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Line: Ocea­nia Cruises Launched: 1998

Size: 30,277 tonnes Pas­sen­gers: 684

Crew: 400

Crew to pas­sen­ger ra­tio: 1 to 1.71 Cabin sizes: 15-93 square me­tres

ADULTS-ONLY AREA: The whole ship. Kids have to be “well be­haved and well ed­u­cated” to sail on Re­gatta, we were told.

FOOD: Re­gatta’s bat­tle cry is that it has the “finest cui­sine at sea”. So din­ing on board is all about choice. There’s the Grand Din­ing Room and Jac­ques Bistro, which of­fers au­then­tic French bistro food at lunch time and clas­sic French cui­sine in­spired by celebrity chef Jac­ques Pepin. There’s also Polo Grill, a clas­sic steak­house, the in­for­mal Ter­race Café where you can dine in­side or al­fresco and Waves Grill by the swim­ming pool for all-Amer­i­can favourites. We dined at Toscana – and the food was, in­deed, fab­u­lous. Our mains of lob­ster and Dover sole were sen­sa­tional, and the creme brulee was per­fect. AC­TIV­I­TIES & EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: A fit­ness cen­tre with gym and stretch/ex­er­cise classes. Canyon Ranch Spa has a pri­vate spa ter­race with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. There’s a heated swim­ming pool, two whirlpools and a sports deck where you can play mini golf and shuf­fle­board. There’s also string quar­tet and lively evening en­ter­tain­ment at the the­atre. For quiet mo­ments, there’s a well-stocked, English-style li­brary with more than 2,000 books and pe­ri­od­i­cals and a 24-hour in­ter­net cen­tre.

BEST FOR: Ex­pe­ri­enced cruis­ers who are also food afi­ciona­dos. The ship has a cosy and ca­sual at­mos­phere that ap­peals to guests.

OUR VER­DICT: If you en­joy eat­ing, cruis­ing, see­ing the world and spend­ing more overnight stays in port to learn about the cul­ture, cui­sine and his­tory of the des­ti­na­tion, then Re­gatta is your ship. Aus­tralia has al­ready given its ver­dict on Ocea­nia; we’re their big­gest mar­ket af­ter Amer­ica.

From top: Owner’s Suite bed­room; Toscana Ital­ian restau­rant

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