1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise for its itinerary having sailed from Dubai to Cape Town via East Africa with Regent three years ago (a cruise which rated as one of the best we have ever done). A bonus was a chance to sail on the Explorer. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary having sailed from Dubai to Cape Town via East Africa with Regent three years ago (a cruise which rated as one of the best we have ever done). A bonus was a chance to sail on the Explorer. We chose the pre-cruise experience on offer in Lisbon as the post cruise with a Safari meant coming home on Christmas Day! Pre-Cruise - Lapa Palace - good hotel but too far out of town and no good bars or restaurants nearby. Also, the buses couldn't get to it causing problems for excursions and transfer to boat. Not well organised. the second excursion was a disaster! Sintra was vaguely interesting but poor organisation meant a mile walk for coffee, loads of food which no one wanted and long delays resulting in lunch not arriving until well into the afternoon. The transfer to the boat was also poor. This is not the first time we have felt that Regent need to vet the pre and post tour operators more carefully. Initially the Explorer is much more impressive than any of the other three Regent ships despite their valiant attempts to upgrade them to match. You do feel this is luxury. Sadly, the ship did not live up to expectations. Suite, service and food were good, but lack of outside space spoilt the voyage. Very lush inside but if you wanted to sit outside it was a sunbed or one of ten or so seats at the pool bar. We enjoy sitting on deck during the morning and early evening with a coffee or drink. There is nowhere to do this other than the very limited seating round the pool bar which does not get the sun. Eating on the balcony of Veranda was good when the weather was fine, and it was open, but it shut for three days with no good explanation given! Something to do with a crew member getting bitten we heard eventually. Strange because we never saw an insect on the boat! The Pool Grill is mainly covered in. It was good to see they have got rid of the sauce bottles and some of the food was very good e.g. prawn skewers but the main choice was largely burgers (we don't consider that five-star luxury) and the whole place in our view resembles a diner. We did appreciate the speciality restaurants opening at lunchtime. The itinerary was as expected but not as interesting as East Africa, partly because the ports had little to offer (not Regent's fault). Destination Services did a good job in a difficult part of the world and we enjoyed the excursions. We were, however, disappointed not to go to Togo. Togo was taken out at what was said to be the last minute with no alternative provided. There has been unrest in Togo for a considerable time and with elections coming up on the 20th December this was clearly unlikely to abate. Regent are risk adverse at the best of times (which I understand although I do not necessarily agree with decisions) so it would seem clear that the chances of going to this port were slim. If indeed this was a last-minute decision, as said, then I agree it would be difficult to provide an alternative. However, the decision not to go should have been taken much earlier and provision other than sailing around the Atlantic in a circle made! Sao Tome early and Walvis for two nights perhaps. We choose cruises for the itinerary and while we are aware that ports may be omitted it appears to be quite a regular occurrence with Regent (more than with say Silversea or Seabourn). Entertainment was similar to other Regent Cruises - we don't generally participate in this and find daytime activities very uninteresting unless an early show is put on. Sally Jones was good, as usual and we appreciated her re-arranging her show due to illness. We did feel that there was an overemphasis on the classical pianist. It would be nice to see something other than Trivia, cooking demonstrations and bingo. Disembarkation in Cape Town was efficient, and the City tour we booked to fill the time before the flight good. Overall a good cruise but not one of Regent’s best. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Although I had sworn I would not sail Regent again after a terrible experience a few years back on Mariner (Istanbul-Istanbul), I was tempted by the new ship, positive comments by other cruisers and a convenient itinerary in the Med. A ... Read More
Although I had sworn I would not sail Regent again after a terrible experience a few years back on Mariner (Istanbul-Istanbul), I was tempted by the new ship, positive comments by other cruisers and a convenient itinerary in the Med. A good price didn't hurt either! By way of background, we are regular cruisers on Seabourn (Gold) and Hapag-Lloyd Europa Gold), as well as 3 Crystal cruises (Silver (including their Yacht) and 1 Oceania Marina cruise. We are Silver on Regent. We were blown away by the pre-cruise transfers and hotel. Everything went super smoothly - plenty of staff available, private water taxi to Hotel Danieli in Venice, private water taxi to ship the next day. Air (inc. a deviation in Barcelona where we stayed longer) also very seamlessly handled. The Explorer is a beautiful ship, well laid out and with plenty of space. Although the ship was full, it never felt that way. We loved our PH (1408) - great location - and we got an excellent butler (Vinit). That is not always a given, believe me. I thought the hallway entry way space was not efficiently utilized though - a place to hang coats would be nice. Service was wonderful: consistently personable, always with a smile, attentive. They had plenty of staff, so we never waited in any of our dining venues, even when Compass Rose was full, especially after Captain's events, shows, etc. Never a problem. Dining: We were only able to secure 1 extra reservation (in Prime 7) in addition to the 3 allowed. Food was a disappointment for us. Nothing drastically wrong, just uninspired. Dishes sounded wonderful on paper, but really didn't deliver on the plate. Pacific Rim, which we really were looking forward to, was pretty watered down Asian cuisine. There were a few stand-out dishes (Miso black cod for one) but the sides were generally bad: The fried vegetable rice and the stir fried noodles (both recommended by our server) were gummy and inedible. We liked Chartreuse, Prime 7 was also fine. Compass Rose did better with standard items than adventurous ones, so if you're a steak/lobster/shrimp/repeat kind of person, I think you would be happy. Big negative for us: The wine. The first time in all my cruises, and I do mean all, that I was unsuccessful in obtaining a list (even hand written) of what complimentary wines they had. I asked our butler, our servers, every sommelier, including the head sommelier. What is important to me, as a trained Court of Masters Sommelier, is which winery the wine comes from. The 'somms' and servers I think are trained to stick to their story and not offer additional information. If you find out on your own, then you can have them if you ask. (I saw an Oyster Bay SB and an Ancient Vines Zin, for example, on another table.) Even a mid cruise comment card, detailing my woes, brought no response. I do understand that for 90% (maybe more) of the passengers, those 2 offerings per night were just fine. We're not cocktail drinkers, although we tried a couple here and there. It seems the cocktails are more the focus than wine. Explorer has many lovely bar venues with a wide range of cocktails and high quality liquor available. Shore excursions were about what you would expect from included offerings: Buses, sometimes several going to the same spot, with about 30 people per bus. Tour guides were not very good, and I was reminded of why we book independent arrangements :-). We did pay for 1 tour (to Syracuse) and it was certainly not any better than the 'free' tours. Disembarkation went as smoothly as embarkation. To sum it up, while I overall still prefer SB and Hapag Lloyd and Crystal, I would cruise with Regent again on Explorer (and possibly new ship Ovation) if the itinerary and price were right. Wouldn't do over 14 days though - food and wine not good enough to stay longer. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We did the Barcelona-to-Rome cruise leaving Barcelona April 2018 and had a great time. The room sizes are far better than any others we have seen, and include a walk-in closet and spacious bathroom--not amenities you normally find on a ... Read More
We did the Barcelona-to-Rome cruise leaving Barcelona April 2018 and had a great time. The room sizes are far better than any others we have seen, and include a walk-in closet and spacious bathroom--not amenities you normally find on a cruise ship. The public areas, bars, pool area were all great, and I particularly liked the health club on the 6th floor. In addition, Regent's arrival (at the airport) and departure experiences were really well done. We had been on a river cruise with AMA in 2017 and went on this cruise with a couple who had been on a different AMA river cruise last year. All of us thought that Regent's food, while OK, did not match AMA. Maybe that reflects preparing food for 750 versus 140, but anyway that's our view. The three specialty restaurants on the Regent Explorer were quite good, although again my wife and I thought our one dinner at the AMA "Captain's Table" was even more special. We thought the tours were generally pretty good, but there were two occasions where tours included stops at facilities that were just attempts to sell stuff to folks on the tour. One on Mallorca took the group quite a long way to a rather worthless tour of a synthetic pearl factory, ending with too much free time in the factory's gift shop. Then we had a tour to that began in the little French village of Eze, which is a fantastic place, and ended in Monaco, which is also well worth seeing. But stuck between them was a tour of a perfume factory, again dumping you in their showroom at the end, and providing more time than necessary. Regent should delete the commercial stops from their tours, in my view. Those are my suggestions for improvement; overall it was a great time and the experience generally matched up with the premium price Regent commands. We would probably sail with them again and are considering a Baltic cruise in a year or two. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Really a 4.5. Embarkation in Miami extremely easy especially if you were in one of the larger suites like we were--a Master Suite. But really it was only the difference between no wait and at most a 3-4 minute wait, there were over 15 ... Read More
Really a 4.5. Embarkation in Miami extremely easy especially if you were in one of the larger suites like we were--a Master Suite. But really it was only the difference between no wait and at most a 3-4 minute wait, there were over 15 agents taking care of the formalities. One unusual thing--first time ever in 2+ cruises that we were allowed to keep our passports. Ship itself is gorgeous--still has that new ship smell :). It's subjective, but it may live up to the "most luxurious cruise ship" tag from Frank del Rio. Master suite was very good with a couple of flaws that made us wonder if Frank had ever examined it personally. First,the living room couch was quite possibly the least comfortable couch we have ever tried to sit in. Very low and hard back. They had put lots of cushions on it, but all that meant was if you tried to sit up in it or lean back to watch TV you slipped off. Only one arm chair so only one person at a time could be comfortable watching a movie. Also, couch set up far too close to the TV for comfortable viewing. Butler and stewards moved the couch for us about four feet back for a proper viewing distance. TVs themselves large and proper Hi-def feed of a large movie selection. However, seems like most cruise lines these days content themselves with MSNBC and Fox news so if you want anything in the middle you get BBC. Moreover no ESPN so only Sky Sports and if you have a 75%+ American clientele all soccer all the time isn't great especially during March Madness. The other cabin oddity was no fewer than 15 switches (in rows of 3) that do exactly the same thing. You can turn on or off all the lights in the foyer, living room, and dining area at once but can't choose any subset. I sincerely hope they fix both of those things in drydock. We did get a chance to see the famous $5K/day/person Regent Suite as we got invited to a small dinner party there. It is over-the-top with built in spa, the $75K bed (apparently the Splendor will have a $150K bed), lots of Lalique crystal, etc. Food was generally excellent at both lunch and dinner (we believe strongly in sleeping in on sea days especially when losing an hour most nights going eastward). Lots of lunch venues open, both buffet and sit down. We found the food considerably better than that we have had on the other Regent ships, particularly in the MDR. The new MDR menu provided a huge number of choices and quality didn't slip because of that variety. There is a Senior Executive Chef who reports directly to the GM instead of two a F and B manager--we met him on a galley tour and he is extremely impressive. Of the specialty restaurants, Pacific Rim is surprisingly good--I put it that way because we are from N. California so are Asian food snobs. There was excellent variety and quality and most of the dishes were reasonably authentic. Yes the bulgogi was really a nice sliced steak with a soy-based sauce instead of the true Korean item and they should train the wait staff to pronounce the iconic Vietnamese soup pho as "fuh" vs. "foe," and the menu should make it clear you can get both hot and cold sake (it only says cold but they were happy to serve hot at the proper temperature). But those are minor quibbles. I rate the quality about as good as the Nobu restaurant on Crystal with more choices and actually better than Jade Garden on Oceania (which is good, not just nearly as authentic). They push the lobster tempura (which is good), but be sure to try the duck, the pho, the miso cod, and the stir-fried greens, and the green tea ice cream among other dishes. Chartreuse was also excellent in all respects although selection a bit limited. Much better than the earlier Regent Signatures incarnation. The whole dover sole is particularly good. Prime 7 a bit disappointing actually, appetizers, sides, and desserts very good, but steaks only fair without a proper char and not as marbled as prime steaks should be. Seti Mari is still a confused concept. Is it a buffet or sit-down restaurant? The bit of both doesn't really work IMHO. Toscana on Oceania hugely better for Italian food as is Prego on Crystal. The baker on Explorer is really good-both for desserts in the restaurants and especially at afternoon tea. Entertainment generally good to excellent. Production company one of the better ones we've seen--rivaling Crystal in that regard. Guest entertainers mostly very good to excellent--a husband-wife pair called "Somewhere it's Five O'Clock" was new to us and did two shows with actual modern pop and rock music (and some classic rock too). (Although we may have been the only couple that recognized their opening song "Little Talks"--that's by Monsters and Men if it comes up on a ship trivia quiz). However, the guest comedian was something out of the Dean Martin era when joking about drunk drivers and the female anatomy was considered funny. Nowadays it's both sexist and offensive. That caused me to downgrade the entertainment rating one notch. Service top-notch in all respects from wait staff to cabin attendants/butlers to cruise director and his staff. If anything Regent may have gone overboard in responding to some earlier comments in this forum about slow or mediocre service, at one dinner we counted 8 times a waiter, head waiter, or maitre'd came over to ask if everything was excellent. I thought of putting up a sign that said "things are perfect." The only problem with our butler was that he made us feel guilty we didn't give him enough to do--I had to convince him we could find our way to dinner without him. Internet service only fair. Sort of OK for first half of cruise, then they had problems switching satellites in mid-Atlantic which led to 3 days of unusable service. Not a matter of too much simultaneous use--service terrible at 2am during that period. The similarly sized SIlversea Silver Muse with a comparable passenger load and "free" internet throughout had almost land-based speed on a crossing we did six months earlier. Speed these days is simply a matter of money and technical competence. Finally ports and excursions, a fairly minor part of a crossing and particularly true on this voyage. There were five port days scheduled and two+ got cancelled. The first day in Bermuda, while it was sunny, winds were up to 60 mph gusts. Some deck furniture that was not completely tied down literally flew off the ship. So almost all excursions that day were canceled. Unfortunately that meant that re-scheduling everyone on excursions the second day proved impossible. Our tour in Funchal was just ok--guide could have been a lot better. The tour of the Nerja caves near Malaga was spectacular. If you haven't seen them you really need to do so. Largest underground "theaters" I've ever seen and an excellent guide. And then came the unique-to-us part of the cruise. We were sailing from Malaga to our last port of Alicante before ending in Barcelona. Our captain woke us at 3:30am to tell us that the ship was going to be making some unusual turns because a passenger had gone overboard on the Norwegian Spirit which was just ahead of us. Five ships in the area including several from the Spanish Coast Guard and two helicopters spent six hours searching the area--the passenger, who it turns out had jumped overboard, was never found. We were released from the search, skipped Alicante, and had an extra sea day. Overall, this was a very good to excellent crossing aboard a superb ship that I believe will get even better when they fix a few glitches. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise line upon advice of a travel agent and used it first in March of 2015 ( Navigator ). We felt guilty we were treated so well. the excursions and ports were all fantastic and we could not find enough time in the day to ... Read More
We chose this cruise line upon advice of a travel agent and used it first in March of 2015 ( Navigator ). We felt guilty we were treated so well. the excursions and ports were all fantastic and we could not find enough time in the day to do or enjoy all the ship had to offer. The captain and many of the crew we recognized from the Navigator in 2015. That made us feel very confident. As with the previous cruise it was to celebrate our anniversary. In 2018 we sailed again, this time on the Explorer. It's a little bigger. The gym is definitely bigger and better. The restaurants all were great as well. Some of the docking was a bit inconvenient compared to previous trips. At Key West we docked opposite the main , downtown , area (less expensive docking fees? ) but we had a trolley take us to downtown. That particular shore excursion, "Discovering Key West" did not measure up. It was probably beyond Regent's control. We were supposed to visit an aquarium , a ship-wreck museum, and the tour of the town. The driver did an O.K. narrative but less than in 2015. When he dropped us off downtown, we, and many others asked about the ship-wreck museum and the aquarium. He responded by quickly stating it was included on our tickets but none of us EVER saw an aquarium ( it was at the other end of town ). The museum was an easy find. As with any cruise there's a few self-important, arrogant, haughty old idiots that think they're above everyone but the other 98% of those aboard were very unaffected and friendly. Overall, a pretty good trip and we'll do it again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this ship because it was the latest in the Regent line The ship itself is absolutely beautiful.The decor, the bathrooms, cabins, and dining rooms are superbly decorated. The speciality restaurants are glamorous and the food ... Read More
We chose this ship because it was the latest in the Regent line The ship itself is absolutely beautiful.The decor, the bathrooms, cabins, and dining rooms are superbly decorated. The speciality restaurants are glamorous and the food was what we would have expected. Great choices, wonderfully presented,and delicious. The only complaint here is that the Prime 7 and indeed all of them are difficult to get a booking. We had a Penthouse suite but even so we only managed to get in there once Our complaint was the Compass Rose. Not only was the food not up to standard but on the three occasions we ate in there, the service was poor and the food on each occasion was either cold or only lukewarm We shared a table on four occasions, all the people we shared with were delightful. On two occasions we actually all complained about the food and service to the staff, The last night of the cruise was exceptionally poor. The food took ages to come, our dining companions actually asked if the kitchen had lost our order. When my husband's steak came, it was only lukewarm and whilst waiting for his sauce to be brought, which seemed to be an afterthought, the steal went cold. While some of the staff are amazing, many in the Compass Rose seem to have a problem with the English language. Many seem very new so it's probably a training issue, and hopefully, they will improve. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise to escape from the harsh NYC winter, check out the much-touted Explorer and celebrate our anniversary. This was our first Regent cruise, previously sailed on Seabourn, Paul Gauguin and Ponant (the latter with Tauck). ... Read More
We chose this cruise to escape from the harsh NYC winter, check out the much-touted Explorer and celebrate our anniversary. This was our first Regent cruise, previously sailed on Seabourn, Paul Gauguin and Ponant (the latter with Tauck). First thing we noticed was the elderly (75+) demographic and lack of diversity among passengers. We are 60, fun loving, laid back and friendly. Didn't get to connect with others of our outlook and interests (did meet pretentious braggarts though). To be fair that could be due to the fact that the boat was crowded or we maybe just weren't lucky. This is a long review but hopefully will be helpful to some: First let's start with the good. Our cabin was large, nicely decorated and well laid out with plenty of drawer and closet space, a large double shower with grab bars and comfy king bed. PH was not much more than a verandah suite (price gap much bigger on Seabourn) and well worth it. However, as PH dwellers we did NOT have priority over others for excursions or specialty restaurants (as other reviewers have mistakenly posted). No, Regent is democratic that way, we were closed out of many things and treated just as badly as everyone else! A couple of evening shows were good (more on that later). Dinner at Setti Mari and Compass Rose excellent with many choices and good service. And oh that undulating blue chandelier in CRose, exquisite. Well padded comfy loungers around the pool, that is if you could find one that wasn't being saved by an inconsiderate person gone for hours. Elevators were quick and mostly not crowded. Common areas were beautifully decorated and spotless. Now for the bad: Breakfast and lunch buffets at La Verandah were crowded and disorganized. Food was not replenished quickly by staff who seemed overwhelmed by the fully booked cruise. Some staff members were friendly and tried their best to keep up with demanding clients, but many were sullen and inept. Specialty restaurants were fully booked early in the cruise so we had to share a table to try them, which could have been fun if our table mates had been pleasant (they were not!). Regent claims that most shore excursions are free, but many were fully booked early in the cruise so we couldn't join them. Destination Services staff ranged from clueless (didn't know the first thing about Regent excursions) to downright rude. Excursions are not "free" if they're unavailable right? We were hoping for enrichment lectures by an expert in Caribbean culture/history as we had on other cruises, instead got a retired guy talking about how to use a camera and relating boring personal anecdotes. Live music and entertainment was geared toward elderly country club crowd, even had a Peggy Lee tribute one night. A couple of evening shows were excellent (notably the one about the 60s), mostly corny. No reggae or decent rock music in lounges. Spa grossly overpriced even for a cruise, would not have gone there but had to use up shipboard credit or lose it. Think $195 for a hair conditioning treatment alone. Despite these issues, we do like Regent's all-inclusive concept and plan to try them again on another itinerary and hope things go better. I'll let you know how that goes. Until then, happy travels y'all. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
The ship was great. Unfortunately, the weather not so much so (but wasn't within Regent's control.) The cabin was spacious, particularly the bathroom area. The dinning was excellent in all of the dinning rooms. The staff ... Read More
The ship was great. Unfortunately, the weather not so much so (but wasn't within Regent's control.) The cabin was spacious, particularly the bathroom area. The dinning was excellent in all of the dinning rooms. The staff was always attentive but never rushing. I particularly liked the wine selection. The listed wines were very good but the wine steward was always quick to offer other options at my request. The entertainment was good, but somehow the musical/dance group didn't quite match up to my experience on previous Regent cruises. I am not sure if it was the performers or the content of the show. The only real downside was the embarkation and disembarkation. The embarkation had passengers lined up outside in the rain even though the indoor area was almost empty. The disembarkation was chaotic. Passengers seemed to forgotten once they had stepped off the ship. There was basically no help in finding the airport bus. Maybe Regent doesn't control that but they should have enough impact to lobby for improvement. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Billed as the most luxurious ship ever built, the Explorer lives up to this accolade. The incredible artwork and Murano glass in the public areas lend an air of decadence to the space. Speaking of space, this ship has it in abundance! ... Read More
Billed as the most luxurious ship ever built, the Explorer lives up to this accolade. The incredible artwork and Murano glass in the public areas lend an air of decadence to the space. Speaking of space, this ship has it in abundance! In concierge suite 644, we loved the extra room on the side of the bed which was positioned to give a view out of the windows, a genius decision. Storage space was so generous we had at least 10 empty drawers! Dining in every venue was exceptional. Our favorite was Pacific Rim and we were able to eat there 3 times. He loved Compass Rose for breakfast and we both enjoyed dinner there as well. The menu offers a "make your own" list of entrees and sauces so you could always find something to love, even if the daily menu was lacking. It never was! The pastry chef is stupendous. Beef offerings in Prime 7 while delicious are too large. We ordered small portions of the prime rib and even then could only consume half. Avoid a starter if you dine there, but hard to do with the temptations on offer. The most significant part of this cruise was the number passengers with mobility issues, from canes and walkers to wheelchairs They were catered to remarkably well. It was so special to know Regent could accommodate these folk. Quality of entertainment was mixed, two shows exceptional, many average. Cruise director John Barron is a delight. Excursions were excellent. We especially recommend Jenni's Spices Cooking Studio in St. Lucia, but submersible (Barbados), beach break (Antigua), and Sunnyside Garden (Grenada) also quite good. Due to hurricane, we visited St. Kitts and loved the Caribbean Cooking Experience as well. The down side was the embarkation and disembarkation handled by Academy sub-contractor. Departure from the hotel was chaotic at best. Upon leaving the ship, no clear signage or direction for picking up luggage or getting to coaches existed. We were dropped at Miami airport at the wrong stop and had to walk from one terminal to another, again with no staff on hand for directions or assistance. Other cruises we have taken provided someone who escorted us to the check in desk in a timely manner. Sadly that last experience colored our positive experience on the ship. Otherwise we would have rated the cruise excellent. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Chose this cruise (Rome to Miami) for the ship and the TransAtlantic experience. The food, cabin staff and dining staff service were absolutely first rate. This was our first "all-inclusive" cruise experience and we found it ... Read More
Chose this cruise (Rome to Miami) for the ship and the TransAtlantic experience. The food, cabin staff and dining staff service were absolutely first rate. This was our first "all-inclusive" cruise experience and we found it very relaxing not to always be reaching for your cabin card. The entertainment was generally above average, although the magician did a juvenile routine that clearly had not been vetted for adult cruisers. The folks at the destination desk left a lot to be desired, both in terms of knowledge of the ports and excursions they offered. The end result was a lot of confusion as to what excursions were appropriate and where exactly they went. The enrichment activities were not effective even though they were offerings from Smithsonian. The topics were either too narrow and esoteric or of such limited interest that most passengers watched the tape of the presentations so they could turn them off when they got bored. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Whilst the ship in general was really luxurious the time given to the shipyard to complete the fitting out showed in many areas:- Balcony door could not be opened from the outside on 3 occasions. Shower head was hanging loose from ... Read More
Whilst the ship in general was really luxurious the time given to the shipyard to complete the fitting out showed in many areas:- Balcony door could not be opened from the outside on 3 occasions. Shower head was hanging loose from ceiling in cabin Painting on a wall in cabin 15mm on the slant, visible and noticeable. In the Meridian lounge part of the ceiling decorations fell to the floor, luckily nobody was hurt. Marble in shower and toilet were badly stained, possibly from chemicals in the water as the walls (same marble) were clean. Piece of decorative grill in theatre broke away when slightly leaning against it. Whilst all but the stained marble (was told there were many cabins like this and it was a warranty issue with the suppliers) were dealt with in a few hours it did raise questions of why (a) nobody had reported them before - the ship had been at sea for over 2 years (b) why cabin steward had not reported these problems There were several other very minor finishing touches that were of either a poor quality or had just not stood the test of 2 years in service. There was also confusion regarding dress code in Compass Rose, Men had to wear trousers (not jeans as the other ships) BUT on the last night we were informed casual dress was OK - the crew member on the door on the last night was not informed and he was sending fellow passengers to La Veranda for their final meal. I showed the crew member a copy of Passages where the relaxed dress code was mentioned but he still had to go to the Manager for confirmation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We spent three days in Venice, prior to embarkation. Embarkation took less than fifteen minutes and then a pleasant lunch at La Veranda. We were in our room by 2:30. Very nice room with plenty of closet space and a butler who could answer ... Read More
We spent three days in Venice, prior to embarkation. Embarkation took less than fifteen minutes and then a pleasant lunch at La Veranda. We were in our room by 2:30. Very nice room with plenty of closet space and a butler who could answer any question and solve most problems. We ate at all the restaurants and generally had very good, but not great food. Explorer does a better job with seafood than with beef. Pacific Rim: If you really like Asian cuisines, then Pacific Rim will be a disappointment. A saute pan on an induction cook-top just does not produce the same results as a wok over an open flame. The wine selections do not pair that well with Asian foods. Same menu as web site every night. Prime7: Great prime rib, very good pork and fair to middling beef. Regent claims they only use dry aged USDA prime beef, but I doubt it. Same menu as web site every night. Chartreuse: Very good, if you stick with the fish. Same menu as web site every night. Compass Rose: Favorite restaurant on Explorer. Menu changes on a daily basis and we enjoyed everything we ordered. Sette Mari: Had some excellent meals and never a wait for a table. Menu specials change each evening and the pasta station does a great job. You can make a meal just from the Antipasto Buffet. La Veranda and Pool Grill: Excellent buffets. Wine: House wines are OK, but you really need to ask about everything they are pouring and not just what is initially suggested. The Connoisseur's Wine List has some great deals with markups well bellow what you see in most restaurants. The Culinary Arts Center is great and you should make every effort to schedule a class. We did a Market to Table Excursion in Korfu that could not have been better. Went out to the market in the morning, bought ingredients, and then came back and cooked it in the afternoon. Chef Kelley and her team were great. The Explorer is a gorgeous ship with a multitude of very comfortable public spaces. There is original art on display everywhere you turn. The crew is very well trained and make a point of making sure you are a satisfied customer. The gym is large and well equipped and never crowded. Not a spa person, so can't comment on Canyon Ranch. If you select cruises based on the quality of the entertainment, then Regent is not your cruise line. We liked all the ports (part of the reason we selected the cruise) and with one exception the excursion guides were excellent. We took an excursion in every port with a mix of free and Regent Select itineraries (some were excellent, others OK, but none were bad). There was someone from Destination Services on all of our excursions. All of the buses were fairly new and very clean. Disembarkation was quick and easy, but we did not have a plane to catch. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I specifically chose this cruise for the new ship and the itinerary. Neither disappointed. The ship is absolutely beautiful and anyone who reviews it less than 5 stars I really wonder about... So book with confidence for a luxury ship - ... Read More
I specifically chose this cruise for the new ship and the itinerary. Neither disappointed. The ship is absolutely beautiful and anyone who reviews it less than 5 stars I really wonder about... So book with confidence for a luxury ship - your stateroom, pool, and public areas. See my stateroom review. I would agree with other reviewers service was so-so. Some of the staff were excellent - would address you by name, have a great conversation and remembered your preferences. Those staff members made the cruise super enjoyable. Other staff members, mostly assistants in specialty, staff in the main dining room and at breakfast were fairly checked out and didn't really care. The complimentary beverage selection was very good and fairly large, we never felt a need to order a paid item. There was a huge variation on the wine availability. Some staff would only serve the "one" featured wine. 3 ports in we learned from another passenger who had complained to f&b manager about beverages and food, learned and told us they had a wine list that you could order from. Once we discovered that and ordered our wine by name it was much more pleasant. Other than staff convenience and budget, I'm not sure why they keep that such a well guarded secret. So be sure to ask to see the ship's wine list! Food was average. While the menu was massive in the main dining room, the quality and taste was average. I will throw kudos their way - we ate in the main dining room only twice on a 12 night cruise and both times they allowed my husband to order a dish he made up with ingredients they had on board. That, in itself, says something about the ship. Specialty restaurant food was equally just average. The chef at the French restaurant comes out and chats with each table, a very nice touch. I will say almost every passenger we met had a different opinion on food quality, so it must be driven by what you are accustomed to. We live in a large city and eat in top restaurants so perhaps our expectations are high. The pool buffet offered a rotating menu and the food was great. They did a specialty buffet on sea days. Eating in specialty restaurants more than once is not a problem. If the main dining room is busy they will offer that up as an option or ask to get in again once you board. Theater shows were good - no problem getting a seat with good sight lines - the theater has ample seating. Avoid the balcony as another passenger suggested. Lounge entertainment is all geared to those passengers 70 plus with no variation. Regents has some work to do to appeal to anyone under 70 and should really focus some time on that. Their target audience goes to bed after the show (10:15). By 11:30 only the one front desk person is up. There were times when we wanted to be at the casino and it was closed. They have improved since our last cruise - now in one lounge they have a self service iPad that you can play music from. We met the 2 other couples on board under 70 and made our own fun. Our takeaway is sail with a group of friends if you are under 70. Pool was heated to about 90 and very enjoyable as we had fall type weather with plenty of sunshine. The nice thing with the older crowd, there were plenty of chaise lounges at the pool. Pool service was good and it was very enjoyable to just relax and read. Canyon Ranch needs to ease off the push to sell products. I was a bit disappointed in my ritual massage/scrub experience I booked with them - not quite up to par. Same for hair salon - I paid $120 for a blow out for short hair and got shamed because I didn't want to order Kerastase products - hello I can get them in the US. Shore excursions we did all private, except for 3, as we knew there would be a lot of older folks on board. I loved the overnights we had in two ports as you could really get out and explore in much more depth or enjoy a nice dinner off ship. We did the dinner at Chateau de Tetre - very nice tour and appetizers. Dinner was ok - chicken. If I did it again I would have dined in Bodeaux. We also took the Santiago de Compostela tour with the ship - I would not recommend - there was no need to be in town so long and the food was again a bit of disappointment (chicken). Lastly chef market tour and tapas cooking class. Can't recommend that either - we grilled bread with olive oil on it. I don't quite understand the culinary kitchen - it takes up quite a bit of real estate but all of the classes except the one I took were booked 10 months prior to sailing and there were not that many in total. I would think they should use that venue every day as it is a revenue generator. I did hear from another passenger that the class she took they actually made something. I booked all of my tours on Tours By Locals. The ship's schedule allowed ample time in port to explore. I could not find a tour guide for St Malo so we took a cab to see St Michel and Cannacle. It worked out great and was only 300 euro. We could not tender in St Jean de Lux so we had 2 days in Bilbao. We got off the ship that night for a local dinner at the port town which was quite fun. We took the air credit and booked our own first class air so no issue with that. Langham London was lovely and had a great location. We came in several days early and the hotel worked with our 2 reservations and kept us in the same upgraded room. Regents paid for breakfast and the transfer to Southampton, which was about a 1 1/2 to 2 hour bus ride. In Barcelona, super simple to get off the ship and take a cab to the airport. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our second cruise on the Seven Seas Explorer. The service was improved from last year when the ship was new. Food in Compass Rose and specialty restaurants was good but lunches in La Veranda were rather poor. It seems any time ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Seven Seas Explorer. The service was improved from last year when the ship was new. Food in Compass Rose and specialty restaurants was good but lunches in La Veranda were rather poor. It seems any time they do buffet it is not up to standard. This also applied to one dinner in La Veranda. The Ship itself is quite beautiful and well laid out. Artwork is a matter of taste and the art on this ship is cutting edge and not for everyone. Shore excursions were hit or miss depending on the guide. More than half of them did not speak good english. They did offer a good choice of shore trips, I just wish they would get better guides. The entertainment was also a step up from last year. We particularly enjoyed the comedian/magician and the dancers. All in all a good cruise, Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Food was the best I've had on any cruise ship. Cruised 12 times. Ship's staff also some of the best as well as their service. Specialty restaurant Pacific Rim clearly our favorite. Ship always spotless. Liked flying business ... Read More
Food was the best I've had on any cruise ship. Cruised 12 times. Ship's staff also some of the best as well as their service. Specialty restaurant Pacific Rim clearly our favorite. Ship always spotless. Liked flying business class with one night at hotel with breakfast and the fact that all transfers were included if you choose Concierge E or above. To me well worth the extra and no hassle. Improvements: Enrichment speaker boring and needs to liven it up some. Shops onboard very limited leaning toward high end. No night light in bathroom. Entertainment regrettably only average. Some hits some misses. Wine selection not as great as I expected. I am not a wine snob but they offered me 2 Cabs. Tours needed some improvements and not what I had expected. Tour guides average only. Procedure for getting on and off for tours was very professional. Would consider returning. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My family of four was part of a bigger family group of 13. We had 6 suites on the 9th deck. Our ages ranged from 15 – 85 years old. This was the second Regent Cruise for most of us, the first being an Alaska Cruise on the Navigator. ... Read More
My family of four was part of a bigger family group of 13. We had 6 suites on the 9th deck. Our ages ranged from 15 – 85 years old. This was the second Regent Cruise for most of us, the first being an Alaska Cruise on the Navigator. My first impressions getting on the ship… Going through the check in was very easy and relatively fast. We had traveled from London on a bus, so we only had to deal with the 40 people on our bus before going through security and then onto the ship. It was fast and easy, really, in comparisons to Disney or Royal Caribbean. We entered through the 5th deck lobby area and were greeted by staff with Champaign or orange juice. The area was simple, but very nice. You could see all the support areas for the passengers (Registration, the office area & Excursions). Since the suites were not ready yet, we boarded at 11:30, we went up to the 11th deck to enjoy lunch by the pool. The staff was very attentive and nice. We loved our Category D suite. Bathroom, closets, living area were wonderful and never did we feel cramped or on top of each other. The patios were very nice and roomy with two chairs, a table and a lounge chair. With Regent, the room attendant was there to ask what we wanted our refrigerator filled each day. She brought fresh fruit every day. All the public areas, bars, restaurants, theater, and stores were clean and nicely decorated. Our voyage... I need to mention this first….. We have a teenaged daughter, 15 years old. The “Mariner Program” for teens was WONDERFUL. We have cruised many times with our children and they have never wanted to participate in these programs. Since the Explorer is smaller, there were only 6-8 teenagers on board; our daughter said she would give it a try. These teenagers ended up having the best time on this trip. I give a big “thumbs up” to the staff and also for Regent for having somewhere for the 14-17 year old group to go while on board. It wasn’t completely structured, the staff really related with the group and they had the best time. I think our daughter has made lifelong friends on this trip. I am so happy she had such a wonderful time. I think each parent of these teenagers felt that they were in a safe and supervised area. They had tours of the bridge and kitchen that most passengers never got to see. I enjoyed spending time on our sea days taking cooking classes, reading, doing puzzles or trivia. I guess it doesn’t take much to entertain me. I love the sea days, especially when trying to adjust to a new time zone. Weather… Granted we were going around the British Isles, most knew that the North Sea can be rough, and it very rough when we made the transition to the Atlantic Ocean. But most of the passengers were sleeping or preferred to stay in their cabins. I’ve seen worse seas on a cruise to the Bahamas on Disney Cruise this past spring. Luckily no one was getting sick in public. We also had rough winds leaving Liverpool (which delayed or departure and made us miss stop in Cork, Ireland). Our unexpected sea day was a little rough at first, but it became a beautiful day. Again, I love being on board the ship, enjoying some quiet time by the pool, albeit white caps on the pool deck. The weather seemed to be rainy every day we were at port. Edinburgh was the worse. We had hired a private van to take my family to Paisley, where a founding family member was from. It is expensive to go through Regent to hire a car/van. But let me tell you, the guide and driver went out of their way to make our rainy day experience the best we could have while visiting the area. Paisley is just west of Glasgow. It rained the whole time we traveled there. Our guide was wonderful and answered questions and gave us insights to the area. Traveling back to Edinburgh, we were concerned about the rain; he suggested that we go to a museum, since all public areas are “free” in Scotland. We went to the Natural Science Museum and had a great time on our own. It worked out, actually, that my son in college had a summer course that required a to visit a Natural Science Museum during the summer. This fit the bill and he got 100% for his credit in his course. The guide and driver were wonderful. Since we wanted to travel with a guarantee with Regent not to leave us, we went through Regent for this excursion. It was costly, but for me and my family, it was worth it. Excursions (cont.)… The other “free” excursions on Regent were wonderful. My family enjoyed them all. I know some people felt that the hosts were inexperienced or had bad tours. In my opinion, all of ours were great. We did pay extra to visit the Giants Causeway while in Belfast (worth every penny) and my daughter and I did a cooking class while in Dublin to Ballyknocken, while everyone else enjoyed the Guinness Tour, and enjoyed it completely. Again, we enjoyed them all. It was unfortunate that we were delayed leaving Liverpool and missed our stop in Cork, Ireland. Yes, we all wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone, but weather isn’t one of those things we really can’t be mad about. It is what it is. During our “extra sea day”, we slept in, enjoyed the sun and did some extra shopping since we didn’t spend our on-board credits yet. I guess we are easy to please, we don’t expect to place blame on someone due to a weather issue. It is what it is. Cruise Critic… Before I forget, my husband and I attended the “Cruise Critic Meet and Greet” on this trip. We were two of the 8 couples that signed up to join the meet and mingle. Only 4 of us showed up, but we enjoyed meeting the officers at the mingle. I think Regent expected there to be more people at the mingle; they had made a nice spread of food. Thankfully, they had the staff go around to the rest of the passengers that were in the Explorer Lounge, not in the mingle, to enjoy the nice appetizers. The staff was so nice to us all. I was able to make some connections that helped throughout our voyage. From what I heard from some of the officers, they do hear and read comments about Regent on Cruise Critic. Hopefully the Corporate Staff reads them also to help make voyages enjoyable for everyone. We loved the Explorer. Felt like the ship handled all the rough seas that we encountered. We loved the ports that we visited. Wished we could had better weather.... but that wasn't anyone's fault. It is what it is. We learned to carry rain coats and umbrellas. Not a big deal. We were a big group (13). We always went to Compass Rose by 7:00 pm. They had a table of 8 and 6 for us. Ivan (CR Manager) was very nice to make sure he saved a few tables for us. Sometimes we were in the "main area" or even in the back of the restaurant. The last night, we sat in the left side of the restaurant and had the best service. We told the staff that we wished we had requested that area the entire trip! Not to say, the other staff at CR wasn't good. They were and they were very nice and sweet to my father-in-law. He suffered a broken hip a few months ago, so they were very accommodating to him with him limited mobility. Ivan also helped me arrange a special 80th birthday cake at Chartreuse one night, which was very nice. I also wanted to add that I loved the fact that the laundry facilities were so convenient. Not that I wanted to do laundry during my vacation, but I am a mom with a family of 4. We were gone for 16 days.... we needed to do laundry. 80% of the time I checked the laundry, I could put 3 loads of laundry in the wash. That saved so much time for me to have 3 washers going at one time. The laundry facilities on the Explorer are wonderful! There are three washer/dryers, a nice sitting area, a TV and a phone. No one was hogging the washers or left their laundry so you were unable to complete your wash. It was very nice. I did keep my phone timer on with the timer to my laundry so I wouldn’t hold someone from finishing their laundry. I was holding off using my onboard money, in case I needed to send out laundry, but I was able to get everyone's laundry in our family done before our last stop that I actually enjoyed our last day at port and didn't worry about the dirty clothes. Overall, we had a great time. My husband felt that the service was lacking at times in the La Veranda or Pool Grill. He’d ask for a diet coke and it would show up after his food would arrive. I did find that anything a little odd, like a diet coke at breakfast, would be slow. I would end up bringing one to breakfast from my refrigerator in my suite for breakfast. I don’t drink hot coffee in the morning, I like my caffeine cold. I think being a Mom; I’d rather find a way to fix my problem than complain about it, which I did. For anyone that would like to have a great small ship experience without the haggle of always asking you for your card to sign for a drink or anything else…. I would definitely travel with Regent! When we were back in London after our trip experiencing two extra days with our family, we were in an elevator with a family about to embark on a British Isles trip with other carrier. They were excited, but the dear husband was already complaining about how the excursions and hotels were double the cost of the trip of the cruise. My children and I just smiled and told them to enjoy their trip. We felt like we had made the best choice for us with Regent!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Food has improved a lot since our last cruise with Regent Seven Seas on the Seven Seas Mariner in April 2013, and was the best we've had on any cruise ship this time. The foie gras, grilled lobsters, grilled scallops, grilled ... Read More
Food has improved a lot since our last cruise with Regent Seven Seas on the Seven Seas Mariner in April 2013, and was the best we've had on any cruise ship this time. The foie gras, grilled lobsters, grilled scallops, grilled shrimps, grilled fish and grilled pork chop in the Main Dining Room were all excellent and they could now be ordered every evening, which was really a great improvement from the past. The two caviar and champagne breakfast, the Sunday brunch, the New York strip steak in Prime 7 and the bread in the Italian restaurant were also excellent. The Asian specialty restaurant Pacific Rim was however not good - westerners may think that's what Asian food is like but as Asians we know that the food there is not only not authentic, but also can be done much better and much more delicious in Asian restaurants in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. Services also need some improvements. In particular, all the guests complained for waiting too long (we needed to wait for about an hour!) for the tenders at the port Dartmouth to return to the ship, whilst we were all hungry and wanted some lunches as it was already 3-4 p.m. but lunch was not included in the tour. We also needed to wait for a long time for the coach buses for the tours at the port Dartmouth to arrive (we needed to wait for about 45 minutes!). Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Background information We have reviewed all our previous cruises which were on-board RSSC’s Mariner and Voyager in the Mediterranean but this time we wanted to try the new Explorer and enjoy the convenience of a Southampton round trip ... Read More
Background information We have reviewed all our previous cruises which were on-board RSSC’s Mariner and Voyager in the Mediterranean but this time we wanted to try the new Explorer and enjoy the convenience of a Southampton round trip which meant our holiday could begin with a comfortable car journey. Ship information The Seven Seas Explorer has been in service for less than a year and is described by Regent as ‘the most luxurious ship ever built’. As with Mariner and Voyager, the vessel is very spacious both in terms of cabin sizes and public areas. Although we sailed full, at no time on board did we feel at all crowded. The staff to passenger ratio is amongst the highest of all the cruise lines so that service is always at hand. Service We have always found service on board Regent ships very good but on Explorer it was even better! As many of the crew seemed to have started on the Explorer, Regent has done a really excellent job of training them up to its wonderful standard. Excursions As most excursions are included in the fare on Regent, they are of course very popular Almost all the excursions began with a bus ride and we were disappointed to find that Regent seemed to be filling the buses almost to capacity whereas in the past they have only been two-thirds full at the very most – takes the edge off the ‘luxury’ tag a bit to be on a crowded bus. Generally, the tours and the guides were of a high standard. Dining Compass Rose The main dining room with no reservations required and you can choose to share or not, as you wish. Sunday was a sea day so we had the chance to try the famous Brunch in CR - very impressive! But so difficult to decide where to start and, even more, where to stop. For dinner, we found it important to eat early, say by 7pm, to avoid a wait unless willing to share and to avoid the front section where the noise level could be very high. The food was adequate rather than exceptional and the large rectangular area, combined with the lack of any features gives the ambience of an, admittedly upmarket, refectory. The menu lacks the variety that we have found previously - I know there is the 'mix & match' of different entrees and sauces but think the chefs must find it rather inhibits creativity. The sauces also tend toward the bland - certainly the green pepper was almost flavour free. La Veranda At breakfast and lunch we enjoyed the copious buffet including a selection of hot dishes and, in good weather one can eat al fresco. Compared to Regent’s other ships, the layout was much improved. Sette Mari At night La Veranda becomes Sette Mari, an Italian restaurant with a la carte ordering of main courses and a buffet for starters and desserts. No reservations required or permitted and very popular so that a wait for a table was not unusual. We dined here on only the last night of the cruise when there were many tables free and enjoyed the pasta and lamb chops particularly. Chartreuse A French restaurant available by reservation only. Our first dinner was to have been in Compass Rose but there was a long line and, rather than wait for a two-top, we accepted the offer of a table in Chartreuse. I'm not sure but it seemed to me that it was a bigger venue than Signatures had been (the previous French restaurant on Mariner & Voyager). Although it was our favourite, not many seemed to share our preference if the availability of tables at short notice was a reliable indicator. The service from all the staff was both efficient and charming. The food is to our tastes generally although the slow-cooked beef ribs were lacking in flavour but not in quantity! We were keen to try the rack of lamb but were deterred by reports that it could be tough. Otherwise the meat and fish were top quality. The cheese soufflé was consistently excellent as were the desserts. Prime 7 A steakhouse type restaurant available by reservation only. We also tried Prime 7 which is definitely bigger and better laid out than on the older ships. Again it was not full at any time that night. We enjoyed P7 which seemed to be the most popular of the speciality restaurants we actually visited. It is a very consistent, quality product but we are not great steak eaters - 6 oz is more than enough for us - so we don't seek extra visits. Pacific Rim An Asian – fusion style restaurant available by reservation only. We were not overwhelmed by Pacific Rim. While the ingredients were fine, the spicing was too bland to our taste. It was very good to find an Alsace Gewürztraminer on offer - although the Sommelier described it as German. Luckily there were no French passengers within earshot! Summary Being critical, we did not take to the layout of Compass Rose – too much the feel of a banqueting hall – but liked the new (to us) menu. We also found the Observation Lounge rather dark but perhaps that was a product of the rather gloomy weather – it certainly seemed more roomy and better laid out than on the other ships. The Explorer may or may not be the most luxurious ship ever built, but it is certainly very well appointed, sails beautifully and has a marvellous crew. We received food and service better than on any of our previous Regent cruises. As many of the crew seemed to have started on the Explorer, Regent has done a really excellent job of training them up to its wonderful standard. Read Less
71 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
First all inclusive cruise experience Chose the Seven Seas Explorer to find out what an all inclusive luxury cruise is all about. Have sailed 16 previous times on main stream cruise lines mostly to the Caribbean. The ship was nicely ... Read More
First all inclusive cruise experience Chose the Seven Seas Explorer to find out what an all inclusive luxury cruise is all about. Have sailed 16 previous times on main stream cruise lines mostly to the Caribbean. The ship was nicely appointed and the deck plans were laid out well. Missing from this cruise were children, photographers, souvenir drink glasses, music at the pool, smoking in public or on verandas and anyone at the night club past 10 pm. That being said, many of the past Regent cruisers were very happy with those observations and are very loyal to the cruise line. We felt that a little music at the pool in the middle of the afternoon would have livened things up a bit, especially since there were 4 days at sea. On one afternoon the Absolut Duo pair were supposed to play for 45 minutes. They showed up, had instruments set up but disappeared quietly without performing. The cabin was a deluxe veranda suite. It was more than adequate for the two of us with plenty of room. The flat screen tv would have been better if it were high definition and more sports channels were included. The sound was awful and it was the only thing in the room that had music to listen to. The ship shuttered like most cruise ships will do when going 20 knots but what we did not expect was all the weird noises the room made. During the night it was like someone was tapping on the walls. Everything creaked around the bed. Dining was great in all the venues. The food was better than most cruise lines we have been on and the table settings were superb. Service was mostly good but there was the occasional mishaps such as bringing two courses at once or not bringing the requested item. Entertainment was average. The shows were typical Broadway style productions. The comedian Fred Klett was awesome and had a funny, clean show. The musicians were very good but we felt they are overworked as there were just three main acts. The band, which had to perform at the show and nightclub, the lone piano man, and the duo. They could have added someone to do live chamber music at tea, maybe a little steel drum at the pool, and just maybe an acoustical guitar singer to get in the spirit of the islands. Ports of call - Tortola, Virgin Gorda - Went to the baths in Virgin Gorda. Took a high speed boat right from the side of our tendered ship. Guide could have been better if he stayed with us and explained any options we had in navigating down to the water. The trip took most of the day and did not see Tortola. St. Johns, Antigua - Catamaran trip with champagne and lobster. Was a good trip with two stops to swim or snorkel. The crew was great and had a very nice time cruising the coastline. Bridgetown, Barbados - Safari ride across the island. This trip was rushed as we had to wait for the first excursion to return. The trip was supposed to last for four hours but we did it in three. Two an a half hours were spent in an uncomfortable seat on a crowded jeep going at high speeds across the island. The only stops (2) were brief and the only time we were off-road was for about one mile for what they called a rain forest. Would have much rather traversed the island in something more comfortable than the back of a truck with 10 passengers sitting sideways and holding on for dear life. Castries, St. Lucia - Beautiful island! Took the trip called "land and Sea to Soufriere". This was a great trip in a comfortable bus and catamaran. We had a great guide who spent the seven hours with us and took us to a lot of cool places. The island was the most beautiful by far that we have visited on this trip. Gustavia, St. Barts - Walked around town, checked out the yachts, then took a catamaran ride up the coastline. The catamaran was the most luxurious one we have taken an excursion on. The two person crew was very attentive and the couple hours spent were a lot of fun. Overall Experience - A luxury cruise is nice since there is no tipping, shore excursions included in price, and the only bill at the end of the week was for a phone call made from my cabin. Considering the cost of the cruise which is 5 times as much as a mainstream cruise line I would not do it again. The cost did not give us any more than we would have paid had it not been all inclusive. Regent should spend more money on entertainment since there are not a lot of activities onboard the Explorer. I do not want to pay the price for what some would call the most luxurious cruise ship since marble and art do not entertain. Regent also put us on an early flight which got us to Miami at 9:30 am. We had to stand outside the cruise terminal with no food or water and wait until noon to get onboard. We would have expected them to place us somewhere comfortable since they planned our early arrival. Our cabin category did not warrant a pre-night stay at the Ritz as some received (read the fine print on the brochures) or business class air. I receive a new brochure from Regent every other day in the mail which I would not consider to be the norm for marketing a cruise line. Next cruise for me will not be on a Regent ship as there is just not enough bang for the buck. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Yes, this is a beautiful ship. Cabins have loads of storage room, food is wonderful, and the drinks never stop flowing, Actually, the amount and quality of liquer available is incredible. Pre dinner cocktails are accompanied by ... Read More
Yes, this is a beautiful ship. Cabins have loads of storage room, food is wonderful, and the drinks never stop flowing, Actually, the amount and quality of liquer available is incredible. Pre dinner cocktails are accompanied by appetizers, and that is shortly after 4:00PM tea time. so much foodi. BUT,shore excursions are not the highlight. FOr most ports, staying aboard is preferable. most excursions begin with at least an hour bus ride. now these do enable you to see the countryside, but after that the feature of the excursion still is disappointing. all of the onboard staff is so observant and always cheerful. THeree is always someone cleaning and polishing . the entertainment is ok. the production company is made up of very talented young people,who have been given less than spectacular material. WE especially enjoyed the house bands Dixieland presentation the last night. Heard only positive comments about the lecturers on board.Cooking class was fun,and there are many activities during the day if you wish to participate. current movies are offered in the theatre with popcorn! SEating in the theatre is poorly designed. it is nearly impossible to move along with rows with benches and tables. THe rows with rotating chairs have more leg room. Sight lines from the balcony are terrible BOth embarkation and disembarking are well organized. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Almost everything about this cruise was wonderful. The ship is beautiful. The food, service and entertainment were all very good. We liked the new restaurant, Pacific Rim, and thought the expanded menu in Compass Rose was an ... Read More
Almost everything about this cruise was wonderful. The ship is beautiful. The food, service and entertainment were all very good. We liked the new restaurant, Pacific Rim, and thought the expanded menu in Compass Rose was an improvement. We liked the food in Chartreuse better than the old Signatures. But we thought the menu in Sette Mari could use an update. According to the RSSC website, one of the perks for staying in a Master or Grand suite is "VIP status to include dinner with the Captain." We stayed in a Master suite, but did not get invited to eat with the Captain. I asked for an explanation, but did not get one. Instead, we got a last-minute invitation to eat with the Staff Captain. Regent should remove this perk from its website if it does not intend to honor it. Embarkation went smoothly and disembarkation was OK until we left the ship. In the past, Regent had numerous people directing passengers to the buses and the buses were clearly marked. But on our last 3 cruises, we received almost no help locating the right bus. We ended up on the wrong bus, but fortunately it went to the right airport. Apparently, Regent loses interest in you once you are off the ship. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
In reviewing our recent cruise on the Explorer I will no doubt repeat what others have previously mentioned but I believe those opinions should be reinforced. Let me begin by saying the cruise was enjoyable mainly because of the excellent ... Read More
In reviewing our recent cruise on the Explorer I will no doubt repeat what others have previously mentioned but I believe those opinions should be reinforced. Let me begin by saying the cruise was enjoyable mainly because of the excellent service. I was less impressed by the decor and layout of the ship itself. One reviewer described the decor as "exuberant"; a description I wholeheartedly embrace. It appears the phrase "less is more" was not part of the design concept. The 4th deck is grand but in my opinion overdone. The nicest part is the hallway from the atrium to Compass Rose. The chandelier that seems to generate so much awe is simply big, the staircase is nice but nothing special (we laughed at the newel caps that look like oversized golf balls). The problem with creating such a grand floor is the limited space it leaves for the others. The ceiling on the 5th floor is low and dark. It made my husband joke that it felt like we were on floor 7 1/2 from the movie "Being John Malkovich." Throughout the ship, halls are extremely narrow, ceilings low (my husband is 6'1" and had to walk to one side because his hair brushed against the domed, crystal hallway light fixtures), staircases are also narrow, and some elevators oddly shaped. Yet, the worst flaws are found in the theatre. It bears repeating that there are few good seats. Huge pillars and the low, deep overhang from the balcony make most seats inadequate. The pillars also block easy access to many good seats. It is all around a poorly designed space. As far as the signature chandelier in Compass Rose, well, it is blue. Not impressive in design, just big. This excess of glass is supposedly one of the reasons for the horrible noise level in parts of the restaurant. Our cabin was a midship G2 on the 6th deck. The location was very convenient but it took a while to figure out which way to go to avoid the "stairs to nowhere" when we chose to use the stairs to go to CR. The suite layout was the same as the veranda suites on the other ships. Definitely smaller but not too small for us. The bathroom was smaller than on the other ships but because of the medicine cabinet we felt there was much more usable storage. The shower was great. The drawers in the walk-in closet were wider but was that the reason the double hanging was removed? We did miss that. The only complaint was the television being in the bedroom area not the sitting area. We wondered if they forgot about it then had to scramble to figure out somewhere to put it. I think they wanted the desk in the sitting area to double as a vanity so had to install that huge mirror and couldn't figure out what to do with the television. There are a number of cures for this flaw; I hope Regent considers one. Also I hope they fixed the rattling and the air infiltration through the balcony doors. While I view much of the décor as being ordinary and in too many instances overdone, and even with the head scratching decision over the changes made in the suites, these flaws did not prevent us from enjoying the cruise and remaining steadfast and loyal Regent customers. The service, as expected, was superb. This is what we want from a cruise and Regent delivered again. The food was the best we've experienced on Regent. There were minor problems with quality and service but each were addressed promptly and to our satisfaction. Just to add, the problems were not in CR. That restaurant was outstanding; loved the new menu. Our steak was better there than in P7. Our favorite restaurant was Chartreuse. The pool deck was our least favorite. Besides the food being just okay, the seating is awful. The tables are just too close. We enjoyed most of the entertainment but really missed the JAR shows. The Krew Kapers never fails to entertain and is always appreciated. We participated in included excursions and were pleased with them. Would we sail Explorer again? It would depend on the itinerary. It would have to be significantly unique for us to either ignore the television issue in a reasonably priced suite or go against our "dollar for value" perspective and be forced into spending more than necessary for this product. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This is our 4th Regent cruise. The fact that the Regent Seven Seas Explorer was a new ship was nice but we chose this cruise for the itinerary - Istanbul to Israel via the Greek Isles and Egypt but mostly for the Egypt portion which was 2 ... Read More
This is our 4th Regent cruise. The fact that the Regent Seven Seas Explorer was a new ship was nice but we chose this cruise for the itinerary - Istanbul to Israel via the Greek Isles and Egypt but mostly for the Egypt portion which was 2 ports. Istanbul was cancelled well in advance and the ship was rerouted out of Venice. The Egypt portion was then cancelled AFTER the refund policy period. Very suspiciously timed. Embarkation was a long walk from the port entrance with no shuttle service offered which I would have expected given it was Regent. Average age is higher - luxury cruise plus timing. 3 children on board, all very well behaved. This is not a kid cruise. Public areas - Beautiful decorative details with marble and glass. There is lots of room between seats. Lots of space. Pool area deck lounges were padded and plentiful with double lounges and covered lounges. There was lots of room between chairs and tables in lounges, dining, public areas. Cabin - Our cabin was category G2, suite 881 located on the aft end of the ship. The miscellaneous details and decor were very nice - glass front cabinetry, marble floors and the best cruise ship bed we've ever been in. The floor space of the balcony was larger on the back end of the ship but due to the slope of the solid railing the usable portion was similar to others of the same category. The railing on the back is solid vs the suites on port and starboard which you can see through. The cabin was not as large as expected but the bathroom is quite a nice size with a large shower. The TV was oddly placed in front of the bed vs the couch so you had to be in bed to watch TV which makes it impossible for one person to stay up and watch a movie while the other one sleeps. The movie selection was very good. No CNN or ESPN but there was BBC, CNBC and MSNBC Food/Dining - the quality was good and plentiful with an incredible selection. Compass Rose was the main dining and very noisy which I would have expected to be muffled given the pickiness of some of the other details put into the ship. You could ask for a table in the back where the ceilings were lower making it quieter for a better dining experience. The menu was very good in Compass Rose and once we found the quiet place, we preferred it. Seti Mari was our first choice due to their appetizer buffet and dinner being off the menu and served. But Seti Mari became busier as the cruise went on and there was quite a wait to get in. Hint - go early or you may have to wait. Breakfasts and lunches at la Veranda had good selections and the produce was good quality. The pool buffet was a smaller selection but you could order off a menu for a better selection. The specialty dining venues were nice and very popular but other than one visit each, we opted for the non-reservation venues. Service - They boast a higher crew per passenger but we found that too many people reduced the service. Sometimes the staff was tripping over each other and sometimes they ignored thinking someone else had already taken care of it. Overall the staff was very nice and helpful but efficiency was not their strong suit. Entertainment - The main show room is poorly designed with many obstructed seats not only from support poles but from balcony overhangs and security railings. We attended one lecture and one show. We walked out of the show due to quality. They did have a strings group and a piano entertainer which we enjoyed at other venues. Excursions - they had a nice selection of excursions and the staff was very accommodating to changes. Spa Facilities - While we are not typically spa people, this spa was fabulous. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. It was still a Regent luxury quality cruise which is premium to mass market cruise lines which we also take as we are itinerary driven. Given the right itinerary, we will take Regent again. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Explorer from Venice to Haifa Overall the Explorer experience was very good, though similar in many ways to the other Regent ships. The F1 cabin was excellent, roomy with a large balcony. Shower was good sized. There was a bathtub ... Read More
Explorer from Venice to Haifa Overall the Explorer experience was very good, though similar in many ways to the other Regent ships. The F1 cabin was excellent, roomy with a large balcony. Shower was good sized. There was a bathtub which I didn’t use. There were two sinks in the bathroom, making it very user-friendly for two people. There is no night light. For a ship filled with mostly older people, the lack of a night light seems hazardous and a lapse in planning. If the bathroom door is not closed, then the door to the cabin can hit the bathroom door when it is opened. There was already an area of damage to the paint on the cabin door caused by the doors colliding. The ship was in great condition, of course. But in general, I was not enthralled with the decor. Some of the decor reminded me more of a casino rather than a luxury cruise or hotel setting. I realize others may not feel the same way. The varied colors of stone floors, walls, baths, etc in different parts of the ship, while perhaps beautiful in their individual setting, sometimes seemed to me as if the designers were not paying a lot of attention to the overall coherency of the design. The dark wood look on the walls lining hallways and various rooms had the look of man-made materials rather than real wood. Despite the slightly negative feel I had about the decor, after living on the ship for a few days one could more or less come to ignore it. I liked the photos that lined the hallways, though it would have been nice if the date, location, and photographer of the photo had been noted. I found service throughout the ship to be excellent. Staff were pleasant, efficient, helpful and friendly. The food was also generally better than I have had on other Regent ships. The deck grill though was about the same variety and quality as other ships. The specialty restaurants were very good. Mostly we ate in Compass Rose. I thought that the new menu of choices of entrees and sauces worked well, though maybe on a longer voyage it could become a tad tedious. I did not encounter any prolonged waits for meals as other posters have noted on occasion. Compass Rose reminded me a bit of a hotel ballroom with some exuberant lighting fixtures, again a style that I didn’t find particularly attractive. We never had to wait for a table for two during the 7 PM to 8 PM time when we dined. Service was excellent, prompt and friendly. The speciaty restaurants also were very good in terms of service and food. We didn't eat in Sette Mare. La Veranda has a good-sized outdoor area that is very pleasant for eating when the weather is good. The food in La Veranda is nicely presented in various serving sections so overall it avoids the long cafeteria-line look of other ships and the design seems more efficient for guests. The arrangement of the pool deck struck me as being less desirable than the pool decks on the Voyager and the Mariner. The pool and hot tubs look very nice. The pool and the deck above are supplied with good size heavy lounges rather closely spaced. There is really no place to sit in an area open to the sky in a regular chair or at a table (except for the outside restaurant seating in La Veranda on the back of the deck). The dining tables on the pool deck are what I would describe as cafeteria-style tables closely arranged in areas covered by the deck above. On one side of the grill the recessed area has more comfortable chairs and “coffee tables”. The problem is that the chairs are so close together and the tables so large that it is difficult to maneuver through the area. The other problem is that the recessed area is only open on one end toward the pool so when it was warm and sunny the space can be too hot because there is no way to open a window for additional air circulation. It also is not possible to walk completely around the ship on the outside deck so passengers can’t see the view from the front of the ship as they can on Regent’s other ships and a circular exercise path isn’t available. The Constellation Theater is similar to the other ships. Overall, it felt smaller, but that may just be the effect of the decor. There were small recessed lights that I found annoyingly bright in the theater and in the lounges. The theater aisles have steps that are poorly illuminated as one enters toward the stage (though the steps are evident as one moves out of the theater or away from the stage). Why this problem hasn’t been fixed with even a temporary measure of colored tape on the edge of the steps is unclear. There are staircases up to the upper balcony that had pieces of a kind of fluorescent-appearing tape on them that obviously were a temporary fix. The step problem looked like a lawsuit just waiting to happen to me. I think the upper balcony design on Regent’s other ships is better than the Explorer I found the amplification of sound for live music performances to be annoyingly loud in the theater and in the lounges. I didn’t care much for the musical extravaganzas. The choreography often seemed as if there was a contest to see how many intricate dance steps could be squeezed in every minute—a sort of frenetic quality. While the dancers were excellent, the selection of music and choreography just didn’t seem to come together, at least for my taste. I think the traditional Jean Ann Ryan shows from other cruises were quite a bit better. The individual performers such as the comedian and the cruise director were far more entertaining. The internet worked (slowly) most of the time, but not all of the time. The speed is certainly nothing like Regent claims on its website: "high-speed WiFi that is similar to that of your fiber-optic network at home.” In addition certain websites or downloads are blocked. For example, I couldn’t update apps on my IPhone or download a new app. Regent still doesn’t have a method for letting guests know when the internet is not working so lots of time can be wasted trying to go to websites or troubleshoot connections, only to find out later that the internet is down. In summary, I would say that the the F1 cabin and its large balcony are significantly better than the various penthouse suites I have been on in all the other Regent ships. The food was improved from past cruises, but if the menus on the other ships are all being made similar, this may not be a difference in the future. If two Regent ships had the same itinerary, I would probably choose the Explorer because of the cabin design—at least in the F1 category. On the other hand, if the itinerary was in a tropical area, I might opt for one of the other Regent ships because of the kind of closed-in feeling of the pool deck. Read Less
28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This cruise would have got full marks if I had been sailing on either of the other Regent Ships, (Mariner or Voyager) as the service was excellent, as was the food and beverages offered - excellent quality and presentation. In particular ... Read More
This cruise would have got full marks if I had been sailing on either of the other Regent Ships, (Mariner or Voyager) as the service was excellent, as was the food and beverages offered - excellent quality and presentation. In particular the speciality restaurants. However as the ship was hailed (and as we were repeatedly told, it wore thin after a while) "the most luxurious ship ever built", that my expectations were higher. While the ship has lots of marble, granite and fine paintings and of course is freshly decked out, that wouldn't be enough to bring me back specifically to this ship - the price is costly and there were some design faults, which is a pity as I believe a sister ship is in the pipeline for 2020. Main faults with the design, which had nothing to do with the excellent friendly service by everyone and are outside the staff's control, is that there are only one set of rest rooms per floor bar the pool deck - madness when the main Compass Rose restaurant and Constellation theatre are on the same floor. The stairs are much narrower than on other ships and difficult to pass people by if you meet someone coming the opposite direction to you - but in the main this is a security issue should there be an emergency. The Wifi was also very hit and miss even when docked at shore. The pool deck dining area, was very busy area during the day, inclined to be noisy and I didn't like the layout of the table - too cramped and too like a canteen in layout. I prefer the larger round tables on their other ships. The shore excursions were lengthy and with a full day away that included 3 hrs on our own before heading back to the ship after having been on a tour of the area as well, was excessive. Not to sound too negative as our trip was very pleasant, we enjoyed the cruise, its only fair to highlight that our suite/cabin was spacious and very comfortable, particularly the bed and pillows. I'm surprised that the ratings on cruise critic have been low in this area. I couldn't fault our room and balcony, with fresh fruit and refreshments delivered daily. The evening shows were of a higher quality than on other Regent ships, though the Trio were a bit hit and miss in the explorer lounge, but Ross in the Observation lounge got a good following each night and worked hard to entertain us all. 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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