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PostSubject: Oceania -Regatta Panama cruise 2007   Thu May 01, 2008 1:28 pm

Panama cruise
This was our second cruise with Oceania.
We arrived at the ship around 2 pm and were quickly checked in.
We were allowed to board even though we were Deck 4, and proceeded to
the pool deck for a snack and to wait for our cabin to be ready. Checking in our cabin we found a notice saying 2 of the ports
had been changed due to the Passenger Services Act and Homeland
Security. Seems that Homeland security decided to enforce this act that
has been around from the 1800's. The two ports were Cozumel, now changed to Grand Cayman, and
San Andres, now changed to Cartegena, Columbia. A lot of unhappy people
...many had taken the cruise to see the Ruins in Mexico. We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon exploring the ship. Next
morning we met the group of Cruise Critic/Yahoo passengers we had been
corresponding with over the preceding months. Good to finally see the
faces of those I.D.'s we chat with. First port was Grand Cayman and the only downside it was
Sunday and not many of shops were open but we managed to find hubby his
Rum Cakes. Many took shore excursions to Hell, Stingray City and the
beach. The next day & a half were pretty rough sailing as we hit
some high winds and waves off the beam. A lot of passengers were
feeling the effects of the seas. The staff were great and very helpful even though some of them
were still getting their sea legs as well. We had great meals in the
GDR & Polo and only one downside was in Toscana. They must have
been having an off night as the service was slow, the food was luke
warm. Hubby had to have his meal returned to the kitchen along with a
few others at our table. The next day we wrote a letter of complaint
and things were noted and taken care of. We were offered another
reservation in Toscana which was much better food and service. We found
the internet fast, contrary to other posts. The prices, well, it has
been beaten to death so I won't go there. The band and the quartet did not arrive until Grand Cayman as
they had connection problems getting from Poland so the entertainment
had to be re-arranged. We did go to a few of the shows and they were
quite enjoyable. The exception were the ship's singers ...sorry but the
two girls they had onboard were not the best singers. They sounded like
Alvin and the chipmunks. The Canal transit was very good & we anchored in the lake
for lunch and again after the last locks for dinner and to take on
fuel. It is quite an amazing site. The chair hogs were in attendance as usual and the pool staff seemed reluctant to remove things from the lounges.
We took advantage of the new lounge area on the pool deck with
it nice double loungers. In the library we found several books to our
liking and took advantage of the sea days to read by the pool. Afternoon tea ...well what can I say? If you have not had afternoon on Oceania you have missed a good thing!
At some of the ports we just wandered off on our own. I had
arranged a private tour in Cabo with some other passengers and we had a
good day seeing the sites and had lunch in San Jose Del Cabo. Our
driver was very knowledgeable about the area and took us to some
different places than the ship's tours. All in all we had a great trip and already booked another cruise for next year.
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PostSubject: Re: Oceania -Regatta Panama cruise 2007   Thu May 01, 2008 2:42 pm

Thanks for a great review Lyn!

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