We found what we believed to be and should have been a once in a lifetime 18 day paradise cruise to the South Pacific. It was an anniversary so we went big and purchased a Vista Suite. Left from San Diego on Nov 1 for a wonderful 5 day cruise aboard the Regatta to Honolulu. Schedule was one day on Honolulu, then to Kauai for a day, Maui for most of a day, a 4 day cruise to Farakova then to Nuku Hiva, Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti.
Problem is we left Honolulu at midnight and about 1 am the ship went totally dead in the water with zero power anywhere, i.e. no toilets, water, nothing. At 5 am the Captain announced that we all needed to muster in common areas as they were running out of battery power and would not be able to communicate to the passengers. This was done and I must say the crew was fantastic, keeping all calm and happy. Turns out one issue was the emergency generator did not work at first, thus no power for the ship. We do not know why it went dead in the water.
Final result was a tow back to Honolulu where we were allowed to disembark after noon to spend another half day on Oahu (not the best of the islands). Next morning we were told we were not going to leave until probably after noon so we were off for another half day repeat and back by 1:30 to spend another half day on board in port, not leaving until 9 that evening.
Instead of seeing Kauai, Maui and Farakova, we cruised for another 5 days directly to Nuku Hiva. The rest of the cruise went very well but for missing 3 important islands Oceania offered a free cocktail party and $500 toward a future cruise in the next two years. Oh, and the chartered flight from Papeete to LA was supposed to leave at 10 but even the day before they found out it would not leave until 1 am. Many of us, ourselves included, had to miss our connections and in our case it cost us another $750 to change and book another flight. Very unacceptable.
Please do not get me wrong here. Oceania is a wonderful line, the crew always exceptional and the food spectacular. The Vista Suite on the bow was a great way to go and we did have a great time overall, but of course were very disappointed to miss three islands.
Regatta is a terrific ship and our first in the smaller class. We found that for us, we probably prefer the larger version with more restaurants, boutiques and other amenities but hey, that is personal.
For the amount of time we spent on the ship in this case, having the extra room was great. The suite was wonderful and having a second half bath a great asset. The large balcony offered lots of room and the view from the bow amazing. Our butler was simply terrific in every way as was all of the staff. If there is any issue at all, it is since those suites are directly below the bridge, all curtains must be closed and there are no outside lights at night to avoid any interference with operation of the ship. Very minor issue.
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