Line: Oceania Cruises Launched: 1998
Size: 30,277 tonnes Passengers: 684
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.