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The Oceania Regatta: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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The Oceania Regatta is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Oceania Regatta.

Around The Americas

The Renaissance II, also known as the R Two, was sold to Oceania Cruises in 2006 and renamed the Oceania Regatta. Passengers can choose from a variety of itineraries, such as the Alaskan Grandeur voyage from Vancouver to Alaska to San Francisco. The Ultimate Panama Canal trip sails from San Francisco to New York City via stops in Mexico and South America. The Colors, Coasts and Coves journey begins in Montreal and ends in New York City. Cruises typically last from 10 to 27 nights.

Passenger Ship

The Oceania Regatta is a midsize ship, measuring nearly 594 feet long and 83.5 feet wide. It can carry about 684 passengers, with a crew of 400. Refurbished in 2001, the ship is popular among cruisers expecting superior service, top-quality food and a destination-intensive travel experience. In other words, it has a variety of amenities that make it attractive to travelers accustomed to five-star luxury and comfort.

Special Features

The Oceania Regatta charms its passengers with the Old World elegance found in its beautiful teak decks, neo-classical furnishings and elegant stone and tile work. For a different kind of luxury, the ship features the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, where passengers can try acupuncture, a "healing energy" treatment, or sign up for a personal Pilates session. Wine lovers can count on the knowledge and experience of the ship's sommelier, and everyone -- normal passengers and foodies alike -- will appreciate the magic of the pastry chefs at High Tea every afternoon.

Accommodations

The Oceania Regatta has 342 luxurious staterooms, ranging from 160 to 1,000 square feet. A variety of cabin categories are available, from standard inside rooms to ocean-view veranda suites. All staterooms are equipped with a shower, telephone, hair dryer and flat-screen TV. Three-fourths of all outside staterooms/suites have private balconies, and penthouse suites come with a bathtub and butler service.

Cost

Fares vary depending on such factors as itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. Our research found, for instance, a 10-day Caribbean cruise costing $1,499 for an inside cabin, and a 21-day Polynesian trip that cost $8,799 for a suite.

Excursions

One Oceania Regatta passenger recommended the excursion to Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier. The trip included visits to a historical museum and fish hatchery, and even included a nature walk in the woods. The glacier itself was described as "spectacular," and the excursion was made even better by a smart and cheerful bus driver. The passenger also noted that that there were a lot of shops clustered near the docks.

Dining Experience

Passengers on the Oceania Regatta can choose from four restaurants that offer open seating: Grand Dining Room, Toscana, Polo Grill and Terraces. Toscana serves Italian dishes and requires reservations, Polo Grill is a steakhouse and Terraces is a buffet restaurant. At night, Terraces becomes Tapas on the Terrace for casual outdoor meals. Other options include a pizzeria, a poolside grill and 24-hour room service.

Maiden Voyage

The Renaissance II made its maiden voyage in 1998. The vessel was originally built by a French firm for Renaissance Cruises as a passenger liner, but it was sold to Oceania Cruises in 2006.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Renaissance II or the Oceania Regatta.

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