First Class Cruise Experience: Regatta Cruise Review by savysailor55

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First Class Cruise Experience

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Rio de Janeiro
First time on Oceania line. First time on a smaller ship (700 or so passengers). Terrific experience overall and a wonderful series of ports in Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina.

Highlights: food, service, housekeeping, complimentary water and soft drinks, bar and wine staff, cruise director (Leslie Jon), premium restaurant (Toscana), cruise entertainment staff, veranda, ample deck seating, excellent Terrace Cafe for all meals, no annoying photographers, and a ship Master/Captain with personality.

Wishes to be Different: casino slots boring with mechanical problems, cramped card room, few at sea day activities available, uneven entertainment (Juggler Michael Mena), Polo premium restaurant, mixed server competency in the Main Dining Room, and very costly shore excursions that don't quite live up to Oceania's reputation.

Kudos to Cruise Director Leslie Jon, the best we've seen in our 14 other cruises. Personable, singing and storytelling talent, mixed with More the passengers, always available and visible. Great communications re: weather, tender issues, etc.

More Kudos to Ship's Master/Captain. Also visible walking the ship, not just at the Captain's cocktail party. Kept up informed via PA announcements as well as TV briefings.

Beautiful ship inside and out, well maintained and up to date. If using Oceania again we would prefer their larger newer ships. Less

Published 03/14/13
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Cabin review: B16085 Veranda Stateroom

Cabin 6085 on Regatta, with veranda. Three cabins away from aft on ship. Quiet location not near stairs or lifts. Little hallway traffic. One deck over main dining room, no noise noticeable at any time. Overall cabin is very quiet and soundproof.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Wonderful European type city, likened to Paris. We used services of a local concierge to get around using a private van. Knowledge of Spanish is highly preferable if you are on your own. Didn't experience any theft or fake money issues, probably due to our being with a local guide. Guide experience was mixed, with problems booking mistakes for transportation to the airport, causing almost to miss our international flight to Miami. Public cabs are plentiful and trusting. Watch out for the sidewalks all need of maintenance. Missed seeing the Tigre River boat excursion which is recommended. Had sense that prices for goods here are not as high as expected, especially for leather bags.

Don't miss this wonderful port.

Two must see attractions: Christ statue and SugarLoaf mountain. However, the city itself suffers from congested highways and graffiti everywhere you look. Didn't make it to the beaches...a miss. City has a way to go to host coming Olympics and World Cup events.

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