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We've cruised more than 50 nights on Regent but this will be our last trip with them. It's obvious that their new owner NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) is more concerned about their bottom line than on providing guests with top-notch experiences. The excursions were poor - whether one of the "free" ones or ones you pay extra to join. Group sizes are too large, which impacted the pace of the tour as well as our ability to hear the guide. Guides were not up to Regent's previous standards. Excursions were often reduced to less than what we originally signed up for. Port itineraries were changed (supposedly due to weather) and we ended up with an extra day or two in ports which had not much to excite us to start with, and Regent offered NO excursions at all on those 2nd days. Because we missed both Vietnam and Malaysia, we did not need visas for these 2 countries. Rather than get a refund on our credit card which we used to pre-pay, we got ship board credits. And they would not handle it any other way, even if you asked. In addition, their optional pre-cruise excursion was a disaster. They had overbooked it and had a "horde" of travelers on their "capacity limited" 3-day trip to Angkor Wat. To keep costs down they did not have a guide/representative accompany us. Rather they just tossed us out at the airports and let us fend for ourselves. We spent more than 8 hours just sitting in the Bangkok airport. Returning to Bangkok our 2-hour bus ride to the cruise terminal offered not even so much as a bottle of water. Arriving on board ship we were forced to check in and sit in the theatre for more than an hour waiting to do a disaster drill. We could easily have gone to our cabins, dropped our bags, used the toilet and picked up a bottle of water. But we were FORCEFULLY told "absolutely not - you cannot leave the theatre." We were not the only guests upset with this cruise. In fact, each guest who went on the Angkor Wat trip was given a $300 ship board credit - but not until halfway through the trip. About all you could do with it at that point was shop in their inflated-priced boutiques. WE WILL NEVER AGAIN TRAVEL WITH REGENT. This is a very different cruise line today and there are now much better options. Regent still charges a premium but they no longer provide the premium experience.

NEVER AGAIN on Regent

Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Review by Adventure Travel Twosome

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Asia
We've cruised more than 50 nights on Regent but this will be our last trip with them. It's obvious that their new owner NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) is more concerned about their bottom line than on providing guests with top-notch experiences.

The excursions were poor - whether one of the "free" ones or ones you pay extra to join. Group sizes are too large, which impacted the pace of the tour as well as our ability to hear the guide. Guides were not up to Regent's previous standards. Excursions were often reduced to less than what we originally signed up for.

Port itineraries were changed (supposedly due to weather) and we ended up with an extra day or two in ports which had not much to excite us to start with, and Regent offered NO excursions at all on those 2nd days. Because we missed both Vietnam and Malaysia, we did not need visas for these 2 countries. Rather than get a refund on our credit card which we used to pre-pay, we got ship board credits. And they would not handle it any other way, even if you asked.

In addition, their optional pre-cruise excursion was a disaster. They had overbooked it and had a "horde" of travelers on their "capacity limited" 3-day trip to Angkor Wat. To keep costs down they did not have a guide/representative accompany us. Rather they just tossed us out at the airports and let us fend for ourselves. We spent more than 8 hours just sitting in the Bangkok airport.

Returning to Bangkok our 2-hour bus ride to the cruise terminal offered not even so much as a bottle of water. Arriving on board ship we were forced to check in and sit in the theatre for more than an hour waiting to do a disaster drill. We could easily have gone to our cabins, dropped our bags, used the toilet and picked up a bottle of water. But we were FORCEFULLY told "absolutely not - you cannot leave the theatre."

We were not the only guests upset with this cruise. In fact, each guest who went on the Angkor Wat trip was given a $300 ship board credit - but not until halfway through the trip. About all you could do with it at that point was shop in their inflated-priced boutiques.

WE WILL NEVER AGAIN TRAVEL WITH REGENT. This is a very different cruise line today and there are now much better options. Regent still charges a premium but they no longer provide the premium experience.
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