folks at different tables toalking each other, it very much felt like the grill at a club.Horizons the main bar up near the bow offered great views and attentive staff. One of the things I like about Oceana is the low passenger count (640) and the high ratio of crew (400+). You always feel pampered but not smothered. The entertainment was very good the comedian and the special singing act were excellent. We only saw one of the shows by the ships troop and it was good. Sadly one of the troop got sick and they had to cancel the rest of the shows. However on the last night they put on a variety show with the show band, some of the troop, comedian, magician and speciality singer that was well accepted by the packed audience. It is true that Oceana caters to a older more well to do group of folks so they do not tend to have a lot of children on board. The other thing I enjoyed about being on a smaller ship was that we got to dock in two smaller towns Hannah and Wrangel that the large ships pass by. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are going to book our next cruise with Oceana next summer and have been spoiled by the small ship with a large crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This is our third Alaska cruise on Oceania's Regatta. My husband tried for years to get me to go on a cruise, and I always refused because the thought of being on a huge ship with 3,000 people was not at all appealing to me. Then I ... Read More
This is our third Alaska cruise on Oceania's Regatta. My husband tried for years to get me to go on a cruise, and I always refused because the thought of being on a huge ship with 3,000 people was not at all appealing to me. Then I found out about Oceania, with its smaller ships (Regatta carries just 680 passengers and 400 crew), and its reputation for having some of the finest cuisine at sea and beautiful ships. We took our first Alaska cruise 3 years ago, and we both enjoyed it so much that we took another Alaska cruise last summer, and just returned 2 weeks ago from our third. We've already booked the same cruise for next summer; we may take a Mediterranean cruise the following year. There is so much we love about this cruise line and Regatta -- first, the incredible food! It's like eating in a fine restaurant at every meal; the Grand Dining Room is beautiful (Versace china is a nice detail), and the two specialty restaurants, Polo Grill and Toscana, are beautiful as well (no extra charge to eat at them). The breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at the Terrace Grill are also excellent. And Afternoon Tea, served daily at 4 p.m. in Horizons with trolleys laden with fabulous desserts made by the French pastry chef and his team, waiters bringing china teapots to each table, and the string quartet playing classical music, is a real highlight of Oceania cruises for us. I listened to 3 of the 4 daily performances of the string quartet; all excellent musicians. We stay in the least expensive inside cabin (G class) on Oceania since we spend little time in our cabin. The rooms are small, but laid out very well with lots of storage space, and they are very comfortable. The beds and 1,000 thread count sheets are like sleeping in a cocoon (the beds and linens are so popular that you can buy them). The ship is beautiful -- from the furnishings (I was surprised to learn that an upholsterer is on each cruise in case something needs to be repaired) to the artwork to the lounge areas and the restaurants. Just class all the way. Oh, and the entertainment is also excellent -- my husband has cruised in the past on another major cruise line and said the quality of the entertainment on Oceania was far superior. There is even a naturalist on board to give presentations on the wildlife that might be seen, and he was always looking for whales, seals, orcas, etc. to point out. We saw about 50 humpback whales and many seals, dolphins and other wildlife. I wouldn't recommend Oceania to the younger crowd or couples with children; it's definitely aimed at middle-aged and older guests. Being summer, there were some grandparents with their kids and grandkids, but the overwhelming majority of guests are in their 50s and older. We don't do any excursions so I can't comment on those, but the big majority of guests did get off for excursions at the different ports and seemed to really enjoy their activities. We just like to relax and enjoy the quiet on the ship when most guests are off, or we get off and walk around the small towns on our own. I can't imagine us ever taking a cruise on any other cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was wife and my first cruise on Oceania’s Regata. The entire experience was a delight. Our stateroom, a deluxe ocean view cabin, was comfortable and maintained perfectly by our cabin steward. The food was amazing—all the ... Read More
This was wife and my first cruise on Oceania’s Regata. The entire experience was a delight. Our stateroom, a deluxe ocean view cabin, was comfortable and maintained perfectly by our cabin steward. The food was amazing—all the food—in every restaurant and dining room. The Grill offered not only the usual burgers and hot dogs, but also lobster and filet mignon! The service was extraordinary, in the bars/lounges, dining room, and on deck. There wasn’t a single ship’s photographer aboard which we found refreshing after running the gauntlet of photographers on other cruise ships we’ve sailed on. The entertainment was great, especially the fantastic string quartet that performed several times each afternoon and evening. The Regatta herself was a little jewel box, with elegant/comfortable furniture, beautiful artwork, wood paneling, and soaring domes over the elegant staircases. We were hoping that we wouldn’t enjoy the cruise much more than on one of the larger ships we’ve always sailed on previously. Instead, because we enjoyed it so much, we’ve already booked another cruise on Oceania’s Insignia. If you like smaller scale cruising on an elegant ship with superb food and service, the Regatta’s your ship! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Oceania Regatta was our choice because of the size of the ship, the itinerary, the length of the cruise, and the reputation for excellent food. The cruise delivered on all fronts. The restaurants, particularly Toscana, were excellent. I ... Read More
Oceania Regatta was our choice because of the size of the ship, the itinerary, the length of the cruise, and the reputation for excellent food. The cruise delivered on all fronts. The restaurants, particularly Toscana, were excellent. I haven't had so much foie gras in years -- always in a different preparation each night. The entertainment was very good. As good or better than Vegas cabarets. The itinerary was goof and we very much enjoyed our helicopter excursion to the top of Herbert glacier. The Whale watch at Hoonah/Icy Straits was a winner -- saw both orcas and humpbacks. Glacier Bay was amazing. And Butchart Gardens in Victoria lived up to its reviews. The ship's decor is a bit tired but everything is clean and operational. The service crew was first-class. Maybe they could use one or two more people in the Main Dining Room. We did have a couple of slow meals. The only thing that was irritating was that the people who went to Martini's, the bar on the same deck as the Main Dining Room, congregated in two large groups watching sports on laptops and hooting and cheering for their teams. Maybe it was because of the World Cup, but it made things difficult for other guests. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My husband and I were celebrating a big anniversary, we had never been to Alaska, and we wanted to do something memorable so we decided to go visit this huge state. We began our cruising on Oceania shortly after this cruise line was ... Read More
My husband and I were celebrating a big anniversary, we had never been to Alaska, and we wanted to do something memorable so we decided to go visit this huge state. We began our cruising on Oceania shortly after this cruise line was founded, but we had not sailed with them since the ownership change. We more recently sailed with some luxury category cruise lines on ocean and river but this timing worked for us and the embarkation was perfect out of San Francisco since we also wanted to visit friends in Sacramento. Next time we will begin our Alaska journey farther north. The Regatta was late arriving to San Francisco due to problems on the previous cruise but we had gotten a phone call from Oceania informing us of this late arrival so we were able to extend our time in our airport hotel room and wait until we could board. Some passengers chose to visit San Francisco but we had been in California for a week so we were fine to just relax. Once we were onboard we were told our ship would not leave until the following morning and we would not stop in Astoria, Oregon in order to make up the lost time. Since we were celebrating our anniversary we did book a PH 1 cabin and, while the ship is an older ship, we really enjoyed our room with the wide windows letting in lots of light. Anna, Puku, and Xavier took excellent care of us and our room. As seniors, we would have enjoyed a walk-in shower but after receiving a requested tub mat we were able to make the bath/ shower combination work without any mishaps. The food is still wonderful!!! Every meal was delicious and served so beautifully. Executive Chef Gary Potiphar was delightful in his cooking demonstrations and we saw him quite often throughout the ship with a smile on his face as he stopped at many tables to introduce himself to the guests. He obviously loves what he does. The staff and crew were also excellent as they served us efficiently and warmly. A surprise for us on this small ship were the production shows. The vocals and choreography were wonderful in all 4 shows presented during this 11-day cruise. The presentations from Sandra Mowry about Alaska and, later in the cruise, about nutrition were quite good and informative. She was always prepared and her handouts were helpful. We also very much enjoyed the strings and the ship's band. I must say after reading some of the discussions about Regatta prior to the cruise I was wondering if we had chosen the right ship on the right cruise line for our special celebration, but we were quite pleased and actually booked a future cruise while onboard. We did book our own private excursions in several ports and we did not use Oceania's air since we were visiting California a week prior to the cruise. We did choose the onboard credit and I would definitely do that again if I went with "OLife choice". Next time I will give some thought to going cruise only, but it was fun to have some "spending money" while onboard. We will be on Marina for our next cruise and look forward to the bigger ship with more specialties, but Regatta and its crew and staff provided us with a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Oceania Regatta is offering a wine package of seven wines for $47.50 per bottle. I found these wines to be quite unremarkable and recommend that you spend yourhard USDs on wines from the standard wine list. The Regatta offers ... Read More
Oceania Regatta is offering a wine package of seven wines for $47.50 per bottle. I found these wines to be quite unremarkable and recommend that you spend yourhard USDs on wines from the standard wine list. The Regatta offers afternoon movies with popcorn and soft drinks which is most welcomed, especially on sea days. However the movies are not in closedcapioning. I asked the young man at the Reception Desk if they would showthe movies in closed captioning. He said that they did not and would notuse closed captioning. I was appalled at their utter disregard for those ofus with a hearing disability who require closed captioning to fully appreciatea movie. The regular wine list is excellent and there are some very outstanding wines available. Wait staff are attentive and knowledgeable. I had an issue with the food menu the first couple of days and the chef met with me personally to discuss the issue as it was of concern to him. The specialty restaurants are exceptional and I would recommend attending both. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Long Review We were apprehensive to try our first step up from mainstream cruising. Oceania came highly recommended by some friends of ours who share our taste in food, service and fellow travelers. Despite a rocky start, this was ... Read More
Long Review We were apprehensive to try our first step up from mainstream cruising. Oceania came highly recommended by some friends of ours who share our taste in food, service and fellow travelers. Despite a rocky start, this was the best cruise we have ever taken. Due to a norovirus outbreak on the previous segment we boarded a little late and spent several days under strict CDC sanitation guidelines (we have experienced this before). Also our itinerary was upset and we missed a few ports due to a need to turn the ship back to Hawaii in order to medivac a passenger who became ill. We lost about 26 hours, spending an extra sea day in the Pacific and we had to forego Cabo San Lucas and Guatemala from our itinerary. Honestly - we understood and while it’s disappointing and inconvenient - it did not impact our enjoyment of the trip at all. Embarkation: We were notified by email early that day of the delay in boarding and boarded late about 2:00 pm and had to wait to enter our cabin for a couple of hours. While waiting we met the first of many amazing staff, Todor from Bulgaria who was a bartender/barista. Our cabin 7099 was aft and starboard. The cabin was small but adequate. More of a matter of laughter than complaint .. I think the shower in our travel trailer is bigger. We had a *Concierge Level cabin. The bed is VERY COMFORTABLE. The ships is old but really elegant and homey. Built in 1998 but maintained pretty well considering its age. Holding only 680 passengers it’s quite a bit smaller than what we are used to. AND WE LOVED IT. Lots of dark wood and comfortable furniture all over the ship, reminiscent of a European parlour. There are so many things about Oceania that set them apart from the mainstream cruise lines. Here are some of the things we personally loved that they did NOT HAVE and some thoughts: 1) No photographers or photo galleries 2) No towel animals on the bed 3) No loud music or silly games at the pool 4) No dancing or singing waiters (except a very few Happy Birthdays) 5) No up charges for specialty dining, coffees or bottled water 6) No excessive announcements in cabin from the cruise director 7) No formal night and most everyone looked very sharp in “country club casual” 8) No kids (they are allowed but there are no amenities specifically for them) 9) No hard sell of tours, unwanted cocktails, merchandise (but all available) 10) No reservations needed for dinner in the main dining room Here’s the short list of all the things Oceania HAS that we really loved and some thoughts: 1) Every single crew member from a maintenance worker to maitre’d was cordial and friendly beyond belief. Many of whom know your name by day 2 and are always smiling. 2) Food quality was superb. Portions were perfect. Truly the best cuisine at sea we have ever experienced. One night we had calm seas and had room service dinner on our balcony ... the filet mignon was cooked to perfection.* *Concierge level cabins may order room service from the main dining room menu as well as the regular room service menu. 3) Specialty restaurants by reservation and after that you can make a last minute reservation if they have space. Both are adventures in slow eating ..... and I mean that in a good way. A really good meal should never be rushed. Most nights we went to Polo or Toscana we spent 2 hours over dinner with cocktails, 4 course meals and desserts. 4) Beverage package + $20 per day per person upgrade. Cocktails with top shelf brands and really wonderful wines by the glass making it unnecessary to buy wine by the bottle. We did pay corkage for an exquisite bottle we brought onboard for one evening ($25 corkage fee including decanting and a very slow pace of consumption ...the sommeliers did not rush our pours and helped us enjoy the bottle of wine our way. Our favorite bartender Anna from Ukraine can make you the best Singapore Sling. 5) Cabin stewards unlike any we have encountered. Friendly, non intrusive, happy to do anything for you. Our cabin was kept impeccable and they were always on top of any little maintenance issues we told them of. (Older ship.. some hinges were loose, a shower head needed replacing and the heat wasn’t working properly one day... all RESOLVED immediately by Desy and Nilesh. 6) Bridge lessons and duplicate bridge as well as rubber (party) bridge on every sea day .. even on the Panama Canal day (extra bonus) ... our bridge instructors Kay and Darwin Afdahl were so accommodating and such good instructors. We are beginners but they made us feel so welcome and we learned so much. I hope they continue to offer bridge on many more sailings. 7) Did I mention the FOOD? 8) The gym is excellent too. State of the art equipment - sufficient variety of machines and weights and floor space for the size of the ship. Morning stretch classes were frequented by many and the locker rooms and steam room is heaven. 9) Thassotherapy pool forward of the spa for *Concierge level and up was very relaxing yet NOT HOT ENOUGH 10) Two hot tubs (with no kids) were also very relaxing but NOT HOT ENOUGH .... that was our one complaint. We were told max was 104 but they were always around 85-90 degrees. We have a hot tub at home and need that daily soak for our aches and pains so this was a disappointment. We asked a maintenance worker twice but it was never adjusted. 11) Free internet. If even for just one account. This made the trip far more enjoyable for communicating with friends and family back home and although it’s was very slow, it was very much appreciated. Excursions) We did only book one excursion via the ship in Acapulco. I have to say we were disappointed in the tour. We generally find tours are a better value on our own. Fellow Passengers) The demographic of this cruise was definatly older than most cruises we have been on - so I think the entertainment is more geared toward that. We are 58 and 66 and enjoyed most of the on board entertainment, although I think there is room for improvement considering the tariff of an Oceania sailing. Personally I would like to see the show band hire a singer and provide more opportunity to dance to the American songbook type music. A few more comments: We really loved the ambience and we met far more fellow passengers than normal due to the size of the ship and small number of passengers. On disembarkation day we were all running around the ships trying to say goodbye to new friends. The lecturers on board were drawing big crowds every day and well appreciated and if you missed the talk you could get a re-run on the cabin tv. The library was extensive and beautiful. The chairs and loungers by the pool are WONDERFUL and relaxing and comfortable. The Internet cafe seemed mostly unused now that most people have laptops and iPads The smoking section was too close to the only pool bar and the door leading in/out of the gym... terrible placement. No escaping the whiff of second hand smoke. 24 nights flew by .... we booked another voyage before we left the ship and are looking forward to our 2nd Oceania cruise to South America. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our second Oceania cruise, and we loved it as much as our first (5 years ago on the larger Riviera ship). Fantastic service from all staff members, who work exceptionally hard and yet always have smiles and positive attitudes. ... Read More
This was our second Oceania cruise, and we loved it as much as our first (5 years ago on the larger Riviera ship). Fantastic service from all staff members, who work exceptionally hard and yet always have smiles and positive attitudes. And they know you by name within a couple of days, which simply amazes me. We love the food, both in the Grand Dining Room and the Terrace Cafe, and they are great about accommodating a gluten-free diet. Another plus for me is that the chairs in both venues are very comfortable. The two specialty restaurants were not a big draw for us because of our food preferences (and we missed having Red Ginger, which was on the larger Riviera ship). The Regatta is not new or recently refurbished, but they keep it exceptionally clean and tidy. It hardly ever felt crowded and we could easily find places to sit and lounge. Even the few mornings when the breakfast buffet was exceptionally busy, there was none of the elbowing or jostling you tend to get on other ships. We enjoyed the small ship and longer cruise, as it allowed us to meet more people and really make friends. We did not attend any of the enrichment lectures or evening shows, but heard from others that both were good. We did enjoy playing trivia, chatting with new friends during happy hour, reading and relaxing - all while being waited on hand and foot :-) Without referring to the itinerary, I think we had 6 ports in New Zealand, 6 ports in Australia, and 2 ports in Indonesia on our 24-day cruise. A couple of the ports were not exciting - Newcastle and Cooktown. We would have appreciated an extra day in Sydney and perhaps a day in Melbourne instead. However, we enjoyed most of the ports and were fortunate to have good weather throughout our cruise. Oceania's shore excursions are not a good value. While they are well-organized, they are very over-priced and often don't live up to the description given in the brochure. We only did 2 shore excursions through Oceania and booked the rest privately. We unfortunately missed one of our private excursions which was to be all-day, but our ship arrived in port 2 hours later than expected because of a medical emergency and headwinds the day before. This is a risk you run with private excursions, but we've always done relatively well going the private route. If you are not already aware, Oceania cruisers tend to be in the 50 and up age bracket (mostly "and up"). No problem for us even though we are at the low end of that range. We had a fantastic cruise and would do it again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have sailed with Oceania before, but this was our first time on their Regatta ship. We chose this cruise because of its itinerary which included ports of call in New Zealand, the west coast of Australia, Komodo Island, and ended in ... Read More
We have sailed with Oceania before, but this was our first time on their Regatta ship. We chose this cruise because of its itinerary which included ports of call in New Zealand, the west coast of Australia, Komodo Island, and ended in Bali. Most of the other cruise lines visit just the ports in New Zealand and Sydney resulting in a shorter cruise. Oceania's 24 day cruise was worth our while to endure the long flights to and from our home in Vancouver, BC. Other incentives to buy this cruise included: free air, free unlimited internet usage, plus another discount of our choice from excursions/beverage package/onboard ocean credit. Other credits from Oceania and our travel agent covered the tips and a couple of bottles of wine resulting in few additional charges at the end of the trip. Oceania booked their customers into Auckland's luxurious Sofitel Hotel located just a few blocks from the port where Regatta would be docked. We arrived at the hotel at 7:30am and had to wait for a room - not the best thing to hear after a red-eye flight! Other than that inconvenience, I would highly recommend this luxurious modern hotel. Our room was not the ordinary hotel room due to the finishes, the coffee/tea bar, the large bathroom with separate deep tub and roomy shower, the floor to ceiling windows along one wall, the fluffy bathrobe and slippers, and crisp bedding on a very comfortable bed that even had a number of decorator pillows on it. The difference between this lovely hotel room/hotel and our veranda stateroom on Regatta was noticeable on the first day aboard the ship, but we quickly adjusted to the confined space. Our room, the bathroom, public areas of the ship and dining areas were what we expected from our previous cruises on Oceania. Embarkation in Auckland was not a quick process. We had to stand in line in the cruise terminal for over an hour as the limited crew slowly processed the crowd of people who had turned up from several bus transfers all at the same time. Other than that day, Oceania handled our entrances and exits very well. The Destination staff were well organized in getting the various groups on excursions to their appointed buses. However, the destination staff both on the ship and in the Miami office gave incorrect information about docking locations for Sydney (not Circular Quay but White Bay) and for Brisbane (not Portside but Port of Brisbane) which matters when private tours have been arranged. In addition, the Destination Staff on board gave incorrect information in the ship's daily Currents about the starting times for the complimentary bus service between the port and downtown. These buses provided service right from the time of docking, not after all of Oceania's excursions had left the ship. On other occasions like in Wellington, the Destination staff abroad the ship were unaware of the drop off/pickup location of these complimentary buses in the city. Often these locations are the Visitor's Center but not so in Wellington which uses the bus stop at the corner of Brandon and Featherstone St - a 10 minute walk from the Visitor's Center. We appreciated these complimentary bus rides from port to CBD with their frequent departure times. The ship's arrival and departure times at the various ports were on time and as published. We are familiar with the high cost of Oceania's excursions and thus made our own arrangements to see the sights in most of the ports of call. When there was a great distance to travel between the port and the attraction we were interested in (to Christchurch, to Hunter Valley, to the temples in Bali) we bought an excursion. Unfortunately, for Komodo Island we had to buy the expensive ship excursion in order to get off the ship to see the Komodo Dragons. This excursion turned out to be a 2 hour guided walk on a pathway in the rainforest with a quick view of a group of Komodo Dragons - not good value IMO. The food on board the ship was always excellent with much choice at each meal and venue. We used all venues - the Grand Dining room, the Terrace Cafe, Waves, Polo, and Toscana. The service was excellent wherever we ate from friendly wait staff (Asian and Eastern European) who couldn't do enough to make your meal the best. The menus are on a 2 week rotation, so on a long voyage the repetition is welcomed as one gets to try items overlooked before or to indulge in those enjoyed before. When the Terrace Cafe closes at 2:30, the Waves poolside cafe provides grilled meat sandwiches and a salad bar. Every afternoon tea was served in Horizons from 4-5 which included delicious crab finger sandwiches and baked sweets. Cookies were available all day at the baristas. Coffee machine was open 24/7 in the Terrace Cafe. There were several extravagances - the grand afternoon high tea, the Sunday brunch, the captain's free cocktail meet and greet. Each was looked forward to and met our expectations. All were never charged extra. The usual on board entertainment was available for those wishing to participate. We usually got up early and, with the heat, we found ourselves ready for bed soon after dinner. However, we did listen to a few string quartet recitals, the pianist in the cocktail bar, the British lecturer on Asian countries, 2 Australian comedians, one cooking demo, and a couple of newly released movies from the movie channel in our room. I dipped into the small pool a couple of times, but usually spent time reading on our shady veranda instead of on the loungers around the pool. The ship provided many other activities and services I have not commented on like the spa, the exercise room, the walking area, room service, polynesian crafts, bridge, trivia, bingo, etc. The public areas of the ship were well air conditioned as were our rooms - so needed in tropic weather. The ship provided 2 computers in the library which I preferred to use as they were closer to my stateroom than those in the computer room at the other end of the ship. Getting an internet account was easy and the attendant answered questions quickly. The internet connection was relatively fast. Those times when loading was slow, I was glad I wasn't paying by the minute for internet use. Also, the library with its leather chairs and upholstered sofas provided a quiet, bright place to relax while reading. The book shelves were filled with a variety of reading materials - fiction, nonfiction, reference books - but some did look uninviting due to age. Don't expect to find many newly released bestsellers on these shelves. We enjoyed our 24 day cruise on Regatta and look forward to another cruise with Oceania booked while aboard to gain some additional discounts. There were no problems with this cruise - everything went as laid out in the brochure. The captain informed us daily at noon about the weather, the course, and sailing times. Communication about the ports and daily activities arrived in our cabins the night before. The room, the public areas, the food, the service was all as expected. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I, wanted to upscale we call it from (Celebrity & Holland America). To see if their was a big difference. I love Celebrity cruise line, especially the food. I never find any fault with their food or ships and service. ... Read More
My husband and I, wanted to upscale we call it from (Celebrity & Holland America). To see if their was a big difference. I love Celebrity cruise line, especially the food. I never find any fault with their food or ships and service. After 40 or more cruises through out my life time I must say it was time to up scale it. We booked Oceania. It was a 10 night. Nice Caribbean itinerary. The food excellent. Not only the Grand dining room and buffet to eat at but 4 specialty restaurants that are included in your price.All wonderful. The french restaurant was so french I must say I had a hard time with the wonderful taste. Not sure you get what I mean. Yes, a older population on board, very low key, not much going on but was fine for us. we are both 55 years old. If you are in your 20s or 30s may not be a good fit. Smaller portions of food which I really liked as so much food is wasted on a cruise. Not only that but older people like smaller portions. In the buffet and dining room but very large portions in the restaurants They take very serious the fact that you should be having a good time with no issues, if so they want to know right away so it can be fixed. In the middle of the cruise you even get a comment card to fill out to make sure everything is up to your standards.If not you will be contacted that day. I had a problem with a seal on our balcony door being broken. The wind would whistle through it every so often at night, we had a balcony cabin.I was switched to a penthouse suite ! free butler service if I wanted. It was wonderful the way they will take care of you. All in all will I cruise with them again. Yes, most definitely. I think I can say it is a step up from celebrity's food.Even the wave grill was wonderful ! high quality hamburgers Tuna, surf & turf. Milkshakes were free, morning smoothies, they served your drinks, helped you carry your plate to your table, no waiting in lines like the bigger ships. A good size ship not to big or small. All in all a wonderful cruise from someone who is very picky. You will not be dissatisfied unless you are young looking for alot of night life, then this cruise line is not for you. If you really want to relax, unwind, read a book, have alot of quite time then give them a try. Their tea time is grand.Not to be missed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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 ... 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
Sail Date September 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, ... 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
Sail Date August 2017
This was our first cruise! We were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary on August 1, 2017. We chose Oceania Regatta for it's size (684 passengers) and the itinerary. We did not want to cruise ... Read More
This was our first cruise! We were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary on August 1, 2017. We chose Oceania Regatta for it's size (684 passengers) and the itinerary. We did not want to cruise on a mega ship, it had six ports of call including Victoria, BC and we cruised Hubbard Glacier on our anniversary! We drove from our home in Northern California to the Seattle Hilton where they have a Stay and Cruise package. They let us check in early on Thursday and we spent the whole day exploring Seattle. We rode the Metro light rail downtown to Pike's Place, rode the monorail to the Spaceneedle and then both back to the hotel. We spent one night at the Hilton and then they stored our car for the 10 days we cruised providing a shuttle to and from the ship. Embarkation could not have gone smoother! We were on the ship quickly and eating lunch in the Terrace Cafe with a younger couple that let us join them. This was their 6th Oceania cruise! We quickly found that most passengers had cruised before and most with Oceania multiple times. Our cabin was ready by 2:00pm. We were in a Concierge level balcony stateroom, aft cabin. From what we had read we expected a small cabin with little storage and an even smaller bathroom. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of closet and storage space with plenty of hangers. Two of our empty suitcases fit under the bed and the third, which was too big, did fit in the closet. The bathroom was small but adequate with storage. Our only complaint with the bathroom was only one electrical plug and in an odd place. The bed was larger than an advertised queen and very comfortable. The end of the room was an entire sliding glass door to our balcony which gave us a great view of the ocean. The Regatta is beautiful! The rich decor, teakwood, and original art everywhere is gorgeous. The decor is not modern but more of ships gone by, but we loved it! We were allowed two reservations in both specialty restaurants and found them both very good to excellent. We especially enjoyed Toscana, the Italian restaurant. We ate dinner once in the MDR which was good but a little slow. We ate lunch a couple times in Waves Grill but the rest of our meals were in the Terrace Cafe, Regatta's buffet. We found it time saving with excellent food, many choices, yummy desserts and ice cream for the hubby. A highlight for us was afternoon tea held daily in the MDR at 4:00 pm with the Avista String Quartet! We loved the entertainment! The shows put on by the Regatta Production Cast were excellent! The Regatta Show Band was also very good especially the saxophonist. The two shows by comedian Tom Drake were great. We went to every 9:30 pm show but two! The activities aboard were many and varied. We had so many activities we wanted to participate in and many at the same time! My husband enjoyed the ping pong tournaments and we both played bingo and participated in some of the trivia contests. I went to two of the enrichment lectures, one on Alaskan wildlife and the other on Glaciers. My husband caught part of the presentation on earthquakes. All were good. We visited Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Straight Pt. In Hoonah, Skagway, Sitka, and Victoria, BC. We had a shore excursion in every port but Icy Straight. Highlights were the Mendenhall Glacier and gardens in Juneau, the White Mountain Pass railroad in Skagway, kayaking in Sitka and Butchart Gardens in Victoria. The service aboard the Regatta was excellent! The ship was always being cleaned! All the staff from entertainment, to waitstaff, to cabin stewards were so nice, helpful, and personable. Within a few days we were being called by name. We both used the Canyan Ranch Spa and I had the best facial I have ever had and my husband had the best therapeutic massage ever. We enjoyed interacting with other passengers. Most were in there 50's, 60's and 70's but we met younger passengers, multi-generational families and a very few children. All were nice, eager to share where they were from and previous cruise experiences. We wished we had seen more wildlife. It may have been the time of year and warmer weather. We had weather mostly in the 60's and even 70. The excursions we chose did not center on wildlife. We did see many bald eagles, fish, Sitka black tailed deer, whales spouting and my husband saw one humpback whale. I had wanted to see Orcas, brown bears and the black and white porpoises. We did hear of sightings of these. We did get a late start from Seattle. The ship was suppose to sail at 5:00pm but did not leave until 7pm. Our second evening onboard, a sea day, was quite rough with about four hours of rolling about with many reports of seasickness. The rest of the cruise was fine. Disembarking went very smoothly with no complaints from us. We hope to cruise again in the future and would definitely choose Oceania again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The ship decor has a lot of character with beautiful furniture and mahogony walls and trim. Lovely marble and gorgeous rugs grace the whole ship. We enjoyed the peaceful spacious surroundings with not a lot of people around as ... Read More
The ship decor has a lot of character with beautiful furniture and mahogony walls and trim. Lovely marble and gorgeous rugs grace the whole ship. We enjoyed the peaceful spacious surroundings with not a lot of people around as opposed to ships with thousands of people. The food was outstanding as well as the service at the buffet and main dining room. Staff was always friendly, curteous and caring. Our cabin 6004 had a very large window and since it didn't have a balcony the room was bigger than the ones next to us with balconies. We took advantage of the free excursions and had fabulous well spoken guides. The entertainment was first call and excellent!!! The internet service on the ship was top notch and faster than what we have at home! I highly recommend the Regatta ship as well as the other Oceania cruise ships! This was our 4th Oceania cruise and we plan to sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The service was great. Food was wonderful. Stateroom was spacious and the butler was always waiting on us. The ship was amazingly clean and well maintained. Mirshra, our butler, was amazing. We were in an Owners Suite. Whenever we left ... Read More
The service was great. Food was wonderful. Stateroom was spacious and the butler was always waiting on us. The ship was amazingly clean and well maintained. Mirshra, our butler, was amazing. We were in an Owners Suite. Whenever we left the room the maid promptly came in and made sure the room was clean and toiletries were stocked. My wife has a hip problem and has to sleep on an ice bag. Every evening a champagne bucket was filled with her ice bags chilling. Regatta always had activities throughout the day and the shore excursions offered addressed a ton of things to do while in port. The service in Polo and Toscana were a little slow but the quality of food and presentation were great. We spent most of our time eating in the Terrance Cafe. A lot of different items to choose from and it is cooked right in front of you. Alaska was totally beautiful. Enough said. We are heading back next year on Oceania Marina for a trip to Italy. I will probably never cruise on another line. Go if you have the chance. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this itinerary because it left from a port 25 minutes from our home. We were glad we chose Oceania to take us to Alaska! The size of the Regatta was perfect for us and there was absolutely no nickel and dimeing as there is on ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because it left from a port 25 minutes from our home. We were glad we chose Oceania to take us to Alaska! The size of the Regatta was perfect for us and there was absolutely no nickel and dimeing as there is on Holland America. (Our last cruise was on Holland America and we agreed it would be nice our last on that line. It was a miserable cruise experience, with the exception of the wonderful Cruise Critic passengers we met.) The Regatta is an older ship, but the decor is kept in tip-too shape. (We saw one of the Housekeeping inspectors with a white glove checking for cleanliness.) The food was excellent, the room attendants kept our balcony stateroom spotless. Many on CC have noted that the rooms are small, but we felt they were adequate and comfortable. Yes, the bathrooms are small, but highly efficient and because of the thoughtful design we never had water from the shower spill onto the bathroom floor! We look forward to our next Oceania cruise, however we wish they had accessible balcony staterooms. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Past experience with Oceania and desire for Alaska cruise. As always, food was great, cabins excellent. Only criticism is that shore excursions seem significantly higher and those available elsewhere. Found there were other bridge players ... Read More
Past experience with Oceania and desire for Alaska cruise. As always, food was great, cabins excellent. Only criticism is that shore excursions seem significantly higher and those available elsewhere. Found there were other bridge players on the cruise and a bridge director/teacher husband/wife team who were excellent. Crew was outstanding and were quite approachable and willing to discuss any aspect of the cruise or chat socially. Took in only one entertainment which was very good as well. Only one port had required the use of tenders so docking at all other ports was highly convenient. Had a butler for our penthouse suite and the service he provided was great. Housekeeping staff were excellent and always available and willing to provide any services required. Ship was immaculate. This was our third Oceania cruise and the first where we had to pay gratuities. We underestimated that cost (it is per person and not per cabin) so we over spent slightly trying to use our shipboard credits. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose Oceania Regatta because we had sailed on the Insignia last year to Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia. The Regatta is the sister ship. This time we introduced our friends to Oceania! This was our 2nd cruise with ... Read More
We chose Oceania Regatta because we had sailed on the Insignia last year to Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia. The Regatta is the sister ship. This time we introduced our friends to Oceania! This was our 2nd cruise with Oceania Cruise Lines. Everything from start to finish was excellent. We chose the same type of cabin, the penthouse suite. A few days into our trip, we were surprised to have a lack of hot water in the shower but, it was handled quickly. :-( The lectures and spa services were all enjoyable. The narration by the specialist during the Panama Canal crossing was great. Larry, the professor on board gave fabulous lectures. The shows performed by the Regatta Singers was also excellent! Corey Powell, our Cruise Director was so friendly and personable. One night there was a pianist another, a magician. The magician gave a great lecture about the history of magic - it was great! The pianist in Martinis was so enjoyable. The String Quartet was fabulous--- every night for 2 hours! The dining on Regatta --- what can I say. The food delicious and service wonderful. The Veal Milanese in Toscana was better on the Insignia though. Polo Grill was great! The cooking demonstrations were fun! **I was injured while on board (not badly), and taken to the medical facility. Being an R.N., I was very impressed with the care by the Doctor and R.N. on board. ** Our Butler, Raj made sure I had ice for the ice-packs - Raj was great all throughout the trip! All of our Ports were interesting --- I wished we had a longer stay at each one. We chose to make our own arrangements for excursions. I would like to try one of Oceania's larger ships in the future! Would we sail on Regatta again - you bet! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed from Montreal to London last year on Oceania's Marina and were interested in trying one of its "R" class ships. We were also looking for a RESTFUL cruise as a break from very heavy work loads lately on the jobs. ... Read More
We sailed from Montreal to London last year on Oceania's Marina and were interested in trying one of its "R" class ships. We were also looking for a RESTFUL cruise as a break from very heavy work loads lately on the jobs. This year the Regatta was on a 10-day voyage from Miami--> Cape Canaveral--> Charleston--> Hamilton, Bermuda--> St George, Bermuda --> Nassau, Bahamas, then back to Miami, with some nice days at sea. Embarkation was a "well-oiled Machine", with everyone boarded and bedded down very quickly with their luggage. The public areas of the ship were absolutely lovely, very well-maintained, and the happy crew tended the ship like their own baby. Everything was spotlessly clean, and every care was taken to avoid the Noro virus--we had NO outbreaks of tummy trouble and no bleach brigades having to fight off the nasty Noro. The Regatta is very much a "traditional" ship in its decor and traditions, and we were looking sort of cruise experience over Carnival's neon glitter overkill. The furniture, fixtures, woodwork, curtains, and marble work were just incredible. If you ever wanted to cruise like the gilded age tycoons did during the Edwardian Age, the Regatta is just the ship for you, very civilized as well as indulgent. There is the beautiful Grand Staircase, which is absolutely lovely, and quite the focal point. We loved the Library, and the staff had an incredible selection of DVDs to loan the passengers. There were plenty of activities going on--lectures, demonstrations, music, dong, and dance--but we were too lazy for that and just wanted to lay on our balcony and take it easy. Our butler Rahman was a treasure, and he made sure to keep the latest chocolate treats in our room (as we're major-league chocoholics), We enjoyed the Grand Dining Room, the Terrace Cafe, Tuscany, Polo Steak, and ESPECIALLY Waves Grill (where the Wagu Beef Burgers reigned supreme, the Surf and Turf rocked, and the best strawberry milkshakes in the universe were there for the asking. Another aspect of Oceania we appreciate is that people who drink alcohol can buy separate beverage packages--thus people like us (who do not drink) are not forced to subsidize the "Booze Cruises" of individuals who do imbibe. We particularly enjoyed Charleston and Hamilton+St George, Bermuda. Lovely weather, plenty for the history and beach buffs to explore. Much less impressive was Nassau in the Bahamas, where the monstrous Atlantis Resort loomed in the distance--by then, the weather had become sticky, hot, and very humid. Unlike Hamilton and St George, Nassau had become a bit run-down, especially in the dockyard area. All in all, a VERY nice cruise. R-n-R on the waves. and everything was about as perfect as it could be. We will be back again on Oceania soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The wonderful people and natural beauty of indigenous animals, birds, fish, plants, well worth the experience. The Regatta and crew come through every time, it is more like family, though we may be the family members requiring ... Read More
The wonderful people and natural beauty of indigenous animals, birds, fish, plants, well worth the experience. The Regatta and crew come through every time, it is more like family, though we may be the family members requiring intervention. LOL Captain Hansen, Cruise Director Corey, and our Butler Rahman, were very personable, attentive to the guests, and thoroughly kept everyone updated. As always the food was amazing, we especially enjoy the Terrace, for staff, selection, and quantity control. But then again with the awesome upgraded drink package, quantity control was thrown over-board. Thank you Michael (waves bar) and your staff for always accommodating me with a "skinny" drink. We had NO idea what to expect, the Amazon river itself is not with in a triple canopy forest, it is actually a flood plain. Suggestions concerning shore excursions: book your own, as they are limited from the ship. We had the MOST amazing, guides!! St Johns Antigua---Nellie check her out on Trip Advisor Bridgetown Barbados---Silvermoon Barbados, catamaran Santarem Brazil---Gil Serique natural history expert Parintins Brazil---do take in the BoiBumba Folk Festival Manaus Brazil-- Rodolpho Leite with Amazon Destinations...we spent 1 entire day on the water, the 2nd in town. This is a DO NOT MISS..because of him we would return. Alter Do Chao Brazil---Gil Serique this is his home Recife Brazil---Viator private tour by Leonardo Ferreira, be ready for a FULL day and take notes, knowledgeable, personable, reasonable. These 2 ports I was concerned about::: only to find out the history of Devils Island, and be amazed by the structures still there. Also Boca Da Valeria, this is a cultural immersion that must be experienced. Last Suggestion:::::DO take something to bless those who have VERY little... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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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