107 Miami Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Just an OK cruise with a few disappointments . . . we have sailed on Oceania before, this cruise one of our least favorite. Panama Canal from Miami to San Francisco. We did get to Cuba which was fascinating to say the least. We arranged ... Read More
Just an OK cruise with a few disappointments . . . we have sailed on Oceania before, this cruise one of our least favorite. Panama Canal from Miami to San Francisco. We did get to Cuba which was fascinating to say the least. We arranged a private tour for the two of us all day . . . $65/pp. Museums, walks through town and ride in a 57 Chevy convertible. Great guide, provided lots of information. For reasons unknown, we did not stop in Cartagena, all sorts of excuses from the bridge which irritated the majority of passengers. Technical problems with the engines, paperwork, all sorts of reasons for arriving three hours late, dropping anchor for two hours, and then just leaving, which no one believed. Everyone had tours booked and were looking forward to Colombia. Add one sea day. Panama canal was interesting. Day long passage but the guide brought on board pointed out a lot of things along the way to include history of the canal. In Costa Rica we had another private tour to see crocs and monkeys. Excellent boat ride down a river. Like to mention that we had private guides for every port, all arranged from recommendations by Cruise critic members. Two people, private car, air-conditioned, anywhere we wanted to go for less. Nicaragua was skipped due to “civil unrest” so lost out on our second port. Guatamala was excellent . . . private tour took us to Antigua, ride on a chicken bus (highlight of our trip), chocolate factory, and macaws and toucans. Acapulco was a dive, the town and beaches are filthy, roads terrible, traffic and congestion. The cliff divers were fun, and did a little sight seeing to spots that big stars frequented. Private tour of Johnny Wieissmuller’s Casa Tarzan Room at the Los Flamingos Hotel. Cary Grant, Red Skelton, John Wayne, etc. Cabo was breathtaking but we were only there for 5 hours. Another big disappointment but the ship just had to sail to get to San Fran on time. A couple more hours in Cabo would have made a huge difference. Tenders totally disorganized and independent travelers had to fight for tender tickets, yet every tender with “priority” Oceania tours left with empty seats. Like to reiterate, tenders were a mess. Once we were finally on shore, we took a short boat ride, saw tons of pelicans, crabs, exotic fish, sea lions, and awesome scenery. One place we will have to go back to. Supposedly, a group of around 18-20 in Acapulco came down with some intestinal issues from a lunch on their Oceania tour so the whole ship was placed on strict sanitation precautions. Stories changed in talking with other passengers so not sure of the source of GI problems. Regardless, the ship responded as one would expect . . . just put a damper on the rest of the cruise. Couldn’t touch anything, some passengers quarantined in their rooms, all food cooked thoroughly and some public places even closed. So another thing to have to put up with. No compensation for inconvenience or lost ports, of course. Oh, well, checked Cuba and Canal off the bucket list. But crew was very nice. Restaurant staff very friendly. Officers kept a low profile. Room nice, mixed reviews on the food, menu for the most part hasn’t changed or been updated in years, it seemed. Wine selection not exceptional but adequate once we found something we liked. After 10 sea days, it was time to go home. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My wife and I are frequent cruisers and chose this cruise as an alternative to the all inclusive lines where we always are charged for something we don't take part in. We also used this cruise to determine if we wanted to hold or ... Read More
My wife and I are frequent cruisers and chose this cruise as an alternative to the all inclusive lines where we always are charged for something we don't take part in. We also used this cruise to determine if we wanted to hold or cancel a 45 day trip on this ship next year out of New Zealand & the South Pacific. Our embarkation in Miami was swift and without incident. Our first port out of Miami was Havana which was absolutely wonderful. Then things started to go downhill, as we did not touch land for the next 5 days. My number one complaint with Regatta was that the ship has trouble maintaining its published schedule. On the previous cruise the ship missed at least one port and was 3 to 4 hours late into Nassau. On leaving Havana we were told that we would be several hours late into our next port, Cartagena, Columbia due to "minor technical difficulties" (a good friend says this is code for "we are now going to lie to you"). We did not have a long scheduled call in Cartagena and sure enough we arrived just after lunch and departed almost an hour later, without ever going to a dock or even dropping the anchor. You could see it but not touch it. The canal was fantastic as always, but the next port was Costa Rica, a much appreciated stop. The following port in Nicaragua was missed account political unrest, code for rioting. Oceania must get a pass as it is out of their control. Subsequent stops were in Acapulco and Cabo. Low and behold, we were about 45 minutes late into Cabo. A trend is developing .... On leaving Cabo San Lucas it quickly became apparent that we would not be on time into San Francisco. The ship provides basic navigation data (Chanel 3 on the room TV) and it was not too hard to do a speed and distance calculation on the number of hours needed to travel the remaining distance. 36 hours later the ship admitted what I already knew and then the natives became very restless when it was obvious that they would miss flights in San Fran (my wife and I were continuing on to Alaska). Off of LA the ship diverted around military maneuvers making the late train later. Any ship making a passenger change out needs to arrive around 6 AM to have max time to swap, clean and provision. Our San Fran arrival was at 2:30 PM, and it was a disaster. After arrival we were told to sit in the show lounge to await clearance. This took about 1.5 to 2 hours during which almost no announcements were made. We later learned that US Customs was to blame, but no one came on to blame them and comfort the rapidly rising blood pressures. We later learned that those getting on were equally frustrated and I'll bet that there is a review out there from one of those folks. When we finally got off, we (through passengers - there were about 40) were given a much shortened bus tour of San Francisco. On returning we were greeted by a mob scene of new passengers trying to board. We reboarded, cleaned up and went to the city for dinner rather than face those mad folks, some of whom never got the word that the ship would be late. Later we learned that we would spend the night in San Francisco and leave at 10 am and would, again, miss another port - Astoria, Oregon, one which we had greatly looked forward to. After missing that port, things got back on schedule. On the last port we did leave 2 hours early to make our last port of Vancouver, on time. In all we missed 25% of our scheduled ports. We had planned on a full day in San Fran, instead we got off close to 5 PM and had to be on board the next morning at 9 AM. I spoke with ships management about the delays, as many others did as well. The delays were blamed on weather. Yes, we had headwinds, but as I pointed out, any ship should have head winds 50% of the time. I refused the excuse and using facts about missed ports simply explained that that many missed ports (search other reviews on this site as well) indicates a problem. One of two statements is true: The ship cannot maintain tight schedules account mechanical issues OR the team responsible for planning and scheduling has made grave errors and not allowed for any "wiggle room" on longer segments. Overall, the missed ports and lateness really ruined the cruise for us. We have been on crossings (Atlantic) with fewer sea days. On board though the rest of the cruise was very good to excellent. On board service was excellent. We never had an issue. The service staff, largely Filipino and Indonesian was better than many of the ultra luxury lines. This great service was in bars, restaurants, cabin service etc. The quality of the food in the specialty restaurants was excellent. 5 stars for both. The buffets and main restaurants had a few issues. I would rate these at about 4 stars. The only bad item encountered was pizza which looked like the stuff you buy in an American convenience store. Related to the food is a problem that can't be solved. Both segments were full. On arrival at the Veranda buffet, you knew it. There wasn't a table to be found unless you hovered waiting for someone to get up or eat at an odd time. This held true for breakfast and lunch and I'm not sure about dinner as we are not buffet eaters at dinner. Yes, we could storm the door upon opening but that is not our style. When you did get a table you faced a mass of people at the food stations and there wasn't much room to move. My wife and I purchased a beverage package. Having sailed on all inclusive lines, we didn't want to worry about every drink. If we want only an additional 1/2 glass of wine, at the end of dinner then no problem. The problem occurs that having paid for the beverage package, you still had to present your room card. We were told that this was for accounting and inventory control. After several days the crew knew we had the package, yet we had to always present at least one card, a real pain when you are trying to get up and go. Approaching San Francisco I tried to get a beer with lunch. Oh no - it didn't happen. Despite having paid for it the system closed to the old passengers as they prepared for the new. Real reason - once they closed out the old they couldn't charge them anymore. There was zero accommodation for those of us going through. Luckily, I bought a bottle of rum in Havana, so we retreated to the room and opened it! Overall the ship is showing its 20 years of age, though Oceania works to keep it up. The interior is beautiful with fine woodwork and paintings. Carpets have an Oriental theme, public chairs are plush though some areas show signs of aging, with torn lamp shades and other minor things. Outside, you won't find much rust, though you will find many layers of paint which indicate repeated paintings. The pool had 1 inch square tiles which were falling off in mass. The crew was gluing back plastic replacements, which were again falling off. Our travel agent warned us not to expect much for entertainment. We found that she was wrong as we enjoyed almost all of the entertainment, including the ships shows (we saw them all twice). However, like the Veranda, if there was a popular show you better arrive early as the lounge did not accommodate everyone. On at least 2 nights we left because there were no seats available. Another note needs to be addressed that was a negative, though possibly unavoidable incident. The ship underwent a GI "protocol". Yes - the Norovirus appeared. We knew something was up leaving Acapulco when the cruise director came on the noon updated suggesting that anyone with stomach issues report to the doctor for a free consultation. Given a previous Oceania experience (see my January review on the Riviera) the treatment would not be free. Within 24 hours, full protocol was in effect. The ship took away things that multiple folks would touch. Not nuts trays or appetizers with cocktails. No cream, sugar, salt pepper or bread trays. No water set out for anyone to take. No menus in leather holders. On arrival, tables were bare and staff brought everything, but left nothing. Through it all both the fitness center and casino remained open, which I found interesting. The protocol or reactive management is set by CDC. However, reviews on this site indicate that this is not a first for Regatta. Passengers who showed symptoms were quarantined for 48 hours. In one case they escaped and security had to run them down. The protocol went until 2 days north of San Francisco when things gradually returned to normal. In total we had 5 days of limited service. The protocal also called for extra cleaning in San Francisco which further added to the woes of being late with new passengers arriving. We also found that the dress code on Oceania left something to be desired. The line allows shorts after 6 anywhere except the dining room(s). You can also wear baseball caps. Most dressed nicely, but there are always a few who have to take full advantage. Many dressed nicely for the specialty restaurants, but it was not enjoyable to be in the bar with a coat and tie on sitting next to an individual in a jogging suit with his hat on backwards. We enjoyed a penthouse with butler service. The room was wider which made a big difference. See the review below. In conclusion, this may not be the line for us. We have many nights on Seabourn, Crystal and Regent. All are all inclusive though all have been taking big price increases. I suspect that we will be back at some point though it will be in a Penthouse or Oceania Suite on one of the 2 larger ships. And, it won't likely be a long voyage. If you are moving up from Celebrity, Holland America, RCL or NCL, you will most likely love Oceania. Due to the feeling of being cramped at public venues, (plus the other listed issues) we just don't like it. Oceania puts almost 700 people into a 30,000 ton vessel while Seabourn has less than 500 in the same tonnage ship. New Zealand trip canceled. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our 16 day cruise from Miami to San Francisco spent 88% of the time at sea, not at the destinations Spending $800+ per day on fine dining is not my idea of an enjoyable cruise. Destination Services were overpriced, poorly conceived and ... Read More
Our 16 day cruise from Miami to San Francisco spent 88% of the time at sea, not at the destinations Spending $800+ per day on fine dining is not my idea of an enjoyable cruise. Destination Services were overpriced, poorly conceived and poorly organized. Cuisine was excellent and service impeccable. Cabins were small 216 sf and tight Bathrooms even tighter. We were aboard Regatta, a 20 year old ship past her prime. We lost one of the 4 engines 3 hours out of Miami and could not make Cartegena on time, so didn't stop there. 63 students were killed by the military the night before we were to land in Nicaragua, so we skipped that. (Shouldn't Management in Miami have foreseen this and made alternative plans?) Our room air conditioning did not work properly even after being repaired, the woodwork needed refurbishing- looked 'dirty' and the cabin carpet could have been replaced. We were 7 hours late docking in San Francisco and then we were next to last to get off after asking for priority disembarkation so we wouldn't miss our plane. Took 2 hours to get off the ship and we missed 2 flights. To cap it all off, Oceania added $32/day or $512 to our bill at the end of the cruise for 'housekeeping gratuities'. And this on a $16,000 cruise! ONCE OCEANIA GETS YOUR MONEY, THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU AS A PERSON. WE WERE HERDED LIKE CATTLE AND WE FELT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST... NEVER AGAIN ON OCEANIA Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
t: Left Miami with huge expectations. Boring tour of Havana. After leaving Havana we were soon informed about engine problems that would cancel our Cartagena shore excursion. The one excursion I was truly looking forward to. Went thru the ... Read More
t: Left Miami with huge expectations. Boring tour of Havana. After leaving Havana we were soon informed about engine problems that would cancel our Cartagena shore excursion. The one excursion I was truly looking forward to. Went thru the canal and on to Costa Rica. Did a walk in a cloud forest where we saw one bird and one poison is frog. Had two folks who never should have been on the exclusion because of inability to walk the trail and suspended bridges. After Costa Rica was informed that our Nicaragua port would also be cancelled. My second most looked forward excursion. On to Acapulco and Cabo (shore excursion shortened to 3+ hours). We also had a gastrointestinal issue that quarantined anyone effected for the remainder of the voyage. We were not affected with intestinal issues but unfortunately the crew was so overwhelmed that the service onboard was unsatisfactory to say the least.No one onboard was compensated until the last night of the voyage which was a 2 hour open bar and tell me how that benefits those of us who don't drink? We also were given credit for our additional shore excursion but ironically they credited us for a shore excursion that we actually took in Cuba. So what about Cartagena and Nicaragua that was part of our OLife package. We were supposed to disembark in San Francisco at 9:00am. We wound up clearing customs at 4:30pm which left us 19 minutes to get to SFO for our 4:49 pm flight home (United #1723) the last flight home. So we had to take a taxi ($62), rent a hotel room for the night ($158.35) and buy dinner($35.) when I asked one of the oceania agents at customs about taxi,hotel, and food he pretty much shrugged his shoulders and walked away. Very professional! For the price we paid (2-3 times what other cruise lines charge) we expected so much more than what we received. Did I mention the $500. tip charge that was tacked on to our final bill. A hefty tip for such poor service. We will enjoy Celebrity from now on. Most disappointing! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as an end of winter getaway to the lovely Caribbean. Embarkation was efficient and we were on board within minutes. Disembarkation was on time and also efficient. The ship is old but clean and well maintained. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as an end of winter getaway to the lovely Caribbean. Embarkation was efficient and we were on board within minutes. Disembarkation was on time and also efficient. The ship is old but clean and well maintained. We were offered an upgrade to a higher category which we gladly accepted and paid for, however, we were in a cabin directly above the show lounge which meant no afternoon naps due to the noise of rehearsals and no bedtime prior to 10:30 pm. Although this is not very late, the entertainment is so poor one may desire an early night rather than sitting through another mundane show. This was our third time on Oceania and most likely our last, as we have missed ports on every cruise. On this cruise we had a medical emergency and diverted to the Turks and Caicos Islands which meant we were unable to make it to St. Kitts. We were also 4 hours late getting into Nassau without explanation from the Captain. As a result we had four and a half seas day, rather than the 3 we were supposed to have on the 10 day cruise. Fellow passengers were less than happy. Service on board was excellent, always pleasant and professional. The quality of food did not meet expectations. Sometimes the meat was tough, other times the food was lukewarm. The food in the Toscana and Polo Grill was not as good as on the Marina. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise based on the cruise line’s reputation and itinerary. This was our first Oceania cruise and it left a bad taste. The cruise was scheduled to be at sea for three out of ten days. On the first day at sea, we were ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the cruise line’s reputation and itinerary. This was our first Oceania cruise and it left a bad taste. The cruise was scheduled to be at sea for three out of ten days. On the first day at sea, we were told that the ship would need to make an emergency stop to tender an ill passenger to shore. We were to have another day at sea and the captain indicated that we would probably still be able to make it to St.Kitts on the third day. We were then told that due to some operational considerations we would miss the port in St. Kitts. The explanation left most passengers to conjecture that the decision not to stop was due to “bean counters” in the corporate office. We were disappointed about missing the port, but we were really disappointed by the lack of communication and candor. And, while sitting on the Regatta for three days at sea may seem like a luxury, there are very limited actiivities and facilities. The cruise line did not provide any additional programming for this additional day st sea — it was a repeat of days 1-2. If you are looking for excitement, look elsewhere. Passengers from what we could tell skew on the elderly side of the spectrum so having medical evacuations is more likely to occur. It’s unfortunate for those in an emergency medical situation, but Oceania did not handle this well. The first stop was Great Stirrup Cay, an island owned by NCL. It was not at all impressive. The lunch provided is privately catered on the island and was not great. Plus the eating area was bombarded by sea gulls. Service was mediocre. The other port worth mentioning was Nassau. We got into port two hours late due to weather. Other ships seem to have arrived as scheduled. Our late arrival severely impeded our ability to enjoy this port — we had day passes to a resort. Instead of enjoying a leisurely day it ended up being a couple of hours. On days at sea, people reserved prime lounge chairs early in the morning, then went to breakfast or back to sleep. The rule about reserving lounge chairs was not enforced. Otherwise, the pool deck was pleasant as was the pool. On the plus side, the staff on the ship other than the officers, were wonderful and food was very good. And that’s a good thing given there wasn’t much to do but eat. We did catch a few of the shows — the singer song writer and comedian were very good. We like the idea of a smaller ship such as the Regatta and are willing to forego the bells and whistles of a large ship for a more intimate experience. However, the lack of attention to or concern about the passenger experience really turned us off. We did meet many repeat passengers who have been loyal to Oceania. However, they too, were disappointed in the way the captain and other officers managed this cruise and many mentioned a decline in service since NCL took over. I would not recommend this cruise line based on our experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The employees at Oceania Cruises with the highest salaries must certainly be those paid to create the beautiful brochures which describe in detail the cruises and shore excursions that one will experience aboard their ships. They are ... Read More
The employees at Oceania Cruises with the highest salaries must certainly be those paid to create the beautiful brochures which describe in detail the cruises and shore excursions that one will experience aboard their ships. They are masters at selling travelers a vacation that apparently that is far different than the one you will actually experience. We were so very excited to spend our honeymoon aboard the Oceania Regatta in the Caribbean. What could be more romantic than a 10 day multi island tour aboard a luxury sailing ship? Well, nothing – if you actually choose a luxury cruise line – which I assure this is not. The rooms are tiny, and the bathrooms so small you can almost touch the walls from one side to the other with your arms extended – and we were in a concierge level cabin. The very small balcony – or veranda as they call it – is just adequate – with barely any privacy as the people on either side of you are separated only by a thin metal strip so you hear every word they say. We did appreciate the service of the ship stewards who were professional and friendly and always greeted you by name. The same can be said of the restaurant staff – quite amazing and very welcoming. The ship’s management, however, is sorely lacking in customer service. We had a terrible experience with the director of shore excursions – we were treated so rudely by him in fact that as a result of that encounter we would never sail this cruise line again and would never recommend it to anyone else. The shore excursions themselves are a joke – terribly planned and executed. We were stranded at sea on a boat with a broken engine, left to fend for ourselves on a snorkel tour where were simply dropped at a pier with no supervision and left to board a pontoon with 40 other tourists from who knows where. There were tours that were cancelled at the last minute, and one tour which bore absolutely no resemblance to the description in the brochure. . A true waste of time and money. The disembarkation process was so chaotic it became dangerous, with passengers crowded into narrow passageways and staircases for almost 45 minutes. Our ship also experienced cancelled port of calls at the last minute (not due to weather) and no refund of port charges (these charges are included in your cruise fare and you do certainly pay for them). The food was quite good, the entertainment barely passable, and the ambiance and design of the ship - with a couple exceptions – is quite unremarkable. We have traveled on luxury ships prior to this cruise voyage, and I urge you to look at other options if you are in the market for a vacation that delivers what it promises. This cruise line does not. They cater to a much older clientele which you would certainly never know by looking at the misleading images in the brochure. When we returned home we sent a letter to Oceania customer service (as we were directed to do by ships personnel) outlining our issues and experiences with our cruise We received a letter back with a line by line refutation of our complaints which attempted to shift blame on us, the customers, for issues which we clearly had no control over and for which they refused to take responsibility . Not only does Oceania they not provide what is promised in all their printed literature, they apparently don’t even care. LOOK ELSEWHERE! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Oceania Regatta is offering a wine package of seven wines for $47.50 per bottle. I found these wines to be quite unremarkable and recommend that you spend yourhard USDs on wines from the standard wine list. The Regatta offers ... Read More
Oceania Regatta is offering a wine package of seven wines for $47.50 per bottle. I found these wines to be quite unremarkable and recommend that you spend yourhard USDs on wines from the standard wine list. The Regatta offers afternoon movies with popcorn and soft drinks which is most welcomed, especially on sea days. However the movies are not in closedcapioning. I asked the young man at the Reception Desk if they would showthe movies in closed captioning. He said that they did not and would notuse closed captioning. I was appalled at their utter disregard for those ofus with a hearing disability who require closed captioning to fully appreciatea movie. The regular wine list is excellent and there are some very outstanding wines available. Wait staff are attentive and knowledgeable. I had an issue with the food menu the first couple of days and the chef met with me personally to discuss the issue as it was of concern to him. The specialty restaurants are exceptional and I would recommend attending both. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We decided to cruise to the Caribbean for our 40th wedding anniversary, and chose Oceania because we had a wonderful experience a few years ago cruising on the Marina to the Mediterranean. We were confident that the ship's size (only ... Read More
We decided to cruise to the Caribbean for our 40th wedding anniversary, and chose Oceania because we had a wonderful experience a few years ago cruising on the Marina to the Mediterranean. We were confident that the ship's size (only 684 passengers) would suit us - we're not party-animals and were looking forward to enjoying the excellent food and service we appreciated on Marina in a relatively intimate setting. We were not disappointed by the ship in any way. Our cabin was attractive, comfortable, offered plenty of storage, and featured a large 'picture' window. Our bathroom was small (a fellow-passenger described it as a plane restroom), but not an issue for us. The food was amazing - virtually everything we ate in every venue was delicious, well-prepared and beautifully served. Yes, service was slow, and we encountered an occasional cut of meat that could have been more tender, but there is absolutely no comparison to the kind of 'food' served on other cruise lines, which tends to be mediocre to awful and very limited, unless you're willing to pay for better meals. Every crew member we met, including the officers, were friendly and welcoming, with some regularly going above and beyond. Our one complaint, and it is a serious one, was what turned out to be an awful itinerary Great Stirrup Cay is a pretty beach and nothing else (luckily there were no other cruise ships docked at the same time, because it would have been just awful if it had been really crowded); after two days at sea we missed St. Kitts because of a medical evac (we know, these things happen), but our next port was Antigua where we seriously regretted not heading to the beach for snorkeling - the town is dirty, run-down and unfriendly. San Juan came next, and we were more than pleasantly surprised to find it absolutely beautiful, with some fascinating historic sites and a wonderfully restored Old City. We were really looking forward to Samana as there is a fantastic park there featuring a Karst landscape (ala Ha Long Bay in Vietnam), a mangrove swamp and caves with petroglyphs and rock paintings. Unfortunately (and this came as a complete surprise), we weren't able to go there as 'independents', but only if we had booked an excursion. We couldn't even visit Samana, unless we had booked an excursion! The only place we could go was Cayo Levantado - a small island with a nice-ish beach, but you can only sit on the beach - the island has been almost entirely taken over by a Bahia Principe All-Inclusive - we were refused entry to their lobby and although the information sheet about the island advised us to 'explore the beautiful coves and find a secret beach', everything was fenced off and inaccessible except the rather dirty public beach. In addition, there were many rather grotty lounge chairs on the beach, but you had to pay to sit on them. Following this disaster, we had another day at sea and then visited Nassau. If you've been to Nassau, then you don't need me to comment, but I will say that the highlight of the visit was the Queen's Steps - a lovely garden and stairs cut into rock with a waterfall to the side. And that's it for Nassau, unless you were keen to visit the huge Atlantis complex, which didn't interest us in the slightest. All in all my title says it: We loved the ship and ended up disliking all but one of the ports. We suspect this is how Oceania's new owners (NCL) are running this Line - same service and food, but not so good (and therefore less expensive) ports. It's a shame, because our previous Oceania experience had brought back a love of cruising. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Please don't waste your money on this cruise line!! My husband and I have always had a wonderful time on every one of our many luxury cruises with other cruise lines. We have never had a single complaint. But this was our first--and ... Read More
Please don't waste your money on this cruise line!! My husband and I have always had a wonderful time on every one of our many luxury cruises with other cruise lines. We have never had a single complaint. But this was our first--and last--cruise with Oceania. 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. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Embarkation: Quick and easy. Port of Miami employees were friendly and helpful. Passengers: The person who penned Oceania brochure's "country club casual" dress code might want to spend some time on Regatta checking out ... Read More
Embarkation: Quick and easy. Port of Miami employees were friendly and helpful. Passengers: The person who penned Oceania brochure's "country club casual" dress code might want to spend some time on Regatta checking out the passengers' attire as "Costco casual" seems a more apt description. There was nothing country club, elegant or sophisticated about our fellow passengers. Most travelers fell into the 65-80 demographic and were split evenly between middle, upper-middle and upper classes. Most of the people I met were nurses, bank branch managers and property management employees rather than engineers, doctors and lawyers. While I enjoyed the diversity of passengers Oceania seems to somewhat misrepresent the experience based on brochure photos. Ports and excursions: St Kitts was canceled due to a passenger death and ensuing delay. Nassau was cut short due to a storm. Oceania should be required to post average number of ports missed per cruise. Note, other cruise lines will refund your unused port taxes. Oceania will NOT (seems highly unethical). Food: Passable if you like under-seasoned fare but certainly not fine dining. I informed Waves Grill staff that their french fries are seasoned with MSG. When they strongly denied my accusation I suggested they read the ingredient list and look up any unidentified items. Sure enough the fries contained MSG. I feel certain lots of other dishes were seasoned with MSG as well. Fruit was served underripe the first two days at sea. Pastry dough was oil rather than butter based. Breakfast potatoes were soggy, tasteless and an overall embarrassment. Toscana was fine. Polo was pathetic; you'll find more carefully prepared food in the buffet. Value: I received a spectacular deal on Vacations to Go ($1375pp for an oceanview) so no complaints here. I would have felt cheated had I paid full fare. Activities: Most were silly and poorly thought out. Indoor putting and bean bag toss belong at an eight-year-old's birthday party not on a pretend-elegant cruise. Mensa quiz questions were flawed to the extent I assumed they must be fraudulent. When I called Mensa headquarters I was informed that while they do have a contract with Oceania they suspect the cruise line is not carefully copying or transcribing the problems. For example, one quiz item supposedly contained a Fibonacci sequence only it didn't. Another question misrepresented a song lyric. The woman with whom I spoke at Mensa headquarters said her copy of the problem contained "..." to separate lyrics. Unfortunately the dots were removed from the Regatta's quiz sheet. Cabin: We were "upgraded" to a 143 sf E-class cabin that was too small to fit either a sofa or even a chair. My traveling companion noticed worn out hardware and frayed linen. Public Rooms: Perfect for a floating mortuary. Staff: Friendly and efficient except for the final day when buffet waiters neglected to remove plates. It seemed as though staff was ready for the party to end. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
medical evacuation forced us to miss this stop at st kitts. Oceania did NOTHING for us... no substitute island NOR ship credit. Heck , the evacuation took place and Turks...could have let us go ashore there. San juan was great ! Polo ... Read More
medical evacuation forced us to miss this stop at st kitts. Oceania did NOTHING for us... no substitute island NOR ship credit. Heck , the evacuation took place and Turks...could have let us go ashore there. San juan was great ! Polo grill could not get my steak to be well done, even after 3 tries. Toscona was a super restaurant with the timing of service and food spices being just superb. Salt water pool was small but refreshing . Spa service was excellent. Wifi was ok...youtube and skype are blocked. The fellow cruisers were in their 80's and had walkers. Truly a bit boring . This experience of missing and island and then having another visit cut short in the bahamas, well, that has soured us on crusing. My wife and i will simply fly to the vigin islands and have the contracts and recourse that provides , get there faster and spend way more time on the beach with folks our own age. The demographic was just a bit much being folks in their 80s and many quite ill. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My husband and I, wanted to upscale we call it from (Celebrity & Holland America). To see if their was a big difference. I love Celebrity cruise line, especially the food. I never find any fault with their food or ships and service. ... Read More
My husband and I, wanted to upscale we call it from (Celebrity & Holland America). To see if their was a big difference. I love Celebrity cruise line, especially the food. I never find any fault with their food or ships and service. After 40 or more cruises through out my life time I must say it was time to up scale it. We booked Oceania. It was a 10 night. Nice Caribbean itinerary. The food excellent. Not only the Grand dining room and buffet to eat at but 4 specialty restaurants that are included in your price.All wonderful. The french restaurant was so french I must say I had a hard time with the wonderful taste. Not sure you get what I mean. Yes, a older population on board, very low key, not much going on but was fine for us. we are both 55 years old. If you are in your 20s or 30s may not be a good fit. Smaller portions of food which I really liked as so much food is wasted on a cruise. Not only that but older people like smaller portions. In the buffet and dining room but very large portions in the restaurants They take very serious the fact that you should be having a good time with no issues, if so they want to know right away so it can be fixed. In the middle of the cruise you even get a comment card to fill out to make sure everything is up to your standards.If not you will be contacted that day. I had a problem with a seal on our balcony door being broken. The wind would whistle through it every so often at night, we had a balcony cabin.I was switched to a penthouse suite ! free butler service if I wanted. It was wonderful the way they will take care of you. All in all will I cruise with them again. Yes, most definitely. I think I can say it is a step up from celebrity's food.Even the wave grill was wonderful ! high quality hamburgers Tuna, surf & turf. Milkshakes were free, morning smoothies, they served your drinks, helped you carry your plate to your table, no waiting in lines like the bigger ships. A good size ship not to big or small. All in all a wonderful cruise from someone who is very picky. You will not be dissatisfied unless you are young looking for alot of night life, then this cruise line is not for you. If you really want to relax, unwind, read a book, have alot of quite time then give them a try. Their tea time is grand.Not to be missed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Recommended by their exclusive travel agent Vacations to Go. Service was the very best Food too was the best of all cruises we have been on. Ship is small and lacks many of the other amenities of the larger ships. The cabin ... Read More
Recommended by their exclusive travel agent Vacations to Go. Service was the very best Food too was the best of all cruises we have been on. Ship is small and lacks many of the other amenities of the larger ships. The cabin was very cramped. Washroom suitable for a child with step up at the door. I was told by other passengers that they prefer the larger Riviera ship which has much more on board activities, with the same excellent food. In Acapulco, I recommend using the services of Benjamin Alarcon of Tourist Transportation Service. He provides excellent tours by taxi at a fraction of the cost of the excursions offered by the cruise line. Call from USA 11 521 744 181 74 24 email: benjamin_alarcon@yahoo.com The ports visited in Central America were extremely poor. I was suprised that a top rated cruise line like Oceania would use these commercial ports where one has to use transportation to any point of interest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted to go through the Panama Canal with a different line to have a variety of ports and experiences. I had heard good reviews of Oceania. We thought it would be a nice change. The first impression was of a classy lounge, dining ... Read More
We wanted to go through the Panama Canal with a different line to have a variety of ports and experiences. I had heard good reviews of Oceania. We thought it would be a nice change. The first impression was of a classy lounge, dining area and reception. Our cabin was nice enough, but not one iota bigger than other cruise lines and the balcony was the smallest ever. AND, we had upgraded to Concierge. We had booked through a travel agent for universities. They took our money and did nothing to help us. Insurance was outrageous. We booked with the option for the "beverage package" and learned when we got onboard that they had booked us with free excursions instead. Well, then we learned that beverage package was beer and wine only in the dining rooms at meals. Two previous cruise lines had included ALL beverages anytime. Ok? Bad start. Food was excellent, entertainment was good, lectures were good. Service was usually good, but there were inconsistencies. We had a server and a manager snap at us when we requested something. Wifi was a big draw. Free wifi. Well. It was for one device at a time, so my husband and I could not use our devices at He same time. That was ok, but for 75% of the time, the wifi was not working. Big negative! Self serve laundry was nice, but there were 4 machines for 694 guests and often there was at least one machine not working. One lady was ironing clothes that she had paid for ship laundry service. She said the clothes were still damp. Specialty dining was no charge and the Polo Grill was as good as any fine dining experience I had anywhere. Toscano was not as good. Service was less than the main dining room and my husband had a veal dish that was inedible. The buffet service was not good and the main dining room was mostly good. Food was fine in both places. I liked the healthy dinner options. Pool is small, fitness area is adequate, card room was good. Library was amazing. So, overall, we were a bit disappointed based on the money we spent, but there were some positive points. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose Oceania Regatta because we had sailed on the Insignia last year to Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia. The Regatta is the sister ship. This time we introduced our friends to Oceania! This was our 2nd cruise with ... Read More
We chose Oceania Regatta because we had sailed on the Insignia last year to Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia. The Regatta is the sister ship. This time we introduced our friends to Oceania! This was our 2nd cruise with Oceania Cruise Lines. Everything from start to finish was excellent. We chose the same type of cabin, the penthouse suite. A few days into our trip, we were surprised to have a lack of hot water in the shower but, it was handled quickly. :-( The lectures and spa services were all enjoyable. The narration by the specialist during the Panama Canal crossing was great. Larry, the professor on board gave fabulous lectures. The shows performed by the Regatta Singers was also excellent! Corey Powell, our Cruise Director was so friendly and personable. One night there was a pianist another, a magician. The magician gave a great lecture about the history of magic - it was great! The pianist in Martinis was so enjoyable. The String Quartet was fabulous--- every night for 2 hours! The dining on Regatta --- what can I say. The food delicious and service wonderful. The Veal Milanese in Toscana was better on the Insignia though. Polo Grill was great! The cooking demonstrations were fun! **I was injured while on board (not badly), and taken to the medical facility. Being an R.N., I was very impressed with the care by the Doctor and R.N. on board. ** Our Butler, Raj made sure I had ice for the ice-packs - Raj was great all throughout the trip! All of our Ports were interesting --- I wished we had a longer stay at each one. We chose to make our own arrangements for excursions. I would like to try one of Oceania's larger ships in the future! Would we sail on Regatta again - you bet! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed from Montreal to London last year on Oceania's Marina and were interested in trying one of its "R" class ships. We were also looking for a RESTFUL cruise as a break from very heavy work loads lately on the jobs. ... Read More
We sailed from Montreal to London last year on Oceania's Marina and were interested in trying one of its "R" class ships. We were also looking for a RESTFUL cruise as a break from very heavy work loads lately on the jobs. This year the Regatta was on a 10-day voyage from Miami--> Cape Canaveral--> Charleston--> Hamilton, Bermuda--> St George, Bermuda --> Nassau, Bahamas, then back to Miami, with some nice days at sea. Embarkation was a "well-oiled Machine", with everyone boarded and bedded down very quickly with their luggage. The public areas of the ship were absolutely lovely, very well-maintained, and the happy crew tended the ship like their own baby. Everything was spotlessly clean, and every care was taken to avoid the Noro virus--we had NO outbreaks of tummy trouble and no bleach brigades having to fight off the nasty Noro. The Regatta is very much a "traditional" ship in its decor and traditions, and we were looking sort of cruise experience over Carnival's neon glitter overkill. The furniture, fixtures, woodwork, curtains, and marble work were just incredible. If you ever wanted to cruise like the gilded age tycoons did during the Edwardian Age, the Regatta is just the ship for you, very civilized as well as indulgent. There is the beautiful Grand Staircase, which is absolutely lovely, and quite the focal point. We loved the Library, and the staff had an incredible selection of DVDs to loan the passengers. There were plenty of activities going on--lectures, demonstrations, music, dong, and dance--but we were too lazy for that and just wanted to lay on our balcony and take it easy. Our butler Rahman was a treasure, and he made sure to keep the latest chocolate treats in our room (as we're major-league chocoholics), We enjoyed the Grand Dining Room, the Terrace Cafe, Tuscany, Polo Steak, and ESPECIALLY Waves Grill (where the Wagu Beef Burgers reigned supreme, the Surf and Turf rocked, and the best strawberry milkshakes in the universe were there for the asking. Another aspect of Oceania we appreciate is that people who drink alcohol can buy separate beverage packages--thus people like us (who do not drink) are not forced to subsidize the "Booze Cruises" of individuals who do imbibe. We particularly enjoyed Charleston and Hamilton+St George, Bermuda. Lovely weather, plenty for the history and beach buffs to explore. Much less impressive was Nassau in the Bahamas, where the monstrous Atlantis Resort loomed in the distance--by then, the weather had become sticky, hot, and very humid. Unlike Hamilton and St George, Nassau had become a bit run-down, especially in the dockyard area. All in all, a VERY nice cruise. R-n-R on the waves. and everything was about as perfect as it could be. We will be back again on Oceania soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the convenience for us to depart and return to Miami, for Oceania's reputation for good food, and for the experience of cruising on a smaller ship than we had previously experienced. Embarkation at ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the convenience for us to depart and return to Miami, for Oceania's reputation for good food, and for the experience of cruising on a smaller ship than we had previously experienced. Embarkation at noon was very fast and easy. We immediately lunched at Waves. I had a surf and turf on a roll - lobster and steak. Bad start for me. The lobster was undercooked and the dish did not sit well on my stomach. We were called to our stateroom between 1:30-2. I will review our very small cabin separately. The public rooms on the ship are stunning. Many have beautiful ceilings, and all have lovely, cozy traditional furnishings. There are many inviting small conversation areas. The library is especially lovely - it has a tasteful bird theme, lots of books, and a fabulous ceiling. Much care went into the selection of furnishings and accessories throughout the ship. I found the fitness center well equipped for my needs. The service was excellent - from our cabin crew to the wait staff. Each crew member was responsive to any request we made. Dining: we had many hits, but some unhappy misses. We loved the two specialty restaurants, having had great meals in both Toscana and Polo Grill. I had lamb chops and filet mignon both done exactly as requested. My husband's steak was perfection. Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room daily was very good. The croissants were fabulous! However, neither of us was happy with lunch selections, particularly at the Terrace. In general, lunch selections were heavier than either of us wanted. There were few simple sandwiches, such as grilled cheese, BLT, etc. Unless one wanted a salad or burger, the choices were pasta, heavy meats, fishes, etc. neither of us cared for the Terrace buffet for any meal. There was not specific direction in which to move along, there were often too few servers, and it was sometimes difficult to find a seat. We almost always ate in the Grand Dining Room or the specialty restaurants. Tea service was elegant. The tea selections, finger sandwiches, and pastries were wonderful. We did attend several of the port lectures. They were somewhat interesting. We also joined in the team trivia, which was fun - lots of laughs. We only went to two evening shows, which were as expected. The entertainers were talented and enthusiastic. We would have preferred an earlier show time. The Kennedy Space Center excursion was one of the best we had ever had. The Glass bottom boat was fun. Otherwise, we found the offered excursions overpriced and did far better getting our own tours or private guides. Our fellow cruisers looked primarily over sixty-five, with most in their seventies or eighties. There were a few exceptions, but not many. Most were interesting conversationalists and well traveled. We met lots of fascinating people. Surprisingly to me, most of the folks with whom we chatted were returning Oceania cruisers. Many had taken multiple Oceania cruises, up to 35. I would cruise again with Oceania, but only on the larger "O" ships, as the balcony cabins are far more spacious, making us more comfortable. In addition, the larger ships have less motion, as I am bothered at times. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose the cruise based on itinerary as I do all my travel. The trip down the Amazon was great but not as good as I hoped. I have been on the Amazon in Peru and perhaps because I stayed in a lodge on the river it seemed to capture more of ... Read More
I chose the cruise based on itinerary as I do all my travel. The trip down the Amazon was great but not as good as I hoped. I have been on the Amazon in Peru and perhaps because I stayed in a lodge on the river it seemed to capture more of the "spirit" of the place better than the shore excursions I had. I liked most aspects of the cruise and would recommend Oceania to friends. The one area where it was deficient, in my opinion, was shore excursions. I had 4 for free and I bought one to use up on board credit but they were not great in general and not worth the price (if I had been paying for them). I was on three of private tours that I found out about on Cruise Critic and they were better tours and better value. I prefer to be active on tour (e.g. biking or walking instead of sitting in a bus and only getting off for photo stops (or even worse, shopping)) but there were few opportunities for that. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The wonderful people and natural beauty of indigenous animals, birds, fish, plants, well worth the experience. The Regatta and crew come through every time, it is more like family, though we may be the family members requiring ... Read More
The wonderful people and natural beauty of indigenous animals, birds, fish, plants, well worth the experience. The Regatta and crew come through every time, it is more like family, though we may be the family members requiring intervention. LOL Captain Hansen, Cruise Director Corey, and our Butler Rahman, were very personable, attentive to the guests, and thoroughly kept everyone updated. As always the food was amazing, we especially enjoy the Terrace, for staff, selection, and quantity control. But then again with the awesome upgraded drink package, quantity control was thrown over-board. Thank you Michael (waves bar) and your staff for always accommodating me with a "skinny" drink. We had NO idea what to expect, the Amazon river itself is not with in a triple canopy forest, it is actually a flood plain. Suggestions concerning shore excursions: book your own, as they are limited from the ship. We had the MOST amazing, guides!! St Johns Antigua---Nellie check her out on Trip Advisor Bridgetown Barbados---Silvermoon Barbados, catamaran Santarem Brazil---Gil Serique natural history expert Parintins Brazil---do take in the BoiBumba Folk Festival Manaus Brazil-- Rodolpho Leite with Amazon Destinations...we spent 1 entire day on the water, the 2nd in town. This is a DO NOT MISS..because of him we would return. Alter Do Chao Brazil---Gil Serique this is his home Recife Brazil---Viator private tour by Leonardo Ferreira, be ready for a FULL day and take notes, knowledgeable, personable, reasonable. These 2 ports I was concerned about::: only to find out the history of Devils Island, and be amazed by the structures still there. Also Boca Da Valeria, this is a cultural immersion that must be experienced. Last Suggestion:::::DO take something to bless those who have VERY little... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was a spur of the moment decision made 3-months before embarkation. A deeply discounted price and exotic destinations on the Amazon River got us to book. We were not even considering a 2017 cruise. My wife and I have been on 16 ... Read More
This was a spur of the moment decision made 3-months before embarkation. A deeply discounted price and exotic destinations on the Amazon River got us to book. We were not even considering a 2017 cruise. My wife and I have been on 16 cruises, most on Silver Sea and Quark Expeditions--quite a range. We made one prior Oceania cruise on the Insignia that was quite nice, leaving us well disposed toward a 684 passenger vessel. We have booked a 2018 trip on the larger Marina. The ship and cabin were consistent with a 5-star experience. Our 320 sf Penthouse Suite was well appointed, very quiet and comfortable, and well maintained by housekeeping and maintenance staff. [Need maintenance when the refrigerator broke and the room A/C underperformed.] Our butler and maid were first-rate. Now to food: Oceania went out of their way to provide frozen but excellent kosher beef, lamb, and chicken for my wife. The chefs sought and took guidance from her about preparation and she was very pleased with her dinners. [Breakfast and lunch were vegetarian and just fine for her.] I get to be the curmudgeon where food is concerned. Our first dinner in main DR was rotisserie chicken, over-cooked to the point of dryness it was not possible to swallow. Plus, it was tasteless. Other main DR featured and regular dishes were quite bland. We fared better in the specialty restaurants as long as I stuck to basics. I stuck with steak in Polo Grill after other entrees, e.g., rack of lamb, were generally tasteless. Toscana was more problematic. Again, excellent service. Alessandro was an outstanding maitre d' with charm and personality to spare. Veal scaloppine was reliable except when I went off menu and ordered veal saltimbocca. The first attempt was incinerated. The second was just OK. Not a lot of flavor. Lobster fra divialo was cooked to dryness. Linguini carbonara was bland. I really exercised the range of this menu and found very few "safe" dishes. I save the worse for last: Terrace Grill. Great omelettes and fruits. The kitchen had to resort to freezing blueberries and raspberries after a few days and that wasn't pretty. Amazingly we received fresh berries in the Amazon! Breakfasts were just fine. About 2/3 into the cruise chocolate donuts appeared in very limited numbers, annoying more than a few guests who were not up at the crack of dawn. Where Terrace fell down hard was at lunch. Soups were tepid and bland. I spit out the first taste of split pea soup. I should have known something was amiss when I saw the soup had separated with a layer of oil on the top of the kettle. A simple hamburger was often not available. Instead, they offered "infused" burgers of an unpleasant consistency. Carved meats were medium-well and run through with fat and grizzle. The only salad station with something other than 1000 island dressing moved at a glacial pace. Entertainment offerings were quite varied and some not interesting to me. I was very impressed with the Regatta Performance Company -- six young singers and dancers performing well planned and choreographed 45-minute shows. The best of these involved the string quartet and ship's band forming an orchestra. I would have enjoyed more of this. High marks to the 5-piece "show" band and the string quartet. I end with the real disappointment: Oceania "highlights" shore excursions. My complaint: Too much time on busses, even with the OC and OE small bus excursions. [A word about OC and OE: The exclusivity of the small bus tour is undermined by 2-3 large bus tours arriving at destinations just minutes ofter the small bus, thus overwhelming the destination,] The "outdoors" excursions were quite good, though sometimes not quite as advertised. This is the end of "highlights" tours with Oceania. Will make our own arrangements from here out. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We disembarked 10 days early from a 17 day cruise. There were many reasons, including an expected infirmity. That limited my ability to partake in shore excursions, which meant that the ship's amenities became even more important ... Read More
We disembarked 10 days early from a 17 day cruise. There were many reasons, including an expected infirmity. That limited my ability to partake in shore excursions, which meant that the ship's amenities became even more important to me. But the key reason we got off early is that the ship and cruise ended up not being what we wanted or expected. We'll outline our expectations, and why this ship failed to meet them. That way, you can use this review to decide if this ship & this cruise is suitable for you. First, here's what we expected: 1 - a well designed ship with reasonably sized cabins and welcoming public spaces. 2 - a variety of athletic & class options, focused on our demographic 3 - a ship's demographic that was reasonably active & engaged 4 - reasonable internet connectivity 5 - excellent food 6 - attentive service Here's what we got - highly summarized... 1 - We had a deck 7 balcony cabin. It was far smaller than the cabin on any other ship,large or small, that I've been on. The bathroom was subpar. The ship's public space lacked any sense of intimacy or charm. The bars and entertainment venues were too big, and the small rooms... well there really weren't any except the card room. The mid-ship swimming pool is so small that it's really only suitable for dipping, not swimming. The promenade deck does not go around the ship, so it's not suitable for exercise, but there is a walking/running track on deck 10. 2- There were no gym classes that would be any interest to reasonably fit 60 year-olds. And the attitude of the gym manager was simple.... "if the classes don't interest you, I'd be happy to sell you personal training sessions". The gym equipment, however, was top-notch. 3 - for an expensive 17-day winter cruise, we expected a somewhat broad demographic - perhaps 50's to 80's. Rather, the ship's demographic skewed dramatically older & less active than we expected. We know that at least 2 other passengers disembarked early because of this. Surprisingly, it was rare to see more than a few souls in the casino at any time, to the point that it was often left unstaffed. 4 - the wi-fi internet connectivity was unusually slow, even for a ship, and completely unavailable at the stern of the ship. It was especially bothersome to not have service in the Terrace Cafe. It also failed for a few hours on at least 3 days. 5 - the food was excellent in all dining spaces. There was a bit of congestion in the Terrace Cafe, because all food had to be served by staff. Understandable, to prevent contagion, but slightly annoying. The staff made every effort to serve as well as possible, though. 6 - Staff service was always attentive, polite, efficient, yet somehow impersonal and cool. A few staff members demonstrated warmth, but that was uncommon. Finally, a note about Oceania itself. Oceania cancelled one of the ports, after we had booked, but many months before embarkation. There were already many, many sea days on this cruise, so adding one more was galling. Oceania refused our request to cancel, and would not offer any compensation That's within their rights, of course, but unsatisfactory. However, months later they offered us substantial compensation if we would agree to downgrade our cabin. That poured salt in the wound. So, in summary... the Regatta is a fine ship if you are looking for a sedentary experience, but it's not suitable for more active travellers. Be cautious of the small cabin sizes. You can expect courteous service, albeit on the cool side. For my ratings, I've measured this ship against other premium-priced small ships, not the entire range of ships I've been on. Also, I do not use the ship's shore excursions, because I book my own. So my poor rating is based on the value for money, compared to the excursions I booked independently Hope this helps! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The port stops were somewhat boring--not a lot of infrastructure for visitors in Central America. However, the ship experience was outstanding. The food was truly amazing and the service was wonderful. This was our fifth cruise with ... Read More
The port stops were somewhat boring--not a lot of infrastructure for visitors in Central America. However, the ship experience was outstanding. The food was truly amazing and the service was wonderful. This was our fifth cruise with Oceania on our third ship. Although the Regatta is almost 20 years old, it doesn't show it's age at all. Maintenance is constant. The service was excellent, and we were very pleased. The entertainment was average and the shore excursions OK. We travel to relax and enjoy the ship. The tropic fruit sorbets are addicting. We also had wonderful meals in all of the venues. In Toscana the chef prepared fettuccine carbonara for me even though it wasn't on the menu. It was excellent. Polo was predictably excellent. However, we enjoyed many fine meals in the Grand Dining Room and found the food to be top notch. We very much liked the small ship atmosphere and environment. I can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Regatta Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 2.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.2
Enrichment 4.5 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 3.5
Rates 4.0 4.0

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