Regatta Review

A Mixed Bag

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6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017
Cabin: Veranda Stateroom

My wife and I chose Oceania because the company had a good reputation among some of our friends, who are seasoned travelers. We had been satisfied with previous cruise lines, i.e., Crystal, but Oceania had the best travel time for us. Our excitement of seeing the Regatta from the outside gave way to gross disappointment when first taking in the so-called renovated interior. It had a very dated appearance, reminiscent of the first cruise we took 43 years ago. This view was shared by all of our many friends, whom we were fortunate enough to meet on board. Apparently, the other Oceania ships are nicer. That being said, the ship was spotlessly clean.

Our stewards were a highlight of the trip and basically served as our private concierges.

Otherwise, service was a mixed bag. By in large, it was excellent throughout, but with several glitches. For example, we requested morning coffee in our cabin. The waiters were as nice as could be, yet we often had to call several times because our order had been forgotten. In another instance, a sommelier had total screwed up our bill that we had to stay for an extra 20 minutes till he tried unsuccessfully to straight it out.

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Veranda Stateroom

Our cabin was even smaller than we had expected and were used to at the same fee for more space. Bathroom and shower were minuscule. The room was otherwise pleasant and the bed comfortable. We overpacked, yet our stuff could be accommodated. Certain parts were in disrepair (scratches, stains, etc.).

The veranda, which had been a must for us, was adequate in size, but we used it only twice because of high winds and bad weather for most of the trip, obviously no fault of Oceania.

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