Background Information Having completed a number of 5 star cruises we decided that it was time to find out how a six star would compare. We chose Regent Seven Seas as the itinerary was a little bit different.
Travel to port of embarkation We will start this with a little moan..........we elected not to take the RSSC package that included overnight hotel and transfer to ship as the cost was ridiculous. Instead we flew into Miami, recognised the RSSC luggage labels of another couple and joined them to take our own cab to the hotel we had booked in Fort Lauderdale. After a great evening eating shrimp 6 ways in a beach side restaurant, the next day we jumped in a cab to Port Everglades. The embarkation was as good as it could be with very little waiting.
The Cruise From the minute we stepped on board, the ship felt "right".....the decor was good, the stateroom was spacious (a super walk-in wardrobe) and EVERY member of the crew we met was friendly and went out of his/her way to be helpful. The President of RSSC happened to be on our cruise and during one of the sea days he held a meeting whereby guests could fire any question at him. I think that one of his most interesting answers was when asked why guests upon returning for their next cruise, didn't see the same crew, he said that RSSC recruit by attitude and then train the staff who are subsequently poached by other ships......this was evident as I can't praise the crew highly enough from our butler Joshua to the entertainment staff and as far as the Captain, who we were fortunate enough to join for dinner one evening. The food ,in general, was excellent apart from the first meal we had in Signatures restaurant which was not bad, but disappointing. We mentioned this to the cruise Director, Lorraine, in passing (not as a complaint) and our subsequent two meals in Signatures were fabulous.
Excursions By and large the excursions were enjoyable, particularly Bar Harbour and Halifax (where our guide sang to us and told us jokes!!!) BUT beware a stop in Corner Brook, Nova Scotia - it became the butt of all the jokes on board...we were taken to a railway museum that had not opened for the summer yet, a ski resort that had closed after the winter and a tree trunk totem pole....all this on board a freezing cold school bus!!! We are at a loss to know why it was included in the itinerary
Overall impression Our first voyage with Regent has left us impressed- excellent staff attitude and attention to detail. We will certainly cruise with them again