This is our 7th cruise on Regent, the first being in 2009. Several recent reviews have noted that they felt that the Regent experience is declining. With a few relatively minor exceptions, which I will detail below, my wife and I do not feel that this is the case. We have greatly enjoyed every one of our Regent cruises, this one being one of the better ones.
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Could not have been better. We arrived at the pier at 12 noon, and at approximately 12:15 we were enjoying our first cocktail on the pool deck. We were told that rooms would be available at 2:30, and at 2:30 on the dot, an announcement was made that rooms were ready. Luggage was delivered minutes later. For disembarkation, we filled in a form asking what time we would like to disembark, (between 8 and 9), and were given the appropriate luggage tags. We were advised that we could walk off the ship at the time we requested, no announcements needed. Luggage was ready, and off we went.
Cuisine: We found the food on this cruise to be as good or perhaps better than ever. The breakfast and lunch buffets provide a wide assortment to choose from. At breakfast, you can order a hot dish brought fresh to your table. At lunch, there is freshly made pasta as well as a meat carving every day in addition to very tasty hot and cold buffet items. Dinners were (almost) always consistently good in the main dining room, Compass Rose, and in the 3 specialty restaurants. The only exception, strangely enough, was the lobster, which my wife ordered twice, once in the specialty restaurant, Prime 7, and once in Compass Rose, and both times she thought was tough and chewy. We greatly enjoyed all of our other meals. Meats were prepared as ordered, and tender. Fish dishes were moist and flavorful. There is a suggested included red and white wine each night, but if you don’t care for the ones listed, you can request something else. We always are able to find a white and red that we like among the included wines, and we ask the sommelier for these each night, if we don’t care for the listed ones.