With her smallish size, understated decor, and serene atmosphere, this mostly nonsmoking ship is more like a quiet boutique hotel than a cruise vessel, providing a comfortable, laid-back, yet stylish way to experience the Caribbean.
Typical Per Diems: $305+
Regatta sails the Caribbean from Miami (winter); the Panama Canal from Miami (spring) and from San Francisco (fall); Alaska from Vancouver, Anchorage & San Francisco (summer); and New England/Canada from New York & Montreal (fall).
Imagine a cozy, classically styled boutique hotel in the shape of a cruise ship and you've pretty much got the idea. Like all of the former Renaissance vessels, Regatta is comfortable and spacious, decorated mostly in warm, dark woods and rich fabrics. She's traditional and sedate, with an emphasis on intimate spaces rather than the kind of grand, splashy ones you'll find on most megaships. Of course, her small size means there'd be no room for grand spaces, even if they'd been desired: Carrying only 684 passengers, Regatta's intimacy is one of her main selling points. The atmosphere is relaxed and clubby, with no formal nights that demand tuxedos and gowns.
Since the beginning of its existence, Oceania has concentrated on worldwide itineraries, typically positioning just one of its ships -- always Regatta -- in the Caribbean for the winter season while sister ships Insignia and Nautica sail elsewhere. For 2011, Regatta will be joined on Panama Canal and Caribbean sailings by her newer, larger fleetmate Marina.
Staterooms aboard Regatta are straightforward, no-nonsense spaces with a hint of European city hotel: plain off-white walls, dark-wood trim and furniture, and rich carpeting. The highlight of each, though, is its Tranquility Bed, an oasis of 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers, down duvets and pillows, custom-designed extrathick mattresses, and a mound of throw pillows to prop you up during the late-late show. Spacious balconies have teak decking for a classic nautical look, and all cabins have televisions, safes, vanities with mirrors, hair dryers, phones, sitting areas, and full-length mirrors. Closet space is a little skimpy considering the lengthy itineraries these ships sail, but drawer space scattered around the cabin, and space under the beds, make up for this a bit. Almost all cabins measure in the 165-square-foot range, with some measuring 216 square feet, including balcony -- not tiny, but not exceptionally large, either. There are also some bizarre little quirks. Light switches, for instance, can be mystifying: There doesn't seem to be any way to turn off the bedside lights until you discover the tiny, almost hidden buttons up near their shades. There are also switches for the overheads right in the headboard, which makes it very easy to switch them on accidentally in your sleep.
Suites (322-982 sq. ft., including balcony) include minibars, bathtubs, and a small area with a cocktail table for intimate in-room dining. Ten Owner's Suites measure 786 to 982 square feet and are located at the ship's bow and stern, featuring wraparound balconies, queen-size beds, whirlpool bathtubs, minibars, living rooms, and guest bathrooms. Owners Suites, Vista Suites, and Penthouse Suites feature butler service. Concierge-class staterooms (in between regular cabins and suites) add some warm-and-fuzzy to the amenities, including a welcome bottle of champagne, complimentary shoeshine service, and a DVD player; priority embarkation, check-in, luggage delivery, and restaurant reservations; and additional bathroom amenities, such as massaging shower heads and luxury toiletries.
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