|Oceania Cruises||Regent Seven Seas|
|Where do they cruise?|
|What type of ships do they have?||Small & Mid-Sized Ships||Small Cruise Ships|
|How many passengers are on board?||R-Class: 684 / O-Class: 1250||490 – 750|
|What type of cruise line are they?||Premium||Luxury|
|What are they known for?|| || |
|What is the average cost per day?|| || |
|Are fares all inclusive?||No||Yes|
|Are gratuities included?||Yes||Yes|
|Are there any additional gratuities payable on board?||Yes. 18% gratuity added to spa services, bar bills, & the bill for extra-charge eatery La Reserve||No|
|Can I get any reciprocal loyalty club benefits?||No. Guests only accrue Oceania Club benefits||No. Seven Seas Society only|
|What is the onboard currency?||USD||USD|
|What language is spoken on board?||English||English|
|Who cruises with them?|| || |
|What is the average passenger age?||Primarily 50+||Primarily 55+|
|Are they good for families?||Children are accepted from 12+ months, however, Oceania does not provide for the care, entertainment or supervision of children on most cruises. Select journeys offer the Alaska Explorer Youth Program for 5 – 12 years||Children are accepted from 6+ months (or 12+ on select sailings), however, Regent Seven Seas Cruises does not provide for the care, entertainment or supervision of children on most cruises. Select journeys offer the Club Mariner program for 5 – 17 years|
|Are there children’s programs?||No, except on select Alaska sailings where the Alaska Explorer Youth Program is available||No, except on select sailings on which the Club Mariner program is available|
|Is there childcare and/or babysitting?||No||No|
|What are the accommodation options?||Interior, Oceanview, Balcony & Suites||All-balcony suites on all ships. Seven Seas Navigator also has oceanview suites|
|Are there accessible staterooms?||Yes||Yes|
|Are shore excursions included?||No. However, guests can select ‘Free Shore Excursions’ as their chosen benefit under Oceania’s OLife Choice Program (the number of ‘free excursions’ depends on length of sailing). A complimentary shuttle is also offered in select ports||Yes. Free Unlimited Shore Excursions. There is also an additional Regent Choice collection available for purchase|
|What types of onboard activities are available for free?||Guest lectures, seminars, and destination-focused activities||Activities such as trivia and bocce ball, and an enrichment series with classes and lectures offered onboard. A destination expert will provide information on every voyage, and special interest lectures will be offered on select journeys|
|Are there any onboard activities that I need to pay for?||Specialty onboard seminars, classes in the Culinary Centre (available on select ships) incur additional charges||Yes. Things like cooking classes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen and specialty seminars incur additional charges|
|Is there free evening entertainment?||Yes||Yes|
|Is there any paid evening entertainment?||No. All shows and entertainment are included in the cruise price||No. All onboard shows are included in the cruise fare|
|Are there complimentary dining options?||Yes||Yes|
|Are there specialty restaurants?||Yes. Complimentary. A surcharge applies only to La Reserve and private dining in Privee||Yes. Complimentary|
|Are there dining packages for purchase?||No||No|
|Are non-alcoholic beverages included?||Yes. Bottled water, soft drinks, fresh juices, specialty coffees and teas||Yes. Bottled water, soft drinks, fresh juices, specialty tea and coffee|
|Are alcoholic beverages included?||No. However, guests can select a ‘Free House Select Beverage Package’ as their chosen benefit under Oceania’s OLife Choice Program||Yes. Select spirits, wines, champagne and beer (includes fine wines and premium spirits)|
|Can I purchase a beverage package?||Yes||No|
|Is there room service?||Yes. Complimentary 24/7||Yes. Complimentary 24/7|
|Is there Wi-Fi on board?||Yes. Free internet is included as part of the OLife Choice Program (one login per stateroom)||Yes. One complimentary login is provided per suite|
|Can I purchase Wi-Fi packages?||Yes||Yes. Upgraded streaming plans are available for a nominal fee|
|Is there a Spa?||Yes||Yes. Complimentary access|
|Are spa and salon services available?||Yes. Charges Apply||Yes. Charges Apply|
|Is there a gym?||Yes||Yes|
|Are there group fitness classes?||Yes. Included complimentary. Some specialised training programs may incur additional charges||Yes. Some specialised programs may incur charges|
|Is there personal training available?||Yes. Charges Apply||Yes. Charges Apply|
|Is there a self-service laundry?||Yes. Complimentary||Yes. Complimentary|
|Is a laundry service available?||Yes. Charges Apply||Yes. Charges Apply|
|Is there a casino on board?||Yes. Oceania Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises share the same Casinos At Sea rewards program||Yes. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Oceania Cruises share the same Casinos At Sea rewards program|
Please Note: There may be additional inclusions and privileges for select stateroom and suite guests or select loyalty member tiers. Activities and entertainment vary by ship, itinerary and departure and are a guide only.
Despite being owned by the same parent company (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd), Oceania and Regent Seven Seas have a distinct product offering that makes them more like cousins than sister brands. Oceania sits in the higher end of the premium range with some (but not all) perks included, while Regent boasts an all-inclusive luxury cruise experience.
Every cruise fare with Regent Seven Seas includes alcoholic beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits), all dining options, Wi-Fi, gratuities and free unlimited shore excursions. There are some optional extras available for purchase throughout the journey, such as specialty classes in the onboard Culinary Arts Kitchen, Spa Services, and a collection of for fee Regent Choice Shore Excursions, however you could practically leave your wallet at home and still get plenty out of the experience.
Cruising with Oceania is more of an a la carte affair – you’ll have your dining (including specialty restaurants), Wi-Fi (thanks to the ongoing OLife Choice promotion), pre-paid gratuities, and non-alcoholic beverages included, but you’ll have to pay for alcohol and on shore experiences. Oceania’s OLife promotion currently lets guests choose one of three added bonuses as part of their fare (a select number of free shore excursions, a free house beverage package, or shipboard credit), but anything beyond the standard fare inclusions or covered by guests’ chosen OLife perk is at a cost.
To determine which is the best value for you, it comes down to whether you’ll make use of the added benefits that make up Regent’s cruise price, or whether you’ll still come out ahead once you’ve factored in the costs you would ultimately be adding onto your Oceania fare.
Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas have a similar small ship cruise experience across most of their fleet, with four ships apiece accommodating roughly 700 passengers. Oceania also has two mid-sized ships accommodating 1,250 passengers, while Regent’s fifth ship (Seven Seas Navigator) hits maximum capacity with an intimate 490 guests.
On board both lines you’ll find travellers with an appreciation of the destinations and cultures around them, as well as an affinity for fine wine and dining. Both lines put a strong emphasis on culinary excellence which is a drawcard for their demographic, and you’ll find top class dining options across the board as well as a dedicated venue for cooking classes offered on two ships of each fleet.
You can expect guests with similar interests cruising across both lines and a similar onboard enrichment program to suit. You may perhaps find an ever-so-slightly younger crowd on Oceania, while Regent tends to welcome more seasoned cruisers who have perhaps been travelling the world’s oceans a little longer (and likely on Regent, with a high number of repeat travellers).
If you are planning to travel with children (or would prefer to cruise only with other adults), it is worth noting that both Oceania and Regent Seven Seas have limited sailings that host youth programs. While there is no kid’s club, youth-oriented programs can be found in Alaska with Oceania’s Alaska Explorer Youth Program and in Alaska, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltics with Regent Seven Seas’ Club Mariner Program. Neither cruise line is heavily family focussed, but if you’re wanting some family friendly options on board, then look for these select sailings.
When it comes to accommodation, Oceania has more variety to choose from, with inside staterooms to suites available across the fleet. Regent’s ships are marketed as having all-suite accommodation, and all (except for some Deluxe Window Suites on the Seven Seas Navigator) have balconies. If you plan to spend a lot of your time in the privacy of your stateroom, then you can’t go wrong with Regent Seven Seas’ spacious offering (even their smallest option tops all but Oceania’s suites in size). However, if you’re likely to be out and about and see your stateroom as just somewhere to rest your head, then you can choose a more modest sized option (albeit still fashioned in an elegant residential style) at a lower price point with Oceania.
On shore, you will find similar experiences on offer with Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. In fact, you will often find a crossover of the exact same excursions available through each line – you’ll just have to pay for them with Oceania. If you have opted for ‘free shore excursions’ as your OLife Choice bonus, you’ll have some onshore excursions included for free, but not one per day. If you enjoy independent exploration, Oceania might be the way to go. You can pay for excursions that you want to partake in (or receive some complimentary with the OLife promotion), but you are not paying for those that you don’t. Plus, a complimentary shuttle in select ports is also handy if you opt for independent exploration.
On the other hand, Regent Seven Seas includes a comprehensive collection of free shore excursions in every port, and there are also for-fee Regent Choice options that may be of a specialty nature or tailored private driver/guide experiences. If you plan on joining a prearranged shore excursion at every port, then it can be convenient not to have to worry about the individual costs of experiences thanks to Regent’s included excursions. Plus, you can always opt for a for-fee option if it’s something that interests you.
However you choose to explore shoreside, you can visit popular cruise destinations and smaller lesser-visited ports with both Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. Each line offers hundreds of itineraries around the globe, with a strong offering in regions such as Alaska, the Caribbean, and around Europe. You can also enjoy longer transoceanic cruises and worldwide voyages with either line, with enriching experiences on board and on shore throughout.
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