Regatta Cruise Review by southala1
- Sail Date: August 2016
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
I was a bit apprehensive as I had read some negative comments about food and bathroom size. We ate at all the restaurants and were impressed with the quality and selection of foods we were offered. Perfectly cooked Ting cod at Tuscana and one of the tastiest and most tender filets (cooked medium rare) at Polo. Food quality should not be a concern for anyone. Plus all the staff were most helpful and congenial.
To address bathroom concerns.. these were extremely clean and comfortable for us as average size humans. For someone 300 lbs. +, or with mobility limitations, they should probably book a suite. We had plenty of room to move around and the beds were some of the most comfortable I have ever slept in (although, feather bed in Germany is my all time fav). Plenty of storage space too. Most suitcases fit under the bed. There are closets and drawers. We were in a stateroom with a private balcony but only used it twice as the weather was not conducive to sitting outside.
We took advantage of their excellent information program held each day. We learned about whales, glaciers, volcanos, etc. and our instructor was available each day for questions. We saw many whales but getting to see the Daws glacier was the highlight of our trip. We were blessed with sunshine and it was a magnificent sight. Shore excursions were enjoyable, as we got some history of totem poles, their meaning, and the people and traditions of earlier settlers. It was nice to see young families with their children taking advantage of a unique learning experience.
We went to a couple of evening shows and the singers/dancers were quite entertaining. We even played bingo one day. But one of the most memorable was when the Captain came to speak to us and introduce the crew. Dottie, our cruise leader, had us all singing and dancing to YMCA at the end.
We visited Ketchikan, Daws glacier, Wrangell and Prince Rupert, Canada. There are excellent tours and museums to visit in each city. Once off the ship the tours guides are very close to the dock area with minimum walking. Towns are within walking distance unless you have health problems.
We would certainly take another cruise with Regatta or Oceania.. as everything worked out extremely well for us.