Barocl Posted April 14, 2004 #1 Share Posted April 14, 2004 Regatta March 15 - April 10 The decor and atmosphere of the Regatta are reminiscent of the old translantic passenger ships, comfortable and cosy with a wonderful library. Our stateroom was bright and sunny (#6065 with veranda) making it a favorite place for us to relax. We appreciated the use of the terrycloth bathrobes and slippers. Thick towels and lovely linens which all the women on board raved about. Unfortunately the no smoking policy wasn't enforced and for the first segment we continued to have cigarette smoke floating from the next cabin's veranda to ours. Terrace Cafe We had a full ship and the only place that felt a bit crowded was the Terrace cafe in the area where passengers pick up their desired items. The quanity and quality were great except for the warm vegetables. Waves Waves had the usual grill fare. Hot dogs, french fries, salads and hamburgers made to order. An outstanding feature was the daily fish special prepared according to your wishes. The Polo Grill It was much quieter here than in the Grand Dining Room, but I found the food much the same as in the Grand dining room. Toscana This was not a favorite of ours, we only ventured there once. The Grand dining Room The meals prepared in the Grand Dining Room receive full marks for presentation, tho I felt the fare wasn't much different than other cruise line offerings. Sometimes the service in the dining room was slow and if a side dish was ordered it didn't always arrive with the main course. Tea The sitting and ambiance of the tea, range of goodies and the choices of different teas and coffee made afternoon tea one of the highlights of the day. (I especially liked the scones). Room Service The 24 hour room service had a varied and extensive menu and they were prompt whenever we used their services. The service staff at all the venues were friendly and accommodating. Cruise director "Chip" and his staff of Diane, Suzanna and John Paul had a great deal of musical talent. Also the musicians were very good. It's unusual to have an 11 piece orchestra playing dance music on a cruise ship now days. There were activies to keep a guest busy if they wished. Ping pong, shuffleboard, trivia and the daily quiz provided "Oceania Points" which when collected could be redeemed for t-shirts, ball caps, tote bags, fanny packs or bookmarks at the end of the cruise. There was needlepoint, arts and crafts, bridge, and games in the games room. The computor lab was available 24 hours a day, and there were classes and open time for all. The library also had two computors passengers could use. Tho it didn't affect the enjoyment of my cruise I was disappointed to see Oceania let their already relaxed dress code slip. There was a couple dancing in the Regatta Lounge before the evening performance in sweat suits and various other passengers eating dinner in the Grand Dining Room dressed in blue jeans and running shoes. Another disappointment was with the enrichment lectures crossing the Atlantic. He deal exclusively with the American armed forces. We much preferred the second guest lecturer that lectured on the Moors and Spain. Disembarking was great. It's the best I've ever witness in my cruising days. They were very quick and organized. In conclucion we were very satisfied with our cruise, and plan to sail with Oceania again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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