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Home on Regatta by AlohafromHawaii

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

We have travelled on the Regatta four times and the Ship , the Crew and the outstanding food are always outstanding. We have travelled Crystal and we were certainly impressed with that Ship and thought that a smaller Ship like Regatta would not be able to compete. We were dead wrong about those impressions and within 24 hours of being on Regatta we were overwhelmed by the warmth of the staff, the relaxed atmosphere, the outstanding food and just the general feeling of being home that Regatta provided. There was not the "stuufy" attitude of the larger Ships and Regatta's ..Your world -Your way says it ALL. Just FABU:OUS !

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A great overall experience by enjoylifealot

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska

We sailed the Regatta and had a great experience.  The food,the service and the facilities were all first rate.

 

 Our view of Alaska is that it's an adventure type vacation and booked excusions each day. The Oceania package was reasonably priced ( we compared against Shore Excursions). We never felt restricted with food availability.  In fact most times we ate outside in the buffet area. The variety of quality choices was impressive: sushi and lobster tails every night as well as many entre choices. 

Entertainment was fine - no big shows but entertaining enough. We booked the cruise for the ports. Port times were excellent compared to any other ship. This is a key advantage of the Regatta.  Also we were able to get much closer to Hubbard glacier than other larger ships which was awesome. 

We are in our 50's and found the crowd to be older.  And no question on board activities were limited. For us that's not s problem- we were in the ports as much as possible hiking,kayaking,whale or sea otter or Orca watching etc. When on board we ate, slept, worked out in gym or relaxed in spa in steam room or whirlpool.  Loved it. 

Some other pros:  Beds were super comfortable. We liked that the staff all knew our names.  We liked meeting and talking to the entertainers.  The size of the ship meant no lines ever; even disembarkation was easy.  Some cons: sometimes getting water was slow at meals, cocktails were expensive, staff English skills not always the best.  

We've done lots of river cruises and we believe this ship is very comparable experience.  Overall a great trip. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Notch by PHXAZ

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Caribbean

Friendly, efficient, and caring staff most of which took the time to learn our names and faces.  Well appointed and maintained ship and cabins with wonderful restaurant choices.  Nice to be in ports almost every day and always ahead of schedule.  Staff was prepared to deal with almost any request.  Enjoyed the tours and activities at the ports, but would avoid the ST Maartin shopping and sightseeing trip which included a trip to the French side which was a waste of time.

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a wonderful cruise by dolores830

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

great ship\, loved that it was only 600 passengers. very well maintained.

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Save your money and choose another line. by kdargen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska

We chose Oceania because it was supposed to be more upscale and luxurious.  They boast about their 2014 renovations but I found the ship to be tired and outdated.  We upgraded to a penthouse suite expecting new and beautiful accommodations but instead we found a tired room with very old closets and dresser which were scratched, worn and dented.  The bathroom did not appear to be renovated either; it looked as if it were straight out of the 1990's. We were on an Alaskan cruise with cold, rainy weather which Oceania does not have control over, but they do have control over the heating system in the room.  Our heater was not properly working and had to have maintenance repair.  Even after the repair the room still wasn't toasty warm.  The shower was lack luster as well.  In seven days the only warm shower I was able to get was in the spa after my massage.  Apparently, something within the faucet wasn't working because the water should be supplied directly from the boiler.  Other parts of the ship looked old, worn and not very well maintained (peeling paint, rust and more scratched wood).  If Oceania is going to use their renovation as a selling point, then implement a full and total renovation.  Otherwise, advertise their efforts as a partial renovation.  We spoke to several people who have sailed on the Regatta prior to Oceania owning the vessel and they stated the only changes they saw was most of the furniture.  There is a lot more than furniture on a ship.

 

If you are a bit younger (65 or below, we are mid and late 40’s) you will probably be very bored on this ship.  The activities while at sea and in the evenings were few and geared towards an older population.  I cannot make this stuff up... bingo and needlepoint were some of the activities on board.  Now, we are not wild night clubbers but when we are on vacation we would like to have the option to have a cocktail in a lounge past 11:30 or midnight without the cleaning staff vacuuming under our chairs.  The casino is managed by another company and was only open a couple of hours a day.  I am not a gambler but out of sheer boredom I was willing to give it a go... this wasn't possible most of the time.  When the casino was open, only two or three of their five or six tables were open.

 

The food quality was very good but we had to eat when they allowed us to eat unless we ordered room service.  Most ships have a full time buffet available if you would like to eat during off hours.  Breakfast ended at 10 A and if I wanted to work out in the morning I would have to forego breakfast.  The one morning we arrived towards the end of serving hours (10 min to spare) and wanted some simple items to take back to our room, eggs, yogurt and fruit.  The manager argued with us and we were told breakfast was over.  We pointed out the time and I can assure you, we received our breakfast items as we were already frustrated with the entire situation.

 

The ports of call are very small and do not have much to offer.  We booked excursions at each port through Oceania but had plenty of time to spare.  One stop, Prince Rupert, didn't even have a town to explore, all residential.  Don't expect to book an outside excursion in Prince Rupert; they do not have this option available.

 

To add to my frustrations, on our last day in the morning I return to my room to find all of our luggage haphazardly thrown onto our bed.  It projected an image of "we are done with you, go home".  Don't get me wrong, I was counting the hours until I could get off of the Regatta.  I believe I am capable of retrieving my own luggage from under my bed when I am ready to pack, I do not appreciate the "hint" they were giving and the luggage was in our way throughout the day.  I understand if it was later in the evening and our luggage was still not prepared for departure to meet their deadlines, but this was during breakfast.

 

I could go on for several pages but I will only mention one last item, our last day was the only sunny warm day.  The pool area was quite nice to utilize since we had been stuck inside due to the cold weather and rain.  Around 5 P they gathered and stacked all of the poolside deck chairs essentially closing this area.  I believe I am still paying (top dollar I might add) for my cruise until I disembark in the morning.   I would have enjoyed having an evening cocktail before dinner poolside.

 

Any travelers we met under the age of 60 - 65 seemed to be bored and disappointed with the Alaskan cruise through Oceania.  If I knew then what I know now, I would have chose a different cruise line.

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2.0

Five-Star Nursing Facility by sarakat

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska

I was on this same trip (last reviewer) and could not agree more.  Thankfully, I did not have to go without a hot shower in fact, taking a long hot shower at the end of the night was the only thing to do past 10pm.

There was nothing to do in the evenings on this cruise, so much more could have easily been offered: late night drink specials, casino, small dance floor/DJ, evening lectures about Alaska and our headed destinations (which really were not exciting in the least bit with the exception of the glacier), evening dessert buffet (who wants dessert immediately after a 5-course meal, unless you are 70), evening yoga/mediation/relaxation class, wine-tasting (they had this but it was at 6pm).  The lack of activities for anyone under the age of 60 was very disappointing.

I will say on a positive note, the food for the most part (when eating between their designated hours) was very good with the exception of one night we ate in one of the more upscale dining rooms and several very dry desserts/burnt cookies during the daily tea hour.  Service was good however we had a few waiters who we did not know how to take, were they offended by us or being sarcastic?  There was no self-serve anything but coffee and pastry which was annoying.  I would have liked to feel capable of portion control and not wasting.  I understand they do this for sanitary reasons but it was difficult to communicate with the staff about portions.  Of the 400 crew only 6 were from the US and most did not speak much English.

I did see maintenance work being done, wallpaper was replaced in the hallway outside my cabin during the middle of the day.  (Perhaps this could have been done later in the night?)

 

I did meet some very nice, friendly people and we bonded over the experience of nothing to do and feeling the need to stuff ourselves between the designated "feeding" hours.  When that much is being spent, having dining options all day long is expected, even if it is a salad buffet or snacks.

 

A few other pros:  comfortable bed, excellent maid service, robes, plenty of towels, food served very timely.

 

A few other cons:  ship on-board shops were very over-priced, (I would have purchased something if I could have found it for less than $50) bar was very over-priced if you did not buy the "package," the ports of call (if you want to call them that) were very disappointing and the excursions were extremely over-priced.  (We booked one independently for $140 each, cruise price, $325)

If you are interested in experiencing a very nice nursing-care facility for a week, set sail on the Rigatta!

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5.0

My husband and I returned from this cruise 2days ago by Mspiggie

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska

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My husband and I returned from this cruise 2days ago. The ship was small enough in size to get to know many of the other guests. The crew made us feel extra special and worked real hard to keep us happy. We can't wait to go on another cruise with Oceania in the future.  Oh yeah, did I mention the food?!

 

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3.0

A Great Alaska cruise by bruceek85331

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Our first two cruises were on the Regatta. Our last cruise was on another cruise line. That was terrible. We came back to Oceania and Regatta\, and will stay with them

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Outstanding service! by lgelker

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

From the moment we boarded the ship we felt like we were at home. Every crew member went out of their way to make us feel valued and special.

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Lovely Alaskan cruise by msmchill

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Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We booked an oceanview stateroom on an Alaska cruise\, round trip from Seattle. Boarding was handled very well. We sat and waited to be checked in which was ideal for my elderly mother not to stand in line. After check in there was just a short walk to the ship and we were invited to lunch at the Terrace Cafe while our room was prepared. We enjoyed the open seating and 'country club casual' attire for dining. We met many interesting dinner mates and the food was amazing. I would highly recommend Regatta. We loved how easy it was to move around the ship. Everything was clean and in good condition. Our stateroom was large enough and had plenty of storage. The public spaces were well maintained. The educational lectures were informative. The string quartet and piano players were very good as was the band that accompanied the evening entertainers (who were adequate). We didn't take any excursions but I enjoyed walking around the different ports of call.

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2.0

not good hate it by jnb

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

dont go here disney cruise line is better and a better deal

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3.0

Everything I expected by grygar

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Wonderful and efficient crew and staff.

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3.0

relaxing cruise by cl2meyers

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Ship: Regatta / Destination: Bermuda

First class. Have done several Oceana cruises and all have been excellent

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A wonderful adventure! by roseleidl

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

It was our first time with Oceania (certainly not the last) and we were not disappointed! It was a wonderful experience---the food was excellent (as we were told)but sharing it with interesting people night after night made the experience even more delightful. No dull moment in this ship--there was always something that delighted the senses and brain---from the quiet elegant decor of the public areas to the stimulating activities\, e.g.\, bridge classes\, trivia. The dining experience was superb---every meal was a beautiful experience---the attention to detail was notable!

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Fantastic experience by chrismcguire

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Caribbean - Western

The ship was great. We enjoyed having a fairly small number of passengers and crew. The flexibility of being able to eat where and when we wanted was a great benefit.

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All went wrong by AnthonyJParisse

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

The ship claimed to be relatively new but gave an old impression. Decor was generally dark and not really inviting . Crew was good and friendly.

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This was our3rd cruise on... by Jordon

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Alaska

This was our3rd cruise on the Regatta and the best of all bar none. We had been on an inside passage cruise to Alaska in 08/07 with Holland America and it was a good and enjoyable cruice but Oceania far surpassed that experience. Being on the smaller ship allowed us to go to ports that don#39;t earn their major incomes from the tourist trade but can still provide the Alaskan expierience of scenenery and wildlife. Our ports of call were. Sitka: Went to the American Russian Raptor Rehabilitation Center ,Russian folk Dancers St Michael#39;s Russian Orthodox Church and all venues exceded what we expected. Icey Straites(hoonah) very small comunity , they have turned the old fish packing plant into a museum and a shoppin center. The real advantage of this port is the wildlife tours that depart from here. We went on the Whale watching tour and I finally got to see whales in Alaska. We were parked right in a pod of about twenty whales and they were fantastic and not to far from our boat. Hubbard Glagier: Because of heavey ice conditions we were unable to get close to the Glacier and could only see it from about 3 miles away. Kodiac Island: No tour on the island we just went ashore to explore and visited the Baranof Mueseum and the Alaska wildlife reception center . Both were well worth the time and very informative. Wrangall: Another great port. Basically a fishing community but some very interesting museums and cultural centers. Good display of ancient Petroglyth rock carvings And Chief Shakes Tlingit Tribal House, where a good explanation of the culture and history of the Tlingit people was give by 4 generations of women. Ketchikan: This port is to Alaska what St. Thomas is to the Carribean. It is geared to the tourist trade. This does not mean there is nothing interestig to do, because there is lots to see and do but the shopping is also very good. (not my cup of tea). Vancouver: Disembarked ship and departed for airport and home.

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4.0

A Truly Unique Cruising Experience" by SsterlingR

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Bermuda

Prior to the cruise I did not completely understand the ship's 'dress code': Country-Club causal. I am accustomed to "Smart casual" and that is what I prepared for. I thoroughly enjoyed the soft, moroon leather, overstuffed chairs, w/automan, in the Library. I spent MANY hours reading the thirteen books I brought with me. Once again, I commend Hilarie Wenzel! Without question, she is the most efficient, effective cruise/travel representative I have ever worked with. She always provides me with the most convenient staterooms, the best pricing, the most convenient flight arrangements possible. 'I would not leave home' without her invaluable assistance.

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5.0

The best cruise we have ever had by LarryH95215800

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

THE CRUISE WAS GREAT BUT WE WERE TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED WITH BOTH FLIGHTS, GOING AND COMING

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Venetian Odyssey by BGEDWARDS4

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Regatta / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Very nice cruise with excellent shore excursions.  Disappointment: cancelled port call at Marseille due to fisherman striking against the government, thus no ships were allowed in or out of the port.....proceeded on to Monte Carlo.

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