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When taking delivery of Regatta, Oceania Cruises wisely decided not to change the ship's  interiors. After all, noted architect John McNeece did an outstanding job decorating all the original "R" ships. With its rich colors, dark wood paneling, thick carpets and heavy drapes, Regatta's interiors remind one of a stately country home. Very elegant, but also very inviting, this ship is the ultimate in timeless elegance and we feel at home immediately.

The Grand Hall is Regatta's magnificent centerpiece, with a look that reminds one of the majestic hallways of Titanic and other famous ships of yesteryear. On the lower level, you will find the Purser's Office and Destination Service desk. Oceania Cruises places great emphasis on shore experiences, offering a broad range of organized land tours plus the option to have the knowledgeable staff create your custom shore side adventure. And given the usually generous port stays, there is ample time to enjoy the local sight and sounds.

A hotspot on Regatta is the spectacular Library, located high up on Deck 10. Apart from its stunning looks with faux fireplace, trompe d'oeuil ceiling, comfy sofas and wing-backed leather chairs, it is positively overflowing with books in all shapes and sizes. Two PC's offer around-the-clock Internet access, while elsewhere on the same deck a dedicated "Oceania@Sea" Internet Center opens daily and offers specialized training classes.  During my cruise, Internet access was extremely slow and at $ 0,95 per minute, rather pricy. I would recommend to purchase one of the Internet packages on board, granting access for a certain number of minutes for one flat fee. 

If you are the thirsty kind, you might want to head to the intimate Grand Bar, with its stunning ceiling frescoes. At night, the Grand Bar is mainly used as a cocktail lounge for the adjoining Grand Dining Room, with Horizons up on deck 10 taking over the lead later in the evening. Floor to ceiling windows in the latter room guarantee stunning vista during the day, while late at night the lights are dimmed and the ship's orchestra starts to play. With its tartan carpeting, leather couches, comfy chairs and black and white framed photos of sports heroes, Horizons is the place for night owls. 

Grand Hall

Upper level of Grand Hall with shops

Library

Seating area on deck 4

Upper level of the Grand Hall with shops

Library

Horizons

Grand Bar

Grand Hall

Horizons

Grand Bar

Oceania@Sea

 

All photos and text: 2003 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com. All rights reserved

First published on November 24, 2003