Cruise through Paradise in French Polynesia – April 2020

Discover Paradise with us as we cruise through the Society and Marquesas Islands on-board the  stunning Oceania Regatta

Be warned that you may experience sensory overload on this journey through the islands of French Polynesia, where warm breezes, fragrant flowers, delicious local foods, laughing voices and pleasing panoramas abound.

Highlights include:

  • Snorkel the balmy, turquoise waters of Fakarava, an atoll with fewer than 1,000 permanent residents
  • Learn Nuku Hiva’s traditional culinary technique in which food is cooked using the heat of volcanic stones and then savor the island’s fresh seafood
  • Challenge yourself to find words to describe the unmatched beauty of the sun setting in Bora Bora on a late-afternoon lagoon cruise
  • Discover a unique winery on the atoll of Rangiroa
  • 2 Days on Bora Bora – the most romantic island in the world

 

Itinerary  

 

DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART
Apr 4 Sat Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia Embark 1 PM  
Apr 5 Sun Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia   5 AM
Apr 5 Sun Moorea, French Polynesia  8 AM 4 PM
Apr 6 Mon Fakarava, French Polynesia  8 AM 6 PM
Apr 7 Tue Cruising the South Pacific    
Apr 8 Wed Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia  8 AM 6 PM
Apr 9 Thu Cruising the South Pacific    
Apr 10 Fri Rangiroa, French Polynesia  8 AM 5 PM
Apr 11 Sat Bora Bora, French Polynesia  1 PM  
Apr 12 Sun Bora Bora, French Polynesia    7 PM
Apr 13 Mon Raiatea, French Polynesia 8 AM 5 PM
Apr 14 Tue Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia Disembark 8 AM  

 

Day 1 & 2   – Papeete, Tahiti

The island of Tahiti’s urban center has much to offer visitors. Take a stroll through the new Jardins Paofai, watch the surfers on their longboards, marvel at Faarumai Waterfalls, The Blowhole, Fern Grottos.  We will board around 1 pm.  Our ship stays in Papeete overnight.

Day 3 – Moorea, French Polynesia

Breathtakingly beautiful, stunning landscapes await, from the verdant mountains to the azure seas and white sand beaches. Take a canoe ride through the lagoon; snorkel, scuba or helmet-dive the reefs, or hike up to the Afareaitu Waterfalls

Day 4 – Fakarava, French Polynesia

Pink Sands Motu, Fakarava

In the heart of the Tuamotu Archipelago, this atoll reveals a rich environment of exceptional beauty. Here, an abundant marine life is juxtaposed against stunning landscapes that are just as seductive. This atoll is recognized on a global level with its prestigious designation as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is a haven of genuine tranquility posed like a leaf on the great Pacific Ocean. The lagoon radiates with beauty, its stunning shades of blue swept by trade winds and sprinkled with motu (coral islets). The countless pink and white deserted beaches lure you into a daydream. Due to its surface area of 60km (37 mi) by 25km (15.5 mi), Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotus after Rangiroa.

Day 5 – Cruising the South Pacific

Today we have nothing to do.  Well, nothing other than spend a relaxing day in the South Pacific aboard our floating luxury hotel!

Day 6 – Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

 

Hatiheu bay on Nuku Hiva

With abrupt cliffs, several bays cut into ancient volcanoes and mountainous landscapes, Nuku Hiva’s wild beauty leaves an imprint on all visitors. This unique land is also rich in archeological ruins from an ancient Marquesan civilization. The island is a port of entry for hundreds of yachts that visit the waters of French Polynesia every year on their way from Panama Canal and the Galapagos Islands. Here is a discovery.  Visit the entrancing Vaipo Waterfalls and Cascade Tevaipo, which is one of the world’s tallest falls at over 1,100 feet. Wander the black sand beaches, marvel at the giant tiki at Piki Vehini, or get adventurous on an all-terrain vehicle excursion around the craggy island.

Day 7 – Cruising the South Pacific

There is much to see and do aboard the Regatta

Day 8 – Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Sea-shell necklaces – Rangiroa

Stunning, beautiful, this South Pacific atoll is a “natural aquarium,” its lagoon filled with colorful undersea life. Visit the pearl farms, dive with manta rays, explore the atoll’s unique winery or just choose a calming respite on a pink sand beach.  Before Europeans named this atoll Rangiroa, the Polynesians called it Ra’i Roa, which means “immense sky.” Besides the coconut trees spread along the atoll’s fragile coral strip, there is nothing high to impede the view of the sky. Located in the Tuamotu Islands, about 350km/217 miles northeast of Tahiti, Rangiroa is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and with a circumference of 280km/174 miles, it is one of the largest atolls in the world. The entire island of Tahiti and its peninsula could fit into the lagoon. Consisting of the remains of an immense volcano that gradually sank into the waves, the atoll consists of 500 islets and motu.

Day 9&10 – Bora Bora, French Polynesia

More than an island, Bora Bora is the epitome of Polynesian charm, spread out over a magnificent lagoon with idyllic motu under the perfect silhouette of Mount Otemanu. It is a dream conjured into an island. Snorkel, swim with the manta rays or enjoy an outrigger canoe ride through the lagoon and its lovely coral islands.  Rarely has an island on this planet so embodied an earthly paradise—welcome to Bora Bora in the heart of the Leeward Islands! More than just a name and a myth, it is also a promise of an escape into another world still located on this same planet.

Day 11 – Raiatea, French Polynesia

You’ll notice the rich scent of vanilla the moment you step off the ship onto this stunning island, with its vanilla plantations scattered throughout. Visit one or two, visit a pearl farm, snorkel the clear waters of the surrounding reef, or take a kayak trip along the Faaroa River.  As the cradle of Ma’ohi people and culture according to traditional legends, the island of Raiatea is also the third largest island in French Polynesia after Tahiti and Nuku Hiva. There, you will find a very important archeological site, the Taputapuatea marae, which is actually inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site. However, this island is also exceptionally rich in natural land and sea resources, which make it a tourist destination worth discovering. 

Day 12 – return to Papeete, Tahiti

Our journey aboard the Oceania Regatta ends.  If you have a couple of extra days, why not pamper yourself in an over-water bungalow before you go home.

Our Ship

Prior to our sailing, the Oceania Regatta will be completely refurbished.  In a dramatic re-inspiration process, Regatta will become a completely redesigned ship without peer. Every surface of every suite and stateroom will be entirely new, while in the public spaces, a refreshed color palette of soft sea and sky tones will surround a tasteful renewal of fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures that exquisitely encompasses the inimitable style and comfort of Oceania Cruises. From the bejeweled new chandeliers in the gracious Grand Dining Room to the beckoning Reception Hall, Regatta will celebrate a rejuvenation so sweeping, you will find it positively unimaginable to resist her welcoming embrace.

With 400 gracious staff to serve only 684 privileged guests, the level of personalized service has always been simply sublime. The staff genuinely cares about making you happy. You can see it in their warm smiles and hear it in the sincere tone of their voices, as they zealously devote their full attention to fulfilling your wishes. Their commitment runs deep and never diminishes, no matter what the task.

Extraordinary Value – You Know It When You See It

Although no two definitions of value are the same, true value is quite easy to recognize. Simply stated, it is the concept of offering much more than ever imagined with absolutely no compromise in quality. You will find that traveling with Oceania Cruises is truly one of the world’s most outstanding values. Our 2 for 1 Cruise Fares even include Airfare with OLife Choice* (*some limitations apply),  regardless of current airfare prices. Indeed, you’ll find so many important and valuable extras are offered at no additional charge. Value of this sort, while rare, is the distinguishing characteristic of Oceania Cruises.

Value Without Compromise

  • AIRFARE included with OLife Choice*, enjoy Roundtrip Airfare* and plus choose one: Free Shore Excursions, Free Beverage Package or Free Shipboard Credit.
  • FREE dining at all specialty restaurants
  • FREE and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • FREE shuttle service from ship to city center in many ports of call – a daily value of up to $50 per guest
  • FREE room service dining 24 hours a day

NEW – Free Unlimited WiFi

Wavenet FREE Unlimited WiFi is included in your cruise fare and you may access the Internet throughout the entirety of the ship, including all suites, staterooms, public rooms and outdoor decks. One login is provided per suite or stateroom, which may be used on one device at a time. Additional logins and upgrade packages are available for purchase on board. For your convenience, Internet-enabled computers are also available in the Oceania@Sea Internet Center aboard each of our ships.

THE FINEST CUISINE AT SEA™

 

As you sail from one captivating destination to the next, Oceania Cruises’ commitment to culinary excellence shines from beginning to end. The gourmet culinary program begins with sourcing premium artisanal ingredients from around the world. Of course, our distinguished chefs, selected from the world’s best restaurants, are the true masters behind the magic of our cuisine. Regardless of where you may dine or what you choose to order, you will experience the luxury of cuisine renowned as the finest at sea.

So let’s look at some of the food offering.  Several example menus are also available below, but be careful once you open them, you won’t be able to resist travelling with us on this cruise!  

Specialty dining is included in your cruise with Oceania, 

The Grand Dining Room

 

The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe’s marquee 5-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, designer tapestry fabrics and oversized armchairs, the expansive dining area exudes classic splendor. Tables are beautifully set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens. Remarkably, as sumptuous as The Grand Dining Room’s decor is, guests always feel completely at ease within its grandeur.

sample_Grand-Dining-Dinner-Menu

The Bistro

Inspired by the family recipes of Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pépin, The Bistro invites you to enjoy quintessential French dishes as well as lunchtime favorites and regional specialties during lunch in The Grand Dining Room. The menu features some of Jacques’ favorite bistro-style dishes like the crisp salade niçoise and a warm croque-monsieur as well as a rich range of global flavors with Taste of the World selections from Cuba, Mexico, Scandinavia, Italy, Thailand, Morocco and beyond. 

sample_Grand-Dining-Lunch-Menu

Polo Grill

Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honored favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes such as Grilled Swordfish and Whole Maine Lobster Gratinée are also classics in their own right. The Classic Caesar Salad, too, is prepared according to tradition, tableside and with gusto.

Polo-Grill-Dinner-Menu

Toscana

In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with an appetizer of Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette or the Artichoke and Parmesan Cheese Timbale with Black Truffle Sauce. Classic dishes from other regions of Northern Italy are featured as well, such as the Minestrone alla Genovese, Lasagne al Forno alla Bolognese and Osso Buco alla Milanese.

Toscana-Dinner-Menu

Terrace Café

Informal and carefree, the Terrace Café is wonderfully inviting any time of day–feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. First thing in the morning, enjoy sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international-inspired dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria’s oven. Feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. Evenings, the impeccably clad wait staff shines, and the cuisine takes on a more sophisticated flair. Lobster tails and lamb chops are prepared to order, and freshly made hand-cut sushi and sashimi await your selection. Tomorrow, an entirely different series of menus awaits the opportunity to delight you.

Terrace-Cafe-Lunch

Other Options Include:  Waves Grill with gourmet burgers and a smoothie bar.  Afternoon Tea – daily at 4 pm.  Baristas – a delightful coffee bar with complementary espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by master baristas.  Complimentary 24 hour room service – enjoy breakfast on your private veranda as you take in spectacular seascapes.

Suites & Staterooms

Interiors are decorated with traditional hardwoods, rich fabrics, fine furnishings and original art. A fashionable color palette blends sea, sky and comforting earth tones to create a soothing environment. Plump the goose-down pillows of the Prestige Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises exclusive, and relax in bed while reading the latest bestseller.

There are many options for Staterooms from the palatial Owner’s Suite to well-furnished Ocean View Staterooms.  Some amenities can vary by category, but all include those listed below.  Please call to discuss your needs and we will find a stateroom category to fit them.

Suite & Stateroom Amenities
  • Queen-size Prestige Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises exclusive, with 1,000-thread-count linens
  • Refrigerated mini-bar with free and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Twice-daily maid service
  • Full-size bathtub/shower – in Penthouse Suites
  • Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
  • Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
  • DVD player with extensive media library
  • Complimentary and extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Direct-dial satellite phone and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • Security safe
  • Handheld hair dryer
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Plush cotton towels

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom – prior to NEXT refreshing – will be an all new look in 2019

Experience Regatta 

Experience the warm and convivial atmosphere unique to Oceania Cruises: elegance without pretense. Feel wonderfully at home as you meet fellow shipmates, explore the ship and prepare for the fascinating ports of call you will soon discover. Meet friends for cocktails at Martinis and share adventures you enjoyed ashore. Join an afternoon bridge game, or perhaps simply relax by yourself in one of the many private retreats reserved just for you.

The stimulating variety of entertainment options on board our ships continually ensures your interests are piqued. Enjoy an engaging guest lecture by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador eager to share insider knowledge. Relax at a musical performance, perhaps featuring a live pianist, a classical string quartet, a dynamic vocalist or a spectacular headliner. Later, try your luck at the elegant Monte Carlo-style casino or go dancing at Horizons.

Thanks for reading this far!  By now, you may need to take a break, perhaps have a martini and then give us a call at 262-538-2140 so we can make your Dream of a Polynesian Paradise Vacation become reality.