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Good morning NT 🙂
We are on the Oceania Regatta – this is the first time on O for us, reputation the best food at sea – and my waistband tells me they have most definitely lived up to that reputation!
This is the largest ship we have sailed on – they market the ship as 650 passengers, but last night we were told by one of the ship’s officers we are currently sailing with over 800 – we truly would not have known.
We are in a Penthouse Suite which to us is a similar size of a Verandah stateroom on Seabourne – we have sneaked a look at the verandah staterooms on here and they are quite small, but if you are out and busy with trips, maybe a smaller stateroom would not matter so much. The bathrooms are small but there is plenty of storage and if you organize everything, it works just fine. I would much prefer the DH to have his own ablusion area, but until we win the lottery and can swing for the Owners Suite …. 😉 🙂
This trip to Alaska has been outstanding and the Regatta has been a lovely retreat to “come home” to every day we have been ashore. There are a few children but I would say this is not a ship for children, not much for them to do amongst all the old fogies! LOL! But they do say there is a Youth Program on this cruise, but we have not been aware of any activities going on. There are younger couples (30’s/40’s) but I would say the average is 50’s/60’s (and up!), and I definitely bring the average down a wee bit!!!
We jumped on this 14 night itinerary when it popped into my inbox from our cruise TA as this length of itinerary to ALaska is rare, they are usually 7 or maybe 10 nights. I think if you look up Oceania Cruises it may still show this cruise so it would give you some idea of where we have been – “Pacific Exploration”, but if not, we started in Seattle, and visited Ketchikan, Sitka, Hoonah (Icy Straight), Seward, Kodiak, Skagway, Wrangell, Prince Rupert, Victoria and back to Seattle. Often we were the only cruise ship in port which was nice. If you would like a recommendation for a specialist cruise TA, I would be happy to suggest ours.
There is a great website http://www.krooz-cams.com (I think, something along that variation) and shows ships in port which can give you a clue of weather etc.
We have had glorious weather all the way (hitting high 70’s in some places) including smooth seas crossing the Gulf oF Alaska which according to my DH can be “interesting”! The only time it rained was in Ketchikan and that was no surprise as they are in the rainforest!
We are talking positively about coming back to Alaska but perhaps next time do a land trip so the DH can do his beloved fishing and we can enjoy our favourite spots for longer. This cruise has given us a great overview for this exact purpose.