May 2015 - Regatta to Alaska
We sailed the Regatta and had a great experience. The food,the service and the facilities were all first rate.
Our view of Alaska is that it's an adventure type vacation and booked excusions each day. The Oceania package was reasonably priced ( we compared against Shore Excursions). We never felt restricted with food availability. In fact most times we ate outside in the buffet area. The variety of quality choices was impressive: sushi and lobster tails every night as well as many entre choices.
Entertainment was fine - no big shows but entertaining enough. We booked the cruise for the ports. Port times were excellent compared to any other ship. This is a key advantage of the Regatta. Also we were able to get much closer to Hubbard glacier than other larger ships which was awesome.
We are in our 50's and found the crowd to be older. And no question on board activities were limited. For us that's not s problem- we were in the ports as much as possible hiking,kayaking,whale or sea otter or Orca watching etc. When on board we ate, slept, worked out in gym or relaxed in spa in steam room or whirlpool. Loved it.
Some other pros: Beds were super comfortable. We liked that the staff all knew our names. We liked meeting and talking to the entertainers. The size of the ship meant no lines ever; even disembarkation was easy. Some cons: sometimes getting water was slow at meals, cocktails were expensive, staff English skills not always the best.
We've done lots of river cruises and we believe this ship is very comparable experience. Overall a great trip.