I had the pleasure of sailing on Oceania Cruise Line's Regatta's first transatlantic crossing, though the ship had been operating in Europe for several months. For those looking for something better than the impersonal service, mass hysteria, college dining hall environments of the mega ships, this 675 passenger, 30,000 beauty is a Godsend.
No wonder Douglas Ward in the 2004 Edition of the Berlitz Guide to Cruising gives the Regatta such a superlative review (and Doug Ward is really the only truly objective cruise critic out there). The food is triumphant (SO much better than the now mediocre Celebrity), the ambiance "country Club informal," the entertainment smart (best orchestra at sea!) and the itineraries well planned. And the pricing is very competitive (check out special 2 for 1 and air fare inclusive offers on the Oceania Web site - www.oceaniacruises.com. What a superb overall product!