74 Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

This is cruise 18 with Oceania on all ships but Serena. I am not sure if i have been unlucky but the service level was less than “normal”. For example at the Sunday brunch my wife and i finished before any staff member asked us if we ... Read More
This is cruise 18 with Oceania on all ships but Serena. I am not sure if i have been unlucky but the service level was less than “normal”. For example at the Sunday brunch my wife and i finished before any staff member asked us if we wanted water, juice or anything else except cocktails. At dinner in the dining room the opposite, cant find a drink waiter and have to ask. It seems there is a staff shortage. The other annoying thing is the berths, there was a German ship “AIDA’ shadowing us and in every common port it had the in town berth when one was available and we got the container terminal. This happened even when the advertised Oceania berth was in town. Is all this Norwegian cost cutting a little at a time? I also note that the level benefits are being downgraded next year. In a way that is good news for me because the loyalty program did have me captive to an extent so I now feel less trapped. About to try Viking for the first time and maybe not the last. Have already tried Ponant and although it is a very different product being “expedition” yachts of 200 pax it has overcome finding new places to cruise given i have exhausted the Oceania network. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband and I love the small ships and have sailed on the old Rennaisance line ships under Princess and Azamara as well as Oceania. The Regatta is scheduled for renovation, and it is sorely needed. They HAVE to do something with the ... Read More
My husband and I love the small ships and have sailed on the old Rennaisance line ships under Princess and Azamara as well as Oceania. The Regatta is scheduled for renovation, and it is sorely needed. They HAVE to do something with the main showroom but it will be a challenge. This cruise was very relaxing, from Miami through the Panama Canal to LA. And we live close to LA so disembarking in Los Angeles is one of the wonderful features of this cruise. Both the service on the ship and the food were terrific. The Entertainment staff was extremely talented and did a great job. If I had a complaint it might have been that both the speakers were covering mainly the same topic, and since there were seven sea days, a little variety would have been appreciated. Also, the ship's choice of movies was dismal, and with seven sea days, a first run movie in the afternoon would not have cost them very much but might have been quite popular. Unfortunately the Ship's personnel had to give us all the government issued warnings on our trip to Havana, such as no "person to person" contact etc. We were scared into taking a bus tour of Havana, one of the ship's excursions and we regretted the choice. It was as bland as it could be. We heard everything the young man was told to tell us, there was no music, no food, no contact with a Cuban other than the guide, no chance to view all the artwork available in the markets. It was boring. We spent over 1/2 hour at the cemetary and that was one of the highlights. Some of the passengers went off on their own and did quite well. We envied them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Our 4th cruise with OCEANIA. Both types of ships have advantages. Marina and riviera have more specialty restaurants. Regatta is more familiar, but on waves a little bit less stable as the bigger ships. Always very good service ... Read More
Our 4th cruise with OCEANIA. Both types of ships have advantages. Marina and riviera have more specialty restaurants. Regatta is more familiar, but on waves a little bit less stable as the bigger ships. Always very good service and fantastic food. The ports of call more interesting than expected ( after having done similar cruise 10 years ago with Celebrity). Itinerary overall very good. You can explore a lot of things by yourselves. The ship should undergo a refurbishment in some parts. ( will be done 2019) Rooms and bathrooms are small but ok. The new Barista coffee bar is fantastic for an espresso and small bites. The quality of the shows are a little bit better on the bigger ships, but overall very good. Comedian was useless. We did not use casino or the loudly offered bingo games. The fitness center was good equipped, but no one looked for the guests. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First time on Oceania. Found the food to be the best I've had on non-luxury lines. Usually never eat dinner in the buffet, but they had much the same offerings as the dining room, so we found ourselves there more and more. ... Read More
First time on Oceania. Found the food to be the best I've had on non-luxury lines. Usually never eat dinner in the buffet, but they had much the same offerings as the dining room, so we found ourselves there more and more. It's a nice touch as you can try lots of things. It's pretty popular, so if you need a table for four or six, you may be hard pressed to get a table on arrival. The staff were excellent. We were frequently referred to by name and felt very well taken care of. I thought the ship was in very good shape although it is time for a decor change as will happen in 2019. Small showers, but I'll manage with that to be on a smaller ship and have a more personalized experience. We caught the first magician show and ended up leaving early. A little too hokey and underwhelming for us. Personal preference. I'm sure some people loved him. Production shows were good. All in all it was an excellent cruise and I will definitely consider Oceania for my future cruising! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Jacques Pepin is the chef who drives the food on this cruise. Enough said, in that it was excellent! Service was almost one to one ratio, so you can imagine how that feels. In the buffet, you are served- it's not a free for all ... Read More
Jacques Pepin is the chef who drives the food on this cruise. Enough said, in that it was excellent! Service was almost one to one ratio, so you can imagine how that feels. In the buffet, you are served- it's not a free for all where everyone is grabbing stuff. We met quite a few people who were extremely happy as well. Some we met are the type that would probably find fault no matter what. I don't recommend going if you are looking for a lot of excitement. Shore excursion was cancelled in SItka due to technical issues with boat. Would have been nice if we knew that prior to getting off, but we just found other things to do. Pack for EVERY kind of weather- hot cold, rainy, windy, you name it- it will change on a dime! Having been on NCL, Royal Caribbean and Carnival- there's no comparison. Price is also higher than those above. Also, be very sure of drink package purchased- it is NOT the norm in that it only includes wine with dinner unless you upgrade. I'd do another Oceania cruise, although probably not Alaska due to the fact you only see the ports, which is an iota of the state. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have cruised with other lines, Cunard, Celebrity, Azamara and wanted to try Oceania as we had heard the food was so good.....they did not disappoint, but more of that later. Also we have been to Alaska before but not Sitka or Prince ... Read More
We have cruised with other lines, Cunard, Celebrity, Azamara and wanted to try Oceania as we had heard the food was so good.....they did not disappoint, but more of that later. Also we have been to Alaska before but not Sitka or Prince Rupert. We made our own arrangements for hotels and stayed near English bay, got a taxi to the port which was $11. Embarkation was the easiest we have ever had, filled out one form and we were on, it is all very low key, two people directing people to the buffet as our cabins were not ready. Had a wonderful lunch, they announced at 2pm all cabins were ready, our cases were inside when we got there. Plenty of room for two ladies sharing to hang and put away all the clothes, our cases fitted under the beds, but the steward can take them if yours is too big. We all know the showers are tiny and so is the toilet, I am tall and could not fit on the seat!!!! From the very first meal, to the last the food was wonderful better than most Michillen Star Restaurants we have been too! I am vegetarian but also have a food allergy, they could not have been kinder asking me to choose and offering to cook something different if nothing on the menu was suitable, I did have to do this the night before but did change my mind on arrival at dining room which was never a problem. Our waiter Jeffrey was the best. The food in the waves grill and the buffett were all good and the milkshakes are out of this world! Everything was served hot, the two meat eaters and 1 person who ate fish all had excellent meals, we could not fault it. The shows are low key, but all of the entertainers had good voices and could dance. Dottie the cruise director was brilliant. We really enjoyed the ensemble playing classical music they were excellent.The quizzes were good fun and I liked the little gesture of O points to win prizes.you could always get a chair on deck in the sun it was never crowded and the weather was very hot all the time. The service from every member of staff was the best we have ever had, everyone said hello, smiled and asked if we were having a nice time. The shore excursions were a mix, some I thought were a little overpriced and I wish we had done a bit more research and done our own thing, the trip to the valley to see the bears was the best day out, worth every penny. We were lucky to have a lovely mix of ages on this trip, as I understand it is often older people who go, we were aged 59-65, it made for a fun trip, one of the best we have ever had, I would book again and recommend it especially if you like good fun & nice service. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Although the cruise had a late start (almost one entire day) and missed one of the ports to be visited, the experience was good. Service on board is very good, as is the food and the restaurants. The size of the ship and number of ... Read More
Although the cruise had a late start (almost one entire day) and missed one of the ports to be visited, the experience was good. Service on board is very good, as is the food and the restaurants. The size of the ship and number of passengers on board made it possible that, with very few exceptions, there was always places in any of the ship's restaurants, bars and living spaces. Embarkation and Disembarkation procedures were very well organized and swift. While value for money of the entire cruise was good, the tours offered by the company, although good, are very expensive and the same basic tour can be found at the ports for prices that are around 20/30 per cent cheaper. My wife needed to use the medical services and was very well attended to, altough the price charged for the antibiotic eyedrops was outrageous, The same drug the could be purchased at land drugstores in the US for around 16 dollars was charged at 103 dollars. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Having taken many cruises a long way from home it was nice to take one close meaning minimal travel. We liked the itinerary as it included a few places where we hadn't been. We missed four of the tender ports due to rough seas which ... Read More
Having taken many cruises a long way from home it was nice to take one close meaning minimal travel. We liked the itinerary as it included a few places where we hadn't been. We missed four of the tender ports due to rough seas which would have been disappointing for those who haven't been there before and came so far but it was unavoidable. We didn't do any of the ship's shore excursions as we found them very expensive. Private tours were much cheaper and able to be modified to suit your preferences and the weather etc. Entertainment was generally very good as they were having to continually change the schedule due to more days at sea etc. Guest entertainers were very good as was the resident team led by Cruise Director Julie. The service was excellent in restaurants and bars. We found that they would run out of our favourite wine some days in some bars and then they would find some the next day or they would have it in another bar/restaurant. They obviously don't have a central system where they can find it in a hurry. We love Oceania and will be travelling with them again in July. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Looking for cruise in warmer location in the winter. Never visited NZ/AUS. Heard good things about Oceania. Liked small ship. Regatta is "Old" but we did not notice any particular defects. We had two ports cancelled due to ... Read More
Looking for cruise in warmer location in the winter. Never visited NZ/AUS. Heard good things about Oceania. Liked small ship. Regatta is "Old" but we did not notice any particular defects. We had two ports cancelled due to stormy weather for safety reasons. Disappointing but beyond control of Oceania. Cost of missed tours was refunded. No mechanical problems that we were aware of. Embarkation went smoothly. We had priority boardung due to cabin location. Fairly large que for concierge class and below at the check in. Rooms onboard not ready until about 1:30 PM. Everyone ends up in the buffet line until room is ready. Cabin air conditioning somewhat loud, but not overpowering. We did not find the electric outlets a problem. All of our plugin equipment worked on 220V. Room came with a Laptop computer. This device is only useful for using the internet. It can't upload any personal files (thumb drive) or save anything like camera downloads. So, bring your own laptop if you need to do any serious work. Overall a positive experience. Would book Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I chose Oceania because the company had a good reputation among some of our friends, who are seasoned travelers. We had been satisfied with previous cruise lines, i.e., Crystal, but Oceania had the best travel time for us. Our ... Read More
My wife and I chose Oceania because the company had a good reputation among some of our friends, who are seasoned travelers. We had been satisfied with previous cruise lines, i.e., Crystal, but Oceania had the best travel time for us. Our excitement of seeing the Regatta from the outside gave way to gross disappointment when first taking in the so-called renovated interior. It had a very dated appearance, reminiscent of the first cruise we took 43 years ago. This view was shared by all of our many friends, whom we were fortunate enough to meet on board. Apparently, the other Oceania ships are nicer. That being said, the ship was spotlessly clean. Our stewards were a highlight of the trip and basically served as our private concierges. Otherwise, service was a mixed bag. By in large, it was excellent throughout, but with several glitches. For example, we requested morning coffee in our cabin. The waiters were as nice as could be, yet we often had to call several times because our order had been forgotten. In another instance, a sommelier had total screwed up our bill that we had to stay for an extra 20 minutes till he tried unsuccessfully to straight it out. Many of our friends did not like the food, but we did. Helping size was small but typically we can always ask for more. We are both fish eaters and were astonished to find out that they rarely served fresh fish. As a result frozen lobsters were terrible. We complained to the head chefs in 2 restaurants, who noted that it was company policy? Yet, huge fish markets at most ports. Humm! The speciality restaurants (Polo and Toscano) were hardly special. All fluff with no stuff. Menus did not change. 2 bad entrees there! Indian and Asian buffets were exceptional with legitimate native choices. Wine was good with a large selection and rather inexpensive! Passengers were disappointed that the ship did not dock at Akoroa (Christ Church) and we bypassed Milford Sound, ostensibly because of bad weather. No fault of of the ship unless the captain made a bad choice. The costs of excursions were out of sight and inflexible. We booked only one trip with Oceania for a 10 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road in Geelong. Because my wife wasn’t feeling well, we had to cx, but they would not return money even though there was a waiting list. Shame on them! Fortunately, I had made reservations in all of the other ports with private companies at a fraction of the Oceania cost and greater flexibility We were very pleased with global Viator and local Zealandier. Both were communicative and provided great tour guides. Opting for the WiFi package saved us a lot of money, but the bandwidth was weak and no more than one device can be used at a time. Ancient! Entertainment was good to excellent, even though the showman always catered to an older audience. Enrichment activities were inadequate. The ship needs at least one nationally recognized presenter per cruise. The laundry room was a disaster! Only 3 operating washer-dryers for 600+ passengers. 3 hours to wash underwear in a small hot room with guests who paid a lot of money needing to sit on the floor! Really? The bottom line is that we like cruising will not ever use Oceania. The value is overrated! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Recommended by their exclusive travel agent Vacations to Go. Service was the very best Food too was the best of all cruises we have been on. Ship is small and lacks many of the other amenities of the larger ships. The cabin ... Read More
Recommended by their exclusive travel agent Vacations to Go. Service was the very best Food too was the best of all cruises we have been on. Ship is small and lacks many of the other amenities of the larger ships. The cabin was very cramped. Washroom suitable for a child with step up at the door. I was told by other passengers that they prefer the larger Riviera ship which has much more on board activities, with the same excellent food. In Acapulco, I recommend using the services of Benjamin Alarcon of Tourist Transportation Service. He provides excellent tours by taxi at a fraction of the cost of the excursions offered by the cruise line. Call from USA 11 521 744 181 74 24 email: benjamin_alarcon@yahoo.com The ports visited in Central America were extremely poor. I was suprised that a top rated cruise line like Oceania would use these commercial ports where one has to use transportation to any point of interest. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
Sail Date September 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
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
Sail Date August 2017
I love Alaska, this was my second cruise through Alaska. Chose Oceana for food reviews. Didn’t disappoint. Excellent in dining rooms and buffets. They took great care to serve you at buffet so as not to contaminate service ware. They ... Read More
I love Alaska, this was my second cruise through Alaska. Chose Oceana for food reviews. Didn’t disappoint. Excellent in dining rooms and buffets. They took great care to serve you at buffet so as not to contaminate service ware. They have organic food which is important to my digestive system. Shows were good. Tours were fair, we enjoyed hiking the rain forest, kayaking in the rain, loved it all. I’m physically challenged, none of the tours were difficult and we chose the most athletic ones. Never needed my cane. Until the next day. LOL. Wish we had toured the college fiords. Room service was amazing. Surf n turf burgers were my favorite by the pool. Alaska never disappoints. Love the ship size, great ages. Few children. Cabins are small but adequate for two. Traveling with best friend, her first cruise. Will definitely go on Oceana again. Tried to book Nov Tahiti, ended up on Seabourne October. Excellent gluten free choices, daily homemade ice creams. You won’t be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Cruised with friends that picked ship and itinirary. My first cruise so nothing to compare it to. Food was OK, but not up to the lofty expectations I had coming in. Never got a good steak, even hamburger meat tasted weird. My first ... Read More
Cruised with friends that picked ship and itinirary. My first cruise so nothing to compare it to. Food was OK, but not up to the lofty expectations I had coming in. Never got a good steak, even hamburger meat tasted weird. My first breakfast was in the main dining room and I ordered Eggs Benedict - huge disappointment. Theme nights at Terrace were good, especially the seafood night. Deserts were also disappointing. Service in main dining room was always a two hour affair for dinner. Loved our waiter, but just a slow process. Wine selection by the glass were hugely disappointing. Fortunately I had brought some great Oregon wines onboard and poured them in my room and brought them to dinner avoiding a corkage fee. Cruise Director, Dottie, was great. Were fortunate to share the cruise with Big Ten alumni and they brought great speakers and athletes from the past. Vern Lundquist was a great speaker. Loved the entertainment, kids sang and danced their tails off. Ports of call were fine other than Wrangell - totally a wasted day. Highlight was the seaplane ride to Taku Lodge for salmon dinner. Amazing views of glaciers in area, just mind blowing. We had an interior room to save money and it was fine for us - great beds. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This cruise was organized by Michigan State University and Go Next travel. All big ten schools were included for this cruise. We enjoyed stops in Alaska and excursions planned by Go Next. We had sports dignitaries on board and enjoyed ... Read More
This cruise was organized by Michigan State University and Go Next travel. All big ten schools were included for this cruise. We enjoyed stops in Alaska and excursions planned by Go Next. We had sports dignitaries on board and enjoyed panel discussions. We stopped in Wrangell, Sitka, Juneau, Hoonah, Skagway and Victoria. Our meals were delicious,the staff friendly and efficient and the voyage was fantastic. The atmosphere was casual but dinner required country club casual.The terrace could be crowded especially at lunch. The staff was exceptional and learned our names quickly. The spa services were very expensive and the transfer costs to the airports were very expensive. I liked the size of the ship and we are planning on another cruise in several years. I would recommend Oceana and the Regatta to friends and family. I would have enjoyed a yoga and Zumba class or other fitness activity offered onboard. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose cruise because of length of trip, size of ship as we prefer small ships, and the itinerary. Fantastic experience with stunning scenery, lots of wildlife and all on well-organised shore excursions. Seeing the Hubbard Glacier so close ... Read More
Chose cruise because of length of trip, size of ship as we prefer small ships, and the itinerary. Fantastic experience with stunning scenery, lots of wildlife and all on well-organised shore excursions. Seeing the Hubbard Glacier so close was extra special. Excellent cruise director, great entertainment and lectures. The crew were great, giving a superb service. Our only complaint on board was how cold it was. Not referring to the Alaskan weather, but the freezing cold temperature in the public rooms on board. When we disembarked, one of our cases was damaged - the fabric was split and we were concerned about its security for our onward journeys. We reported the problem to the port agents, SMS (Guest Port Services). A written report was completed and we were told we would hear within a few days. That was on 20th June. Since then, we have exchanged several emails with the SMS Seattle port supervisor, who in turn has been in contact with Oceania. We have had no contact whatsoever from Oceania. We have also sent an enquiry direct to Oceania, using their online contact service and still have received no reply. It is now 8th July. In this, they have really let themselves down and tarnished our view. We understand that things go wrong, but expect the company to put things right. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Alaska has been on our bucket list and since it does involve some walking, we thought this was the right year for us to go. Plus we liked the Vancouver embarkation and Seattle ending as we wanted to spend some time in both. With three at ... Read More
Alaska has been on our bucket list and since it does involve some walking, we thought this was the right year for us to go. Plus we liked the Vancouver embarkation and Seattle ending as we wanted to spend some time in both. With three at sea days, there was more time on the ship than normal but we enjoyed the lectures and found plenty to keep us busy. We did not book the specialty restaurants ahead of time and that was a mistake, The Main Dining Room food was very good but did not have as much variety as we expected. Excursions booked by Oceania were good but local providers were available and we used several of those at 1/2 the price. Cabin was kept very well, room service was excellent. A very good cruise. Would like to see more interaction from the ship officers other than the designated events.Entertainment was good. Interesting that there were so few on the Cruise Critic Roll Call - not even enough to have a reception. The Captain did an excellent job of doing a 360 degree turn at the Hubbard Glacier. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this cruise for the itinerary, which was rewarding for the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The excursions were generally good. After cruising on Viking and other cruise lines, we found ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this cruise for the itinerary, which was rewarding for the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The excursions were generally good. After cruising on Viking and other cruise lines, we found the Regatta to be aged, worn and dark in decor. It was like returning to the 1980s. The staff were generally well trained and responsive to our needs, although there were some issues with language. Embarkation in Vancouver was a taxing experience, as the facility was not designed to be used as a cruise terminal and involved a lot of unnecessary walking and up and down escalators in order clear processing and board the ship. Dining was hit and miss. The speciality restaurants were comfortable and well serviced. However, the food quality was less than what we are accustomed to. Over ten days, Regatta's kitchens failed to deliver one serving of meat done at the requested medium rare temperature. At our first dinner in Toscana, my veal was so tough that it was unchewable. Dining in the Terrace buffet was inconsistent, but probably average for a cruise ship buffet. Service in the Grand Dining Room was often slow and inattendant. Oceania's claim that it has the best cuisine at sea is not accurate. Being a smaller ship with older technology, Regatta rocked and rolled in the Gulf of Alaska seas, leaving my wife queasy at times. The ship's elevators were reminiscent of old buildings that had elevator operators and barely held six people. The headboard above our bed generated a vibration noise while cruising that kept us awake at night. In addition, the HVAC system in our room emitted strange noises that sounded like a phone ringing without being answered. The European style half-shower/tubs are extremely frustrating for someone accustomed to a comfortable, roomy shower experience that doesn't flood the floor. Disembarkation in Seattle was smooth and uneventful. Overall, there are better alternatives for a higher end experience for the money. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose for itinerary and reputation for dining. Previous cruise on Nautica had been great. Lack of timely service in grand dining room appeared to be due to a shortage of staff. Food was not always served timely or warm. Waves had good ... Read More
Chose for itinerary and reputation for dining. Previous cruise on Nautica had been great. Lack of timely service in grand dining room appeared to be due to a shortage of staff. Food was not always served timely or warm. Waves had good selection and nice assortment of food and dinner themes. Room was kept clean and neat with ice and water. Embarkation and debarkation were well handled. Much of decor in public areas has not been refreshed. E.g. Sports pictures in bathrooms were from renaissance days. Wine and wine packages expensive and $25 corkage fee seemed high. Shore excursions were expensive but handled well and we enjoyed the ones we took. Entertainment was creative and enjoyable. Have another Oceania on insignia in December and hope that it is more up to the previous Nautica standard. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because of the convenience for us to depart and return to Miami, for Oceania's reputation for good food, and for the experience of cruising on a smaller ship than we had previously experienced. Embarkation at ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the convenience for us to depart and return to Miami, for Oceania's reputation for good food, and for the experience of cruising on a smaller ship than we had previously experienced. Embarkation at noon was very fast and easy. We immediately lunched at Waves. I had a surf and turf on a roll - lobster and steak. Bad start for me. The lobster was undercooked and the dish did not sit well on my stomach. We were called to our stateroom between 1:30-2. I will review our very small cabin separately. The public rooms on the ship are stunning. Many have beautiful ceilings, and all have lovely, cozy traditional furnishings. There are many inviting small conversation areas. The library is especially lovely - it has a tasteful bird theme, lots of books, and a fabulous ceiling. Much care went into the selection of furnishings and accessories throughout the ship. I found the fitness center well equipped for my needs. The service was excellent - from our cabin crew to the wait staff. Each crew member was responsive to any request we made. Dining: we had many hits, but some unhappy misses. We loved the two specialty restaurants, having had great meals in both Toscana and Polo Grill. I had lamb chops and filet mignon both done exactly as requested. My husband's steak was perfection. Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room daily was very good. The croissants were fabulous! However, neither of us was happy with lunch selections, particularly at the Terrace. In general, lunch selections were heavier than either of us wanted. There were few simple sandwiches, such as grilled cheese, BLT, etc. Unless one wanted a salad or burger, the choices were pasta, heavy meats, fishes, etc. neither of us cared for the Terrace buffet for any meal. There was not specific direction in which to move along, there were often too few servers, and it was sometimes difficult to find a seat. We almost always ate in the Grand Dining Room or the specialty restaurants. Tea service was elegant. The tea selections, finger sandwiches, and pastries were wonderful. We did attend several of the port lectures. They were somewhat interesting. We also joined in the team trivia, which was fun - lots of laughs. We only went to two evening shows, which were as expected. The entertainers were talented and enthusiastic. We would have preferred an earlier show time. The Kennedy Space Center excursion was one of the best we had ever had. The Glass bottom boat was fun. Otherwise, we found the offered excursions overpriced and did far better getting our own tours or private guides. Our fellow cruisers looked primarily over sixty-five, with most in their seventies or eighties. There were a few exceptions, but not many. Most were interesting conversationalists and well traveled. We met lots of fascinating people. Surprisingly to me, most of the folks with whom we chatted were returning Oceania cruisers. Many had taken multiple Oceania cruises, up to 35. I would cruise again with Oceania, but only on the larger "O" ships, as the balcony cabins are far more spacious, making us more comfortable. In addition, the larger ships have less motion, as I am bothered at times. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We looked forward to this South American cruise for a long time. Except for missing two ports due to wind and waves, it was a wonderful trip. Regatta is a lovely small ship. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was really good, ... Read More
We looked forward to this South American cruise for a long time. Except for missing two ports due to wind and waves, it was a wonderful trip. Regatta is a lovely small ship. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was really good, even the food at the buffet. Unfortunately, some passengers and crew came down with influenza. There were repeated requests for everyone to wash their hands and use the alcohol gels throughout the ship. The incidents of flu continued so we went to a level 2 red situation where we could not have anything on our dining tables, use of equipment in the gym was limited and activities were curtailed. The crew worked night and day to clean everything. By the end of the cruise no new cases were added. Our penthouse suite was lovely. The stewards were great. We had a butler, Raj, who did anything we needed. The staff entertainers were very talented and worked hard to entertain us all. They even worked throughout the day helping with activities, while they took place. Corey, the Cruise Director, was lots of fun and kept us updated throughout the day about activities. He led the daily trivia games which were a blast. Go Seaworthy! The captain was great and we all felt he worked hard to give us the best experiences we could have. We had a wonderful lecturer, Dr. Don Klein, who really made the trip more educational and enjoyable. We loved Oceania so much we booked another trip in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose the cruise based on itinerary as I do all my travel. The trip down the Amazon was great but not as good as I hoped. I have been on the Amazon in Peru and perhaps because I stayed in a lodge on the river it seemed to capture more of ... Read More
I chose the cruise based on itinerary as I do all my travel. The trip down the Amazon was great but not as good as I hoped. I have been on the Amazon in Peru and perhaps because I stayed in a lodge on the river it seemed to capture more of the "spirit" of the place better than the shore excursions I had. I liked most aspects of the cruise and would recommend Oceania to friends. The one area where it was deficient, in my opinion, was shore excursions. I had 4 for free and I bought one to use up on board credit but they were not great in general and not worth the price (if I had been paying for them). I was on three of private tours that I found out about on Cruise Critic and they were better tours and better value. I prefer to be active on tour (e.g. biking or walking instead of sitting in a bus and only getting off for photo stops (or even worse, shopping)) but there were few opportunities for that. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Chose this cruise for itinerary + the Iowa State Alumni group. We arrived at the Los Angeles Port at 6:30 pm after a cross country flight and 1 hour 15 min transfer. It was rather dark, one man met the shuttle saying, "it's ... Read More
Chose this cruise for itinerary + the Iowa State Alumni group. We arrived at the Los Angeles Port at 6:30 pm after a cross country flight and 1 hour 15 min transfer. It was rather dark, one man met the shuttle saying, "it's late and everyone has gone home, you'll have to handle all your own luggage, no carts available" and pointed to a door. It didn't get better, no smiles or information! Fortunately from that beginning, the rest of the experience was wonderful!! We enjoyed all restaurants, had 2 reservations for Toscana and Polo Grill (outstanding service and cuisine choices), The Terrace restaurant was great for all meals plus the outside provided wonderful views. We had an issue 2 hot items that were cold the first few days, let them know via written comment, the next day it was resolved! (even a apology from the head chef!) Loved that we had NO formal nights! Entertainment was very good for the size ship, Activities plentiful. Service excellent. Ports of call mixed, shore excursions very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date January 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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