We just returned from the June 26, 2016, Journey To The Arctic cruise on Voyager. This was my first cruise with RSSC since 2009, and my husband's first time. Overall, we had a great cruise because of the fabulous itinerary. Greenland was amazing, and we are so glad we got to see it. However, for a cruise that cost us $34,000, we had too many issues and these need to be addressed by Regent - by the way, we filled out all the comment cards on the cruise and no one reached out to us.
- The room was in poor shape and we had a broken tv remote and a broken DVD player. Really disappointing for an upscale cruise line. I know the ship is going into dry dock, but for this amount of money, we shouldn't have walked on to a ship that felt run down.
- When we called reception to have these items repaired, they said someone would be right up. An hour later no one had come by, so we called again. They sent our stewardess (what was she supposed to do?). She hit the DVD player really hard twice and said, "Yup, it's broken". We told them to forget about repairing it. But then a maintenance guy showed up after bedtime. Very poorly handled.
- Service around the ship was very off. In the bars and restaurants, either the wrong drinks were delivered to us, no drinks were delivered to us, or it took a long time for drinks to be delivered. One night in the dining room, we asked for cookies & cream ice cream (which was not on the menu that night, but had been the previous night). They told us that it wasn't available. But then it showed up on the menu the next night. Dining room servers seemed rushed and disconnected. This was not a luxury experience.
- Shore excursion desk was very disorganized. They had a very poor grasp on what was happening. In Isafjordur, were given tour tickets for a tour time that didn't even exist (around 1pm). That morning around 9:45am, we were leaving the room for breakfast. We saw tour tickets on our door and noticed that the tour time was for 9:50am, I believe. We went to the desk to ask about the afternoon tour and they said that a mistake had been made and there was no afternoon tour. They seemed annoyed that we were late for this morning tour. We were rushed off the ship without getting any of our belongings, with shore ex staff shouting at us, and showed up to the waiting group about 10 minutes late. Shore ex staff also left two guests behind at Godefoss Waterfall and blamed them for missing the bus, when it was she and the tour guide who miscounted. Very poorly-handled.
We are not complainers, and take things in stride, but this cruise was off. I doubt we will return to Regent after this experience. Crystal and Azamara provide a much better product for the money. We walked away from the trip feeling a little ripped-off and a bit disappointed.