I have recently had the opportunity to travel aboard the Oceania Regatta in December 2017 and I think I have found my “forever” cruise line!
A smaller ship with an intimate feel to it along with the 5-star luxury! You cannot help but notice the amount of detail that went in to the multimillion- dollar transformation of the ship! From the comfort of the beds and amenity in cabins to the 5-star quality service you receive from every member of the crew.
The ship holds 684 passengers and has approx. 400 crew members assisting those passengers in creating a lasting experience with memories to take home.
I stayed in a balcony stateroom which was very inviting and comfortable, on one wall it had a floor to ceiling mirror which gave the feeling that the stateroom was even bigger. There was a seating area with a desk along with a bathroom which was kitted out with all the luxury Bulgari amenities. They have a turn down service at night time where the crew will prepare your bed, hang your robe up, put the slippers out by the bed and to finish it off they have Belgian Chocolates waiting for you. The balcony was spacious and had railings that you could see through instead of a solid wall which I have experienced on other cruise lines, this meant you can sit and relax at the table on the balcony and still be able to see the views.
I headed to the horizons restaurant which was hosting High Tea, the crew came around with a trolley full of different cakes and pastries. As Horizons restaurant is at the front of the ship you get a fantastic view, a great spot to enjoy a glass of bubbles or a specialty tea.
Whilst on board I had the opportunity to dine in the 2 specialty restaurants the Polo Grill and the Toscana. The food is amazing and you really are stuck for choice from what to choose from the menu’s. These 2 specialty restaurants are included in the price you pay for your cruise, unlike some other cruise lines that strip the cost back and charge you extra.
There are 5 bars on board that host different types of entertainment along with the nightly show. They only run one show an evening so you are able to arrange dinner in the specialty restaurants before or after the show.
The following day we enjoyed an afternoon by the pool, the sun loungers are amazing with thick cushions rather than the standard plastic chairs you see elsewhere. It was very relaxing and the crew will come over and take your drinks order. There is also a grill café on the pool deck which is great if you want a snack or lunch.
Elsewhere on the ship you have facilities to suit everyone whether you want to work out in the gym, relax in the Spa or have quiet time in the library. You are able to stay connected if you opt for the free Wifi as part of the Olife promotion at the time of booking, alternatively you can you the internet café.
Oceania offers a flexible way to book your cruise so that everyone in your party is catered for. You can opt for free Wifi or a beverage package. Alternatively, you may have one party that is more interested in the shore excursion packages.
The Oceania Regatta offers a relaxed way of cruising with a casual country club feel to it. There are no formal evenings or captain photos. You can head to dinner in your smart casual outfits or go all out with diamonds and pearls, either way you fit right in.
I found this trip to very relaxed and have already started looking at joining the regatta in Alaska or maybe even a cruise around Bora Bora on one of the other ships in the fleet!