8 Oceania Regatta Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Alaska from Vancouver

The ship decor has a lot of character with beautiful furniture and mahogony walls and trim. Lovely marble and gorgeous rugs grace the whole ship. We enjoyed the peaceful spacious surroundings with not a lot of people around as ... Read More
The ship decor has a lot of character with beautiful furniture and mahogony walls and trim. Lovely marble and gorgeous rugs grace the whole ship. We enjoyed the peaceful spacious surroundings with not a lot of people around as opposed to ships with thousands of people. The food was outstanding as well as the service at the buffet and main dining room. Staff was always friendly, curteous and caring. Our cabin 6004 had a very large window and since it didn't have a balcony the room was bigger than the ones next to us with balconies. We took advantage of the free excursions and had fabulous well spoken guides. The entertainment was first call and excellent!!! The internet service on the ship was top notch and faster than what we have at home! I highly recommend the Regatta ship as well as the other Oceania cruise ships! This was our 4th Oceania cruise and we plan to sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our cruise began inauspiciously with the Oceania staff at the airport having no record of our booking the cruise. But after being shown the confirmation, the response was impressive. We were guided by two employees -- one in charge of our ... Read More
Our cruise began inauspiciously with the Oceania staff at the airport having no record of our booking the cruise. But after being shown the confirmation, the response was impressive. We were guided by two employees -- one in charge of our bags -- to the taxi stand and sent on our way to the ship. This set the tone for the entire cruise. The staff onboard was superb, always pleasant and responsive to any needs. Just first rate. The ship itself, which is immaculate, demonstrated the crew's attention to detail. As well, we booked a smaller ship on purpose, and were rewarded because there were only a few teenagers and no screaming children aboard. So, why then only three stars? If you are going to hype a cruise as one providing gourmet food, the meals had to at least occasionally been superlative. Instead, they were merely good, with occasional blunders. Especially disappointing were those produced by the specialty restaurants. In each, the quality of the meat ordered was excellent, but the rest of the meals were mediocre to bad. Then there is the amount of food being served. Calling the portions nouvelle would be a generous description. In the main dining room, a duck dish consisted of three tiny medallions and a pigmy leg. A scallop dish was three medium sized scallops sitting on a puddle of mashed potatoes. A shrimp scampi appetizer consisted of two shrimp and nothing else on an oversized plate. There is also a buffet being served in the Terrace Cafe. However, it is not help yourself. There are servers at each station and so a negotiation ensues. Ask for a herring appetizer and the server automatically will give you one tiny piece. So you quickly learn you have to ask for a specific amount of whatever you order. Not that that really helps. An order of beef will be cut so thin it is a joke. The reduced size even involves beverages. Coffee is served in half-sized cups. The same is true for orange juice. If a larger glass is used, then it is only half-filled. you wonder why you are paying approximately double what is charged on the huge cruise lines, yet are still being nickled and dimed on food and beverages. (Oh, I should mention that drinks are so watered down they might as well be non-alcoholic). And, finally, book early enough so that you can purchase excursions. Even if they are overpriced, they are still worth it since the stops themselves are worthless. Hoonah/Icy Point is the equivilent of one of those bogus "our island" stops in the Cariibbean. Wrangell is a two-block nothing to see town. Haines is only slightly larger. Ketchikan has 45 jewelry stores. Even Sitka, supposedly the closest thing to a real small city, had little to offer. So, in summation, if you just love cruising, enjoy being pampered, and don't mind eating like a bird, you will have a great time on Regatta. Our response was different, obviously, and we doubt we would book again with Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
After about three dozen cruises over the past 40 years we took our first cruise on Oceania's Regatta. The service was excellent. We have never had such attention from staff on any of our previous cruises. My wife who has a brand-new ... Read More
After about three dozen cruises over the past 40 years we took our first cruise on Oceania's Regatta. The service was excellent. We have never had such attention from staff on any of our previous cruises. My wife who has a brand-new hip was experiencing some difficulty walking and the solicitousness and care and concern of the staff just blew us away. Food was also excellent and we certainly appreciated the ability to dine at will and decide whether we would share or eat privately. We did both and managed to thoroughly enjoy every meal onboard. The one shocking disappointment was when we walked into the cabin on embarkation day. We had seen the size of the cabin in the advertising brochure, but did not realize that the figures published also included the balcony. So when we walked into the cabin we thought we were in the wrong place. We could live with the smaller cabins as long as we know that that's what we will be getting. Overall however the experience was so positive, then we have now booked a spring trip on the Riviera. Here at least, the rooms are larger and we will be prepared for subtracting balcony size. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise to Alaska on the Regatta. We had taken advantage  of the "third passenger travels free" promotion. We took my elderly disabled mother with us. Other than being a little crowded in a stateroom ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise to Alaska on the Regatta. We had taken advantage  of the "third passenger travels free" promotion. We took my elderly disabled mother with us. Other than being a little crowded in a stateroom meant  for two, the three of us managed just fine. It was relatively easy to maneuver through the ship with the wheelchair. Staff would leap to help if thresholds or restaurant seating presented a problem. We were able to  fold the wheelchair for storage in our stateroom so that was also not an issue. The only trouble spot in our room was the 5" step down from the bathroom to the bed area. Service Exemplary Food Fabulous We had reserved tables in the the smaller restaurants four times but enjoyed eating in all locations on the ship. Dinner one evening in the Polo Grill stays in my mind, especially because of the combination of exceptional service, fine view and one double martini. These perfectly prepared foods landed on our table -- crab cakes, escargot, Cobb salad, French onion soup, filet mignon, grilled asparagus, grilled tomatoes, creamed spinach, baked potato, potato au gratin, key lime pie. Neighbouring diners were celebrating an anniversary. The dining crew assembled around their table and sang, then two Filipino crew members and her husband serenaded the wife with a love song. That was fun. Ports Every stop in Alaska was shrouded in fog or rain clouds. This was not an issue for us because on this cruise we intended to spend time with my 91 year old mother who required a wheelchair and for whom most excursions would have been impossible or most inconvenient. We did feel sorry for people who expected to see the beauty of Alaska from the tram, hiking trail or helicopter. The rain was relentless. Those who did go on the excusions did not complain in our presence. We were able to access all Alaska ports from the pier (except Hoonah which was accessible by tender). Due to rough water, Sitka was eliminated and Wrangell was added to the list of ports. Hubbard Glacier early in the morning on August 18th was a highlight of the cruise. We were early enough to find port side seats with a good view in the Horizon Room, a spot with many windows and comfy chairs on Deck 10. Just as we were getting settled, an argument erupted amongst the passengers along the front windows on the bow. Seems someone was saving three seats which would remain unoccupied for the half hour prior to our arrival in the bay nearest the huge tidewater glacier. A tall robust woman with a long cane seated behind the saved seats took issue with the male passenger's effort to save good empty seats and in the end she got her way. Drama! The sun came out only after we reached Victoria and it stayed out until disembarkation in San Francisco. We had a great time poking around Victoria, BC and Astoria, OR on our own. Entertainment We attended most of the shows which featured either the band and the comedian, Tom Drake or the band backing the four singer/dancers. We laughed hard at the Celebrity Liars' Club in the Regatta Lounge on Tuesday evening. Four "celebrities" ( like the ship's doctor) made-up hilarious definitions of weird words like "Wiliwili", "Williwas", "Bablitrice" and "Flagatation". Only one celebrity had the correct definition in each round. The audience had to vote for the most likely definition. Lots of laughs. We went to a culinary demonstration complete with samples of the food. Like most presentations on the ship, this happened in the Regatta Lounge. We had some trouble understanding the thick French accents of the two chefs but no trouble with the samples. We learned a few new cooking tricks. It was interesting and fun. We attended numerous lectures. One afternoon we heard Dr. Paula Smith speak on the topic, "And you thought Prince Charles had problems" which sounds like a history lesson on the scandals of Royals in history. It should have been good for a laugh. After 45 minutes and wasted potential for humour, the speaker had only progressed from William the Conqueror to royal scoundrels in the 15th century. We left the theatre and went to the Horizons lounge for high tea, an improved use of our time. We appreciated the fact that lectures were taped and broadcast later on the ship's system as we could catch up on those we missed. The best presentation was that of the captain who explained modern piracy and methods of combatting it. We played our first ever bingo game (Cost $35 for five games and we won $25). We tried the slot machines. We didn't swim, play ping pong or shuffleboard this time. High tea with the chamber music was our mother's favorite activity. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We chose Oceania based on recommendations from friends that cruise 1-2 times each year, and we would go again. We boarded the ship in Anchorage, but met at the convention center and were transported to the port where we boarded the ... Read More
We chose Oceania based on recommendations from friends that cruise 1-2 times each year, and we would go again. We boarded the ship in Anchorage, but met at the convention center and were transported to the port where we boarded the ship directly. We were given a time for boarding, and we were able to board a little early, but the room was not ready until the advertised time. The convention center arrangement went smoothly, and checking in at the ship went very well. Perhaps it had to do with passengers arriving one busload at a time. The room was very nice and the cabin staff very attentive. In fact we were well treated by all of the staff, and many were willing to talk, and that seemed to improve the service even more. We were pleased with the dining arrangements, usually arrived early, and although there were just 2 of us, we were usually able to dine at a table for two close enough to another couple to enjoy conversation. Service was exceptional most of the time, and earlier comments must have had some impact. We got to know a couple of the servers, and again, that helped with service. Early AM room service was helpful for the early tours. The tours/excursions were expensive, although not consistently. I found that some I could book independently for about half the amount, some of the independent tours were about $20 less, and one we took was actually a little bit more than the one organized through Oceania. We spent a week in Alaska on our own before the cruise, so we did not spend much time in the shops, even though the jewelry stores offered "special" prices. Entertainment was not the strong point of this cruise -- we chose this one because of the ship size, Oceania's reputation, and the amount of time we spent in port. It would be more enjoyable with a small group, but I did not need to see Alaska with 3,000 of my closest friends. I was a little surprised that our tours went well, even when in Juneau and Ketchikan where there were about 10,000 other passengers. The internet was slow and expensive, but downloading my office and personal email and keeping up with the news did not take much time. Downloads were not as slow as I had feared. Disembarkation in Vancouver went well, and the transfer via bus was easy. We had an enjoyable time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We have been on the Regatta once before and really enjoyed it. We like the casual dinning and have found the food and service to be excellent. On this cruise, we thought that the food in the Terrace wasn't as good as our first cruise ... Read More
We have been on the Regatta once before and really enjoyed it. We like the casual dinning and have found the food and service to be excellent. On this cruise, we thought that the food in the Terrace wasn't as good as our first cruise and the first few days the service wasn't up to what it was on our first Regatta cruise. The food and service in Toscano's and the Polo Grill were excellent. We also really like the smoking policy that Oceania has, since I am allergic to smoke. We really enjoyed the itinerary and our weather was beautiful. The captain got close to the Hubbard Glacier and to the Glaciers in the College Fjords. David Norlander was the lecturer and he did a great job. My husband really enjoyed Vincenzo, the classical guitarist. Our 2nd port was Wrangell, where we took an independent tour with Breakaway Adventures to Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory where we saw a lot of black bears up close. It consisted of a boat trip from Wrangell and about a 1/2 mile hike to the observation platform. It was a great tour. Our last port before Anchorage was Homer. Here we took Oceania's Seldovia/Kachemak Bay cruise. Had a beautiful sunny day, saw lots of sea otters, birds including puffins and had lunch in Seldovia and went for a hike to the beach. Was a fun day. It was a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This was my 2nd cruise on Regatta and frankly it was not quite up to my expectations compared to my previous cruise. Embarkation was not as slick as that in Amsterdam. Seemed a little disorganized. The main problems ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise on Regatta and frankly it was not quite up to my expectations compared to my previous cruise. Embarkation was not as slick as that in Amsterdam. Seemed a little disorganized. The main problems occurred in Tapas (Terrace Cafe). I either received too much attention or none at all. There seemed to be no staff assigned to particular areas. Some people received double drinks. They placed an order and the waiter disappeared only to be replaced by another waiter who took drink orders again. Getting refills was either difficult or overdone. On one occasion dishes were removed while I was at the buffet( my purse was on the table) & when the waitress saw that I was back she brought my tea back from the dirty dish tray! Finding a sommelier seemed impossible sometimes which seemed odd since I am sure Oceania makes a great deal of profit on alcoholic drinks. Much of the food is bland which probably in deference to the average cruse passenger's age. Surprisingly the most delicious meal I had the entire cruise was the curried lamb and it was in the Terrace Cafe Toscana's and Polo were great as ever but at Toscana, at a group table, we had to ask for someone to wait on us. The Grand Dining Room remains my favorite as it is usually consistent (they did miss serving a salad to a guest at our table). Guests outrageously abused the "country club casual" suggested dress even after being reminded in the daily news letter. The stateroom was well appointed, comfortable and service was great. However I did report early in the cruise that there were 2 wet spots on the floor. Have no idea if anyone checked it out. The daily news letter should include, when necessary, a statement that the evening show is adult entertainment. There were a few kids on this cruise who attended the late shows forcing the show to be adapted. If the parents still wish their children to attend then they are responsible for their hearing suggestive material. Internet fees are outrageous as most of time is spent waiting & waiting. The attendant was gracious refunding fees when the internet went out. But, he was not always there. I learned to never use my cell phone on board & also found internet cafes on shore (best one in Ketchikan). Had some difficulty in communicating with crew on this cruise. For example, took some time to explain at Waves that I didn't want the sides with my hamburger. This was never a problem on last cruise. On 7/26/11 I received a $200 coupon from Oceania which had to be redeemed within 45 days of my disembarking. Since I disembarked on 6/17/11 this left me little time to make a commitment to a new cruise. What a shame. The coupon was on my bed the last day of my previous cruise & I did redeem it for this cruise. Ports were neat! Ketchikan was touristy but almost a relief after 4 very quiet ports. While excursions were expensive 2 were especially fantastic - the jet boat in Wrangell & the float plane in Ketchikan! The jet boat afforded me the opportunity to see icebergs with beautiful deep blue compressed ice up close. In Icy Strait Point our guide was so proud of their students' accomplishments (4 graduated this yr.). For example, a student group in robotics participated in the nationals & placed 10th. Was also an experience to walk in Spasski River Valley with an armed guard. The Tingits have done a great job with their investment in tourism! Was nice to have Terry Breen on board. Her talks were very imformative. We certainly could have used some spekers on last year's Baltic cruise! Fortunately I had not opted for the Oceania "excursion" to the Vancouver Airport. I went in a van ($13 for seniors) which was available as soon as I disembarked. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Day 1: Embarkation at Vancouver Terminal Quick & Efficient. Only one problem one of my wife's bags was put on the Disney Alaska cruise not ours. Of course this was not discovered until after departure. Was reunited with bag at ... Read More
Day 1: Embarkation at Vancouver Terminal Quick & Efficient. Only one problem one of my wife's bags was put on the Disney Alaska cruise not ours. Of course this was not discovered until after departure. Was reunited with bag at last port of call as this was only port common to both cruises. Day 2: Cruising the Inside Passage to Sitka. Very relaxing day and beautiful scenery. Food & service on Board still excellent and friendly. Day 3: Arrived Sitka and was tendered into port. Went on ship organize tour to Russian America Raptor Center and Russian Dancers. Great tour and experience. Were only in Sitka for 5hrs not enough time to explore the city, or shops. Day 4: Arrived in Hoonah ( Icy Strait Point) and were tendered into port. Not much to see in port just a lot of shops,couple of restaurants and a Zip line. I did not do the Zip line but the adventurous ones that did said it was wonderful. Went on a Wale watching excursion and we saw lots of Wales and sea lions. Trip was well worth the time and money. Day 5: Cruising the Gulf of Alaska and Hubbard Glacier. Due to ice conditions in Resolution Bay were unable to get in close to the glacier but that's life. Day 6:Docked in Kodiak Alaska, no tour available as was canceled by tour operator so went into town to explore on own. Visited the Baranof Museum and the Wildlife Museum. Both were wonderful and very informative on life in Kodiak. Day 7&8: Cruising the Gulf of Alaska and arriving at Wrangell where we were docked.Did a highlights tour which took in the Wrangell Mureum, Chief Shakes Tribal House & Petroglph Beach. This was a great tour as got to learn how the Tlingit Indian society Functioned. Day 9: Docked in Ketchican, my wife was reunited with lost bag. This port is the most tourist oriented port we had been in. Except for the scenery a lot of the stores you can find in the Carribbean.Toured the Deer Mountain Tribal Fish Hatchery & Eagle Center, Totem Hritage Center And Saxman Native Village. The tour was wonderful and informative. Did some shopping for smoked Salmon and fudge. Day 10: Cruised the inside passage back to Vancouver, fast and efficient debakation and flight home. We were very fortuanate to have an Alaskan Expert on Board the ship for the entire cruise(Terry Breen). Her information and help was invaluable. For Oceanias first season in Alaska they did better the the cruise I did on the Ryndamm with Holland America in 2007. I hope they will start to do Alaskan cruise each year as I love Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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