we have been on several cruises, our all time favorite being the seabourn. this came close second. we picked this cruise as we were taking our two teenage boys and treating my inlaws to a family vacation.
the hotel pre cruise was terrific(casa fuster), embarkation was flawless, the rooms ready on time. we had the largest room on board, the two bedroom, two and half bath room. we booked this as they were running a special for kids in your room for $999, so we paid exorbitantly, but we ended up prob breaking even, as we normally would do two penthouse staterooms for the four of our immediate family. my in laws were in a room right down the hall, which was spacious and lovely. our room was terrific, enormous, with a huge balcony. the carpet was a little worn and the furnishings could have used updating.
the food was very good in the regular restaurants, but surprisingly, not that great in their two high end restaurants, prime 7 and signatures. the best meal we have ever had was on princess cruise,in their steakhouse. my sons still talk about that meal. service was brisk and depending on the heritage of the waiter, either brusque or extremely friendly.
our cabin steward and butler were efficient and friendly. the staff on the regent friendly to a fault.
ports were wonderful except marseilles. the wharf in the lowliest of towns would be better than marseilles...dirty, graffiti covered, etc. the tours were very well run and never felt crowded. we did all day trips which were a little long and realized we should have stuck to half day trips.
we also had the good fortune to be invited to a wine dinner as an owner of the banfi wines was on board. this was truly the highlight of the trip, exceptional food and service and wine.
the other cruisers were a mixed lot, some having won the cruise as an award for service, families and primarily american, mixed age groups. most cruisers were friendly, but there definitely some very odd and rude fellow cruisers. one cruiser almost came to blows with our friendly tour guide(she felt her question wasn't being properly answered). ugh!! no wonder the world thinks of us as ugly americans.
i would do regent again, but as always seabourn will be my favorite.(i am not a nightlife person, love relaxation, luxury, no lines, etc.)
on a last note, i am a workout fanatic, this was by far the worst gym i have ever seen. small, no ventilationk, dimly lit, crowded, smelly, etc.
because of the shortcomings of the gym, the high end restaurants and the room needing updating, i gave it a four star review.