This cruise began with three day pretour in Tokya at ANA Intercontinental, a lovely hotel conveniently next to the subway and restaurants for convenience. Great room and breakfast and a really helpful group at the destination desk for going it alone. The tours organized by the cruise were bad, especually day one and two. Hours in the bus to see virtually nothing. OK the weather was poor and the last day tour in Tokyo was interesting with a trip to Meiji temple and a few other sites.
Never been on Regent before but have travelled with Oceania, so I was looking forward to finally getting to the ship. Nicely laid out. Great room in a penthouse B with a butler. Room was always spotless and butler, although rarely used, was very nice. Wouldn't do that again. Internet is useless on the ship and will be worse when it is free for everyone. Works only after 11.30 pm or before 6 am. Gym is very small and split into two parts but rarely crowded and the staff was excellent. Go Marko !! Entertainment and enrichment lectures were excellent.
Where this cruise line fails miserably is food and related food service. Coffee connection is a great idea but train the staff to use the machines. Worst espresso I have ever tasted. The automatic machines were better. Management !!! Breakfast eventually got better on La Veranda but service was always spotty especially on busy mornings. Lunch was generally terrible. The selection of foods on the hot plates looked like a cheap Vegas buffet. Things left to dry out. Food going cold. The best shot was the pool grill for fresh to order burgers and fries as well as salads. The ethnic selections on offer were generally ghastly. Only the Indian food day was actually quite good.
Dinner in Compass Rose was ok but service was always dreadfully slow. If you wanted to see the 9:30 show, get there before 7:30 and only order an appetizer and main. You might get out in less than two hours. The selections were not generally to my liking but I always found one thing worthwhile. The steaks and lamb as well as the dover sole were always good. The only optionl restaurant worth going to was Prime7, a god steak house. Signatures was no bettr than Compas Rose and La VEranda, which became an italian restaurant in the evening was ghastly. For the first time in my life, I sent bach food to the kitchen. The Veal scallopini was a grizzly veal cutlet. The pastas were OK.
If you like mass market bus tours with large groups off the ship each day, don't mind a meat centric gastronomy that is far below Oceania, but do like good entartainment and a comfortble suite, this is fine. I would not return. The gereral feeling on the ship was very negative, even from long time Regent cruisers. I hope they find their way.
Lovely. Next time I would choose a cabin in the front as this ship has vibration issues in the aft.