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Regatta - Cruise Ship Profile of the Oceania Regatta


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Overview of the Oceania Regatta
Oceania Regatta at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Oceania Regatta at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Oceania Regatta (c) Linda Garrison
The 684-passenger Regatta cruise ship of Oceania Cruises is marketed as a "premium" ship, but it includes many features such as excellent service and cuisine normally expected only on "luxury" lines. Therefore, I think the Regatta is a good value for cruise travelers who enjoy something extra for their vacation dollar. Over 400 people on our cruise had previously sailed with Oceania, and several had already sailed many times with the cruise line, which was only founded in 2002.

Although the ship's atmosphere is comfortable and casual, the ship interiors are elegant and stunning. The Grand Staircase leading from Reception to the Upper Hall is reminiscent of those seen in some of the grand mansions of the Old South. The ship's decor has a lot of rich, dark wood paneling, Oriental carpets, and heavy draperies. I thought it had the feel of a rich men's club house or a traditional country club.

I sailed for 10 days on the Regatta to Baja and the Mexican Riviera roundtrip from Los Angeles. This fascinating itinerary included stopovers in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, as well as an opportunity to ride the El Chepe train to Copper Canyon while the Regatta was docked in Topolobampo.

Oceania Cruises is primarily a destination-oriented cruise line. Its mid-sized ships can visit ports inaccessible to larger ships, and it features many longer itineraries or those designed for combination into multiple segments. As a mid-sized ship, the Regatta is large enough to feature multiple dining venues and spacious interiors, but small enough to avoid the crowds and lines many travelers dislike on big ships. However, like most smaller ships, the Regatta does not offer as many onboard activities or the varied entertainment options seen on larger ships. Younger travelers seemed to be looking for more things to do on the ship during our cruise that included four sea days. This lack of diverse onboard activities and entertainment was not a problem for most of our fellow passengers since they were middle-aged or older, well-traveled, and content with quieter activities.

This article provides a tour of the Regatta, including more information on the accommodations, cuisine, spa and fitness center, onboard activities, and entertainment.

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