Subject: Re: Oceania Cruises

Oceania has three ships - Regatta, Nautica and Insigna. they're identical and I've been on the first two.

The ships are, in my opinion, the prettiest ships at sea. Beautiful wood paneling, lovely furniture, elegant carpeting. The beds are extremely comfortable, the linens are high thread count and the cabins are pretty. They aren't very large, but very well arranged for storage.

Not counting the Penthouses, there are three classes of cabins with balcony's - the 8th deck which are the largest (and have a bath-tub) and then those on the 6th and 7th decks (shower stall only) which are identical in size. The ones on the 7th deck are more expensive because they have butler service, a refrigerator and other little perks that the ones on the 6th deck don't offer.

The food on Oceania is the best I've had on any cruiseline. They have 3 speciality restaurants - italian, steak and tapas - and there's no surcharge for any of them. The food in the main dining room is just as wonderful as the specialty restaurants. Oceania charges a hefty corkage fee of $20. for any bottle of wine you bring to the dining room with you and they do offer some good wines under $35.00. We end up bringing some and buying some of theirs. Oceania's drink prices are too high in my opinion and they add an 18% tip on each one. They charge $8 - 10. as if they were a land based high end place that pays alot of tax on alcohol. Alot of people complain about their drink prices.

The gym and spa are nice. The ship offers no programs for children so very few are onboard and the few that you might see are pretty well travelled, sophisticated kids.

Hope this answers most of your questions.

Candice NYC