3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The Maya region is one of my passions and this itinerary offered good excursions in several ports. I like traveling with Regent even if Mariner is not my favorite ship. It's getting a little worn and showing wear. but the crew is ... Read More
The Maya region is one of my passions and this itinerary offered good excursions in several ports. I like traveling with Regent even if Mariner is not my favorite ship. It's getting a little worn and showing wear. but the crew is still great. We used Regent air and pick up at airport was fast and included a small guided tour of Miami that was very good as was the tour guide. After almost a 3 hour ride we got to the port right at time for early embarkation. The backup on the boarding ramp was due to trying to get some transfer chairs to people with special needs. Very disappointed about lack of enrichment lectures. I asked and was told the planned guest speaker had family issues that caused a cancellation. Too bad as we had three sea days out of ten. Most excursions and guides were good to excellent. They were courteous, knowledgeable, and concerned with safety. I had been offered a welcome home OBC from Regent if I booked another trip within 45 days and they refused to honor it. I was told that I'd gotten such a good price they wouldn't honor the offer. It was only for $100. OBC and that seemed like a pretty bad image to set in my mind. I also missed the staff welcoming guests back on board at the gangway after a long shore excursion. I'm finding this lacking at all of the ports this trip. An offer of cold water, a damp towel, a person to greet you. Debarkation went smoothly and our transfer included a ride on the Big Bus Tour with luggage transfer to the airport. Read Less
47 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted a luxury cruise on a smaller ship with excellent service and good food. We had only cruised on Oceania before and thought that this line would be comparable. We were sorely mistaken. Arranging air travel was difficult. Their ... Read More
We wanted a luxury cruise on a smaller ship with excellent service and good food. We had only cruised on Oceania before and thought that this line would be comparable. We were sorely mistaken. Arranging air travel was difficult. Their agents wanted to do nothing about changing seats or upgrading. The ship was tired and dated. The furniture in the cabin was stained and scuffed. The ship is going to be overhauled in a few months and it is certainly time. The largest negative was the food. The quality was poor and service inconsistent. The worst surprise was that the buffet food was not served by staff-diners helped themselves. Some with no attention to being hygienic. The food was cold and overcooked, especially any fish on the menu. Eating breakfast and lunch in the dining room was an option but service was terrible. The speciality restaurants were quite good but food in the the main dining room was inconsistent. The cruise was Mayan themed which was the biggest draw for us. So we were also very disappointed that the guest lecturer from the Smithsonian Institute did not turn up and no replacement was found. No compensation offered either! The excursions were fine but guides were mixed as to knowledge. Overall this was nothing like the luxury, food quality and service that we experienced before. Prices were high even taking into account that the cruise was all inclusive. We shall not be cruising on Regent again. Read Less
40 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise line because we have sailed with them before. We do not like the big ships that have so many people on it that it is overwhelming. Regent has small ships that hold 600 people and that is more then enough. ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise line because we have sailed with them before. We do not like the big ships that have so many people on it that it is overwhelming. Regent has small ships that hold 600 people and that is more then enough. So this would make you think that you are getting really individual attention. We found that on this trip the staff would be very good at serving you some days and then on others they would walk right past you. My water glass would get empty and they would walk past you to fill the next table. Wine glass same thing. Breakfast coffee would be empty and you would have to wonder why sometimes they would fill it and other walk on by. Food has gone down in quality and taste to. Some of the staff was wonderful but on one occasion at breakfast we were made to listen to a food manager argue with a staff member. I don't go on a high end Cruise line to listen to that. The Mariner is going to be going for a refit in March but Oh my god!!! It was needed a few years ago. Why do they wait so long? The pillows had a bad smell to them and the cabin was so out dated. I hope they read this because when we spoke to our other cruise mates they all felt the same way. Regent you have a name that you want to keep. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
From start to finish this was a great ship with an outstanding crew. We cannot say enough about the service team. From start to finish all of the staff were committed to making our holiday something to remember. The food service team ... Read More
From start to finish this was a great ship with an outstanding crew. We cannot say enough about the service team. From start to finish all of the staff were committed to making our holiday something to remember. The food service team were attentive and expressed genuine and attention to detail. Every meal was outstanding. When we asked for a different wine it was presented effortlessly. We enjoyed the entertainment. The shows in the theater in the were very good and of course the ever present pianist was a pleasure to listen to. We particularly enjoyed the final show put on by the crew called 'Krew Kapers' that was really cute along with farewell video We took the 10 day cruise through the Western Caribbean and could not have been more satisfied. For the crew no request was too small or too difficult. In particular the cabin attendant (Pamriela) was excellent in her attention to detail. Then of course there was Chef Kelly and his team; superstars every one of them. On one of our shore adventures (Belize) we were particularly impressed with our guide Saul who took care of us as we toll the river tubing outing. That is something not to be missed. Also worthwhile is the dolphin adventure in Costa Maya and the (real) submarine adventure among the coral in Georgetown. To be avoided in the trip to the old fort in Guatemala. We had a guide (Luise) who was an avowed socialist and who kept telling us how well informed he was and also kept referring to us as 'you guys'. The boats to get to this old fort were difficult to enter and exit. (this was the only negative) All in all a great 12 days. Thank you Capt. Aivo and your crew. Read Less
54 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We hav been on Regent Cruises before but they have definitely gone down hill. We chose the Amazon adventure 25 night cruise. Regent advertises all inclusive shore excursions and premium drinks. We booed shore excursions weeks in ... Read More
We hav been on Regent Cruises before but they have definitely gone down hill. We chose the Amazon adventure 25 night cruise. Regent advertises all inclusive shore excursions and premium drinks. We booed shore excursions weeks in advance. It took several visits to their website and several phone calls as not all locations were available for booking. We finally had all excursions booked. They were booked at least two months in advance. The night of embarkation we received a letter that one of our excursions that we were confirmed on was oversold and we were deleted from the booking. We went to the Excursions desk the next morning to book another excursion but were told nothing else was available. We were told that we should have read the fine print that all inclusive “subject to availability”. At dinner we were offered two selections of wine included with dinner, one red and one white. We asked to see a wine list which were all up charges. In several state rooms the air conditioning was not working and the rooms were quite hot. Bottom line, we believe we are far better off staying with an upscale cruise line like Celebrity and purchasing the excursions and premium drink package. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We liked the itinerary and the cruise line. Regent is expensive, but you don't get nickeled and dimed on board. The size (small) of the ship also made it attractive. My mjain complaint was the lack of activities and the lack of ... Read More
We liked the itinerary and the cruise line. Regent is expensive, but you don't get nickeled and dimed on board. The size (small) of the ship also made it attractive. My mjain complaint was the lack of activities and the lack of variation in the activities. Since my wife and I like "brain" games - trivia of various sorts, this cruise was lacking. I also would have liked a bit more variety in the breakfast and lunch buffets, and missed having an evening buffet. However, the food was good and well prepared. When we tried to book excursions on-line, some were sold out even though I tried to book them as soon as possible. My class of stateroom, however, did not allow us to book our excursions as early as those with more expensive staterooms. The TV reception was spotty, at best, and there were only 6 or 7 channels (other than ship channels) available. A sign in the library promised at least 150 interactive recorded movies and /tv shows available, but at times there were only 112. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
My wife and I traveled on Regent Mariner for the first time on this cruise line. Even though the ship shows some signs of wear, the crew could not have been more friendly and accommodating. We loved everything about the voyage. The ten sea ... Read More
My wife and I traveled on Regent Mariner for the first time on this cruise line. Even though the ship shows some signs of wear, the crew could not have been more friendly and accommodating. We loved everything about the voyage. The ten sea days were filled with activities, especially an excellent lecturer. We enjoyed playing ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge on the sea days. We danced every evening to a talented duo in one of the lounges. Most of the shore excursions were excellent. Entertainment was mixed, although the resident singers and dancers were excellent. The staff provided necessary supplies of hand sanitizer and toilet paper for our shore excursions in Brazil. Regent has some nice touches such as a 'block party' on the second evening that allows all the guests to come out of their staterooms to mingle in the corridor while the captain and senior staff race around the ship to greet everyone. Also, the captain was seen frequently and many times greeted us as we went on shore excursions. Because of the friendliness of all the staff and the quality of the food, we decided to book another cruise on Regent. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We have traveled with Regent for over 200 days in the past 5 years. We love the service, the staterooms, and crew. Each trip brings a different adventure. Life aboard a cruise ship is not perfect, but it is certainly "next to ... Read More
We have traveled with Regent for over 200 days in the past 5 years. We love the service, the staterooms, and crew. Each trip brings a different adventure. Life aboard a cruise ship is not perfect, but it is certainly "next to perfect". We board again on Friday for the Amazon. The Mariner is scheduled to go in for redecorating in March. It's time! The majority of the staterooms are tired and the bathrooms need to be replaced. Shore excursions are pretty good, but I have learned to research the ports and decide if we want to upgrade excursion by making our own plans. Additional sites and venues should be able to be booked through a concierge, such as theater tickets, dinner reservations or sporting events. The crew on all the Regents ships is outstanding and willing to go the extra to please you and make your cruise a life time memory. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We took this cruise because of 2 nights in New York City. Although never having sailed with Regent, we were pleasantly surprised. Excellent service by all staff. The ship was not full so staff had more time to visit with passengers. ... Read More
We took this cruise because of 2 nights in New York City. Although never having sailed with Regent, we were pleasantly surprised. Excellent service by all staff. The ship was not full so staff had more time to visit with passengers. The captain, Serena Melani, was frequently out and about visiting with passengers. Senior restaurant staff were often seen cleaning tables. I was very impressed to see this. Capt. Serena was even at the gangway, saying farewell to passengers during disembarkation. Two staff members stood out. Reynaldo in Compass Rose, took special care of my wife’s dietary needs. He even had menus sent to our cabin ahead of time. Gayatri, our butler, is new to working on a cruiseship but learns fast and tries hard. Her sweet nature overcame any inexperience. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Tours are included. The only thing spoiling them were quite a few days of rain. Still we got what we wanted through this cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We travelled out from the UK the day before departure for this cruise and were booked into the Sheraton at Montreal airport. The ground staff (which was one very nice lady) met us at the airport but did not assist us with our luggage even ... Read More
We travelled out from the UK the day before departure for this cruise and were booked into the Sheraton at Montreal airport. The ground staff (which was one very nice lady) met us at the airport but did not assist us with our luggage even those with walking difficulties. They walked us half way round the airport and showed us where to line up for the hotel shuttle bus. This bus covered more than one hotel so the bus was full and we had to stand to the hotel. Fortunately it was a short trip but after a 7+hour flight this was not a great start to a “luxury” cruise. The hotel is ok for an overnight stop but like most airport hotels is fairly isolated so you are restricted to the hotel for dining unless you book a cab. The transfer to the ship was fine and we were on board in time for a quick lunch leaving time to explore old Montreal which is nearby. Our cabin was available around 14.00 and the luggage was already there. Our cabin stewardess met us and welcomed us. We found virtually all the staff to be friendly and efficient as usual and this cruise was something of a break for the crew as there were only 416 passengers on board. The cabins do need refurbishing as they are showing signs of wear and tear. The housekeeping staff however do great job of keeping them clean. Our balcony door creaked and rattled when opened and was quite heavy to move. Our shower (no tub) was good but filled up with water at the bottom and came very close to overflowing the raised lip into the bathroom. We highlighted these issues to housekeeping but they were not fixed during our trip. The only cleaning issue we had was that the balcony doors were not cleaned for about 5 days and they were covered in sea spray. We did have a faulty hairdryer on our first night which set off the fire alarm on the bridge but fortunately not the whole ship. This was quickly replaced by an old model which didn’t work properly either and again this was quickly replaced by the cabin stewardess. Some of the lounges on the ship have been refurbished already including the observation lounge but it had a peculiar smell of chemicals and we couldn’t use it throughout the trip as it made us cough. This was raised in the mid cruise comments and with housekeeping manager but no action was taken and it still had the odour when we left the ship. The food was good and varied and the service on the whole was good. The definition of “well done” appears on the Prime 7 menu but disappointingly my filet mignon appeared with the blood oozing out. I returned it and when it reappeared it was still pink in the middle. I returned it again and both the maitre d’ and the Head Chef appeared to resolve the problem. Signatures Restaurant was excellent and we manage 3 visits. We did have some issues with the wine waiters some of whom required a lot more training on what wines were available and even how to pour it properly without dripping it on the table. Some of the “sommelier” really shouldn’t be wearing the cup! One didn’t know the difference between a Bordeaux and a Cote du Rhone. Overall in my opinion the quality of the “house” wine is dropping but there are some reasonable New Zealand (white), French and Argentine ones if you ask one of the more knowledgeable sommelier. The lunch in the galley was badly organised. We were ushered into the galley without any explanation of what was available and where. We picked up some salad as it appeared first but just round the corner was a huge selection of other food. If you wanted more food you had to join the line to go round again. Fish and desserts were in the main restaurant but no one told us. We gave up after a salad and went to la Veranda On a port day in NY we seemed to be invaded by family and friends who brought lots of young children. I don’t have a problem with this but it is a pity they were allowed to run riot in the buffet and in the bar taking over several of the larger tables in the restaurant at the expense of the paying passengers. A last minute change to our excursion in Maine was communicated to us by letter at 21. 00 after destination services closed so we were unable to change the excursion. The NY by land and sea tour was a complete disaster. The tours left late due to other bigger ships docked beside us and causing congestion. Our guide was hopeless and made up the route as she went along. She talked nonstop but all about TV and film stars and didn't tell us about the history or sights we were passing. The bus pa system was so poor we had to turn the aircon off to hear the rubbish the guide was spouting. Then we got so hot we had to turn it on again to breathe. When we got to the port at 11.30 for the river part of the tour we didn't have a booking as we had missed it by 2 hours and the only cruise available was a 2. 5 hour cruise. We gave up at that point and walked back to the ship! Generally the other tours were ok. The only tour available on our disembarkation day was the hop on hop off bus in Miami. Many of the buses are retired London transport buses (right hand drive) and all we used are in poor condition and very dirty. We were loathe to sit in many of the seats as they looked as though they had never been cleaned ever! The pa system doesn't work properly in many of the seats and not at all in other's. The minibus transfer to the airport was not at the times advised by Destination Services. We were allocated a 15.45 transfer as the last available when we got ashore for a 21.25 flight so had to spend 5 hours at the airport. The minibus used for the transfer was in poor condition and several of the seat belts did not work including mine. Bearing in mind Regent is based in Miami it wouldn’t be too difficult for someone to check the quality of this product? On previous Regent cruises we have had options of proper tours or a day room in a hotel. Regent need to do better than this as a poor end to a "luxury " cruise sticks in your mind when booking the next one. When the ship entered the USA we had to go through the immigration formalities on board. When this was advised on the ship we were notified to bring a paper copy of our ESTA. This was essential as the immigration officers on board did not have a computer system to check the ESTA. Fortunately we had a copy with us but many did not as it is supposed to be an electronic system after all. I think this requirement, not just to have an ESTA but, also to have a paper copy should be highlighted in the pre cruise documentation. Overall we enjoyed our cruise but the start and finish are just as important and they didn’t go too well. We may look at “cruise only” next time as Regent don’t seem to be getting to grips with the non cruise part – alternatively we may drift back to Silversea or Seabourn to see how they are coping with the budget squeezes. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted to stay closer to home and had never been to some of the cities on this itinerary. What a beautiful time to see the New England foliage and learn about several Canadian cities/towns. The staff could not have been friendlier ... Read More
We wanted to stay closer to home and had never been to some of the cities on this itinerary. What a beautiful time to see the New England foliage and learn about several Canadian cities/towns. The staff could not have been friendlier and more accommodating. This trip had the best entertainment on the off nights of the production cast. The restaurant servers were hardworking, but missed serving courses in all three dining rooms. The food in the Compass Rose was the best. Also, the tea is beautifully done. There is never a time on this ship that you could not get something to eat. Shore excursions were terrific and we learned quite a bit from all the guides. The gym had some mechanical issues with the equipment, but had a good variety to get a workout. The musical entertainment, from the Signature Band with Igor, to Nick Messina on the piano to the duo, were terrific. They got the crowd dancing. Read Less
70 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose the Regent because of all the reviews of how great it is but frankly we would not book this cruise line again It is way overpriced! We are paying the minimum for an H category cabin $16,000! This is our 12th cruise and we ... Read More
We chose the Regent because of all the reviews of how great it is but frankly we would not book this cruise line again It is way overpriced! We are paying the minimum for an H category cabin $16,000! This is our 12th cruise and we are experienced cruisers and favor Oceania far superior - more fun We are now cruising out of Sydney Nova Scotia to Halifax on Here is our 5 day review so far. We are in CODE RED and This is because nine passengers are sick with the flu They are sanitizing everything. Many services are shut down! The food is rushed, the waiters have too many tables the wine offered was Gallo or a lesser quality with few choices. They ran out of the Estancia Pinot Noir the first day and tried to serve a poor quality instead. Food is good but average quality and presentation. Excursions are nice although 2 months prior we booked them and were wait listed for all of them, The entertainment is wonderful although the ship public areas are empty and quiet unoccupied and dead as we saw few are sitting at a bar or dancing before or after the show at night. massages were $170 plus gratuity- way too expensive!!!! The fitness area had the water and drinks locked and bathrooms open with no towels due to the code red, steam room smelled of bleach as did hallways. The equipment needs replacing and has no fans and it is warm In there. ! There was not an attendant present Our cabin is nice with Great space.There is a rattle some nights and have to use earplugs Uodate - cruise is embarking in NY today . We missed Newport Rhode Island due to a ship being stuck in harbor. Our whole itinerary changed to an overnight in Quebec and no Prince Edward Island or Gaspie where we planned great fun excursions! 11 people Sick with flu -code red 8 days - no self service food, tables need spraying and no silverware, menus on tables, salt pepper have to be asked for and laundry, card room, library services- none! Read Less
60 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The Problems with this cruise began about 2 months prior to sailing. The itinerary was changed. What we were told there was a problem with the Coast Guard, whales, the speed the ship could travel. Stops at Gaspésie and Charlottetown ... Read More
The Problems with this cruise began about 2 months prior to sailing. The itinerary was changed. What we were told there was a problem with the Coast Guard, whales, the speed the ship could travel. Stops at Gaspésie and Charlottetown Canada were removed and Corner Brook and Sydney were added. During the cruise it was announced that we were not going to stop at Corner Brook but would stay an additional day in Quebec. We were also not able to go ashore in Newport, RI. A schooner ship had gone aground at the entrance to the harbor the night before. The ship the Seven Seas Mariner is 15 years old and needs some/more renovations. The ship has 6 tenders/life boats. Unfortunately only 3 are licensed to tender people to ports when needed. At one port where tenders are needed only 2 were available because one was used on a emergency basis to carry a sick individual to port. On the 2nd/3rd day it was announced that there was an outbreak of a flu virus and there were 9 individuals inflected. The protocol for a outbreak on the ship was put in place. This means that the crew was constantly wiping down everything (hand rails, table tops, chairs, elevators knobs etc) with a wet substance that made everything sticky. All the common area restroom doors were propped open. You also could no longer serve yourself in the buffet line or even serve yourself a cup of coffee. If you check the CDC website you will notice that this ship had a reportable outbreak for a cruise in Aug/Sept. The good news is the Wifi is included in the cruise fare. The bad news it just doesn't work very well. In the evening there is no place to get dinner except in one of the dining rooms. The buffet is not open in the evening. If you want a quick casual dinner or just a little snack that is not happening. There are 2 nice specialty restaurants. However we found that we were only able to get into these restaurants one time each on a 10 day cruise. We paid for upgraded Air. On the return we were put on a Virgin Flight 1st Class from New York. Somehow that got changed to American Airlines business class. The price you pay for a cruise on Regent is high and you do not expect these problems. Read Less
42 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise line because of a prior 5star experience sailing 10 years ago. which we absolutely loved. Our most recent sailing was on a very tired ship. The furnishings were worn, with stains and tears in some of the cabins. ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because of a prior 5star experience sailing 10 years ago. which we absolutely loved. Our most recent sailing was on a very tired ship. The furnishings were worn, with stains and tears in some of the cabins. The television system was almost insignificant because there were no channels, but the cable system lacked sophistication. We were informed that several of the tenders used to transport passengers ashore were not working, making the disembarkation very slow. Our Sailing destination were changed less than one month prior to sailing due to sailing issues. Only One of the two replacement stops was noteworthy. On our second day of sailing, the captain informed us that due to bad weather, we would stay in port for an extra day completely missing the next destination. On the following afternoon, the ship was put into code red based on health code rules. 9 passengers had contracted respiratory infections. All dining service changed. No longer could you salt your own food, or pour your own ketchup. The staff was now burden with taking on these extra tasks, causing much slower service. On our final day at sea, we approached one of the highlight stops of the cruise. As we sat outside the harbor, the captain informs us that the harbor has been closed due to an accident. We waited to be very disappointed, and set sail for home with no attempts to please the very upset passengers. We have contacted Regent Seven Seas and started the letter with their own mission statement. Based on the above, they failed over and over and over to provide 5 star service. They offered us $500.00 credit for another cruise. The amount offered is offensive so I would rather pass along the message DO NOT TAKE A REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISE THEY NO LONGER PROVIDE 5 STAR SERVICE Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We sailed for 18 days from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal. Prior to the cruise we had a one day tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma, with lunch in Sonoma City - a lovely small town. Embarkation and disembarkation were the ... Read More
We sailed for 18 days from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal. Prior to the cruise we had a one day tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma, with lunch in Sonoma City - a lovely small town. Embarkation and disembarkation were the only disappointments, and Regent is not at fault. The 3rd party handler in San Francisco failed to provide transportation to the ship for the majority of passengers. And the New York Cruise Terminal made a two day mess of disembarkation, resulting in some passengers missing their scheduled tour of New York City. Clarifications: The ship was partially refurbished in 2014 - the lounges and dining rooms and other public areas were re-done and are very nice. The cabins and cabin hallways are tired but cabins are still comfortable. The ship will go through a complete refurbishment in 2018. Very clean ship, crew very friendly, good service. Food: Lots of food available. Much is high quality sourcing - fantastic lamb from new Zealand, milk fed veal, shrimp. Excellent bread in the formal dining rooms. Authentic spaghetti carbonara and huge delicious portion of veal schnitzel at Stelli Mari restaurant. Restaurants: In past reviews people complained about the slow service in Compass Rose. We only experienced that once and we ate their several times. Cabin: Loved the walk in shower with large rainshower head. Captain Updates: Gave us detailed updates at noon each day. Gym: Excellent high quality equipment. Fitness Manager rather pushy re trying to up sell. Self Serve Laundry: A great feature on each cabin floor. Swimming Pool: I only used it once as there are no steps going down into the pool suitable for people with mobility issues. The top step in the ladders are too far apart for my legs to reach to the deck. This problem has been resolved in the new Explorer ship. I used the jacuzzis instead. Service: I thought service was good. I'm not a smoker but my travel partner is. Smoking is limited to 3 areas of the ship. Some smokers didn't think the service re appetizers and drinks was as good as it could be. Favorite Parts of the Ship: The 11th floor covered terrace at the back of the ship for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Observation Lounge and Horizon Lounge when going through the Panama Canal and during a hurricane. Size of Ship: Perfect for accommodating around 700 passengers and 400 crew. The ship never felt crowded. Ports and Excursions: This is hurricane season with hot humid weather. Be prepared for this if you go in September. Due to bad weather we could not dock in Acapulco or Nassau. This is not the fault of the cruise line.Highlights included: Pura Vida private garden tour in Costa Rica, Cartagena Colombia Old and New Town tour (Cartagena is a hidden gem - spectacularly beautiful), post dis-embarkation tour of New York City (911 memorial is outstanding). Age Profile: Suitable for 55+. Average age likely 70-90+. Large number of people with mobility problems - may be a challenge in rough weather. Not suitable for children. Would I go again? Yes Strong Recommendation: Please do not wait until after the cruise to voice your complaints. Bring them up immediately to the crew so they can do their best to accommodate your requests. Be specific re your complaints. This cruise line is really trying to make this a memorable experience for you. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because it meant a short flight to Vancouver and a limo home from San Francisco. Flying has become our least favorite part of traveling. Mariner is a beautiful ship even if she needs a facelift. We started cruising ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it meant a short flight to Vancouver and a limo home from San Francisco. Flying has become our least favorite part of traveling. Mariner is a beautiful ship even if she needs a facelift. We started cruising on her twelve years ago when she was a Radisson ship before becoming Regent, and later joining NCL. We enjoyed her in 2005 and still enjoy her now. We are looking forward to sailing on her again in 2018 after her retrofit. We chose an F forward cabin with shower, no tub which is adequate for our needs and provided a comfortable ride. We do not like Compass Rose, the main dining venue, because service is way to slow for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We find the menu to be monotonous, although improved with the choices of sauce but still prefer the specialty prestaurants. Artful Travelers provided guest speakers and entertainment that were a highlight of this cruise. Filmmakers discussed their PBS and Frontline films in both lectures and at cocktails and discussions, and passengers could ask questions at both venues. We also had a variety of Guest Speakers including Barbara Boxer. Passengers who signed up for the Artful Travelers Program were invited to dinners and cocktail parties. Regent Entertainment is definitely a step up from years past. Service was excellent in most venues, our suite was well maintained and our every request was taken care of right away. We usually take the "free excursions," and those were entertaining, the one Regent Choice Excursion was just ok, not great. We have approximately 300 days on Regent and this was one of our favorite cruises because of the Artful Travelers Experience. When Regent offers this opportunity, give it your consideration. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I choose this cruise because it was all inclusive. . We arrived at Vancouver, stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Vancouver the day before the cruise had a lovely breakfast which was included. Our luggage was picked up from inside our hotel ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was all inclusive. . We arrived at Vancouver, stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Vancouver the day before the cruise had a lovely breakfast which was included. Our luggage was picked up from inside our hotel room and transported to the ship.The cruise bus picked us up at our scheduled time. We were checked in, through customs and on the ship without delay or lines. I was disappointed in the size of the room. The food was great. The lectures were wonderful. Always about information for the next port (totem poles, bears, etc.) The free excursion were good. The one we paid for was awful. . (Wilderness Jetboat Prince Rupert)We did complain but they didn't seem to care. Good excursions were The Whale Watching with guarantee did produce hump back whales and sea lions, the crab boat with all you can eat Dungeness crab. The girls were very entertaining. The ship was very quiet. Not a lot of activities, Older cruisers, very few children. Very relaxing. The SPA was very pricey. Only a few shops, small casino, no photographers and no one trying to sale you anything, Just relaxing, eating, lectures, shows and social hour. No bill at the end. All alcohol and gratuities included. Deporting was organized and fast. I hated to leave the ship. I would go again. Read Less
81 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I would rate them a little higher but a month after a Regent's canceled tour which I was to be refunded on my credit card, getting a round around. Lot's of promise but no refund a month later. As far as the cruise very smooth ... Read More
I would rate them a little higher but a month after a Regent's canceled tour which I was to be refunded on my credit card, getting a round around. Lot's of promise but no refund a month later. As far as the cruise very smooth embarkation and disembarkation, thanks. Rooms looking pretty tired and need some updating but clean and taken care of daily with no problems. Not a big issue, not in the rooms much. Most of the staff very helpful and very friendly, few minor issues but nothing that wasn't taken care of. I and a number of guest were surprised at the number of kids on the ship which is no big deal but had to spend way too much time with unsupervised kids at meals, bars, and tours. If I wanted to take a Disney tour I would have booked one, although a lot of the blame falls on the parents. Didn't know Regents was supposed to be their baby sitters and the guest get to enjoy their kids. I know I sound like I hate kids which is not the case, a lot of people were not happy about the situation. As far as food very good to very poor, Compass Rose was terrible twice. Prime was excellent, Signatures very good but was rushed from the minute we sat down. Sette Mari was very nice, great staff every time. Some nice tours no complaints at all with the exception of a canceled tour that we did not find out about until we left the boat on the pier. Overall it was fine but not sure I got the best bang for the buck for what we were hoping for. Read Less
90 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Regents’ overwhelming message, its Corporate Mission Statement is, I believe, is “ Boy are you lucky we let you sail with US. Really lucky, and don’t you ever forget it.” We started sailing Regent in 2010 and have sailed six ... Read More
Regents’ overwhelming message, its Corporate Mission Statement is, I believe, is “ Boy are you lucky we let you sail with US. Really lucky, and don’t you ever forget it.” We started sailing Regent in 2010 and have sailed six times, 70 nights. We have sailed four times on the Mariner, once on the Voyager, and once on the Explorer. Our most recent sailing was Alaska in August, 2017 on the Mariner. We have had it with Regent and will never sail them again. They are arrogant and pompous to deal with, they do not respond at all to customer service complaints or issues, and the on board Uniform staff are arrogant as well. Regents’ overwhelming message is “ boy are you lucky we let you sail with us. Really lucky, and don’t you ever forget it.” It wasn’t all this work always this way, pre-MCL ownership. In our first sailing, Singapore to Sydney, on the mariner in 2010 the experience was wonderful in every regard. First of all, the ship was absolutely beautiful and in excellent condition throughout. The food was far, far better. I remember Unlimited sushi and sashimi on deck every day at lunch you never get it now. And the service was impeccable, at every level in every touch point. Through the years, the service and food has deteriorated steadily. The restaurants are way understaffed, most egregiously so in in Compass Rose, where the services painfully slow. On our last two cruises, Alaska in August and South America last February, there was not a single meal, not one, where are water glass was refilled without our asking, when we could find someone to ask. The condition of the mariner is deplorable. When we book to the South America cruise, we were told that the ship would have been newly refurbished. Region delayed it for you, blaming a shipyard hurricane, when everyone knew they just didn’t want to spend the money. The condition of the ship now is poor. The furniture in our horizon view suite, at the very rear the ship, was filthy. The faux [plastic] rattan furniture on the Veranda was falling apart. This suite was a $5000 upgrade. The day after returning from our Alaska cruise I had some questions about my final onboard invoice. I called Regent Customer Relations, and in keeping with the Regent approach to customer service got a voicemail. I left a message. I never got a call back. At the same time, I wrote corporate to express several concerns. I emailed Frank Del Rio, CEO of NCL and got no response. I sent him a follow-up, requesting the courtesy of a response, and got no response. I then forwarded both emails to Jason Montague, the CEO of Regent, and asked for his response. He never responded. We were stunned by the deterioration of the shipboard entertainment, which was outstanding on our South America cruise. It was dreadful on the Alaska cruise. They always have a duo, piano player and singer, in the Explorer Lounge before dinner. They were extremely weak. The dance company was no better than a high school group. The outstanding Regent Signature seven-piece orchestra has been cut back to five pieces. We have just booked our next cruise with Seabourn. What a difference at this early stage: they are absolutely delightful to deal with. It is night and day compared to Regent Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I chose this cruise for my group of 4 adults because it was a smaller ship, and 7 days long. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before - the other couple had been one several cruises. The staff was polite, helpful, and always ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my group of 4 adults because it was a smaller ship, and 7 days long. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before - the other couple had been one several cruises. The staff was polite, helpful, and always available, and prompt to help ! The rooms were spacious, and comfortable, the bed was cozy and comfortable! Shower was nice, balcony had comfortable lounging cushioned chairs and a nice deck table. The meals were lovely, and there were so many options- I don't know how one could ever complain about any lack of food or snack or drink service. The ship was clean, our room was aways tidied in the evenings. I went to the gym daily, and it was great ! The excursions were all as expected and very fun. My biggest surprise was how nice and friendly all the other passengers were- we made lots of new friends! Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Why Regent? We selected Regent because of their upscale reputation and because they had a follow-on tour to Denali after the cruise. We usually cruise on Azamera and Oceania because we like smaller ships with better service. We found ... Read More
Why Regent? We selected Regent because of their upscale reputation and because they had a follow-on tour to Denali after the cruise. We usually cruise on Azamera and Oceania because we like smaller ships with better service. We found Regent to be a cut above those two. Previous reviews complained about the quality of service and wine. We found the service to be excellent and the wines were good. The ship was a bit worn, but not that noticeable. Embarkation and Disembarkation Both were smooth as silk and not long. Regent was organized and is helps to have a small ship. Clothing OK, it rains a lot in Alaska, but usually not hard in August when we went. Most days were partly cloudy 50-55o with intermittent rain. Our last day in Alaska was 43o with a light rain. We had layers and that worked. I typically had an undershirt, longsleeve shirt (cotton, you won't sweat in Alaska), fleece, and a Gortex jacket. Also had a lightweight sweater for cold days. Wore a baseball hat most times, but used a rain hat a couple of times. Wore lightweight gloves a couple of times. Good waterproof sneakers are all you need, unless you go hiking into the forests. I also had an umbrella but used it only once, the rain wasn't heavy. I carried a backpack off the ship to carry stuff, including shedded layers. Books We took a Moon Alaska Travel book along and it really helped to preview upcoming sights. Learned a lot of history too. And the fold out map was fun. I looked at several books and the best was Moon. I also read a great book on the Alaskan WWII campaign called The Thousand Mile War. Phone We had good Verizon service in all Alaskan cities and sometimes on the road too. Most places had wifi too. Restaurants Their Main Dining Room is the Compass Rose and it was the best MDR we have experienced. Food was excellent, service was relaxed but not slow, and the wines all good. They had a set menu and a changing daily menu. Frequently, we would mix and match, trying a daily special with a lobster tail for an appetizer. We had fresh salmon, weinersnitzel, osso buco, rib eye, scallops, and more - all were excellent. The MDR never seemed crowded. LaVeranda This is their buffet dining room for breakfast and lunch. Food and service was good. Breakfast got repetitive after seven days, but that's typical. The outside seating area is small Setti Mari At night, LaVeranda becomes an Italian restaurant. You order a main course but it's self serve for appetizers and deserts. Our lease favorite and slowest of the restaurants. Personally, I wish they would keep it as a buffet at night. Especially for those after long excursion days who don't want a sit down dinner with a waiter. Pool Grill Here they serve breakfast and lunch in a buffet. Breakfast is limited. Lunch has the typical burgers, dogs, salads, and deserts. But, they do have specialty days - watch for them, especially on sea days. One was Mexican day, another featured Hungarian foods, and the best was a seafood buffet that was awesome. Coffee Connection A nice, small venu amid ships that has a limited offering for breakfast and lunch - and a full coffee bar. Next to the library so you can read one of about six printed papers. Signatures This is their French restaurant and the best of the lot. Service and food were five star. The wine selection was upscale and very good. We were allotted one visit - wish we had more! We had the open faced ravioli with lobster and scallops, and the veal tenderoin - both excellent. Prime 7 This is their steak restaurant and the equal of Signatures. I had a surf and turf that was awesome. Again, great wines. Wines and Beers We enjoyed all of the whites and all of the reds except one. Lots of South American wines, some French, American, and Australian. And a German. The beer selection was very good with American lights, Bud, Coors, Sam Adams, Guiness, Grolsch, and Alaskan Amber (my favorite, brewed in Anchorage). Selection varied by venue. Bars Boy, they have a bunch and they are nice. We loved Horizons, at the stern of the ship, to watch as we leave port. Passed treats and live music before dinner. The Observation lounge at the front of the ship is another favorite. None seemed crowded and service was prompt. Lectures Joseph Snyder, a US Dept of State foreign service officer for 30 years, gave three presentations on Alaska, Canada, and Russia. The history was fascinating and Joe is an excellent presenter. Gym A bit small but good equipment. Bring your earbuds to hook into the TV on some equipment. Entertainment We went to the Crew Review, which was just OK, and nothing else. We did play Trivia and had a lot of fun. Although, the trivia master got two answers wrong. You play for points which can be redeemed for ship-branded merchandise the last day. Internet Connection You are on a boat and have only a satellite connection. Expect slow service. But, once you are in port, use your cell service. The ship's response to Internet problems was very good. Tips: register only once, one device at a time, and use logout.com to end your session. Guests 85% were American, 20 from England, 15 from Canada, and 80 children. This is not a kids ship, but it was summer. Not a typical Regent profile. They did make up some games for the kids. Excursions Ketchican - we docked right downtown - what a great looking town! We were supposed to fly up to see the Misty Fjord, but the weather prevented it. Some folks took a boat and had mixed reactions - great to see but the boat ride was long. We instead booked with AlaskaRainForest.com - you can find them and a bunch of other sightseeing vendors right on the dock. We took a two hour walking tour through a private area that had temperate rain forest and a walkway through a stream and tidal estuary. The guide did a great job explaining the rain forest and its flora and fauna. On the boardwalk, we got to see a black bear come out of the woods and fish in the stream for 15 minutes. Very cool. The Tongass is the largest temperate rain forest in the world. After the boardwalk, we went to a large building where they were carving totem poles. And a raptor sanctuary. Back in town (15 min), we visited the museum (it's a National Park so take your Senior Pass. Nice museum. Juneau - during the night we sailed by a fjord and I caught a glimsp. From the boat, Juneau is not attractive, but it's a 20 walk to town which is attractive. We took a Regent bus tour that took us to a private Rain Forest Garden with a 15 min walk through a forest with plants identified, and then the owner gave a talk and Q&A - very interesting. Then we went to the Mendenhall Glacier and visitor center - very cool. Our bus driver and tour guide was Emily. ++ Note about tour guides and drivers. These are mostly 20-somethings in Alaska for the summer for adventure - bring some $5s, 10s, and 20s for tips. We had three girls driving big buses and giving tours at the same time - awesome. They do have CDLs. Skagway - again, from the ship, nothing to look at. But, the 20-min walk to town is worth it, the sidewalks are boardwalks and lots of shops. I also found an Ace hardware store and got glue for one of my shoes. We took another Regent tour to the White Pass RailRoad. This follows the famous white pass path that the miners took to the Yukon during the gold rush. Great scenery and great history. A word of caution - the bus was not heated and the train had little heat - bundle up. Some tours take the train up and bus back or vice versa - some take the train both ways. FYI - you cross over into Canada and must take your passport. Sitka - the docks are 15 minutes from town. This is a blue collar fishing town with nothing much to see on a walkabout. We did another Regent bus tour (Melissa) and visited a Russian dance hall - lots of Russian history here - dances were just OK. Then we went to the awesome Raptor Center where they care for injured birds and release some - one of the highlights of our trip. We had a tour of the center, saw lots of birds, and even had a presentation of an adolescent bald eagle not ten feet away - wow. Two days of sailing on our ship - from Skagway to Seward we passed the Hubbard glacier and the captain spent a lot of time there for all of us get a good look - an awesome sight. Then, more and more mountains. The other day of sailing, from Vancouver to Ketchikan, had more mountains and mountains to see. I never got tired to seeing the mountains - wonderful peaks with clouds up, down, and swirling around. Alaska to me is mountains. Post Cruise Regent Tour This was a really good six day tour on an upscale bus, 40 people, and a great tour guide and driver. The bus was super comfy and had a toilet in the back. Usually we had 1.5 to 2.0 hours between sites.. To Girdwood - we stopped at the Alaskan Wildlife Center after 1.5 hours. Great facility with big penned brown bear, black bear, elk, cariboue, musk ox, and porkupine. Got to the Alyeska Resort around noon - this is a large, expensive resort open summer and winter. They have a tram that goes up the mountain 2000 feet to a drop off for skiers, a museum, a four star restaurant, and a bar and grill. The rooms were not open around 1pm so we took the no-cost shuttle to The Bread Place and had a great lunch. Coming back, we took the shuttle the long way and saw most of the small, spread out village. At 5pm, we took the cable car to the top of the mountain, saw the museum (worth 30 min) and then had drinks in the bar before the dinner at Seven Glaciers. We did walk around for about 30 min in the wind and light rain looking at the resort, mountains, and ski hills - don't miss this! This restaurant was awesome, wonderful service and food with a view to die for. I'll never forget the clouds swirling up 3000 foot mountains. To the Grand Denali Lodge - up early with miles to go, first stop at Potters March. Nice. Next stop was awesome at Martin Buser's dog kennels - he's a four time Iditerod winner with a large complex to train dogs. He's an extremely personable guy who gave a great presentation on how he breeds and trains dogs. We got to handle six day old puppies! One of our best stops! The Grand Denali is super for Denali, like a good econolodge. Hey, it's Alaska. Park bus into Denali park - OK, you can't drive into Denali, you have to take the bus. We had a choice of the three hour or eight hour. We took the eight hour. A mistake. The bus is a school bus with nice seats but it's a pain to get on and off with a full load. And they are loaded. The scenery was fine, we saw bears three times, but it was too much time spent for little reward. Most of the road is gravel. I can't fault the Park, they need to keep traffic to a minimum. I would suggest the shorter tour. Most of what we saw was high sparse plains - nothing like the lush foiliage you see in the video in the visitors center. Ha! And, the clouds obscured Denali, which happens 60% of the time. Train and bus to Anchorage - we were supposed to take a plane in the am and fly around Denali but the weather cancelled us. Weather had been 50o to 55o most of the time in Alaska, but this day it was 43o, raining, and bitter. After noon, we took the train and bus to Anchorage. The train was great - more mountains and a dome car and good food and drink. And mountains! Transferred to the bus and got into the Anchorage Marriott around 8pm. Our guide suggested a local hangout Humpys - loud, local bar with great food - had the best ever fish and chips with fresh halibut. Last day - took a plane ride with Rust Flying (www.flyrusts.com/flightseeing/) to the Chinitna bay for bear viewing. This cost a bundle but was the highlight of our trip. Four of us (my wife, myself, and an Aussie couple) flew on a modern single engine plane (Australian built Gippsland) 1.5 hours to the bay. Wonderful commentary from Bart the pilot - history, local politics, oil wells, vegetation, and environment. Landed on a gravel beach. Met Marty the proprietor of www.akbearmountainlodge.com/ and her guide Al. We drove with Al on the gravel beach about 15 minutes to a beach/river area. There was a mother bear with a cub and we watched her fish in the river for 45 minutes. We got to within 25 feet of them! We were careful to move gently, keep quiet, and stay together. Doing this, the bears paid us no matter. Then, we watched a group of four bears, three of whom Al thought might be from the same mother. Again, no problems. It did comfort me that Al had a Marlin 45-70 bear rifle slung over his shoulder, just in case. After two hours on that beach, the bears trotted off and we left. Good timing as the weather turned rough and we headed back. Wow! I never thought I would get to within 25 feet of wild bears. Planes in Alaska - they are like Uber there. Lots of places cannot be reached except by plane, mostly float planes. In Anchorage, don't miss the Lake Hood floatplane base - there are literally thousands of plance there - biggest in the world - and a nice museum. Rust is the largest operator. Don't be afraid to take these planes - they know what they are doing. As long as you are going all the way to Alaska, spend the $$$ and take a flight. OK, the shops. Lots of ALASKA branded stuff for sale. We are mostly beyond this, unless we find something really special. I bought a hat from the Raptor Center and a shirt from Rust and Kathy bought two shirts. Most of the soeuvenir stuff we saw was much better than you would see in most resort towns. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
The Mariner was a beautiful ship with amazing staff, lots to do, good food, great ports of call and fun excursions. It was our first trip to Alaska and it was great. The scenery was gorgeous all the way from north to south. The size is ... Read More
The Mariner was a beautiful ship with amazing staff, lots to do, good food, great ports of call and fun excursions. It was our first trip to Alaska and it was great. The scenery was gorgeous all the way from north to south. The size is just right so you have enough variety in restaurants, activities, excursions but you do not feel like you are surrounded by hundreds of people. The cabins are gorgeous, each with a veranda and it made no difference which side of the ship you were on. The food was good - other dinners were better than others, but nothing below what we would say is good. The buffets were beautiful and there was no shortage of food or adult beverages! The excursions were very well organized and the guide companies they used were top notch. The staff was terrific - so polite, helpful and friendly. We would recommend this line to anyone wanting a great cruise with fewer people. It is definitely now our list for our next big vacation. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I read all of the reviews I could find to select the best cruise for my family. I didn't want a huge ship with crowded facilities and screaming children. Although this cruise was pricey, the cruise discourages tips, and everything ... Read More
I read all of the reviews I could find to select the best cruise for my family. I didn't want a huge ship with crowded facilities and screaming children. Although this cruise was pricey, the cruise discourages tips, and everything is included. There is no nickel and diming that I have heard occurs on other cruise lines. It turned out that this cruise met all of my expectations and more. The food was delicious and healthy; the staff was friendly and competent; the suites were clean and elegant. The entertainment was fun. And best of all, the excursions were free and excellent. (A few cost extra.) We saw whales, eagles, and sea otters on the Sea Otter excursion. The cruise line also offered experts who presented lectures daily about the sites that were on our itinerary. These lectures were broadcast on the television for those who had conflicts, and couldn't attend. The spa was great too. We all had pedicures, and some of us had massages. The track on deck 12 was wonderful and the exercise room provided machines for those who wanted to hit the "gym." I loved this cruise, and will gladly book my next cruise with Regent Seven Seas. Read Less
88 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Other folks invited us to go with them , so we did as we had not sailed on this line prior. Really disappointing. Very inconsistent food and service in the dining venues except for Prime 7 and Signatures. Mediocre foods some night at best ... Read More
Other folks invited us to go with them , so we did as we had not sailed on this line prior. Really disappointing. Very inconsistent food and service in the dining venues except for Prime 7 and Signatures. Mediocre foods some night at best , very good other nights. A joke for a tea service in the late afternoons. We just expected so much more for this highly overpriced line and have received much better service on others such as their sister line Oceania. Buffet that was drastically small and not varied as on other lines. Butler and room service was good, Penthouse A was large. Excursions were good but not worth paying extra for the all inclusive fees. The paid extra excursions were way better and they were expensive relative to other lines. Don't get the King Crab in Prime 7, get the lobster. Crab was frozen, served luke warm, dry as very old. Signatures had good dishes but no consistency for the same dishes two nights in a row. Compass Rose and Sete Mare both inconsistent for service and food. Really good dishes occasionally but not overall. Faulty service at best. This cruise line is not ready for prime time yet. We had much better experiences overall on Oceania but will be using Viking next as everyone we talk to rates them the highest now. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We'd previously cruised the RSSC Alaska route on the Navigator Ship and choose to do the cruise again with friends but this time it was the Mariners route. The Mariner is almost double the size but very similar in the overall ... Read More
We'd previously cruised the RSSC Alaska route on the Navigator Ship and choose to do the cruise again with friends but this time it was the Mariners route. The Mariner is almost double the size but very similar in the overall treatment of and services for guests. Billed as the first all-suite ship, Mariner is certainly a lovely ship. Granted, it's gracious but dated interior was due for a make-over in dry-dock in April 2017 but was postponed until April 2018. We're sure the renovations will be stunning. Public areas are never crowed (even during disembarkation at ports). There are numerous spaces for couples or groups to gather both inside and outside. The boutique shops are small, few and feel more like souvenir shops than the more specialized and higher-end shops on the Navigator. All the rooms are very spacious with generous balconies. Our suite, Horizon, was at the back of the ship and was very comfortable with a huge balcony. Our Butler, Ryan, was the true gem of our cruise and seemed to raise everything up a level or two every time we turned around. We found dinner in the restaurants (general and specialty) less than enjoyable with sporadic service and mediocre food. However, we enjoyed private dinners on our deck or in the room three times and the food always seemed much better, hotter/colder as appropriate and very timely. In fact, we accused Ryan of having a camera in room because he would magically appear to clear dishes or serve the next course just as the last of our group set down their fork. One area we suggest they examine is the liquor set-up. My husband asked for Scotch and Cognac and I asked for Grand Marnier. The bottles were HUGE and between us and our friends next door, we only managed to drink half of the scotch and only a portion of the cognac. Maybe smaller bottles would be a good idea and we could ask for more if needed. Of course the private wine selection was very good (although they were out or limited on several) and they happily ensured our bottles were chilled or breathing in time for our afternoon canapes. Our roomkeepers, Sri and Sachin, were very pleasant, thorough and seemingly refreshed the room each time we stepped out. They even got a chuckle doing our turn-down service watching Ryan juggle the dishes, wine, and our constant questions. Kristina and Kassy in the Horizon bar were stellar and worked like a well-oiled machine. We would sit in amazement watching them handle the rush of guests arriving after the shows ended. Kristina directed traffic, guided staff and mixed drinks and made guests feel welcome all at the same time. Kassy just churned out drinks, smiling all the while. The pool is saltwater and heated and the three hot tubs were uncrowded and always steaming. There were several children on the cruise and they seemed to enjoy the pool throughout the cruise, even on the coldest days! The excursions were very good and, unlike our first Alaska cruise, were all conducted. Some reviewers criticize RSSC for cancelled excursions but in fairness, it's Alaska and weather is variable by the hour and unless RSSC has more power than I know, they can't do anything to change it. Even tho our excursions were all held, the ice was too thick to go close to the Hubbard Glacier so instead of the fabulous up-close view we had on our first cruise, we only saw it in the distance on this one. Our Captain, a lady (woot woot), seemed to set a pace in the ship that was just a bit too fast. We were always early in port, leaving exactly at the departure time each day. This seems to run over to general staff too in that they always seemed to be rushed but not rude and in a hurry to deal with you and go on. In fact, we had to ask them to slow down our meals at the specialty restaurants so our "relaxing meal" could last more than 45 minutes! It's hard to feed 700 people and please them in all areas. Maybe a higher level food experience for us foodies would be a good addition to the services provided. Regent may look more expensive than other cruises but when you factor in everything you get - airfare, meals, drinks, excursions, entertainment, etc. - it's definitely a good value cruise. In summary, yes the ship needs updating but overall it's still a lovely ship. Sort of like your grandmothers house: fine details, a little rough around the edge but loaded with history, love, care and the desire to see you again. Read Less

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Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 3.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.9
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 5.0 4.1

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