My partner and I will be onboard the November 17th, 2005 10-night Atlantic crossing of Oceania's Regatta.
We already know of two other couples that will be onboard with us. Is anyone else taking this cruise? It is really a steal with fares starting at only $999 pp. Prices like that don't come too often with Oceania :-)
We sure wish we had more vacation time as we would love to do this trip with you guys.
After we get back from Cozumel on the Grandeur in September, Adam does not have any time left for cruises this year. There is always next year! Hope you guys have a great voyage. We'll look forward to your pictures and your review.
Bob and Adam
Grandeur of the Seas 9/01/06
Grandeur of the Seas 9/02/05
Mariner of the Seas 4/17/05
Grandeur of the Seas 7/18/04
M.S. Caribe 1980
Emerald Seas 4/79
Wish both of you could be joining us aboard Regatta as well! I think I am honestly a bit short on vacation time myself, but I've stopped caring recently with how busy work has been. I deserve the break, even if it means taking a day or so without pay haha.
The fact that Ian now gets four weeks of vacation every year will only further my bad addiction to cruising hehe :-)
It looks like there will be at least a few of us on board, and we look forwarding to meeting you all in person. At least the two of us should be quite a bit heavier by the time we reach Miami. Hopefully, the ship won't sink!
Hi Gary and Ian;
My partner Peter and would be interested in this sailing. What did you do for air? We live in Philly and have a small condo in Lauderdale. I'll have to check this one out. I love a bargain and would like to try Oceania.
Ian and I are flying out of Dulles on November 15th so we can arrive early on the afternoon on the 16th. We'll be staying in the Lisbon Marriott for the night before the cruise.
We purchased one-way airfare back when fares were quite a bit lower at only $350 per person. Now, I am seeing rates over $500 per person. That said, the cruise is still an amazing deal with prices as low as they are. If you're interested in trying a truly top-rate cruise line, I'd jump on this deal!
We're flying non-stop to Germany on United and then transfering to Lufthansa in Munich for our last leg to Lisbon. Nine hours straight in coach. I can't wait.
From the Oceania website
---------------------------------------------------------One of cruising’s most time-honored traditions, Afternoon Tea begins promptly at 4:00 each day, when the pastry chefs take center stage with a colorful collection of tea sandwiches, scones and other confectionary masterpieces fit for royalty. The soothing strains of classical music rounds out a very elegant and very relaxing afternoon.----------------------------------
If this is anything like the QE2's it will be a lot of fun and a great place to meet
We were on the Regatta in December, and had a great time. The crew was very friendly, the food was excellent, and the rooms and public spaces are attractive. The ship is uncrowded, never any lines, and the open seating dining means you get to choose your dining companions if you wish. The daily afternoon tea is very well done, and is served in Horizons which is arguably the nicest public space on the ship. I cannot compare it to Cunard, but it is much, much better than HAL's tea.
I thought about going on this cruise, but we are booked for a Sydney-Auckland cruise in Feb 2006 and a Panama Canal cruise in Nov 2006 so that will do it for us for the next year.
You are pretty much on your own for shipboard activities, so bring a couple of novels and card/board games. This was not a problem for us.