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MS Regatta was built by Renaissance cruises as an R class cruise ship, she is owned and operated by Oceania Cruises where she is part of their Regatta Class. She was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Renaissance Cruises as R Two. Between 2002 and 2003 she sailed as Insignia before receiving her current name.

Atmosphere on board

When Oceania Cruises launched in 2003 its first ship was 694-passenger Regatta. If the cruise line was brand new, Regatta itself was not, even then. It had been built by Renaissance Cruises and debuted five years earlier as one of the most innovative ships of the time. Unconventionally, its design featured a high ratio of balcony cabins, restaurants that were all open seating and a distinctive Titanic-like curved staircase.

A major refurbishment in June 2014 saw Regatta return, in most respects, looking new and feeling fresh. All cabins, particularly its biggest suites, got major upgrades, including new mattresses, carpeting, furniture and bedding. The popular Barista's coffee bar, which up until the refurbishment had only existed on Oceania's Regatta and Riviera, was installed. The sundeck received gorgeous new mosaic tiling, ultra-comfy lounges and teak decking. The Grand Dining Room's new table arrangement featured plenty of tables for two, always a hot ticket on cruise ships.

Even before the refurbishment there was a lot to like about Oceania's Regatta. The ship is a perfect size; with just 684 passengers, it's large enough to feature a range of facilities, from lounges like the Horizon's top-ship observatory to the Martini Bar and from restaurants such as the Italian Toscana to the best-grill-at-sea-worthy Waves Grill. And even better: Regatta's size gives it a cozy, sociable ambience and means it can access out-of-the-way ports of call that are off-limits to mega-ships.

If you define luxury as unparalleled service, outstanding cuisine, an intimately sized ship with just enough of the key bells and whistles (variety of dining options, a gorgeous spa and a range of entertainment venues), then this ship, with its intriguing itineraries and ambience of warmth, definitely belongs in that niche. On the other hand, there are also "mass market" factors that don't necessarily hew to luxury standards: Drinks and other extras are priced on an a la carte basis, standard cabins can be small (cozy, but small) with shower-only bathrooms, and there are plenty of inside cabins.

The beauty of Regatta -- and its nearly identical siblings Insignia and Nautica -- is its ability to keep a steady foot in both camps. It offers enough of the sophisticated amenities that will only become more important as cruising continues to evolve and attract a new type of passenger. At the same time, the line is savvy in positioning its fares for a range of travelers, from those who consider suites and butlers necessary amenities to those who value luxury without the Mercedes pricetag.

Family with Kids/Teens

Sorry, wrong ship. Most activities are geared to grownups on Regatta, and there's no daycare center, teen club or arcade to keep the younger ones occupied.

Past Passenger Programs

Recreation onboard Oceania Cruises Regatta offers a great variety of past times. You can relax by the pool with a cocktail or your favourite book, enjoy the quiet surroundings of the English-style library, or participate on one of the enrichment classes.

Try your luck in the Casino, relax in one of the eight lounges bars or investigate the boutique shopping. From wine tasting to Yoga there is bound to be something for everyone.

Fitness And Spa

Canyon Ranch SpaClub is the spa onboard Oceania ships. All Concierge Level and Suite passengers receive free unlimited access to the Spa Terrace, which includes a steam room, small Jacuzzi pool and lounge chairs. The spa center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and offers a host of therapeutic, beauty and salon treatments.

Regatta's fitness facility is located within the Canyon Ranch spa. A range of 25- or 50-minute classes for fitness and wellness are offered, as well as personal training sessions, for a fee. Most classes cost $11 unless otherwise specified. Educational workshops and some classes are complimentary but are not scheduled until the voyage takes place.

Food & Dining

Specialty dining is included as part of the fare on Regatta. In addition to the ship's Grand Dining Room, it features two specialty restaurants, a buffet and a poolside cafe. In the Grand Dining Room, where the cuisine is French-inspired Continental, frescoes adorn the ceiling. Specialty restaurant Toscana features Tuscan cuisine. Sommeliers are on hand to suggest wine pairings. Don't miss the olive oil menu. Polo Grill, the second specialty restaurant, is an upscale steakhouse. Terrace Cafe is Regatta's breakfast and lunch buffet, which offers the chance to dine indoors or alfresco on the pool deck or aft terrace. Waves Grill offers lunchtime options like barbecue, seafood, salads, ice cream, gelato or milkshakes for Regattabathers and poolside loungers.

At 4 p.m. each day, you can partake in an English tea service, complete with a classical string quartet and pastries, in Horizons lounge.

Entertainment

During sea days onboard Regatta, activities are limited to the pool area, lounges and a few other select venues. Play a hand of cards in the Card Room, or brush up on your knowledge of vino with wine tastings and a discussion with the head sommelier.

Shows and general entertainment onboard Regatta feature a live classical orchestra, magicians, comedians and other headliners that vary by sailing.

The ship has a casino that features table games and slot machines, two shops and martini tastings at Martini's.

Fellow Passengers

Travelers tend to fall into the older age ranges (50 and up), are well traveled and hail mostly from the U.S. and Canada, with Brits and Australians making up the balance.

Tipping

Regatta radiates her own unique warmth and character. Her distinctive personality shines through from the moment you first step into her newly redesigned, neo-classical lobby or Toscana, resplendent in rich new fabrics and furnishings that reflect the charisma of Tuscany. Regatta boasts decks and verandas graced with the finest teak and exquisite custom stone and tile work. To ensure the elegance shines throughout the entire experience, there is all new Villeroy & Boch china, the finest silver and crystal, and a distinctive museum-quality art collection that is an eclectic melding of traditional and contemporary, with a touch of whimsy.

Our recommendation

Overall very impressed with the cabin. Housekeeping team very professional, polite and we always come back to a clean and freshened room. Kept up their promise as a luxury cruise line.