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Ever been on a cruise ship where the beds were so hard you felt like you were sleeping on the ground? Ever had a blanket that was a synthetic glittering nylon sheet? Ever experienced sheets that were too short? Well, look no further for the ultimate ocean-going sleeping experience as Oceania Cruises proudly introduce their "Tranquility Bed". Applause!

During our voyage, Regatta was literally buzzing with "Tranquility Talk" and I overheard many guests raving about the thick mattresses, the Egyptian cotton sheets, the divine pillows and the heavenly duvets. Personally, I blame the Tranquility Beds for the quiet evenings on board. That said, I must admit that even I was lured by the siren song of my Tranquility Bed on many evenings. The truth is, I have never slept better on a cruise ship!

There is more to Regatta's staterooms than the Tranquility Beds though. For one,  70% of all staterooms have private balconies, decked in thin strips of wood which are proudly marketed as "teak verandas". The standard outside, inside and balcony staterooms are of average size but come well equipped with a small sitting area, ample wardrobe space, private safe, television with a good selection of recent movies, news channels and of course a view from the bridge. In most staterooms, beds can be made up in either twin or double configuration. Missing is a mini bar, but as Oceania Cruises claims: "Room Service is a call away".

The size of the bathroom might disappoint some passengers. Most bathrooms on board are really small, seemingly overflowing with fluffy logo towels, but still offering the odd nook and cranny for storage. If you are looking for more space, head up to the upper decks where guests willing to pay a little extra can call one of the Suites home. These fine living quarters come equipped with private butler service, larger balconies and bathroom with tubs. Oh, and of course you will find Tranquility Beds in the Suites, too!


Stateroom with veranda

Sitting area in balcony stateroom

Custom-made toiletries

Typical veranda

The famous Tranquility Bed

Stateroom with veranda

A private veranda - the ultimate luxury

Vista Suite

Just before dinner...

Deluxe ocean view stateroom


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

First published on November 24, 2003