- Pros: Gorgeously refurbished in 2014
- Cons: In rough seas, movement is quite noticable
- Bottom Line: One of the most beautiful ships at sea
Cabins start out on the small side of the industry average with insides at 160 square feet, outsides with picture window at 150 to 165 square feet, and standard verandah cabins at 216 square feet. One plus: Regatta has plenty of standard cabins with balconies. In the 2014 refurbishment, these staterooms received new, high-threadcount bedding and mattresses, which were the most comfortable we'd ever slept on. The line either freshly upholstered or replaced furnishings, and it added new carpeting and drapes.
There is generous storage, and beds are high enough so suitcases can be tucked underneath. Closets and drawers are certainly adequate for a two-week trip. Flat-screen televisions are on the small side, and programming is fairly basic; choices include a fair number of channels promoting Oceania Cruises, a Jacques Pepin cooking channel and a trio of options that show recent movies along with sitcoms or dramas. Four are music-only, and one shows the view from the bridge.
Each cabin has a private safe, a desk and a loveseat (inside cabins have an armchair instead) and coffee table set-up.
Bathrooms in these cabins did not receive a makeover. The shower-only bathrooms are small but functional with adequate storage space for toiletries; Oceania provides shower gel, shampoo and lotion by Bvlgari. New hairdryers, located in a closet outside the bathroom, are powerful.
Regatta has a handful of cabins classified as "concierge," and though these are the same size and layout as the standard balcony staterooms, they come with a few added amenities; concierge passengers get a leg up on embarking early and scoring more opportunities to visit alternative restaurants like the Polo Grill and Toscana.
For those who crave more space -- and more service -- there are three different suite categories, and all were significantly refurbished in 2014. In At 322 square feet, the Penthouse is almost the width of two regular cabins. The color scheme has soothing sea tones of blue and green. In addition to the queen-sized bed, there's a full couch, a dining table and two chairs, and a large desk/vanity. The balcony is outfitted with a pair of mesh reclining chairs and a small dining-height table. Its spacious bathroom features a beautiful marble sink and a deep bathtub/shower combination. In fact, for bathtub aficionados, this is the only cabin category on the ship that offers tubs.
At 786 square feet, the Vista suites, with a gold and blue color scheme, have separate living and sleeping rooms. Located forward of the ship, there's a marble entryway with powder room, full sized-dining table and couch/coffee table, with a generously sized flat-screen television. The furnishings are a gorgeous mix of antiques and reproductions, creating an ambience that's more like a top hotel suite than a cruise cabin. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, lots of closet space, its own flat-screen television and a lovely desk tucked into a porthole window. The main bathroom in the Vista Suite features a glassed-in, power-shower, along with spacious marble sinks. Verandahs span the bedroom and living room and include full-size chaises and large dining tables for alfresco meals.
Regatta's premier accommodation is its Owner's Suites. The layout is similar to the Vista suites, but they are located more advantageously on the ship's aft, overlooking its wake, and they're 1,000 square feet. With a crimson and gold color scheme, Owner's Suites have marble entryways with powder rooms. Living rooms featured sprawling sectional couches, flat-screen televisions and dining tables for four. Bedrooms have queen-sized beds, antique vanity/desks and flat-screen televisions along with lots of closet space. Bathrooms are all marble, with massive, glass-enclosed showers.
Even better: Owner's Suites have the best balconies onboard. Each balcony wraps around two sides, has two full-length chaises, a dining table for four, and the supreme view of the ship's wake.
In all suites, space isn't the only luxury. Extra services for each of the three includes priority 11 a.m. ship embarkation and luggage delivery, and unlimited, complimentary access to the gorgeous Spa Terrace, the secluded sundeck with thalassotherapy pool that's adjacent to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Passengers in these suites also are entitled to priority reservations for specialty restaurants and shore excursions. With 24-hour butler service, passengers can opt for course-by-course in-room dining and can order from any of the ship's restaurants' menus, during opening hours.
In the Vista and Owner's categories, additional amenities include complimentary iPads for use in cabins as well as state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Garment pressing and shoe shines are provided. Each also receives a complimentary bar set up with six full-sized bottles of wine and/or spirits.
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