My husband and I love the small ships and have sailed on the old Rennaisance line ships under Princess and Azamara as well as Oceania. The Regatta is scheduled for renovation, and it is sorely needed. They HAVE to do something with the main showroom but it will be a challenge.
This cruise was very relaxing, from Miami through the Panama Canal to LA. And we live close to LA so disembarking in Los Angeles is one of the wonderful features of this cruise.
Both the service on the ship and the food were terrific. The Entertainment staff was extremely talented and did a great job. If I had a complaint it might have been that both the speakers were covering mainly the same topic, and since there were seven sea days, a little variety would have been appreciated. Also, the ship's choice of movies was dismal, and with seven sea days, a first run movie in the afternoon would not have cost them very much but might have been quite popular.
Unfortunately the Ship's personnel had to give us all the government issued warnings on our trip to Havana, such as no "person to person" contact etc. We were scared into taking a bus tour of Havana, one of the ship's excursions and we regretted the choice. It was as bland as it could be. We heard everything the young man was told to tell us, there was no music, no food, no contact with a Cuban other than the guide, no chance to view all the artwork available in the markets. It was boring. We spent over 1/2 hour at the cemetary and that was one of the highlights. Some of the passengers went off on their own and did quite well. We envied them.
All cabins on this ship are small and there is little you can do about that except add more light and mirrors!
Absolutely boring. Guide was good with excellent English but we heard a lot of history and it was not entertaining. No chance to hear any music, no chance to even smell any food and no chance to talk to a normal Cuban. Also missed all the great artwork at the market since we did not stop at the market.View All 251 City Tour Reviews
We walked off the ship and booked our own tour. We got really lucky, my husband and I had the boat to ourselves, manned by a young Mexican, Abraham C. who has spent time in the states so the English was excellent and his knowledge of the area was outstanding. We visted over five different beaches and he let us off to swim in the one we chose.
The water is wonderful there, so clear and warm. Snorkeling would have been great.
This port is a gem, I like to say its Cabo San Lucas before the tourists descended. I was not really excited about the port but it was one of the highlights of our cruise.
I have to give credit to the local tour: Golden Ticket to Paradise Phone +52 958-113-5260 firstname.lastname@example.org. They will give you any type of tour you want, and I highly recommend them.