Oceania’s Regatta is docked city center overnight in Bordeaux. Yes, awash in sunshine, Bordeaux is beautiful.
Back on the ship, Regatta is delivering a top-notch experience. Though priced much lower than the luxury lines, Oceania provides a near-luxury experience, albeit with smaller staterooms and bathrooms and fewer inclusives, such as alcohol, prepaid gratuities and as on the ships of sister company Regent, shore excursions. There’s even a charge for soft drinks for now. Spring of 2010 will reportedly usher in free soft drinks and bottled water. Food is as good as I’ve had on any ship, especially the specialty restaurants Toscana and its wheel of Parmigianno Reggiano the size of a Ferrari tire, and Polo, with USDA prime beef prepared to perfection.
Internet, however, is so mired-in-the-mud slow that is rendered nearly non-functional for me. An anomaly perhaps. Meantime, I’ll rely on my trusty Blackberry and cheaper-than-dirt access at internet cafes ashore, even in France. Blackberry’s picture quality is nothing to email home about (apologies for the pun and for the photos), but I’m doing the best I can.
In a coming post, why Oceania chefs spend many times more than they need to on flour and why it matters to you.
Posted from my Blackberry.