Regent Seven Seas Cruises sets the standard in all-inclusive luxury cruising! I can't say enough about how exquisite everything was -- the ship, food, staff, and state room.
We booked the 10-night "Scenic Havens" cruise aboard SS Mariner, which sailed the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome, with stops in Mallorca, Spain; Port Vendre, Marseilles, St. Tropez, France; Monaco; and Portofino, Florence (Livorno), the Amalfi Coast, and Capri. The nice part about booking on this particular ship is that every stateroom is a balcony room, and for this particular cruise, we were fortunate enough to be on the Port side, giving us almost all of the views as we sailed.
From the moment we embarked, we were treated like royalty. The staff was extremely accommodating, friendly, and referred to us by name. They went out of their way to make sure all our needs were met and that everything was beyond expectation. Regent takes all-inclusive to a whole new level. Whereas some all-inclusive packages include mid- level wines and liquor with mediocre food, Regent provides top-shelf options across the board. The wine selection was incredible and the liquor options were all top shelf. The restaurants onboard, be it the specialty restaurants or the Compass Rose dining room, were all 5-star quality. Every meal could only be described as exquisite culinary experiences since the menus changed every day. Even the Burger Bar for lunch took casual dining to a whole new level, with choices like ahi tuna burgers and Asian salmon burgers. We ordered room service on the mornings with early excursions and, although the breakfast was very good, they sometimes forgot to bring some items. We never experienced a misstep in the restaurants, but we'd recommend checking your room service order carefully before the steward leaves.
Regarding excursions, Regent visits some amazing ports since it's a smaller ship (700 passengers). We were even able to dock right in Monaco until 11 pm, whereas larger ships must anchor well-away from shore, or dock in Nice. All in all, the excursions were wonderful, but we caution to read the descriptions very carefully, as some were misleading. As an example, there is a big difference between "seeing" a cathedral and "visiting" one. We didn't experience this more disappointingly than in Florence. We selected a 9-hour excursion in which we saw almost nothing due to the wording of the excursion. For instance, we SAW the duomo but never went inside. We SAW the museum where David is housed but never went inside. They walked us through the streets showing us building exteriors followed by 3 aimless hours of free time. You don't even have the option of then going into the duomo or the museums because you need to purchase tickets in advance. All the other excursions were phenomenal, but read the wording carefully or call Regent directly to have their excursion director explain the tours in detail.
The entertainment on the ship was modest and the casino was small, but it was actually fine considering the days are spent touring and the nights are spent eating. The ship had a very nice theater, a nice night club with karaoke, and several lounges and bars. As a couple in our 30s, we were by far the babies of the ship. Most couples were in the 50-70 range, but it's a very affluent older crowd. These aren't Bingo and Wheel of Fortune people. However, this shouldn't deter younger couples. We would go on another Regent cruise in a heartbeat!