Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by sharon2975
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Concierge Suite
This was our first Regent cruise and will not be our last. Our concierge level stateroom was spacious and had more storage space then we could fill. The bathroom was large and had drawers and shelf space to hold anything we could bring. We liked having 2 sinks, a tub and a shower. Having the laundry right down the hall was very convenient for washing swimsuits after snorkeling. The food was amazing. Our favorites included: Pacific Rim and Prime 7, don’t miss the 14 layer chocolate cake, trust me you will love it. The pools were heated and well used; we were concerned that they would be too cold for us, not an issue. Bob enjoyed the lectures, and we found the evening entertainment to be excellent. We laughed to Bruce Smirnoff’s humor, swayed to Doug Camron’s melodic violin, danced to the Broadway and 60’s music and swooned to Tammy & Andy’s beautiful singing. Each night we listened to Tim’s excellent piano playing and enjoyed “Name the Tune” with friends until the wee hours.
The staff was very caring, sweet and helpful. Anything we asked for was delivered without hesitation. For example, Bob requested IPA beer and the next day a supply was in our cabin. We found out later that it was not carried onboard and someone went to port and purchased it for Bob. Just one example of how above and beyond everyone goes to make sure the passengers are taken care of.
I could go on and on, but I think you have the gist. We have booked another trip on the Explorer.
There were a few areas that need improvement.
* The Internet connection was iffy at best.
* We did not enjoy the shore excursions that we took from the ships offerings; this may be because of the itinerary, however at this time it is our only means for comment.
* The cooking class was a huge disappointment. Bob has a shellfish allergy and we checked prior to booking the cooking class that it was only “fish” and no shellfish. The class began with scallops and then moved to shrimp. Although they switched to fish for Bob, there was serious cross-contamination in the ovens and Bob got quite sick. We requested a refund and wanted to leave the class. The head chef would only refund Bob. We missed two of the recipes because of the time spent talking to her. We stayed even though we did not want to. It felt like the cooking school was a concession that was not run by Regent. Their main concern was the money; not that the passengers were taken care of. Also but not as important, the chef teaching was not good. She forgot steps and the food was not great.
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