Regatta Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Would Have Rated it 4.5 Stars

Sail Date: November 29, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cabin: 8003

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
This was a first for us on what today would be considered a "smaller; ship in these days of 3000 guest Mega-Liners. The Regatta's " Penthouse Suite" cabin was compact, (320sqft.) yet very functional. Balcony furniture could use some updating. Being 6'3" tall, no cruise ship offers a very tall shower stall ( except I found them in the Canyon Spa locker room) The Penthouse Suite did have a good size tub for a warm soak. Very comfortable beds and high quality linens.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Not too bad. At least there were only ~650 passengers. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have 3000 guests departing a mega-ship
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Physically challenging excursions to view the Mayan ruins
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Happily, this Line seems to target the Adult market. I would strongly discourage anyone bringing a child under the age of 22 (lol)
Sitting on my balcony listening to the sea is my idea of entertainment too.
Service and Staff
Attentive, yet not intrusive
Food and Dining
One perk in our Penthouse Suite was having our butler serve dinners from any restaurant, including the Polo Grill and from Toscana, the two premium “Fine Dining” options.
Miami, Florida
Hectic and crowded; seemed every roadway had some construction. It's Miami,
George Town, Grand Cayman
Some of the Tortuga rums ( Aged 12 to 18 years) drink like a fine cognac.
Cozumel, Mexico
Belize City, Belize
Not much to do if not into water sports ( scuba etc)
Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Key West, Florida

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