Overall Disappointed 😔

Regatta Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5

14 Night Outrageous Outback (Sydney To Auckland)

Sail date: February 03, 2020

Ship: Regatta

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Loved the itinerary and places we visited and saw. However, we were VERY disappointed with Oceania overall.


1 out of 5
After arriving at the Cruise Terminal in Sydney, Australia we were told that embarkation would be delayed due to ship (Regatta) possibly being contaminated with the “noro-virus” from the previous passengers. Turns out, it was 1.8% of the passengers (10-12) at most that complained of gastrointestinal issues. They were completely sanitizing the ship before we would be permitted to embark. By the time we were finally allowed to board, the check in lobby was packed, and everyone who had “status” with Oceania waspermitted board first, so we waited a long time, although we were one of the first passengers at Terminal.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Overall good, but we disappointed, because Oceania markets itself as a “luxury” brand, and we did not think it was any better than other cruise lines we’ve been on (Celebrity, Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean).

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Small ship with primarily older crowd, equates to.....,,not a whole lot to do.


3 out of 5
Production shows were below average. A lot of it had to do with a horrible venue they had to use. The theatre setup is terrible. No stage, no elevated/staggered seating, limited size.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Overall really good. Not spectacular though.

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
Cleanliness was good, but this old, outdated, small vessel needs replaced or complete overhaul/update.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Overall good since it was much deeper than similar category cabins. However......Bathroom was by far the smallest of any ship we’ve sailed. Shower was a phone booth. With rough seas, on this tiny ship, being all the way forward on the port side; we got the crap kicked out of us on the first night in the Tasman Sea.

Ship tip

If you even think the area you’re cruising may be susceptible to rough seas, book a midship cabin on a lower deck.

Ports of call

Napier, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Akaroa, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Melbourne, Australia

5 out of 5

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

4 out of 5

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Eden, Australia

1 out of 5
As we predicted and pointed out to Oceania, the wild fires in this area of Australia, caused us to miss this port of call.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Arrived 3 days early to experience the wonders of Sydney. Blue Mountain was super nice and interesting.

Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5
Awesome and the main reason we booked this particular cruise with Oceania.

Cruise Milford Sound

5 out of 5
Spectacular sights.

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Great city and we spent 3 additional days there before returning home.

Gisborne, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Took a fun local area winery excursion.


5 out of 5
Very very good and efficient.
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