28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Two years ago, my wife and I with three other couples enjoyed a GREAT cruise on this ship. Accordingly, another couple and ourselves chose to repeat our positive previous experience with this 16 day cruise. Spoiler Alert- Big big ... Read More
Two years ago, my wife and I with three other couples enjoyed a GREAT cruise on this ship. Accordingly, another couple and ourselves chose to repeat our positive previous experience with this 16 day cruise. Spoiler Alert- Big big MISTAKE! Very little worked on this so called "Luxury Experience" . It is quite obvious that the "bean counters" at Regent have decided to squeeze every single dollar out of every single cruise and then let the customer "suffer" their decisions. The problems began with the so called "Free" Airfare. This is nothing more then a marketing ploy as the cruise fare is increased by $ 300 per couple if you decide to take their "Free" airfare. Regent's response, when questioned, it that if you do not take the "Free" Airfare they will credit $ 150 pp. So much for the "Free" Airfare!. We decided to upgrade our flight to LAX via First Class @ an upcharge of $ 699 pp. When we finally received our flight information we found that Regent had booked 4 Senior Citizens to fly out of Miami on a 6:30AM flight to Chicago! Yes... fly to Chicago in mid-winter! We would have to get up at 3 AM in the morning to try and catch that flight. Really! When we objected, our travel agent finally had Regent offer us a 9:30 flight from Miami to Orlando and then to LAX. Somewhat better but that "new" flight was @ a $350 per couple upcharge! We declined and made our own First Class flight to LAX. Regent included a one night stay at the" Beverly Wilshire" Hotel which was fine. After checking in we were told that Regent had a "Hospitality Suite" available for all information about the next days travel to the ship. The so called "Hospitality Suite" offered NOTHING in the way of either Food or drink! Not even a bottle of water! The Regent "representative" could answer none of our questions except to say that our luggage should be ready to be picked up at 7:30 AM and we should meet in a Hotel Ballroom @ 11:15 AM. The "free" included breakfast was not offered in the Hotel's restaurant but instead was a buffet-style "Holiday-Inn Express" type of breakfast. Shame on "Regent" for that! The buses to the ship did not even arrive until 1:30 in the afternoon! Regent"representative offered little information except to wait. Arriving at the pier involved another l o n g wait. Once on the ship we again had to wait even though our quarters were supposed to be ready at 1:30 PM. No apologies were offered for the delay! We heard through the grapevine that the ship was inspected by the Coast Guard that day and experienced some "difficulties". In addition, many of the crew's contracts had expired and they were leaving and a new crew had come onboard. Many of the "new" crew were in-experienced and it showed. They just did not know what to do. Breakfast in "Compass Rose" took close to a hour and 45 minutes. Two years ago at breakfast, you were immediately served juice and coffee/tea and a server came right offer and offered Muffins/Pastries. Now, we waited and waited and waited. Finally, we were served Coffee/Tea and then waited some more to juice. The server offering pastries/muffins made only a single pass at the table and did not return. Each morning we had to ask our server what the Breakfast "special" was. They either did not know or were instructed not to offer that information. Orders are transcribed via Tablets and mistakes (missing orders) were common. Coffee refills had to be requested. An order of Smoked Salmon and a Bagel resulted in being presented with a single small scoop of cream cheese. You had to request more cream cheese or ask for a triple serving of it when ordering. Head Waiters tried very very hard but were totally overcome3 by problems/issues with the kitchen and the inexperienced staff! Breakfast service at "Compass Rose" was overall a failure! Our quarters were excellent as was our Butler and Steward! Kudo's to them! Dinner at "Compass Rose" matched that of Breakfast except the food quality overall was fair at best. We dined 5 nights at the "Pacific Rim" Restaurant and overall both the food and service was excellent. The steakhouse. "Prime" featured quality food and excellent service also. As to the French "Chartruese"... forgetabout it! Poor food and even worse execution. Service was even worse as demonstrated by our request for Onion Soup. Both "Chartruese" and "Prime" share a kitchen with two separate lines working. Onion Soup is offered at "Prime". Two of use requested Onion soup at "Chartruese" and were told NO!!!. No exceptions..!! Way to go Regent! We never went back to "Chartruese" with their poor food. As to the cutbacks- portion sizes have been cut back... obvious to us was the fact that previously when ice cream was ordered as a desert, you received 3 scoops plus a cigar shaped cookie (a "Pirouette"". Now, only 2 scoops and no cookie! Cost savings are now the norm and not the exception as to both the quality and quantity of the food. An example of the cost cutting is the fact that on one night dinner was ONLY served on the pool deck as a buffet. ALL other Restaurants were closed so either eat at the buffet or order room service. There is little question that this "move" by Regent saves them money overall. At dinner, I like to be served and help myself to a buffet. Overall, the crew is very very nice and helpful. However, here again, Regent drops the ball. One night a notice was placed on our bed that "Painting and Varnishing" of our deck were take place the next day. We returned to our room and noted one crewman was entering our cabin with a paint bucket/varnish materials. We followed him in and noted another crewman working on our deck and they finished shortly afterwards. However, they had left the doors leading to the deck open, so our quarters were both hot and humid as well as smelling from the paint/varnish. I called to complain and was told it would not happen again. Two days later, in the late afternoon, my wife was napping, and I was shaving. Our curtains were open and I then noted a crewman on our deck, varnishing. I chased him away and again complained that our privacy had been compromised. I received an apology again but clearly this is no way to treat a passenger. I do not expect perfection in an imperfect world. However, if I am paying top dollar for a cruise experience, ( over $ 30,000 in this case) , I do expect more then we received from "Regent" on this cruise. In speaking to other repeat "Regent" passengers on this cruise, I found my experiences not to be that unusual. The conclusion reached appeared to that "Regent" has changed... sadly, not for the better... Read Less
52 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Having been on 2 Chrystal Cruises we had high expectations. We paid a lot and we’re Bored! Our cruise was 12 days, England to Copenhagen. Weather mostly in the 60’s. Ship was beautiful and kept very clean. Night entertainment ... Read More
Having been on 2 Chrystal Cruises we had high expectations. We paid a lot and we’re Bored! Our cruise was 12 days, England to Copenhagen. Weather mostly in the 60’s. Ship was beautiful and kept very clean. Night entertainment was minimal and except for 2 nights... the rest were subpar. As for on board activities... when you have 2 days in a row at sea we expect more than one lecturer, and all 3 of his lectures were on International Politics. Other than that, I don’t consider napkin folding and bingo activities. There’s a tiny casino too. As for dining options, they were okay. But we expect more than that. Twice I sent my food back, once for undercooked chicken, one for burnt salmon. Totally unacceptable. The service was good. As for the excursions, most were very disappointing At the end, the transferred 200 passengers by buses to the Marriott Copenhagen. We could barely get in the lobby and then we waited on line for almost an hour. Read Less
60 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
The ship is absolutely beautiful - both public spaces and cabins. Like a very luxurious hotel. By appearances, you could easily forget that you were on a cruise ship - more like being at a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, and our Explorer ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful - both public spaces and cabins. Like a very luxurious hotel. By appearances, you could easily forget that you were on a cruise ship - more like being at a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, and our Explorer Suite category cabin was extremely comfortable. But that was the problem. It was all about appearances. That may be enough for some, and you would not be disappointed in terms of high end comfort. The library, lounges, restaurants were all very attractive. But then the service. Didn't even come close to matching the surroundings. I actually found some staff downright hostile. They seemed so unhappy so much of the time. Our butler was nowhere to be found the afternoon of embarkation and for the rest of the cruise it was like pulling teeth to get anything out of him. At one point he threw away newspapers I had set aside on our sofa (needed them for work) and he took it upon himself to throw them out when he brought in the newer newspapers then tried to blame it on the room steward who swore up and down that he never throws anything away if it's not in the garbage can, which I believe because when I did have things right next to the garbage can to throw out (they didn't fit in the can) he did not take them. The room steward seemed pleasant enough, but overworked and doing his work somewhat begrudgingly. They seemed really "cheap" about things. For example, a spare roll of toilet paper is usually kept in the bathrooms. They would never replenish this - even after we had to call for more tp and you could clearly see there were only a few sheets left on the existing roll. You would think once that happened they would be better about restocking. The last night, we needed to take tp out of one bathroom for another. Toiletries were never replenished, even when soap was down to a sliver. Service was quick and perfunctory. We had to ask multiple times for them to put the cushions back out on the deck chairs. I understand taking them in at night in inclement weather, but even when we were in port overnight with very pleasant weather, they would not put anything out and often we had to do ourselves. Not a big deal, but you would think at these prices they could make sure details like that were attended to. Also, with all it's beauty, the ship itself still seemed kind of odd. We are used to the creakiness when a ship is at sea. But this one made all kinds of weird noises at all different hours - especially at night. We did not get one decent night's sleep over the 12 days we were on board. Dining was okay, but varied widely from one venue to another. Anywhere from bad to pretty good. Never really good. Prime 7 and Pacific Rim were very disappointing. We get better steaks at our local diner, and the Asian food left us not feeling great and very thirsty all night long. Chartreuse was the only specialty restaurant we enjoyed and would return to. Compass Rose was decent with good service. The Pool Grill lunches were okay if you stuck to the salads, but the hot foods were pretty awful. Husband said it was the worst hamburger he ever had, and I could barely eat two bites of the chicken wings I ordered. Pizza was dull and flavorless. In Veranda, lunch was okay. Dinner (when it became an Italian restaurant) varied. Breakfast was not good at all if you wanted anything beyond eggs. On the plus side, we did not go hungry, but compared to other cruise ships we have been on, the pickings were slim and with very limited hours and availability. Servers for the large part seemed unhappy. Most did their jobs, but that's it - just did their jobs. Once in a while you would get someone with a smile and that was such an exciting moment due to the rarity. The ports and itinerary for this particular cruise were, for the large part, very good. That's why we picked this cruise (Lisbon, Porto, A Coruna, Bilbao, Bordeaux, L'Orient, St. Malo, Guernsey, Southampton). We did Lisbon on our own, but I heard from other passengers who did pre-cruise through Regent that there was a bit of a cattle car feel. We then felt that throughout the cruise with any excursions booked through Regent. They may be free (as part of "all inclusive"), but be warned. You get what you pay for. Generally speaking the Excursions staff was clueless. Not only were they uniformly not very nice, they knew little to nothing about the ports. On other cruise lines, we have gotten much more detailed port information, including maps, the night before and there is usually someone you can speak with on the ship who has some familiarity with the ports. With this we had to wait for a local representative to come on board the ship the "day of" before we could see any map or get any local iniformation. The excursions themselves were pretty mediocre. Every day we saw or heard stories of people getting left behind or "lost." You are sent out in groups way too big to get much out of anything. The tours were not all that informative and very poorly timed. There was a lot of wasted time, and when you were given any free time it was usually not in the center of things. Huge variations among guides depending on the luck of the draw with which bus you ended up on. Some people complained that they couldn't even understand their guides. In one port, even the guide was wondering who had arranged such a tour. We were left with nothing to do except have tea for an hour and a half in the middle of nowhere - at the expense of seeing the island. As compared to other cruise lines we have been on (Crystal, for example) or when doing independent touring, Regent appears to be scraping pretty close to bottom of the barrel in terms of what tour companies they are using. And you never once saw a Regent rep accompanying any of the tours to see how things were going, nor was there any effort to get feedback from passengers. Clearly they take a "hands over one's ears, hear no evil, see no evil" approach to things. Another big shortcoming was the quality of WiFi. No excuse in this day and age, especially on such a new ship, for it to be so erratic and unreliable. We have been on much older ships in the middle of nowhere with much better service. They have clearly skimped in this area and have no interest in serving their customers except for collecting the money for usage. Fortunately, the wifi plan was included with our stateroom, otherwise I would have been furious for spending so much and getting what we got. Can't really comment on the entertainment. Especially with living in NY, we go to see theater, music and other entertainment quite often, so don't really look for it on a cruise ship. Although on many cruises we have been on, they have had some fun and different offerings that we don't get to here in the city. Not on this cruise. Nothing was really to our taste and the little bit we did see and hear, was not particularly impressive. The one thing I will give them high marks for was the Enrichment lecturer - an instructor from NY. She was the only person we heard from throughout the entire cruise who had any insight about anything. She was smart and well spoken, and we enjoyed her lectures. Overall, it's tough that we were left feeling the way we did. Great ship, great cabin, great itinerary, but the service end of things made us feel really badly and makes us doubt we would try Regent again. Maybe they were very good once, but it seems that since NCL acquired them things have gone downhill. The ship may be fancier, but it's still Norwegian Cruise Lines - not one of our favorites. A cruise is about so much more than just your room and surroundings. And maybe it is just how this particular ship is managed, but there definitely appears to be a morale problem among employees. Even higher level officers. On just about every other cruise we have been (several of them over multiple brands), the officers are much more visible and there is more opportunity to interact with them. Here, there was no effort whatsoever. To us it seemed very obvious that they just want your money, they will make you comfortable enough, but then want you to leave them alone. I have felt much better treated on much less expensive cruise ships. In my opinion, you would be better off paying for the best cabin you can on a less luxurious ship but then getting much better service and being made to feel more special. When we have stayed in higher level suites on other ships, we have received true VIP service. Nothing of the sort here. Other than free newspapers and free wifi (that barely worked), there was nothing here that made us feel special. As I mentioned earlier, there was even a sort of hostility here. Heck. On our last morning I couldn't even get a cup of tea. We had ordered room service and they brought me a decaf tea bag. When the steward came to try to service our room 20 minutes before we were supposed to be out of it, I mentioned the tea bag to him and asked if he could get me a non decaf regular tea bag. He snatched it out of my hand and never came back. So would I recommend this line to others? Likely not. Or I would lay it out as is and leave it up to you to decide if it's worth it. I think with so many lines building so many new ships now, there are much better options. Even as one who loves luxury hotels, I would be willing to go just a little less luxurious on a ship for better service.The surroundings are just not worth the premium charged here and for the lack of quality in other areas. Read Less
43 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We are long time Regent customers but had not sailed with Regent for two years account a previous problem. In the interim, we sailed with luxury lines, Crystal, Seabourn and Oceania. We chose the transatlantic crossing to try the new ... Read More
We are long time Regent customers but had not sailed with Regent for two years account a previous problem. In the interim, we sailed with luxury lines, Crystal, Seabourn and Oceania. We chose the transatlantic crossing to try the new (for us) Explorer and because of the price. We also love going to Bermuda. We had an overnight in Bermuda where I chose to wear formal Bermuda attire, of coat, tie, Bermuda shorts and folded over knee socks (picture attached) I was asked to leave the bar as I had shorts on. Next, I experienced the only poor service, rude employee, of the cruise, the reception desk manager. I explained that we were docked in one of the most formal British protectorates in the world and that my attire was local custom, and requested to be allowed to wear formal Bermuda attire in Bermuda. The correct answer for the location was to check with the hotel manager or else make a simple apology. Instead I was given a lecture about local customs and how bad it could be in Papua, New Guinea (loin cloth). Steam was rising from my ears. With my bad experience highlighted I will say that the ship lives up to its billing of the most luxurious ship ever built. There is marble granite and exquisite light fixtures - EVERYWHERE. The overall decor of the ship is no less than 10 out of 10. Words and pictures can't describe it adequately. When I went into a private stall in the restroom I was in an eight foot by four foot marble box. Simply amazing. Service was generally excellent in all dining venues and bars. The ship was not completely full and extra visits to the specialty restaurants were available, especially if you were willing to share a table or eat late. Food in the main dining room, The Compass Rose was excellent. Of all the restaurants we rated Prime 7 as number 1. We did not enjoy Pacific Rim, but we are not Asian food fans so please consider this review neutral there. Overall passengers on the Explorer dressed better than other lines, a plus for us. 80% of men wore jackets at night and half of those wore ties. Our room was a Penthouse which we enjoyed (see below). We enjoy butler service on cruises and have learned to make use of them. Unfortunately, we did not get the best one as service could be slow or forgotten. We spoke with other passengers who had no problems so I must assume that we just drew the wrong one. We went on two shore excursions which were excellent and included. We missed the final port due to engaging in a man overboard search and rescue for a passenger from another ship who had fallen or jumped overboard. So, with all of the great that that can be said about this cruise why only 2 stars? Beyond the bad experience in Bermuda we can say that it boils down to value and inflexibility. Value - we have seen Regent take price increases each year. We chose this trip due to its lower cost and included business class return air from Spain. Backing out, my estimated value for the cruise, we paid just over $500 per day per person for the cruise. Good deal, but a quick check of category Penthouse B cabins this summer will reveal prices that can approach $1500 per day (which include business air). Over the past few year Regent strives to make more and more included. Shore excursions, drinks, specialty restaurants, and just starting - free laundry. To get the full value for all of this you need to take advantage, and most of us don't. And then there is another phenomenon that seems to be more prevalent on Regent than on other top lines. My wife and I call it "forced shopping". On this cruise we had a combined total of $1,100 (USD) shipboard credit. The credit came from American Express, the ship and the travel agent. Regent is"all inclusive" and Since we are not big spa people, and don't partake in top shelf spirits or wine, we have to spend it (or lose it) in the shops. We ended up purchasing lots of stuff we never would have elsewhere. And the shops aren't cheap. Up until about 2010, you were able to visit the future cruise consultant and roll the shipboard credit into a future cruise. That ended and we became free agents in the luxury market. Finally, inflexibility. The shorts incident aside (a perfect example) we found that the staff works from a very regimented script or playbook. One day we told our (excellent) waitress that we were praying for calm seas. She lets us know she was praying for a calm boss. On the last full day, we completely packed early in the morning and stashed the bags under the bed. The cabin steward pulled out the completely full bags and put them on the bed, because - that was what the script called for. In fairness this may be Regent's way of managing service but we found it to be a little stiff. We will be back on Regent but it will likely take 2 years or more. Read Less
37 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
After having been on passenger ships dating back to the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary as a child and being on Ships from the the Emerald Seas, The Nordic Prince in the the 70's to the evolutionary changes in cruising today, I am ... Read More
After having been on passenger ships dating back to the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary as a child and being on Ships from the the Emerald Seas, The Nordic Prince in the the 70's to the evolutionary changes in cruising today, I am familiar with origins and changes in the industry and appreciate its revolution. Most recently, we have sailed on both Princess and Celebrity with accommodations ranging from balconies to suites with a butler...certainly the microcosm of availability. We chose to sail Regent because of a desire to try a smaller vessel with purported luxury and personal concern for the individual passenger. The cost was about twice that of previous similar itineraries. The question is... was this worth twice the price...Categorically-NO. The ship was luxurious as advertised. The cabin appointments were depicted as they were or should I say "as the wide angle lens would have it." Certainly not a surprising value was found here. The dining was, in general, excellent. There were some exceptions to the expectations, ie A crab cocktail was inedible, the smoked salmon average. Activities were sedate and geared to an "old" crowd. Previous reviews had given fair warning of what to expect. The cruise director, Andy, and his wife Tammy were well rehearsed... to ad nauseum. Spontaneity and enjoyment were not part of their repertoire. The service and personal wait staff were outstanding, well schooled, courteous and attentive. Excursions were, shall I say, a joke. The first port was Nassau. Our party (four) chose a tour which would include going to "Atlantis". The descriptor said exactly what it would do, go there. If you wanted to get in, break out your credit card for $175.00 more. The St. Kitts excursion was to take us to a resort and a day at the beach, that is if you consider rocks and shacks a resort. That lasted at least 5 minutes before we got back on the bus to return under the guise of illness. It was really sickening. Take all the the tours you want, but, buyer beware! The questions to be asked and answered are "Was it worth it and would I(we) go again?" The answers are No and No. Value was not given for the "merchandise" received. In the future, upgrading to a fine suite on Celebrity, Princess or Royal Caribbean is more in the offing. Money would not have been the object had perceived value been given. Read Less
45 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We went to join our friends from Brussels. The Regent Explorer was built in 2016. Hard to believe. Feels like an old ship that has been redecorated. If you are on Deck 5 aft, the elevator bank almost butts right up to the ... Read More
We went to join our friends from Brussels. The Regent Explorer was built in 2016. Hard to believe. Feels like an old ship that has been redecorated. If you are on Deck 5 aft, the elevator bank almost butts right up to the stairwell. Wonder who passed that inspection. We were not made aware of our cabin number until two days before embarkation. For good reason. We paid $11,000 for the smallest accomodation on the ship. Contrary to all other ships, we were not taken to our cabin, no steward to show us around the cabin. There was a bottle of champagne and two glasses that quickly disappeared the next day. No water pressure in the mold smelling shower. AC had to be fixed, TV remote not charged, bedspread not needed, looked and smelled bad. A layer of dust would settle on our shoes each night. Helps to vacuum UNDER the bed once in a while as seen with the dust on our luggage. It took three days, to make staff understand that we wanted diet soda in our refrigerator. That was the ONLY thing we had asked for. Many times, veranda furniture was stacked. We had to pull it out and place cushions. Interesting that there we not enough hangers when we used the cabin, but on departure day, an abundance of new wood hangers we placed in our closet as we left. Best restaurant "Pacific Rim" great service. Chartruse is neither French nor noteworthy. Needed a chain saw to get through two lamb chops. Waiter will pull out our chair, but where are they when the heavy chair will not slide on carpet. It is a struggle. Waitstaff will either buzz around you or are no where in sight. Many times on the Veranda a waiter would say he would get something for us and then disappear, never to be seen again. Very bad system for breakfast. Sometimes numbers on tables, sometimes not. How may times was coffee served with no cream. You waited until your coffee got cold to find someone to bring cream. I thought the two went together. Waiters very nice around the pool but elsewhere??????? Steak house, chef was disappointed that we didn't give him accolades. We asked for decaf We were given just the opposite and didn't sleep the entire night before departure. We are not wowed but furniture or fixtures. If Regent thinks that makes them great, they are dead wrong. It is the service and the graciousness that you remember. Read Less
55 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The best of the best new ship.... Luxury "All Inclusive" Every part of the cruise from the beginning up until the last 2 days. 14 day cruise. here is why this is important and relevant. 1. The "cruise ... Read More
The best of the best new ship.... Luxury "All Inclusive" Every part of the cruise from the beginning up until the last 2 days. 14 day cruise. here is why this is important and relevant. 1. The "cruise consultant" was very terse and abrupt. this was the person responsible for booking future cruises. i was so excited about this cruise. *(grand suite, spent more than $50,000 for 14 days on this med cruise). i wanted to book 1 10 day cruise for 2018 (they were almost fully booked for 2018) and 10 cruises for 2019 *(total of 124 days.. 2 contiguous cruises) in the grand suite totaling more than $250,000 for myself and my wife. this was the last 2 days in this 14 day cruise. i was to receive $100 for each of the cruises that i booked (total of $1,100). the "cruise consultant", neglected to inform me and my wife!. so we forfeited much of the balance on my account. (mind you that we did all this $250,000 transaction for 10 cruises on the last 2 days of the cruise... So i could have spent some of this if i had known.) he did no even once, talk about any of the ports, or the destinations at all. he was so rushed because he had so many appointments. a very poor sale experience. i compared this to the most recent cruise with oceania, wonderful, experience with a consultant that even showed us pictures of the ports and the accommodations. we were very concerned about the rooms that we would be commuting to and requested to see the rooms on the day of disembarkation. Oceania scheduled this tour of the rooms. regents consultant referred us to our butler for this request. so, we did request this of our butler. he seemed inconvenienced by having to do this. on the day of disembarkation, the butler stated that he was sooo busy because the "head butler" had taken the day off (really? On the day of disembarkation?). so, my wife and i were trying to keep up with him to see the 3 rooms that we would be booked in (grand suites) for the 124 days!!! he was running the stairs, (literally 2-3 steps at a time!!!) and this was after we tipped him 300 euros on a cruise where tip was included!!!!!!!!!! So, I asked the Butler, "can you booked me reservations at the "Compass Rose" (the non-specialty restaurant) for 8 guests?" He tells me that this is not possible. even for the larger tables, it is a "first come, first serve". i thought that this did not make much sense. even more so, given the fact that i booked in one of the superior suites and that is what my butler was for "to make things happen". Instead, one of the 8 guests became friendly with one of the waiters at "compass rose" and was able to book, not 8, but 12 guests at the larger table!!!. And this guest was in a standard suite!!!!!!!! Really???? Sounds like my butler was impotent in this regard!!!!! Not able to do this???? (maybe he did not want to even try) Yet a guest in a standard suite with some acquaintance with a waiter was able to reserve not 8 but freakin 12 seats at a large table for dinner? PITIFUL........(OF WHAT USE WAS MY BUTLER?))) Soooo disappointed!!~! Butler sucked... ALWAYS FORGOT OUR REQUESTS (MANY!!!) I gave him the benefit of the doubt and even tipped him in a "tip included cruise". and yet, he expected me and my wife to run the stairs with him!!!!! Freakin ridiculous....!!!!!!! I currently have over $250,000 10 cruises for 2018 and 2019 on the same ship "regent explorer". Although the cruise itself was great, the booking experience was sooooooooo bad, i am considering cancelling all the bookings. Apparently this particular class of Luxury Cruise is such in high demand that: 1. They are building an identical twin sister ship ready in 2020 to address this demand. 2. They feel that there is so much demand, that they do not need to cater to the clients during the booking process. they still feel the ratings of the cruise experience is important (obviously). but, if they are not paying attention to the booking experience, it will bite them in the butt!!!!! Another thing, is that their internet service sucks!!!!!!! They offer free internet to all 850+ passengers. Well, fine and dandy. problem is that their process kicks you off after about 1-2 minutes of inactivity. Oceania and even carnival cruise internet was far superior. This is where the saying "free is not always better"!!!! Fix this!!! Luxury ship???? Have to pay extra for premium wine. ( I UNDERSTAND THIS) However, should have the option of paying extra for premium internet!!!!!!!! OTHERWISE, PASSENGERS ARE LURED INTO THINKING THAT THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO FUNCTION WITH INTERNET ON BOARD, This is not the case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Forget internet functionality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will be internet isolated!!!!!!! Simple email only............ No attachments........... NO NOTHING EXCEPT FOR EMAIL (AND EVEN THEN, INTERMITTENT) Not the case with oceania and carnival. And should not have to feel appreciative for the opportunity to book a cruise on your ship!!!!!! *(EXPLORER) Horrible and very disappointing at the very end of a very expensive luxury cruise. Read Less
118 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our 9th cruise with Regent and much anticipated. We embarked in Stockholm and sailed the Baltic returning to Southampton. We looked forward to being on the new ship having watched the programme about it's construction. The ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise with Regent and much anticipated. We embarked in Stockholm and sailed the Baltic returning to Southampton. We looked forward to being on the new ship having watched the programme about it's construction. The decor is dark wood everywhere and lots of old fashioned bling. Regent missed a real opportunity to tap in to the younger age group who can afford luxury all inclusive holidays. There has been a real drop in standards. The beds were always super comfortable on the other ships. Not this time. The bedding was always silky and luxurious so much so I have in the past tried to buy some without success. Apparently you can now buy it from the ship but it so inferior I would not bother. The service is patchy with more of the " couldn't care less attitude" in evidence. Breakfast was a shambles with insufficient seating and staff too busy to pay attention. I had to wait 15 minutes for an espresso one morning which arrived in the form of luke warm filter coffee with froth on top. Other days it arrived at the service point and I had to collect it. We were not offered water and the food was bland cafeteria quality and staff looked harrassed and unhappy. It used to be that the miserable ones stood out now it is the other way around. Lunch was bland with little choice of hot dishes which again looked like they had been sat there all day and were only just warm. The pool deck was the same with lukewarm fries. No special buffets were staged even when at sea for the day. The restaurants have not changed their menus much in the seven years we have been cruising. Does the menu itself have to be bigger than A4size and in an incredibly heavy awkward cover!The fillet minion in Prime Seven, the specialist steak place, was dry and inedible. The new restaurant Chartreuse, replacing Signatures , was the only fine dining we experienced and we were limited to one booking.. in the coffee lounge I was either ignored or palmed off with the wrong coffee in the wrong cup. At tea they failed to anticipate the numbers and at one point a long queue stretched behind a single trolley with one sandwhich on it. When more did arrive they had yo be served on saucers as there were no plates. They ran out of scones and at that point we gave up. We gave up on the entertainment years ago and went to bed early. It is all Broadway themed from 60 years ago or the usual Beatles night. The Cruise Director and his partner were appalling and did nothing to include all guests just their" groupies" The tours were mixed. The ambience on the ship is nothing compared to Seabourne. We criuised twice with them and the dancers and officers all come down to the bars and get involved. Those on Regent do their hours and that's it. They are just not interested. The dvd's and in suite films are put of date. We spent a lot of time reading. We had three days in St Petersburg and wasted one and a half as were advised not to book morning and afternoon tours. This was incorrect and others did both. Very disappointing. We did try and get on one when we arrived back at lunchtime but a very very unhelpful and very brusque member of destinations would not budge. Her excuse" there's no one on the desk to print out your ticket" She was at the time sitting down doing nothing. When I pointed out that this was very unhelpful she said we had all been warned not to book last minute! That had not actually happened and surely on a luxury cruise staff should go above and beyond wherever possible. That's how it used to be..The other tours were ok but one in to Sweden from Denmark was a waste of time. Although included in the price you pay many of these tours are very basic. In St Petersburg for example we only drove past the Hermitage and could not stop to take a picture in the square. At the very picturesque church in the centre we had ten minutes to run and take a picture then spent twenty minutes in a tatty souvenir shop. Most guests stayed on the bus. That should tell them something but as usual nothing changes in that respect. We will not cruise with Regent again. Our early cruises were complete luxury and we recommended this company widely. We have spent a lot of money with them cruising all over the world. This is no longer luxury cruising. It has not only dropped standards but has failed to move with the times. Cruising has become so popular with younger professionals and this company fail to notice. We are now in our late fifties. We are prepared to pay for luxury but expect to experience it. We like to be entertained but are way past the days of Broadway and the Beatles. We love good food. Quality over quantity. Regent has failed us. Read Less
107 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This review is divided into three parts: the good, the bad and the ugly. It accurately reflects my experiences prior to, during and after the cruise. Not being a knowledgeable cruiser (I had only cruised once before about 20 years ago), ... Read More
This review is divided into three parts: the good, the bad and the ugly. It accurately reflects my experiences prior to, during and after the cruise. Not being a knowledgeable cruiser (I had only cruised once before about 20 years ago), I relied upon both recommendations from friends and reviews in the travel press to select Regent Seven Seas for our Baltic adventure. I approached this cruise with very high expectations which were not always met. The Good: 1. Our suite, Explorer category, was large, bright, spotlessly clean, beautifully appointed and very comfortable. 2. The staff were extremely hardworking, professional and friendly. I would single out our butler, Leslie, and the Excursion Desk personnel for special praise. 3. The excursions offered were interesting and well-run. 4. The pre-cruise hotel (Marriott) in Copenhagen was well-located. Our room was large and sunny with a beautiful view. 5. Our flight from San Francisco to Copenhagen on Air France (business class) was exceptional. The Bad: 1. Electronics a. The Wi-Fi, when it was working, was both slow and failure-prone. b. The staff needed two days to fix the large television in the suite’s living room. 2. Suite a. The door between the bedroom and the living room did not close properly. It was repaired immediately, but was out of alignment within two days. b. The bedroom’s sliding glass balcony door did not seal properly. During high winds, the poor seal caused a loud howling noise. c. Upon returning to the suite one afternoon, I noticed a strong toilette odor emanating from the powder room. The smell lasted for about an hour. d. The suite’s air was very dry and irritated our sinuses. 3. Dining a. Every room service order had at least one error (e.g., items missing, items not ordered and/or delivered at the wrong time). The room service menu was also extremely limited. b. The food varied from disappointing (e.g., rock-hard French fries, over-cooked veal medallions, ruined prime rib and rubbery waffles) to disgusting (e.g., malodorous beef stroganoff and inedible swordfish). The food presentation was amateurish – picture Denny’s afloat. The wines were good, however. c. The main restaurant hours appeared set to channel passengers to the buffets rather than the ship’s more formal venues. If your excursion returned to the ship at mid-afternoon, your only option would be the Pool Grill with its unappetizing buffet, desiccated pizza and sandwiches (although the Cubano was passable). d. There was a silver lining to this culinary dark cloud – I lost three pounds on the cruise. 4. Return Flight a. Our return flight from Stockholm to San Francisco on SAS (business class – sort of) was not up to Air France’s standards for service, food and comfort. My seat was especially uncomfortable. It reminded me of the troop seats in military transport aircraft. b. Regent advertises that it’s cruises include international business class air travel. Our segment from Stockholm to Copenhagen was economy although Regent’s documents said otherwise. The Ugly: 1. Booking the trip a. My ordeal with Regent’s back office began with my initial contact. My agent stated that he had only been with the company for about a year and it showed. I inquired about a specific cruise and was told it was sold-out. He attempted to steer me toward an earlier cruise which I told him would most likely not work because of my companion’s schedule. That notwithstanding, he charged my credit card for a $6,179.70 deposit without my authorization. He then sent me an email stating that I had a one-day grace period before the deposit would become non-refundable. Because I could not reach my companion (she was travelling internationally), I called Regent, explained the situation (again) and cancelled the unauthorized reservation. I then spent nearly a week corresponding with the agent before finally receiving the refund. My frustration had reached the point where I told the agent that I would no longer deal with Regent directly, but would work through my own travel agent (which is what I should have done in the first place). b. At that point, a suite on the cruise I had originally chosen miraculously became available. I told the agent I would use my travel agent for the booking. He then asked me book the trip through him so he could “get the credit.” Once I had done that, he would transfer the booking to my travel professional. Fearing I might lose the suite, I agreed. The trip was booked and the transfer made. c. When I received the preliminary itinerary from Regent, it showed my companion returning to the U.S. ahead of me. My agent contacted Regent to correct the error and was told the extra night in Stockholm would cost approximately $1,200. Given that my companion and I were sharing a room for which I had already paid, I took issue with the proposed charge. I know Sweden is expensive, but I cannot believe an extra breakfast could cost that much. It took a day to get that issue sorted out. d. Regent sent me our airline reservations approximately one month before the departure date. Upon checking them, I discovered that we were not sitting together. Sorting out this error took another couple of days. e. Regent was also less than helpful regarding Russian visa requirements for my companion (she is a foreign national). 2. Arrival in Copenhagen a. We arrived in Copenhagen on schedule and were met by a Regent representative. The representative collected our luggage and then escorted us to our transportation to the hotel. b. We registered at the hotel and then stopped by the Regent courtesy desk to check in. Apparently, somewhere over the Atlantic, we had ceased to exist – the courtesy desk had no record of us. We were told that if we really were on the cruise we would have to arrange our own transfers from the hotel to the ship. Regent’s representative didn’t seem to believe us even after we showed them the “Final Cruise Vacation Summary” provided by the cruise line. It took until the next day to get this problem sorted out. 3. Management stupidity a. On one day, the ship scheduled crew safety training at the same time excursions were attempting to leave the ship. When we tried to exit the ship, we were blocked by crew members participating in the drill. b. We went to the Compass Rose restaurant for breakfast on our final morning. Breakfast took more than an hour (not including the time it took to be seated) because the restaurant was set for dinner and not adequately staffed. Apparently, it never occurred with the ship’s hotel management that the passengers might want to have a nice “last meal.” c. While we were waiting to disembark on the final day, the ship’s crew closed the restrooms on and adjacent to the disembarkation deck. Regent is an expensive cruise line and many, if not most, of its passengers are older. Closing those restrooms showed absolutely no regard for passenger comfort. One group of women actually rebelled and forced an attendant to open a restroom for them. NOTE TO MANAGEMENT: CRUISING IS A SERVICE BUSINESS AND YOUR PASSENGERS PAY A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY SO YOU CAN EAT. 4. Post-cruise hotel a. Regent booked us into the Haymarket by Scandic in Stockholm. The room was cramped, dark and noisy. Its bathroom was so small one could hardly turn around in it. b. We considered ordering room service, but concluded there was no place to eat it. c. We ordered take-away breakfasts for our final morning (the airport transfer left before the hotel began breakfast service), but they were never provided. Read Less
74 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise partly because of the reviews and partly because it went to a few places that we have not been before. First, the good: They had an excellent lecturer aboard and I thought his presentation was phenomenal. ... Read More
We chose this cruise partly because of the reviews and partly because it went to a few places that we have not been before. First, the good: They had an excellent lecturer aboard and I thought his presentation was phenomenal. They had one great restaurant: Chartreuse, for French, but you can only book it once. The suite was adequate, lots of drawer space. The seating area could be partitioned off with curtains, so it could be considered an actual suite. Decor is very dark with low ceilings. I am 5’6” and could place my whole hand on the ceiling. Now the negative: We have cruised before with Seabourn and Silverseas. This did not compare to those lines in any way. The main issue is the overall experience: We felt like cattle. Like many other luxury lines, they include the tours in your price, but unlike others our experience, they make no attempt to control the quality of the tours. On Silverseas, we had a crew/staff member on every bus and on every tour. If something went wrong, that person was able to manage it or intervene. Regent makes no effort to even ask for reviews of the tours. The most obnoxious part was the tour departures: They ask you to line up early on board to turn in your tour ticket and get a bus number. There are a lot of buses on a 700 guest cruise... then you wait and wait in the very dark “Constellation Lounge” until your bus is called. Often twice a day. You spend a very long time hanging out in this lounge with staff repeating the same thing over and over... Then you line up to offload and get on the buses. I do not remember any waits or lines for the tours on with either Silverseas or Seabourn. Finally, the food is just ok. They rely heavily on buffets. Their returning customers seemed happy with that. There was exceent restaurant, Chartreuse. The other two were just OK. There seemed to be a dichotomy of opinion between people who cruised with them often and the newcomers to Regent. The returning customers thought it was just the best experience, and the newcomers were talking mutiny. Our experience was exactly what we wanted to avoid on a cruise. Perhaps it is caused by the move back to larger ships. It has put us off cruising for the future. One of the reasons we chose Regent was because of the glowing reviews. Please don’t be fooled. Read Less
108 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We are just about done with the cruise in 2 days...we have done a lot of traveling and while the ship is very nice and food quality it high-the real purpose of the trip was to see the local history, culture etc and by far this trip had the ... Read More
We are just about done with the cruise in 2 days...we have done a lot of traveling and while the ship is very nice and food quality it high-the real purpose of the trip was to see the local history, culture etc and by far this trip had the worst excursions we have ever experienced. So I'm not going to focus on the ship or food but on the reason at least we came and that was to see the UK and Ireland. The tour guides are independent contractors with little or no training. They are not in touch with other buses or guides or the ship-so why does this matter...? On 3 trips we have lost or had passenger issues and the lack of coordination made the situation worse. THe information is very basis, little enthusiasm and nothing unique or special about the trips that is memorable. Simply pick a number, get on a bus with a guide and return back to the ship. By example we had bad weather in Scotland and had to tender in. Understandable but what is not is with cold winds, sheets of water-why we spent 3 hours driving around and 20 min at the castle (Edinburgh) - nothing could be seen or experienced and with no location for the bus folks got lost (which we help find in the blowing rain while we asked the bus to not move once it was found). The groups are not organized by speed, so you may have active folks with someone with walker, cane or other issues that really can not handle the roads, stairs etc-it reduced what can be seen and makes the trip also an issues for those less active as they are rushed to the point we had a number of falls. Yesterday in Liverpool it got windy for some reason the boat waited to as for a tug out of harbor-that delayed the exit by 6-7 hours so we missed our next stop of Cork (Blarney Castle etc) today...instead its another boring day a sea. The other ships got out but Regent was slow on the oversight and it cost everyone a key day in the trip. Our room-ended up being connected (inspite of what floor diagram showed) so every work, flushed toilet etc next door was part of the experience... We have another trip paid for to N. Europe on same Explorer in 2 months and trying to get our money back... If you cruise to enjoy the ship, food and drink you will be happy but if you cruise to be comfortable while you explore the world...you will be disappointed. Good luck-we will be shifting over to Crystal and others we have had better success with going forward. At this point I wish we had come over on our own or not taken the trip. One more item-speakers hugely boring...think of your most monotone prof in college.. and entertainment is essentially lounge band performances...yawn.... Read Less
114 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My spouse and I usually book with Celebrity in their Penthouse Suite. In 2016, our May 2017 Celebrity Equinox Film cruise was cancelled and the Celebrity Equinox was repositioned to the Caribbeans. We wanted a Mediterranean cruise with ... Read More
My spouse and I usually book with Celebrity in their Penthouse Suite. In 2016, our May 2017 Celebrity Equinox Film cruise was cancelled and the Celebrity Equinox was repositioned to the Caribbeans. We wanted a Mediterranean cruise with embarkation and disembarkation in Barcelona because in May 2016, we took the Celebrity Equinox Film cruise in the penthouse suite with a pre-cruise stay at the Barcelona Majestic penthouse and had a wonderful time and awesome experience. Our travel agent recommended Regent. She explained Regent was a level above Celebrity and the Regent Explorer Itinerary met our "Barcelona" requirement. We booked the Grand Suite (GS level) because of the included amenities including priority boarding. The cruise was "all inclusive". The hotel and business class air fare was included. Regent booked us at the Melia Hotel and we upgraded to a suite (over $1200). Since we had a hotel preference to the Majestic Hotel, I asked if we could stay at the Majestic for our pre-cruise hotel accommodations. I was told the Melia Hotel would be our pre-cruise accommodations. After departing our flight in Barcelona, we were met by a Regent representative. She said we needed to wait for the other couple who had been on our flight and was also staying at the Melia Hotel. Several more passengers arrived and they were taken to various hotels including the Majestic Hotel. I questioned the Regent representative and she said the Majestic was one of their 4 hotels. When we arrived at the Melia Hotel, we checked in with the Regent "desk". We were given a 12:00 pm transfer to the port. Because we had priority boarding and we would be able to enter our suite at 12:00 pm, I asked if we could have the earlier transfer time to arrive at the ship by 12:00 pm. I was told "no". I asked why and was told the cruise guests who had arrived in Barcelona before us received the earlier transfers. I further questioned them and said why would they have the earlier transfer time when they could not check into their suite until 2:30 pm (remember we had the 12:00 pm priority into our suite). They said the transfer bus was full for the earlier transfer time. We then went to our room. Upon entering our room, there was a foul odor throughout. I telephoned the front desk and they sent someone to the room to turn on the air conditioner. The odor was so bad, I started to get nauseated. I then went down to the front desk and asked for another room. We were given the exact room one floor down. It, too, had a bad smell, though not as bad as the first room. I must add while awaiting the elevator the Regent "desk" manager came to me and said we could have the earlier transfer time. I was quite surprised since we had been told there was no room on the earlier transfer bus. The next morning, we boarded the earlier transfer bus that was half full. Yes, I did say it was half full. Remember originally we could not get the earlier transfer because it was "full". We arrived at the port to go through security and check in. On Celebrity when we arrive at the check in counter, we are then greeted by the "suite concierge" and escorted to Michael's Club (the private lounge for suite guest) to await our butler who then escorts us to our suite. Not on Regent, though we did have a butler. The ship is exquisite. The suite is beautiful. My only problem is for a suite of that size, there is a small closet. In addition the drawers in the closet are blocked by the door, therefore you must keep the door closed to access the additional drawers. The bathroom is quite small compared to Celebrity (the cost factor is almost twice the Celebrity cost for a Celebrity penthouse suite). In addition, you either must pay for laundry service or wash and iron your own clothes (there is a launderette). The laundry is included on Celebrity. I believe with a GS suite, laundry services should be included. There are three specially restaurants. A steakhouse, a French, and an Asian fusion. The food is good, but "nothing to write home about". They are included in the cost. Now, you're probably thinking, on Celebrity you must pay an additional cost for their specialty restaurants. That is true, however when you book a Royal or Penthouse suite, all restaurants are included. In fact, ALL suite guest have their own intimate restaurant. The food is excellent and so is the service. Now for the Regent shows. Absolutely below average. Again for the cruise cost, the entertainment should be top rate. This is not the case. We attended the first performance and thought if this is an indication of the production entertainment, we will not attend. The excursions are also included in the cruise cost, however they are only fair. The guides are fair and you are hauled along in big buses. I had directly booked three private excursions with tour companies in Malta, Sicily and Marseilles and they were terrific compared to Regent's excursions. On our private excursions, their was only my spouse and I or another couple. In fact, towards the end of the cruise, many cruise guest were cancelling their Regent sponsored tours. The highlight and most memorable part of our cruise was Ronnie, our butler, who treated us like royalty. He was awesome. He would inquire whether we were eating in the restaurants and if we were not, he would bring a menu and take our order and bring our meals to us. He even had the kitchen bake oatmeal raisin cookies when I told him of a bad experience I had had when I ordered the cookies through room service. On our last day, while at dinner, Ronnie packed all of my clothes. He had a sense of humor and made us feel quite at home in our suite. For the cost of the cruise, it is not worth it. Some guests enjoy the smaller occupancy (750), however though Celebrity is a larger occupancy ship, it feels very small and intimate. The service is the best. Now, I know I am to review Regent Explorer, however I must comment on an experience we had on our last Celebrity cruise. It was Valentine's Day and I asked our butler if he could organize a Valentine's night cocktail party for some of the guests we had met. George, our butler agreed. Upon our entrance into our suite, George had the table covered with a white tablecloth and rose peddles around the table. In addition he made a heart with the rose peddles in the center of the table. He had made appetizers and had the beverages chilled. He arranged for the orchestra pianist to play for several hours during our party. Though his work stop time was 10:30 pm, he stayed with us and served us. Needless to say we have six cruises booked with Celebrity through April, 2019. I'm sorry to say we will not book another Regent tour. I must give a poor service due to pre-cruise hotel accommodations and overall experience. Read Less
118 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Booked this cruise with our travel agent on its inaugural Barcelona to Venice Regent 25th anniversary cruise in April, as we both had birthdays that month. The ship was great, our room was great, the staff was great except for restaurant ... Read More
Booked this cruise with our travel agent on its inaugural Barcelona to Venice Regent 25th anniversary cruise in April, as we both had birthdays that month. The ship was great, our room was great, the staff was great except for restaurant management. My travel companion is gluten intolerant which was noted when we booked but through the lack of knowledge and incompetence of restaurant management, she ate something that was not gluten free which resulting in her having to spend two days of this expensive cruise sick in bed. Even after this incident and after meeting with management, they basically could not agree on what was available for someone with gluten intolerance. We would be told that a gluten free option was available at breakfast, but when it was asked for, restaurant staff said it was not and this how the whole ten days went and even worse, many promises made by management went unfulfilled. When we went to dinner at their upgraded Pacific Rim restaurant after my companion recovered, we were told by management that the head chef would meet us at our table to prepare a special gluten free meal for her, but when we got there, we got a menu with ball point pen checks next what she could have. So much for meeting the chef, but that is how the whole cruise went. To make matter worse, we paid extra for an ungraded 10 hour tour of Rome with a guide that dumped us at Trevi Fountain with map with circles around historic place in the area and told that we were on our own, a drive by a block away from the coliseum without even a photo opportunity and on two different occasions our guide lost people which resulted in 30 to 40 minute delays as went out to search. The guide was totally incompetent and the tour was not worth a dime of our money. It seems that when things start to go wrong, everything goes wrong. We were locked out of our suite twice when the electronic lock failed and at the end of the cruise Regent management managed to lose our luggage for 20 minutes between the bus and the air port terminal, but those are just the highlights of this expensive disappointing cruise and at that point all we wanted to do was go home. We have cruise with both Viking and Winds Star and the cruises were fabulous with absolutely zero problem, but on Regent it was a comedy of errors. Regent is definitely off our list.......... Read Less
134 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
What a horrible experience taking the Regent Explorer to the Caribbean, Mar 6-16, 2017. To begin with, our plane was late in getting to Miami. Once we cabbed it to the pier, there was no sign staytng Regent Terminal. Luckily, we found a ... Read More
What a horrible experience taking the Regent Explorer to the Caribbean, Mar 6-16, 2017. To begin with, our plane was late in getting to Miami. Once we cabbed it to the pier, there was no sign staytng Regent Terminal. Luckily, we found a security guard who unlocked the door and we carted our luggage to the ships reception area. The ship had been notified every 10 minutes regarding our late arrival but offered zero assistance. Once on the ship, our luggage was transported to our stateroom. We never were shown the usual emergency procedures which I believe is law. All food was frozen- this includes orange juice, to fresh fruit and meats. Fish was frozen. Had 3 meals in the Compass Rose (main dining room) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner- total unorganization. Never made it to the Asian restaurant after hearing negative comments regarding the food. Had dinner in the French restaurant- just OK. Prime 7 (steak restaurant) was good as was the cafeteria which at night became the Italian restaurant. The staff was very friendly but again, needed proper training which lacked. The “free” excursions were a total waste. After signing up for the cruise with a 6 week timeframe, there were few excursions available. This is not shared until after one books the cruise. The Ports were a waste- never saw the cities since the docking locations were in industrial areas, or man made ports created by the ship line. In a 10 day cruise, there were 3 movies shown (also available in your stateroom,) a singer brought onboard, 4 stage productions using the singers and dancers. For a 6 star ship, the entertainment was nothing special. Considering all of the negatives that we experienced, we went to the General Manager Michael to share our experiences. His retort to me was “What would you like me to do for you?” This clown would have been better off as a comedy act than a General Manager of a ship! All in all, Regent should become a Carnival ship instead of what is called a 6 star ship. Carnival owns them- STAY AWAY! Read Less
110 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise for our 40th anniversary. We felt totally invisible to the crew and staff. Hard to imagine that so many staff can look without really seeing, There were exceptions and some good service but not the norm. Order a coke ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 40th anniversary. We felt totally invisible to the crew and staff. Hard to imagine that so many staff can look without really seeing, There were exceptions and some good service but not the norm. Order a coke with lunch...never came. Order juice at breakfast...never came. Order a salad for dinner...get someone else's salad and have it wisked away after 5 minutes...oopps! hope you did not sneeze in it before we took it to the other table. The entertainment was mediocre except for the comedian. The dancing was very suggestive and cheap and a little embarrassing to watch with your wife. Watching soft porn? Could not understand the captain's announcements. The excursions were not really that great unless you were interested in looking at old sugar plantations endlessly. The islands are very full of litter. Unemployment is high and poverty is seen everywhere. We will choose another cruise route and itinerary next time. The weather was great. but good luck getting a chair on the pool deck as they could not possibly seat the hundreds of guests who wanted to be there. save a seat the first day and claim it for the whole cruise like everyone else or don't even try to get one later. they let people save the chairs all day even when they are not using them. on a good note...the ship decor is outstanding. Read Less
97 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We wanted to try this new ship as we heard it was very luxurious. We have sailed previously on other Regent ships and had enjoyable cruises with some minor lapses in service and excursions. On this particular cruise in the Caribbean we had ... Read More
We wanted to try this new ship as we heard it was very luxurious. We have sailed previously on other Regent ships and had enjoyable cruises with some minor lapses in service and excursions. On this particular cruise in the Caribbean we had visited all of the ports previously and were not interested in taking any of the free excursions (bus rides). In fact we did not even get off the ship in St. Barts as we felt this Island to be a total rip off. The Service in all of the restaurants was substandard with many of the Ukrainian staff unfamiliar on how to serve and clear. On our first night we ate in Prime 7, the steak house. I wanted to order the Dover Sole and asked the server if he could filet same and remove the bones. His reply, " I don't know how". I then ordered a steak and saved the Dover Sole for the next night in the main dining room, Compass Rose, where it was filleted properly. In the French restaurant I ordered the cheese course. The Ukrainian waitress cut off huge chunks of cheese from the Cheese Trolley, way too much, and then asked me if I wanted salt and pepper on my selection. The above are only two almost comical instances of the unprofessionalism of the serving staff. Service was hit or miss, depending on the luck of the draw as over sixty new untrained crew arrived the same day we departed Miami. Our Suite on deck 12 forward, 1206, was fine except for the wind noise which we heard on some nights when the seas were rough. Also, interior doors in the walk in closet and bathrooms would open and close by themselves. Our Butler was outstanding and couldn't do enough for us. One of the lecturers on Cuba gave us erroneous information on Meyer Lansky. I informed afterwards as I had first hand knowledge. Read Less
77 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
The service is always great on Regent cruises but this particular cruise was the WORST that I have ever been on. It started with the interaction between Regent and the travel agency ( Vacations to-go) that we booked the cruise through. ... Read More
The service is always great on Regent cruises but this particular cruise was the WORST that I have ever been on. It started with the interaction between Regent and the travel agency ( Vacations to-go) that we booked the cruise through. They never seemed to be on the same page and struggled to communicate effectively with one another and then with us; each company blaming the other for the series of errors that we were exposed to such as booking our flights to and from the wrong citiesand getting assigned a room designed for disabled passengers. The excursions they offered were generally unprofessional and contained very little entertainment value for the amount of time you were on them. For whatever reason ( perhaps 'kickbacks' from the stores?), Regent continues to 'force' its guests to participate in visiting gift shops/ shopping 'experiences' on nearly all shore excursions. They need to design excursions that don't involve shopping "opportunities" if iheir guests prefer not to waste time shopping. The new Explorer is 'pretty' but has several flaws. The restaurants offer a variety of menus but the quality of the food is not 4 Star. The Pacific Rim and French restaurants are new additions but are not very appealing. On a couple of floors, the space between the elevators and the staircases is so narrow that passengers are forced to navigate through a congested area. This created a safety hazard and is certainly a faulty design that needs to be addressed. Door handles in the common pathways were coming loose on some doors and were misiing on a couple of others. Some of us got stuck in an elevator for 30 minutes when it broke down and one hallway had to be closed due to a malfunctioning overhead sprinkler system. Lastly, the entertainment in its theater and lounges was subpar to those we've experience on most other cruises. Perhaps the Explorer will improve with age but we won't be taking another cruise on it to find out. Hopefully its future passengers will enjoy a better sailing experience than what we had. Read Less
61 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We have cruised on Oceania(Regent's "lower" sister), Crystal, Silver Seas and were really looking forward to trying Regent; in fact, we waited for Explorer, actually booking our trip before the ship was built. That was our ... Read More
We have cruised on Oceania(Regent's "lower" sister), Crystal, Silver Seas and were really looking forward to trying Regent; in fact, we waited for Explorer, actually booking our trip before the ship was built. That was our first mistake as Regent sales people did not know much about the ship so on the advise of a Regent person we booked a penthouse at the very front of the ship. In July 2016, we learned that penthouses do not have a tub in the bathroom. What?! My husband really needs a tub. At that time the ship was sold out so we decided to make full payment and go on the cruise. November we were offered an upgrade for $6,000 to a Seven Seas Suite with tub. We decided to go forward with the bigger suite so we have a tub. We had engineers, plumbers, carpenters in our suite for the first 6 days due to all the suite problems. Shower knobs fell off, tub full of brown water, pieces of wall falling down, whistling door wall ALL THE TIME. Our door wall was taped shut every day and night, we had to tape(they gave us our own roll of tape) the sliding door into the commode because it would not stay open at night during rough seas. The closet in this big suite was the size of a porta potty. Two of us could not be in the closet at the same time. We had clothes hanging all over the suite. The list goes on. Poor service, poor shore excursions, cheap wines, indifferent staff in most cases and surly nasty destination services staff. And peculiarities with the ship. Why no tubs in penthouses? Why a TINY closet in the Seven Seas Suite? Why no window washing in 16 days? Why low ceilings so that tall people bump/break their heads on light fixtures? For all of our troubles we were offered "slap in the face" compensation. We had our travel agent handle it once we got back, NOTHING!!! We are younger than their "average" customer and we will NEVER travel with them again. VERY DISAPPOINTING experience. I feel like they took 16 days from me that can never be replaced. Read Less
67 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Service not what it should be and food often over-cooked but the cabins were the big issue. Some big closets, some giant suites with tiny closets. Brown water in tub, shower handles that fall off. Shower doors that shatter. Pieces of ... Read More
Service not what it should be and food often over-cooked but the cabins were the big issue. Some big closets, some giant suites with tiny closets. Brown water in tub, shower handles that fall off. Shower doors that shatter. Pieces of the wall that fall off. Rude, incompetent fitness center people, shore excursions issues, lousy house wines, whistling doorways. Quite a shock for $34,000. Cannot make good caps. Fish cooked with beef for lunch so tasted beefy. Overdone protein often. Optional wines priced high versus competitors given that wines are included. Some snarky employees. They lied and said crew was best of the best on this new ship and many were on their first cruise. Cannot order room service from the restaurants, even in a Seven Seas Suite. Have to order from a crappy 1 page menu. Their cheaper sister, Oceania allows ordering from any restart at this level. Left out important information on several shore excursions....they said " not us, we outsource the excursions". Guess what; it is on you Regent. Offered a paltry amount to make up for all this. Read Less
55 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was a disappointment made less pleasant by negative customer relations attitude. To put into perspective we are regular Regent cruisers in recent years (having also used Seabourn and Silversea), and indeed have a further cruise booked ... Read More
This was a disappointment made less pleasant by negative customer relations attitude. To put into perspective we are regular Regent cruisers in recent years (having also used Seabourn and Silversea), and indeed have a further cruise booked with Regent in 2017 on Voyager. Overnight in Rome was in a good hotel to which we would return - the Westin Excelsior. Well positioned too. Regent agent embarkation was a bit disorganised as we were not told which area of the hotel to meet in, and our bus went early without us despite being near the agent desk at the time! The ship is indeed very luxurious in its build and furnishings and this has been much trumpeted - the most luxurious cruise boat ever built etc. This did not extend to the finish of our suite - nor some of the thought that should have gone into it (see below). Dining was generally very good and the Pacific Rim a good addition. We definitely preferred the old Signatures over the new Chartreuse (as did a number of people we dined with). The restaurant which really needs a makeover is Sette Mare which has been providing the same starters for all our last few cruises. We liked the new pool grill set out (some reviews don't seem to but it makes for more friendly conversation and better table use). Bars were all in general good with very good serving staff. We were pleased to see an new alternative to the very repetitive Jean Ryan group - but whoever designed the upper sight (or lack of vision) lines in the main theatre!? Whilst the 7 piece band from Ukraine was very good and versatile as well as playing good jazz, the pre and post dinner band/music combination was not as good as on the other Regent cruises. One evening there was an excellent guitar/singer combination which the CD said he would repeat - but it didn't happen! Ross the pianist was very good but overused and therefore necessarily repetitive. Guest entertainers were good but why have an excellent magician on board for 6 days between Madeira and Bermuda and give him only 2 spots. His specialty was table magic - he could have come into the dining rooms too. Our problem in particular was the suite 1202, a Penthouse (A) - for what its worth 1203 had similar problems. Basically a connecting lounge and bedroom area with a partition which had a double sided TV. A nice bathroom with multi jet shower and two sinks and walk in wardrobe. Fittings were nice. A very efficient butler service. Therefore a little more than we usually have as it was an inaugural crossing on a luxury boat. Beware -- - significant noise from the Observation bar came from below as synthesised music accompaniment because the speakers are in the false ceiling below our floor. This was also evident daily at the quiz with the microphone in use. Partially resolved by piano only after 11pm. - suite door rattled at night needing adjustment. - the dressing room door would come open at night spontaneously with noisy latch sounds - and several times despite closing. Had to be adjusted. - Air conditioning noisy and would not turn off. This required repeat visits by the engineer. On one occasion it just came on spontaneously again at 1am needing a visit to turn it off. Not good on the most luxurious boat etc... - There was no means of keeping the bathroom door open such that using the adjacent sink it hit you repeatedly in the back. A design fault we had to solve ourselves by using a robe belt tied to a towel rail (on the most luxurious etc..) - Sliding doors built into the partition slid backwards and forwards on their own. We had to put chairs against them at night until the butler produced some wooden wedges. another design fault on the most luxurious etc.. - Whilst there was a lot of movement on the Atlantic, which does not in itself trouble us, no boat we have been on in various rough seas ever creaked in the walls and ceiling like this one! Worst was in the bulkhead above the bedhead - again a point brought up in conversation with other cruisers. What on earth was in there causing it? - Wind noise from the two double veranda doors was excessive even in the Med before the Atlantic. Pulling, pushing, reclosing did not help. I found drilled out door locks on both doors where staff had attempted adjustment (remember it was only launched in July). When we discussed these problems with the General manager and Concierge we were informed it was a problem they knew about and was to be rectified with new locks and seals! Why were we not told about this rather than finding out for ourselves? Why wasn't the work done prior to an Atlantic crossing? We were offered daily taping of the doors to partially alleviate it. Unbelievable in the most luxurious cruise liner etc.. - and of course the infinity pool - a special feature of this boat - was out of action with engineers working on it during the cruise. We had to sleep with ear plugs in most nights and poor quality of sleep detracts from overall enjoyment. Why had we paid the extra?? Understandably there has been correspondence via our cruise organiser with Regent Customer Services. We were offered a £500 pp cruise credit prior to disembarkation but we considered this an insult. Despite lengthy letters this has only been increased to £750 and our Cruise agent on speaking with the Customer Services was told that 'her seniors' would not allow more. I suggested the 'seniors' may wish to discuss it with me but nothing so far. If a hotel room is unsatisfactory you are moved or don't pay the accommodation - we of course have paid upfront. Regent letters are full of platitudes re overall good feed back, and feedback being taken seriously. They hope we will take another Regent cruise when we already have one booked. Not good to put in the letter! At the time of our return Channel 5 ran a double documentary on the building of this ship, noting' the race' to complete for the maiden voyage - clearly a lot of the final finish was substandard. Customer relations deny this. We have been loyal to Regent and given very good prior reports of our cruises. On this occasion all we wanted was for Regent to put their hands in the air, say we're sorry we got it wrong for you, and make a realistic compensatory gesture. We would have been pleased to acknowledge such in this review. I'm sorry, whilst wether we may travel on Regent again after 2017 depends on our next experience (which has previously been good), Explorer is unlikely to be a choice. It could and should have been so different and a major part is how it was handled by customer relations. Read Less
89 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I have always been a Regent fan and was excited about the prospect of a new ship with an interesting itinerary. I am at the gold level and have been on each of the Regent ships. Overall, I was underwhelmed. The ship is physically ... Read More
I have always been a Regent fan and was excited about the prospect of a new ship with an interesting itinerary. I am at the gold level and have been on each of the Regent ships. Overall, I was underwhelmed. The ship is physically beautiful and your first response is Wow! However, the wow effect lasts only so long. We were in a Penthouse A. We chose this level because it was supposed to have priorities associated with it. If there were any priorities, we did not see them. The Penthouse A was spacious and well decorated and came with a butler. Was it worth the additional price? NO! Although the staff associated with the suite was excellent, there was no special attention given to us. We were given 8:30 reservations in the specialty dining rooms which meant we would miss the show. When I questioned this I was told that reservations are made on a first come first served basis, not by cabin level. Although the brochure stated that we were entitled to dine in a specialty restaurant every night of our choosing, we were told by the arrogant and rude reception staff that this was not true. They pointed to a line of small print that said Regent, Master and Grand suites only had this option. Indeed, I was surprised to see that a previous review noted the arrogant behavior of Reception and these people are still in their positions acting the same way. To me, a six star ship is not only its physical presentation, but service. The wait staff in the restaurants is excellent, but the staff in Reception and Destination Services is lacking. When you go on tour you are told to wait until your tour is called. I understand this, but you are instructed as if you are third grade students. If you approach the desk you are told to return to your seat so that you can scramble inline at the appropriate time. In Venice, there was no one to instruct you regarding getting a Water taxi or upon your return how to board the boat. Of course, that was at the end of the cruise and you got the feeling that the ship was no longer interested in you. Indeed, you had to vacate your suite by 8a.m.. This was presented as a 10 day cruise, but in reality you leave by 8 a.m.on the tenth day and do not get on the ship until midday of the first day. A 10 day cruise is in reality an 8 day cruise. They start talking about disembarkation on the third day. The last day of the cruise you can see them getting ready for the next cruise. I know this is typical on cruise ships, however, I was hoping for an extra level of service from a shop that bills itself as the most luxurious. Luxury is not only physical beauty, but an extra level of customer consideration and service.The Navigator was making a similar trip to ours. The cost of a comparable suite was 2,000.00 less per person for two more days. The difference in cost has to be justified some way which it is not. Physical beauty only goes so far! Tours are included in the cost, but there were no ear pieces so you had to stay with the guide in order to hear the presentation To be fair, the food is excellent and the service was excellent. Entertainment was good. The cruise director John Barron and his assistant David Nevin were excellent as well. However, a ship that has received the degree of hype that this one has sets a high bar. The expectations were not met in the key area of Customer Service by Reception and Destination Services. As stated previously, physical beauty only goes so far. At these prices you expect something truly special. Was value received for value paid? No! In this competitive cruise market, I will rethink Regent. Read Less
71 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We had traveled Regent in the past and loved the cruises. The Regent Explorer is a pretty ship, but the crew was not properly trained prior to sailing with real passengers. The tours were mediocre because the guides did not use the ... Read More
We had traveled Regent in the past and loved the cruises. The Regent Explorer is a pretty ship, but the crew was not properly trained prior to sailing with real passengers. The tours were mediocre because the guides did not use the headset system that so many other lines use. The main dining room was not open for breakfast until tours were out. You could not eat there if you had a tour. The service in the dining room was mediocre but improved. The Steak house was OUTSTANDING, but the French was bad. The unreserved Italian was great if you could get a table. Cooking school was great. One massage therapist was great, one terrible. Cruise Director was a joke, entertainment was fair. Wrote there customer service a month ago. Got no response. Wrote again and was told my letter would be reviewed in order it was received. Regent is not Regent anymore. Many of the staff came from the lesser Oceana ships. The level of service has dropped. When a Broadway show is in previews the price is less. If Explorer were a Broadway show in previews it would close. Read Less
668 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
The Maiden Voyage of "The most luxurious ship ever built" should be so exiting and I was very exited. I have travelled with Regent many times and have always been more than happy with the ship and the service, after all you just ... Read More
The Maiden Voyage of "The most luxurious ship ever built" should be so exiting and I was very exited. I have travelled with Regent many times and have always been more than happy with the ship and the service, after all you just want to be pampered and spoilt. I am sorry to say I feel neither of these emotions. The ship is gloomy with black marble everywhere plus black woodwork, paint, chairs, I could go on. Lights are dim glass in the windows at the front of the ship is tinted beyond you being able to truly see out of them. They have built some in your face suite that means you are unable to walk around the ship outside making the whole experience very claustrophobic. This is all subjective though, maybe it is just me that hates gloom. What is truly gloomy though is the appalling service in what Regent call their speciality restaurants. We had to wait over an hour for our main course and the whole sorry experience lasted 3 hours. Even if the food had been excellent this long to take over a meal is unacceptable. The food though was mediocre trying to be clever with food and merely ruining good ingredients. Regent should be looking after their first paying guests on this ship instead of pandering to the head honchos from Regent and their suppliers who are on board. They have shown utter contempt for their loyal passengers. Read Less
Seven Seas Explorer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 3.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.5 3.7
Rates N/A N/A

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