This was second of 2 back to back cruises on same ship. I chose the itinerary because I wanted to see both Australia and New Zealand, plus Bali, so the two cruises we took appeared to be a great fit. We are Oceania regulars, with (now) 14 cruises on Oceania, I think 4 on Viking Ocean (loved also, but it's a little more expensive in my opinion), and 3 on Princess/Celebrity (didn't care for). I like the smaller Oceania ships a little bit better than the larger ones, mostly because of the size, lack of lines, opportunity to get to know your fellow cruisers a little more, etc. But mostly we choose by itinerary, and we seem to get Regatta a lot.
We were very pleased with our cruise experience this time around. Everything was great, except that we missed several ports (and important ports, to me, anyway) due to bush fires, weather, etc. We were cruising during the height of the bush fires in Australia, which presented some problems.
Service and food were excellent throughout these 2 weeks, and we also had the best cabin steward we've ever had on any ship, hands down. From day 1 on our first cruise, he was extremely friendly (though professional) and my husband, always the joker and sometimes the prankster, had a great time with him. Rosario from Goa, India, never missed a beat or acted too busy to chat. Cabin stewards are usually personable and proficient, but Rosario went above and beyond what I expected, and at the end of our month-long cruises, he felt like a friend.
Typical F category inside cabin in a group of 4, in middle of ship, both in terms of front to back and side to side. They're stable in rougher seas, and you're never far from anything, front or aft. Comfortable, with re-furbishment nicer looking and more modern than before, and quiet.
Docked at White Bay. No public transportation, just cabs, so took a cab to Circular Quay. Used ferries and walking in the city. Enjoyed my travels. For departure, if it's too crowded on the pool deck and above, just go down to deck 5 and outside to view the bridge, Opera House, etc. after departing.