9 Malta (Valletta) Luxury Cruise Reviews

Just got off the Seabourn Ovation, it is a beautifully designed ship which was the perfect base for discovering Malta and the Greek Islands. Our first cruise on Seabourn, although we’ve traveled on Silversea, in Queens Grill on Cunard ... Read More
Just got off the Seabourn Ovation, it is a beautifully designed ship which was the perfect base for discovering Malta and the Greek Islands. Our first cruise on Seabourn, although we’ve traveled on Silversea, in Queens Grill on Cunard and various suites on other premium and luxury cruise lines (over 20 cruises to date). I was slightly concerned that we might be a little “young” for Seabourn as we are very active travelers In our 50s, but did not find this to be the case at all- we met many people of all ages, and found the other passengers to be very engaged and friendly. The ship strikes a nice balance to being small enough that we got to know many of the other passengers, but big enough that we had everything we needed, and enough variation of cuisine, public spaces and entertainment to be happy. Loved the dark woods and overall design of the ship. Below I include our impressions of our first Seabourn cruise and the Ovation. The Good/great: 1. Wonderful cabin design, not a space was wasted- great closet (50+ hangers!) and bathroom, liked the makeup table and the curtains between the sitting and sleeping areas offered complete privacy- the table and chairs were perfect for breakfast for 2 or for my husband to spread out while working. Lots of storage. We have booked a 18 day cruise on the Encore, and I am not at all concerned about the size of the room for a much longer cruise. 2. The Range of dining venues was very nice. The food at The Restaurant was wonderful, great space and felt intimate even though it is the largest restaurant on the ship. Earth and Ocean had great service and very pleased with the food, we enjoyed the Sushi restaurant which may have had the best service on the ship and the casual dining option at night in the Colonnade was a very pleasant surprise (we went there for Chinese night). It was great to not have heavy dining every night, and we appreciated the range of choices. Dinner at Thomas Keller was a mixed experience- my Dover Sole was fantastic, whereas my husband and our friends steaks were not as good as they got elsewhere on the ship. 3. Shore Excursions- We usually organize private shore excursions while in Port, but decided to go on the ones offered by Seabourn. The pricing was much lower then I have seen on other ships, and they appeared to cap the size of the excursion, such that we never had more then 16-18 in a group, which made a tremendous difference. The guides were very knowledgeable, there were no annoying “shopping” stops. One of our excursions, a Greek cooking class, was one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. 4. Outdoor and indoor space use is extremely well thought out- We had beautiful weather on our sea day, but there were plenty of chairs for sunning or if you wished to be in the shade. Seabourn square was busy and lively (loved that they incorporated the library in this space), but you could almost always find a chair or couch. The bar areas were comfortable, loved Thomas Keller’s bar as well as the observation bar and both had live music in the evenings. 5. Entertainment- I am surprised to be writing this, but every show and entertainer we saw was quite good, as well as Katy who played the piano and sang in the Thomas Keller bar who was really wonderful. Did not expect this at all, but they appear to be putting effort into their evening programs and it shows. 6. Tenders ran quite often, we never had to wait long for one and made the whole process as easy as it could be. Made what is usually an often frustrating part of the cruise easy and painless. 7. “House” Wines and “House” Spirits, I was traveling with some folks very particular about wine and expected that we’d be buying bottles, as they wouldn’t be happy with the choices offered. In general the wines were quite good, they offered a new selection every night as well as some regularly available options which were good. We only bought a few bottles and generally found the quality of the spirits at the bar comparable to what we were used to at home. 8. Future cruise booking- we found Vincent to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable when it came to booking another cruise. He was informative and had some very helpful insight in deciding on what kind of cabin to choose. He seemed to be quite busy but always had time to explain things and understood the cruises and ships well. Information was passed through to our travel agent flawlessly for our next trip! 9. Exercise room- Very well equipped, took a class which was quite good- lots of different classes offered that would appeal to many on board. Was busy but never crowded, I went almost daily and was very happy with the facilities. Open from 6-10, kind of would have been nice to be open a bit earlier (5 maybe?) Could use a little improvement. 1. Our room Stewardess was extremely new (2 weeks on Seabourn) and although she couldn’t be nicer, she didn’t seem to completely have it figured out. The cabin was tidy, but she frequently wouldn’t do things we asked for and I think could have benefited from more training- I honestly don’t think she really understood. The traditional model where there is a room steward and an assistant probably is a better one, as the assistants thoroughly learn their job before doing it on their own. We have had butlers on most of the cruises we’ve been on the last few years, which adds another layer of care- I’m not sure it’s always necessary but on a cruise like this excellent room stewards would be an expectation. 2. Remembering people’s birthdays/anniversary- A small thing, but a number of people we ran into were celebrating special events. Seabourn had asked before hand if you were celebrating anything so the information had been passed along- but they seemed to have lost this information. I heard this from a few people, so I think they need a better system to track this information and pass it on to at least the room stewards to do something special (and possibly the restaurants as well, they do ask for your cabin number when you walk in). 3. Laundry room- Could get quite busy on the first and last days onboard. They either need a second (or 3rd) laundry room or could offer having free laundry (or greatly reduced cost) on these days. I think this would be greatly appreciated, kind of annoying to have to walk down 4 decks with laundry to find the washers full. All in all a fabulous cruise, in many ways far exceeded our expectations- look forward to cruising on Seabourn again! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my 6th cruise with Oceania and my 2nd on a R class ship First the ship is a classic in design and style like a upscale British country hotel, Fine art, cherry paneling, fine carpets wrought iron and brass... class and ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise with Oceania and my 2nd on a R class ship First the ship is a classic in design and style like a upscale British country hotel, Fine art, cherry paneling, fine carpets wrought iron and brass... class and ambiance. at 30,000 tons she is very seaworthy and easy to get around on 500 feet not like the 1000ft + monster ships. With only 520 passengers it was a delight rather than the mobs of 3000 4000, 5000, 6000 of other ships. This is a ship for people who appreciate the romance of being at sea and travel by ship. It is NOT for fans of roller derby, rock climbing, aspiring ice skaters and circus performers. No water slides drive in movie theaters or performing clowns, dogs, mice or ducks to be found. The cabins, I have had in the past an Inside and this time we had an outside veranda about 200 sq ft. It sounded small and compact but in truth it was just fine, with 3 suit cases ( 26" rollies) we had storage space to spare, Great flat screed TV with 29 channels, a CD and VCR player, free CD's to choose from some 560 ! 6 first run movies shown daily 3 times . Great rfer whic was stocked daily with your choice of soft drinks. Large ltr bottels of water Ice, bar set up.... AND the most comfortable bed you have ever slept on ever...with 1000 thread count linen.. and 4 huge fluffy pillows. master controls for all lights on both side of the headboard... and a clock !!! A huge floor to celing slifing glass door and window to the balcony which was also quite large and comfy. ... we only used it 4 to 5 hours out of 17 days. The bathroom was efficient and the shower while not huge was more than adequate for me 6 ft 200 lbs Out cabin wa cleaned and made up 2 times per day... we wanted for NOTHING. We sent out all our laundry and for 17 days it ran us about $150 total... or $50 per week and you spenf more than that doing it your self. On deck 6 totally quiet but I understand deck 7 is the best. being an older ship the room showed a slight bit of age but everything looked and worked very well...no problems ever Dining,... Ate at all the venues and all are included at no charge, was impressed by the quality and presentation as well as the variety of fish, shelfish, meat, veg, ...oh heck everything. Some may not agree but I draw my opinion from having professional training and experiences trained by Cordon Blu Paris and Culinary Inst. of America in Napa valley. Have eaten at the finest Michline 3 stars from Paris to Napa and the cood and the kitchen on this ship as well as other O ships is not to be beat by any line I have ever seen at sea... and it beats 90% of the fine dining ashore in europe or north america...Everything even in the buffet Terrace was top class... Immigin a buffet that serves prime rib, grilled lobster, lamb chops, beef wellington, Lemon sole,m sushi and Grilled tuna or salmon... I could go on Imigine a pool grill that serves Kobe beef burgers, Lobster sandwiches, Tuna steak sandwiches, truffle fries.. Grilled Mahi Mahi and 8 oz angus burgers grilled perfect.... no tacos or junk pizza Yet in this garden of plenty I heard complaints... I listened and thought them funny and not grounded in reality.... but some will always complain...cause it makes them sound sophisticate ...OK ,,to me is showed quite the opposite. Bars/Wine expect to pay a 18% gratuity and a normal drink with bar stock about $15 with to p shelf $20 Wines 15-20 by the glass 32 selections The wine list is new and refelects many more modest price wines... fairly priced from 30 to 150...a bottle + gratuity 18% Corkage for your own wine is $25 a bargain as a brought a 82 Chateau Evangeline Pomerol ( A parker 100) which would have , ashore sold for 700+. They decanted and handled it perfect storing in the ships cellar till I wanted it. Dress. Is all country club casual collared shirts slacks, No formal nights or faux dress up. I did notice about 60-75 % of the men at dinner wore jackets, and in the specialties with tie... but only by choice. Entertainment.... Is you.. some people found that boring. there are no lavish shows, glitz blaring music and deck parties.. dining and conversing with the other fellow passengers who in a week you really get to know...are wonderful and interesting people likwe no other line. I dont know why but O seems to attract this low key friendly well mannered group... no kids or programs The age range was 60-85... very active and many of the 80's looked 60 ! or less. Most were retired professionals or well educated , well traveled people. People who want the party ship of celebrity, RCL NCL Carnival.... would not like the quiet and calm on the ship... Service.... Bar staff, wait staff Bartenders, all top notch and very professional from European and Asian ....not all one nationality. The ships doctor and hospital is better than many in the USA and other countries... I and my wife both used it she a former RN was very impressed. Ports were all fine missed Bermuda because of a hurricane warning, The small size of the ship ment no lines getting on or off, Bottle water offered free Security top notch and very very tight... We take our own tours so can only say O tours are expensive Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first time on Oceania. I had heard only good things about this cruise line. We were told that food was excellent, service great and ship lovely. Most of the aforementioned did not hold true. During the life raft drill, ... Read More
This was our first time on Oceania. I had heard only good things about this cruise line. We were told that food was excellent, service great and ship lovely. Most of the aforementioned did not hold true. During the life raft drill, before we even left port, we were told that this was a sick ship and that there was Norovirus on our ship. They then said safety measures would be in place. This entailed cleaning the entire ship constantly-wiping floors, ceilings. railings and outdoor tables and chairs. At dinner we were giving salt and pepper paper packets. This went on for a week. The library was sealed. No cards were given out, no games were available. The laundry was closed. The cruise people worked extremely hard, but we should have been told before we boarded the ship in Malta that there was sickness aboard. Cabin-- Our cabin was fine-great storage, but rundown looking. Our sink was chipped and the air did not work properly. It took 2 days and 4 people to fix the problem. The head of housekeeping tried to repair our sink. Our stateroom attendant was not efficient and it took the head of housekeeper to rectify our problems. We couldn't get ice on time when asked for three days and toiletries were not replaced until I went to reception. The Social director, Erica, was wonderful and adorable and extremely helpful. Our cruise was supposed to go to Bermuda, but was diverted due to an approaching hurricane. I feel that there must have been better options for Oceania to substitute Bermuda than with Nassau. Nassau is not a port you would go to for two days. There had to be a better port that was out of the path of the hurricane. Dining--Polo and Tuscana had an electrical problem one evening and the restaurants were closed- this also affected the Terrace restaurant. The food was good and Ryan was excellent. The ports, except for Nassau were great. They were interesting and worth a stop. Nassau was worth a 20 minute stop, definitely not a two day stop. The entertainment was ok. Oceania is not know for their entertainment, but Erica and Sam did there best and were enjoyable. The shops were just fair. The sundry part of the shop had nothing for colds or sore throats except and drops. All in all I don't think we will cruise on Oceania again. Except for the food, nothing was worth the cost. Oceania took the easiest way out by sending us to Nassau, instead of a more interesting port in the area. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We liked the itinerary. But we're quickly disappointed by things onboard starting as soon as we saw our Penthouse Stateroom. Nothing was different from 4 years earlier and now the decor was tired and the room overall outdated. Then ... Read More
We liked the itinerary. But we're quickly disappointed by things onboard starting as soon as we saw our Penthouse Stateroom. Nothing was different from 4 years earlier and now the decor was tired and the room overall outdated. Then as soon as we pulled out of port we were informed that we were on a "sick" ship. A number of the crew and passengers had norovirus and the onerous sanitation processes had to continue until no one had reported these sick symptoms for 72 hours. This went on for the entire first week of the cruise. The food we were quick to discover, was not of the same high quality we had experienced on our 4 previous Oceania cruises. The quality just wasn't there. And, the crew were often surly and short with the guests. NOT ACCEPTABLE. Then, due to weather issues, instead of the final port before returning home being Bermuda, we docked for 2 days in Nassau--the poorest, cheapest port Oceania could have selected. Everyone was fed up by then. I heard many, many complaints from the passengers--many of whom had never before traveled with Oceania--say never again. Back to Crystal!! How sad. Oceania, you owe your long time supporters an apology. Your major distinction was high quality food and service, and you have lowered your standards to a level that you will lose your image and position in the cruise world. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We enjoyed pretty much everything about this cruise. The itinerary, the service, the food, the land arrangements, our cabin, our friends we went with and the people we met. That said, I'll mention a few places RSSC can improve. ... Read More
We enjoyed pretty much everything about this cruise. The itinerary, the service, the food, the land arrangements, our cabin, our friends we went with and the people we met. That said, I'll mention a few places RSSC can improve. There was a major SNAFU in Ravenna, Italy. The actual arrangements (shuttle to town) weren't bad, weren't great, but the INFO given to passengers on the dock was WRONG, created confusion and delayed our getting into town. No reason for this. They should have had correct info and a crew member to help us, both dockside and outside the port gate. The internet at sea was included ("free") but much worse than the internet on other cruise ships. Mainly the on-board server software was buggy. I was never sure if the free service was a certain number of minutes a day free or something else. Our cabin service was not the best. It started off without 'do not disturb' signs so there were instances of the doorbell ringing or being walked-in on until we got them on the 2nd or 3rd day. Then, as we used our requested beverages, they weren't replaced without asking. He did keep us well-supplied with ice. Excursions were mostly included, and had excellent destinations but in terms of arrangements were below average. Uncomfortable buses, mediocre restaurants, etc. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Chose this cruise after reading al the hype about Sirena and the refit. Having cruised on similar ships we knew what to expect regarding size, layout, cabins etc. Although the carpets, linen, furnishings, deck chairs etc. all appeared new ... Read More
Chose this cruise after reading al the hype about Sirena and the refit. Having cruised on similar ships we knew what to expect regarding size, layout, cabins etc. Although the carpets, linen, furnishings, deck chairs etc. all appeared new there did not seem to be too much "refitting" of the cabin itself. The earlier images appeared to show refits to the bathrooms however this was not the case. We are not big people so the space in the bathroom was adequate however I can see how it may be on the small size for larger people, particularly the shower. The food and service in Red Ginger was unbelievably good. The same cannot be said for the Tuscan Steak in which the food was way below average and the service almost non existent. We attended only one show, which was so bad that we did not want to go to any more. Although they seemed understaffed, overall the service provided by cabin, pool, administration and food and beverage staff was both friendly and excellent. Les, the "so called" entertainment director was without doubt the worst I have come across in over 10 cruises. Prices for drinks, particularly wine were extremely high particularly after service charges were added. We ended up buying wine ashore and bringing it back on board at each port, which was never questioned by security. There seemed to me that there was no interest in those passengers who, like us, prefer to do our own thing and not pay the high price being asked for the ship's excursions. There were shuttles provided in most ports, however we were usually docked so far away that it took almost an hour by the time you left your cabin until you got off the shuttle. With limited time in most ports this extra travel consumed valuable time going from and returning to the ship. It was also disappointing to dock in so many container ports rather than cruise terminals, given the standard promoted by Oceania. This was our 3rd Oceania cruise, given this experience would I cruise with Oceania again, most likely not. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This would be our fifth time we have sailed with Oceania, our other four cruises have been on Riviera, but we wanted to try the old “R” ship. We knew before we sailed what the ship would be like in relation to the configuration as ... Read More
This would be our fifth time we have sailed with Oceania, our other four cruises have been on Riviera, but we wanted to try the old “R” ship. We knew before we sailed what the ship would be like in relation to the configuration as we have also sailed with Azamara. We flew from Manchester to Malta to join the ship and had booked transfers thorough Malta Transfers, the taxi driver was waiting for us at arrivals, the only thing that went wrong was he dropped us off at the wrong place for the embarkation. We felt that there was not enough Oceania staff around to tell you where to go for embarkation, in fact we saw one person. When we eventually got on the ship it was very easy, but there must have been about 10 check in personnel doing nothing, why were they not reemployed to show customers where to check in. Overall we thought that Oceania had made a reasonable job of the refurbishment, we were in an obstructed view cabin on deck 6 which was convenient to most of the ship. The cabin being small, which we knew would be, but the bathroom had not been refurbished at all. The shower screen was very badly marked and there were about four or five hooks that you could not use because they had been smashed at some time. The bed was obviously new as was the carpet. We had two very good cabin stewards, a lady and a man. The food around the ship was very good, not as good as Riviera, we thought, the only negative we could give here is that the food in all venues was not hot. Every night we asked the waiters could our main course be hot, we achieved this only once in the MDR, a great waiter called Alexander from Russia, he said yes I also like hot food. This is one failing we find with Oceania and even after asking they still cannot get this right. Reservations in the speciality restaurants again were not what you know but who you know. We were told that they were fully booked all cruise, but the two times we got reservations there were tables that were empty all evening. Yes don’t say that they could have been booked and the people did not turn up, because they say they only hold a reservation for 15 minutes after your time. The one night we went to Tuscon Steak the couple in front of us were greeted by the Head Waiter and his comment was, Good Evening Mr and Mrs ***** I have saved your usual table by the window? Overall service again was much hit and miss, in fact one night we went to a bar and sat for 10 minutes and there were no waiters to order drinks from. We eventually went to the bar ordered our drinks and they sat on the bar, we went and picked them up and took them back to the table, and yes you pay 18% gratuity for the pleasure of serving yourself. We then went to the MDR and ordered a bottle of wine, and at 57.45 Euros we thought it was not cheap, the wine waiter came opened the bottle and served a little amount to us, we never saw her again all evening, if we need our glass refilled we did it ourselves, again 18% gratuity was added for the pleasure. The shows were very good and we really like the production shows. Unfortunately we had children onboard, now don’t get me wrong, we have grandchildren ourselves, but some of them did not know how to behave. Three boys about 8 or 9 years old ruled the pool deck most afternoons, this is where Oceania falls down, and there was no policing of the pool deck. One afternoon we had the boys firing water cannons into the pool, another day they were jumping from the Jacuzzi into the pool, they could have easily hurt themselves. They were even in the Jacuzzi and it clearly states that they were not allowed unless they had an adult with them, but no adults could be seen, they were just left to run riot. Even after many passengers complained to reception, nothing was done, they need a deck officer or someone in charge to oversee what was happening. This was a very bad reflection on Oceania, for first time cruisers, they may think that this was the norm. Even the pool waiters were getting fed up with them, one day the staff took away the bats and balls on the ping pong table as the boys were stamping on the balls and destroying the bats. We had changes to the ports of calls, two in fact, we were told that we could not go into Monte Carlo as it was too windy, but we also found out that on the same day the new Regent ship was being christened, now what was the truth. I seems that my review is quite negative, but overall we had a good cruise and will cruise again with Oceania, due to the many staff that were wonderful, it is such a shame that the few staff can be so surly and not helpful and it does cloud your judgment. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We are seasoned cruisers having been on many lines including Azamara, HAL but mainly Celebrity. We wanted to try Oceania and this cruise seemed as good a place as any to start. On embarkation, which was a breeze, we realised that the ship ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers having been on many lines including Azamara, HAL but mainly Celebrity. We wanted to try Oceania and this cruise seemed as good a place as any to start. On embarkation, which was a breeze, we realised that the ship is identical to the Azamara Journey. Nicely decorated and our cabin (outside 4th deck) was spacious and had the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. However, it was let down by the bathroom!! Minuscule with a tiny shower with a horrid cheap shower curtain which I am sure was not changed when the ship was refurbished. Ugh!! Interesting itinerary which was changed because of weather conditions but still we visited lovely places in the main. However, I can't see the point of being dropped off in places such as Marsailles. It's like being left in Manchester. Too big and not enough time to do it justice. I know they want you to take their tours but they are extortionately priced so we always do our own thing. I have some issues with my food and after a word with Maitre D Sinisia from Croatia, he made everything perfect. He looked after us superbly and every day he made sure we had what we needed and had food specially made for us and even brought the chef up to meet us to check everything was OK. Superb attention to detail and it made us feel very special. Can't thank him enough for his help. On the subject of food, which in the main was great, there were a few hours in the late afternoon where there was nothing available to eat anywhere on the ship except for room service. I have never known this happen on any other line and it is an issue that needs addressing. The entertainment in the evening was so so with the exception of a couple of speciality acts such as the violinists who were great. The Cruise Director is working under false pretences. Didn't see him speak to any passengers and hardly saw him at all. On that point. we didn't see the Captain anywhere on the ship, ever!! I suppose he must have been on board!! However, these are only minor issues. On the whole we really enjoyed the cruise. Love that you can usually get a sun bed at any time and the pool deck staff do their job well and keep you refreshed with iced soft drinks at all times. Would we cruise with Oceania again? Most definitely. But I think I would like to try one of their bigger ships. There would be more going on in the evenings I think and probably more dining choices. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I booked a guaranteed G suite 90 days out on the April Rome to Venice cruise in spite of the adverse comments on cruise critic. I guessed the refit in early April would solve all the comments on the décor though not perhaps the vibration ... Read More
I booked a guaranteed G suite 90 days out on the April Rome to Venice cruise in spite of the adverse comments on cruise critic. I guessed the refit in early April would solve all the comments on the décor though not perhaps the vibration issues. I have previously avoided this ship as she is a bit old and not purposely made for cruising but now she is in the Med I had little choice as we are off long haul for a bit. I logged into my Regent account immediately after booking and I was surprised to see a cabin had already been allocated. Normally this would be done a couple of days out from sailing. The cabin allocated 531 was one we would have refused had we not booked on a guaranteed basis as it was right on the end next to the stairs, entrance to Compass Rose and a WC. We did complain to Regent via our agent but we didn’t really expect any change and we didn’t get any. It does strike me that maybe Regent are using the guaranteed basis (at least on this ship) to get rid of cabins no one else will book. We won’t book that way again on this ship. Around 6 weeks out from our trip we received an email from Regent via our agent asking us if we would like to swap onto one of around 5 other cruises. This email offered the alternative cruises at the same price as we had already paid in full plus cash back and a suite upgrade. We chose the cruise which was very similar to ours but two days longer. We were offered an E suite having booked a G on guarantee so jumped at the chance. So that is how we came to be on the Malta to Venice cruise departing on 13th June 2016. We were booked on a fairly late Air Malta flight by Regent and arrived at the ship around 16.40. We met the Regent rep in the arrivals hall and along with 1 other couple we were asked to make our way to the car park and take our own luggage. Not a 6 star start to the holiday? We travelled in a rather shabby Mini bus which stunk of cigarettes but fortunately the transfer is short. The driver said he would deal with our luggage when we arrive at the port and we took our hand luggage into the check in hall. Having got our suite cards we were pointed in the direction of the ship but no help was available again to take our hand luggage. When we got on board and through the security there was no one to welcome us on board except a rather bored looking wine waiter who offered us a half glass of warm champagne. He was more interested in chatting to another crew member who had just come back from a shore trip. No one gave us help to find our cabin so we wandered off still with our hand luggage and found it ourselves. Just time for a quick unpack and shower before the lifeboat drill which of course no one had told us about? We had booked one night in Prime 7 in advance and as we normally do we ordered the Fillet Mignon but although it was well cooked it was rather tasteless. On our second visit it was much better. The food in general was good with no complaints. There is of course no Signatures Restaurant on this ship which we missed. Mobility scooters have landed!! There were at least two on this cruise. I have no problem with disabled people on the cruise but I do wish they would consider other passengers and not drive fast expecting everyone to get out their way or park them across the pool bar making it impossible for others to get to it. Our suite Fridge was not re stocked with beer and soft drinks towards the end of the cruise for some reason. We ordered Room service one day but as we entered the bay of Kotor before it arrived we went up on deck. They didn’t leave our breakfast in the cabin as we weren’t in but put a message on our phone so we gave up and went to the buffet. The cruise director was friendly enough but it would have been good if he had given more information on when was a good time to be up on deck such as Kotor and Venice. The excursions were good but the numbers on each trip are creeping up with some having well over 30 guests. This not really a problem but you do need radios with large groups so you can hear the guide. We did have them on some tips but not all. The refurbishment in April has improved things but there was still some work ongoing at the end of June. Our cabin had a few poorly completed trimmings but generally it was ok. Paint was flaking off the balcony doors and of course made its way into the cabin on our feet. In two ports we couldn't use the balcony as the crew were painting the outside of the ship from a cherry picker on the quay!! Given the ship was in dry dock only a matter of weeks before I can't see why this was necessary? The new larger table makes it difficult to get to the couch now but it does give a lot more room for food and drinks. The bathroom now lets the suite down as looks a little tired and the grouting and bath sealant needed redoing. Stocking of provisions seemed to be a problem on this trip for some items such as some breakfast cereal and certain beers. We also ran out of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which was blamed on the high proportion of UK guests who preferred that to the alternatives. There is quite a bit of vibration towards the rear of the ship in spite of Regent advising me that it was peculiar to certain weather conditions in the Caribbean. This seems to be mainly when manoeuvring or slowing down. Sitting out on deck 10 the glasses do rattle a lot. Our cabin was towards the bow so we had no problems but I would advise having a cabin towards the bow if possible. We had no issues with the crew on board as all were friendly and helpful and the service was excellent. Things did take a slight dip when many of the experienced crew left in Croatia to go and join Explorer. Some of the new crew had never worked on a ship before and had obviously not been given adequate training. This put an extra load on the experienced crew to help them out but they did a good job of making sure we were well looked after. So there is some evidence of cutting costs but Regent is still my preferred cruise line. I am looking forward to a cruise on Explorer when the prices reduce a bit. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016

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