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Oceania Cruises’ Regatta

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Funchal, on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, spreads out fetchingly beneath the gaze of voyagers on the Oceania Cruises ship Regatta. The town was the lone port call made by the Regatta on a “line voyage” to reposition from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and Baltic seas. Repositioning crossings are usually significantly less expensive than other cruises. (Karl Zimmermann)
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The Regatta, shown dockside at the town of Funchal on Madeira, is a midsized ship. At 593 feet, it holds 684 passengers, although there were only 345 for the 12-night voyage from Miami to Barcelona, Spain, compared with a crew of 397. That passenger count is typical for Oceania’s repositioning voyages, making for a pampered, uncrowded ambience. (Karl Zimmermann)
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The Regatta’s library is a handsome space in which to lose oneself in a book. Although this repositioning voyage offered only one port to visit, a passenger found much to do and see and plenty of time to devote to relaxation. (Karl Zimmermann)
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Passengers enjoy afternoon tea in Horizons, which looks to the sea through walls of windows and also serves as a cocktail-hour locale. The same purpose is served by Martinis, a cozy space that struck one passenger and his wife as Edwardian, faux woody and draped like the library of an English country house. (Karl Zimmermann)
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A voyager takes in the seascape and the printed word, but passengers also can pursue more vigorous activities: walking the circular track (13 laps to the nautical mile), taking exercise classes in the well-equipped fitness center, experimenting with watercolors at art class, swimming outdoors or visiting the spa on a rainy day. (Karl Zimmermann)
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The Regatta is made more sparkling at Funchal, Madeira. Originally commissioned for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises in 1998, the ship was refurbished in 2003 when it was acquired by Oceania. Karl Zimmermann (Karl Zimmermann)
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