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Do not sail with Oceania Cruise Line

Regatta Cruise Review by johansson

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom

We wanted to visit Hawaii and French Polynesia and the time fit in with our schedule.

I am writing in Papeete Tahiti Airport, for a flight that doesn’t leave for 10 hours. Oceania Cruise Line arranged this wonderful itinerary prior to our cruise from San Diego to Tahiti, November 1 to 19, 2017.

My wife and I are seasoned cruisers having 24 cruises under our belts, 3 with Oceania. On this cruise the first 5 days across to Honolulu were uneventful except for the food which was, for lack of a better word, insignificant!!!! (Oceania prides itself on the finest cuisine).

After spending a day in Honolulu we proceeded to our next destination, Kauai. 2 a.m. all is dark and quiet. Engines broke down, no power, Captain came on intercom “emergency power”. Everyone up to Terrace Café and Horizon Lounge. At day light we were allowed back to our cabins. Very little communication from the Captain while they repaired whatever. We were never told what happened only that testing was being done and we were to resume our voyage 2 days later “with trepidation”. Prior to the departure there were a few guests that left the cruise, terrified!!!! Our new announced itinerary skipped Maui, Kauai and Fakarava in French Polynesia. We lost 3 destinations out of 8. Hundreds of guests complained to Concierge and were told that the company would be coming out with a letter of explanation and compensation.

Our trip cost us $10,700.00 with air from Papeete to LAX. We received an offer of $500 future cruise credit usable in 2018-19 – WOW!!! What an insult to our intelligence. We lose over 1/3 of our itinerary and they offer a cruise credit which costs them nothing!!! We had expected at least $1,000.00 cash/credit.

Very nervous continuing another 5 days at sea at ¾ speed cause they didn’t want to tax the engines.

We were not going to complain about other aspects of our trip but after this experience we might as well spell it out!!!

Room - smallest balcony stateroom ever, smallest bathroom, smallest shower

Food - rotten anchovies in Caesar salad - Cold food - constantly tough cuts of beef, pork lamb - rubbery lobster - cold soups at lunch and strange tasting - poached eggs cooked in too much vinegar – rubbery chicken stew – cold fresh fruit served on hot dishes taken out of dishwasher – cold, rubbery scrambled eggs etc etc etc

Internet – slowest on the planet – we were not able to reply to emails – toooooo slow.

Entertainment – poor to mediocre

To add insult to insult the final port was Papeete, arriving at 8.00 p.m. on a Saturday night. Guests leaving the cruise were told to be off the ship by 8.00 a.m. Sunday. They were not given the opportunity to take advantage of tours offered to guests continuing on to New Zealand. Stores were closed since it was Sunday. Upon questioning what was available for guests while waiting for the chartered fight leaving at 10.00 p.m. we were told we could pay $150 each and go to a hotel where we could sit in the lobby and drink free coffee and juices. It should go without saying the guests were extremely fed up with the way they had been treated by Oceania. Oceania was happy to take their money and dump them as soon as possible!!!! Oh, by the way the plane did not leave at 10 p.m. on Sunday due to an Air France strike – plane left at 1.00 a.m. Monday morning arriving LAX 8 hours later only to sit for an hour on the tarmac waiting for a gate.

We would appreciate your explanation as to why you did not provide the guests with the true experience you mention as set out in the top right hand corner on page 8 of the Cruise Vacation Guide Book i.e.


This DID NOT happen in Papeete – the true experience was being kicked off the boat with no thanx!!!!!!

We could go on and on but why belabor it. It was a 19 year old tub, badly in need of repairs. “Regatta” Don’t go, you may be sorry, we were!!!!!!!!!!!!

If asked for recommendations you can assume what they will be!!!!

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Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B1 6073

small and old, in need of refurbishing

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