This was our third Regent cruise, second on Mariner. This is our first review.
We have cruised many times and many places: 2 star on Holland America, Platinum on Royal, Select on Celebrity. As our kids have grown up and left, we became irritated with the incessant nickel and dining of traditional cruises. We also were looking for a less "busy" ship experience. We went from a cruise line you need to pay to get off from, to a cruise line you need to pay to get on.
The stress-less experience of spending an all-inclusive high-quality experience with not another fee is marvellous. By the time you factor-in your flights, your transfers, your excursions, your fancy dining, your booze and your gratuities, you would be hard placed to match the value. No chits to sign, no worries. We are coming off this ship with an 80$ bill.
Cabin: Bigger than most out there, yet is the lowest category on Regent. Service as good as with a butler. Balcony: yes! and Private. Daily stocked bar. Run out of something? Just call and get a full sized bottle of what you wish. Walk in closet: yesMarble bathroom with either walk in shower or tub-shower combo. Bottom-line: great
Best excursion. Short cruise within the lagoon to an island and enjoyed snorkelling and lunch with local dancing and entertainment. On the way we were followed by dolphins!Lunch was at a table in the lagoon! Really: in the lagoon! little fishes came right up to your table!