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  1. Just booked an Oceania, Feb. 17, 2020, sailing from Auckland/NZ to Papeete/Tahiti. Very happy late last year on our first sailing with Oceania. Great itinerary and nice experiences with the Nautica, Athens to Dubai, 20-day sailing. Discovered that Oceania has a large number of South Pacific sailings on the Regatta focused in these scenic and exotic South Pacific areas, especially for around Bora Bora, Raiatea and Papeete. Since roll calls do not always attract a large number of inputs and comments, I thought I would post and ask some key background questions here. YOUR SOUTH PACIFIC/OCEANIA EXPERIENCES?: For those using Oceania in these areas, what would be your best tips, suggestions, ideas, secrets, etc., in this region where Oceania seems to have the most and best cruise offerings? What excursions or tours did you love best? Interesting and special speakers, entertainment, ship programs, etc., for this region? In these warmer areas, does the air conditioning work well on the ship? Key areas for more planning, preparing and research? What's most different and unique with Oceania for this area of the world? Any special cautions or warnings? Our upcoming 18-day South Pacific cruise includes going to both Noumea and Maré Island locations in New Caledonia, Port Vila/Vanuatu, two days in Fiji at Lautoka and Suva, two different days for Apia/Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, two days in Bora Bora, French Polynesia and then a day at nearby Raiatea. We finish and disembark at Papeete, Tahiti. We will have six sea-days on this cruise. Since the Regatta is being "re-done" in September, 2019, our February 2020 sailing will be on a practically "new" ship. I assume that will be a plus and good, right? THANKS for your sharing! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio For latest live/blog, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East while sailing Nov./Dec. 2018 for the first time with Oceania on the Nautica. Connect for full report at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  2. Hi- I am almost certain I will be booking a Tahitian cruise for March 2020 but I want to know what to expect in terms of dining options as I am a strict vegan (no dairy, meat, animal products. I DO EAT GLUTEN). Has anyone recently cruised the Regatta? If so did you take notice of the vegan selections? Are service and kitchen staff willing to accommodate specific dietary needs? There is a very short and basic vegan menu listed on Oceania's site but only for the main dining room. I reached out to customer service three times for more specific offerings but they keep referring and reiterating the sites sample vegan menu, which isn't very exciting. Not one customer service rep has said "the chefs will accommodate you". Allegedly Oceania's slogan is "whatever you want whenever you want". Do they live up to that? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
  3. This cruise is just over 4 months away, and only 2 of us on the roll call! Just hoping a user unfamiliar with roll call will see this post and join the roll call to share private tours! Please join us at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2622973-september-24-2019-regatta-seattle-to-miami-20-days/
  4. When is it happening?
  5. I was wondering if anyone has stayed in room 7000 or 7001 on the Regatta. We are booked on the South Pacific cruise in November and was wondering about the veranda since it is located directly on the bow. When the ship is underway, can you sit out on the veranda? I ask this because I heard that on some cruise ships they lock the balcony doors due to excessive wind. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks.
  6. Two new reviews of Regatta posted. Both reference being late for multiple ports. Fascinating.
  7. Hello Everyone, We are looking forward to our first trip on Regatta this summer (Alaska, June 29th Departure). I'm starting to plan our packing and wondered if anyone knew how high the gap was under the beds. We usually use 'squishy' canvas holdalls but we are doing some touring before boarding, so considering slightly more 'robust' suitcases this time - and I'm wondering if the ones I have in mind will slide under the beds (we will be in a PH3, if that makes any difference). Many thanks in advance (and we hope to meet some of you on board!). Fiona & Kathryn
  8. Can someone who has sailed on the Regatta RECENTLY please discuss the condition of the ship? I know the major redesign is coming in 2019, but I have booked an April, 2019 in a penthouse 2 category. I won’t go if the ship is allowed to deteriorate because of the upcoming redesign. Also, do they have wi fi in the cabins or only in the computer room? I am always so grateful to Cruise Critic people for their willingness to share their observations and advice.
  9. Heading to Sydney today to join the Regatta’s 35 day cruise around Australia, with added bonus of visiting PNG and Indonesia along the way. So delighted to be able to take this trip. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We’ve cruised a few times over the past few years but this is our first time on the Regatta. I admit to feeling a little apprehensive due to some of the less positive commentary about this ship, but at the same time, feel determined to enjoy whatever comes our way because it’s such a privilege to be able to travel. I plan to update this thread regularly and share my experiences and observations about the ship and the cruise. I followed an excellent thread about the same cruise last year, written by user cbb (I think) - I’ll post the link to that shortly. I admired cbb’s positive attitude throughout that cruise despite some real challenges and I hope to keep a similarly positive and objective outlook.
  10. I will be sailing on Regatta, May 2019. San Francisco>Vancouver. I could not find Toscana dinner menu online. Can anyone provide a link to the menu? Thanks. King
  11. A good day everyone. A current thread notes Regatta had yet another mechanical failure on New Years day 2019. Since I was on the very disappointing Panama cruise October 2018 (10 negative reviews), thought it would be interesting to take a look at Regatta's somewhat recent history. Used Cruise Critic almost exclusively. Attached is a Word file. Hope everyone can open it. CC members have reported a minimum of 12 mechanical (power failure, propulsion failure etc) incidences since October 2011. Of course, there could be many more incidences, as CC members are few in number versus the cruising public. ABoatNerd _____________________________________________________ Oceania Regatta.docx
  12. Heres a grab from the Royal Albatross cam , of Regatta sailing through the heads at the entrance to the harbour at Dunedin , New Zealand.
  13. Hello Oceania folks. Currently on the Regatta panama canal cruise left San Fran Oct 6. Oceania cancelled 2 port stops, shortened a 3rd and swapped out Cabo for San Diego. Apparently due to tropical storm sergeo a week a go that passed over the Baja. We sailed past the Baja with no evidence of the storm, The ship has not been sailing at maximum speed at any time. Not satisfied that time could have not been made up to have recovered 1 port. Suffice it to say that the free "goodwill" 1 hr freeze booze offered by Oceania does not offset the significant reduction in the itinerary. Also, on the voyage before this one, Juneau was missed. Many guests are displeased and asking questions. When Ray the CD spoke about it in the Regatta lounge 2x there were many Boos from the guests. Have heard guests on their phones cancelling future Oceania trips and seen numerous people in the computer room booking Viking cruises on line. We are not pleased at all at the itinerary changes. Otherwise - service is excellent but the Terrace cafe is not of past quality and many guests are grumbling about the new menus in the GDR. The specialties seem constant. Safe sailing.
  14. I’ve searched for this topic but can’t find anything on just plain dancing (not ballroom) on Oceania and in particular on the R class ships. Is there any? If so, in which venues? What kind of music? We are in our 50’s and love to do some dancing after dinner, show, etc. and will be on Regatta in less than three weeks. Thanks!
  15. In October, 8 ports were missed between a Regatta panama sailing and an Insignia new england sailing. In this post, I am asking Oceania to respond to posters concerns regarding why there was little to no explanation on why ports were missed and no evidence of any attempt to reinstate alternative ports, amongst many other concerns about each voyage. Please read each post and you will see the details of each voyage, consistencies in the posters analysis and common concerns. Over and above these 2 sailings, on this CC Oceania site, there have been previous posts about Oceania's apparent high volume of cancelled ports. Regatta There are 8 posters who posted about this 1 sailing, which is a higher than normal response. I was on this cruise. This cruise had 2 cancelled ports, 1 port reduced to 2 hours before darkness and 1 port swap. This ship has a history of mechanical issues which have been previously posted on CC. The sailing before the panama cruise, the ship missed Juneau and was dead in the water with a power failure. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/getreviews.cfm?action=ship&ShipID=287 The specific thread on the Regatta voyage is here. Insignia There are 6 posters who posted reviews. A voyage had 5 cancelled ports. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/getreviews.cfm?action=ship&ShipID=820 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A common theme within the reviews are poster comments about Oceania management indifference and lack of respect for guest concerns about cancelled ports. On the Regatta Oceania management undertook an organized campaign to intimidate and threaten guests from speaking about their concerns, myself included. Today's consumers have considerable information in which to evaluate the performance of any service provider. For example, on the Regatta cruise, I and others used NOAA for weather and AIS to track the ship speed and distance to next port etc. Calculations were done and we found there was no reason alternative ports could not have been provided along the popular pacific coast. Oceania was still holding guests money in the port fees which they did not return to guests, as many cruise lines do. So to the posters who provided a review, well done!. Oceania, we are awaiting your explanation.
  16. My apologies - I suspect this topic has been discussed here before however, I haven't used the new CC format much and I don't seem to be doing things right when I try to search. I entered "ballroom dancing" + "Oceania Regatta" but that gives me results for many other lines. As a result, I'm still not sure if there is ballroom dancing on Regatta and, if there is, about how much is scheduled each day. Also, I know the ship is scheduled for a re-fit in Sept 2019 so I'm not sure if/how this might impact the size and availability of dance floors. If anyone has info on this and/or can direct me to where I can see what the deck plans will be post re-fit I'd really appreciate it. We cruise to ballroom dance and did one sailing on Oceania a number of years ago. We were disappointed as there were only a very small number of opportunities to dance. We've heard from others that they like dancing on Oceania so we are hoping things have changed or maybe the sailing we were on was an exception and not the norm. Before we book again on Oceania we'd greatly value the insights of others on CC regarding the experiences they have had or seen onboard. Thanks in advance!
  17. Hello, Does anyone have pictures they can post? I’m having trouble finding any online. Thanks!
  18. Check-in was smooth and easy as usual with Oceania. Arrived at the World Cruise Terminal at San Pedro around 11:30am and was enjoying a fantastic lunch at the Terrace Cafe by 11:45.
  19. We prefer to face forward rather than travel facing backward on trains and ships, and I'm wondering if there is some way to figure out which cabins have forward-facing beds on deck 7 on Regatta. When we selected our stateroom for our very enjoyable first Oceania cruise on Marina, we learned here on Cruise Critic to look at the notches on the staterooms to figure out which way the beds were facing (we chose #10057). But those notches aren't a part of the Regatta deck plans. Can anybody help?
  20. We are now on the Regatta, this morning sailed past Juneau and leaving it behind instead of docking there. Captain said it was due to heavy winds but the Seabourn Sojourn is docked in Juneau today (according to CruiseMapper). That is very odd. Hopefully no engine problems. John
  21. I'm posting this as I am wondering if any others have found that the Oceania experience has changed in the last year or so. This cruise (out of a total of over 70) was our 6th on Oceania and our 3rd on Regatta. Let me say that I still love the small size of the ship and the food for the most part was good. But the one thing that I noticed this time were the frequent announcements by the Cruise Director regarding Bingo and Slot Tournaments. Actually, I was surprised at how many times during the day she came on to remind us of the activities. We did receive the ship's paper, "Currents", each night, so didn't think all the announcements were necessary. I don't remember so many announcements from previous cruises. Also, this cruise was the first one where they rolled out their new dinner menus - each night featuring a different country - but we rarely ordered from these items. I did find that the portions seemed quite large on some dishes. Since there are so many courses, I don't personally think that large portions are needed, but others may find this a positive thing. A couple of examples - in Toscana, I ordered a breaded veal chop. It was so huge that it covered the plate. I ended up sharing it with my 3 dining companions. For dessert one night in the main dining room, I ordered the Profiteroles (cream puffs) and received 3 of them and they were quite large. Lest you think I'm just an old complainer, I'm just stating my observations. Again, this may seem like a good thing to many, but it just doesn't seem like upscale dining to me. Lastly, I know that they are going to be refurbishing these ships but the bottom line is that they are OLD and it appears that most of the refurbishing will be cosmetic. The plumbing is old - on the last two cruises we experienced problems with the toilets not working for a few hours. Also, on the last two Regatta cruises, we had an aft-facing balcony on Deck 6. The hallway between the back of the ship to the aft elevator is very uneven. You feel like the carpet is covering up dents and dips in the flooring. Very strange. I would like to see what is under that carpeting when they pull it up. :( Mary Lou
  22. We have sailed a number of times on various lines. So far Viking is our favorite. That said, we keep reading about Oceania quality and experience. We are looking at a 14 day Alaska itinerary on the Regatta. I would most likely be looking at entry level balcony on deck 6. The concierge level looks attractive but the price difference has me hesitant. There are a lot of Alkaline options with various lines. I would appreciate some feedback, my first hand, on Regatta as well as this ship in Alaska. I would also appreciate input on this level balcony stateroom. Thank you
  23. We just returned from Seattle to Alaska and back. Four of us traveled on the ship and had a great time. My friend carried a case (12 bottles) of fine wine on board and no one said a word. We had a bottle for dinner every night and found the sommelier sevice to be spectacular. We also brought a couple of bottles on board at two stops for in-room cocktails. Again, no questions asked. The wine by the glass menu was quite adequate with about 12 white and 12 red choices. Nothing spectacular but lots of varieties of wine. Overall a good selection for whatever food was served. Get to know the somms and they will treat you well...:D:D:D:D
  24. Hello, anyone here joining us? We are a long-term married couple, she has much more cruising experience, we have shared one two week Royal Caribbean cruise years ago. Just looking to socialize with friends we have yet to meet.
  25. There are 4 of us (2 couples)aboard the Regatta on Oct 8 . We are in the process of selecting and booking excursions. I presently am working on a Cartagena excursion. Please reply if you are interested in joining us. We can have at least one more couple. The cost is 300 for 4 so it would be less per person if there are more to join. Time to get planning. Pick up at the Port, Please Check the Meeting Point in the Photo section. (don't take a shuttle bus). Photo Stop at the Fortress of San Felipe . Visit the handicraft & souvenir Market for 30 min. To have a cold drink and shop before we get ready for action. We will walk making stops at museums, Churches, and toilet stops if necessary. Making the Tour more fascinating and exciting. The walk might be 2-3 Miles long at a Walking speed, the terrain is Flat with cobblestones, but surface sometimes uneven in some parts. take a walk in the little Cobblestone Streets in the Colonial City & Getsemani, Private Visit to The Sanctuary of Peter Claver Saint of the Slaves. Understanding the Colonial Architecture of the City. Understanding our Natives Culture at the Gold Museum. go around the Peninsula of Bocagrande the Modern part of the City. After that go back to the Main Port/Hotel.
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