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Oceania Cruises aboard the Regatta
Above: Oceania Cruise Lines Regatta Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service:July, 2003
Guest capacity: 684
Total staff: 386
Length: 593 feet
Passenger decks: 9
CDC inspection score: NA

Regatta Overview

The Regatta cruise ship departs from Miami, Florida. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Caribbean, Europe, and Mediterranean.

Check Dates & Prices for cruises to Caribbean, Europe, and Mediterranean.

Oceania Cruises' Regatta, the Miami-based cruise line's first vessel, offers a destination-oriented cruise experience. Regatta is aimed at cruisers who love getting a good bang for a buck without skimping on the luxuries they've come to expect. So far the cruise line mostly appeals to American passengers, though the line anticipates people in other English-speaking countries, from the United Kingdom to New Zealand, to become fellow cruisers.

Regatta, which debuted in 1998 as Renaissance's R2, is now chartered by Oceania, which put $10 million into renovations. Staterooms were refurbished with stylish bed linens and custom mattress sets. All four restaurants got new flatware, glassware, china and table linens, and on Deck 9 -- a new teak deck and snappy French blue and white-clad chaises. The pool got new stonework and pretty blue tiles, too.

Regatta's ports of call are smaller (and more small-ship friendly) places like Bordeaux, Guernsey, Palma de Majorca, Malaga and Oporto.

Service is enthusiastic and warm. Unquestionably a five-star touch!


Regatta has 330 guestrooms, suites and penthouses with more than 50% of the outside staterooms with verandas. One nice touch is the "Tranquility Bed," dressed in 350-count Egyptian cotton linens, silk-cut duvets and goose-down pillows.

Veranda Staterooms are 216 sq ft., including the teak balcony . Oceanview and inside cabins (at 165 and 158 sq ft.) are rather cozy. There's not quite enough storage and closet space, though the casual dress code reduces the amount of clothes needed. There's a good-sized desk-cum-vanity table, love seat, small coffee table and desk chair.

Every cabin has a 21" color TV with "On-Demand" films offering reasonably recent films for $9.95 - $11.95. Two night tables and an on/off switch for the main cabin lights frame the bed. Bathrooms are small, but lighting is good. Plush towels, a terry robe and a fixed hair dryer (that's basically useless) are offered.

Other cabin amenities: nightly turn-down, satellite telephones (there's no voice mail, so it impossible to leave and get messages), safes, multiple mirrors, 110-volt AC outlets and Internet access ($25 hook-up charge plus Oceania@Sea's prevailing per minute rates) and coming soon, alarm clocks. Though prominently displayed in your cabin as if to say "complimentary," Evian is $3.50 if you open it.

Penthouse Suites are 322 sq ft., Vista Suites are 786 sq ft. and Owner's Suites are very large at 962 sq ft. All suites feature marbled bathrooms with bathtubs (Vista and penthouses have whirlpools), entertainment centers, fully-stocked minibars, nightly pre-dinner canapes and 24/7 butler service. Vista and Owner's Suites have lovely wraparound balconies, and canopied queen-sized beds.

Some observations: Suites tend to sell out first. If they are all booked, consider two veranda staterooms that connect and ask to replace one cabin with living room furniture. Presto --you've got a mini-suite with two verandas, two bathrooms and plenty of room for friends and cocktails.


Oceania says they have 'the best dining at sea' with world-renowned Master chef Jacques Pepin as Executive Culinary Director. He was personal chef to three French heads of state, including de Gaulle. He will periodically sail with the line to oversee operations (and a handful of times will host cooking demonstrations).Regatta offers four dining experiences, three of them specialty venues sans the extra charge.

The no-reservations-required Grand Dining Room is by far the most beautiful and largest venue, yet offers an intimate ambiance. Good food with good service came out course after course the evenings I dined there. They also provide a full lunch and breakfast menu with the usual and not-so-usual made-to-order favorites. Responding to customer comments, Oceania recently added 26 tables for two.

On my voyage, the sunny Terrace Cafe was favored for breakfast due to good weather, variety, ease of the buffet, and close proximity to the pool deck. The Cafe earns extra points for having serving platters seem as if they've just come from the kitchen and never looking picked over. Wait staff frequently joins guests at the end of the line to escort them to a table and there's a constant parade of friendly servers eager to fetch whatever you need. There was always someone nearby to refill my coffee or pour a fresh cup.

The three dinner-only specialty restaurants are top-notch, require reservations, and have no surcharge. The Polo Grill is the most intimate of the three, offering dry-aged steaks, lamb and veal along with a good selection of fresh seafood.

The Toscana offers stunning ocean views and serves wonderful Italian cuisine. My favorite starter was baked veal-stuffed eggplants and, for dessert, chocolate lasagna.

At night, the Terrace Cafe turns into Tapas on the Terrace. Buffet style, diners can choose from dozens of dishes inspired by the Andalusian tradition. Sherry-filled glasses came covered with plates to protect the contents from flies and dirt. My favorites were the potato and onion omelet, the plump fresh shrimp soaked in garlic and oil and a really excellent paella. Predictable desserts like flan and rice pudding are good (not great), but irresistibly crispy churros are awesome!

Both restaurants serve breakfast from 7 - 10am and lunch from 11:30 am - 2 pm. Waves is the place for a later lunch offering hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, fried calamari, plus a daily special. Dining aboard is 7 - 9:30pm.

High tea is served daily at 4pm in Horizons. The pastries and tea sandwiches are nice, but the scones were not very good.

Room service is 24/7 with a very limited menu. Delivery was consistently prompt with hot food-hot, cold food-cold.


Regatta is more about destinations than cruising, evidenced by the lack of glitzy productions. There is an excellent orchestra and string quartet, some cool jazz sessions and song and dance in Horizons nightly.
There's at least one worthwhile enrichment lecture daily, along with the usual art auctions and bingo games.

Since days-in-port are emphasized more strongly than nights-at-sea, Destination Services plays an important role on Regatta. The folks at Destination Services are friendly, but if you're planning to go it alone rather then sign up for a ship-sponsored excursion, make sure you don't leave the ship without knowing the ship's exact location and the local port agent's telephone number.

Fitness & Recreation

The outdoor pool is more for dunking than swimming but the overall atmosphere is nice.

The spa offers an excellent menu of treatments like lavender deep-cleansing facials (only $59), holistic citrus facials ($99), foot and ankle massages (a bargain at $39) and aroma stone therapy massages ($159, though most massages start at $99). Fitness classes, including Pilates, are complimentary -- but if you like yours one-on-one, it's $75 for an hour. Yoga is available, but on a one-to-one basis only at $25 for 45 minutes.

Hair salon services were comparable to what I've experienced back home and there was no hard sell of beauty products.

Public Areas

The ship's decor is like that of Ritz-Carlton's "traditional luxe" interiors. The ship feels like a floating country-club, far removed from the itinerary's urban ports of call. The ship's reception has polished dark mahoganies, muted fabrics, and the signature-sweeping staircase.

Deck 5 is home to the Grand Dining Room and 2 so-so duty-free shops (one newly added). One is filled with the usual cruise line logo apparel and a selection of handbags, scarves, bathing suits and "dressy" apparel for women and men. The other shop stocks the usual selection of duty-free perfumes and jewelry. Notably missing is a decent selection of sundries that one may have forgotten to pack. I had to wait until we reached our next port to buy the deodorant I left behind.
Martinis, a bar just outside the small casino, has a great selection of classic and special martinis.

The sole Laundromat is on Deck 7. Note: Expect long lines in the Laundromat in spite of the excessive $3 per load. Use the reasonably priced laundry/dry cleaning service instead. Other public rooms include, on Deck 9, Oceania@Sea, the onboard Internet area. On Deck 10 is the Polo Grill, Toscana, and the Library.

Regatta has eight lounges and bars: Horizons, Waves, Martinis, Polo Bar, Regatta Lounge (the ship's showroom), the Grand Bar, Tapas Bar and Toscana Bar. Horizons is popular for several reasons: the magnificent views, afternoon tea, and one of two spots to smoke on this otherwise non-smoking ship.

Internet access is a pricey $.95 per minute (packages make it as low as $.60), but printing is free as are memory card readers for downloading digital images. 18 computer stations are available on Deck 9, but ongoing, fully attended computer classes have priority over those with email needs. There are two computers in the Library available 24/7, but there's usually a line.

Oceania plans to add three more PCs in the Library soon to alleviate the problem. The ongoing computer class vs. "experienced" space challenge is annoying.


Regatta makes no apologies for their lack of a kids' program, which means your kids are limited to endless hours of Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, swimming or TV in the cabin.

Expert Regatta reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Regatta Score: 89

Cruise Critic: Regatta
The Cruise Critic gives Oceania's Regatta a 4-ribbon rating.

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