Regatta Cruise Review by Sunset Sailer
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
Oceania billed us, in error, an EXTRA $460.00 for gratuities, in addition to the usual and customary gratuity. We had to make frequent written and phone requests for more than a month before the funds were finally reimbursed, meanwhile we paid interest on their error. Although they apologized for their error, I don't think we would have received our refund for this fraudulent charge if we had not directly contacted their Director of Customer Loyalty, who "walked down the hall to Guest Relations" and looked into it personally.
We also requested, while still on board, a refund for our excursion on Great Stirrup Cay--an unguided snorkel excursion of the Underwater Sculpture Garden. My husband and I are experienced swimmers and snorkelers, yet we never found the underwater sculpture garden after swimming for over an hour and asking multiple cruise line staff, as well as strangers, where we might locate it. There was no printed map, sign, or way to locate it other than by chance. We still have not been refunded, although their Director of Customer Loyalty told us t they were working on an amicable solution if we would give them a few more days--that was 2 weeks ago and still no word rom them.
There were also multiple itinerary changes on this cruise and virtually all of the passengers were very upset about it and asking to speak to someone in authority and/or contacting Oceania's main office, only to be told that the cruise line has the right to change the itinerary for any reason.
The cabins, even at our "Concierge" level were very small with cramped closets and shower areas. This particular ship is old and some things looked dirty--just badly needs refurbishment.
Food service was poor. With almost every meal in the restaurants I had to ask multiple times for more water, even to the point of getting up to get it myself after long waits. Room service repeatedly got our order wrong, and didn't even bring bring any utensils on one occasion.
Although the spa was nice, our cabin steward was professional, and the food in their Toscana restaurant was good, the overall poor quality, bad service, and lack of response to our follow-on requests makes this a cruise line to be avoided. If they offered a free cruise, wowed not even take it. Most other guests on this particular cruise felt the same, as all anyone could talk about was how awful it was--all of us could not wait to get off the ship.
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