Amazon Adventure: Oceania Cruise to the Caribbean and the Amazon
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Twenty four days aboard Oceania's Regatta, leaving and returning from Miami Florida, took us to quite a number of Caribbean Islands and sailing up the Amazon River to Brazil's Manaus. We visited Gustavia in St. Barts, Castries in St. Lucia, Port of Spain in Trinidad, Santarem, Partinis, Manaus, Boca da Valeria in Brazil, Bridgetown in Barbados, Roseau in Dominica, Spanish Town in the British Virgin Islands, Cayo Levantado in the Dominican Republic, and, lastly, Nassau in the Bahamas. We were also scheduled to stop and tender in to Devil's Island in French Guiana. However, the captain claimed that the swells were too rough and he sailed right by the island telling us when we could barely see it in the distance. This was a real disappointment to us. There were 7 days total on the open sea and three days cruising the Amazon River. These were days of leisure and eating but were really too many days for us on the open water as the first days the skies were heavily crowded, it was windy and the humidity was oppressive. Oceania provides lots of tempting food and especially wonderful desserts.
This was our second Oceania cruise, the first took us to the Eastern Mediterranean aboard the Nautica. For this voyage, we departed from San Francisco on an evening flight which got us into Miami at about 6:10 am. As we were told we couldn't board until 11 am we stayed in the airport until 10....freezing with the air conditioning pouring out the cold. From there we decided to take a taxi to the Port of Miami which is located less than 10 miles from the airport and cost a flat rate of $24.00, which was a deal as the cruise line charged $60 each! The ship didn't sail until 4:00 p.m. so we had lots of time to collect our bags and lots of time to have lunch aboard, unpack our suitcases and takes lots of pictures of dolphins and the Miami skyline.
How would we rate the trip? For cruise lovers it was wonderful. For folks who like to walk and see lots of things, it was long. Read on with the photos to get our impression of the individual ports of call.