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January 2017 - Riviera to Caribbean

Travel Specialist quit, left me w/o proper service

I had been using United for several years to book cruises.  The bonus points are nice.  We  booked our last cruise, a Penthouse on Oceania.    We had very limited seating options for dining at the special venues.   This was primarily  a result of the Travel Agent  dropping the ball.  The United agent I normally  dealt with apparently quit the company;  I was not informed; nor was a new agent assigned to my account.  No one from United contacted me to remind me  of the time-frame which would have permitted me to " pre-book" special eating venues at times and seating options I really wanted.

My Butler on Oceania did what he could to get us reservations but we had to settle for times and often had to share a table when we rather had been private.  Oceania gets high grades; Travel Agent... not so much.

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November 2015 - Regatta to Caribbean

Would Have Rated it 4.5 Stars

The Mayan Mystique itinerary focused on port locations that allow one to visit some ruins of the great Mayan people. Their locations and access to many sights is physically challenging; (essentially impossible if you have mobility issues.) Even a bus ride will traverse through some rather rough roadways before you'll then have to hike a bit on dirt trails to the ruins. I'm sure in years to come the roadways and access to those amazing Mayan sites will become easier for the less athletic traveler.


A fellow guest I met was an archaeological professor and he was enthralled having the experience of a lifetime actually visiting places like Tikal. We also heard from a couple on-board that are dive enthusiasts. They said the reef dive experiences (off Belize) was extraordinary. Bottom line is you need to be in pretty decent physical shape to go on a lot of the unique excursions available on the Mayan Mystique cruise itinerary.


Since we are mature and experienced cruisers through the Caribbean, not taking those vigorous excursions was perfectly OK and was a good time to relax on the beautiful Regatta. The boat did dock in ports that some larger ships couldn't possibly visit; another plus for the Regatta and for the Mayan Mystique itinerary.


We chose Oceania's Regatta to experience small(er) ship cruising. Our previous Oceania cruise was aboard Riviera and we absolutely loved that experience ( too). Being a smaller ship the Regatta had fewer “specialty” dining venue options but we didn't mind. One perk in our Penthouse Suite was having our butler serve us dinners from virtually any restaurant, including the Polo Grill and from Toscana, the two premium “Fine Dining” options. What a delicious indulgence.


In fact every meal was pure delight; from breakfast in suite, to lunch on the casual Terrace; to exploring the ever changing buffet lines to service in the Grand Dining Room. All were Excellent.

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Miami, Florida - Hectic and crowded; seemed every roadway had some construction. It's Miami,

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received a helpful vote on their Riviera cruise review - Travel Specialist quit, left me w/o proper service

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