Regatta is an intimate, well-designed ship with an outstanding
This ship began life as R Two of Renaissance Cruises. She is
one of eight nearly identical ships built for Renaissance. After
that line went out of business the fleet was dispersed amongst a
number of cruise lines. Eventually, Oceania obtained Regatta,
Nautica (R Five); Insignia (R One) and Sirena (R Four).
Azamara Club Cruises has the other four: Azamara Journey (R Six), Azamara Quest (R Seven); Azamara Pursuit (Eight) and the former' Pacific Princess (R Three). (See our introduction to the R Class).
The R-class ships, as they are known, have gone on achieve a
considerable reputation. Although thy are relatively small, they
have the comforts that one would expect in a high quality modern cruise ship. The wood-paneled decor of their public rooms and their British country-house furnishings create an atmosphere of luxury that is at the same time welcoming and charming.
Building upon this atmosphere, Oceania has overlaid the
atmosphere of a prestigious American-style country club. Regatta is elegant but casual, tuxedos and gowns are not required. Quality is evident in the attention given to the dining experience as it is in the selection of Canyon Ranch as the operator of the ship's spa.
Regatta is offered as a luxury cruise experience. The cruise fare includes all of the dining venues including the two specialty restaurants. Soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices are free. Air fare is also included. The staff-to-guest ratio is one of the best in the industry.
Another feature of the R-class ships is that they are small
enough to get into ports that larger ships cannot but yet
seaworthy enough so that they can range the world's oceans.
Accordingly, Regatta is used to do relatively long cruises that are port-intensive. Thus, within a given year, she can be cruising in Europe as well as in the East Coast of North America, the Caribbean and the West Coast.
This combination of itinerary and atmosphere attracts mature
travelers, discerning travelers who are looking for cruises that are different from those of the larger ships, and travelers interested in high quality dining experiences.
TONNAGE: 30,277 gross tons
LENGTH: 594 feet
BEAM: 83.5 feet
DRAFT: 19.5 feet
SPEED: 18 knots
POWER PLANT: Diesel electric
PROPULSION: Two propellers
REGISTRY: Marshall Islands
LINE: Oceania Cruises
BUILDER: Chantiers de l'Atlantique (France)
ENTERED SERVICE: 1998 as R 2;
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