This was our 11th cruise with Oceania, so obviously we do love it. The only other lines we've cruised are Viking Ocean (1 cruise), Celebrity (2), and Princess (1). Our favorites are Viking Ocean and Oceania. I was glad to get back to Regatta, one of the smaller ships, and the first ship we cruised on back in the early 2000s. The itinerary included some smaller, lesser-known places that I was excited to explore. They did not disappoint, although a couple places were a little light on sightseeing if you only stayed in town on your own. We rented cars, did a lot of planning, and had a great time everywhere we went. As for the cruise experience, I think this was definitely one of the best cruises we've had in terms of food, service, cruising companions, crew, etc. Our room steward Madi and assistant Komang were great. Captain Hansen and Ray Carr cruise director were top notch and worked well together. I enjoyed going through the Cape Cod Canal, which I guess not many ships are able to go through. The Captain kept us very well informed of things we'd see and experience. We loved cruising again with Jaime, the maitre D in the Terrace. The weather was great, which always is a good thing, although we did have high winds at sea one night due to Hurricane Matthew fallout. We ate in the Terrace for dinner a lot, as we both love it there. It was disappointing to not be able to eat outside most of the time, but when you cruise in October in Canada, that's what you get. In return, we got fabulous fall foliage most places we visited, especially out in the countryside. The grand dining room seemed better this cruise than in past cruises, and Polo and Toscana the same as always (very enjoyable). Waves is much more than a hamburger stop, and it's open late which we like. I only went to Tea twice and drank very little in any venue so can't comment on bars, drink prices, etc. Enjoyed the "Americano" coffee at Baristas - better than the coffee on the Terrace. Only ordered room service once as a snack - it was good, but best to order 20 minutes before you want it! We usually get an inside cabin, and did this time. It was a little smaller than the verandas, with no windows, but adequate. We turned on the TV, channel 3, to see what the bow camera would show us when we got up in the morning. We liked being mid-ship as it was never far to walk to anywhere we wanted on Regatta, and the dining venues were close. We only went to a few shows (Liars Club night was great) because I like to relax with a book or with making plans for the next day and because my husband frequently likes to go to the Casino. We were invited to dine with a couple of the Oceania bigwigs and that was a nice, new touch. Captain was the most outgoing we've had; cruise director was great. Our room steward Madi and assistant Komang were awesome. I think they broke our record for cleaning our room after we left. I didn't visit the spa, didn't drink much, and only listened to some of the enrichment lectures later on the TV, so can't comment much on those. Didn't use the pool or saunas. Liked being able to pop out to deck 5 for quiet time on a lounger if it was warm enough. I don't think that option is available on the bigger ships like Marina. The only disappointments came in the Destinations area, which I've found seem to get negative comments more than any other area - on ANY cruise line! Some of the excursions were unavailable once we got on board. I think most of this was due to the time we cruised (basically October) - nevertheless, I wish the staff had been able to get up to date info on availability and put that on the website pre-cruise. I also noticed that not all excursions were featured on the TV, which we found unusual. We could only see the excursions a day or two in advance, rather than being able to see all of them (for example, to see Halifax or Newport when we boarded, not later). While I don't do too many ship's excursions, I do like to at least consider them, and it helps me to get a better idea of what we can see. As for Destinations staff, they were great, and I did certainly enjoy the one shore excursion I took. I was glad it was offered, as there were NO opportunities to do anything much on your own outside of the small town of Havre St. Pierre - I DID try!! Yes, Oceania draws (generally) an older crowd, but I've never found them stuffy, snotty or unlikable. We were in good company. Embarkation and debarkation were fast as usual; didn't get internet so can't comment on that. Tendering was easy. Service everywhere was top notch. Oceania may seem expensive, but I feel it is great value for the money. It was another great cruise experience.

Another great cruise!

Regatta Cruise Review by roothy123

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This was our 11th cruise with Oceania, so obviously we do love it. The only other lines we've cruised are Viking Ocean (1 cruise), Celebrity (2), and Princess (1). Our favorites are Viking Ocean and Oceania. I was glad to get back to Regatta, one of the smaller ships, and the first ship we cruised on back in the early 2000s. The itinerary included some smaller, lesser-known places that I was excited to explore. They did not disappoint, although a couple places were a little light on sightseeing if you only stayed in town on your own. We rented cars, did a lot of planning, and had a great time everywhere we went.

As for the cruise experience, I think this was definitely one of the best cruises we've had in terms of food, service, cruising companions, crew, etc. Our room steward Madi and assistant Komang were great. Captain Hansen and Ray Carr cruise director were top notch and worked well together. I enjoyed going through the Cape Cod Canal, which I guess not many ships are able to go through. The Captain kept us very well informed of things we'd see and experience. We loved cruising again with Jaime, the maitre D in the Terrace. The weather was great, which always is a good thing, although we did have high winds at sea one night due to Hurricane Matthew fallout.

We ate in the Terrace for dinner a lot, as we both love it there. It was disappointing to not be able to eat outside most of the time, but when you cruise in October in Canada, that's what you get. In return, we got fabulous fall foliage most places we visited, especially out in the countryside. The grand dining room seemed better this cruise than in past cruises, and Polo and Toscana the same as always (very enjoyable). Waves is much more than a hamburger stop, and it's open late which we like. I only went to Tea twice and drank very little in any venue so can't comment on bars, drink prices, etc. Enjoyed the "Americano" coffee at Baristas - better than the coffee on the Terrace. Only ordered room service once as a snack - it was good, but best to order 20 minutes before you want it!

We usually get an inside cabin, and did this time. It was a little smaller than the verandas, with no windows, but adequate. We turned on the TV, channel 3, to see what the bow camera would show us when we got up in the morning. We liked being mid-ship as it was never far to walk to anywhere we wanted on Regatta, and the dining venues were close. We only went to a few shows (Liars Club night was great) because I like to relax with a book or with making plans for the next day and because my husband frequently likes to go to the Casino. We were invited to dine with a couple of the Oceania bigwigs and that was a nice, new touch. Captain was the most outgoing we've had; cruise director was great. Our room steward Madi and assistant Komang were awesome. I think they broke our record for cleaning our room after we left. I didn't visit the spa, didn't drink much, and only listened to some of the enrichment lectures later on the TV, so can't comment much on those. Didn't use the pool or saunas. Liked being able to pop out to deck 5 for quiet time on a lounger if it was warm enough. I don't think that option is available on the bigger ships like Marina.

The only disappointments came in the Destinations area, which I've found seem to get negative comments more than any other area - on ANY cruise line! Some of the excursions were unavailable once we got on board. I think most of this was due to the time we cruised (basically October) - nevertheless, I wish the staff had been able to get up to date info on availability and put that on the website pre-cruise. I also noticed that not all excursions were featured on the TV, which we found unusual. We could only see the excursions a day or two in advance, rather than being able to see all of them (for example, to see Halifax or Newport when we boarded, not later). While I don't do too many ship's excursions, I do like to at least consider them, and it helps me to get a better idea of what we can see. As for Destinations staff, they were great, and I did certainly enjoy the one shore excursion I took. I was glad it was offered, as there were NO opportunities to do anything much on your own outside of the small town of Havre St. Pierre - I DID try!!

Yes, Oceania draws (generally) an older crowd, but I've never found them stuffy, snotty or unlikable. We were in good company. Embarkation and debarkation were fast as usual; didn't get internet so can't comment on that. Tendering was easy. Service everywhere was top notch. Oceania may seem expensive, but I feel it is great value for the money. It was another great cruise experience.
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