Sail Date: August 2019
We sailed from Amsterdam to New York. The ship was great. It is small which I liked but it would have been nice to have more public space with more comfortable chairs. The remodel they did in June was lovely but more focused on design ... Read More
We sailed from Amsterdam to New York. The ship was great. It is small which I liked but it would have been nice to have more public space with more comfortable chairs. The remodel they did in June was lovely but more focused on design instead of comfort. Our room was lovely and was in a great location. I LOVED the walk-in closet and bathroom. Room Service food service was EXCELLENT...always on time or early! Our Room Stewards were very good. The dining room was lovely and food was very good. Our itinerary was very good and the captain and crew were focused on our safety by skipping one port to avoid a storm. Most of the entertainment was very good. Some of the singers were "weak" but they sure gave it a lot of effort. Cruise Director Ray was a real showman and a wonderful entertainer with a fabulous voice! Piano man, Clive, was delightful. He should have been in a bigger lounge though. Free access to the Internet was GREAT! The daily schedule of activities was a bit repetitive...same activities every day. And you better get to the games at least 15 min early or they won't let you play! The people who ran the games were the singers and dancers. Some were great but most didn't like running the games and it showed. Most of the shore excursions were very good but we did not like waiting in the lounge for the tour tickets. This could have been handled much better. The enrichment lecturers on arctic animals and the history of the North Atlantic were interesting but there were no programs about any of the port destinations. All port info was on the website and there was no one on the ship to ask questions about the ports. And there was no info on the website that free shuttles would be available in the ports. This was disappointing. Our flights that Regent booked for us to Amsterdam were great and on time but when we arrived in Amsterdam, no one from Regent was there to meet us. We only had 4 hours to get to the ship and this was very unsettling to have no one there to take care of us. The phone numbers I had on our documents to call were in Florida and Belgium! After 1 1/2 hours and the help of the Airport Information Desk, we finally got a Regent agent to come see us and they informed us we were not on their list. I had them check if we were on the ship and thankfully, they said yes, but we would have to pay to get to the ship. We booked our flights thru Regent so transfers were included but they said NO. They got us an Uber and charged $200 to our room. We got on the ship by 4pm which was a bit late, but we made it as the ship sailed at 5pm. After contacting our travel agent and complaining to Destinations team, we did get a refund but no apology from Regent for not meeting us. Then halfway thru the trip, Destinations sent us a form to fill out about our flights home and true to form, they told us we had no transfers....they had been cancelled 4 months BEFORE we booked the cruise! Wouldn't you think they would have re-checked this after we had a problem arriving? But no. So after contacting our travel agent again and complaining to the Cruise Consultant, we were informed the next day that we did have transfers and we finally got a lame apology for being left at the airport (only 2 weeks after the fact!). And if that wasn't enough, the Destinations manager told us to de-book a shore excursion that required a 15 min walk to the tour boat because my husband needed a little extra time to walk the distance. No accommodation from them at all. I told them we would just work it out. In Nova Scotia, I went and talked to the local tour people on the dock and they were very kind and helped my husband get an early start on the walk to the tour boat. Thank God for the friendly and welcoming Canadians! We enjoyed the boat tour a lot but met another lady who had the same experience as we did, and her husband didn't take the tour. She kept saying he would have really enjoyed it if only the Destinations dept was more accommodating and kind. By the way, we were surprised when people in wheel chairs and people with crutches were on our tour! When we got off the ship in New York, our assigned bus driver did not know which airlines were at which terminals at La Guardia. Regent agents had to be called to get the info. Then when we got to the airport (which was torn up under construction), the driver could not find the way to the terminal that the majority of the passengers needed. After two trips around the airport, a man got on and told us we would all have to get off and take a shuttle bus to our terminal and we would have to "lug" our luggage with us! Needless to say, no one was happy and some of the passengers vehemently told the driver to "Find our Terminal" or get us a taxi! A policeman finally came and directed the driver to our terminal. So as you can see, just about everything the Destinations team organized was a disaster for us! Because of all the trouble we had with the Destinations team, we did not book another cruise on Regent as we had planned to do during the voyage. Their rudeness and lack of customer service and lousy organization really turned us off. Also we felt that the ship's staff really catered to returning passengers and the 12 of us who were on Regent for the first time were not a priority. We did like the all inclusiveness of the cruise so we will look for another cruise line (maybe Viking), who will hopefully have a Destinations Team that will be more organized, accommodating and friendly. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I chose this cruise because of its itinerary. This was my first time on Regent. I usually do Princess. If you want to try Regent, start with another ship. The Navigator is old, small, has very little entertainment during the night or ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of its itinerary. This was my first time on Regent. I usually do Princess. If you want to try Regent, start with another ship. The Navigator is old, small, has very little entertainment during the night or day and the decor is average at best. One of my biggest problem with this cruise line is their costs to book your hotel and airport transfers. They pay for your first night before the cruise, but obviously it has been figured into the cost already. If you want to stay additional nights, I strongly suggest that you book it yourself. They charged $419 per person for the additional night. Our room only cost about $300 a night for double occupancy. So by booking with Regent, I paid over twice as much for that second night. I had my daughter with me on this trip and even though she was staying in our suite during the cruise, I had asked for an additional room for her before cruise. They put her in our room on the sofa bed and charged an additional $769 to do so. So now this extra night has cost me $1,607. Apparently, a third person in a suite does not get a free room the night before. I was encouraged by Regent agent to book the room through them because they could not guarantee both nights would be in the same room if I did not. I ended up paying for my daughter to have her own hotel room for both nights and Regent would not refund me the $769 because it was not done 30 days prior. I did not realize there was only one hotel room until I arrived in Dublin. Long story short - I would have saved a lot of money if I had personally just booked two rooms for two nights and skipped on their "free" one night of hotel. The airport transfers are no better. They have a private driver pick you up at airport which is very nice but they forgot to notice that my daughter was on a different flight and then never picked her up. She took a cab for $56. Regent charged us $113 times 3 for airport transfers. It did include a ride on a bus from the hotel to ship but still very pricey. The positive things about this cruise were the staff and the food. Everyone that assisted us on the ship were top notch. The food was the best I have had on a cruise ship. Their one specialty restaurant was excellent but we could only get one night's reservation on a 12 night cruise. All alcohol is included with your cruise and they serve excellent choices of liquor, wine and beer. The downside is people can over drink when it is basically free. The excursions were also included and they were satisfactory. We ended up paying for premium tours 3 times but there are plenty of free ones. Be sure and book those early on and do not wait till right before the ship departs. The good tours fill up fast. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We just returned from our inaugural, “all inclusive,”11-night cruise with Regent Seven Seas. There were six travelers in our party. Our journey was to the British Isles on the Navigator. The trip met but did not exceed our ... Read More
We just returned from our inaugural, “all inclusive,”11-night cruise with Regent Seven Seas. There were six travelers in our party. Our journey was to the British Isles on the Navigator. The trip met but did not exceed our expectations, with a few minor and two major disappointments. Despite the few problems, we found this cruise to be enjoyable and close to a luxury experience. This was our 13th cruise overall. Regent is known for including Business Class international air travel as a part of its packages. Their booking for us went well. The chosen air itinerary was efficient and our British Air flights were comfortable and well-serviced. The Pre-Cruise in London, purchased by two of us, was fair. We were housed in a very nice hotel with a good room, included and good breakfasts, and an incredible, central location (we could walk in 10 minutes to Buckingham Palace and to many of the major sites). The two tours we took were mixed. The London tour was fantastic while the second tour to the English countryside including Bath and the Cotswolds was disappointing and a waste of time (with way too much bus time). A second day in London seeing the sites we missed and perhaps visiting some museums would have been much more desirable. Our transfers to the hotel and to the ship on the third Pre-Cruise day went flawlessly. The Navigator is an old ship and it shows. But it is clean and extremely well-serviced. It met our expectations. The smaller ship, with under 500 passengers, was quiet and a nice change from the frenzy of larger ships. We never waited in line (even for the buffet; by the way, the buffet was the best ever in our travels). At the pool, the well-appointed chairs and lounges always had availability. From our perspective, smaller is definitely better than larger, though you sacrifice a larger diversity of amenities and entertainment options, aspects we did not miss. Service largely met expectations and was excellent. We felt pampered! In our cabin, the only disappointment was consistently low water pressure. However, the service provided by our cabin attendant and her assistant was superb. The room had a walk-in closet, large bathroom with a small shower and conventional tub. There was a sleeping area and a “living” area with a new large TV. The food was very good—not excellent though. Service in the main dining room (Compass Rose) and the Buffet was great. The two specialty restaurants, though, were disappointing. The Italian restaurant (where the buffet is converted into an evening venue) had marginal food and poor service. Our waiter ignored us, did not respond to requests and had an “attitude,” the only truly bad service while on board. The Prime 7 restaurant had adequate service, but food taste and quality were not up to par. We’ve had better specialty restaurant experiences on “main stream” carriers like Holland America, Celebrity, and, even (at times) Royal Caribbean. The 12-person entertainment troupe and band were excellent—as good as or better than on much larger ships. Bar service was truly excellent, with great offerings, superb bar attendants and bar tenders. Other entertainment offerings were okay. We found all to our liking, but the music at the piano bar and elsewhere was “outdated,” with a lot from the 1950s to 1970s, perhaps in keeping with an older clientele (we are in our 60s and thought we were on the younger side!). Our two major disappointments involved disembarkation and the included excursions. Disembarkation was completely botched. Regent arranged a 4 am departure from the ship to enable us to make a 7 am Aer Lingus connecting flight from Dublin to London. This was unavoidable. However, the roughly 30 people leaving at that time were taken to a bus and our luggage was already in the dark cargo hold below the bus. We were asked to identify our bags to ensure they were on the bus. It was still nighttime. It was 4 am! There was no light other than from the bus. Bags sat randomly all across the hold (maybe 100 to 125 bags). It was impossible to see all the bags (many of us used our cell phone flashlights). You had to contort yourself to get even a fair view. A few of us had difficulty finding our bags and asked that some of the “first row” bags be removed. Grunting, the few personal resisted (there was one young woman from Regent without any authority or real understanding of what was happening, two ship's crew or port stevedores—and the bus driver). I could not locate one of our large bags. I was told staff would find it and send it on. I refused saying they should find it now. The staff insisted that I had overlooked the bag. I had not. They began unloading all of the loaded bags. Mine was not there. One crew member was dispatched to look for it and, lo and behold, he came back with it a few minutes later. At 4 am time was wasted (my apologies for holding up other passengers) and, more importantly, no thought was given to this process. A more traditional approach of identifying bags in a lit area and having cruise personal take them to the bus would have solved this problem. We guessed that Regent decided that its very hard working staff (I mean this sincerely) needed their sleep and that the few passengers leaving at 4 am (based on flights chosen BY Regent) could fetch for themselves, including looking in the dark for their bags under a bus in a parking lot without lights. If 4 am is a reasonable departure time, as selected by Regent (after all, they booked our flights), it should be a reasonable time to have the process fully staffed. Foolishness and enough to make us think twice about booking again with Regent...but the saga continues... We were driven to the Dublin Airport. We passed the terminals and were let off the bus in a dark parking lot exclusively reserved for tour buses, some distance away from the terminals. The young lady from Regent, instructed us to find our bags, which were taken off the bus by the driver working alone (with our assistance). We asked, “what now?” and were told we needed to walk to the terminal—no less than a 15-minute hike with each group of passengers having roughly four large bags. No one knew which terminal was “right” for them, there were no signs showing arrivals and departures (why have signs in a bus parking lot?), and we were set on our way. There were airport carts nearby and our group, feeling a bit like refugees, began a slow caravan to the terminals. We passed by Terminal One because it looked old and empty (later we learned that many of us could have completed our arrangements in Terminal One, but no one—especially Regent—informed us of this). We arrived at Terminal Two, seemingly the major Aer Lingus terminal. It looked like a New York Subway at 5 pm on a Friday afternoon—people everywhere with lines of hundreds of people. Even though there is no business class for Aer Lingus on our flight, we were fortunate enough to find their “club” line, which was fairly short, and we were able to check in and avoid the very long lines (we were elated but a bit guilty-feeling after we passed large families who had to endure the long lines). Regent failed us. They could have made arrangements to get us to the correct terminals with our baggage. Instead, it was like being released from prison, “take this bus and your belongings to the city and we hope someone will be there to pick you up” (and this is a purported luxury carrier?). Much of the good from our vacation was undone by this poorly planned disembarkation. We were already tired waking up after a few hours sleep and our moods and physical selves were depleted by Regent’s extremely poor handling of this situation. This most definitely was NOT a luxury experience. The second negative involved many of our included, self-picked excursions. Way too much time was spent on buses and not enough time in towns seeing the sites. A good example: In Holyhead, Wales we elected to take a tour to one of England’s premier national parks—Snowdonia. The weather was poor, but so be it. Our first stop was a restroom break in a nice town, Caernarfon. There was a fabled castle (which we'd have liked to tour) and nice shops in the town. We were there for 20 minutes to urinate! We then drove through Snowdonia—beautiful. We finally went to another town, bordering Snowdonia, and spent more than an hour looking at stores and bathrooms. The second town was not nearly as intriguing or as nice as the first. This was a recurring theme of our trip. We began calling it “the teasing.” We’d stop for a restroom break in a seemingly great venue, only to drive much farther to find a not as interesting venue. Why? Guides were not to blame—most were wonderful. Much more thought should be given by Regent to excursion venues and routes (and by us, acknowledging that we chose our own excursions from among the “included” list). A guiding precept should be to minimize bus time. If there is a great venue enroute, don’t just stop for the bathroom; allow some time there, perhaps eliminating the second town from the tour. This recurrent theme also affected the pre-cruise and it is, in our view, a significant problem. Regent staff should go on all considered excursions before they are chosen by the line. Tweaking should occur so that the trips are improved. The bottom line, from this long-winded review, is that Regent generally has great service and staff, nice ships, but has wrinkles that need to be addressed. We had high expectations based on Regent’s claim to be “luxury.” We were committed to trying an all-inclusive cruise and Regent could have had us as a future customer without much more effort had they not botched the disembarkation and had given more thought to excursions. Now, we will continue to search for the “best” cruise line--the one we hope to use for the balance of our travels. They had us hooked, then lost us. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I just finished 9 days on the Regent Navigator, a fund-raising private charter cruise sponsored by the WWII Museum in New Orleans. The trip was in honor of the 75th DDAY Normandy invasion commemoration, and its veterans, ... Read More
My husband and I just finished 9 days on the Regent Navigator, a fund-raising private charter cruise sponsored by the WWII Museum in New Orleans. The trip was in honor of the 75th DDAY Normandy invasion commemoration, and its veterans, and the excursions were primarily focussed on historic locations along the route and culminated in attendance of the DDAY ceremonies at the American Cemetery near Omaha Beach. My review rating of 3/5 is only about the ship experience itself, compared with other mostly luxury lines I have cruised with before (Seabourn (SB), Silversea (SS), Hapag-Lloyd (HL), and Crystal, plus Oceania, and also compared with a prior, non-charter cruise we had taken on the Regent Voyager several years ago. I was informed in advance by a Regent expert that the facilities, food and crew on Regent charters would be the same quality as one experiences on non-charter cruises, so this gave me a chance to resample Regent after several years of absence to give them another chance, though my primary reason for booking was the special event. Short summary: Overall I give the ship, food and crew a 3.4 rating overall and would not be tempted to book more cruises with Regent absent unusual circumstances. Again, this is my rating only for the ship, food and crew, not the customized entertainment and excursion agenda, as we did not have traditional stage “entertainment” as is usual on board Regent (BTW the topical events on and off ship organized by the WWII museum were very good, no regrets there, 5/5, though the ceremonies on DDAY involved very tiring long lines, neither Regent's nor WW2 Museum's fault). Food quality, service, and ship condition were good enough, though with flaws, i.e., like several years ago. Food on SB and SS previously was better, and it was much better on HL (though the latter also charges a higher per diem). Details: SHIP, ambience and suite: uncrowded and comfortable, well-maintained and clean in general, but the ship is showing its age a bit. All the furniture (the bed, couches, loungers, etc.) were much more comfortable and softer (important for those of us with musculoskeletal problems) than on SB. We were in a basic deluxe window suite (no veranda) on deck 5, aft. It had around 300 sq feet including a spacious walk-in closet, mini-fridge (all-inclusive and customizable), couch, desk area, vanity table, and bathroom with separate shower and bathtub areas with two nice grab bars and a rubber mat. Moderate ship/structure negatives were: 1. Initially we had brown water and low water pressure during high demand periods (but this was fixed with some pipe and filter work within 24 hours of reporting it). Per other reviews, this has happened before in recent months 2. The bathtub plug did not work (a common problem in my travels, so I used my portable rubber bathtub plug) 3. No bedside charger (only available at the desk and vanity). 4. The decor is a bit dated and carpeting is faded or slightly spotted 5. The desk area had no storage above or below it other than 1 small middle drawer (space was occupied by the fridge, glassware storage, and a flat-screen on the wall), though there was some room on top. TV had nice resolution, with basic dining venue menus available, though it did not display the MDR (Compass Rose) daily specials (only the “always available” options), and excursions listed were inaccurate Unfortunately the destinations descriptions and enrichment lecture recordings ran in a loop rather than being available for on-demand selection, like they were on other lines 6. Bath towels in our suite were thin and scratchy the first few days (definitely not luxury, as hey were old and worn out), then some got softer and fluffier. 7. Although our cabin was thankfully quiet and peaceful, with no vibrations, the main auditorium area (called the Seven Seas Lounge) often had loud vibration you could not miss during presentations. 8. There is also no large, dedicated forward outdoor observation area like on SB (here, you had to stand on the mini-golf lawn). 9. Internet was slow most of the time, impossible at others, but this is just like on all other lines I have been on, and (if not on a charter like this one where internet was included), quoted prices were high. 10. DH also did not like that the only two hot tubs were right near the pool, i.e., none were in a more private area like SB offers, and access was already closed early in the evening, before it even got dark, so there was no option for post-dinner soaks at sunset. FOOD: We had a few good, properly prepared meals (lamb dish in the small Prime 7 venue, and a good spare rib BBQ over noodles in MDR). We also had good croissants (though not as good as on SB) and generally good breads with variety (except in the Italian venue in the evening) . The food was mostly disappointing, though there were many choices, e.g., there were “always available” options to accommodate a variety of basic American taste combinations. Salmon entrees are hard to ruin, but they managed to do so in the MDR, Compass Rose. Most food was overcooked, e.g., ordering something medium meant it would arrive well-done. Breakfast meat and cheese selections were mundane, but morning bacon was always very good. The all-day coffee bar was self-serve push-button style, like on Oceania and Holland America, and was neither luxurious nor good anywhere. Desserts were no better than several years ago, and what they described as “cream” parts tasted more like Cool Whip than real whipped cream). Cookies at the cafe and cafeteria venue (La Veranda) were always the same sugar-free or regular basics, and were not very tasty, with no change for 9 nights. The evening Italian venue (buffet plus ordered entree) meal, was unremarkable. Hamburgers and hot dogs at the pool grill and room service were overcooked. The final insult was the “special farewell dinner” that was advertised to pax by the CD during the day, so the MDR got packed and was so full we were even turned away, so came back an hour later. It turned out to just be a labor-saving 3 course dinner with 3 fixed entree choices of fish, surf and turf, or vegetarian. We ordered the surf and turf and despite sawing away with great strength, I could barely cut, much less chew, the rubbery pieces of freezer-tasting disgusting old stuff they called lobster tail. Entrees also arrived cold, with oil around the potato and veggies already globbing up into clumps. I rarely send food with animal protein back, but I did here. Unlike on other lines (SB, HL), where we gravitated to enjoying a luxury lunch on board that surpassed venues portside, on this ship I would have made a point of eating off the ship as often as possible for lunch and dinner. SERVICE: Our cabin stewardess was a fast learner, and with her less bright male assistant, did a good job cleaning and meeting our limited customization requests in a timely manner, as long as we spelled everything out (so we had no service surprises or initiative from her, but she was good at following instructions). I still do not understand why hard, unripe fruit was mindlessly brought to the suite (bananas and apples are ready to eat, but what do you do with a rock-hard unripe plum or pear on a short cruise?) Very important was that the Do Not Disturb sign was always respected. Laundry came back the same day, unfortunately much of it shrunk as personnel likely did not always follow the international standardized laundry tag washing and drying instructions. Many clothing items that had been washed on other cruise lines without problems, shrank here, despite no weight gain. Food venue crew were mostly Filipino, who definitely smiled a lot, but who seemed inadequately trained for “luxury” service. Most annoying (beyond irritating fiascos with major wine service delays and comprehension barriers) was that most had an unfortunate habit of incessantly interrupting dining conversations, just as they did several years ago (I had forgotten about it until now). They would charge up to the table determined to recite their descriptions of food items or to ask questions, without pauses or regard for whether people were mid-sentence or had just put food into their mouths, and with no apologies for interrupting. They just needed to get their speeches over with and move on. I really appreciate the subtleness of good waiters on HL or SB more, when compared with most of these waiters and waitresses. Though they were almost always hard-working, because they were understaffed (e.g., tables in venues were often uncleared or unset for more guests to sit down), I did not find them to be any better than on mainstream Holland America. I usually have better and more consistent service at Applebee’s or other chain diners in the U.S. I only ordered cocktails a couple times at bars (cosmo), and each time they came back barely cooled and poorly prepared. Front desk personnel were polite and helpful (e.g., Julie). EMBARKATION and DISEMBARKATION: embarkation took an hour, probably because everyone showed at the same time from pre-cruise tours. Disembarkation was organized well by Regent, luggage had to be out at 11PM the night before, and we disembarked by color coding. IN SUM, even knowing what I know, because of the event, I would have booked this charter cruise anyway, as we came for the event, not for the food. We did not perceive the service we received here as up to what we expect from a company that calls itself luxury, however, and did not find it better than several years ago on a non-charter cruise on the Voyager. So we will be reluctant to book Regent again for a regular cruise, and will not consider it unless it is for a special event like this one where we book primarily for the event. Perhaps there were problems because this was a charter cruise and, contrary to what we had been advised prior to booking Regent, there may actually have been both food and staff cost-cutting measures implemented after all, without cruise line admission (we are not sure if Regent received more or less payment per passenger on this charter, compared with non-charters, though our total per diem for the event cruise was high). Management and crew may have known very well that most pax were there just for the event and would not likely be back anyway, so cut some corners, but I am speculating. So for now, we will stick with other luxury lines for non-charter cruising. After I had booked this cruise I learned that SB Ovation also had a charter option added for DDAY for the Museum, and in hindsight I of course have to wonder if food and service were similar, or better on that charter, event-oriented cruise. If there is a choice in the future, I will likely opt for a ship other than Regent Navigator. Read Less
69 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The Ship: The hull started life as a Russian satellite tracking ship. It's beginning to show its former self. There was a lot of rust and despite a refit a few years ago, it's looking old. A metal flashing came off a stair when I ... Read More
The Ship: The hull started life as a Russian satellite tracking ship. It's beginning to show its former self. There was a lot of rust and despite a refit a few years ago, it's looking old. A metal flashing came off a stair when I walked up an exterior stair. I moved it out of the way so no-one would trip over it and reported it to the crew. It was still there at the end of the cruise. The cruise had ~360 passengers on board of a capacity of 500. The crew said it felt empty. I can't imagine another 140 passengers on the ship. The common areas were crowded in the evenings with 360 passengers and the dining rooms were quite busy. The Food: The food was mediocre and very rich. There was a sameness to the food that got boring quite fast. It was hard to get a simple, good salad. Most things had a heavy sauce. Considering the average age of the passengers, it seemed like the cooks were trying to kill off their clientele with cream and salt. Much of the food was bland, other than the salt. The wait staff was excellent and remembered preferences. They tend to push the wine of the day, but you could ask for a different wine. There were premium wines available for an additional fee. The steakhouse, Prime 7 was mediocre. The caesar salad dressing was a gloppy mess. The filet was thin and overcooked (ordered medium rare, came well done), the ahi was also overcooked. The Sete Mare restaurant served Cioppino that was very salty and very overcooked. My wife's sea bass was good. Room service was a limited menu and good or bad, depending on what was ordered. Coffee was inconsistent in quality. The Entertainment: With one exceptional show, most of the theater shows seemed like high school productions. There was a piano player and a guitarist onboard. They were personable, but after a few days, you had heard all there was to hear. Most of the music on board was geared toward people in their 80s or older. My wife and I are around 60 and the music seemed to us like the stuff our grandparents listened to. The in-cabin movie selection was excellent and varied. The internet: It's a good thing it was included in the price of the cruise, because it was inconsistent and cumbersome to use when it worked. The Service: The service was excellent and they seemed to be falling over themselves to make the passengers happy. They seemed genuinely concerned with doing their best. The excursions are weather dependent and it was winter, so some were better than others. The Ensenada trip to a closed off-season hotel was bleak. The pool was too cold to swim in and the place was deserted most of the time. We did a cruise to the Caribbean on the Celebrity Eclipse a few years ago. Everything about that cruise (except similar excellent service) was better—and at 25% of the price of this Regent cruise. Perhaps the NCL purchase of Regent is the reason. This is not the Regent of the past. Read Less
102 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We took this transatlantic cruise from Lisbon to New York for two reasons. Our first cruise 16 years ago was on the Navigator so we wanted to revisit the ship. Our previous cruise was great and led us many years of wonderful cruising. ... Read More
We took this transatlantic cruise from Lisbon to New York for two reasons. Our first cruise 16 years ago was on the Navigator so we wanted to revisit the ship. Our previous cruise was great and led us many years of wonderful cruising. The second reason was the timing which was great for our purposes. This was an unusually early fall transatlantic leaving in October 6th. We were suprised to find the ship was old and tired and I think needs to be retired. The cruise lacked activities that we normally have on transatlantic cruises such as bridge lessons and organized bridge games. The only real plus was the guest lecturer that was great, For the most part the food was good, especially in Compass Rose. The crew tried hard and most of them, but not all, had a great attitude. The worst part was the entertainment. The production numbers were amateurish and our local high school would do a much better job. We had two guest entertainers that were ok but not great. The band played mostly jazz music which is not really suitable for dancing and did not create a good atmosphere for the evening. I am not giving up on Regent and we will book another cruise on one of their other ships. The Navigator just isn’t for us. Read Less
164 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
we choose this cruise because we had heard good things about Regent and we liked the fact that it was all inclusive. We liked the ship itself. It was clean and well maintained. We did not like the pool because it was too hard to get ... Read More
we choose this cruise because we had heard good things about Regent and we liked the fact that it was all inclusive. We liked the ship itself. It was clean and well maintained. We did not like the pool because it was too hard to get into and out of. The concierge level cabin was nice. The bathroom had both a bath tub and a separate shower and we liked the fairly large walk in closet. We also liked that there were drapes not only on the windows, but between the sitting area and the bed area. That allowed one of us to sit and drink coffee and read without waking the other. Since the only differences between concierge level and penthouse level seemed to be that the penthouse level had a butler and nicer bathroom amenities we didn't see the need to spend the extra few hundred dollars for the penthouse level since the rooms are the same size. The food on the ship was good. Prime 7, the specialty restaurant, was decent but the food was not really special. Like most ships, Regent puts rice in their salt shakers to keep the salt from absorbing too much water. The problem is, the rice is larger that the holes in the top of the shaker and it is impossible to get the salt out, unless you remove the top. The entertainment was good. We enjoyed the most of the shows, especially the one put on by the crew. When they offered a tour of the galley a lot of us took advantage of it. We got a chance to walk through the galley and see where and how our food was cooked. They were displays of food throughout the tour. Everybody walked through and then walked into the dining room to order our lunch. Only then were we told that we should have taken our lunch from the food that was on display in the galley. You would think that would have been mentioned prior to the tour. We were most disappointed in the Destinations Desk. They should get some of the crew to go on the tours they promote. The bus tour in New York was a mess. The tour simply drove around the very crowded streets. The tour guide would say things like, "If you look down that street to your right you will get a quick look at Times Square". How about driving to Times Square or Central Park? Also, as part of the tour we were going to take a boat tour on the river and the Statue of Liberty. The tour guide got our tickets and sent us to the boat. She had told us the tour would start a 3, but the tickets were for 3:30. So we all got to sit around for 45 minutes. In Sept-Iles we were told that a shuttle bus would take us around the city. The shuttle bus would be a hop on, hop off type of bus. When we got on the bus, the tour guide told us that that the bus would not go around any of the city and would not make any stops except to drop us off at a point about a mile from the bus. There was nothing at that point other than a large tent where you could wait for the shuttle to return, if you wanted. Upon returning to the ship we complained to the manager of Destinations and she apologized and said she hadn't been made aware of the problem until about an hour before we had to be back on the ship. Prior to disembarkation we were offered a brief tour of Montreal prior to being taken to the airport, as long as our plane was scheduled to depart after 4 p.m.. I explained to a Destination member that our flight departed departed at 3:25 p.m. and was told that wouldn't be a problem. He scheduled us for the tour and we were issued the necessary luggage tags. The next day we were called and told that we couldn't go on the tour because our flight left too early and that we needed new luggage tags. Not a big deal, just and example of Destinations not being fully aware of what was going on. All in all, I think we will go back to traveling with Oceania. Regent just didn't live up to their reputation on this cruise. Read Less
108 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was my very first time cruising, so i didn't know what to expect. I am 49, and I took my 19 year old niece. Obviosly youngest on Regent. While we enjoyed dressing up for dinner a few times, we didn't like feeling obligated ... Read More
This was my very first time cruising, so i didn't know what to expect. I am 49, and I took my 19 year old niece. Obviosly youngest on Regent. While we enjoyed dressing up for dinner a few times, we didn't like feeling obligated to. Well, if you want to leave cabin that is... We had the first night at hotel in Miami. That was extremely disorganized. Even though Regent knew of an embarkation time change weeks before and notified me, they aparently didnt tell anyone at the hotel. Or the staff just didnt know. The Epic hotel, imo, was a complete disaster. On the plus side, transport both from airport and from hotel to port was great. Very organized. The ship itself definitely not worth the amount we paid. I did read other reviews prior, so perhaps Navigator isn"t a fair representation of Regent. If not, it should be much cheaper than the other 3 in Regent's fleet. Since it was nicely refurbished, it looked really great. But old. There was a lot of vibration and noise! I dont think all elevators were working simultaneously at any time the entire cruise. So you can imagine the wait times! And they actually use this ship for world cruises? I had my fill after only 11 nights. Definitely not a luxury experience. Service was excellant, everywhere. All waitstaff, bar staff, cabin steward.... They all go out of their way for you. Any shows or entertainment were definitely geared to a much older crowd. Not an issue though. The crew gave a great performance on the last night. Not being a drinker I really can't comment on lounges or nightlife. The food was good, but not the best. Certainly not what I was expecting. Room service menu was poor. But if it is during dinner, you can order from Compass Rose. We were both very pleased with the shore excursions. Both the quality and the way Regent handled them-very organized. Even when there were time changes. Towels and bottled water as you leave ship. But then, this is all what you should expect for a luxury cruise, right? Overall, I would probably do Regent cruise again only if it were a different ship. Or a LOT cheaper! Otherwise I would go with a more casual line. I booked another cruise for 2019, but not with Regent. Read Less
133 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The Navigator reminds me of an aging movie star - still very lovely, but showing her age in places and finding it very difficult to compete with some of the younger offerings despite extensive cosmetic refurbishment. We were a group of ... Read More
The Navigator reminds me of an aging movie star - still very lovely, but showing her age in places and finding it very difficult to compete with some of the younger offerings despite extensive cosmetic refurbishment. We were a group of 10 ranging in age from 59-72, and all have cruised before. We generally cruise with Oceania. Our satisfaction with Oceania's offerings factored in our decision to book with Regent, which was described as the next level up in the NCL firmament. The main consideration was the African itinerary - voyaging from Cape Town to Cape Town over 15 days. A 3 day safari was offered as a 'booking bonus,' and that part of our trip exceeded all expectations. We stayed at the magical Eagles Crag Lodge in the Shamwari Game Reserve, and would rate that experience as flawless. THE GOOD: The ship has recently been refurbished. We found our cabin to be quite nice, although despite the new bedding and curtains you could not camouflage the fact that it had been around the block (world) many times. The staff on board tried harder to please us than any others I have ever seen. Having said that, they seemed to have a great deal of difficulty in getting our dinner orders straight, perhaps because we typically chose to sit at a table for 10. The food was very good, and dinners could be customized (although they didn't always manage to get the requests right.) The wines served were good, and flowed without interruption. Staff remembered what you liked, and would go out of their way to have the perfect drink arrive even before you had a chance to order! The performers were encouraged to interact with the guests, and we had shared dinners with some of them. The nightly shows were surprisingly very good, particularly given the small size of the ship. THE BAD: At dinner time there is really only just enough capacity to seat everyone simultaneously. Although without set seating times, in our experience dining was always a multi-hour event so that tables did not turn over. Compass Rose and Sete Mare were therefore invariably completely full all night, and hence very noisy. The poor wait staff ran around madly trying to accommodate serving so many meals in a completely full space. I did not care for Sete Mare at all. It had a 'cafeteria' like feel, in my opinion, and the acoustics were such that we found it impossible to have a reasonable conversation in that venue. I found the food there to be inferior to what was served elsewhere on board. I must admit that I missed the multiple specialty restaurants we have so enjoyed when onboard the Oceania Marina or Riviera. Although the Compass Rose menu offers a couple of choices that change every day, overall there is a sameness to the (generally excellent) food. I like to enjoy more variety in eating-Asian Fusion one night, French the next etc. There is also no quick/ casual venue available for dinner. Lunches in the Compass Rose were excellent, much less so poolside or at la Veranda. Overall, the quality and choice at lunch was disappointing. We like to book our own ( private) excursions, so the offerings here, especially since we missed all of the best ones, were very poor. I won't give up control of what I want to do in port to a cruise line again. THE UGLY: Regent includes excursions in their cruise cost. We missed fully 40% of our scheduled ports because of inclement weather, obviously with the loss of the booked excursions at these sites. While Regent is not in control of the weather, they also did a very poor job informing the guests of the problems. No compensation was offered for the missed experiences. Regent advertises that you can do as many excursions as you would like. The tours are strategically timed so that it is impossible to do more than one per day. Anything remotely interesting requires an uncharge, which is as much as you would pay for the tour in total if you were arranging it yourself. The ship careers to a VERY OLD clientele. A 70 year old member of our group observed that the music regularly played onboard ship was what his parents used to listen to. Staff told us that our cruise was on average significantly younger in age than Regent's usual - (!) our group doesn't often feel like the young people! It was virtually impossible to have music in the bars etc. updated. Despite pleading with the cruise director, we were unable to change any of the selections - disregarding the fact that the dance floor was completely packed when Beatles tunes were played (the absolutely most modern out-there rock and roll ever to be heard on this ship,) the cha-cha continued with no one up dancing. I fully understand that there is a range of ages on board, and that all tastes should be accommodated. However, if it was recorded after 1950, you might not get to hear it on board this ship. Shouldn't those of us under 80 should get our turn too? Read Less
90 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our 1st cruise with Regent Seven Seas on m/v Navigator and we were looking forward to an excellent time and service as it is classed as a 6* ship. The ship was luxurious, a very good suite with top class bedding. The staff ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise with Regent Seven Seas on m/v Navigator and we were looking forward to an excellent time and service as it is classed as a 6* ship. The ship was luxurious, a very good suite with top class bedding. The staff kept the suite to an extremely high standard. The food in the Compass Rose restaurant was also excellent, however, their Prime 7 flagship restaurant was nowhere near the standard we have experienced in the Murano restaurants on Celebrity's ships. The La Veranda was alright for lunch but for breakfast it was a problem if you required any form of eggs other than scrambled. On one occasion I waited 15 minutes for 2 fried eggs, then for 10 minutes later in the cruise and had to get fresh bacon and sausages one day because they had gone cold prior to arrival of the eggs. On one occasion they forgot about the poached eggs my wife ordered from the kitchen. This problem was because there was only one person detailed to fry eggs and create omelettes in a very busy restaurant. In the evening the La Veranda became the Italian themed Sette Mari and was good. However, the service for dinner in both Prime 7 and the Compass Rose was nowhere near 6* standard. We experienced a thumb in a coffee cup, sauce along the edge of the plate, entree cutlery being placed on the table whilst we were still eating the appetizers and being reached across whilst eating to remove wine glasses that would not be used. We raised some of these points the first night in Prime 7, and the Maitre D said it would be addressed. Prior to the cruise we received an e-mail from RSSC saying that a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate or exemption certificate was required to board the ship. I contacted RSSC to inform them that the cruise itinerary of countries to be visited only required it if you had either been in a country recently that had Yellow Fever or you had transited through one of these countries for more than 12 hours. They still insisted on having the vaccination or exemption certificate. On-board we discovered several guests had not had the vaccination because they were categorically told by their vaccination centres it was not required, and as it was a 'live' vaccine the side effects could affect some people badly as my wife experienced. After several conversations with Reception staff, who initially informed us that the certificates were required by the port authorities, they eventually conceded that vaccination certificates might not have been required but stated that they were in daily contact with port authority health officials and the requirement changed daily. Unfortunately, this again was misinformation as confirmed by the South African government website and relevant port authority websites. We experienced very high winds during the cruise and missed out on 3 of the 8 ports-of-call as we were over 38 hours late leaving Cape Town and about 20 hours late leaving East London leading to a revised time table. On leaving East London, after waiting some time for clearance to leave, many guests were on the sun decks and shortly after leaving the harbour the ship was hit by high winds and a very considerable swell. Guests just had time to get off the sun deck before someone got injured. Sunbeds were careering across the deck, plates crashing in La Veranda and bottles smashing on the floor of the Galileo lounge. The Captain should have known about the weather conditions but made no announcement before leaving the port. However, he did broadcast shortly after that the bad weather and rough conditions would continue for about 3 hours before easing off. Several guests were concerned and extremely worried and fearful about the severe conditions, some felt it was foolhardy to have left port. The reason for leaving in these conditions was probably to ensure we went to Namibia as it is a requirement for a ship to visit at least 2 countries be classed as a 'cruise liner'. The shore excursions were generally alright except for one around Durban. We had arrived there early due to the amended timetable and the tour we did passed through a lot of building sites. We were only allowed 10 minutes off the coach on the 3 hour tour and the stop at an over-Durban viewpoint there were used hypodermic needles in the grass. We asked the tour staff if they had been on the tour, they had not. We, and several other guests, asked if a rebate would be given for the missed excursions at the missed 3 ports-of call, however, we were told no rebate would be offered as they were 'free'. I contacted Regent’s CEO by email regarding this and he did not mention or address this in his reply! It certainly gave the impression that the cruise company's view on profits outweighed guest satisfaction as they probably saved considerable money as I am sure they would not have paid the full amount for them, if anything at all. We are still waiting a response to our request from Guest Relations. A few guests we met had sailed with Regent on numerous occasions, some on the Navigator, and we asked if this was the standard of service they had experienced in the past. All said it had gone 'downhill' considerably. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is now part of Norwegian Cruise Lines. Although the weather conditions were not ideal, overall the service in our opinion was not up to 6* standard. Hopefully this was a 'one-off' and our next cruise with Regent will be 6*. Read Less
157 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose the cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town for the itinerary & because we wanted to try a supposed 6* cruise. Having stayed at some fabulous hotels we were hoping for similar standards on board. The transfer/embarkation was poorly ... Read More
We chose the cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town for the itinerary & because we wanted to try a supposed 6* cruise. Having stayed at some fabulous hotels we were hoping for similar standards on board. The transfer/embarkation was poorly handled. We couldn't visit Madeira but just 2 coaches were offered for an alternative day out from Lisbon The ship has had a facelift but the bedrooms are tired. Beds, towels, toiletries, butler & cabin staff all excellent though. Compass Rose service was a joke. 3 hours for a 3 course meal was good going - though I did get 3 courses 1 lunch in 20 minutes! Shows were usually missed though that was no great loss. The ship's troupe were great & should have been used more. Food was average - the premise appears to be quantity over quality. Food was lukewarm, dishes forgotten just so many faults. Wine service incredibly slow. Best wine we found was on offer at £6.50 at Morrison's when we returned. Hardly fine wines! This is a brief summary of 6 page letter I sent to Regent. Usual response I believe for dissatisfied customers, money off next cruise. Do they really think I'll cruise with them again?! Read Less
94 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We were first-time cruisers with Regent. We had heard such good things about them so decided we must try them. We had used Seabourne on many occasions. We are perennial cruisers and I have never complained about a cruise line before. ... Read More
We were first-time cruisers with Regent. We had heard such good things about them so decided we must try them. We had used Seabourne on many occasions. We are perennial cruisers and I have never complained about a cruise line before. We have been on four cruises this last year. Transfer from the airport to the dock to pick up the water taxi was a nightmare and not suited to travelers whose walking was limited. No alternative was given to those people. They had to send the launch back to collect some people they had missed. Several passengers were complaining. The ship is 'tired' I wondered if it was going out of service. Our dining experience was very disappointing, long delays and one night our table of 6 was left for 3 hours before being served. We missed the show we wanted to see. The F&B team sent a bottle of champagne to our room as an apology. big deal- as all the drinks are included free anyway. We had bought 2 bottles of wine off the specialty wine list, which we thought would be ample for the 6 of us as we were not big drinkers. Because of the huge delay we felt obliged to have another. They could have reimbursed us for the third bottle of wine we had bought as an apology, especially as we only bought the last bottle because we had nothing else to do, but they wouldn't do that when asked . They said they lost our order in the kitchen but most nights the service was exceptionally slow. A lot of the staff seemed untrained. We wondered if they had moved them to the newer ship and we had all new staff. Some didn't really speak English or understand what they were being asked. We liked the Prime 7 restaurant but were very limited in how often we could use it. The bar staff were great, our butler was wonderful and the omelet/pasta chef was brilliant. Overall I doubt I would use Regent again. Read Less
166 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My wife and I have cruised on two other lines: Disney when with the grandkids and Crystal just for us. We were looking for a Med cruise this October and checked Crystal first but neither of their ships were in the area we wanted. So we ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised on two other lines: Disney when with the grandkids and Crystal just for us. We were looking for a Med cruise this October and checked Crystal first but neither of their ships were in the area we wanted. So we took a chance and booked Regent's newest ship, the Explorer, from Venice to Istanbul. But when the problems erupted in Turkey, we switched to the Navigator from Venice to Rome. Eventually, Regent also cancelled the Istanbul stop but by then we had already switched. We were hoping Regent would be a comparable experience to Crystal, thereby expanding our luxury cruising options (we like the mid-sized ships) to more than just Crystal's two ships. It didn't work out that way. First, the good. The food in general was better than Crystal, including the specialty restaurants. The breakfast and lunch buffets were OK but more limited. Lots of menu choices in the main dining room but also a lot of repetition from night to night. The shore excursions were free and good quality. The free part was useful in that we cancelled one or two due to bad weather. Now to the downsides. First, the ship itself. Low ceilings, lots of vibration, no central grand public areas, stinky toilets, malfunctioning a/c, tiny casino with not much action, limited on board activities (no movie theater, few enrichment activities such as painting, computer, cooking, language or golf classes), and, despite the recent renovation, a tired overall look. We were told that the drydock was much shorter than advertised. Repairs continued during our cruise, such as replacing doors, refinishing outdoor decking, etc. This made much of the ship an obstacle course, since you never knew what areas would be closed. When it rained, water would puddle up on the deck, making passage impossible from one area to another. Overall, the ship did not succed at being either luxurious or intimate, as their advertising would have you believe. Next, the service. This is where we really missed Crystal. Onboard, wait staff were indifferently trained. Little things like serving plates from the wrong side to clearing dishes before all at the table were finished, to more important things like not knowing your name, not following thru on requests, getting orders wrong, etc. Some examples. The hair dryer in the room wasn't working so we asked for a replacement. It never came. Wanted to cash out some chips (when the casino was open) but was told the cashier was out to lunch and no one else could help. Staff on deck did not understand why I would want a fork to eat my salad with since I was seated at a lounge chair instead of a table. Reception, destination services and concierge desks were not staffed on any kind of regular schedule. While you could arrange a medical consultation if you needed one, there was no 24 hour accessible area to just pick up a Tylenol or other OTC medication. Poolside grill service was very slow. Staff seemed to be all over you when you didn't want them and nowhere to be found when you did. Please don't come over three times and ask if I"m finished eating when I am clearly not, then leave the plate to attract flies when I clearly am finished. On Crystal, at the concierge suite level, one could order room service from the main dining room or any of the specialty restaurants (and in any combination). In a comparable suite level on Regent, room service was limited to items on the room service menu itself or only from the main dining room. The level of English fluency was much lower than on Crystal and the staff were not as varied as to nationalities. I don't think all the world should just speak English, but a luxury line catering to lots of British, Australians and Americans could do a little better in this area. Shuttle service to the port town centers was not handled very well, overall. One particularly bad example was in Corfu, where it was pouring down rain. Regent had no shelter tent set up at the pickup point to wait under for the bus, altho other lines did. Then when we got back to the ship, the bus parked a couple hundred yards from the ship and we had to walk in the heavy rain with no shuttle, tenting or staff with extra umbrellas to help. Many of the ship design issues are just baked in to the experience and there is little Regent can do about that. But the maintenance and service issues are things they could certainly address. While one could certainly consider a number of the things I mentioned as "first world problems," the fact is that when you spend at this level, you should have a right to expect a superior experieince. Regent simply did not deliver this. Back to Crystal! Read Less
92 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Previous cruises with Seabourn and Regent Mariner. Very disappointed, inconsistent quality of service in the Compass Rose, dismissive concierge staff and a Captain who is rarely visible and walks past passengers ignoring them. Many ... Read More
Previous cruises with Seabourn and Regent Mariner. Very disappointed, inconsistent quality of service in the Compass Rose, dismissive concierge staff and a Captain who is rarely visible and walks past passengers ignoring them. Many complaints from passengers about poor service and poor quality of food in the restraunts. The Cruise started badly, on boarding presented with a card thanking me for choosing Regent to celebrate my Birthday and asking what might and in which restraunt I would like to celebrate my Birthday. Filled the card in, on that night in the Compass Rose my Birthday was ignored, after 3 1/2 hours only two courses served, vegetables arrived after I had eaten my main course, and not even a happy birthday. Two nights later, sitting in Stars Lounge, the vibration was so bad that a drink from the tabled behind vibrated off, hit me in the backed and sprayed my brand new cream jacket with baileys. 3 cleaning attempts failed to remove the stains, at first Concierge were dismissive, suggested I claim off the person drinking the Baileys, then and only when Inasked them they agreed to dry clean it, to no avail. They then sent me a note, 'refer to customers insurance'. Totally dismissive. This is a design floor, a tiny table with shiny marble, no lip, on a ship that is renowned for vibration. It is a design weakness and Regent arrogantly refuse to accept it. Vibration is a real problem, it ruins the Stars Lounge entertainment and certain parts of the Compass Rose and La Veranda dining, totally obtrusive. The Shows, apart from the first, by the Regent performers, were generally very poor, one excellent singer who is leaving, the rest try numbers way beyond their ability. An excellent cellist but again ruined by the vibration. I should say that there are some excellent staff on the ship, it is by and large the top team who appear to follow the Captain's lead, the customer doesn't matter The pool deck is far too crammed, toe to head sun beds with no room to move, more like Blackpool than a 6 star cruise liner. Read Less
176 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise for Regents reputation for luxury, fine cuisine and included excursions The luxury was lacking in many areas, poor dining service, indifferent desk staff, almost non existent daytime activities, and lack of decent ... Read More
We chose this cruise for Regents reputation for luxury, fine cuisine and included excursions The luxury was lacking in many areas, poor dining service, indifferent desk staff, almost non existent daytime activities, and lack of decent live music were all areas they failed to live up to the hype. The newly refurbished public areas were elegant , as was our large deck 6 cabin, and embarkation and disembarkation were smoothly handled. Our cabin was a delight, elegant decor, large size and a decent bathroom were plus points, but we were unimpressed with the sea themed Occitan toiletries. I was astounded to find no body lotion was provided , a must on ships with the chlorinated water. Cabin service was excellent, as was the prompt room service, but service was indifferent in so many other areas. The ship had a large library with comfortable seating but limited book choice, The main dining room, Compasss Rose had some of the worst service we've experienced, even when only half full. We avoided this restaurant when we could, preferring the Italian themed Sette mare, using the same area as La Veranda. The latter was our lunchtime choice with salads and hot dishes on offer Food was of high quality, but portions were often over large , and vegetables only appeared on request. We were very disappointed to realise that the publicised caviar was remarkably lacking, 3 tiny spoonfuls were all we were offered during the entire cruise. I do not care for meat, but found the " pan fried" this or that boring, greasy and small portioned. Fine dining it was not! The pool area was delightful, but cruising waiters thin on the ground, unlike other luxury lines. There seemed to be few quiet spots, to just read or ocean watch, and avoiding cigarette smoke proved to be a challenge! Daytime activities were virtually non existent, if one was not on an excursion. The so called enrichment activity was a harsh voiced lecturer, talking about the middle eastern empires . The excursions were the highlight of this cruise, with interesting choices on offer, mostly in fairly small groups, which invariably had excellent local guides. We had booked one or two beforehand, and were welcomed to join excursions on the same day, a very pleasant surprise. Several excursions include a break for local foods and wines in pleasant locations and in Venice we were thrilled to ride in a gondola through part of the wonderful Grand Canal , Our one disappointment was Santorini, a lovely spot, but the excursion focused on the barren volcanic rock on the still erupting island mid caldera. It is unlikely we would sail with Regent Seven Seas again. The physical product is good, the ship was elegant, but the poor service in many areas let them down . We felt that this so called " premium" product was overpriced and simply offered poor value compared with other luxury lines Read Less
160 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We had sailed on the Regent Marina last year, flying to Rio de Janeiro. We decided to book this trip for the value (sale price) and also to travel with some friends who had not experienced some of the ports. There are lots of positives ... Read More
We had sailed on the Regent Marina last year, flying to Rio de Janeiro. We decided to book this trip for the value (sale price) and also to travel with some friends who had not experienced some of the ports. There are lots of positives so I will start with those: We had a free upgrade to a Penthouse Suite which was very luxurious and had butler service. The service in the room and bars was superb and couldn't be faulted. The entertainment was very good too with a selection of the normal 'song and dance' shows to an excellent speaker and entertainer Terry Bishop. His dry humour suited the British passengers for sure! The Cruise Director worked hard to ensure that these were enjoyed too. The excursions are really good value as they are included although it would be nice just for once not to include churches! The failure in our opinion was really not exploiting some of the facilities. Most guests wanted shade yet tables had been placed under the shaded area and that meant sunbeds directly in the sun. Most of the tables simply were not required and sunshades would have kept those placed in the sun shaded well. Sunbeds could have been placed in many other places ie the Promenade deck (but this seemed eternally closed at one side or another and an upper deck. The sundeck could have been used in the evening for barbecues or food from the Veranda but this was simply closed off too. The Compass Rose started well but ended badly with tough steaks and delays leading to up to 3 hours working through the course. When we complained we had an apology but the Head Waiter simply ignored it. I can't recall how many times we asked for mustard with the steak or mint sauce with lamb. This usually arrived half way through the meal or not at all. The steak restaurant Prime Seven also turned out to be a disappointment for many of the reasons above. The final real problem with this ship is vibration! I note someone else mentioned this too and it really starts to interfere with your enjoyment of the cruise. My husband and I actually felt on the verge of sea sickness and we have cruised all around the world and not had this problem before. we were embarrassment too because we had made comments to our friends on how fantastic this trip would be compared to say a P&O which sadly it was not. I think there are lessons to be learned here from the Mariner and sadly this has made us think twice about travelling again with Regent. Read Less
159 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We have been fortunate to experience over 30 cruises but never with Regent. Our primary motivation for booking this cruise was to make a comparison with our favourite line Seabourn. This is our analysis for what it is worth. The ... Read More
We have been fortunate to experience over 30 cruises but never with Regent. Our primary motivation for booking this cruise was to make a comparison with our favourite line Seabourn. This is our analysis for what it is worth. The classiest: Seabourn wins hands down. When you arrive Seabourn offers a selection of spa-type soaps and gels. They have placed two of your chosen alcoholic beverages in your room where Regent has you order one bottle from your cabin steward. Regent only provides a tote bag in their penthouse suites. Seabourn staff make an extra effort to call you by name. On Seabourn, you can order caviar with your cocktails in the lounge. You just get an overall feeling of elegance on Seabourn. Atmosphere: We were disappointed to find a large number of families on this cruise. While we love our grandchildren, we would never take them on this type of cruise. This changes the whole atmosphere. If Regent is promoting family cruising they should let us know. Best dining: Seabourn is far superior. On Regent, we found the cuisine in the main dining room bland and lacking in creativity. Regent's Veranda buffet was very limited and quite repetitive. Seabourn's Colonnade had a greater selection for both breakfast and lunch and tended to have themes each lunch. In the evening, both tended to provide similar menus. The Rock the Boat night on deck was a disaster food-wise on Regent. The seafood and meat were cold, tough and dried out. A highlight on Seabourn is their galley lunch where you pass through the galley to select your food. Seabourn and Regent each have one specialty restaurant. Here I think Regent is superior. As an aside, we think the best food at sea is on the Oceania ships. Best staff: Staff on both lines are very friendly. Best décor: Hard to say. The Navigator was recently renovated. They made a big mistake with the size of the chairs in the lounge. Entertainment: Neither line has outstanding entertainment. Regent tend to rely heavily on a troupe of singers and dancers while Seabourn uses more solo acts brought on board. The facility in the Navigator is beautiful. Best ship: While the Navigator has been refurbished, we found the engines at high speed and the thrusters caused an annoying vibration throughout the ship. This may be particular to this vessel so cannot generalize. Best cabin: Both lines have good sized rooms. The bed on the Navigator was superior but the bathroom had a mouldy smell. Best tours: Regent includes the tours so they win this category. We do not believe the tours on Seabourn are worth the price so tend to arrange our own. However touring every day on this cruise (sometimes for 9 hours) was exhausting. We found this less relaxing as we felt committed to the tours (maybe our fault). In summary, we will be going back to Seabourn. We find the elegance, ambiance and the food is more important to us than the free tours. Read Less
150 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise as there were ports and islands we had not visited before. Our overnight stay in Venice was good and embarkation as normal but the suites weren't ready until mid afternoon. The refurbishment was not very good in ... Read More
We chose this cruise as there were ports and islands we had not visited before. Our overnight stay in Venice was good and embarkation as normal but the suites weren't ready until mid afternoon. The refurbishment was not very good in respect of the suites. Some new dark woodwork fittings which were nice but the rest was the old original light woodwork. The marble tops of the desk and table did not match and the small upholstered chair in the suite on previous cruises was missing to make room for a much larger table. The drapes were of a very heavy old fashioned material and not as nice as the original ones. The rest of the ship was looking good but there is now one restaurant less than before, but an overlarge Casino area with many machines hardly used and a very large card room. Why take a restaurant out. Unfortunately the outside of the ship is looking tired and in fact our verandah doors were rusted to the degree they had to be filled in. All in all as a supposed six star cruise line it was not good. We have cruised with Regent many times since the late 90s but stopped going as we felt the ships were looking shabby. This refurbishment has not worked for us. Read Less
160 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
After many cruises on many lines, took this cruise on Regent Navigator. So... this ship should not be charging what they do because, unfortunately, there are many other cruise lines that charge the same amount of money and are much ... Read More
After many cruises on many lines, took this cruise on Regent Navigator. So... this ship should not be charging what they do because, unfortunately, there are many other cruise lines that charge the same amount of money and are much nicer. Yes, this ship is going into dry dock for improvements, but, the physical layout of the ship will not be improved. The good, staff is pretty good, although no-one tried to learn my name as they did on Crystal. But they were a good wait staff. Entertainment, hmm....not that great. Two nights of looking at staff for entertainment. We were polite though. Not good. Yes, the ship has a vibration problem, and everyone on the ship is tired of hearing about it from passengers. So, my cabin was good, my cabin attendant was good, and tours were awesome, as was the guest lecturer. I would suggest that everyone, research your cruise and ship lines. Understand that there are good things and not so good things about ships and cruising, and make an educated choice for your next trip. I personally had a good time on the ship because the staff wants to please you, and they do. But, if you compare this ship to other ships of the same size, unfortunately, this particular ship would not match up. Read Less
122 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We sailed from Vancouver to Alaska then to San Francisco, from there down to Central America, through the canal and then up to New York. We were so looking forward to what should have been the trip of a lifetime and whilst of the time is ... Read More
We sailed from Vancouver to Alaska then to San Francisco, from there down to Central America, through the canal and then up to New York. We were so looking forward to what should have been the trip of a lifetime and whilst of the time is was very good there were just too many niggly issues, so for us a let down. This was only our 2nd cruise - the first on Seaborn - and we thought this would be as good, and maybe Regent are but this ship is not. Alaska was wonderful, some trips curtailed due to bad weather and surprisingly no pro-active suggestions or help from the ship re alternatives. This was a complaint for all of the cruise, things happened - and we understand weather etc but there was little consideration for the passengers who had five straight days at sea! So we had three spells of bad weather and buy can this ship move about, but worse than that the noise in the cabin is horrendous as everything creaks and groans, doors fly open, the noise from the plumbing is something else. Talking of the noise there is of course the vibration especially from the rear of the ship, in the show room and one of the restaurants - understand it is a facet of the ship!!! On top of that we had inches of water in the cabin one night as the plumbing let go - speaking to other guests we understand we were not alone to enjoy that! Most of the crew were great but overall there were times when everything was just off the game, maybe who ever was running that part of the show was having an off day or what, but there were days when the service was just poor! Last whinge - only our 2nd cruise and our first on Regent so I took the trouble to write to the UK CEO and share our journey, the good and the bad, and here nearly two weeks later still no response. So next cruise for us will be Seaborn! Read Less
117 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was my last Regent Cruise because the company gives itself 6 stars, when the experience is really 3.5 at best. The real problems are with their mechanical maintenance and boat quality -- the things a person on a smallish boat in a ... Read More
This was my last Regent Cruise because the company gives itself 6 stars, when the experience is really 3.5 at best. The real problems are with their mechanical maintenance and boat quality -- the things a person on a smallish boat in a big sea would like for the company they just paid more than $6k for a one week cruise to focus on when investing their profits! Mechanical Issues: This boat (Navigator) has a very pronounced vibration, especially at the back of the ship. So much so that while whale watching at the back of the boat on at least two occasions, dishes and glasses vibrated right off of the table! The boat is in great need of repair and refurbishment, but their profits must go on so they instead cover up those problems with lipstick and hope that the hard working crew will help you forget, for example, that you just ate three day old salad that had already been out on the buffet at least 3 days in a row, or that the 5, 6 and 7 floors have a distinct smokey stink from the smoking lounge's poor ventilation. Food Quality and Safety: the food was horrible -- most of it covered in slimy sauces to camouflage the age and poor quality of what you were being served. My husband could not get a nice unstringy breast of chicken anywhere on the boat all week. I could not get a decent vegan meal. Who loses weight on cruises? We did! We did document that food on the buffets was recycled -- both at La Veranda and at the pool where salads were merely covered and brought out again the next day- only a bit more congealed. That was salads with meat, dairy and oils in them -- to a one! We opted to eat our meals off of the boat to get better food quality and nutrition. Room Quality: You will likely not find bigger standard rooms on any boat anywhere. You can find better maintained ones, however. Again -- lots of lipstick covering up a pig! Carpet that is worn and stained, cracked bathroom flooring, leaking shower, outlets that worked when.....the moon was in the 7th house??? Not during the cruise anyway. Avoid the spa -- a terrible nail technician who was so obviously unhappy with her job and being on that boat that the only conversation she could muster was about how happy she was to be going home soon. And, to boot, I quite likely received the worst pedicure I have ever gotten yet it took her nearly 2 hours to complete it and cost me a hidden $160+ dollars! Also -- the gym is SMALL! You will have to go at odd times in order to even get in the door. Not big enough for the size of the ship. POSIVITIVES: great choices for day trips, beautiful Alaska!!! Please, go to Alaska, take friends and family, it is beyond breathtaking and amazing. You can get so much more Alaska for your money going on either a different cruise line or taking a land tour and the inner passage ferry on your own. This cruise line took away from the Alaska experience because of their managerial crapulence in the guise of "6 star service." Staff -- most of the on-board staff with just a few exceptions work their hearts out and don't rest until they do what they can to meet your needs and wishes. Read Less
105 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
This review may be unusual, but we want to let potential Regent Cruisers what we experienced. We chose Regent because we wanted the all inclusive trip. We wanted a little stress as possible. Regent did not live up to their promise. ... Read More
This review may be unusual, but we want to let potential Regent Cruisers what we experienced. We chose Regent because we wanted the all inclusive trip. We wanted a little stress as possible. Regent did not live up to their promise. We booked & paid 4/6/15. On 4/21 I received the call that we must pay an additional $300. for our "Free" Hotel in Anchorage, as the Regent Agent made an error and the Free Hotel -Hilton, was $500. pp. more. I was given a $300. ship credit. I had been unable to book excursions nor Prime & and neither could the Regent Agent( who didn't know why). It turns out it was Blocked because the "system" wanted $300., but the Agent didn't understand that. So for 3 weeks we lost out on excursions. The excursions we tried to get were not available, but we did get on waitlists. I would suggest you book excursions ASAP, as the free. good ones go quickly. I spoke to several Regent Office folks for days after this and got no assurance that they would not do this again to others. We originally booked a cabin at a lower cost, but our Regent Agent strongly suggested we pay more and get the Concierge Suite because with this we got a "Free" hotel and transfers to and from the Airports. Also, we would get Binoculars and some other extras. When we arrived at the Anchorage Airport we met the Regent Staff waiting ( I thought) for us, but we were not on the list. We showed them our documents, which showed Hotel and transfers, and they took us to the Anchorage Hilton. We began stressing about if we would have a room. Regent's representative had us on her list and we had a room. The Staff were friendly, room was clean and average. Bed was comfortable and we slept well. This was NOT a $500. per night room, even in Anchorage. I would stay at the Marriott if I were in Anchorage, I am told it is much nicer. In the morning we had a free buffet breakfast, very nice. We then boarded a bus to Seward. This was a pleasant and scenic ride. Embarkation was easy and quick. Once on the Ship we wandered around, since there was nobody there to greet us. We went to the Pool Deck and had lunch, which was good. We found our room #853. It was larger most cabin we have been in. King size bed, plenty of storage, table, chairs and couch. Veranda had 2 straight back chairs. Bathroom was very large, had a separate deep tub and shower stall. Also had a walk-in closet with a safe, 2 fluffy robes and plenty of hangers and drawers.. The carpet and furniture are worn, need refurbishing. We asked for new pillows because the ones there smelled bad. However, we got replacements that were almost as bad. We chose the least stinky one and made do for the trip. The TV has MSNBC & FOX News + other movies and Ship's info. Our cabin steward, Katheryn, was a joy and took very good care of us, but she said she couldn't get us pillows that didn't smell!!! Also, the metal wall between out veranda and #851 clanked the whole trip. The folks in 851 had been on the ship for a 14 night trip and they said they couldn't get anyone to fix it. We asked for a second pair of binoculars. They were both completely useless. We were told by others that they couldn't use the binoculars in their cabin and nobody had a pair that were usable. We ordered Room service and were so pleased with the food and service-excellent! The restaurants, I believe, use the same kitchen, so it is a wonder why room service food was far better than that served in the Compass Rose or Prim 7. The Veranda buffet lunch was a disappointment, many salads made with vinegar and few choices. Prime 7 has excellent service, but the food was not great. The onion soup was almost not edible. Lobster was chewy, didn't eat i. The 16 oz. Prime Rib was great. Nobody asked why our food returned to the kitchen uneaten. The deserts were good. If you drink wine you may be happy with the excellent service by waiters constantly keeping the wine glasses filled. We did not drink wine nor much alcoholic beverages, so we could not fully appreciate the free beverages on this cruise. The Prime 7 & Manager stopped us as we were leaving and begged us to say good things about Prime 7, saying his job was on the line they needed to get good reviews. It seemed very sad! We loved the Hubbard Glacier stop. The ship stayed and turned and we sat on our balcony and really enjoyed the beauty of Alaska. The excursions were very good. We finally got them booked. We would suggest the Sea Otter Tour, we were lucky to have great weather and had a wonderful trip. We saw beautiful islands and wildlife-just wonderful! The Hoonah Kitchen tour was fun, we grilled some salmon and halibut and the recipes and stories were the best part. The Victoria City Tour and High Tea at the Fairmont Empress were really fun. The High Tea was a bit crowded, but we had good service and yummy tea and plenty of little sandwiches, cakes candy etc. The City Tour was a bus ride around Victoria with a driver/guide, Randall, who told great stories and stopped at several interesting places-really fun. The ship seemed uncrowded and quiet. The Casino was empty when we arrived. There are the usual slots and some table games. We had In room breakfast most days and it was a real treat, just great. The food was good and hot and the coffee was good. We really wanted Regent to be our Cruise Line, but we probably will not sail with them again. We returned from Victoria to find out luggage on our bed. The bags must be out in the hall by 11:00PM. I was advised we hadn't paid for transfers to the airport in Vancouver??? We paid and paid, but not enough I guess. Nobody could help us, though they could see we had paid extra transfers and hotel fees. We were told we could pay another $69.90 each to be taken to the airport! The next day our status was one of the last to be called to disembark due to our lack of Regent sponsored transfer. It is hard to believe that after the many thousands we paid and the additional fees we still were not provided with a ride to the airport! We had no trouble finding a Shuttle to the airport for $15.00 each. We had more stress our trip due to the lack of customer service. Regent needs to stick by the all inclusive promise and not keep looking to gouge passengers like they did us. They caused us stress that was all their fault and totally unnecessary. We had counted on this to be a relaxing trip to help recover from life's stress, but they provided stress that was avoidable and made Regent seem to be a Cheap organization. I let Regent's know how we feel. Haven't heard back from them. I don't expect to hear from them. We are not chronic complainers nor are we snobs, we are very disappointed customers of a company that did not live up to what they say they are and how they say they treat their customers. I will look for another cruise line to make our go to. I think upgrading on Holland America would have made for a more enjoyable cruise. Beware! Read Less
94 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our fifth cruise with Regent and the first on the Navigator, which is a smaller ship for 490 passengers. Check in was efficient and our suite was ready at 2:00 P.M. as promised. We were in the Penthouse A level on deck 11. ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Regent and the first on the Navigator, which is a smaller ship for 490 passengers. Check in was efficient and our suite was ready at 2:00 P.M. as promised. We were in the Penthouse A level on deck 11. The suite was clean and enough room for us. The suite came with butler service, which was very efficient, friendly and helpful. Both the butler and suite attendants always seemed cheerful and quickly learned our daily routine and worked around it. Overall, the service on the ship was excellent. There are several choices for dining, but we found the Verandah and the Sette Mari to our liking. The Compass Rose did not seem to meet the same standards as on the other Regent Ships. We went on several Regent excursions and found them to be enjoyable. We also went out on our own at several ports as the long bus rides and constant waiting for other passengers to keep a schedule gets tiresome. We had one major problem during the cruise: VIBRATIONS. Most of the public areas had some vibrations, but we were able to accept that. The most annoying and discouraging aspect of these vibrations was in our suite whenever the ship was in motion. Everything placed on the furniture rattled and the bed shook constantly, making sleep a luxury. It led to several afternoon naps when the ship was in port in order to catch up on our shuteye. I made an appointment to meet with the general manager, who was most polite and understanding. However, the ship was fully booked so we were stuck. The most disturbing part was his acknowledgment that others had complained about the vibrations but Regent had apparently not done anything to remedy the situation. He assured me that he would pass on my issues to the corporate office, which I appreciated but did not help us sleep! We have traveled the world and consider ourselves savvy travelers. If Regent knew about the vibration problem, which a cursory look at other reviews on this website will confirm, then it should make a full disclosure to prospective passengers. It may scare some people away, but in a competitive marketplace, it is the right thing to do. I looked at a new car several years ago and the sales manager indicated the manufacturer was still working on some issues. With that knowledge in mind, I bought a different model from the same dealer. Regent is charging higher prices for upgraded suites such as ours and not disclosing the problems that go along with the suite. Why ruin an expensive vacation by having to sleep in a bed that feels like a washing machine in the rinse cycle? Read Less
88 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
Just returned from 7 nights on Regent Navigator, our first with Regent. First the good points - the food is excellent, the theatre is large and the entertainment was generally high standard (apart from the dismally named 'Krew ... Read More
Just returned from 7 nights on Regent Navigator, our first with Regent. First the good points - the food is excellent, the theatre is large and the entertainment was generally high standard (apart from the dismally named 'Krew Kapers' which was as bad as it sounds) and it's really good that all the trips are included as are all drinks and gratuities. Now for the not so good. The transfer from the very nice hotel that Regent had put us up in to the ship was a joke. The bus driver tried to offload all his passengers (including several very elderly and infirm) at the wrong cruise ship! He pulled up alongside a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship and announced that we all had to get off and fetch our own luggage! This caused consternation and eventually we were delivered to the right ship, but several passengers required wheelchairs and these were not readily available. Once on board we were invited to take lunch on the pool deck, but no-one was around to 'show us the ropes'. Eventually we managed to attract a waiter's attention but really we should have been better looked after. Our suite was lovely, but I'm so glad that we were midship as the worst thing about the Navigator is the vibration. When having a meal in the restaurant at the aft of the ship on deck 10 it reminded me of being on a cross Chanel ferry as everything was shaking! I'd read other reviews which warned of this but I thought that the reviewers were being ultra picky, but I can assure everyone that they're not; it really does vibrate this badly. It took my wife 2 days to get her sea legs as a result, and others on board were similarly affected. The staff on board were nice, but no-one seemed to go out of their way to make you feel special. My wife commented that the staff's attitude picked up from Thursday, possibly as a result of everyone completing a mid week questionnaire? Overall we had a nice relaxing break and we met some interesting and friendly people, but it was expensive. However, I felt that the Navigator is old and tired, and can do with a refit. We've only cruised once before (with Seabourn) and personally I think Seabourn knocks spots off Regent for its ships and staff attitudes. Read Less
85 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
Hello, we are Jim (72) and Kathryn (65) from the San Francisco Bay Area reporting on our first cruise roundtrip from Miami to the Western Caribbean. So, there was cross-country flying involved and several nights at the Four Seasons Miami ... Read More
Hello, we are Jim (72) and Kathryn (65) from the San Francisco Bay Area reporting on our first cruise roundtrip from Miami to the Western Caribbean. So, there was cross-country flying involved and several nights at the Four Seasons Miami (which, by the way, was mighty fine). We eschewed the Regent air and hotel offerings as they were insufficiently attractive which was surprising considering the self-proclaimed luxury appellation. Embarkation was smooth and easy. Greeted onboard by staff proffering scant half-flutes of sparkling wine (? really, half a flute?!) followed by lunch on the pool deck which was a poor choice but what did we know? Then to our master suite which we adored and would not consider cruising in lesser accommodations, space matters. Very comfortable digs although veranda seating not optimal. Butler and stewards marvelous. Ship condition ... not great. Stained carpets everywhere, clunky furniture, crowded pool deck, insufficient deck chairs in shaded areas, no toilet near Prime 7, Sette Marie (sp?). Afternoon tea crowded and uncomfortable and accompanied by electric guitar music, geez. Tea bags, not pots of tea. Tawdry famous painting reproductions in the main dining room (Compass Rose) where service was stiff, formal and uncomfortable. Food: eh. But the ice cream bar on the pool deck is fabulous. Included wines ranged from fine to awful. Entertainment: have no clue, tried to avoid. Service: in our suite, service was great. Elsewhere it was hit and miss. We loved cruising and being at sea. That, at least, turned out just fine. Our cruise aboard Regent Navigator, eh. We have three more cruises booked aboard Seabourn and Silversea (Amazon, Panama Canal, Norwegian fjords). As for luxury -- not so much. Disappointing in that regard, not much luxury apparent. We're off to try other lines to see if luxury really is available. Read Less
Seven Seas Navigator Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 3.5 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 3.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.8

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