We arrived in Miami the day before, we always arrange our own flights. Arriving at the terminal on embarkation day it was quiet and relaxed as normal, no hustle and bustle at the Oceania terminal. Very smooth operation to get us on board, we went straight to the buffet for lunch while we wait for our cabin to be prepared. Don't take any notice of people that complain they had to wait for access to their cabin. It takes a long time for the cabin stewards to make sure everything is perfect on change over day, consider you have to be out of your cabin by 8.00am on disembarkation day, that doesn't give them long to clean etc. before the next batch of cruisers start coming on board. Luggage was waiting for us at the cabin door when we arrived at our cabin. We had an obstructed view cabin, gives some daylight, on short cruises 12 days or less don't mind the small cabin, have got used to the small bathroom but don't live in it, This is our 5th cruise on the Regatta so didn't have to explore the ship. The dining was very good in the Grand Dining room and also Polo Grill, husband had a wonderful prime rib and I had a filet mignon. We ate at Toscana twice which was OK. The maitre 'D , Bruno was outstanding arranging a table for 9 of us on our final night. We only had one bad experience in the GDR, we arrived for lunch a bit later than we intended and hoped to be served quickly, but we walked out after nearly 15 minutes due to the fact we were completely ignored, the wine waiter was there immediately but we said we would just have water, the other waiters kept walking around our table and said nothing. If they had acknowledged us and said they would be with us in a moment we would have stayed, but nothing was said. We mentioned it to the Head waiter and after that everything was perfect. The entertainment was OK, somehow I cannot get too excited, perhaps because we both like classic rock listening to them singing Brat Pack songs is not our cup of tea so to speak. However we loved the string quartet, Ravels Bolero was magic. we both took part in the on board activities for Big 'O' points, surprising how competitive people get when competing for these points, just to get cap at the end of the cruise! Always take part in the afternoon trivia, then race upstairs for Afternoon tea. The staff always greeted you with a smile and a hello. We had to miss Norfolk, VA due to bad storm off the east coast and the captain took the decision to stay another day in Bermuda. The day we did leave Bermuda heading for Charleston, SC the seas got a bit lumpy but OK for us. I think a few people got sick. The captain certainly made the right decision to stay so we only got the southern edge of the storm. In Bermuda we took a private taxi to the Crystal and Fantasy caves, worth seeing. In Charleston we took a nearly 1 hour Red Sash horse and carriage ride and the following day a boat ride to Fort Sumter for 2 1/2 hours, both tours cost us $41 each, an absolute bargain.. We get back on the Regatta in May for an Alaskan cruise (again), and in September we board the Marina for a 32 day cruise. Looking forward to both.

Still love the Regatta.

Regatta Cruise Review by ATC Cat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View (obstructed view)
We arrived in Miami the day before, we always arrange our own flights. Arriving at the terminal on embarkation day it was quiet and relaxed as normal, no hustle and bustle at the Oceania terminal. Very smooth operation to get us on board, we went straight to the buffet for lunch while we wait for our cabin to be prepared. Don't take any notice of people that complain they had to wait for access to their cabin. It takes a long time for the cabin stewards to make sure everything is perfect on change over day, consider you have to be out of your cabin by 8.00am on disembarkation day, that doesn't give them long to clean etc. before the next batch of cruisers start coming on board. Luggage was waiting for us at the cabin door when we arrived at our cabin. We had an obstructed view cabin, gives some daylight, on short cruises 12 days or less don't mind the small cabin, have got used to the small bathroom but don't live in it,

This is our 5th cruise on the Regatta so didn't have to explore the ship. The dining was very good in the Grand Dining room and also Polo Grill, husband had a wonderful prime rib and I had a filet mignon. We ate at Toscana twice which was OK. The maitre 'D , Bruno was outstanding arranging a table for 9 of us on our final night. We only had one bad experience in the GDR, we arrived for lunch a bit later than we intended and hoped to be served quickly, but we walked out after nearly 15 minutes due to the fact we were completely ignored, the wine waiter was there immediately but we said we would just have water, the other waiters kept walking around our table and said nothing. If they had acknowledged us and said they would be with us in a moment we would have stayed, but nothing was said. We mentioned it to the Head waiter and after that everything was perfect.

The entertainment was OK, somehow I cannot get too excited, perhaps because we both like classic rock listening to them singing Brat Pack songs is not our cup of tea so to speak. However we loved the string quartet, Ravels Bolero was magic.

we both took part in the on board activities for Big 'O' points, surprising how competitive people get when competing for these points, just to get cap at the end of the cruise! Always take part in the afternoon trivia, then race upstairs for Afternoon tea.

The staff always greeted you with a smile and a hello.

We had to miss Norfolk, VA due to bad storm off the east coast and the captain took the decision to stay another day in Bermuda. The day we did leave Bermuda heading for Charleston, SC the seas got a bit lumpy but OK for us. I think a few people got sick. The captain certainly made the right decision to stay so we only got the southern edge of the storm.

In Bermuda we took a private taxi to the Crystal and Fantasy caves, worth seeing. In Charleston we took a nearly 1 hour Red Sash horse and carriage ride and the following day a boat ride to Fort Sumter for 2 1/2 hours, both tours cost us $41 each, an absolute bargain..

We get back on the Regatta in May for an Alaskan cruise (again), and in September we board the Marina for a 32 day cruise. Looking forward to both.
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