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We are fairly devoted to Regent, and this six week geographic extravaganza -- from Bangkok to Athens -- fulfilled our every expectation with style and ease. It was a pleasure throughout. The cruise was calm, ordered, and smoothly ... Read More
We are fairly devoted to Regent, and this six week geographic extravaganza -- from Bangkok to Athens -- fulfilled our every expectation with style and ease. It was a pleasure throughout. The cruise was calm, ordered, and smoothly fine. (Also the case with RSSC direct reservation service before and after -- in the person of Mr. Aldo Ampuero.) The crew from our butler Raj up and down the ranks unfailingly smiled, helped, provided luxe services and special treats and assured our sense of being at home, cosseted, and at ease on a well-run ship with professional tourism expertise and assistance. We indulged in both pre- and post- cruise land tours -- Khmer ruins and mainland Greece. They were convenient, bargains, and came off without a hitch. The interface with the ship and airports/hotels was easy and pleasant in all cases. All ex-ship excursions we chose were as described and executed smoothly; meals were fine and pleasantly varied; our verandah was superb (deck 8 stern starboard); laundry and dry cleaning (included) were superior in the manner of a fine hotel. And the Business Class flights to and from the ship (Qatar and Swiss), plus transfers could not be beat. We have two additional Regent cruises booked for successive years(Scandinavia/Arctic and East Asia/Japan) and expect to find them equivalently fulfilling, pleasurable and smiling. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I chose Oceania for the interesting itinerary - Bangkok to Athens via some exotic ports. Top on our list was Petra, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. We were on Deck 6 near the front on the Starboard side. The cabin itself ... Read More
My wife and I chose Oceania for the interesting itinerary - Bangkok to Athens via some exotic ports. Top on our list was Petra, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. We were on Deck 6 near the front on the Starboard side. The cabin itself was quite tiny and the bathroom even more starved of room. We did have a balcony so there was a little more breathing space but generally, we were surprised and disappointed with the size of the cabin. Our cabin stewards were excellent and kept the place clean and tidy. We had a fair number of sea days on this voyage and unfortunately the activities on board were sadly lacking. The two male speakers lacked academic qualifications and their talks were predictably dull, lacking an overall theme. One of these gentlemen giving a talk on the Red Sea used diagrams straight from Google and tellingly pronounced Port Said as Port Siad! Activities during the day included such things as bean bag toss, ping pong and golf putting. The library on the top floor is a nice feature - it's quiet and has a fair selection of books including a paperback exchange. There was a daily quiz and all these activities revolved around Big 'O' points awarded to winners. At the end of each cruise segment, passengers could trade their points for anything from luggage tags to an Oceania top (90 points required). Having been on less expensive cruises, I expected better and was disappointed. Food was another major disappointment. The specialty restaurants are limited but free. We tried these once and cancelled our other reservations. The Maitre d' of the Italian restaurant, Polo suggested to my wife that, "Maybe madam doesn't like Italian food". My wife being Italian told him that she did like Italian food and that was the problem. The main dining room had overall very good service but as in the specialty restaurants, the food was pretentious and lacking in flavour. The mashed potatoes were good though. Waiters still have to bother you to ask if you want ground pepper. Speaking of grinders, the buffet in the Terrace Cafe had salt grinders that would either fail to work or scatter large crunchy chunks of salt onto the food. We usually had our breakfast in the Terrace Cafe. Luckily, the passenger load was substantially down and so line-ups were rare. Even so, organizing toast eggs bacon, hash browns etc involved stations on either side of the aisle. Yoghurt was low fat only. The dining room is lovely and tables for two are by the windows so were usually able to score one of these which was nice. We liked that there were no formal nights although many passengers clearly enjoyed getting gussied up for the evening. We tried the limited room service menu a couple of times and it was promptly delivered and well presented. We didn't bother much with the entertainment on board or the TV. In summary, we paid quite a lot more than an equivalent Holland America cruise for a smaller room, poorer activities and bland food. Some individual staff members were outstanding but were let down by others. We did mention our concerns after the first segment but other than an apology, nothing changed or could change. Would we cruise with Oceania again? No. In fact this cruise will be our last for a while as this experience brought home to us what we dislike about cruising. In a way, Oceania did us a favour. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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