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Oceania Regatta

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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1998 Age Restrictions: At least one person in each
Year Refurbished: 2009 room must be 18 years of age or older.
Previous Name: R2 Seating Assignments: Open
Guest Occupancy: 684 Assigned Dining Hours: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Crew: 400 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 30,277 tons Bars/Lounges: 10
Length: 593.7 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 83.5 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 18.5 knots Swimming Pools: 1
Decks: 11 Hot Tubs: 3
Ship Registry: Marshall Islands Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

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Overview
Like her sister ships, Insignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises' Regatta is a former member of the (no longer in business) Renaissance Cruises fleet (where she was named R2). Regatta is a luxurious mid-sized ship that accommodates only 684 guests while having 400 staff members, resulting in a great crew-to-guest ratio. This allows for the excellent service and casual, yet elegant (country club like) onboard atmosphere that Oceania Cruises is renowned for. With gourmet cuisine, available through an open-seating setup, and unique itineraries with interesting ports of call that larger ships cannot reach, Oceania's Regatta features one of the most desirable products in the upscale cruising world.


Destinations & Itineraries
Regatta will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Caribbean
2013: Caribbean, Alaska, North & South America



Staterooms
There is a nice selection of staterooms available onboard Regatta, from inside staterooms to owner's suites. All of the staterooms onboard Regatta feature an exclusive Tranquility Bed, 24-hour room service, twice daily maid service, plush cotton towels, thick cotton robes & slippers, French-milled toiletries, Grohe handheld shower heads, a handheld hair dryer, full length mirror, security safe, 20" flat-screen TV with DVD, direct dial satellite phone, an internet access port, writing desk, stationary and 110/220 volt outlets.

Inside Staterooms:
The inside staterooms onboard Regatta (categories F and G) are 160 square feet. These accommodations feature a comfortable seating area, vanity desk, ample storage space, and a queen-size bed (or two twin beds). Inside staterooms are located on decks 4, 6, 7 and 8.

Ocean View Staterooms: Regatta's most basic ocean view staterooms, known as category E staterooms, are 143 square feet in size (are located on deck 6) and have an obstructed view (meaning that there is something outside of the window, such as a lifeboat, that blocks your view outside). In-room features include a vanity desk with chair, a small breakfast table, a queen-size Tranquility Bed (that can convert to two twins) and a closet. A category D stateroom is 165 square feet (located on deck 3) and has a porthole window, queen-size bed (or two twin beds), a seating area with a sofa, a vanity desk and breakfast table. Categories C1 and C2 are Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms, which are the same size as category D's but have a picture window (rather than a porthole) and are located on decks 4, 6 and 7.

Veranda Staterooms: The veranda (also known as balcony) staterooms onboard Regatta are categories B1 and B2. These staterooms are located on deck 6 and are 216 square feet in size. These staterooms feature a vanity desk, breakfast table and the choice of a queen-size bed or two twins.

Suites: The most basic suites onboard Regatta are her (category PH1, PH2 and PH3) Penthouse Suites. These accommodations are on deck 8 and are 322 square feet each. This suites feature private in-suite dining (if desired), a living area with a refrigerated mini bar and vanity desk, a marble and granite bathroom (featuring a full-size bathtub) and a beautifully furnished private teak veranda.

The next step up onboard Regatta are her four (category VS) Vista Suites, followed by her six (category OS) Owner's Suites. Special amenities featured in these amazing suites include a Jacuzzi, refrigerated mini bar, a 42-inch plasma flat-screen TV, a Bose surround sound, a second flat-screen TV, a second bathroom (for guests), a in-suite Dell laptop computer with internet access, a queen-sized Tranquility Bed and a wraparound teak veranda with panoramic views. These accommodations range in size from 786 to 1,000 square feet, depending on the particular suite, and are located on decks 6, 7 and 8.

Owner's Suites, Vista Suites and Penthouse Suites benefit from the following special suite amenities: an exclusive Tranquility Bed with 700-thread-count linens, butler service, a private teak veranda, a welcome bottle of champagne, refrigerated mini bar, full-size bathtubs (a Jacuzzi instead in Owner's Suites and Vista Suites), priority early check-in, priority restaurant reservations in Toscana and Polo Grill), priority luggage delivery, Hermes & Clarins amenities & toiletries (in Owner's Suites and Vista Suites only), extra plus oversized cotton towels, thick cotton robes & slippers, cashmere lap blankets, a complimentary shoulder bag and a DVD player with over 300 titles.

Butler service gives you access to many special services. Among them are: course-by-course in-suite dining, "Order In" from any of the four gourmet restaurants, coordination of shore-side dinner & entertainment reservations, priority reservations of shore excursions, packing & unpacking upon request, last minute luggage collection, complimentary garment pressing (limitations apply), complimentary shoe shine service and gourmet evening canapes.


Dining
Like many other luxury cruise lines, Oceania has an open-seating policy onboard each of their ships. This means that you can eat at any of their dining venues (including their four main restaurants) that you want, at any time you want (within their normal dining hours), and with whomever you want. It's a very casual and carefree way to enjoy your fine dining experience onboard their vessels.

The Grand Dining Room is a luxurious venue onboard Regatta, featuring a beautiful domed ceiling that has a hand-painted fresco. This restaurant looks like a classic 5-star venue that one might find in hotel. There is a six-course American-insprired Continental cuisine served, via Villeroy & Boch China and European crystal. Live music is often playing (typically by a string quartet or concert pianist), which some guests may enjoy on the dance floor in this restaurant. Examples of main courses that may be served in The Grand Dining Room are Scallop, Shrimp and Monkfisih Kebab, Black Angus Roast Prime Rib of Beef, and Steamed Alaska King Crab. You can find this restaurant aft (towards the rear of the ship) on deck 5.

Polo Grill features fine cuts of dry-aged prime beef, chops and fresh seafood. This popular venue seats only 96 guests, so it's quite intimate. With gourmet cuisine, elegant dark wood furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, this restaurant is an excellent option onboard Regatta. Examples of main courses available at this venue are The Polo Surf & Turf (Florida Lobster Tail with Filet Mignon), Grilled Rack of Lamb, New York Strip and Herb Roasted Rotisserie Free Range Chicken (a signature dish of Jacques Pépin). This venue is located aft on deck 10.

Toscana is an intimate 90-seat restaurant onboard Regatta, featuring a gourmet Tuscan cuisine and ambiance that gives a very Italian feel. Examples of the selections available in Toscana are lasagna, risotto with Porcini mushrooms, pesto gnocchi, and beef Carpaccio. Toscana is located aft on deck 10, right by Polo Grill.

Terrace Cafe features wonderful breakfast and lunch buffets, with both indoor and outdoor seating. It's a great place to enjoy good food and a sea breeze! During lunch venue features a salad bar, cold buffet, soup, hot buffet, carving board, pasta, pizza and freshly baked bread. Each night of the cruise, the alfresco dining area of the cafe becomes known as "Tapas on the Terrace," featuring a nice buffet. This venue then features a menu of tapas, paellas, soups, salads and other regional specialties from Spain and the Mediterranean. Terrace Cafe is aft on deck 9.

Waves is a casual poolside venue that serves various grilled and barbecued selections, as well as salads and fresh home-made ice cream.

Afternoon Tea, a tradition of the luxury cruising world, is available daily at 4:00 pm sharp. The tea will be served along with a nice selection of tea sandwiches, scones and other snacks. Classical music playing in the background is sure to add to the relaxing ambiance of this elegant daily event.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a large range of choices available on Oceania's room service menu, and it's a great option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks. Guests with Butler Service are able to enjoy a course-by-course meal in their staterooms (or on their verandas), with cuisine selections from the menu of the Grand Dining Room.


Onboard Features
There's a nice selection of bars and lounges onboard Regatta. As far as entertainment options go, the ship lounge is a often packed venue. This area of the ship features a wide range of shows, such as headliner acts, comedians, magicians and jazz ensembles. The Grand Bar (located just forward of The Grand Dining Room) features a nice selection of spirits and vintage wines, and is a great place for a pre- and/or post-dinner cocktail. The Polo Bar, located in the Polo Grill, is another relaxing venue where you can enjoy a premium Scotch (among many other selections). Horizons is an observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and a bar, which features dancing throughout each evening of your cruise. Martinis is, not surprisingly, a martini bar that has a very nice selection of the popular cocktail, often featuring live piano music and sometimes featuring martini tastings. Another popular venue, especially during the evening, is the casino (which is located on deck 5). There's a nice selection of slot machines and gaming tables (such as blackjack, poker and roulette) available in this area.

There is just one swimming pool onboard Regatta. It's located mid-ship on deck 9 and has two whirlpools right next to it. Right by the pool is a band stand that features live performances throughout the cruise. Along located all along deck 9 is outdoor lounge seating, great for relaxing under the sun during the day. Another outdoor area onboard Regatta is the Sun Deck, which is located on deck 11 (the highest deck on Regatta) nearby a bunch of cabanas and a couple of showers.

Oceania has a great enrichment program available onboard Regatta. A wide range of featured celebrity guest speakers may be found onboard Regatta throughout the year (depending on the particular sailing). Lectures are occasionally given in the lounge, covering a variety of topics. The cruise director will give a daily history lecture on each of the destinations being visited during your cruise, which is a great way to learn about the places you'll visit. There will be various culinary demonstrations given throughout the cruise, featuring various dishes and techniques found in fine restaurants. Dance lessons will be available throughout the cruise, great for dancers of all experience levels. There will also be a few arts & crafts lessons during the cruise, which is a nice way to develop a new hobby.

The Oceania Spa by Mandara (located forward on deck 9) features a very nice selection of treatments, such as an Elemis Aromapure Facial, a La Therapie Hydralift Facial, a hot lava massage and a Thelassotherapy whirlpool. The salon offers a full range of services, including many hair and nail treatments. The fitness center is a fairly large and spacious facility that has state-of-the-art exercise machines, with personal training, specialty fitness classes (such as yoga and Pilates) and body composition analysis available. There's also a fitness track onboard Regatta, located mid-ship on deck 10.

Other onboard features include a card room, which is a quiet area of Regatta where many guests enjoy playing bridge or various board games. Wine tastings will be available throughout the cruise, hosted by Regatta's head sommelier. There are a few boutiques onboard Regatta, where you can take part in some duty-free shopping for a wide variety of items (such as jewelry, fragrances, and clothing that includes Oceania Cruises logo wear). The English-inspired library (located mid-ship on deck 10) onboard Regatta features over 1,000 volumes, and has a fireplace and comfortable couches.

Oceania@Sea is Oceania's 24-hour internet center. They have a computer learning program, featuring a wide range of programs (such as learning how to use Windows and e-mail, or even how to create a web site). Private one-on-one lessons and various internet usage packages are available at a fee.

The reception deck, concierge and destinations services office are all located mid-ship on deck 4. This area of Regatta is where you'd want to go if you have any special needs or general questions. Just in case you're wondering where you can get off of the ship when tenders are necessary, that area is located forward on deck 3. Located just one deck higher is the medical center, where you'll be charge for any treatments required during the cruise. The bridge, where the captain controls the ship, is located forward on deck 8.



Dress Code and Attire
Country club casual is the best way to describe the onboard attire typically worn by guests during an Oceania cruise. There are no formal evenings onboard an Oceania cruise, as they aim for an elegant, yet casual, atmosphere.


Children Programs
Oceania Cruises doesn't have any children's facilities onboard Regatta, and doesn't have an actual children's program either. In no way does Oceania discourage children to be onboard their ships, and there will be a some families with children on most of their sailings.


Tipping and Gratuities
Gratuities of $12.50 per person, per day is automatically added by Oceania to each passenger's onboard account. An additional $4.00 per person, per day is added for guests staying in a Penthouse, Vista or Owner's Suite (where Butler service is provided). Each guest may increase or decrease the amount charged for gratuities as they see fit (by going to the main desk before the cruise is over and requesting this to be done).


Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Oceania cruise ships is 21 years of age. Oceania may collect any alcohol purchased ashore for consumption onboard the ship.


Gambling Policy
The minimum age to gamble in the casino onboard a Oceania cruise ship is 18 years of age.


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