This was my first cruise but definitely not my last. My husband and I picked this cruise in particular because it looked like it wouldn't have any small children running around, as it was after Labor Day and the target demographic seemed to be for those 40 and up. It worked- we were nearly the youngest couple on board. Everyone we spoke to was an Oceania regular or had come from one of the bigger ship lines and not gone back. One couple was on their 20th Oceania cruise! The Oceania Regatta was everything I pictured a cruise ship to be. All the decor was very classically elegant and reminded me a bit of an English country home. The service was great, the food was delicious, and I never felt crowded. I spent lots of time in the beautiful Horizons bar/tearoom just looking at the amazing views. It was cool out but the saltwater pool was heated- we were nearly always the only ones utilizing it and the hot tubs.
We got 4 nights at the specialty restaurants on board, 2 at Polo Grill, 2 at Toscana. I am in sales and so spend a lot of time taking customers to steakhouses, so I'm a bit hard to please, I suppose. I was pretty unimpressed with Polo Grill on both occasions. The service felt very rushed and the food was average. Toscana, on the other hand, was absolutely amazing. The two meals we had there were the best of the whole cruise. The service was impeccable.
The main dining room food and service was excellent every time. We had breakfast outside nearly every morning in the Terrace Cafe, overlooking the wake of the ship. Beautiful and relaxing. I will say my biggest complaint about the Regatta was the coffee. It always tasted old and terrible. They have espresso machines with Illy beans but I like good brewed coffee and you just could not get it anywhere on board.
Our Penthouse Suite was lovely, and much bigger than it looked in the brochure pictures. The bathroom wasn't too cramped, although the shower/bathtub was a little hard to get in and out of it wasn't that big of a deal. The Bulgari amenities were really nice. The housekeeping staff were in at least twice a day keeping our room spotless, and our butler Xavier was so nice. He found out what we liked and made sure we had our favorite canapes and drinks every afternoon. Our ice bucket was refreshed constantly. The balcony was gorgeous and we used it all the time. We had ample storage for all of our clothes, a refrigerator that was kept stocked with soft drinks and bottled water, and a safe for valuables. My only complaint would be that the TV was very small and in an awkward position. My husband and I wanted to watch a movie one night and there was just no way to do it comfortably. I saw some reviews online complaining that the rooms looked shabby and worn on the Regatta, I never saw any evidence of that anywhere.
The bed was very comfortable.
Vancouver was beautiful. Oceania had us at the Four Seasons, it was very nice.
Victoria was a little boring, we may have been better off doing an excursion, we just sort of wandered around.
We didn't stay, just arrived and got on a plane.