18 months previously, my wife and I did a cruise on Oceania Insignia, which was quite enjoyable. This cruise on the Oceania Regatta was a disappointment. Unfortunately for the Regatta, we had just done a cruise on the Cunard Queen Victoria and there was no comparison. The Queen Victoria is far better. We have done 26 cruises on 11 different cruise lines. The cost of cruising with Oceania is very expensive because they claim they are so good.
The crew on Regatta were wonderful, polite and friendly. So were the Queen Victoria and other cruise line crew. The cabin was the same as many other cruise lines. The single beds were very narrow and had a sloping top so that you had to be constantly alert not to roll out of bed. The general decor of the ship was very good, but again, inferior to the Queen Victoria. The food was the biggest disappointment. Oceania claim they have the best cuisine of any cruise ship. This is definitely not true. It appeared that there were two chefs working. One was very good and the other was hopeless. One meal of fish or meat would be exquisite and the next had to be left uneaten due to being so dry and tough. Many of the meals would have so much salt on them that your mouth and throat burned for hours afterwards. What would this do to people with a heart problem who could not have salt?
In the buffet on the 9th deck, the passageway between the serving counters was so narrow that one had trouble getting to the counter and you were being continually bumped by other passengers. My wife and I reached the stage that we looked upon eating as an unpleasant chore. So many other passengers whom we spoke to all felt the same way.
The dress code is claimed to be upper country club. There were a large percentage of passengers who dressed as if they were having a day at a fun park. The gratuities and service charge on drinks was very high and it was interesting that if I ordered a double Drambuie then I would be charged service on the higher price, although they were still only bringing one glass.
We did not take any shore excursions as they are far too expensive. Having travelled through over 100 countries, many of them by backpacking, we always do our own thing when on shore.
The entertainment at night was very average and became monotonous.
The seating is such that it is difficult to see unless you are in the front row. So inferior to the Queen Victoria's magnificent theatre. The entertainers on the Queen Victoria had 1,000 people in their 70's, 80's and 90's all standing up, clapping and swaying in time to the music and singing. When we arrived in Sydney Australia, the cruise line wanted USD119 per person for a transfer to the airport. A Taxi cost us USD75 for two people.
The final insult was to collect my suitcase on the jetty when we disembarked and found that the Regatta crew had split the AUD500 Samsonite case down the side when they unloaded it. Oceania will only refund less than ¼ to me.
We will never sail with Oceania again.
The cabin size was adequate. The single beds were very narrow and had sloping tops that caused one to roll out of bed unless careful. the shower was very small and had a curtain. I had to sit on the toilet sideways because there is no space in front for your legs.
In 2005 we did a cruise around the islands of Tahiti and the Marquesas. We absolutely loved Papeete. Now, in November 2018, we were so disappointed. It has deteriorated greatly with warehouses and factories everywhere and rubbish and broken paving.
Very average. The people were friendly.
Again, very much deteriorated since our previous 4 visits. We were warned about pickpockets and every 100 metres (yards) we were pestered by men wanting to guide us around the town. They were hard to get rid of. Went back to the ship after a short while as there was nothing of interest for us any more.
And again, after our previous 3 visits, it has deteriorated. The once magnificent park strip in the middle of town has been ruined with paving everywhere (instead of the beautiful grass and sand areas with men playing Bocce).