Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Review by discerningdiner: Average rather than amazing
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Average rather than amazing
My wife and I take a holiday every August to celebrate our anniversary and decompress from an otherwise stressful existence. We are fairly well traveled and prefer to stay in high end hotels frequently using Relais and Chateaux as well as Leading hotels... We have sailed on Silversea as well as Cunard in the past although we are not avid cruisers and generally prefer to string several unique hotels together and "wander" at our own pace. We set up our own excursions with private guides or rental cars at the port. (were really not the 40 passenger bus type). On one port we booked a "choice" excursion but more on that later. This ship seems to have been reviewed many times so i'll skip the in depth physical description and give my overall impression.
We booked this cruise on the suggestion of our travel agent who described Regent as on par with Silversea which I would disagree with on almost every point. While I don't think there is a truly 5 star 5 diamond Michelin 3 star More experience at sea short of a private yacht charter. In hotel terms I was hoping for a ritz carlton rather than a Relais what I got was an airport Marriott. Very clean and efficient; everything that was needed was provided but it was in no way a high end experience.
We were in Europe and took this cruise as part of a larger holiday so we had been in Denmark at the Falsled Kro property south of Odense (I would highly recommend) we drove into the city Sunday morning and boarded the ship at 12:30pm and were herded into the ships theatre where we sat for 20min waiting on the check in clerks to discover how to use the computer system (presumably they do this every week right??) One interesting side note was that the cruise director (a former child star of some sort) was participating in a reality TV show so for the first few hours there was a film crew onboard... not welcome or particularly high end in any capacity.... After getting our suite key we were told that the housekeepers had not managed to clean the room quite yet and we could sit in the theatre or there was a buffet at the pool. Not being much on buffet dining but wanting to see the ship we chose to wander about and were "caught" on the 7th floor and asked to go to the pool deck or theatre... a bit like boarding school but alas we went up to the pool where we did get a first hand look at the film crew circulating about....
Once we were allowed to go to our room around 330 we found it to be a little dated but clean and efficient... we were in a "penthouse suite" although it was not a large size somewhere in the neighborhood of 350sq feet all in. The room had a nice closet and a workable bathroom. Our butler came and introduced himself and was very helpful and many times during our stay.
In my opinion I would skip the cost and hassle of getting a table in one of the special restaurants... as far a haute french cuisine goes the signature restaurant falls short... we found dishes to be tasty but service was very slow both nights we tried it... the one night we ate in the compass rose room (the standard dinning room) we found service to be prompt and there was the ability to order dishes from the other places and have them served in the compass rose...
We did not attend any of the performances offered in the theatre so we cant really comment on the quality or variety although they did seem to offer something every evening. We did stop in the cigar bar although I would recommend bringing your own supply if you are a true cigar enthusiast as the selection provided is quite pricy and not stored in optimal conditions... the bar tender in the lounge was very friendly although he was stretched between working the cigar bar and the other lounge bar across the hall making for very slow service...
On every stop but one we booked our own private tours choosing not to use the "included" tours offered through the company... most of the included tours consisted of mainly tour bus type trips with very little in depth exploration.... there were several small group tours offered but most were a 150-300.00pp extra cost... cheaper than a private excursion but not exactly all inclusive...
We had one problem on the ship which revolved around the restaurant mixing up a dish and serving my wife soup with a shell fish base (she is allergic and the wait staff were informed of the allergy) needless to say she got very and we missed a day at port as a result... no apologies from anyone or even a recognition that she was ill or a request to see if they could help....
All in all I would say that this is a 3.5 to 4 star vacation experience at best... yes there is ample food and booze included if you prefer rail drinks and blandish meat and potato american steak house sort of food. Once you venture into specialty restaurants and decent wine your spending extra money at the same rate you would on any other ship so what is the relative value of the extra few thousand in fair? Dito for the tours they are mostly mass produced bus trip sort of affairs and if you start to book unique experiences then your going to pay for it the same way you would on any other boat... Less
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