6 New York (Manhattan) Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

My wife and I are in our early 60s. We have sailed many cruise lines, but mostly Cunard. We chose Oceania's Regatta to see the autumn colors of New England and Canada because it had a tremendous itinerary. The experience of a ... Read More
My wife and I are in our early 60s. We have sailed many cruise lines, but mostly Cunard. We chose Oceania's Regatta to see the autumn colors of New England and Canada because it had a tremendous itinerary. The experience of a high level of service, high quality of food, and friendliness from EVERY member of Staff was remarkable. We have consequently booked Oceania cruises for 2017 and 2018!! We booked a Concierge Class stateroom. The quality of the linens and bed were outstanding. The only negatives I can highlight from the entire trip were that the room furnishings were tired, and the bathroom's acrylic basin had fissures and fractures diminishing its finish. The movement on this smaller ship (650 passengers?) was more noticeable, but was not a problem for us, even as we encountered some "rolling seas and fresh winds". On average, I would estimate most of our fellow passengers were certainly older than us, but they were quite lively in conversation and tour participation. As mentioned in many reviews, the Oceania tour excursions are pricey, but I found them very well done. The only criticism I have is that the tour's start time may change from originally booked on-line, so be vigilant if the tour times may potentially interfere with other activities booked pre-cruise. Again, we really enjoyed our Oceania experience, and plan to sail with them the next two years. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Have sailed six previous times with Regent, Princess and Seabourn. We are a little younger than the crowd on board at 57 & 61 years of age. Embarkment went well, but the pick-up from the airport was in a dirty crowded mini-van. The ... Read More
Have sailed six previous times with Regent, Princess and Seabourn. We are a little younger than the crowd on board at 57 & 61 years of age. Embarkment went well, but the pick-up from the airport was in a dirty crowded mini-van. The ship decor was pleasant but our cabin was small, the bathroom was tiny and there was no water pressure, by far the worst bathroom we have experienced on any cruise to date, and closet space/drawers were limited. The food was overall a disappointment, very inconsistent in quality and service. The Toscana was excellent, the steakhouse OK and the main dining room at it's best was good, but generally disappointing. If France only knew what was being served as Steak/Frites I'm concerned there could be an international incident. My wife has a glutin issue which we were told could be accommodated, they did OK in Toscana but failed miserably otherwise, basically they had glutton free toast and other than that the solution was to remove ingredients rather than just come out and state "sorry we can't offer that". Case in point, an apple tart with goat cheese in puff pastry was served with just the apples, nothing else. When questioned the first line of defense was sorry the goat cheese has breadcrumbs in it. Finally the head dining room steward came over and agreed that the attempt to serve only the apples was lame and actually had the head chef come to our table who also agreed and said he would talk to the sous chefs and did make an apple/goat cheese concoction, but at this point (the last night of our cruise) it was too little too late. It would not have been the issue it became if they had started out by informing us they would be limited in what they could do, but instead over promised and under delivered. Overall the service was very spotty, occasionally great, sometimes good, most times mediocre as judged by the little things; sometimes you could not get a coffee refill. Plus it was evident there is a division of labor, evidently it is either below or above someone's pay grade to bring you more coffee. The ship excursions we took (we did some items on our own) varied from OK to good, but were expensive. One gripe, they deployed a minimum of tenders and ran them infrequently during the day. In Newport it was cold and raining, and I counted three tenders coming and going from Regent before our tender came, and we left port before Regent so it wasn't a case of them having a big rush of passengers trying to get back to their ship. We participated in the onboard trivia and wife wife played bingo one afternoon. The entertainment was overall acceptable, nether of us particularly cared for the on staff singers/dancers but I think they appealed to an older crowd. The comedian, magic act and piano player were good. They had a violin quartet that was also very good. The gym was adequate better than expected for a smaller ship. We usually hit the spa once or twice during our cruise but did not on this one, the rates were pretty high and we decided we would wait until we got home. We were surprised at the number of people we met who had traveled multiple times with Oceania; we certainly did not get the charm, service or the "best food at sea" claim, the glutin issue aside. The "country club casual attire" (not needing to dress up was cited by several we spoke with, but there must be a wide range of country clubs out there given the way some of the patrons dressed, I was dressed up in a sports coat. Overall I would rate the cruise a C at best, not sure that it exceeded even Princess. Overall disappointed and would not choose them again.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We just completed our third Oceania and second Regatta cruise. Somehow it didn't seem up to the same level as our two previous experiences: an Alaskan cruise on the Regatta in 2011 and a Baltic cruise on the Marina in 2012. This was ... Read More
We just completed our third Oceania and second Regatta cruise. Somehow it didn't seem up to the same level as our two previous experiences: an Alaskan cruise on the Regatta in 2011 and a Baltic cruise on the Marina in 2012. This was also our first experience with a non veranda cabin, a decision I will weigh very carefully before making again. I like taking pictures from the ship and a window gets covered with spray and rain very quickly, and only gets rinsed when that side is is pier-side. To be totally honest, we did take a downgrade buy-out when the price became irresistible. The excursions seemed to be lacking a in quality control were of very uneven level, in transport and satisfaction. Some were done in school buses - not cool. The excursion we had booked for Bar Harbor was substituted due to the Government Shutdown and lack of access to Acadia National Park. The substitute did not have any photo stops or go into the villages on its loop, perhaps due to local regulations or coach size. It seems to me that given the length and advance notice of the shutdown a more suitable alternative could have been arranged. The free circulator bus was more satisfactory for stops and photos, albeit without a commentary. The cruise director seemed to hang out the bridge mainly, didn't see too much of him. The food did not seem exceptional. The tomatoes were plastic, even in the specialty restaurants. The deserts were rather ordinary, and surf and turf came with none-Maine lobster tail, even in the specialty restaurant. In the Grand Dining Room hot courses sat cooling on the Buffet until someone got around to clearing the previous course. There were no wines or spirits in the mini fridge this time and the room service menu didn't have any hot non-continental breakfast items. That menu also seemed limited for lunch and dinner, but had the best salad of all the restaurants. Waves Grill service was extended by an hour to 4 pm, which was welcome, post-excursion. The morning Coffee and Roll service in the Horizon lounge until 11 am was also appreciated. Drinks prices seemed to have increased. The internet service was a disaster the first third of the voyage. I was able to get minutes restored to my account, a good customer service choice, but there were many unhappy campers. Even the passengers, in addition to the crew, took to going ashore to use free WiFi. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy, once the pier was found. Our non American cabbie in NYC didn't have a clue as to where the ship was. Oceania could do a better job of giving ship location information sooner. It wasn't until the very end that we could notify our friends where to pick us up for disembarkation.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was the Autumn Colors cruise which went up as far as Cornerbrook and then was supposed to go to Bermuda but Hurricane Sandy got in the way but I will get to that in a minute. First a review of the ship itself. The decor is ... Read More
This was the Autumn Colors cruise which went up as far as Cornerbrook and then was supposed to go to Bermuda but Hurricane Sandy got in the way but I will get to that in a minute. First a review of the ship itself. The decor is beautiful, old world elegant, our PH1 Penthouse was spacious, well appointed, comfortable and quiet. The restaurants all served very good food, better than on any other cruise ship. The library is the loveliest common area space on board. The fitness center was well equipped and attended. We thought the piano player, Adam, was truly world class. The cast entertainers were all talented and first rate, the special performers were all good, but not great. But, unless you arrive at the MDR at 6:30 there can be a lengthy wait. During cocktail hour, very early at 5 to 6, it is impossible to find a seat unless you arrive early, and if you want to go to Horizons you best arrive early for the tea which precedes cocktail hour because those people just stay at their table through tea and cocktails. We learned to forgo the special cocktail hour pricing and arrive at 6:45 when seats are available. Servers in the MDR, Horizons and the Terraces are barely OK. Many items forgotten, interminably long waits for wine or cocktails...then one arrives but not the other, etc. Also, at these prices the peanuts and few potato chips at the bars are a joke. The sometimes-you-get-them, sometimes-you-don't canapes were bad. Horizons port side rear area is the smoking section and the smoke permeates all over the port side of Horizons. They need to work on clearing the air there. And the tv selection is very limited...not one sports channel and the World Series was on! We have never seen so many really old people on a cruise before. Walkers, wheelchairs and canes everywhere. This might be th nature of the NYC to NYC cruise but it was overwhelming. Our embarkation was supposed to be @ 11:00 a.m. But when we arrived we were directed to a particular area to wait. No explanation at all until rumors started flying and then at about 2:45 an announcement was made that we would begin boarding @3. Measly tea sandwiches and bottled water were offered around 1:00. Someone should have made an announcement about the eletrical problem that was causing the delay instead of allowing rumors to fly. Poorly handled. And then hurricane Sandy. Again, rumors flew and nothing official until they told us that instead of Bermuda we would have 2 overnights in Charlottetown, PEI and then head back to NYC for an arrival a day early, which would have been Thursday...just - 3 days after Sandy hit? Then, after one night in C-Town we were informed that we were heading back to Halifax for one night an then on to NYC for a Friday morning arrival as scheduled. At this point we thought the captain was nuts and got off the ship and drove to Montreal for a flight back to SFO, which cost us thousands of dollars extra. We understand the wrath of mother nature but seriously questioned heading back to Halifax. We would like to hear how the rest of the trip went including the final debarkation port change to Boston because the Port of NYC would still be closed on Friday. It is not Oceania's fault that our routing was changed but their handling of the situation was bad..not even a free cocktail! We will give Oceania a try again in the future should there be a route we really want to travel but we have to say that we were disappointed in the senior staff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We arrived in New York four nights before the cruise. It had been many years since we were in the Big Apple so we wanted to have plenty of time to see the City and to relax from our long journey. The HOHO buses was a good option and we ... Read More
We arrived in New York four nights before the cruise. It had been many years since we were in the Big Apple so we wanted to have plenty of time to see the City and to relax from our long journey. The HOHO buses was a good option and we had picked up a good special on the net before we left home. On 24 October we embarked the cruise. We arrived about 11 a.m. and we were on the ship in about half an hour. Lunch was awaiting us. We did not get into our stateroom until about 2 p.m. We sailed at 4 p.m. after life drill. The following day we had our Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle in the Grand Bar from 4.30 p.m. till 6 p.m. Approx 30 members really enjoyed the informal get together. I will only discuss the ports where we did private tours. HAMILTON 14 Cruise Critic Members did a tour with Grace-Ann Fox of Mini Mega Transportation Service. Grace-Ann was a great guide and made sure that we didn't leave Hamilton without seeing everything. Contact ecurtis@northrock.bm CASTRIES, ST LUCIA 10 Cruise Critic Members did a tour with Cosol Tours. Another great guide who was proud to show us as much as possible. We sampled lots of good local food and rum - the local fish cakes, johnny cakes, coconut cakes, and different local fruits from the Island. We will be having a mobile bar with rum punch, local beer, water, soda. All eats and drinks are free. A couple of highlights were the only Drive In Volcanoe in the World and the Botanical Gardens. http://www.cosol-tours.com/tours.html SANTAREM Brazil 14 Cruise Critic Members were picked up at the pier. We went on a Cage Boat and went downstream to the Meeting of the Waters. Quite a large group of PINK Dolphins put on a great display for us as we made our way downstream. We went for a walk in the 'IGAPO" Floodplain forest. It was hard going as there had been recent rain but we were rewarded for our efforts. We saw a couple of sloths in the trees. We were given a demonstration of rubber tapping and told about the various trees and inhabitants of the forest. Due to rain we had to shorten our walk. We tried our hand at Piranha Fishing but without success. There were lots of interesting birds and a few iguana on the river bank. This tour was a good introduction to the Amazon. We were given a lunch box and fruit. Contact Paulo Coelho jungle.guide@yahoo.com.br BOCA DA VALERIA, Brazil Interesting tender port. Lots of locals dressed up with their animals happy to have their photo taken for 1 USD. An easy way to get close up photos of the jungle animals. MANAUS Brazil 14 Cruise Critic did a 12 hour tour on the first day. We sailed for two hours up the river in a 20 seater speed boat to our first activity. Several of our group were able to swim with the pink dolphins and really enjoyed it. Most agreed that this was the highlight of an action packed day. These dolphins are free to come and go but obviously are happy to be around humans and enjoy the small fish they were being fed. Next we had a short stop at a local village (no shops). Followed by a buffet lunch at a private house which was plentiful and enjoyable. Then we went to an Indian village and they put on a ritual for us which was interesting. One lady did not want to stay out after dark so we dropped her off at the port on our way down river. We went to the Meeting of the Waters which is a strange phenomenon. Next we went to the Janauary Floating restaurant. Before dinner we went for a walk through the forest/jungle to the huge floating water lilys (some lilys 6 feet across). It was dark by the time we walked back to the restaurant and we could here the sounds of the night in the jungle and fireflys were everywhere. We had a buffet dinner at the restaurant which was plentiful and good. Afterwards we went searching for caiman by torchlight in a motorised canoe. The guides managed to catch a couple for us and we were told all about them and we each were able to hold one and have our photos taken before they were thrown back into the water. Then back to the ship. What an amazing 12 hour day - just incredible. The day didn't seem too long as we had plenty to keep us entertained. The longest part was the initial 2 hour ride up the river but it was worth it to see the dolphins. Then we worked our way down river from activity to activity. We had a great guide called FABIO - a young fellow but very attentive and knowledegable. As there were 14 of us it only cost us $110 each - can't beleive that we got such a great tour so cheap. Contact Daniel Barretto anavilhanas@anavilhanasturismo.com.br Make sure you ask for FABIO to be your guide. MANAUS SPECIAL CITY TOUR. The next morning we met FABIO again for a 4 1/2 hour City Tour. The tour covered all of the City highlights and was great value at USD40 for 14 pax. PARINTINS Folklore show NOT to be missed. Very lively with great costumes and props. Can only be done as a Ship Excursion. BARBADOS 12 NOV 8.00 a.m. Rental Vehicle $125 + Fuel Costs Six of us rented a vehicle. We had spent time working out where we would go. We went to the Harrison Caves. Travel through the caves is done in a train/tram with several stops with a commentary throughout. We stopped off in Speightstown Arlington House Museum, St Nicholas Abbey Cherry Tree Hill and Sunbury Plantation House. VIRGIN GORDA Four of us hired a taxi for 2 hours to take us around the island. Taxi's were more interested in taking people to the baths for a quick fare. After much perseverance we found one who would take us for $20 each. The taxi was a utility with padded seats in the back with a canopy. The driver was happy to show us all the sights and give us some commentary when we got out for photo stops. GENERAL We really enjoyed our nights in the Polo Grill and Toscana. Great Food and great Service. Grand Dining room was very slow. Unless you want to spend 2-3 hours in the restaurant I suggest that you do not elect to share a table bigger than a 6 seater. There were people on the cruise who didn't feel that they had experienced the Amazon. Private tours were certainly the best option as the ship excursions were not only expensive but seemed very limited in the activities/excursions offered. Unfortunately for the people on the overnight tour in Manuas they went through torrential rain on the way to the hostel where they stayed. Some said that their things got soaked. Others said that in some rooms there were no sheets supplied while others had sheets but no towels. From what some people said their activities were shortened/ cancelled (not sure which). We were the envy of the ship. Disembarkment in Miami was a drawn out affair due to the Customs requirement of a face to face interview with each passenger. To sum up we had a most enjoyable cruise in the company of our Cruise Critic Friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Oceania is a beautiful ship. Great dark colored wood everywhere, clean all the time, bright colored carpets and wall treatments. I am no interior decorator, but the combinations of materials and lighting make it a great place to spend 12 ... Read More
Oceania is a beautiful ship. Great dark colored wood everywhere, clean all the time, bright colored carpets and wall treatments. I am no interior decorator, but the combinations of materials and lighting make it a great place to spend 12 days. We stayed in cabin 4044, an exterior cabin without a veranda. It was toward the rear of the ship and fairly close to the "lobby", where the reception desk and shore excursion desk was. Deck 5 was convenient -â€" both for the Grand Dining Bar and Room (aft) and the Regatta Lounge (fore). In the middle were the casino, the Martinis bar, the boutiques (two of them) and the Oceania Club Ambassador (for exploring and booking future Oceania trips). Decks 6 through 8 were cabins. Deck 9 had the Canyon Ranch Spa and workout room, the card room and Oceania@Sea (computer room) at the front of the ship and Terraces café at the rear. Waves (burgers during the day) and Waves bar were also aft. The small pool and two whirlpools were mid-ship, and the flooring was a wonderful wood with many deck chairs, including double wide chairs, present. Deck 10 had the Horizons lounge and bar (fore) and the library, Polo and Toscana restaurants aft. Deck 10 also had a running/walking track. From Deck 10, there were stairs leading to Deck 11 (fore), where the putting green, shuffleboard, golf "range" (netting) and "cabanas" could be found. Our cruise documents indicated we could embark at 3 pm, but we arrived around 1:15 and were on board with no issues by 1:45. We weren't allowed in our room until around 4:15 -â€" and we didn't see our luggage until about 5:30. I brought wine on board (roughly a bottle for each night) as we are connoisseurs and were comfortable paying the $20 corkage fee for the privilege of drinking our own wines. All the restaurants were welcoming with the wine and we had no issues. Polo Grill: Our favorite place to eat. We were travelling with friends who were on the 8th floor and had greater access. We ate there three times, including the first night. Standout dishes were the lobster bisque, the steamed lobster and the pancetta wrapped veal. Toscana: Our least favorite place to eat. A huge disappointment. The olive oil options were poorly presented and I was left wondering which of the items in the bread basket were really suitable for dipping. On our second (and last) visit, I asked for more baguette type bread. The angel hair pasta (Vulcano) was fantastic -â€" and I had it both times. Everything else was hit and miss. The lobster risotto had no flavor at all, which I found hard to believe. The lobster diavolo was also very disappointing. The service was also very spotty. I asked about the caviar appetizer that was being served in the Grand Dining Room one night. After a few minutes, I was told that they could probably get it if I really wanted it. Not sure what purpose that served. Tell me yes -â€" or tell me no. That's all I wanted. The executive chef of Regatta is Italian, which makes our experience all the more surprising. Waves Grill: Had a mahi-mahi sandwich there one day -â€" excellent. Also a good spot for excellent malts. Smoothies were no big deal. Terraces: Ate here a number of times for all meals. I'm not sure why it's marketed as something special in the evening -â€" it just seemed like another buffet type option. Very good pizza at lunch always, as was sushi at dinner. It was pretty crowded at breakfast and lunch, as the only other significant option was the formal grand dining room. Found the most "volatile" staff here, as it may also be the most stressful. Had some great service, and some that was okay and some attitudes that were just poor. Loved the cappuccino and espresso machine - great coffee. Grand Dining Room: No complaints. Some great dishes -â€" salad Nicoise with Halibut was fantastic. Breakfasts were very good -â€" if feeling a bit formal for our taste. Had dinner a couple of times, good attentive service, but never quite personal. Standoff-ish might be a good way of putting it. Ports: Great itinerary. Newport -â€" scheduled from 8 am to 11 pm. Cut to leaving at 8 pm without any explanation. Cloudy misty morning. We did the Cliff Walk, ate at Black Pearl, went to Newport Winery, walked around Harborfest, had the best lobster roll of the trip at Brick Alley Pub. Rockland/Camden - rented a car to take us to Camden. Hiked up to Mount Battie but saw nothing due to cloudy/misty weather. Ate lobster roll at Mariner's (great) and then went back to Rockland. Visited the Farnsworth Museum (good) and tried another lobster roll at Waterworks Pub (ok) Bar Harbor - did tour with Acadia National Park Tours. Great tour - but alas - rain and cloudy weather prevented us from seeing the best. Had popovers at Jordan Pond house. Lobster rolls at Dog & Pony (good), Thirsty Whale (good), West St. Cafe (pretty good) and Stewman's (2nd best of the trip). St. John - had to skip because of bad weather. Halifax - rented car and drove to Lunenberg. Fun place to visit but very cold that day. Stopped by Peggy's Cove on the way back. Sydney - waste of a day. 6 hours - which is really not enough time to get anywhere - because there's nothing to do in Sydney. Best part of the day was using the free Skype at the port terminal to talk with daughters back home. Charlottetown - rented a car and drove around the central part of the island. Had great fresh Oysters at Carr's Oyster bar in Stanley Bridge. Corner Brook - did our only ship's excursion here. Two hours in a school bus with a driver who didn't know where he was going and a tour guide who drove us around to waste the last half hour. Not worth it. We cancelled our Quebec City trip based on this experience. Quebec City - hired taxi to take us to St. Ann Gorge. Beautiful - loved it. Spent the rest of the day walking around the beautiful city. Montreal - signed up for cruise ship tour to take us from port to the airport with some sightseeing. Great bus, great tour guide, a little short of the time promised - but good in general. Life on Board the ship: We were at port many days, but the three full days at sea had nice options. We played bridge (duplicate), went to the cooking demonstrations (very fun), went to the casino (poker and blackjack), and did wine, scotch and vodka tastings. There was also a coffee tasting offered - but at a price ($9 or so). Seemed a little miserly to be charging anything for it. Perhaps it's just to make sure people are serious to show up. Main concerns with going again: Itinerary changes - a number of ports had 1-2 hours cut off prior to the trip, plus Newport cut 3 hours short on the day before the trip. Without explanation, this is unforgivable. Excursion quality - very pricey as a general rule. $85 just to ride a bus for 2 hours had better be extremely good. It was not. Service attitude - If there are issues going on behind the scenes - we don't need to know about them. My wife brought a bottle of wine to dinner and was told what food she would have to eat with it by the sommelier. If asked for help - fine, but please don't patronize. Internet cost - horrible. Enough said. Laundry facilities - unusable due to crowding. Enough said. Horizons was sometimes unavailable to private parties. There should always be a place for non-party goers to relax before dinner. Reasons I was impressed: Head wine person was great. Some excellent servers in the bar - particularly the Waves Bar and Martini Bar. Beautiful ship - loved the wood and the size. Some great friendly people. Polo restaurant. Spa - good workout facility and great salt-therapy pool. Afternoon tea - lots of fun. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
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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