This was our second Oceania cruise, and we loved it as much as our first (5 years ago on the larger Riviera ship). Fantastic service from all staff members, who work exceptionally hard and yet always have smiles and positive attitudes. And they know you by name within a couple of days, which simply amazes me. We love the food, both in the Grand Dining Room and the Terrace Cafe, and they are great about accommodating a gluten-free diet. Another plus for me is that the chairs in both venues are very comfortable. The two specialty restaurants were not a big draw for us because of our food preferences (and we missed having Red Ginger, which was on the larger Riviera ship). The Regatta is not new or recently refurbished, but they keep it exceptionally clean and tidy. It hardly ever felt crowded and we could easily find places to sit and lounge. Even the few mornings when the breakfast buffet was exceptionally busy, there was none of the elbowing or jostling you tend to get on other ships. We enjoyed the small ship and longer cruise, as it allowed us to meet more people and really make friends. We did not attend any of the enrichment lectures or evening shows, but heard from others that both were good. We did enjoy playing trivia, chatting with new friends during happy hour, reading and relaxing - all while being waited on hand and foot :-) Without referring to the itinerary, I think we had 6 ports in New Zealand, 6 ports in Australia, and 2 ports in Indonesia on our 24-day cruise. A couple of the ports were not exciting - Newcastle and Cooktown. We would have appreciated an extra day in Sydney and perhaps a day in Melbourne instead. However, we enjoyed most of the ports and were fortunate to have good weather throughout our cruise. Oceania's shore excursions are not a good value. While they are well-organized, they are very over-priced and often don't live up to the description given in the brochure. We only did 2 shore excursions through Oceania and booked the rest privately. We unfortunately missed one of our private excursions which was to be all-day, but our ship arrived in port 2 hours later than expected because of a medical emergency and headwinds the day before. This is a risk you run with private excursions, but we've always done relatively well going the private route. If you are not already aware, Oceania cruisers tend to be in the 50 and up age bracket (mostly "and up"). No problem for us even though we are at the low end of that range. We had a fantastic cruise and would do it again in a heartbeat!
This is a good cabin, which is larger than others in the Deluxe Ocean View category. It does not have a veranda, but a nice large window. You get extra cabin space because the area that would be the veranda has been enclosed and adds to the cabin space, so it just feels roomier. It is also a quiet location at the front of the ship. We had no noise from the hallway or adjoining cabins. There was muted noise from the Regatta Lounge directly below us during their afternoon rehearsals and evening shows. But this was not bothersome for us. Furniture was clean and fine. Bathroom was the downside. It was small, old, and dated, with some mildew appearing later in the cruise. A nicer bathroom would be better, but we just take a quick shower so not a big deal for us.