9 Stockholm Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews

The Regatta fell far short of Celebrity ships in terms of plush, impressive common areas, such as forums, restaurants, theatres, etc. The casino seemed to have little interest in serving customers. There were no tournaments for the guests ... Read More
The Regatta fell far short of Celebrity ships in terms of plush, impressive common areas, such as forums, restaurants, theatres, etc. The casino seemed to have little interest in serving customers. There were no tournaments for the guests and no $5 minimum blackjack tables. The chairs for video gambling were much too low for comfort. There were no production stage numbers, such as you get most every night on Celebrity, Princess, etc. The assistant cruise director said the clientele was so old, they couldn't stay up late enough to go to a show after dinner. When we docked a distance away from town, there were no courtesy shuttles, which are commonplace on Celebrity cruises. The shore excursions were the most expensive we'd had of 18 cruises with other cruise lines and provided no services we hadn't been receiving at lower prices. The specialty restaurants had nice views, but were not special in terms of menu offerings. There was no option for assigned dining so that we could develop a relationship with the serving staff. We managed it on our own, but only by arriving at the main dining room as soon as it opened and requesting our "regular" table. The food was generally quite good, but inconsistent, and overall not better than on Celebrity. The staff was excellent, but they always are on Celebrity and Princess as well. The entertainment staff was the most dedicated that we've experienced. We can't see the appeal of Oceania unless one really prefers small ships and fewer passengers, but we felt the ship would feel too small for us for days at sea. And all of this at MUCH more expense than on Celebrity and Princess! Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
Travelled with Oceania before and enjoyed the experience. Regatta is a very elegant mid size ship, and on our cruise was full. Still has plenty of space, but breakfast area in the Tapas could get very busy at peak times. Food in all dining ... Read More
Travelled with Oceania before and enjoyed the experience. Regatta is a very elegant mid size ship, and on our cruise was full. Still has plenty of space, but breakfast area in the Tapas could get very busy at peak times. Food in all dining areas was real quality, I found it better by far than Silversea, and would go again for the food alone. Basic cruise price is reasonable, drinks are not cheap but if it helps them keep up the great standard they offer then I for one will not complain. Various shore excursions however are overpriced and to be avoided. Found a company online that conducts tours in St Petersburg to merge with visiting cruise ships. They are called DenRus and we had a three day package with then that was fantastic, the literature that DenRus supplies is hilarious, highly recommended. Our cabin was not very big but had loads of storage and was well equiped, vast number of DVD's available on board but no time on this engaging trip to see any! The weather for two weeks was stunning, 90% of the time just warm with blue skies, I never expected to be in the swimming pool in mid September in the Baltic. The ports of call well chosen and it was a great trip. Overall very happy with this ship and cruise line, would be better if they dumped the silly art auction, and not certain, but I think the cruise director was an android. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Our first Oceania cruise. Our rating is excellent, overall.Our cruise started in Stockholm , sailing up and down the Baltic, Kiel Canal, North Sea, to Amsterdam, Bruges and then ending in London. We chose Oceania transfers and after a ... Read More
Our first Oceania cruise. Our rating is excellent, overall.Our cruise started in Stockholm , sailing up and down the Baltic, Kiel Canal, North Sea, to Amsterdam, Bruges and then ending in London. We chose Oceania transfers and after a 14 hour (in the air) over two flights from Vancouver, we were really glad we did. We barely knew our names, let alone trying to figure out where the cab stands were, schlepping our luggage, finding Swedish krona, etc. As we got off the plane, there was a smiling Oceania rep there with a sign with our names on it. He even helped us lug the luggage off the carousel. 28 miles later (yes, it would have been an expensive taxi ride), we arrived at the port of Varhamnen and proceeded on to the ship. Since this was a staggered embarkation all day, and we arrived at 6 pm, there was no one else there so went right on and got our paperwork and cards at the reception (the whole thing took about ten minutes!).Our cabin was a verandah stateroom, small (especially the bathroom) but completely adequate for two people our luggage arrived about 15 minutes later, and we were pleasantly surprised at the incredible amount of storage in the room very well designed plenty to put everything away and with room to spare which was good because I knew I would be collecting things along the way. The bathroom is tiny with a small shower stall, but everything worked fine. We both perfected the art of sailor showers. The bed was super comfortable with  gorgeous bedding and pillows. The verandah was really nice, very private and done out in teak - elegant to say the least. Very romantic to sit on the verandah with a glass of wine and watch the ocean together!The food  and service throughout the cruise was outstanding. I still can't imagine how they manage to serve such excellent food to such a large number of people. Your meat always came exactly as ordered (even my hubby's prime rib came rare when he asked) - even in the fanciest restaurants this doesn't happen! The portions were not huge but totally adequate, which is great because then you can enjoy your four or five courses! We ate breakfast every day in the Terrace buffet the fresh berries every morning were to die for, not to speak of the smoked salmon, and huge variety in all breakfast items. On the Terrace, you can sit inside or outside which is great on nice mornings. We absolutely loved the Casual dining policy where you just show up in the dining room and ask for a table for 2. The tables for 2 are close enough that invariably you end up chatting with your neighbour if you want to. Or, as we did, we quickly made some friends and some dinner dates with them on a few nights. It was a great combination of sometime just us dining and sometimes dining with friends. Since all our other experiences on cruise ships had been the same dinner partners for the whole cruise, this was a very welcome change. We can't imagine ever going back to the other way! There are two alternative restaurants on the ship, Toscana and Polo, and our cabin level entitled us to one free reservation at each. We did make a reservation and tried both, they were good, but honestly, we preferred the food and ambience of the Grand Dining Room better this is just our preference, a lot of folks we met absolutely raved about the food in Polo and Toscana.We can't comment on the shore excursions as we didn't take any Oceania ones. In St. Petersburg, we booked a 3 day tour with two other couples (SPB Tours) - it was a fantastic tour our van was right there every morning right on time and our guide and  our driver showed us all the sights of SPB plus insights into many more experiences of Russian life and customs. I can't recommend them enough! In Berlin, we also took a one day tour with the same company - again with three other couples (different ones) and again the service was excellent, our guide was an American who had lived in Berlin for ten years, and we saw just about all the highlights of Berlin in the short six hours there. That, of course, is the big drawback it's a 3 hour drive each way from Warnemunde, a boring drive on the Autobahn the whole way. For all the other ports, we did our own thing - research ahead of time, decide what we want to see, and taxi or public transit into town and walk or transit to the sites.The ports were truly amazing, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Berlin and Bruges were our special favourites but I have to say they were all fascinating in their own way. The day on the Kiel Canal was very special. It is very narrow and there are towns all along it, so the scenery is constantly changing for about 6 hours, and there was many locals on the banks waving and shouting Welcome it was an amazing scene. And I noticed most of the men found the locks quite fascinating and good fodder for lengthy discussions about how they work.Can't comment on the entertainment we never could stay awake long enough to attend. With this port-intensive itinerary we took advantage of every minute in port and after a nice dinner, were ready to call it a day and start all over the next morning! We did join a team for the Team Trivia a couple of days, though, and had lots of fun, and it was very challenging, the questions were really difficult so it was lots of fun.The two things that stood out most for us as a complete contrast to other cruises we had taken: It was very quiet the music was interesting, tasteful and elegant like the ship, and so restful. No hairy chest contests on this cruise ship, thank God. Also, another lovely thing no photographers!!! There isn't a photo studio on board but the computer people will help you with your snaps if you need technical assistance. There are no kids facilities on this ship frankly I can't imagine taking kids on a cruise like this, there were a couple of families with kids and the kids were super well behaved but looked bored. If I were bringing kids, I would choose one of the cruise ships that are set up for kids and cater to them. Most kids I know would be really bored on Oceania.The only negative was that the ship's internet connection was incredibly slow absolutely unusable except to check e-mail and very expensive. Everyone was complaining about it. I didn't need it for business, but I tend to use the internet to get my information (doesn't everyone these days?) so things like checking weather, upcoming ports, buying admisisions to museums, etc. I thought I would do while on the ship. I even fantasized about sending a blog with a few pictures every few days to my family and friends. Well, nyet!! None of that was possible I gave up after a few days ...... I will be sending a letter to Oceania head office to let them know about my experience. I only mention this so you should know if you tend to rely on the internet while you are away, especially for business, you may be disappointed and will end up (as many did) putting their laptops in their backpacks and heading to an internet cafe once in port.So, after 14 days we arrived in Dover and saw the magnificent white cliffs. Our disembarkation was organized we had our special luggage tags and they called us to go to immigration , your luggage tag corresponded to the bus name all the busses were lined up for the 2-hour trip to Heathrow, it was relatively painless.So, overall, we have to say we are hooked on the "small ship" feeling, never any line ups for anything or rush or fuss nor cameras taking our pictures, just brilliant service, excellent food, comfortable beds and awesome ports and itineraries!Fantastic memories and for us, a trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
This was our second time sailing with Oceania (the other in 2005 Barcelona to Istanbul). We like the smaller ships (less than 700 passengers) and the port intensive itineraries of Oceania. The ships are very nicely appointed and have a ... Read More
This was our second time sailing with Oceania (the other in 2005 Barcelona to Istanbul). We like the smaller ships (less than 700 passengers) and the port intensive itineraries of Oceania. The ships are very nicely appointed and have a "country club casual" ambience. No need to pack all that formal wear. Although staterooms are known to be on the smallish side, they are very well laid out and comfortable. In 2005 we had Concierge Level balcony Stateroom which was very nice, however on this cruise opted for the somewhat larger penthouse suite which had a bathtub and came with butler service. Our butler was extremely pleasant and efficient but did not find having a butler significantly contributed to our enjoyment of the cruise. Although I was completely satisfied with the concierge level stateroom, my husband enjoyed the extra space of the penthouse suite especially as was 14 day cruise. Dining on Oceania was wonderful experience. Maybe not quite ***** but certainly much better than many of the larger cruise lines. We generally dined in the main Dining Room - no set seatings so could dine when you pleased. Had the option of dining alone, with group or to be placed at an open table. Many of the tables were for 2 but well positioned so could have a private meal but were at the same time conducive to meeting others. Particularly enjoyed the speciality Italian restaurant Toscana and dined there on a number of occasions. Polo Grill was also nice but menu limited to fairly standard steaks & chops. For breakfast we generally ordered room service & ate on our balcony or had croissants & coffee up in the Horizon Lounge (very quiet). We are not buffet type people and generally avoided the buffet except to pick up a few appies to enjoy in our stateroom. Unlike other cruise lines, Oceania do allow you bring your own liquor aboard to consume in your stateroom. Can also bring your own wine to dining room but charged a corkage charge so not worth extra cost. Normally we would order bottles of wine with dinner, and what was not finished was stored by the wine steward for the next day. Without set seating, you did not always have the same service staff. However being a smaller ship and longer cruise we did get to know a number of the staff. Service was exceptional and friendly. Where Oceania falls down is on entertainment and shore excursions. Entertainment - The house orchestras were OK but the headlined acts were so so bad. I generally would walk out but my husband would stay because they were not only bad but they were terrible! One of the entertainers on our Baltic cruise was the same as on our Mediterranean cruise in 2005. Oceania is adult oriented and do not have children's/teen programs. Not a "party boat". Shore excursions: Grossly overpriced and Oceania have the habit of canceling excursions at the last minute if they don't have enough people signed up. Excursion desk staff, although pleasant, were unable/unwilling to provide port information other than related to their tour. Generally a local tourist official would board when we got into port but a bit late for advance planning. For St. Petersburg , Oceania gave us the impression that it was very difficult to get a visitors Visa for Russia and it would not be possible to get off the boat without taking one of their excursions. Fortunately at the last minute we learnt this was not the case & booked 3 day tour with Alla Tours which was fabulous. Best advice is to try and pre-arrange own tours or get a good guide and do it on your own. With this last cruise, had a few problems pre-cruise with our flight deviations. Our itineraries were different as husband was returning a week later from UK. We received our flight confirmations from Oceania and all seemed OK as we had requested until we called the airlines to book our seat assignments. Evidently my husband's reservation had been changed & he was scheduled to fly out to Stockholm a day later than me. Took over a week to rectify. Would I sail again with Oceania - probably yes but am a bit hesitant because I enjoy going to the evening show as part of the cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2008
As regular readers of my cruise reviews know, I prefer not to use anecdotal formats. In this review, I will focus on the fact that this was our first cruise with Oceania where appropriate make comparisons with our previous cruises. A good ... Read More
As regular readers of my cruise reviews know, I prefer not to use anecdotal formats. In this review, I will focus on the fact that this was our first cruise with Oceania where appropriate make comparisons with our previous cruises. A good starting point for this review is the "Points of Distinction" in the glossy Oceania brochure and I include them in italics below: "finest cuisine at sea served in four distinctive open seating restaurants": without a doubt our meals on board were the best we have yet experienced. The menus are varied (though those of the two specialty restaurants are fixed), offer lots of tempting choices, and come with outstanding service. We love dining "a deux" and at different times depending upon what we have been doing during the day. The flexibility of the open seating with no set meal times was wonderful. Interestingly, as we go over our notes, we ate most often in Las Tapas in the evening; many of the main dishes there were the same as in the Grand Dining Room, the view was often fantastic from deck nine, and we were able to eat as little as or much as we desired (even we foodies cannot/shouldn't eat gourmet level five courses every night for 2 weeks). Of the two specialty restaurants, we preferred the remarkable Italian flavors in Toscana (that trolley of olive oils and balsamic vinegars is a knock-out), though we had excellent rack of lamb and a filet in the Polo Grill too. Some dishes in the Grand Dining Room were amongst the finest we have eaten at sea; and "regular" waiter Adrian performed flawlessly on the four occasions we were in his section at table 80 (we slow eaters caused him no trouble as he adjusted to our pace and remembered our preferences sometimes from two or three nights back). While no better than our best experiences on Celebrity, we enjoyed the interactions with the Sommeliers. We have a long history with wines, and head Sommelier Andrea and her main sidekicks Ramona and Stefano recognized that and provided exemplary service. We were impressed that they could access the wines we had not finished in Las Tapas one night and serve them in the Dining Room the next evening without fuss or delay. A real highlight to me was the variety of cheeses available, the care and attention taken to serve them at the correct temperature and with a wide range of accompaniments. Well done! A contrast to other lines - the food in the buffet lines of the Terrace Cafe is almost exclusively served by staff behind the counters. In our opinion this is a healthy (and less wasteful) method of delivery of food and is much appreciated. "70% of suites and staterooms feature private teak verandas": we cannot comment because friends had warned us that if we wanted to be sure of sound sleep we should reserve an inside stateroom. We did, and we had total darkness for sleeping. Overheard some comments, particularly early in the cruise, from others who found the sunrise (at 4am) and sunset (after 11pm) and twilight between created problems for sleeping, so were glad of our dark inside stateroom. We loved the little alarm clock in the stateroom with the button to push to light the dial at night....a nice touch. "Exclusive beds, duvets, pillows and finest cotton linens": the mattresses were very comfortable, though we asked our stateroom attendant for blankets to replace the duvets which we found too warm for our comfort (a hint from another passenger). The sheets and towels were lovely to sleep in and to use in our tiny bathroom. "country club casual ambience": wonderful! Though we do enjoy dressing up on formal nights on other lines, this trip was so port-intensive that we would have found pulling on the formal wear a bit of a trial (and packing was easier too). However, we found the country club casual as described was not always observed in the Grand Dining Room; I would have expected shirts with buttons (and tucked into trousers) more often, even though the lack of jackets was understandable given the warmth of the weather and the temperature of the room. "Elegant 684 guest, mid-size ships featuring large ship amenities": apparently our sailing was fully booked (660 passengers reported) but it rarely felt crowded. The only lines were to leave via the gangway if shore excursions coincided with our departure or in Reception on days when passports were returned. The seating layout in Martini's meant that at times we two could not find a private table, but the Horizon Lounge and other bars always seemed to have space. The ship does not feature a cinema, but movies do run on four channels on the stateroom TV for movie addicts (and the printed program was accurate). The ship's design does not include long promenade decks and the two short ones on deck 5 do not link except through the interior. Those not wanting to walk on the jogging track on windy days do not have a suitable alternative. Though we did not use them, there are reservable cabanas on the forward top deck. The activities program is quite restricted and static given the small size of the ship and the small (4 only) activity/entertainment staff. But, the itinerary was so-port intensive that there were few opportunities for us to want to look for time slots on the ship board activity list. The culinary demonstration and wine tastings are similar to other lines. There is (thankfully from our point of view) no photographic service on board - no photographers at embarkation or on formal nights, and no gallery of prints with crowds gathered to find the right photo. The small size means that the Regatta Lounge cannot accommodate glitzy shows with large casts and multiple costume changes. This suited us just fine - we thought the four entertainer/singers did a fine job with the revue style shows, and some of the visiting entertainers (a clarinetist followed by a violinist, the magic/comedy duo and of course the Regatta Orchestra) did a super job. The ubiquitous Liar's Club and Newlywed Games were featured along with a couple of Oceania variations (such as Oceania Idol) with the small entertainment staff. Bingo was played, but by small numbers and without jackpots. The card tables in the Casino seemed busy when we passed through after dinner some evenings. With just two shops on board, there was less emphasis on retail and sidewalk sales than on other lines….though the amber seminar and art auction still exist for those who need them. The small size of the ship is probably a reason why there is just USA Today on offer for news; other larger ships also have Canadian, British and other language papers too. "The world's most alluring and desirable ports": we chose this cruise because we wanted three days in St. Petersburg, and wondered whether the rest of the itinerary was too port-intensive (just 2 sea days in 14). But, the ports were so markedly different, and an added bonus was that Regatta is small enough that she was able to dock close to downtown for many of them (though not as advertised at English Embankment in St. Pete.), that we did our usual wander ashore and pick up self-guided walking tours to accomplish what we wanted. We did not use the services of the shore excursion desk, but it seemed to be very busy and popular. The small size of the ship probably makes it possible for another nice touch: a representative of the local Tourist Office comes on board in each port and sits at a table in Reception (with up-to-date, clear maps). While there was sometimes a line there, it was possible to approach from behind to collect a map. “best value in luxury cruising”: I do not think we can judge against other luxury lines given that this our first cruise at this lofty level, but in that we booked early enough to secure the 2 for 1 fares and the “free air” and opted to book an inside stateroom, this was certainly value for the itinerary. We did hear some grizzles about the 18% gratuity on drinks, and complaints that the bottled water in the stateroom was charged to the account, but there is no charge for the specialty restaurants so we think it balances out in the end. A few other quick summary points: the smoking areas are small in size and number and not in eating or drinking areas (hooray); the music on the stateroom TV is always varied and good quality (classical music behind the bridgecam channel was much appreciated given that we left it on often pretending it was our oceanview window); after the no-announcements policy on Celebrity, we found the frequent and repetitive PA announcements somewhat disruptive during our quiet times (and the Captain is a member of the slow talker’s association which became a bit of a standing joke): we found there was a very low key approach to the Oceania Club (perhaps because it was our first cruise and we were not members and invited to the Club events); given the small size of the ship, we found it a bit more difficult to find quiet corners to read or watch the view (there seemed to be a higher percentage of compulsive (loud) talkers whose conversations were hard to avoid). But, with stunning weather, calm seas, outstanding service, three days of independent travel in St. Pete successfully accomplished, fabulous food for 14 days: what’s not to enjoy? Well done Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date June 2007
Background Information: There were 8 of us who worked together to plan this cruise to the Baltics leaving from Stockholm on June 2, 2007 and getting into Tillbury, England on June 16th. We have been good friends for years and are all about ... Read More
Background Information: There were 8 of us who worked together to plan this cruise to the Baltics leaving from Stockholm on June 2, 2007 and getting into Tillbury, England on June 16th. We have been good friends for years and are all about the same age - mid sixties. We researched all the places we wanted to see and planned our excursions accordingly. We had all been on Oceania previously. Travel to Port of Embarkation: We flew from Florida, Indiana, and New Hampshire into Stockholm the day before we sailed. US Airways has a direct flight from Philadelphia. Hotel Info : We stayed in Stockholm at the Radisson SAS Strand, Nybrokajen 9. It was reasonably priced and right in the middle of town. From there we walked everywhere and even took a canal trip which started across the street from the hotel. We had dinner at Ulla Winbladh Restaurant, Djurden. We took a cab to get there. The food was delicious and the scenery spectacular. Stateroom: We were aboard Oceania's Regatta in a PHI level room which was large and had butler service. It was on deck 8. There were two twin beds and a hide-a-bed couch. There was plenty of room for storage of clothes, etc. Our room was one floor below the Tapas Restaurant where we ate breakfast and lunch and two floors below the Polo Grill and Toscano Restaurants. Very convenient. Ship Info: The Regatta held 640 passengers and almost as many in crew. It was small enough to get into all the ports - no tenders were necessary. The ship was clean and had plenty of common areas for all. Dining: If you would like a change at dinner time from the main diningroom (which is wonderful), there are the Polo Grill and the Toscano Restaurants. You need to make reservations there and it is best to do it as soon as you board the ship. The food everywhere is delicious, plentiful, and well presented. Activities: These were limited since most of the passengers went on the excursions. The two days at sea, however there were many things offered. The selection ranged from Bingo, Bridge, Trivial Pursuit, and other games to lectures, wine tasting, and cooking demonstrations. There was a huge art auction also. Children's Clubs: There were no activities planned for the children. On our cruise there were three middle school age boys who were in the pool all day long. Service: Excellent. You said "jump" and they said "how high" Entertainment: I must confess, we never made it to one of the evenings of entertainment. According to the program there was quite a variety. We were always up at the crack of dawn, had dinner about 7:30 PM and it was on to bed. That happens when you get older. Shore Excursions: The excursions offered by Oceania are usually more expensive than if you did things on your own, but they are well organized, first class, and very interesting. We read all about them on the Internet and prepaid many of the excursions. We ended up changing a few once we got on board and learned more about them. We took two private tours which turned out to be wonderful, but I worried until I saw the vehicle outside and the driver held up my name. I had heard stories about "No shows". We took a private tour to Berlin because it was a 3 hour drive each way from the port (Warnemunde) to the city and we knew it would be a long day. It was definitely worth the drive to get to see how Berlin has recovered from the War. Original Berlin Walks organized the tour for us. They picked the 8 of us up in a 14 passenger bus and provided a guide once we got to the city. We saw almost all of the highlights of the city and went from location to location in the small bus. We got out for photo ops and short explorations. Our guide (Edo) was young, very enthusiastic, well informed and knew the city well. We had lunch in one of the museum cafes but never toured any of the museums (not enough time). We'll save those for our return someday. The second independent tour we had was when we arrived in Tillbury. We weren't scheduled to fly out until the following day so David Stubbs from London Country Tours met the 8 of us in 2 minivans. He got all of our luggage in (a miracle) and he showed us the highlights of the city from the car. You will notice there are no police around anymore. Watch out for all the cameras. He then took us to the country. We had all been to London before. We had lunch in Epson, the site of the Epson Derby horse race. Delicious. Then 6 of us were left at the Gatwick Airport Hilton and the other two went on to Heathrow. The Hilton has a direct path to the South Terminal. You never have to go outside. Remember you must be there 3 hours ahead and may only have one carry-on - your purse counts. Disembarkation: This was as smooth as silk. Guests were taken off in shifts based on the time you chose to leave the ship. The luggage was organized accordingly. Remember to leave out clothes to wear the day you leave. Don't laugh. It's easy to forget when you pack your bag and have it picked up the night before. Summary: This was a fabulous cruise for all 8 of us. We had no complaints other than the laundry room was too small. Everyone seemed to want to do their laundry about mid cruise. Actually I had more fun in there talking to everyone so the wait didn't bother me at all. I made some new friends. Our weather was perfect. Sunny and warm everyday. Smooth sailing. Only a sprinkle of rain in London - but that's London. The most unusual thing is watching sunset about 11:00 PM and sunrise about 3:00 AM. It seemed to always be light. You are welcome to ask me any questions. Babs Read Less
Sail Date June 2007
Booked Oceania as it was deemed to be the next level of luxury up from the standard lines (as the price would also encourage you to believe). Ship is nicely decorated, but nothing that special - pretty standard. Service is excellent, this ... Read More
Booked Oceania as it was deemed to be the next level of luxury up from the standard lines (as the price would also encourage you to believe). Ship is nicely decorated, but nothing that special - pretty standard. Service is excellent, this is one well trained staff. Oceania prides itself on having some of the best food on the sea and you will not be disappointed. The 2 specialty restaurants (that most cruises charge a fee to eat at) are complimentary on this ship. Booze is on the pricier side and the excursions are also outrageous. On our ship, most people were doing their own touring because the excursions were so overpriced. As advertised, this is an older set on the boa,t but definitely a better behaved one than on most lines. This 14-day itinerary is strong, but has some weak points. Three days in St. Petersburg is probably one too many and Gdansk, Poland and Warnemunde, Germany are not real highlights unless you do expensive tours to other parts of the country. Copenhagen, Belgium and Finland are all great stops. The cruiseline will not do a good job of advising you of this, but if you want to tour St. Petersburg on your own (without paying $150/pp for day excursions), you need to have your own Russian visa ahead of time. All in all, a good cruise, but does not live up to the value. Read Less
Sail Date June 2006
Our 18th cruise, the first aboard Oceania's Regatta. We prefer smaller ships (under 500 passengers) but she was fine at over 600. Intimate enough, and we'd book on her again for appealing destinations. Pluses are her service ... Read More
Our 18th cruise, the first aboard Oceania's Regatta. We prefer smaller ships (under 500 passengers) but she was fine at over 600. Intimate enough, and we'd book on her again for appealing destinations. Pluses are her service and food. Staff is congenial and promptly helpful, ship is spotless, cabins are nice but not spacious, highly touted beds are very nice but not that big a deal. Meals are excellent, and you can eat as much (or little) as you like. The Regatta is excellent, but does have its flaws. There is no feeling of bonding with other passengers, no gathering at cocktail hours, no mixing and smiling. That's not all bad, but we enjoy getting to know those we're sailing with and we do that on smaller ships. Open seating in the main dining room is the system, and we hate open seating, much preferring getting to know our waiter and his/her helpers. But open seating works okay on the Regatta, with minimal waits. The buffet meals are very popular, but one can be badly hurt there (kidding) by all the rudeness and shoving and such by fellow passengers. Hamburgers on the bbq are uninspired at best. The two "exclusive" restaurant options, available for booking twice on each 14 day voyage to each passenger, are musts. The steak house is outstanding, the Italian is very good. Shore excursions are well done but a rip-off financially. Much overpriced. Far better to do your own thing, get a taxi and driver to tour you, or ride local transportation (trollies, subways, canal boat taxis, etc.). Example of pricing: A Helsinke harbour tour cruise booked aboard ship is just under $100 per person. Take it on your own and it's much cheaper at under $25 per person. Oceania needs to reevaluate its excursion pricing or increase cruise charges to offset this bloated profit center. Cocktail pricing is too high, too. $8 for a glass of Chard is a bit much! Another profit center that irritates. And if you're a smoker you're a leper aboard this ship. Two small areas on the whole ship that allows smoking, one outside in a corner of the pool deck, the other in the corner of a lounge. No smoking on your veranda and the maids look for evidence (be smart and discreet!). Smoking areas are frequented by crew, sometimes leaving little seating for passengers. Good luck if you smoke. Still, with all our grumbling, the Regatta is a bit cut above most and we recommend her. So there. Read Less
Sail Date August 2004
This cruise line is pretending to be close to first class. First the management and officers are pathetically uninterested in passengers. I dealt with one who could not sell $5 for $4. How did I dislike this ship? Let me count some of ... Read More
This cruise line is pretending to be close to first class. First the management and officers are pathetically uninterested in passengers. I dealt with one who could not sell $5 for $4. How did I dislike this ship? Let me count some of the ways. Bathroom not big enough. Staff, with many exceptions, untrained and uncaring. Butler service a joke. Absolutely worthless. Food, except at the Italian whose name I forget, very average. The Italian restaurant was above average in both food and service. The main dining room had waits most times even with reservations and taking care of the Maitre D'. The Polo, the other "better restaurant" was very mediocre. Other very casual restaurants were fine but no great deal. The ship will $10 and $20 you to death. Water was $4+ a bottle. Martinis were over $10 at sea no less. Some ports, Brugge, comes to mind, were a $100 cab ride each way away unless you chose to take the ship's extremely expensive and cattle car like tours. We used locals wherever we could especially in Russia. Overall the cruise was disappointing. We did like our room, sans bathroom, and loved the balcony. Even some employees can't spoil the beauty of the sea. Go expecting little from the line or spring for Crystal which after you are done paying the extras is not much more than Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date July 2004
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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