5 star in places but 2 star in others: Regatta Cruise Review by Love to travel 54

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Love to travel 54
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5 star in places but 2 star in others

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
My husband and I travelled with Oceania for the first time due to the great itinerary and great special offer (reasonable price with onboard spending money included). The itinerary lived up to expectation and all ports were great. The cruise ship had many great features and we enjoyed the cruise, but also some big drawbacks.

Positives first:-
Crew - the best I have experienced - all friendly, helpful, efficient - without the servility experienced on some expensive cruise ships. You were able to have a joke with them - and they were all smiles. Nothing was too much problem and the one or two times we had small issues they were dealt with quickly and with no fuss.
Food -generally very good. Outstanding in Toscana - try the Dover Sole!!! One or two odd dishes particularly at lunch, but overall no issues. Afternoon teas the best I have known in a cruise ship - lovely selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones etc - and all served in beautiful china cups.
Public More rooms - very attractive, open and airy. The library is stunning! Lovely china at all restaurants added to the country house ambience.
Cabins nicely furnished and attractive.
Free soft drinks (even alcohol-free cocktails) were a bonus as I do not drink much alcohol, and also because it was very very hot on the cruise. Also the staff were always happy to serve you - no feeling that they would have preferred to serve paying customers with alcoholic drinks.

Small bathroom with tiny shower so you were constantly touching the wall or the shower curtain - we spoke to one man who just used the whole bathroom as shower cubicle to make it usable and we were tempted to follow suit!! You could not even sit straight on the toilet - had to sit at a slight angle!!! Shower water pressure was feeble, so the whole experience was poor. Not good for a supposedly luxurious ship.
Ship often felt crowded because the pool area is so small - every sunbed taken even the ones in full sun (in 30 degree plus heat!). You couldn't swim in the pool in the afternoon - it was like playing sardines just to squeeze yourself in!
No outdoor seating, only sunbeds. This is a problem for me becaue I have sciatica and the beds are poor for posture.
Everything overpriced - drinks, tours, boutiques. The tours were 50-100% higher priced than on other ships I have used. The drinks had a big markup, although the wine selections was good. The jewellery and clothes sold had 100% markup compared to expensive shops! I have quite a lot of jewellery amd know the market prices and they were charging gold jewellery prices for silver items and precious stone prices for semi-precious!!!

Other comments - tendering was quite well-managed but it needed to be as we tendered in 6 ports out of 10. Also, it felt like it was being done on the cheap - not as many tenders as most ships, not as many shuttle buses, tendering points on shore not very close to the centre.

All in all, difficult to assess the cruise as it combined excellent with appalling! It depends if the bathroom size and lack of space for outdoor seating matters to you. I might use Regatta again but my husband says no way!! Less

Published 08/09/12

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Port and Shore Excursions

We have visited Corfu before and last time took a tour of the countryside - well worth doing as it is hilly, green, flowery, and with great views. Achilleion Palace is beautiful and has an interesting history attached. This time we took a shuttle into Corfu town and just explored. The town has lovely churches and attractive though shabby buildings. It also has nice tourist shops with good bargains in bags and souvenirs. The best place to visit is the Old Fort which has interesting buildings and fabulous views on all sides
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Crowds, crowds, crowds. The town is very lovely with lots and lots to see. But it also has too many tourists. Ours was one of 4 boats, 3 of them really large, and it meant about 10000 people were visiting a town made for less than half of that. Combined with hot hot days, it was OK when it should have been sensational. Recommendations are to come early and leave early. Also, walk around the fort in the harbour to the other side where it is a bit quieter.

We have visited Florence and Pisa before and decided it was too hot and would be too busy in August so we stayed in Livorno. Not a lot to see, but quite a nice walk around an area of canals and old buildings (known as Venice). Benefit that it was quiet and there were some nice old buildings, particularly the fort.

Lots to see and do, attractive old town. Very hilly but there are elevators if you look for them. Lovely views from the tops of hills

We visited in July and our advice is - don't!! Incredibly busy, unable to walk on footpaths, people spilled over onto road. lots of souvenir shops and overpriced brands. Didnit enjoy it but that maybe because it was too hot and too crowded - probably better on cooler day out of season

Wonderful views from the bay where the cruise ship moored - you can see cliffs and hills all around. Pretty tender ride from ship to shore, then shuttle to top of hills or a steep walk. The town is quite pretty in a touristy way - lots of shops with nice leather goods and lemon products - attractive cathedral and pleasant narrow streets and shady squares. Good idea to walk down to the port to allow you excellent views of the bay.

Lovely mooring point in the bay surrounded by hills and cliffs with views of Tairmina and Mt Etna. We moored and tendered into. Naxos and had to take a taxi up to Taormina. If you do this, make sure the taxi takes the scenic route - wonderful views as you wind up to town. Tarmona is beautiful - one long main street with fine old houses and churches. Also, vist the Roman amphitheatre - great ruins with spectacular views of the coast and the bay where your ship is moored

What can you say. In spite of the heat and the crowds, it is still the most beautiful unique place in the world. Wonderful buildings, beautiful sights. Our recommendation would be the Vaporetto dell Arte boats - much less busy then the normal vaporetti and they visit the main points on the Grand Canal. We just cruised up and down and avoided the crowds. The Arsenale district and also the walk along the Guidecca have lovely building and views and are much less crowded than other areas. A trip to Burano is well worthwhile - amazing coloured houses along littel canals full of boats - truly amazing.
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Love to travel 54
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