From Oceania!

It is day 2 on the Oceania Regatta and I thought it would be a good time to check in.

We have learned that this ship is exactly the same as the Nautica – I knew the two ships were the same design, but we have learned from fellow travelers that they are exactly the same.

We pulled up to the cruise port in Miami and I have to say – the ship looked bigger than I expected! Our last cruise was on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas- the largest ship out there for the time being, so I really expected this ship to look small. I’m sure when we are in port next to larger ships it will look smaller.

Check in was typical, concierge level and higher get priority boarding.
Getting on the ship and finding our cabin was easy. There were no crowds anywhere and our bags were at our cabin in about an hour. Usual lunch in the buffet for the first day. We went to our cabin and then made dinner reservations. Everyone is guaranteed one night in each of the gourmet specialty restaurants, concierge and above two each.

The restaurants are – The Grand Dining Room – open seating for three meals a day – menu changes daily. Last night the menu had Prime RIb, Peking Duck, whole maine lobster, salmon, roast chicken, and more. There is a section for Vegetarian and “light and healthy. The breads are excellent – they serve you and then leave the basket, but we already have asked them not to leave the basket – too tempting! We also have had breakfast and lunch in the Grand Dining Room – good choices for each.

The first night we ate in the POLO Grill, one of the gourmet restaurants. Similar menu to the Grand, but I don’t think it changes (I’ll let you know in another email).

Appetizers included HUGE shrimp cocktail (oxymoron) escargot in puff pastry, and 3 or 4 other choices. Two or three soup choices, three salads – one was a wedge salad that was at least half a head of lettuce with bacon and blue cheese, one was caesar made table size – I don’t know what has happened but I now even like the anchovies (not on my pizza, Rosemary and Mark) Main courses were any kind of steak with choices of topping, prime rib, whole maine lobster, surf and turf, mahi mahi and my choice Veal Oscar. There were others also. Desserts were key lime pie, creme brulee, brownie sundae, cheesecake and more. We were stuffed! Tonight we go again, I guarantee we will eat less.

The cabin is very attractive, but similar in size to many other ships. The bed linens at 700 thread count are very comfortable. We have a balcony which we love -right now the door is open as I type. Everything on the ship is beautiful dark wood. While much smaller than the mega ships we have been on – it still has many of the same things. The Regatta Lounge – the main show room is much like the lower floors of the bigger ships, just no balcony and of course smaller. They have so far good entertainment in the main lounge, plus piano bar and a string quartet . There is a small casino. The fitness room is well equipped for the size – treadmills, bikes, weights and other fitness machines and yes, so far we have gone both mornings!

I think that is enough for now – I’ll write again soon.

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