Oceania Cruises - Regatta Ship Review by Cruise Express

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Regatta

Reviewed by: Joanna Schuetz

Date: 13 December 2018

Cruise line and ship: Oceania Cruises – ms Regatta

Capacity: 684 passengers

Year built: 1998 (refurbished 2014 –  another scheduled for September 2019)

Size of the ship: 30,277 GRT

Where the ship cruises: Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, USA, Canada,

Currency onboard: USD

Main features/highlights: Oceania has a huge focus on food even claiming they offer the ‘finest cuisine at sea’™ – certainly wonderful food, variety and authentic cuisines. Unique to Oceania is The Culinary Center, a hands-on cooking school at sea, with fully equipped state-of-the-art teaching kitchens for hands-on cooking lessons.

Fabulous production shows, pianist or string quartet for entertainment each night. Regatta offers some of the big ship facilities but on a smaller scale including a casino, day spa, great size gym and shows.

Most suited to: A more mature market and those who have tried suites on the larger ships but wish to experience a more intimate atmosphere on board. Also suited to passengers who like more of a destination focus, including guest lecturers on board.  Oceania also specialise in unusual routes and remoter destinations.

Great option for those who like to have lots of inclusions on board with room service, specialty dining, soft drinks, speciality coffees, teas and juices all being complimentary. Keep an eye out for bonuses and special offerings that can include free drink packages, shore excursions and onboard credit.

Atmosphere: While the ship feels upmarket on board there is no need to pack your black tie or ball gown for dinner. There is a lovely smart casual feel on board and lots of comfortable sitting areas so you can always find a space to sit and relax away from any crowds, not that there really are any on Regatta.

Some of the decor is a little dark with lots of wood and there are heavy drapes and tapestry fabrics. Regatta is scheduled to undergo a significant renovation in September 2019 as a part of Oceania’s $100 million OceaniaNEXT program.

Encounters with staff: all staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful.

Staterooms: With the average room size, the rooms aren’t huge but super comfortable. Enjoy the ‘Prestige Tranquility Bed’ with 1,000 thread count linen, free wifi, Bulgari amenities, chocolates with nightly turndown service and 24-hour Butler service in all suites.

Dining: Oceania offers numerous cuisines and dining venues to suit every palate and mood and they are all included in your fare. These range from European inspired cuisine of the Grand Dining Room to steaks, chops and seafood at Polo Grill, gourmet Italian at Toscana, country French at Jacques or the contemporary flavours of Asia at Red Ginger. 

Don’t miss the vintage wine and gourmet menu pairings, uniquely designed by the onboard sommeliers or simply indulge in Oceania’s well respected and varied wine cellars.

Family facilities: Not family focused.

Unique to Oceania and Regatta:  They pride themselves on having the finest cuisine at sea. They are very passionate about food. The focus is on destination immersion. Oceania ships often spend longer in port so you can enjoy dining and longer excursions ashore. 

One of the benefits of traveling on smaller ships is that they are allowed access to smaller ports closer to towns. There is a free shuttle service provided at the wharf so guests can explore towns on their own and return to the ship at any time.

When you way up the inclusions of travelling with Oceania compared to some of the other brands where you pay extra things, it works out very reasonable.

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Regatta

Reviewed by: Joanna Schuetz

Date: 13 December 2018

Cruise line and ship: Oceania Cruises – ms Regatta

Capacity: 684 passengers

Year built: 1998 (refurbished 2014 –  another scheduled for September 2019)

Size of the ship: 30,277 GRT

Where the ship cruises: Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, USA, Canada,

Currency onboard: USD

Main features/highlights: Oceania has a huge focus on food even claiming they offer the ‘finest cuisine at sea’™ – certainly wonderful food, variety and authentic cuisines. Unique to Oceania is The Culinary Center, a hands-on cooking school at sea, with fully equipped state-of-the-art teaching kitchens for hands-on cooking lessons.

Fabulous production shows, pianist or string quartet for entertainment each night. Regatta offers some of the big ship facilities but on a smaller scale including a casino, day spa, great size gym and shows.

Most suited to: A more mature market and those who have tried suites on the larger ships but wish to experience a more intimate atmosphere on board. Also suited to passengers who like more of a destination focus, including guest lecturers on board.  Oceania also specialise in unusual routes and remoter destinations.

Great option for those who like to have lots of inclusions on board with room service, specialty dining, soft drinks, speciality coffees, teas and juices all being complimentary. Keep an eye out for bonuses and special offerings that can include free drink packages, shore excursions and onboard credit.

Atmosphere: While the ship feels upmarket on board there is no need to pack your black tie or ball gown for dinner. There is a lovely smart casual feel on board and lots of comfortable sitting areas so you can always find a space to sit and relax away from any crowds, not that there really are any on Regatta.

Some of the decor is a little dark with lots of wood and there are heavy drapes and tapestry fabrics. Regatta is scheduled to undergo a significant renovation in September 2019 as a part of Oceania’s $100 million OceaniaNEXT program.

Encounters with staff: all staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful.

Staterooms: With the average room size, the rooms aren’t huge but super comfortable. Enjoy the ‘Prestige Tranquility Bed’ with 1,000 thread count linen, free wifi, Bulgari amenities, chocolates with nightly turndown service and 24-hour Butler service in all suites.

Dining: Oceania offers numerous cuisines and dining venues to suit every palate and mood and they are all included in your fare. These range from European inspired cuisine of the Grand Dining Room to steaks, chops and seafood at Polo Grill, gourmet Italian at Toscana, country French at Jacques or the contemporary flavours of Asia at Red Ginger. 

Don’t miss the vintage wine and gourmet menu pairings, uniquely designed by the onboard sommeliers or simply indulge in Oceania’s well respected and varied wine cellars.

Family facilities: Not family focused.

Unique to Oceania and Regatta:  They pride themselves on having the finest cuisine at sea. They are very passionate about food. The focus is on destination immersion. Oceania ships often spend longer in port so you can enjoy dining and longer excursions ashore. 

One of the benefits of traveling on smaller ships is that they are allowed access to smaller ports closer to towns. There is a free shuttle service provided at the wharf so guests can explore towns on their own and return to the ship at any time.

When you way up the inclusions of travelling with Oceania compared to some of the other brands where you pay extra things, it works out very reasonable.

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