9 Oceania Regatta Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

The ship broke down after leaving Honolulu, had to be towed by tugs back to port. Stuck in Honolulu for three days. Missed 40% of ports of call on the San Diego to Papeete Cruise. Feelings of insecurity, uncertainty and disappointment. ... Read More
The ship broke down after leaving Honolulu, had to be towed by tugs back to port. Stuck in Honolulu for three days. Missed 40% of ports of call on the San Diego to Papeete Cruise. Feelings of insecurity, uncertainty and disappointment. Oceania offered $500 shipboard credit on cruise in 2018/19 as compensation and that's all. No respect or empathy for passengers. Trying to benefit from passenger misfortune and their failure to provide a sea worthy ship. This is an example of anonymous corporate bean counters sabotaging the hard work and sincere efforts of the crew and staff to provide a high quality cruise experience. Many passengers were extremely angry and frustrated and will take legal action, write trip reviews and certainly not sail with Oceania again. The company emphasizes their committment to passanger satisfaction but when they have an opportunity to prove it we realize it's all just marketing lip service Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I love Alaska, this was my second cruise through Alaska. Chose Oceana for food reviews. Didn’t disappoint. Excellent in dining rooms and buffets. They took great care to serve you at buffet so as not to contaminate service ware. They ... Read More
I love Alaska, this was my second cruise through Alaska. Chose Oceana for food reviews. Didn’t disappoint. Excellent in dining rooms and buffets. They took great care to serve you at buffet so as not to contaminate service ware. They have organic food which is important to my digestive system. Shows were good. Tours were fair, we enjoyed hiking the rain forest, kayaking in the rain, loved it all. I’m physically challenged, none of the tours were difficult and we chose the most athletic ones. Never needed my cane. Until the next day. LOL. Wish we had toured the college fiords. Room service was amazing. Surf n turf burgers were my favorite by the pool. Alaska never disappoints. Love the ship size, great ages. Few children. Cabins are small but adequate for two. Traveling with best friend, her first cruise. Will definitely go on Oceana again. Tried to book Nov Tahiti, ended up on Seabourne October. Excellent gluten free choices, daily homemade ice creams. You won’t be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This the best cruise we have taken (20). The weather was not the best so two of our stops were cancelled. The food was excellent (the best) and the one Sunday buffet was superior. The ship was filled but not crowded and the passengers were ... Read More
This the best cruise we have taken (20). The weather was not the best so two of our stops were cancelled. The food was excellent (the best) and the one Sunday buffet was superior. The ship was filled but not crowded and the passengers were polite and friendly - there was not one negative experience. The cruise director was the best and most helpful of any we have seen and seemed to be always present. Her memory for names was outstanding - she met us once and never forgot - two Sundays in a row she knew every person at the worship service after meeting them. The captain ran a good ship and crew and set the example for being friendly and accessible. Every member of the crew we met was happy and smiling no matter what their job. Not one time did we see someone in an upset or poor mood. In fact, the attitude of the crew made the cruise a delight even with the stormy weather. The entertainers were as good as we have seen - we both thought the smaller theater made the atmosphere most enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have been on only two ocean cruise (but 5 river cruises) and both on the Regatta. I imagine there are better ships out there (i.e. Regent level) that could be worth all 5 stars but for our tastes, the Regatta is just fine and would ... Read More
We have been on only two ocean cruise (but 5 river cruises) and both on the Regatta. I imagine there are better ships out there (i.e. Regent level) that could be worth all 5 stars but for our tastes, the Regatta is just fine and would have no qualms about sailing on her again. If necessary, some easy ways to save would be to make your own transfer, airfare, trip insurance and some excursion arrangements. Our cruise was overbooked and we, along with many fellow passengers were offered generous compensation to reschedule. While there were planned activities available for young people, this line is doesn't focus on that segment of cruisers so there were few on board. Average age seems to be 60-ish. Food was generally excellent in any of the dining venues. There is a formal main dining room, two specialty dining rooms (steak and Italian) with slightly better atmosphere + a nice buffet (excellent ocean views). You are given the choice either to sit by yourself or meet new friends by sharing a table. ALL staff was very courteous and friendly. Wines and excursions were a bit more expensive than I think necessary but quality was always very good. A high point for us was afternoon tea in the 10th level fore lounge and watching the scenery in style. Sitting right in front of their string quartet was another treat. Showroom entertainment was perfect for our mature age level. 2 superlative entertainers and all others just fine. Very smooth operating procedures - they seem to have all the details covered. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my first cruise ever, and the first for my mother since she took the Queen Mary in the early 60's. I traveled with my mom (69), sister (29), aunt and uncle both early 70's. My sister and I were definitely in the minority ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever, and the first for my mother since she took the Queen Mary in the early 60's. I traveled with my mom (69), sister (29), aunt and uncle both early 70's. My sister and I were definitely in the minority on the trip, but it was an amazing adventure for us. Embarkation and disembarkation were seamless for us. It seemed at several ports, especially Vancouver, that the larger cruise ships were having to accommodate for much longer periods of time, taking away from their time off the boat. The ship was incredibly small which made the whole experience seem intimate. It was only sold 575 (85% capacity) so there were never lines (except to buy bingo cards!). The cabin size was adequate, we were in an A2 Concierge Level Veranda which made it much more open feeling. We had three tall people in it, that overpacked, but it didn't feel out of control. The fold out felt like a gym mat when it pulled out, but we've slept on worse. It was adequate. We started every day with a latte made by Valentina in the caffe outside of the Grand Dining room, followed by a full breakfast in the dining room. The fresh fruit was always that, fresh. I thoroughly loved the omelets prepared in the traditional French style, with goat cheese and chives. The coffee refills were quick, and they were able to get us additional lattes from the bar. The croissants are literally to die for, I probably gained 8lbs on the trip because the food was so incredible. The only down side was that breakfast was over by 9am which limited our ability to sleep in. Lunch was either off the boat or at the outdoor burger/sandwich joint. All were good but after eating such a hearty breakfast and in preparation for dinner we usually skipped this. For pre dinner drinks we met for aperitifs in the Martini Lounge for drinks with the head mixologist, Igor. For dinner we were lucky enough to get 8pm reservations at Toscana and Polo Grill for 4 of the nights. The rest of the nights we ate in the Grand Dining room. We are pretty flexible on timing for meals (never a rush) usually going through several courses so it never felt truly delayed. Individual drinks were cost appropriate to the level of the service and were consistently fabulous. Occasionally we would order a bottle of wine for the table, and realized upon receiving the final bill that buying into the unlimited beverage plan would have cost the 5 of us almost $3,600 and saved more than $1,600 buy paying per drink. We also took part in spa treatments, all of which were adequate, not the best I have seen from all inclusive trips before (the ones we have had in Miami and Cancun were much better) but they did the trick. They were rather expensive though. We did not participate in many of the nightly entertainment performances because we were generally still eating. If we weren't exhausted, we would stop by the Martini Lounge again for after dinner drinks and slots. The only time we spent time with the entertainment group was during our daily game of Bingo, they were great and extremely funny. The ports were exceptional, apparently we were consistently told that the weather was more perfect then it had been in ages with little to no rain. The Hike and Bike through theThe only issue we had was in Vancouver, for a hop on hop off tour. It was a nightmare, no one had any idea why but it took us 2 hours to get off the boat and then no one knew what was up. Poorly executed and a frustrating end to our trip. Overall, I loved the trip and was able to do exactly what I wanted to do: explore the beautiful state at my leisure, expand my photography experience, relax and enjoy amazing food. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this Alaska cruise on the Regatta for a few reasons - generally good reviews and reputation of the cruise line, the itinerary, and the excellent deal we got from our travel agent. We absolutely loved it! Only our 2nd cruise and ... Read More
We chose this Alaska cruise on the Regatta for a few reasons - generally good reviews and reputation of the cruise line, the itinerary, and the excellent deal we got from our travel agent. We absolutely loved it! Only our 2nd cruise and the first one for our traveling companions (my brother and sister-in-law). Embarkation was very easy and we got a table outside on the Terrace Cafe as soon as we boarded for some lunch. It was a gorgeous day in Seattle - sunny and not too cool! Our staterooms were ready on time but we lingered a little longer and toasted the start of our cruise with some excellent Prosecco. We then headed in to unpack - and our stateroom (PH2/8007) was gorgeous! It was spotlessly clean, superbly comfortable bed, lots of storage space and beautiful bathroom. Also very quiet even though it was opposite the elevators. We invited our family down for the departure and had champagne (complimentary) on our veranda while we left port. We ate at Toscana that night - it was amazing! Slept so well in the bed that night with some gentle rocking as we headed for the Inside Passage. Our next day at sea was beautiful - we had good weather and the scenery was just stunning. Breakfast in the Terrace Cafe was delicious - all well prepared and good variety. Loved the coffee (espresso or cappuccino on request). The tea was not great - the water just not hot enough to really brew it well and I'm not a fan of Twinings. We also enjoyed our meals in the Grand Dining Room (one breakfast had to be sent back as eggs were not cooked as ordered but it was very quickly remedied). Our evening in the Polo Grill was amazing - everything was perfect. We loved going to Martini's after dinner to listen to Valentina play the piano and Horizons for some late night dancing. We are not fans of the musical theatre shows but the venue was full every night with many folks who seemed to be enjoying the show. Lunch at the Waves Grill was very good - the burgers were fantastic. The ship did not seem crowded at all - often we were asking ourselves 'where is everyone?' But we thought that was great (and why we chose a smaller ship)! Our companions loved the steam room and hot tub in the spa area although the fitness area and classes were not up to par. We did the Misty Fjords flightseeing (booked through Viator) in Ketchikan which was truly stunning - we were very lucky to have good weather. It was rather cold and drizzly when we got into port but by the afternoon it cleared a bit and the views were incredible. We just wandered around the small town of Wrangell - the museum was good and lunch at Zak's was as well. In Prince Rupert we took the Grizzly Bear tour - an all day boat trip - it exceeded our expectations and we recommend it! All the staff and officers on board the Regatta are excellent. Our stateroom was kept in beautifully clean condition during the whole trip by Svitlana - who always had a smile on her face. The 'country club' decoration of the ship is very nice although I could understand how some may not care for it. We visited the veranda stateroom and it did seem a bit small (certainly by comparison to the Penthouse) but our family members were very comfortable in it anyway. We really liked the 3 days at sea - time to rest and relax. The trip up the Endicott Arm to the Dawes Glacier was stunning - we got very close and saw some calving (the Tracy Arm Fjord was too full of ice). The giant Celebrity ship we saw coming out of the fjord could not venture in to see it given their size. Disembarkation went smoothly and we enjoyed one day in Seattle afterwards (check out the EMP Museum!!). The whole experience in the Regatta was wonderful and we are already planning our next Oceania cruise. We have highly recommended it to friends and family! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had previously sailed on Oceania's Marina. We appreciated the smaller size of the Regatta but otherwise found Marina much more to our liking. Regatta's staff overall ( there were some exceptions) seemed much younger, less ... Read More
We had previously sailed on Oceania's Marina. We appreciated the smaller size of the Regatta but otherwise found Marina much more to our liking. Regatta's staff overall ( there were some exceptions) seemed much younger, less experienced and less inclined to be helpful. The weather was not warm or dry which meant folks were struggling to find space inside to do things and to be during "at sea" days. I felt crowded wherever I went. The food was inconsistent, with the exception of desserts which were, on the whole, not very good. Fresh Alaska fish was served only twice--the day it was brought on board and then the next day as leftovers. While we enjoyed the Alaskan silver salmon, it would have been nice if the cruise line that brags about great cuisine had served Alaska halibut, Alaska crab, etc. God forbid that you wanted anything to eat in between meal times at the restaurants. At the end of a day's excursion where I went without food, I stood in the lounge where tea service was shutting down, looking at a tray of mini-sandwiches and starving, and was told point blank I couldn't have anything but peanuts and pretzels because tea "was over." As for concierge service, I only learned AFTER the voyage that we had the option of going to the private deck others have mentioned here. I do not feel we got anything for that level stateroom except more reservations in the speciality restaurants. So, we paid $500 each for better dining on two occasions. A couple of ports of call seemed contrived. Who goes to Ketchikan to buy diamonds? Rumor has it that the diamond stores are owned by the cruise lines. There were bright spots on the cruise. The Captain setting us in front of the Hubbard Glacier is the best part of the trip. On board, one bartender, in particular, was accommodating. A maitre de stands out for her ability to remember passengers and to put interesting folks together at the large "share" tables in the Grand Dining Room. A faux pas in that dining room resulted in a treat being sent to our stateroom--a generous gesture and welcomed. A waiter in the Horizons lounge learned to expect to see me every morning at 5 am and knew how I liked my coffee within about a day. Our steward was excellent. But, to risk being repetitive, this kind of service abounded on the Marina but was spotty on Regatta. A final bright spot--our fellow travelers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
First Timers review of Oceania Alaska I have cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Century, Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Paul Gauguin, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean & Scenic. This was our 6th cruise to Alaska. 20 ... Read More
First Timers review of Oceania Alaska I have cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Century, Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Paul Gauguin, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean & Scenic. This was our 6th cruise to Alaska. 20 May – Arrived at Canada Place at 1 pm. We were herded upstairs to a big hall where we sat for 30-40 mins before doing ship check-in. Then we went next door to another hall where we were given group # 10 to sit for 20 mins. They were up to # 79. Then they said “I have already called # 1-79”. Ok, so now we go back downstairs to join the line for security screening. The line goes quickly but I got dizzy walking round & round so fast. After security screening, we go to another hall: Canadians & Americans go to the right, International guests go to the left ( to another hall to sit for another 30 mins ). Finally, we are called to the US immigration line. This is when I see more than 20 self-serve passport kiosks & am perplexed why they are not being used as they only have 6 agents for each line ( CAD/USD & International ). Finally we board the ship at 3:34 pm, rush to the Terrace Cafe for a quick lunch & back to our stateroom at 4 pm to bring our life-jackets to Muster Drill at 4:15 pm in the Regatta lounge which lasts 45 mins. Afterwards, we head to the outside deck for sail-away & the spectacular scenery as we sail under the Lion’s Gate bridge with Stanley Park on our port side. I was disappointed that there was no Sail-away party. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm in all venues. Since this is a 10 day cruise, I’m pacing myself with the Canyon Ranch Spa menu. It’s tasty. For dessert, they have homemade cookies & Petit Fours on request. Out of curiosity, I order them. The homemade cookies are too large for dessert & they taste bland. I like the acarons but they don’t have them everyday. The evening show is at 9:30 pm. We attend the Welcome Aboard show which includes the singers & dancers performing 4 numbers. Their singing is quite good. If you finish dinner around 8-8:30 pm, head up to Horizons Lounge on deck 10 for the beautiful scenery every night. You may even see something in the water ! 21May – sea day Breakfast starts at 6 am in Waves Grill, 6:30 am in the Buffet, 7 am in the Dining room. Everyday for Breafast, there is a Smoothie Special, Egg Special & a Bakery Special. Although not advertised, they also have soy/almond milk. Afternoon TeaTime 4-5 pm daily. Captain’s Cocktail Celebration – 5:45 pm in the Regatta Lounge Complimentary cocktails 6-8 pm in Horizon Lounge & Martini Lounge John Palmisano is the Enrichment Lecturer. He speaks on the history of Alaska today. Everyday in the Grand Dining room for Lunch, they have the Taste of the World featuring a sampler plate of International Cuisine. Today it’s Mexico. Every evening, they have Happy Hour in the Horizons Lounge & Waves Bar from 5-6 pm & 10:30 -11:30 pm Buy 1, Get 1 of the same drink. Tonight the show is Good Lovin’ ( This is a must-see if you love Motown with a Twist ). 22May – Ketchikan Comedian Lee Bayless Taste of the World – Scandinavia 23May – Juneau Free wifi at the library at Berth E. Library is on the top floor of the parking garage. $ 2.00 City bus to Mendenhall takes 45 mins. You get off & walk another 1.5 miles. This bus is best left to the locals as it gets quite busy with seniors & young families. Go early in the morning & allow a minimum of 6 hours to see & do everything here. Tours only spend 45 mins here. I think the Blue Line express takes you directly to Mendenhall Glacier for $ 30 USD roundtrip. Taste of the World - Greece Entertainment – singer Joey Gian sings Rat Pack & Ray Charles Alaskan Dinner Buffet in the Terrace Cafe. 24May – Haines Population 2500 year round. Other than Oceania, Holland America is the only cruise line to visit this port. There are washrooms at the end of the pier. There’s also a golf cart shuttle if you can’t walk the length of the pier. Free shuttle around town. Most shops open at 11 am or 12 noon. Bald Eagle Foundation is $ 10.00 USD. Quite expensive to see a diorama of animals & viewing a live eagle. Only tours will also have a live presentation of an Eurasian owl. Look up as you’re walking around the town as they’re many bald eagles here. Washrooms at the Visitors Center, Library & Fort Seward. Entertainment – Gatsby’s ( pretty good ) Taste of the World – The Caribbean 25May – Hubbard Glacier We were at the Glacier from 12 – 2 pm. The Captain turns the port-side of the ship towards the glacier for 30 mins & then the starboard side for 30 mins. We were so close & there was so much calving...it was breath-taking. Disappointed there was no commentary while we were at the Glacier like other cruise lines: Disney, HAL, Princess Entertainment – Cruise Director David Bradshawe “ With a Song in my Heart” ( a tribute to Rodgers & Hart ) Taste of the World – Italy 26May – Hoonah ( Icy Strait Point ) They have a new 400 ft dock & a golf cart shuttle if you can’t walk it. $ 5 USD per person roundtrip to Hoonah cruiseline shuttle Or I think there is a Red Trolley that parks a little further from the shuttle stop that costs $ 3 USD operated by the City of Hoonah with free wifi. We took the shuttle to Hoonah & walked down to the Community Trail where there are mudflats for bird-watching. We spotted a kingfisher. Taste of the World - Provence Entertainment – Tuxedo ( quite good ) 27May – Sitka Free shuttle to town. Free wifi at the library. Also, a water bottle refill station here. We walked to the Sitka Heritage Park, then onto the Alaska Raptor Center $ 12 USD. Very pretty here. We loved it. Taste of the World – Morocco Entertainment – Lee Bayless ( this show is a hoot, must watch ) 28May – Cruising the Outside Passage Taste of the World – Asia Entertainment – Get on the Floor & Dance ( I thought the 1st part was too much like the Good Lovin’ show ) Most activities onboard earn you O points which can be redeemed for merchandise today: 20 points – logo visor or purse hook 40 points – blue/while athletic t-shirts 45 points – baseball cap 50 points – blue/white long sleeve t-shirts 29May – Victoria Shuttle to town $ 10 USD/$ 12 CAD per person roundtrip Or You can walk the scenic 1.5 mile route. We walked along the David Foster Harbour Pathway to Fisherman’s Wharf where there are quaint floating homes & seafood to sample. Then we walked along Heron Cove where there was a Great Blue Heron & further on, an Oystercatcher. Then past the Empress hotel to Chinatown onto Beacon Hill Park to admire the lovely gardens & ponds. Then back along the Ocean path back to the ship. All this in 4.5 hours without stopping in a single shop ! Taste of the World – India Entertainment – Joey Gian sings more Rat Pack Luggage outside your room by 10 pm. 30May – Everyone out of their stateroom by 8 am & off the ship by 9 am. US immigration only collects the customs form, nothing else to do. FYI: Internet - $ 27.99 per person per day for Unlimited Internet or $ 160 for 200 minutes or $ 0.99 per minute There are 4 computers that have MS WORD for you to type documents before pasting it to your email. Printing is free. Coffee from the Coffee Bar is better than anywhere else on the ship. 24 hr beverage machine in the Terrace Cafe. Daily ice-creams & sorbets are different in the Waves Grill, Terrace Cafe & Dining room At the Waves Grill, try the Surf & Turf & the Kobe Burger. I asked if they had Sweet Potato Fries. ‘No, we don’t” They have it on Regent. “That’s why you pay more on Regent, I know I was there.” Might be true but I don’t think that’s an appropriate response. Same bread basket nightly just like Regent. Only Toscana had a different bread basket. Dinner in the Polo Grill ( steak & seafood ) is really good. Toscana is not for those with dairy allergies. This is a very low key cruise. Good for people who like to create their own amusement. The dinner menus have a bit more variety in that not everything had dairy in it. But after 5 days, the menu started to repeat. Captain Meinhardt Hansen is very personable & his English is good. He has captained the Regatta for 3 years now. We enjoyed the ease of getting on & off a ship with only 648 passengers. However, for destination immersion; Princess still does it best with Alaskan Seafood in several venues daily, bringing on local talent, Alaskan-themed onboard activities & an Alaskan Park Ranger for commentary onboard. We enjoyed our stateroom 4009 for being close to the water but everytime we were docking or un-docking, the whole room shook ( a good natural alarm clock ) Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Having had a very poor cruise earlier in the year on Azamara Journey, just out of refit, and with high expectations having become accustomed to excellent cruises with Seabourn and Windstar, we were a little apprehensive about trying ... Read More
Having had a very poor cruise earlier in the year on Azamara Journey, just out of refit, and with high expectations having become accustomed to excellent cruises with Seabourn and Windstar, we were a little apprehensive about trying Oceania. We were soon put at ease with an excellent embarkation process in San Francisco. Having sailed on several 'R' class ships similar to Regatta, we knew there was little if any difference between cabins on Decks 6,7 and 8 but there is usually a difference in price and a worthwhile saving if you take Deck 6 instead of 7 or 8. 6023 was very clean, smart and comfortable and we had excellent service throughout the voyage. Open dining is a must have option on any cruise as far as we are concerned and we were not disappointed with the Grand Dining Room. Far from it it. The menu selection was diverse and interesting and often included fresh fish / seafood brought on board at various ports of call. The speciality restaurants (no extra charge) disappointed with neither food nor service being as good as the main dining room. The running buffets at lunch were excellent and the Waves Bistro served an excellent hot dog! Entertainment seemed to please most of our fellow passengers but we found it to be indifferent in variety and standards. It was a memorable sail through the labyrinth of Alaskan sea ways and the captain plotted a very interesting course which took us very close ( a few hundred yards) to the Hubbard Glacier which obligingly "calved" spectacularly whilst we were there. We visited the forgettable little town of Astoria in Oregon and the surprisingly pleasant and interesting town of Sitka where we booked our own Wildlife tour at a quarter of the price charged on the ship. Bears were a pleasant surprise in a sanctuary and a walk in the woods was fascinating. Whale Watching in Juneau was hugely enjoyable and successful with a camera full of interesting shots. Like Juneau, Ketchikan is overrun with touristy shops selling a lot of tatty souvenirs. Wrangell was forgettable too but there are very interesting tours on offer. All the destinations are a jumping off point for excursions which are readily available locally, usually at less than half the price if booked on the ship BUT without the security / insurance offered by the ship. We can't wait to go back to Alaska and would certainly go there (or anywhere) again with Oceania and we would put that company a shade behind Seabourne but well ahead of Azamara and Windstar with P&O at the bottom of the list. The service charges of 18% added to the onboard bill, as well as gratuities of $160 each, were steep and only slightly offset by free wifi wrath, at $29 per day. Factor them into you cruise cost with Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date May 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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