Morning activities include instructor-led Pilates or a walk around the jogging track with the fitness director. Cards and board games are always available in the card room; sports enthusiasts can partake in shuffleboard, bocce, Ping-Pong and paddle tennis.
Afternoons include unhosted bridge, seminars covering anything from reflexology to detoxification, and the ever popular "teatime trivia" where teams of up to six take the daily challenge to try to win some Regent Rewards points, which can be exchanged for branded items like Regent caps, collared shirts and tote bags.
A must-mention here for Regent virgins is that the first evening of the cruise is famous for Regent's Block Party. This is where passengers bring a glass from their suite and join their neighbors in the corridors to enjoy drinks and canapes and say hello to one another. Senior staff dash around every deck to try and meet and greet all passengers. It's a nice touch, and one which most cruisers appreciate.
The Constellation Theatre on Decks 4 and 5 offers plush seating and unobstructed sightlines. Passengers can attend Las Vegas-style production shows, revues and Cirque-style productions backed by the nine-piece Regent Signature Orchestra. In the Observation Lounge on Deck 11, singers, guitarists and small musical units perform while passengers sip evening cocktails. The Night Club on Deck 4 is the place for Karaoke fiends to go. Evenings usually begin with some DJ dancing before the Karaoke takes over. Those who prefer to continue dancing can glide across the ballroom floor in the Horizon Lounge on Deck 5.
The elegant Connoisseur Club on Deck 4, with its leather armchairs and clubby atmosphere, is where passengers can order a vintage cognac or port and a Cuban cigar. Smoking is allowed in there.
Other evening options include the Casino on Deck 4, which offers blackjack, roulette, stud poker, mini-craps and slot machines. It's open every day at sea when not restricted by territorial border limits. Passengers can also boost those little grey cells with enrichment lectures on the art of pairing wine with food and the history of the region you're visiting.
There are free, unlimited shore excursions in every port of call. There is plenty of choice, and all tours are capacity-controlled to ensure maximum enjoyment. More adventurous souls who wish to delve deeper into what a region offers can choose the in-depth Regent Choice Shore Excursions. These require a discounted supplementary charge to partially offset their higher cost.
For instance, in Monaco, there are 10 tours to choose from -- the shortest is three hours in duration, the longest eight hours -- and eight of the ten tours are free. Venice offers six, four of which are free. Excursions are graded on activity level to make it easy for passengers to decide which suit them best.