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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
What can I say. Everything about this cruise was fantastic. Our F1 cabin was luxurious. The bathroom with a tub and shower and double vanity was wonderful. The large stateroom was great and the king bed was very comfy. The food was ... Read More
What can I say. Everything about this cruise was fantastic. Our F1 cabin was luxurious. The bathroom with a tub and shower and double vanity was wonderful. The large stateroom was great and the king bed was very comfy. The food was exceptional, especially in the specialty restaurants and they have three. We ate in all three and they were all great. We especially liked Chartreuse, the French Restaurant. The premium alcohol was very, very nice. You can get just about any type of drink you want and it is included. We enjoyed the cafe with all of the specialty coffees every day. The crew was great and sailing was very, very smooth. Everyone of the tours that we took was exceptional. The Ballet and the Evening Of The Tsars in St. Petersburg were the best, although there was an extra charge for both of them. If you go on this cruise, you must do both of those. The extra charge is well worth it. We also liked the itinerary very, very much. My wife and I also had great massages on board. And we loved having the unlimited wifi included. We used it all of the time. I cannot say enough about Regent and this cruise. This was our first Regent cruise, but it will not be our last. We will definitely sail with them again soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise due to its unique Itinerary. We've had enough of St. Petersburg, which dominates the other Scandinavian cruises. We had never been to Iceland, the Faroe Islands or the Shetland Islands, or most of the other stops ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to its unique Itinerary. We've had enough of St. Petersburg, which dominates the other Scandinavian cruises. We had never been to Iceland, the Faroe Islands or the Shetland Islands, or most of the other stops in Norway, Denmark or Sweden. My wife has never seen Norway. We loved Explorer during our Panama Canal New Year's cruise at the beginning of the year. It sails superbly, even in rough weather. Explorer is one of our three favorite cruise ships, the others being Oceania Riviera and Marina (whence came Explorer's wonderful teaching kitchen, pan-Asian restaurant, and spa layout). Voyager and Mariner would come next on our list. The infinity pool is underutilized; people seem not to realize it's open to everyone. We went through the Panama Canal from there; far better view than from the Observation Lounge one criticism is the infrared "sauna," which isn't close to being hot enough for sauna lovers. Also, running out of aqavit on a Scandinavian cruise is inexcusable! Food and service were excellent. We favor Pacific Rim and Prime 7, but Chartreuse was very popular too, though there is a strong split opinion; we much prefer Jacques on Oceania). Compass Rose is far better than the MDR on Oceania, but try to get a table in the quieter back rooms. One secret is the superb authentic Irish Coffee made in the Cafe. Entertainment as good, especially the British comedian. Smithsonian lecturer was knowledgeable but a very mediocre monotone speaker; Regent needs to find more dynamic speakers. Read Less
103 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We were first time REGENT cruisers, although we have cruised MANY times before on Celebrity, Princess, Azamarra, etc......This was a 18-night "Panama Canal" cruise that started in SF on July 20 and ended up in Miami.on Aug 7. ... Read More
We were first time REGENT cruisers, although we have cruised MANY times before on Celebrity, Princess, Azamarra, etc......This was a 18-night "Panama Canal" cruise that started in SF on July 20 and ended up in Miami.on Aug 7. Ship was very small and intimate, nicely refurbished. Cabin was VERY large and very well designed, but we were on the 8th deck in Cabin 868 and the vibrations from the engine or thrusters or drive shafts, or whatever, was absolutely unbelievable. It got to a point where we dreaded going back to the cabin for the night because we knew we would be woken up due to the very heavy vibrations, rumbling sounds and "shuttering" that seemed to happen at random times but was always the worst when approacing a port or leaving a port.. I finally went to see the General Manager (Nicki), and she apologized and offered us a "future cruise" credit that we accepted. I will NEVER go back on the REGENT NAVIGATOR, but we used the credit and some other discounts offered since we booked the next cruise while on-board, for a 1-week Alaska cruise on the REGENT MARINER in August of 2018 We thought the food was VG to Excellent, except for a meal at Sette Mari one night, and the service was truly outstanding! The ship is very small so there are not a lot of activities or different venues of entertainment, but overall it would have been a VERY nice cruise if the vibrations and noise were not our constant companions while in our cabin. We will give REGENT one more "go" on the Alaska trip we have now booked, but that trip is going to have to be utterly amazing for us to be future REGENT customers. Embarkation was fairly smooth and debarkation was VERY smooth. Just PLEASE be aware......if you are considering REGENT NAVIGATOR, do NOT accept a cabin in the rear portion of the ship on level 8 or even level 9. Many of our cabin neighbors also complained about the vibrations, so we are positive that cabins 860-862-864-868-870 and then the other side of the deck, cabin 861-863-865-867-869 were affected by the vibration and "shuttering" problems. I would also caution fellow cruisers to stay away from the rear cabins on deck 9. REGENT knows this is a current (and past), problem, but apparently has done nothing to try and resolve it. Believe we, when I say it is BAD, I can't stress enough how bad it is. BEWARE!!!! One last comment........REGENT advertises itself as a 6-star cruise line. If you eliminate the vibration/noise from it's cabins, and consider the VG to excellent food, the outstanding service, the free wi-fi (which actually worked OK most of the time), pre-paid gratuities, free beverages, and "unlimited" shore excursions, it probably is pretty close to a 6-star line. However, the excursions SUCK for the most part, and REGENT schedule all of the excursions in just about every port so that you can only do one.....the only exception was Key West. On top of that, we considered (as most of our "neighbors") did, that the quality of the excursions was VERY POOR. Certainly no where near a 4 or 5 star quality. In our opinion, if you identify yourself as a 6-star line, then your "included" excursions should also be 4 or 5 star level. The excursions we took (including the 1 and 1/2 we did in Key West) to be in 1-2 quality range!! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because we were tired of being nickeled and dimed to death with other cruise lines & the Itinerary was one we had not experienced before, in addition my sister-in-law recently lost her husband and we invited her to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were tired of being nickeled and dimed to death with other cruise lines & the Itinerary was one we had not experienced before, in addition my sister-in-law recently lost her husband and we invited her to join us. We went to some very nice ports and a few ugly ports... Guatemala and Ecuador. I have to say that this was a very enjoyable cruise except for the lack of bands and dancing facilities. For some reason the last time they rebuilt the ship some idiot decided that two poles in the middle of the only small dance floor on the ship was a good idea. Whenever more than three couples got on the floor it was impossible to move around. Also there is only one musical band on the ship. That means that there is zero dancing anywhere on the ship whenever the band is required for accompanying any performer of the production staff and dancers. This is ridiculous and cheap for a cruise company that makes a big deal out of being all inclusive. I have one really major complaint: We booked a penthouse cabin for three adults, there are only a dozen penthouse cabins supposedly set up for three passengers on the ship. The problem is that the cabins are just like all the others. Zero accommodations made for the third passenger. Here is a list of the problems associated with this setup: 1.) The pull-out couch had a lousy mattress. We insisted and got a real mattress (6 inchs thick) assigned to the bed that had to be removed and replaced each and every night for the 29 day cruise as it would not fit in the couch. Once the pull out couch and mattress are in place the bar and refrigerator cannot be used as the cabin is too narrow to open the refrigerator. It also make the balcony impossible to use once the bed is made as you have to crawl over the bed to open it. Because of this each morning I was forced to remove the matress, and then store it between the couch and the window, temporarily blocking half of our Balcony view every morning to give us access to the Balcony. 2.) The glassware had two of everything in the cabinet upon our arrival. We had to request glassware and stemware for three occupants & several times after using the bar the glassware was not replaced properly while we were away for a show or dinner. 3.) We paid for Butler service, overall the service was excellent except... when canapé's were delivered every night they were always delivered in multiples of 2, not 3, I attempted to explain this to our Butler, who seemed to speak very good English, but after numerous attempts gave up and divided what he brought as best we could. It was almost a game to decide which of the three of us was being shorted a selection each evening. In addition several times I had to request replenishment of beer and alcohol. 4.) If a cabin is properly set up for three, there should be end tables with drawers for three, not two, instead of a lamp table with NO storage for the third person. 5.) Inadequate storage space for 3, for a 29 day cruise. Of course there was an inadequate number of clothes hangers for 3 people for the cruise. It took several request to get enough into our walk-in closet. 6.) Inadequate lighting at the bed for the third person. On this ship, the Navigator, having a third person in a Penthouse suite is NOT advisable. By the end of the cruise, because of the inadequate facilities, we determined never to attempt a third person again, at least not in this suite. It seemed to me that when you add a third person for over $10,000 you should expect better. Our cruise was supposed to stop at Catalina Island. Upon embarkation, we were informed that we were NOT stopping in Catalina, but because of some problem, yet to be explained, we instead went to the stupid port of Ensenada. I believe they waited to tell us this upon embarkation because numerous people would have been on the Cruise lines case because of the change. I would have been one of them. There has been no mention of refunding some of our money because we lost out on a port all of us really wanted to go to. Excursions; Having excursions included in the price of the cruise is a good thing. You don't have to worry about getting back to the ship on time if you stay with the guide. You also don't have to do the amount of planning and coordination that is required to do them on your own. We did run across several minor issues that I felt happened because the Cruise line was being cheap. All cruisers paid a lot of money for this trip. This kind of stuff should not happen: 1.) They give you all the water you want to carry when you leave the ship, OK, who wants to carry more than one bottle each. On several occasions once on the coach no additional water was provided by the cruise ship and after a 6 to 7 hour tour of very warm and humid conditions having to pay a couple bucks for local water should not happen. On more than one occasion when we reached our destination on the coach the tour/guide had water for sale at ridiculous prices. Why is water not included in the tours? Good question... 2.) We signed up for "Lunch with an Astronaut" at the Kennedy space center. The lunch with the Astronaut was cancelled, but everyone still thought lunch was going to be provided, just that the Astronaut would not be there. Wrong, we had to buy our lunch after being ticked to have a lunch provided. Can we say, cheap. 3.) We went to a tour that was advertised as a drive through an animal park in Guatemala consisting of driving through the park in 6 passenger covered jeeps and station wagons.... Wrong, we drove through in our 50 passenger motor coach that barely made the turns and photography was hampered by the fact that the windows were glary and would not open, and of course if you were seated on the wrong side of the bus it was impossible to see, much get good photo's.... bummer OK, not so bad, but we were promised a lunch. The restaurant made sandwiches and burgers that all of us thought should have been provided, but Wrong, our provided lunch consisted of a small cup of fries and a local beer. If you wanted more, you had to purchase it on your own dime. Another cheap play by the Cruise. Not sounding quite so all inclusive is it. Many of the excursions were excellent, but not all of them. Whenever I have paid for an excursion with non all inclusive lines, I got really nice excursions. Regent could do a much better job and stop being so cheap. I also feel they should pre-tip the guides so they did not look for handouts at the end of there tour. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We wanted a relaxing cruise with a luxury cruise line and the opportunity to explore a portion of Alaska while enjoying fantastic scenery. We were not disappointed. The embarkation and disembarkation were incredibly well organized. Our ... Read More
We wanted a relaxing cruise with a luxury cruise line and the opportunity to explore a portion of Alaska while enjoying fantastic scenery. We were not disappointed. The embarkation and disembarkation were incredibly well organized. Our penthouse suite (1014) and our butler (Irfan) were simply fabulous. The room was quite spacious with a wonderful balcony. The amenities were first rate and every detail seemed to be taken care (high end toiletries, walk in closet, binoculars etc). We eventually visited every dining venue on the ship. Prime 7 (steakhouse) and Signatures (French) both required reservations. Some reservations were made ahead of time and some during the cruise. Both restaurants were fabulous. Food was very above average...not necessarily the best I've ever had in my life, but definitely 5-star! We often considered upgrading to a higher end wine (for a price) but time and time again realized that the included wines (too many to list but excellent Chardonnay, Gavi di Gavi, Bordeaux, Chianti Reserve etc) were simply fantastic already. We enjoyed the numerous bars, lounges etc. A few times they got a bit busy, but we were able to get a drink by approaching the bar staff or going to the bar...in general though the bar staff did a fabulous job. We thought the shows (magician, dancers, singers) were simply awesome. The food choices and drink opportunities were endless and we never really found ourselves disappointed with any of the options. In Ketchikan we did the lumberjack show excursion. It was entertaining and quite funny. I'm glad it was free however. We also did the Cruise/crab feast excursion in Ketchikan. We were able to see bald eagles up close and eat more crab legs than we ever had in our lives. All part of the free excursion. In Juneau we did two separate excursions. The first was the complimentary glacier visit. We had 1 1/2 at the glacier which was enough time to hike to the waterfall (highly recommended). A single hour at the falls isn't enough time to accomplish this. Our second excursion was the $169 (?) whale watching in the evening. We choice this because it allowed us to do two unrushed excursions. The company that did this excursion was excellent. Professional and interesting with some food and drink provided. There were two disappointments with this particular cruise. 1. We couldn't cruise Tracy Arm due to the presence of ice burgs. Though another scenic "fjord" was selected instead. 2. We couldnt dock at Victoria due to high winds. Though disappointing, I saw both of these decisions as safety related and thus didn't "downgrade" Regent accordingly. We did this cruise with two other older (mid to late 50s) couples. We all generally agreed that the cruise was everything we could have wanted or hoped for. Negative comments related to petty things here and there but never rose to the level of disappointment for our experience as a whole. We are currently looking for another Regent Seven Seas cruise as we enjoyed this cruise line that much. I would definitely recommend them to my friends. Read Less
30 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose Regent primarily because we wanted to try an all-inclusive cruise to see if they are worth the price and Regent got great reviews. Overall, we loved the boat and the crew. Service was generally off the chain good, but I ... Read More
We chose Regent primarily because we wanted to try an all-inclusive cruise to see if they are worth the price and Regent got great reviews. Overall, we loved the boat and the crew. Service was generally off the chain good, but I wouldn't spring for a penthouse just to get a butler. Ours was wonderful, but really didn't do much that a good steward wouldn't have done. We just aren't that needy as travelers, but if you are, it might be a good spend. Getting on and off the boat was handled exceptionally well in our view. Not just at embark/disembark, but shore excursions. Literally, hundreds of people were moved smoothly and comfortably every morning. They were even handicapped that most of our ports were tendered, not docked, and the crew made it look easy. Food on the boat was generally good, but not as good as I expected, based on other reviews. I frequently found both fish and steaks over cooked. Other dishes like pasta and risotto leaned toward salty and over seasoned. There were certainly exceptions where fare exceeded all expectations. The French based Chartreuse was our favorite - we ate there twice on the trip and food was properly cooked and seasoned both times. Next, was the main dining Compass Rose, where the chef's specialty menu was usually the best. Especially, good were oxtail soup and herb crusted lamb rack. At the restaurant bottom for us, was the Prime 7 steak house. My medium rare filet was a hockey puck - over done, under seasoned, tough and dry. I do much better at home. The wife's halibut was likewise over and dry. This is not upscale dining. All drinks are included and the bartenders are fantastic! Some of the best bar service we've had anywhere. Drinks were just about perfect. What else? Let's pick nits - this is an "upscale" cruise line. The on board included wi-fi is useless most of the time. Lighting in the bathrooms is far too dim for 50 something eyes. The stateroom temperature is very difficult to control - going quickly from sticky to meat locker. The bottom line is always would you do a Regent cruise again. We talked to lots of Regent repeaters on the trip and we always asked them why Regent? Everyone, said first the all-inclusive concept. One price and you are done and you know that number long before you board. Second, great service is what brings customers back. For us the answer is YES. We will go with Regent again. It's worth the money. However, we stop short of many others who say they won't ever travel with anyone else. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The itinerary allowing us to travel to Bermuda from Florida on the ship was our deciding factor to celebrate our 44th anniversary. We cruised on the Navigator for our 30th anniversary and did not want to miss out on this last trip to ... Read More
The itinerary allowing us to travel to Bermuda from Florida on the ship was our deciding factor to celebrate our 44th anniversary. We cruised on the Navigator for our 30th anniversary and did not want to miss out on this last trip to Bermuda. The ship was beautiful, having been refurbished last year, and was better than our expectations. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and easy. The food delicious and always flavorful, attractive and top service. We especially enjoyed several of the cast productions however felt Clive Carrington's classics and piano bar entertainment was the best we have enjoyed (this was our 28th cruise). His amazing talent playing everything from classical to current venues as well as singing kept us entertained nightly. Guests and one of the bar servers, Elvis, even shared his mike adding so much to the evenings. Singer Shauna Hicks' Broadway show was also amazing. She was featured two nights and we wish she was on stage at least once more. Another great talent who hope to see in the future. We enjoyed the special interest lectures with Kim Orlando. Service was always perfect, helping with smiles and warm greetings. We definitely will cruise on Regent again and plan to book one of their other ships for variety and itinerary from Florida. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful Mediterranean cruise on the RSS Explorer, it certainly lived up to all expectations and even surpassed some. The suite we had chosen (Concierge) was perfect, very comfortable bed, good ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful Mediterranean cruise on the RSS Explorer, it certainly lived up to all expectations and even surpassed some. The suite we had chosen (Concierge) was perfect, very comfortable bed, good sized suite with an exceptional balcony, lovely bathroom nice amenities and a perfect walk in closet and a well-stocked mini-bar, enjoying my G&T on the balcony each evening. Dining on board was a delight, we dined at all the restaurants on board, our favourites were Sette Mari at La Veranda and Prime7 and overall we had wonderful meals at every restaurant we dined at with lovely wines. I also liked very much the fact that as with some lines they have formal nights (Black Tie) with RSSC it is smart casual. Excursions - varied from okay to excellent. The only criticism about the excursions was the time they started, the majority of the excursions began at 08:00-08:15 am. This was far too early. The ideal start time I believe would have been 09:15 allowing for time to begin the day and have some breakfast. One area I particularly liked was the café area where it was a relaxed and great place to grab a snack or drink. The ship never felt full of passengers, never having to queue at the pool grill at lunch time, plenty of areas to sit on the top decks and always attentive service from the friendly international staff. The cruise is certainly geared towards the American market though we were pleased there was Sky and BBC World news on the TV for the European passengers, and three UK papers in the library printed daily, good touch. The Wi-Fi is patchy to say the least and annoying to keep logging in every time you leave the ship. Yes there are a few areas you could complain about, such as the water served at tea time in the observation lounge could be hotter, or the WI-FI to be improved but these are minor complaints. Once you see what is included compared to other cruise lines this surpasses many. Pros - Mostly everything Cons – Early excursions Overall I would highly recommend a cruise with RSS, this being our first cruise we are already planning in a few years to save up for a future cruise sailing to Canada/New England and will no doubt book with RSSC. Read Less
127 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We had been on a Regent cruise four years ago that we really enjoyed. We really wanted to check out the newest ship, Explorer, so we booked a Mediterranean cruise starting in Barcelona and ending in Venice. I initially wanted to get a ... Read More
We had been on a Regent cruise four years ago that we really enjoyed. We really wanted to check out the newest ship, Explorer, so we booked a Mediterranean cruise starting in Barcelona and ending in Venice. I initially wanted to get a penthouse suite but they were all booked. We ended up with a superior suite, which is one step above their lowest category of deluxe verandah. This is an important distinction and I'll come back to it in a minute. The room was very nice and large, especially the balcony. The bathroom has two sinks, a separate shower and bathtub. There is also a large walk in closet. The ship itself is very nice with several specialty dining venues and nice bars. The pool area has very nice lounge chairs as well as large loungers built for two. The jacuzzis have shade covers over them. My biggest gripes with this cruise line were with dining and entertainment. They have a caste system set up. If you do not have at least a concierge level room or higher, then your chances of getting into any of the specialty dining restaurants is very low. You are allowed to make reservations for each specialty restaurant once online before you board the ship. Good luck getting in again after that. At first, I didn't think it would be that big a deal. That was before I actually ate in the main dining room-Compass Rose. I could not believe how bad this restaurant was. Service is slow and disorganized and the food was extremely subpar. I ordered lobster as they had it on the menu. I received a small sad looking crustacean that looked like a langostino. About the size of a medium shrimp. It also tasted like it was not fresh. Considering we were paying $10,000 a person for this cruise, I was not happy about this; especially since I had been on a Holland America cruise the month before where they served fabulous lobsters in their main dining room during the dress up night. I could not believe that a cruise line that charges 1/10 the price would have better food. Unfortunately, that continued to be the case. They do have an Italian restaurant that you don't need reservations for. It is not as nice as the other specialty restaurants as it is the buffet during the day. You have to show up early or wait hours to be seated. We ate there a couple of times after we realized that the Compass Rose was never getting any better. Regent's glossy brochures claim they have gourmet dining. Well, they do in the steak restaurant and the french restaurant and the asian one. Unfortunately, because of their caste system, your chances of trying it more than once if you are in a superior suite, are not good.If you have sailed with them at least 21 days you start to get priority reservations as well. We got notification of that halfway through the cruise so were able to get into the specialty restaurants two more times. What is completely unacceptable to me is how extremely bad the main dining room is--especially for the amount of money you are paying. The entertainment was also a huge disappointment. On our last Regent cruise, the entertainment was quite good. They had gymnasts who were fabulous and an amazing violinist. This time around, that was not the case. Broadway style music designed for 80 year olds was the only entertainment available. Even in the bars they played a type of elevator music. Only one night in the bar did I see a decent act. A husband and wife team put on a very nice singing show. That was one night out of 10. I would give the entertainment a D .Unless you are 80 years old, you are probably not going to like it. I know we didn't and we are in our late 50's. Again, Holland America has better entertainment as well. Their Blues Club is amazing. The excursions are something that Regent excels at. However, even though they claim they are completely free, that is not actually the case. You need to pay attention when you are signing up for them as some cost money--sometimes quite a lot of money. I did pay attention so booked only free excursions. They were all quite good. One of my favorites was in Kotor, Montenegro. It's a beautiful town, especially viewed from the water. We were able to go to a flute concert held in a church and then get a chance to eat at a local hangout. That was a special excursion that I was on the waiting list for (as I had no priority). Luckily, we were able to get in. It was for Regent's 25th anniversary. Because we were not in a concierge or higher cabin, we did not have transfers or a night before the cruise included. However, we stayed at Hotel The Serras in Barcelona before the cruise. It is located near the marina, and is a small boutique hotel that is quite luxurious and has a rooftop bar. That turned out to be a good choice. We stayed at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice. It was also very nice with a fabulous breakfast area facing the Grand Canal. They have a free water taxi that will take you to St Mark's Square and it runs 24 hours a day. One surprise we had when we reached Venice, was how expensive water taxis were. I thought Regent was quite deceptive in sending out a form saying you could pay an extra $400 for them to include transfers. Don't do it. The water taxi costs $100. You can take a water bus but it is crowded and with suitcases would be difficult. It is much cheaper though--less than $10. I loved the ports we visited and thought the excursions were good. The size of the ship-750 passengers--is also very nice. However, I was so disappointed by the food and service in the main dining room and the entertainment, I think it is very unlikely I would do another Regent cruise. I don't think it is worth the money spent. This was our second time on Regent, but we have cruised many times on other cruise lines including Carnival, Princess, Norwegian and Holland America. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and all in all it was a wonderful trip, a trip of a lifetime. We saw so many beautiful and wonderful places, and met many wonderful people. Our Regent experience was, with a few ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and all in all it was a wonderful trip, a trip of a lifetime. We saw so many beautiful and wonderful places, and met many wonderful people. Our Regent experience was, with a few notable exceptions, as good as the one 7 years ago in the Mediterranean. I will bullet point the positive and negatives below, and have, of course, given these to Regent as well in their post-cruise survey. Positives: The Crew/Service - the staff and crew on board were absolutely wonderful. Everyone went out of their way to try to get to know you and to exceed your needs. The crew members were exceptionally interactive compared to our past cruise experiences, playing games and taking the time to chat with passengers frequently. The wait and bar staff were always welcoming, remembering favorite items and going out of their way to accommodate (had a bartender go ashore to find us lychees and had our cabin stewardess always find pears for me). The level of service we experiences was exceptional. The cabin/ship - this ship was refurbished top to bottom last fall and the cabin and public spaces were beautiful Shipboard activities - this ship had more on board activities than I had seen on previous cruises. We really enjoyed the team trivia, crew lawn game challenges, the deck by deck "block party", and the shipboard picnic Business Class Air "included" - when flying to Asia this was a must! Post Cruise extension to Seim Reap - this was my absolute favorite part of the whole trip. Even though it was blazing hot and humid ( felt I was raining down sweat), the hotel they put us in (Borei Angkor Hotel), the guides for the torus of the Angkor complex, the cultural dinner and show and hotel spa were all first class. Luncheons at the pool grill - while the food overall was what I would call "meeting expectations" (with a few exceptions, breakfasts - meh, Dinners generally good), the pool grill stood out as providing a consistently good product and providing different "theme" each day Opportunities Wine Selections - this was a marked difference from our last Regent experience. The wine selections were not only fewer, but most were of much reduced quality than what we expected from Regent. Also on a few occasions they would run out of some of the better wines leaving only the poorer quality options. There was no wine list per se, bu the stewards would come around and offer the "red or white of they day" and if this was not what you wanted, you could ask for something else but had to play 20 questions to see if they had what you wanted. Many of our fellow passengers also commented that they felt that Regent was cost cutting in this department. Entertainment - while some of the theater shows were very good, especially the Chinese cultural show, the entertainment overall was what I would call "sleepy". Now they may say this is what their clientele likes but I beg to differ. People were jumping and closing down the bar on dance party night, and a group of people I talked to had found a way to create a new pop/rock playlist on the "background music" system in the lounge only to find it deleted a few days later, so there is definitely an appetite for more upbeat options. Go ahead and keep the "Captain and Tennille" show if you must, but don't have it in all the lounges all the time. Docking Locations - I'm not sure if this could be helped in all instances, but I know that in many of our ports, our ship was docked in what I would call "remote" locations, thus requiring long shuttle or cab rides into towns as opposed to any "walk off"options. This may have been a cost cutting option, poor planning, or luck of the draw, but it was most apparent in Hong Kong, where we were docked out in Kowloon, while the sister Oceania ship was docked right downtown. Tour Timing - some of this may be related to the above, but many of the torus we were on required long bus rides (2-4 hours plus) just to get to the tour sites. Some tours took more time to get there than the actual tour itself. Once we did get there we did enjoy the tours very much, but often felt rushed and "pulled through" the sites in order for the guides to keep on schedule and get us back in time, thus diminishing the overall experience. We and many folks we talked to actually ended up cancelling tours later in the itinerary because we couldn't stand the thought of another 5 hours on a bus. Last Day Experience - once we arrived in Bangkok from Seim Reap, we were joined by the passengers who had gone to Chang Mai and taken to the Sheraton Orchid Hotel. Here is where thins fell down a bit. We all had early flights and got to the hotel before noon, where we were told check in would not be until 4PM. Unlike in Seim Reap, where they had arranged for half day tours for us while we awaited check in, here we were placed in a ballroom, and given no information on where to do, what we could do, no tour was offered (unless you wanted to buy one from the hotel), nor was any food (save for peanuts and chips) offered. Added to this was that the Regent staff were not terribly helpful when asked about restaurant options, or possible places to go during the downtime. Basically we fended for ourselves and several of us jumped on trip advisor for food and entertainment options and passed the word along. So all that being said, we did have a great trip, a wonderful time and created lasting memories. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our 5th cruise aboard Regent, and the staff and crew were fabulous as usual. We met Anastasia, Marla and Lorraine, and saw Rahul again. SS Mariner is so beautiful, but the staff really make the cruise. Lorraine is a wonderful ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise aboard Regent, and the staff and crew were fabulous as usual. We met Anastasia, Marla and Lorraine, and saw Rahul again. SS Mariner is so beautiful, but the staff really make the cruise. Lorraine is a wonderful cruise Director and always cheerful and accommodating. Marla is a fantastic conversationalist and so friendly and comfortable to be around. Anastasia is one of the most charming and sweetest service staff that we've ever met, and Rahul is super friendly and attentive. Our cabin was 376 sq ft plus a 76 sq ft balcony. It was well appointed. Our Butler was super. We finally figured out how to use a butler, by scheduling hors d' oeuvres at 5 every day, with Martini glasses for us and our friend for whom we purchased another cabin. We'd previously reserved our cabin liquor. The food on Mariner is spectacular. We felt guilty as we usually eat smaller portions and, accordingly, a lot of leftover food went back to the kitchen. Specialty restaurants are favorites; Signatures and Prime 7. Of the 5 cruises on Regent, on this one, we spent the most time on the ship, instead of taking shore excursions. Crew Capers, the last performance staged by the crew onboard, is always tearful, as it is done by volunteers, and creates a beautiful memory of staff and the last night onboard. Those memories will always be cherished. The only issue that we had was apparently as a result of the merger with NCL and a mis-communication of management orders. On Regent, cigarette and cigar smoking is permitted in the Connoisseur Club and one area of the pool deck. Pipe smoking is only permitted in the Connoisseur Club. I'd made friends with another passenger and we smoked cigars in the designated area of the pool deck. We were approached several times (in a very cordial manner) by bar staff on the pool deck that cigar smoking was not permitted. They were very friendly, but it was, nevertheless, a little intimidating and disconcerting. On the third approach, I showed the bar staff member the RSSC website and it's rules aboard Mariner, and he apologized and we were not bothered again. Unfortunately, that was the last afternoon on board. In July, we booked Explorer for two back to back Mediterranean cruises for a total of 15 nights starting late October, and we're looking forward to seeing Hassain and Anastasia again aboard Explorer. We'll have another totally fabulous experience aboard Regent on its newest ship. We've compared other cruise lines to Regent, and honestly feel that Regent is like our home away from home to us, though, as Lorraine says on the last night of the cruise; when we get back home, take a shower and drop the towel on the floor, we're a bit dismayed that there is no one there to pick it up after us : ) A very huge Thank You to Regent and staff for our wonderful cruising experiences! We can't praise you enough for such rewarding, exciting yet relaxing times aboard your beautiful ships. Vince and Paul Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
First of all, all the pictures I took are from INSIDE the suite. These are not public rooms. The furnishing are amazing! I don't think there is a more extensive collection of photos inside the suite anywhere online. I know I could not ... Read More
First of all, all the pictures I took are from INSIDE the suite. These are not public rooms. The furnishing are amazing! I don't think there is a more extensive collection of photos inside the suite anywhere online. I know I could not find many when I was booking it. Hope it helps to give you an idea. I did not take pics of second bedroom. I started cruising 40 years ago. Started on the NCL Bahamarama and then a cabin with 69sq feet for 3 people on another line. Point is, I started at the very VERY bottom and have worked my way up the chain one step at a time for those 40 years. So now we all have a reference point. lol I have had the owners suite on most common lines, ships. About 12 to date including the Queen Mary, Jewel, Pearl, 3 Celebrity ships, Allure, 1 Silver Sea, Oceana and a few more for another point of reference. So I booked the Regency Suite as it has the highest marks and it is the most luxurious suite at sea as they claim! It's beautiful. Let me put everyone's mind at rest, there was no ugly. None! I'll think HARD to find something bad. I had two complaints but they were not the fault of the cruise line. They are personal preferences. What we learned is you may want to forgo many of the spa treatments or you will find yourself at the spa way too much. About the 3rd day we figured out that it was a little overwhelming and cut way back on the treatments. Would rather spend the time together with girlfriend as we found that we were only seeing each other for meals. Of course if you have been married a long time you may feel different. :-) The cabin is at the front of the ship. To be honest, I prefer the rear as you really can't use the balcony when you are on the move. Just way too windy. So we would use the small balcony on the side off the other bedroom. Preem, our Butler, was spot on. Preem was Great! Thanks Preem! Food and service was wonderful. Staff was great every step of the way. We don't do shore excursions but Regency provided a driver and car at each port. We would go off the ship for 1-2 hours and then back to the ship. Of course each time we looked forward to returning to the suite. We are going on Regency again in less than 90 days and already booked for 2019. This time elected for the #2 cabin, the Master Suite as it is in the rear of the ship. As for value, let's not kid ourselves. It was over the top. But sometimes you want something over the top. For all other times, hopefully the Master Suite at a fraction of the price will still provide 99% of the experience and 2000 sq. feet. Overall a wonderful experience. My next review is the Ralph Lauren Owners Suite on the Oceana Riviera that were were on December 2, 2017. Thanks for reading and hope you found my review helpful. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Regent - Mariner Deck 8 Penthouse w/ Butler Service It was our first cruise in several years and we made the decision to save up and go on Regent. We read great things about them on line and were excited about the experience. ... Read More
Regent - Mariner Deck 8 Penthouse w/ Butler Service It was our first cruise in several years and we made the decision to save up and go on Regent. We read great things about them on line and were excited about the experience. The first few days we were really pleased, it met and exceeded all of our expectations. The rough seas hit us off Honduras and the service level seemed to fall off (understandable). But what surprised us is that all of the activities seemed to not change or adapt to the situation. They did not seem to have a plan for keeping us occupied while it rained and the pool, golf, etc were closed. Unfortunate, as we were stuck in our room for two days reading and watching movies -- thank god they have an excellent selection of on demand movies in room that were free of charge with room package. We ate dinner in the French restaurant (Signatures) and it was superb. The steakhouse (Prime 7) was a disappointment, but still very nice. The service was top notch, but if you are expecting a steak shipboard that compares with Morton's or the Capital Grill, etc in the US - well, this is not it. The cuts are thinner and not the same quality. BUT it still was a very good meal. Shows were very good, we also really enjoyed the lectures on board about the culture of each country we visited the history, etc. Out land excursions were outstanding. First, if you have a chance to do this tour, you MUST see the Mayan ruins and attend the lecture the day before so you know what you are seeing. Our tour guide was very experienced, had worked on archaeological teams that work on the sites and taught a college course on Mayan history -- it was a great day, we learned a lot and had an experience that we will always remember. By far, the best beach day we have ever had was at Norwegian/Regent's private isleand Harvest Caye. We went all out and rented a bungalow on the beach and it was well worth it. The ocean was tremendous, the food very good and having an air conditioned space to escape to, listen to our music on the bluetooth speakers etc was tremendous. Canyon Ranch was a real disappointment as an on ship Spa experience. The facility was small and the staff seemed overwhelmed and rushed. This is s trip we would take again, but probably not too soon, it was pricey. Read Less
187 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We were going to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. Also a bucket list item to africa. We were told and read that regent was the "gold standard" for cruise lines. The cost was over the top but ... Read More
We were going to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. Also a bucket list item to africa. We were told and read that regent was the "gold standard" for cruise lines. The cost was over the top but decided to go based on above recommendations. First,confusion by shore staff on both transfers from embarkation hotel to ship and back to hotel at conclusion of sailing. Second, weather prevented sailing for 1 1/2 days. No back up plan by regent staff. Third, dining was slow and food often came to table barely warm. There was nothing very special with the food served at any time. Fourth, a total of three ports were not visited due to having to remaining in port due to weather. Again regent had no backup plan to compensate for lost ports. Fifth, little things like dirty windows going uncleaned throughout sailing, no air conditioning in a tour bus, and i could go on. Our expectations of a quality cruise were not met. Sixth, this was our first and now certainly the last time we sail with regent seven seas. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was one of our most enjoyable cruises in a long time. The ship is absolutely beautiful to include the use of dark woods, artwork throughout the ship, and gorgeous chandeliers. Our F2 cabin was perfect in size and layout with an ... Read More
This was one of our most enjoyable cruises in a long time. The ship is absolutely beautiful to include the use of dark woods, artwork throughout the ship, and gorgeous chandeliers. Our F2 cabin was perfect in size and layout with an overly generous walk-in closet and bathroom. Dining was excellent with most meals being well prepared. The Pacific Rim specialty restaurant disappointed me on the first try, but it totally redeemed itself during our second visit. We had the best lamb chops I had ever had the pleasure to eat. We really enjoyed the on board lectures to include the Smithsonian series of lectures on Amelia Earhart and on the heydays of Hollywood. The crew was top notch and extremely friendly and helpful with an eagerness to please all passengers. I would definitely take another trans Atlantic or ship relocation cruise with Regent Seven Seas in a heart beat. Read Less
107 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We went expecting…or at least hoping…to be overwhelmed. I apologize for the length of this review but a lot needs to be said. I have broken it down in categories. This was our 6th cruise but our first "all-Inclusive". ... Read More
We went expecting…or at least hoping…to be overwhelmed. I apologize for the length of this review but a lot needs to be said. I have broken it down in categories. This was our 6th cruise but our first "all-Inclusive". We made the decision to splurge and go all out for our 40th anniversary in November, 2016. We had heard many great things about Regent but, alas, we also heard from seasoned Regent travelers that they would no longer sail on RSS since it was taken over by Norwegian due to the "lack of service" that they were used to. We booked it anyway because other friends were still happy. We went in with our eyes open but we did not expect to be disappointed in the one thing we most looked forward to: Butler service. The ship is beautifully appointed and the cabin was large and perfect (except for a/c control). However, the butler did not meet expectations. The steward greeted us in our cabin a short while after departure with 3 of our 4 bags. He was surprised that we had not yet met our butler. (Not off to a good start.) Later in the evening, they finally found our lost bag and it was delivered by the long-awaited butler. He showed us around "some" the cabin and seemed pleasant enough. He did not explain any of the electronics and although the cabin supposedly included an iPad he never produced one. In hindsight, it might have been helpful for shipboard services (maybe even to contact our butler!!). It also included pressing which he never offered. Over the next 11 days, I do not think we saw him more than once a day on average. Even then it was quick and brusque. He always made us feel as if we were bothering him. I guess if you have a butler, then the steward does not come around so we basically paid for "super service" and got none at all. On the second evening, we ordered canapés (which are included in the “all-inclusive”) in our Penthouse Suite to go with the bottle of champagne that was in the Suite when we came aboard. He added crab legs to our order on his own initiative, but we graciously explained that my husband did not eat fish of any kind. The next night, he brought us shrimp. We are easy-going people – we rarely complain and are not very hard to please but this guy did not even try to learn our preferences and routines. As a secondary issue, his English was poor, he was very soft-spoken and he would not make eye contact – all of which made communication that much more difficult. Let me add that we once went to a "Sandals” resort where we upgraded to their butler service. We were assigned three butlers who were available to us almost around the clock. After the first day, they "knew" what we wanted before WE did. I expected pretty much the same kind of service from Regent - NOT. There were dozens of “little things” that led to my “3 star” rating - with the butler service being the biggest disappointment. Some other notables: The woman at the Destination Services desk did not smile for 11 days and was very rude EVERY time we asked a question. But the rest of the staff was awesome. The excursion team on the docks (especially Luke) went out of their way to accommodate us when there was a weather issue. (Luke knew us by name after the second day.) The wait staff was very friendly and tried to please although there were sometimes language problems. Ashley on the security team called us by name every day after about Day 3 when we came back on board - long before he saw our IDs. The bartender (Inna) at the pool bar not only remembered me but also remembered what I drink. So to these people, I give 5 stars. DINING: Disappointed by some and pleased by others. "Prime 7" did not live up to the hype. My hubby’s NY Steak was not edible and neither was my whole main lobster - on our anniversary night!! We decided to give them another chance and were able to get reservations for second night. This time, hubby had the filet and was quite pleased. "Signatures" steaks were even worse. We dined most evenings at Sette Mari and were never disappointed. The Veal Osso Buco they offered was the best I have ever had. We only had breakfast at Compass Rose one day because I sort of got turned off by finding a hair in my eggs. Ugh! We pretty much did breakfast and lunch at the La Veranda buffet. Hubby says they (which becomes Sette Mari in the evening) had the best Caesar Salad he’d ever had!! Overall the desserts looked beautiful but lacked much taste. EXCURSIONS: Some were just okay but a few were totally awesome. Our first tour was the "Swim and Ride the Dolphins" excursion in Cozumel. This was an unbelievable experience. I was not sure I would do it because I had read that the dolphins were not treated well in some facilities but that was SO not the case where we were. It was a beautiful marine aquarium and it was obvious that the trainers loved their work and that the dolphins loved them. Highly recommended!! Then came Belize – the "Cave Tubing" excursion. Both the cave tubing itself AND our bus tour guide (Peter) were 5-star. It was about a one-hour ride to the river and caves and this young man (speaking wonderful English) told us all about Belize, the city, the schools, the culture, it's history and its current political issues with Guatemala. Once there, we set out on a 40-minute walk along a beautifully-manicured trail through the jungle with another great guide who spoke flawless English. We were all carrying our large inner tubes but this was not an issue. For the one lady who did struggle with it, he carried her tube! Upon arriving at the river, we entered the water and sat in the tube. Only our behinds were wet (and feet from wading in). He tied the 8 of us together and we started "water rafting" down the river - very smooth, clear water with rocky bottom. The caves are not completely dark as there are a lot of openings and there was plenty of room between us and the stalactites. Again, the guide was very informative with lots of history regarding the caves. This excursion may have been the "highlight" of our entire 12 days. One additional comment: We are divers and the dive shops that Regent sourced were excellent. However, there were only two dive days offered on the cruise (one was "inclusive" but the other was not - we paid extra). There should have been more diving options in this world-class diving region. We only wish that we had done our own research (as some other divers did) and arranged dives in a couple of the other ports-of-call like Cozumel and Roatan!. ENTERTAINMENT: Regent had a company that did several song and dance shows that were truly Las Vegas-quality. They did a cirque de sole'-type show that was absolutely stunning. But this company only performed (I think) 4 shows out of the 11 nights. The rest of the entertainment was mediocre at best. Regent's shipboard band, though – which provided music for most of the shows and many lounge acts – was TERRIFIC!! Our biggest entertainment criticism is there was only one show per night with a 9:30 pm start. This was a bit late for many of us who had early dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 and then had an hour or more to kill before the program began. I realize that the Mariner is a smaller ship and it is not practical to have an early show and a later show as many of the larger ships do, but on several occasions we decided to “call it a night” after dinner with wine and did not stay up for the show, especially if we had an early excursion the next morning. A word about the wines: We are wine-lovers and the selection of “house wines” was quite good – and plentiful. The restaurant staff and wine captains (especially Roderick in Sette Mari) were generous and helpful. The “Reserve” wine list was phenomenal and the mark-up on those additional-charge wines was very reasonable. The Spa: Canyon Ranch generally runs a good operation but the Mariner’s people were not up to snuff. I had a massage on our anniversary morning with a masseuse who didn’t shut up for the entire hour – most of her chatter trying to sign me up for the NEXT massage. My husband’s masseuse was OK but nothing special given the $195 cost for an hour. In hindsight, we wish that we’d used the ship credits we spent with them for more wine upgrades! :) To sum up - I give the butler a 1-star, the restaurants a 3-star, most of the excursions a 3-4 star (with exceptions to the two noted above) and a 5-star to most of the crew. Would I do a Regent cruise again? No. Would I do Regent’s butler service again? ABSOLUTELY NOT!! While the overall experience left us with some nice memories, there were sufficient negatives that we will look at other “all-inclusives” for our future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We chose this line for its diverse itinerary for our 10th anniversary celebration. The Voyageur had just been renovated and so a refreshed ship added to the draw to be on it. Our suite was lovely and having a glass enclosed shower ... Read More
We chose this line for its diverse itinerary for our 10th anniversary celebration. The Voyageur had just been renovated and so a refreshed ship added to the draw to be on it. Our suite was lovely and having a glass enclosed shower was a delight. Initial problems the first few days such as slow dining service were due to one-third of the staff being new to the ship and the new use of technology in the main and specialty restaurants the staff had to use for the menu selections. The CEO addressed the passengers' concerns at a special meeting. Daytime activities were limited and this is an area where improvement is needed. The shore excursions were a mixed bag ranging from great to forget taking two. Beward the Wadi Rum truck excursion! One had a difficult climb onto the bed of the truck only to find nothing to hang on to. On the last hill, out driver gunned the engine and I was almost thrown out of the truck bed. My fall was prevented by a fellow passenger. The vehicles are unsafe. Overall we were pleased with Regent and booked next year's November cruise on the Navigator. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
My wife and I chose this cruise in particular because it was port intensive with many places we've never been, on a brand new ship with a line about which we had heard great things. It was a full 14 days, and we loved the fact that we ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise in particular because it was port intensive with many places we've never been, on a brand new ship with a line about which we had heard great things. It was a full 14 days, and we loved the fact that we would avoid the intense summer heat. Over the weeks leading up to the cruise, we had read a ton of reviews and reactions to the ship, both positive and negative, and frankly we had grown a tad apprehensive. Ultimately, we learned there was absolutely no need to be...the experience as an incredible one, but not without a few hiccups. So here goes! Pre-Cruise Hotel A pre-cruise one night stay in Haifa was included with our cabin. It was a horrendously long day of flying, and we didn't get to Tel Aviv (airport for Haifa) until 11:00pm. A driver was waiting for us, and we set out on the approx. hour long drive to our hotel. All of our pre-cruise excitement basically vanished when we checked in. The hotel was a generic but decent enough looking tower, but the room itself was not up to any even mildly acceptable standard. It felt like a 1960s era Soviet block youth hostile. The room was small, old, horribly outdated, not clean, dank and depressing, with two tiny, hard twin beds instead of the king or queen we had expected. One of the windows would not latch properly, and with a strong wind outside, it felt like a jet engine was blasting inside our room. It's no fun having to change rooms at 1:00 AM, but we had to. What was Regent thinking? Did anyone at the home office bother to check this place out? It started our vacation on a nightmarishly sour note. Embarkation Sadly, this was no better. Getting on the bus provided by Regent to the port was disorganized and stressful. Once we arrived, our bags were lined up by the bus and we were told to get a cart ourselves, load them onto the cart ourselves (not easy for anyone because they're so heavy), and wheel them inside ourselves. This whole process was as unpleasant as the hotel. The Ship Thank heaven, everything turned around once we got on board. The ship itself is stunning. The wood and marble throughout is neither dark nor excessive, it's just monumentally high end and beautiful. The spaces themselves are bright and fun to explore. And that staircase in the atrium is amazing. Throughout, the level of detail, the artwork (sadly, there is no guide to the explain it's pedigree), the elevators, the staircases, the theatre, and the design throughout represent a level we've never encountered on a cruise ship. The Cabin The design felt lush and rich. We had a Concierge level "D" which was so spacious and comfortable. Loved the bed facing the window, the walk-in closet, and the marble bathroom with full shower, dual sinks and tub. The size of the balcony was a pleasant surprise. It's easily three times the size of the one we had on Crystal. The Dining Imaginative, gourmet, fresh, delicious. We felt it was higher quality and higher end than Crystal, which is no small feat. Our favorite was Compass Rose, where we ate most dinners. The space is beautiful, with the blue glass lighting fixture on the ceiling. Contrary to what we had read, it's not overpowering. It's gorgeous. We had a great meal at all the specialty restaurants. They too are jaw droppingly designed. We liked Pacific Rim the best. It's a very unique take on an Asian restaurant with a fresh and unique menu. La Veranda, the ship's buffet, is nice, but we were a little disappointed. It's very well prepared but somewhat standard breakfast fare. Also, since all the pancakes, French toast etc is made to order on the grill, it's just too long a wait when you have an upcoming excursion. We never ate lunch there, and instead went to the Pool Grill, which we loved. La Veranda turns into Sette Mari at night, an Italian restaurant. Our one night dining there was a chaotic disorganized affair. My veal was rubbery and poorly prepared. The Service Amazing and so personable. Everyone seems happy to be there and happy to help, and it truly doesn't seem like an act. And there's never any waiting. The cruise director and his staff were so likeable, classy and first rate. He did a show himself which was fantastic. The Entertainment We loved the three production shows, which were well directed and produced and cast. They're transporting. The booked acts were fine, with the exception of a "comedy magician" who we were excited to see, but who proved to be really bad. The magic was on the level of a children's birthday party, and the jokes just not funny. Find someone better, Regent! The Ports And Excursions A definite highlight. We loved Rhodes the best, with an excursion to a beautiful seaside town and a hike up a mountain to a Greek temple overlooking it. For the most part the excursions were informative and well handled, but they can take a turn south with a bad guide. In Cyprus, our guide seemed knowledgeable, but it felt like she was tired and did not want to be there. Her way of speaking was unintelligible, so the tour was a complete failure. So was the one in Palermo, where our guide was completely unprepared and let us wander around the sights ourselves with only a brief and vague introduction on the bus. Our other eight shore excursions (there were a lot of ports!) were quite good. Our takeaway was that Regent needs to do a better job of vetting the guides. I'm sure that's easier said than done but they need to figure out a way. Also, we were scheduled to visit Gozo Island, but instead stayed on Malta an extra day. It was unclear whether it was because of rough seas or "maintenance" and it was hard to get a straight answer out of anyone as to the real reason. Better communication would have been appreciated. Internet It's the worst we've ever had on a ship. They need to fix it. Stat! Wrap Up Our quibbles aside, we'd sail again with Regent, and plan to. The level of service, attention and luxury was unparalleled. Read Less
80 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Traveling is my passion, but my dream vacation with Regent Cruses turned into a nightmare. If you are thinking about cruising with Regent you need to read about the series of unfortunate events that happened to me on my trip aboard the ... Read More
Traveling is my passion, but my dream vacation with Regent Cruses turned into a nightmare. If you are thinking about cruising with Regent you need to read about the series of unfortunate events that happened to me on my trip aboard the S.S. Mariner that began with our not having heat in our cabin, suite 735, for the first four days of the cruise, and culminated with my sister and I developing severely chapped skin, and me developing bronchitis and a fractured ankle. The trip was Regent Seven Seas Cruises headquartered at 7665 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, Florida 33126. Our cruise was from Montreal to Miami from October 21, 2016 through November 4, 2016. We boarded the S.S. Mariner in Montreal in the afternoon of October 21, 2016. It was a sunny day in the 50s. Although it was a bit cool in our cabin, we did not think much of it and dressed warmly for dinner. The next morning we were quite cold when we awoke. It was October 22nd and it was in the 40s where we were in Quebec City. We turned up the control on the suite heating system. When it remained cold during the day we thought possibly we were not operating the system properly. We asked our Steward to come show us how to increase the heat in our room. He did, and we had all the red lights lit for maximum heat that night. We went to bed convinced that it would be better by morning. By the next day, October 23rd we were at sea all day, and our room clearly had no heat whatsoever. It was a very dry cold. I went to the boutique and bought a $3 tube of Chap Stick for my chapping lips. We notified the Steward that we had “no heat”. The Steward said he would report it. After no one came we phoned Reception. Then after no one came we reported to the Concierge. Meanwhile we re-reported to our Steward and our housekeeper. By late in the day we were phoning Reception, the Concierge, the Steward, our housekeeper, and a waiter more times than we could count. That night we slept in our clothes. I wore a silk long sleeved turtle neck thermos top with a fleece jacket, stretch pants, and socks. By morning I woke up with a very sore throat, cough and a cold. We both had chapped skin as well. I went to the salon to try to get a gentle moisturizer. Even eye cream, the gentlest cream we had, would make our skin sting. The skin expert was not available, but the man at the counter suggested something. Because it cost $186 (a lot of money to me) I decided to wait and talk to the skin expert. The next day we repeated our efforts to try to get someone to the room. By then it was October 24th, and we were in Sydney, Nova Scotia where the temperature was in the low 40s. I was in bed with my cold all day. Still, I frequently called Reception, Concierge, and 8888 (the number for room service and the Steward). It was always difficult to know if whoever we were talking to understood because their English was not very good. I happen to speak English, Spanish, Italian and Russian so I could communicate with those crew members, but most were from other places. I tried to keep the message simple “no heat in our cabin”, but still no one came. In the afternoon, a nice man from Bulgaria showed up to fix our balcony door. Obviously we were misunderstood by someone we reported our problem to. Somehow someone we called thought that cold air was coming in our room because of a broken balcony door. The door was fine. The man’s English was quite good so we again explained to him our dilemma. He understood. He was quite tall, and he put his hand up to the vent on the ceiling, and said “yes there is not any heat in this cabin.” He also said he would try to get help from an appropriate repair person. A young boy came who after tinkering with the control got in the ceiling in the closet to make repairs. His English was quite poor. When he left we weren’t sure if it was repaired or not. But we gave it some time to get warmer. Thankfully, very gradually it began to become warmer in our room. On October 25th we were in Halifax, Nova Scotia where the temperature was in the upper 30s. Our room was still chilled, but some heat was coming through. It was never actually warm during the next week. It wasn’t truly warm until we were in South Florida, but at least it was not near freezing anymore. Still, by that time we were physically experiencing the consequences of four days without heat. Hypoallergenic eye cream still stung our skin. The dry cold had made our skin everywhere, including our scalp, red and sore. On October 25th, I went back to the Canyon Ranch salon, and talked with the skin expert, Joanna. Joanna suggested the $186 jar of skin cream. I sampled it, and it too stung my skin. She said: “This is the gentlest moisturizer we have. Madam, your skin is severely damaged.” During the next week our skin flaked off (everywhere including in our hair). Our skin did not stop flaking until after our return to south Florida in early November. Meanwhile, my cold and cough worsened. When I saw my pulmonologist after returning, he explained to me that the cold temperature of the air going into my lungs created an accumulation of mucus. The accumulated mucus attracted bacteria, and that made it inevitable that I would develop bronchitis. On the evening of October 26th while we were cruising to Portland, Maine, I went to the ship’s doctor. They immediately handed me a mask because of my cough. He performed an influenza test and a CBC blood test. I had a 100 degree fever, bad cough, and was given an antibiotic, cough medicine, and masks for both myself and my sister to wear. I returned to the cabin and spent the next several days in bed. The next day, October 27th, I phoned my doctor, and she suggested that the ship’s doctor give me enough antibiotics for the remainder of the trip (10 days). I returned that evening, and he did. On October 29th we arrived in Manhattan. Before the cruise my boyfriend had purchased tickets to “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Broadway Theatre. The tickets cost $314. Beginning on October 26th we contacted the Concierge to help us sell the tickets because I felt I would not be able to go. I gave her all the details of the tickets, and was even willing to sell them at a loss. She told me no one asked for tickets. When the tickets didn’t sell, I slept all day, bundled up, and went to the theater with my sister. During the play I was coughing so badly that I got up to go to the lobby. I fell, and later learned I fractured my right ankle. My sister and another person in the audience took me to the lobby where I raised my foot and put ice on it. My sister ran to a drug store to get a wrap for it to help me make it back to the ship. We did make it back with me holding on to my sister and hopping on my left leg, and the added help of a very cooperative taxi driver. When we boarded the ship we did not receive any help whatsoever from the crew. The next day, October 30th, I phoned for someone to bring a wheel chair to take me to the ship’s doctor. I returned to the ship’s doctor who again handed me a mask because of my bad cough. His x-ray equipment appeared to be malfunctioning. He gave me an injection of something (he never told me what), gave me some sample packets of ibuprofen for the pain, gave me an additional bandage for compression and support on my ankle, and told me to see an orthopedist as soon as I got home. I figured I would find out what the injection was when I received the “Medical Services Bill”, but a bill never arrived. They did let me borrow the wheel chair which I found easy to maneuver. Between the wheel chair, holding on to things, and hopping on my left leg I was able to function. I did try going to dinner one night because we had reservations at the Prime 7. Having my leg down for that long proved to be too painful. Incidentally, because I was on antibiotics I wanted water to stay hydrated. People’s wine glasses were filled several times, on this all-inclusive cruise, to each time I managed to get water. When they came I tried to tell them that I needed a lot of water, but again I think the language barrier got in the way. Therefore, I chose to stay in my room with my leg elevated and order room service for the remainder of the trip. On November 4th in Miami we woke up early ready to disembark. Several days earlier I had arranged for someone to assist us in disembarking since I was confined to the wheel chair and my sister would be handling both carry-on bags. I reconfirmed our arrangements on November 3rd , the day before disembarking. Whoever I spoke with on the phone told us that someone would be picking us up at 8:30 a.m. I questioned them because our instructions were to be out of our room by 8:00 a.m., and she assured me that 8:30 would not be any problem. No one came. At 9:00 we called 8888 or Reception. They said they were running behind. At 9:30 we phoned again, and they indicated someone would come. Around then we started phoning every 15 minutes. When it was nearly 11:00 we got a call saying “Madam, why have you not left your room?” Apparently we had been forgotten! All our phone calls asking to be picked up were ineffective and ignored. Apparently when you report any sort of a problem it is ignored! Finally, someone came. By then the ship was absolutely empty. No cabs were available because the disembark time was over. The person at the taxi stand did phone for a cab, and 10 minutes later we actually got one. My sister drove me back to Fort Myers where I had prearranged for an electric scooter chair to be delivered to my home, and I had a doctor’s appointment at 3:00 p.m. that I was able to drive to on my scooter chair. Although I had been on antibiotics for 10 days my bronchitis was severe. They decided to call an ambulance and take me to Gulf Coast Hospital. In the hospital they gave me a breathing treatment, and performed several other tests and X-rays. They determined I had severe bronchitis and a fractured right ankle. I was given three prescriptions for my bronchitis including another antibiotic for another 10 days, a steroid, an inhaler, and an orthopedic boot for my fractured ankle. I am now receiving follow-up care from my primary care doctor, a pulmonologist, and an orthopedist. The orthopedist said that although I have the most painful sort of fracture, my ankle should heal completely with possible physical therapy in around 12 weeks. It appears their crew truly doesn't speak English, and they are programed to perform certain duties such as to smile and fill a wine glass, but if you have any problem major (no heat) or minor (needing help disembarking or getting water at dinner) you are out of luck and destined to be extremely disappointed. Incidentally, Medicare does not cover injuries outside the US. My medical bills have exceeded the cost of my trip! Read Less
64 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this Regent ship and cruise ,because of previous good experiences on the Voyager.. The ship is well appointed with very spacious and underused Public areas .[easy to find a quiet spot ] .The Library is very nice ! The ... Read More
We chose this Regent ship and cruise ,because of previous good experiences on the Voyager.. The ship is well appointed with very spacious and underused Public areas .[easy to find a quiet spot ] .The Library is very nice ! The activities are OK . The gym has nice new machines, however instruction in how to use them is lacking . Ports on this cruise were well chosen . [ Athens to Venice ]We particularly enjoyed Koper [Slovenia] and as well Kotor . Of course Venice is nice ,as usually ,however time there is short unless you stay over [ recommended for 1st time visitors]. Some of the shore excursions were a bit too long ,especially when there is rain . Two excursions during heavy rains [ Kryka ,Lake Bled] were downright treacherous . Some of the paths/steps were very slippery and an accident waiting to happen . Something else should have been figured out for those conditions! Disembarkation was a disaster [4 am ] .There were not enough crew available to give directions and we nearly got lost . Air scheduling on return was also a complete disaster [ Iberian Air ] and the plane was scheduled to be retired in 5 days . [not a good thought for Transatlantic flying ] It took 27 hours for us to get home from Venice ,which is very Unacceptable !! Dining is for the most part ,excellent . Prime is very good ,and had excellent service .Compass rose was outstanding for us, because several servers made it special [ Enrique ,Irfan and Rebecca!]. Lunch in Koper [Lake Bled] was very good , Kotor [Highlights of Montenegro ] lunch and restrooms bad. Chartreuse was not very good and perhaps too over the top on the menu . Entertainment was so- so . The onboard crew entertainment was somewhat amateurish and a tad repetitive . Naki Attaman ,the pianist was outstanding and the Violinist was also good . John Barron [cruise director did an entertaining show himself and has a good voice. Overall maybe 3-4 nights out of 9 or so. Service was mostly good . A glaring deficiency was the frequent lack of Wi Fi . We were sold a cabin with ""free Wi Fi "" ,however if it does not work; then money wasted and there should have been a REFUND!. The tech ,person was not overly friendly ,and the hours for assistance with Internet and computers were severely lacking . There should be two [2] The persons on board for I.T. Overall ,this cruise was not up to our expectations .The whole experience seemed a little "off" compared to prior cruises on the Regent Voyager . We would probably not use Regent ,again . Perhaps management needs a little boost ? Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Regsent have filled this fabulous ship with beautiful art and furnishings.The public area are spectacular.Our embarkation and check-in was quick.We chose a simple Deluxe Veranda Suite which was adequate in size and beautifully furnished ... Read More
Regsent have filled this fabulous ship with beautiful art and furnishings.The public area are spectacular.Our embarkation and check-in was quick.We chose a simple Deluxe Veranda Suite which was adequate in size and beautifully furnished with plenty of USB and electrical outlets.Smallish bathroom and good sized balcony.Those less mobile might consider a larger cabin.For us the ship had so much space and peaceful public areas we didn't have need for more elaborate cabin accommodation.By the way the Regent 'marshmallow' like beds are fabulous,and our cabin was always made up promptly and expertly. The everyday Compass Rose was our favourite restaurant which offered a wide and varied menu of our favourites including great steaks,lobster,Dover Sole etc.Speciality restaurants Chartreuse,Pacific Rim and Prime 7 all performed well for us but only as a change from the wonderful Compass Rose.Wines,spirits and great cocktails were plentiful and of high quality.Staff throughout our stay were fabulous.We had absolutely none of the problems that were mentioned in earlier reviews.Even our free internet always worked perfectly well all over the ship.But it's worth taking time to understand it's workings when you first log on.No streaming YouTube etc. Sun decks and pool area were immaculately setup with quality sun beds and great bar service.There were plenty of spare sun beds even at the busiest time during our day at sea! Tendering etc were perfectly executed.However I don't think Zadar is an appropriate destination for 5/6 Star guest in October for many many reasons,weather excluded. This is an expensive holiday,you are paying for space on a ship,as well as attention and an elegant ambiance.Enjoy. Read Less
81 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We had heard such wonderful reviews of Regent Seven Seas we had a high anticipation that our cruise of New England and Canada would be exceptional. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed, but we still had a good vacation. Our ... Read More
We had heard such wonderful reviews of Regent Seven Seas we had a high anticipation that our cruise of New England and Canada would be exceptional. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed, but we still had a good vacation. Our embarkation in New York was unfortunately delayed by local officials not opening up the security process at the announced time. This was not Regent's issue, but rather the problem of the local representatives not having the coordination of the embarkation process started when the first guests arrived. We were in line for an hour and we were in the second or third group to be transferred to the ship. That begs the question, how can a ship with only 700 passengers take an hour to process guests onto the ship? The two year old furnishings in the Seven Seas Suite were worn and stained with the sheer curtain torn in two locations. The carbon steel fasteners on furnishings on the expansive balcony were rusting as they were not of the quality that can be put into marine environments. While the public areas of the ship were well maintained, we found the work out facility disappointing as the equipment was not fully connected to media outlets and the equipment was worn in appearance. We did enjoy the meals in La Veranda/Tutta Mari, Signatures and Compass Rose. Unfortunately Prime Seven was not as exceptional as advertised. Service onboard the Mariner was excellent and it seemed that every request was anticipated. The most disappointing aspect of the New England/Canada Cruise were the shore excursions and time in port. We were originally scheduled to dock in all but three ports, but the dock was taken in two additional ports by the Norwegian Dawn of Regent's parent company. This resulted in delays getting ashore through tendering which often took a full hour away from our time in port. When we did get a berth in Quebec, we were berthed at a dry goods loading port, not the cruise ship port in the old city of Quebec (Very Disappointing). While we anticipated a "Six Star Cruise" as advertised by Regent Seven Seas we did not get what we believe was even a five star cruise. Hopefully this is an anomaly for Regent, but our vacation time is rare and when we get away for ten days we want and expect to get the value and luxury we pay for, unfortunately Regent Seven Seas disappointed us in terms of value and we are cancelling the cruise we have scheduled on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer for next year. Read Less
112 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This is my second time cruising with Regent, obviously I loved the first time around having booked another vacation with them. I unfortunately have not had the same success as i did the first go around. 1.) Butler Service- I paid ... Read More
This is my second time cruising with Regent, obviously I loved the first time around having booked another vacation with them. I unfortunately have not had the same success as i did the first go around. 1.) Butler Service- I paid the extra for it and it has been an absolute waste. 4.5 hours to get 2 bottles of vodka to the room (no ice bucket with it even though I requested it) 2.) Excursion Time change and I was not notified. I missed the Faberge Museum 2a.) The Manager for Destination services was abrupt, dismissive and rude. I went up with the ticket that clearly stated 1:20 and he said "bus is gone, nothing I can do." I said, "but the ticket says 1:20.". His response, "we sent out document." My response - "I didn't receive it." He fought with me on this and got even ruder. His colleague let him know that we were a later addition to this excursion and did not receive the communication where he then was rude to her, saying the same thing about the communication going out. The gentleman is a manager, which was shocking as he was inappropriate and unprofessional in every aspect of his dealing with the situation. 2b.) At the time of the issue there was no other manager available. And one of the destination services employees said their manager could have just called her and she could have gotten us on the later bus 3.) I spoke with multiple employees with minimal progress and only received a 200 dollar shipboard credit for the inconvenience. The cruse costs around 10k per person (1k per day per person). How 100 dollars per person is fair, is beyond me. 4.) General manager let me know that because we didn't pay for the excursion he can't give me money back... For those who do not know, excursions are included and there are a select few that are "special" that someone may pay for if they want to join. But I find it disrespectful to tell me that I am not paying for this excursions when it costs me 10,000 per person to get on this boat. Just because something is pre-paid in a bulk type package does not make it acceptable to claim that it is free. I had some other issues, including one other awful tour, but also had some great experiences. Regent has a lot of positives to it, but unfortunately I learned a lesson that may prevent me from continuing my time as a Regent Customer. I would have liked a more prompt response, a more respectful attitude and at this point I believe a 1000 dollar refund and 20% off my next cruise would be reasonable, but even after my travel agent contacted the corporate office, the response was "there is nothing they can do". Food is good on the boat, housekeeping is phenomenal, Most of the wait staff is great, sit down meals can be slow, excursions overall were great. Shows performed by the Regent contracted dancers are awesome, but this is going to be ending as Norwegian wants to use an in house team. This is probably going to be a downgrade, but this statement is an assumption based on how good the current team is. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
My husband's brother and his wife are seasoned cruisers and suggested we join them on Voyager. We have cruised three times before but never with Regent. It was fabulous. There was a computer technical hitch which meant we had to ... Read More
My husband's brother and his wife are seasoned cruisers and suggested we join them on Voyager. We have cruised three times before but never with Regent. It was fabulous. There was a computer technical hitch which meant we had to wait quite a while before embarkation but as we had enjoyed the previous day's independent tour of Copenhagen which included a wonderful river cruise and spitefully expensive beer, we were not concerned. Our pre-cruise hotel was lovely as was the breakfast. We were thrilled that our Concierge suite lived up to our expectations. The toiletries, bathroom, and the attention to detail provided by our maid were very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and she was willing to attend to our requests promptly and efficiently. The bed was really comfortable. I rarely sleep well whilst away from home but there were no problems on this cruise. It was lovely and quiet (Deck 10). We did not order room service so cannot comment in that regard. As I am in my forties I did feel that I was one of the younger guests as the average age was about 65 and it was like cruising with my parents. But everyone was so lovely it didn't matter. Service in the restaurants and bars was excellent. The minute we sat down in the Voyager lounge to enjoy pre-dinner drinks the waiter appeared to take our order and offered delightful canapes. The food was excellent and could not be faulted. The service was good too. It was very clear that everything is geared towards American guests' expectations and the coffee, egg dishes and pancakes were flowing. Despite serving Twinings English Breakfast tea, the waiters couldn't quite get it right. Still, a small hiccup in the grand scheme of things. The standard of food and service in Compass Rose was excellent also. Service on some evenings was slow but well worth the wait. The steak and lobster in Prime 7 was amazing. In fact I could go so far as to say it was the best fillet steak I have ever had. We also enjoyed dining in Signatures. We were pampered throughout and it felt great. We visited Coffee Connection nearly everyday and the Barista was very accommodating. The choice of biscuits and snacks was varied and all tasted delicious. Excursions were well organised and the tour guides very knowledgeable. Very enjoyable. I think their brief was to keep talking...and they did! As most of the guests were of a certain age there was nothing too energetic and so each tour could be accessed by everyone. The shows were slightly disappointing and although each member of the entertainments team was very talented, the shows did not flow and were quite disjointed. We saw a couple but then didn't bother with any more... they were very 'samey' and 'predictable'. The acrobatic duo were incredibly supple and would contort into the most bizarre shapes and it made me feel quite sick. We didn't take part in any enrichment activities but made full use of the gym and jogging track. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise so we were able to sunbathe a little - which we did not expect to be able to do! Every member of staff with whom we came into contact was extremely polite and respectful. Before we went on this cruise, we were so confident that it was going to be wonderful we booked the 21 night cruise on Voyager from Singapore to Sydney in December and so are very much looking forward to sailing again with Regent. Read Less
56 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I write this review to express our deepest disappointment in what my husband & I anticipated being the experience of a lifetime with Regent. My husband and I saved for this excursion and booked this specific trip for our Honeymoon, ... Read More
I write this review to express our deepest disappointment in what my husband & I anticipated being the experience of a lifetime with Regent. My husband and I saved for this excursion and booked this specific trip for our Honeymoon, hopeful it would deliver memories that would last forever. While we were correct that the Regent Seven Seas Explorer delivered memories, unfortunately they were the kind you would rather soon forget. On its face there is absolutely no argument that the ship itself is beautiful, both inside and out, and is overall very impressive. There is also no doubt that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings believes that building a fancy ship, without more, somehow translates to an excellent experience. In fact, to quote its president and chief executive officer, Frank Del Rio, the "Seven Seas Explorer is not only the world’s most luxurious ship-she sets a new benchmark for luxury vacations and lays the foundation from which Regent Seven Seas Cruises will continue to build." The reality, however, is that luxury is measured by the individual guests, and if you are going to make the bold statement that Mr. Del Rio did you simply cannot miss the mark on anything offered. Unfortunately, the Explorer fell well short of the lofty expectations placed upon her. As a starter, there was nothing “special” about the cruise; no “wow” factor, no special event (not even one formal night) and the new entertainment from ‘in house’ Norwegian Holdings was second-rate compared to what we had previously experienced from Regent on our last sailing. That is, when the entertainment actually entertained and did not shut down at early hours regardless of whether guests were present and in complete disregard for their advertised times. In addition, our impressions were not unique. We spoke with many fellow passengers both during and after the cruise and apart from the usual litany of petty complaints and genuine grievances there was a common theme of which Regent had better take urgent note. The message was simple: we were treated like no one could care whether we were on the ship or not. It was almost as if Regent / Norwegian behaved as though they were paying us to be aboard. We chose "the most luxurious ship in the world" for our Honeymoon, believing it would be truly special and memorable and worth every cent of the considerable price we paid for the privilege of being there. It was neither. It was just another cruise, albeit on a brand new ship (with many ongoing and unacceptable “issues”). In fact, the ship was/is nowhere near finished and Regent put little or no thought or effort into making our trip memorable and we are very disappointed at Regent’s apparent indifference as it was made well aware of its loyal and longstanding customers' unhappiness in the mid-cruise questionnaire and discussions with the hotel manager and others. The “executive” staff presented with a level of indifference akin to a fast food restaurant. The attitude most notably present at the guest services desk was borderline obnoxious. We were made to feel insignificant with any inquiry or request. The inexperienced wait staff lacked supervision/direction. For example, on the first night aboard we waited well over 45 minutes to order a cigar and specialty whiskey in the Connoisseurs Club. A general sense of chaos and poor morale behind, and sometimes in front of, the scenes. For example, we were delayed 2 hours getting off the boat in Amalfi due to crew inexperience in setting an anchor and not being able to operate boat tenders; and the luggage conveyor belt at port in Civitavecchia was broken delaying passenger departure by 1.5 hours. The boat ran aground and was stuck on a shoal leaving Corfu. The most alarming part of this situation is that the Captain then lied to the entire boat that they were performing exercises based on the fact that the Explorer was a new boat. Interesting considering after my husband and I felt the impact then went aft to the Canyon Ranch pool (along with other passengers), watching in disbelief the amount of shoal-wash surface as the boat was motioned to and fro continuously by the Captain, with the bow thrusters, until we were dislodged. In suite TV shows / itineraries / movies/ lectures ran on a very limited loop with no updates after the first few days. The shower did not work in our suite for the first 24 hours – always a nice treat when you have been traveling and cannot shower. The safe was not operational. No laundry bags or hair dryer located in our suite. Our beds were not connected -- even though Regent was notified by our travel agent that we were celebrating our Honeymoon, no one bothered to check to see if the beds were in fact connected. My husband is 6’3” tall and 210 pounds; on our first morning waking up he had the pleasure of actually being stuck between the two beds almost on the floor. The balcony door rattled non-stop. We had to jam a towel in the groves to prevent the noise. Our cabin was located inside the entrance to the gym on deck 6. It is not accurately depicted in the online deck plan for the ship. Regent did not provide top notch entertainment. The same lovely, but underpaid, ensemble Nature’s Rhythm was everywhere. Nightlife past 10 pm did not exist. In fact, one evening the piano player finished early, without reason, and then handed us his ipad and told us to enjoy. World class entertainment indeed! The Hospital was still under construction. One afternoon, while in need of urgent care, we found that the Hospital was NOT even completed and one could not enter due to construction workers assembling the facility. I was forced to lie on the foyer floor, suffering from food poisoning whilst waiting for ships doctor. Once the medical staff did arrive, the treatment at the hospital was another adventure. The doctor refused to give an IV, citing that I was not dehydrated. Yet, when we left the facility he provided us with nearly twenty (20) packs of powdered Gatorade and instructed me to drink as much as possible because I was severely dehydrated! Further, I was then quarantined to our state room for the next 24 hours. Just not acceptable. We were was forced to miss the one port we was dearly looking forward to visiting in Croatia. Coupled with the fact that we had no internet in our room and limited television, what were we to do! The real kicker is this – my husband was the only person I had interacted with after I became ill. I, however, was he quarantined. I am baffled by Regent's rationale. I was locked in my room for fear that I might spread something to other passengers while my husband was left free to roam and leave the boat and spread whatever they presumed existed. Again, unacceptable. The Internet access was the worst we have experienced anywhere in the world. The sign-in procedure is archaic and needlessly complex. The long lines waiting for the Internet Manager were a good illustration of the problem. He was surly and claimed there should be "three of him" on board. Once in line, the connection is dropped frequently necessitating one to go through the entire procedure again. For several days of the ten day cruise there was no internet service or phone service available at all -- and we were never far from land. We incurred data roaming charges in excess of $200 and were assured we would be reimbursed by on board guest services (Which never happened). Most importantly, because the internet was basically inoperable on the ship (and certainly in our room – please check with the fact that they are putting in another router near Canyon Ranch because our suite had zero connectivity), we were forced to go ashore everyday with our laptops so that we could take care of necessary obligations. This was not how we intended to spend our time. In addition, Regent quotes in all their publications "Free Unlimited Wifi", not per person. Beware, only one device per suite was allowed to attempt to login in at any given time. This was not advertised and it is apparent that Regent grossly misrepresented the internet capabilities and options aboard this vessel. However exciting the declaration may be, when you call a ship “the most luxurious ship in the world” you set the bar impossibly high. But remember, Regent set the bar there, Regent built the expectations, not the guests. Luxury should touch every aspect of a travel experience — if everything goes right, and you have a perfect day starting with, say, freshly squeezed orange juice and a gorgeously stiff cappuccino at breakfast on the sun-dappled terrace (as we did), then you have only just delivered on your promise. However, when you serve sun baked coleslaw causing food poisoning, and then don’t have the facilities to treat the passenger, then place them in quarantine in a stateroom with no WiFi, no shower, etc., you have missed the bar by a long shot. I cannot emphasize enough how much we feel Regent took from us, and took it with smug indifference. Regent stole time, time we can never get back. Time we were locked in our state room, time away from the places we wanted to see and experience, time dealt dealing with issues caused by Regent's lack of preparation, time not spent enjoying one another as we wanted. With our families and careers, the likelihood of being able to take a trip like this may never come again. We are not in the twilight of our lives like the majority of your guests; we intended to be Regent's next generation of loyal travelers. Regrettably, that will not be the case. I would like to finish by sharing a story that we believe sums up our Regent Explorer experience. After debarking we traveled to Rome to spend the evening. While waiting for our hotel room to be ready at a tiny unmarked boutique hotel, we sat outside in their garden enjoying a cup of coffee. An elderly couple sat near us doing the same. When they finished they walked by us and asked us if we just got off the Explorer. We could not believe it, what were the chances! When we responded yes, they then inquired about our experience and we did the same. They told us that they had sailed with Regent more times than they could count and that hands down it was the worst, most disappointing trip they had ever imagined. As they recounted the problems and experience they had, my husband and I just looked at each other and said, “well, it wasn’t just us.” Read Less
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