3 Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Transatlantic

Oceania has done it again... best service -nicest staff and great cuisine.The culinary classes to art classes-always something going on. The four restaurants Jacques,Red Ginger, Toscanna and Polo make one feel that you are not even on a ... Read More
Oceania has done it again... best service -nicest staff and great cuisine.The culinary classes to art classes-always something going on. The four restaurants Jacques,Red Ginger, Toscanna and Polo make one feel that you are not even on a ship but at 5 star experiences elsewhere. These are also not at an additonal charge. Just love Oceania and probably could not ask for more. The excursions are exspensive and some better than others-cabins beautiful-embarkation a breeze and so well done and same with leaving the ship. I still get the feeling of the class system as preference for dining and using a private deck is only for the penthouse and concierge level. People complained about using their card for every drink and found the other plans confusing and exspensive. Others found the two dollar washing machines ridiculous and using tokens. They felt the cruise line should just charge a little more and eliminate some of the nickle and diming! Overall though, a wonderful ship-did Marina last time and loved it. Oceania should work on their website though as hard to use many times. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Our boarding experience in Istanbul was excellent, priority boarding and no delays. The penthouse cabin was clean and extremely comfortable with ample room and a well furnished balcony.Janus our butler was swiftly at our side to introduce ... Read More
Our boarding experience in Istanbul was excellent, priority boarding and no delays. The penthouse cabin was clean and extremely comfortable with ample room and a well furnished balcony.Janus our butler was swiftly at our side to introduce himself and accommodated our requests with speed and a smile. During our two back to back cruises he proved to be an exceptional butler and nothing was any trouble, with many little extra touches. The food and service was very good in the main restaurant and excellent in the specialty restaurants. The Restaurant managers deserve special mention for excellance. However, the cost of wines was outrageous. We cruise a great deal and Oceania were charging more for average wines than higher rated ships charge for their fine wines! Not acceptable. Luckily we only booked one tour with Oceania, most of which consisted of being taken to places where we could shop! Total waste of time. Many passengers stopped doing overpriced ships tours and got together and organised their own. The standard of the lecturerers was excellent and the cooking demonstrations wasworth attending. Oceania are letting themselves down in their costings and of course everything is plus eighteen percent service charge. They run a good ship but many people felt they were being overcharged for all the extras. including the internet which again was more expensive than most other lines. Will we return? No. We will return to all inclusive cruising which is not much more expensive when you take into account all the overpriced extras. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Embarkation was quick and easy. First, let me say that the ship was beautiful, clean, and the perfect size. Every employee was polite, kind, and always had a greeting as you walked by. Service in all areas was outstanding. We ... Read More
Embarkation was quick and easy. First, let me say that the ship was beautiful, clean, and the perfect size. Every employee was polite, kind, and always had a greeting as you walked by. Service in all areas was outstanding. We started by me being sick the first two days (not motion sickness) and stayed in bed not to give others my severe cold, then needing two more to recover. Good timing by me on that. Wednesday through Sunday was 5 straight days of bad weather and high seas. Although we do not get sea sick, the constant holding on and keeping balance was tiring. Try to take a shower in a rocking phone booth while you hold on with one hand. But that's a chance you take on a TA. The food was excellent overall, and the open dining was great. We enjoyed Toscana the most, and he kindly got us in several extra nights when I asked when the doors opened. The one downside was the coffee was terrible. It made Starbucks taste weak. Same coffee used on the whole ship. I never get a good iced tea on a cruise, so I order tea with a glass of ice, and make my own fresh. The entertainment was based on the average age of 70 of the passengers, but there could have been some more current soft music, and not so much 30's and 40's stuff. The band was very good, as well as the string quartet on deck 5 by the shops each day. The guest speaker, Dr. Roger Cartwright, was excellent. He gave a number of talks ranging from the history of cruising, battles at sea, and truths about the Titanic. They were interesting and he was a good speaker. The library was great, with a nice selection of books. Disembarkation was quick and easy, but we were the first off to get to the airport to begin our 23 straight hours of either being in the air, or in an airport. Arrghhhh! Oceania was a nice change from other cruise lines with the open seating, no kids, and relaxation. But 8 straight days at sea are a bit much. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
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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