Oceania's Regatta was built in 1998 but underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2014, with upgrades including teak, custom stone and tile work, and plush cabin makeovers. With only 684 passengers, the midsize ship has the Old World feel of a traditional hotel. But despite formal touches like a grand stairway, life aboard this ship is relatively casual. There are no formal nights, and dining is all open seating.
What We Love
Canyon Ranch SpaClub: The outdoor spa terrace is one of the ship's hidden gems, and you'll also find healthy Canyon Ranch choices on dining menus.
Plenty of Balcony Cabins: Of the Regatta's 342 cabins, 234 have balconies. And it's not just the suites that have verandahs — 170 of those are regular cabins.
Best Known For
Good Value: Oceania cruises all include airfare, and Regatta offers luxury for a surprisingly reasonable tab. Plus, there's no upcharge for specialty restaurants or for espresso at the coffee bar.
Oh, That Food: From the morning croissants to the last bite of chocolate mousse at dinner, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the food if this is your first Oceania sailing.
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Who It's Best For
Traditionalists: Don't expect edgy shows — instead, Regatta offers subtle entertainment, like a string quartet at tea time.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
It's Not for the Whole Family: There are no children's programs on Regatta, and kids must be at least 1 year of age to sail.
Gayle Keck is a San Francisco-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.
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Oceania Regatta at a Glance
- Line: Oceania Cruises
- Class: Regatta
- Number of Passengers: 684
- Ship Size: Medium
- Launch Date: 1998
- Refurbish Date: 2014