Amazon River cruise

Regatta Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Regatta

Miami to Rio de Janeiro

Sail date: February 02, 2017

Ship: Regatta

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7009

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Our favorite part of the cruise was the selection of ports we visited. We were able to experience the large cities as well as the small villages that make up the vast Amazon basin. 

 

The ship provided excellent food and  service. We were surprised at the average age of guests on this cruise. Most were very old and many had difficulty moving around because of health issues. We hadn't experienced this before on Oceania. We would have preferred a mix of young and old, especially since a number of passengers were coughing and sneezing by the end of the cruise.

 

We may try a different cruise line next time. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Specialty restaurants were excellent. The main dining room was also very good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There were many activities to choose from.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Staff provided a special Super Bowl party to view the game. Lounge was decorated and tailgate food was served. Great effort. Staff tried really hard. Shows were okay. Music was geared to older crowd. Late night music was more upbeat but very few were there. The Cruise Director, Corey, worked hard to entertain.

Children's Programs

N/A

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We named outstanding staff in the on board survey. Staff were friendly and accommodating.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Staff were constantly cleaning. We appreciated their efforts to sanitize. The ship was well-maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Well maintained. Again, staff worked hard to provide what we wanted. Lots of towels and products were available.

Ship tip

Check the ports ahead of time. The stops in the Caribbean are easily accessed on your own. No need to buy excursions. Depending on what you want to do that can be true of other stops as well. For example, in Parintins we took a pedi-cab for $20.00 and saw everything there was to see.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5
Because of our flight we didn't tour Miami.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5

Devils Island, French Guiana

5 out of 5
It was an unusual place. Enough just to be there and walk around.

Santarem, Brazil

5 out of 5

Parintins, Brazil

5 out of 5

Manaus, Brazil

5 out of 5
Swimming with the pink dolphins. Great experience!

Boca De Valeira

5 out of 5
Our favorite because it was as close to a real Amazon village as we could get. We loved seeing the children, visiting the school, homes of the villagers, etc.

Alter Do Chao, Brazil Did not visit port

Didn't stop because of Captain's decision. Had to do with timing of arrival, fast current on river. Not really clear about the "why" but don't think we missed much.

Fortaleza, Brazil

5 out of 5

Recife, Brazil

5 out of 5
We really enjoyed the catamaran ride on the river. It was a great way to see the city. It was much better than the usual bus ride through traffic.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

5 out of 5
We had a very late flight home and the ship arranged a day tour for us that ended at the airport. It was most appreciated by all who participated especially since it was just prior to Carnaval and Rio was crowded. For anyone going to Rio, the airport is a disorganized mess. Bring your patience and be prepared to wait in long lines to check in. Even though airline staff were present and lines of passengers were very long, the counter would not open until exactly 5:00pm. Then they didn't want to check in baggage for late flights. After a supervisor was called check in ran smoothly.
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