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Regatta Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 46

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5

31 Night Enchanting Holidays (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 06, 2019

Ship: Regatta

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This is now rated as one of our best cruise experiences. The Regatta was always clean, comfortable and a pleasure to come home to after a long day ashore. The service on board is excellent and we never had to wait for a table or make reservations to dine in the elegant main dining room. All the cities and towns we visited in Australia were delightful and and enlightening.


5 out of 5
Very smooth, no lineups. Room was ready and only a short wait for our luggge.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Never a wait for a table in main dining room which we preferred.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of activities but, we always looked forward to Trivia - great fun.


4 out of 5
Ships' singers, dancers and band were very good. Other performers, not so much.

Children's Programs

Regatta is a smaller ship and does not cater to children, which is why we like it.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff were always cheery, polite and couldn't do enough to make sure we were happy. The service is second to none.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Although a smaller ship, Regatta has the feel of being much larger and well laid out. Always spotless and well provisioned.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin small, not enough storage for our 31 day cruise. Bathroom and shower were tiny. Very bright and clean, however and bed and bedding were bliss.

Ship tip

Make sure all your waistbands are elastic. The food is always varied and excellent..

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Love Sydney. We had been here before so spent a few days wandering around on our own. Great transportation system which we used a lot.

Brisbane, Australia

5 out of 5
A lovely city. We booked our own tour taking us on a river boat to the Koala and wildlife sanctuary. Highly recommend this trip.

Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

5 out of 5
A delightful beach town. Lots of cafés and boutiques.

Cairns, Australia

5 out of 5
We booked our own Skyrail and Train tour to the rainforest. Excellent experience and a 'must do' in Cairns.

Alotau, Papua New Guinea

3 out of 5
Very poor town but we engaged with some young lads to show us around and they were delightful. Very good museum that we enjoyed. People very friendly.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

1 out of 5
My husband took Oceania's excursion for a forest walk which he did not enjoy. Very poor conditions and nothing much to see. Oceania's tour descriptions are rather deceptive.

Darwin, Australia

4 out of 5
Territory Wildlife Park worth a visit but, be prepared to spend some time there as it is huge and a lot to see. Took a taxi there and back.

Komodo Island, Indonesia

2 out of 5
Very crowded with tourists. The only dragons we saw were a cluster of smallish ones around a man made watering hole. Looked very staged to me. Of course, with so many people crowded around any wildlife would be far, far away, out of sight.

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

2 out of 5
A big disappointment. Stuck in traffic for hours. Not at all as I remembered it from years ago. I suppose. lot of popular places are now overrun with tourists.

Geraldton, Australia

4 out of 5
A lovely, small town with great beaches and parks and the best museum. Very impressed with the layouts of all the towns and the friendliest people.

Fremantle (Perth), Australia

1 out of 5
Perth was the BIG surprise. Now, my favourite city in Australia. A gorgeous, modern city with beautiful surrounds. Fremantle has kept its heritage feel. Although opposites, we enjoyed them both.

Albany, Australia

4 out of 5
Took a shuttle into town and took a small bus tour to Torndirrup National Park - spectacular scenery.

Cruise Great Australian Bight

4 out of 5
Two days at sea were a welcome rest.

Adelaide, Australia

5 out of 5
Lovely, well designed city. We also took a tour to Hahndorf, now a very touristy town up in the hills, filled with boutiques, shops and art galleries. Crowded but fun.

Melbourne, Australia

4 out of 5
A city now filled with skyscrapers with more to come. The downtown section is quite a ways from the port and the ocean but it does have a lovely river running through it. We used the hop on hop off bus which is fully narrated, so were able to see a lot in a short period of time.

Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5
Love everything about Tasmania. We pre-booked an independent tour which was excellent as there were only 8 of us in a mini bus.

Phillip Island, Australia

4 out of 5
Took an independent tour which was good. Did not go to see the penguins as we had heard that this event was now overcrowded and disappointing.


5 out of 5
Had a nice leisurely breakfast and were easily able to disembark at our appointed time.
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