We sailed on the Oceania Regatta out of Miami for the Western Carribean. While we had been to several of these ports before, a few were new to us (Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan). We like the smaller, R-class ships because there are fewer people, more staff-guest ratio and they can call at smaller ports. We have travelled on both the Regatta and Nautica before. Embarkation was easy, no-waiting and efficient. We had arrived at MIA in the early am (after red-eye) and rented a car. We visited So Beach and Vizcaya and then turned in the rental downtown (AVIS). Avis then shuttled us to the cruise port. Since we arrived after the 1pm rush, we had no problem. The cruise itself was mostly 'smooth sailing'. We had rain on a couple of days, but it was generally light and didn't last long. Restaurants on board are all excellent-I particularly enjoy Toscana. But the Main Dining Rm does its best to rotate menu items and stay fresh. Everything is plated particularly well and service is generally a cut above. The wine list had changed somewhat since I last cruised with Oceania and I was happy with the selections. As always, if you purchase a bottle in any of the restaurants and don't finish it, you can store it and have it served in any other restaurant. The entertainment was consistent with the size ship -- magicians, comedians and a small group of talented singers, including the cruise director. As far as the ports, in Grand Cayman, we jetskiied to Stingray City thru Fat Fish Adventures. In Cozumel, we did an island tour thru __. In Belize, we did cavetubing and ziplining thru Cavetubing.bz (Vitalino, ++) and in Roatan we rented a taxi for the day, toured the island and went on a dinghy thru the east end mangroves (++). In Costa Maya we toured Chaccoben thru Native Choice. All our excursions were booked online, in advance, with the exception of the taxi. All were dependable in pickup, dropoff, etc. Disembarkation was fairly smooth as well. We book the Big Bus tour from the ship as our flight was later in the day. The bus picked us up at the ship, transferred our luggage to their central station from which we toured the city, returning in time to retrieve our luggage and then be shuttle to the airport. In summary, Oceania delivered a consistent, well-fun, good value experience. We will sail with them again.

Mayan Mystique; Nicely Done

Regatta Cruise Review by art4all

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2015
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View (obstructed view)
We sailed on the Oceania Regatta out of Miami for the Western Carribean. While we had been to several of these ports before, a few were new to us (Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan).

We like the smaller, R-class ships because there are fewer people, more staff-guest ratio and they can call at smaller ports. We have travelled on both the Regatta and Nautica before.

Embarkation was easy, no-waiting and efficient. We had arrived at MIA in the early am (after red-eye) and rented a car. We visited So Beach and Vizcaya and then turned in the rental downtown (AVIS). Avis then shuttled us to the cruise port. Since we arrived after the 1pm rush, we had no problem.

The cruise itself was mostly 'smooth sailing'. We had rain on a couple of days, but it was generally light and didn't last long.

Restaurants on board are all excellent-I particularly enjoy Toscana. But the Main Dining Rm does its best to rotate menu items and stay fresh. Everything is plated particularly well and service is generally a cut above. The wine list had changed somewhat since I last cruised with Oceania and I was happy with the selections. As always, if you purchase a bottle in any of the restaurants and don't finish it, you can store it and have it served in any other restaurant.

The entertainment was consistent with the size ship -- magicians, comedians and a small group of talented singers, including the cruise director.

As far as the ports, in Grand Cayman, we jetskiied to Stingray City thru Fat Fish Adventures. In Cozumel, we did an island tour thru __. In Belize, we did cavetubing and ziplining thru Cavetubing.bz (Vitalino, ++) and in Roatan we rented a taxi for the day, toured the island and went on a dinghy thru the east end mangroves (++). In Costa Maya we toured Chaccoben thru Native Choice. All our excursions were booked online, in advance, with the exception of the taxi. All were dependable in pickup, dropoff, etc.

Disembarkation was fairly smooth as well. We book the Big Bus tour from the ship as our flight was later in the day. The bus picked us up at the ship, transferred our luggage to their central station from which we toured the city, returning in time to retrieve our luggage and then be shuttle to the airport.

In summary, Oceania delivered a consistent, well-fun, good value experience. We will sail with them again.
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Ocean View (obstructed view)
Cabin E 6047
This cabin was oriented differently than we've had in the past. We thought it gave (the impression of) more room. We have previously sailed in interior, standard ocean and veranda cabins. For 10 days, this was fine. We were not bothered by having the lifeboats out our window as we spend most of our time on deck or in the public areas and just use the cabin to sleep. However, for a longer cruise or in the Mediterranean, I would have upgraded.
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