Favorite Part of Cruise: Entertainment. Cruise Direct was Great. Cabo to San Fran, Three night non stop sailing is too long. There should have been a Dock in between. Would I recommend others? NO.
Our first on Oceania, we liked the Miami cruise to Bermuda which saved us Floridians airfare & time from more typical departure ports from New England. We absolutely loved Charleston & Bermuda, but stayed on board for Port Canaveral & Nassau as we've been there numerous times & we wanted to enjoy the mid-size ship'srelaxing pool. The pool deck area is somewhat small but beautiful & spa-like, with terry-cloth covered chairs that aren't jammed together like most cruises & hotels. The menus were amazing but the meals in the Grand wasn't typically served hot so we often opted for the wonderful buffer (grilled lobsters, lamb chops, etc.). Outstanding procedures to ensure cleanliness & prevent norovirus. Overall, just what we had hoped for! And yes, Oceania caters to an older market which worked for us (60). There are NO children's activities & therefore few kids on board ANN no photographers annoying you. A bit pricier upfront costs but many items included such as specialty coffees, sodas, bathrobe & slippers, and internet package.
the itinerary was good, as promised. The food was excellent, as promised. The service, however, was unpredictable. From stateroom to dining room it ranged from excellent to poor.
our bed was slanted and never fixed for the entire cruise. Our air conditioning was only fixed on day 14. Some waiters and sommeliers were attentive and informed while one bar waiter did not know what Tempranillo was and just brought a different red wine, saying it is a red wine.
specialty restaurants excellent on all levels
Ancient Legends is clearly a misnomer. The archaeological sites were often long bus trips from the port leaving limited time to explore the "ancient legends." Riding back and forth on a bus full of people for an hour or more to a site is disappointing. The highlight of this trip was the passage through the Panama Canal . It was fascinating but hardly ancient.
The Regatta is an older Oceania ship. We had an expensive suite that was worn and dusty. The suite was also above the lounge (which no one warned us about) so we had to listen to the the band rehearsing during the day and playing at night. Listening to a thumping base and hard hitting drums does not make for a quiet relaxing cruise.
Total Passengers: 684
Total Crew: 400
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.71
Built: Jan 1998
Refurbished: 7 yrs ago
Number of Decks: 9
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 16
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You should really book excursions through the cruise line unless you are going to be local for shopping. If your excursion runs late and you book excursions privately, the ship probably will not wait if they are scheduled to leave. We were late getting back from Tikal and the ship waited for us.
Regatta is a cruise company for adults.
We did not realize that you could pre-book reservations with the two high end restaurants on line, by the time we were on the cruise most of the reservations were taken for Toscona & Pollo Grill, we did get late reservation.