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Regatta Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Three and A Half Ports Deleted - Why?

Review for Regatta to the Panama Canal & Central America
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Traveller4774
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

We selected this cruise for it's itinerary - San Francisco to Miami with stops in Catallina, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Havana.

On day one an announcement was made that because of Hurricane Sergio we could not stop at Cabo San Lucas, El Salvador, Nicaragua and we would get to Costa Rica very late in the day. Pretty quickly "Hurricane Sergio" fizzled out. With no further explanation the ports were not added back in. When questioned, the Executive Consigliere and others had no answer. The best we got was "we would arrive at the port at night". This explanation made no sense.

While I am very in favor of safety, this seemed to be an opportunity for Oceania to save on port charges. Is the increase of spending on days at sea better for them? Some of the passengers had been on the Regatta prior to this cruise for an Alaska cruise (back to back cruises). The port in Juneau was deleted because of wind. These ports deletions gave us many more days at sea. On a small ship there is only so much bingo (45 minutes a day) and shuffleboard you can play. Another passenger told us that on a previous Oceania cruise that was to include Easter Island there were 11 straight days at sea also because of deleted ports.

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Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH2

The ship is apparently scheduled for a renovation. While I thought the rest of the ship was fine - the cabin was really tired. The first thing I noticed were the many stains on the carpet. I understand waiting for renovations for the most part but dirty carpet should be addressed. The Butler and the cleaning crew did a good job. The bathtub (no stand alone shower) was hard to get in to for a senior. Hopefully this will be addressed on the renovation. Lighting was poor for ladies make up and hair. The rest of the cabin was spacious with good storage.

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