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.
It was an excellent cruise that hit a number of ports we haddened been to before, including Montevideo, the Falkland Islands and Cape Horn. The food and service on board, the Oceania Regatta were excellent.
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.
Oceania had a terrific itinerary - food was superb and service was exceptional.
I would have liked more enrichment lectures as the sea days seemed long, especially toward the end of the voyage. Thankfully I am a bridge player and the instructors were terrific!
Dock near the center of attractions in almost every port. Small friendly ship with approximately 1 staff member per 4 guests. Many were greeting us by name by the second or third day. Nice to. It have to pay for every sofa or espresso! And the food was fantastic! Particularly in the complimentary specialty restaurant, Toscana!
The food. We would recommend to others---at a different time of year. Rocky seas, cloudy weather. Cocktails and wines very expensive---overpriced for international waters.
Widely varied itinerary. Superb destinations desk (thanks Antonia and Luis!). The food is "over the top"! The superb performers have great personalities and love to stop and talk. We were honored to be guests of the staff captain and environmental officer for dinner- very gracious.
The Regatta is a wonderful ship. The cabin service is superb. We had great meals and had a choice of five locations. The service in all dining locations is top notch.
The whole staff is helpful.
We we had great food, all sorts of wonderful choices. The desserts were great and the afternoon tea should not be missed.
The captain was wonderful as was the cruise director. The communication was excelltbe.
canada is wonderful and we had perfect weather throughout the trip.
I highly recommend Oceania. It is a cruise for adults, no children were onboard.
This is was our 7th cruise on Oceania and we have two more booked.
the staff and the people we met were my favorite.
panama cancel crossing was interesting to watch
food was good - specialty restaurant excellent
ports of call the pits
terrible tours terrible guides
such poverty is depressing
charleston lovely but only spent a few hours due to going thru immigration
shows except for comedian and the one singer who go on in Charleston were high school wuality
the product is inferior to what I thought it would be
ship needs to be refurbished
bathroon to small
what can I say
oceania needs to get their act together before it goes the way of Renaissance
We were both very pleased with the cruise, all of the amenities, the crew, the food and entertainment, after seven great days on the cruise, we had to wait 5 hours at the Seattle airport for our flight back to Los Angeles, (Oceania booked our flights) that was a bad ending to a great cruise!
We were very impressed with the service on Oceania. My special dietary requests were handled the very best ever. We enjoyed the fish dishes and tried to have some daily, either at lunch or dinner. Don Klein gave very detailed talks about the Amazon and that made the trip much more interesting. I would encourage people that are between 60 and 85 to choose Oceania.
The ship is beautiful. The food was very good, from the Terrace Cafe to the Main Dining Room. We enjoyed the Polo Grill immensely. The staff was amazing. They could not have been more attentive and friendly.
The itinerary was excellent. The lectures were superb. Unfortunately there was a ship health issue which seemed to dominate the crew's time and attention. Missed the social activities of cooking demonstration, gatherings for captain's party, party for frequent Oceania travelers, afternoon tea served in Horizons etc. We will check number of sea days on future trips. This cruise had too many for us particularly with the extra day when we couldn't land in the Falklands.
Oceana Marketing Department missed opportunities that would have elevated sailors satisfaction substantially. Cruise Director was given no leeway in doing anything special, e.g., hiring a local Argentina couple as one evening's entertainment to demonstrate dancing the Tango. This was easy to do and would have cost minimal.
Our first 2 cruises on Oceania we had VERY positive experiences. On this cruise we were very disappointed with with the service we received in the bar and at the Terrace Cafe, and a couple of times in the main dinning room. The first 2 cruises there was someone always topping off your coffee, water, or even carrying your food to the table at the buffet. The service was definitley lacking on this trip. Although I am not a big drinker, when I am paying $10-$11 a drink, I would expect a better pour, NOT an exact shot in a large drink then filled with a mixer. If you want a "drink" they will offer to pout 2 a double, but also charge you. We were also disappointed with the excursions offered in San Diego, We thought we were going to the SD Zoo, but we noticed that it was the SD Zoo Safari. Most of the guests on the excursion thought the same thing. The bigger problem was the safari was an hour away and the coach did not pick us up until 12:45. The park closes at 5. We barely had 3 hours to be in the park when the excursion description stated we would have 4 hours. Oceania did provide a 10% credit, but we lost 25% of the time we had in the park. On the positive side, the food in the specialty restaurants was excellent (especially the Polo Grill). The service at the specialty restaurants was always great! Cruise director and Captain were awesome!
Oceania's Regatta is a compact smaller ship that is a blessing for those with "special needs". Travelers with canes, walkers etc. can go the length of the ship easily and, after two days acclimation can find everything. The staff are great - they greet you with sincere smiles and work hard to make you feel pampered. The food is plentiful and delicious, especially the desserts! Of the four restaurants, only Toscana needs improvement - their service is way too slow. (I understand they will be combined with Polo next year). The Spa is a welcome amenity - just watch for specials during the trip, because their prices are in the stratosphere. On our trip, Julie was the social director and she's tops. The entertainers are second-rate but they try hard. The casual "resort style" is welcome - no jackets or gowns needed. Activities on board are fun - but the lack of hosted Bridge or MahJongg was noted by this traveler. The shops are also in the stratosphere - watch for sales. The people who travel on this line are very friendly and approachable. A lively daily newsletter and tv announcements keeps you aware of what is coming up the next day. The computers work just fine and there's a library. Bring sweaters - these two rooms are icy cold. All in all, it's a great place to unwind for 7 - 10 days.
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