This was our 3rd Regent Seven Seas cruise, our last was 15 years ago and we were concerned because we had heard the cruise line had declined in recent years. Our concerns were unfounded. This was also our travel companions first tour and they were beyond delighted and left wondering why they had waited until their mid-70s to hit the seas.
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and felt the food and service were exceptional. There were a few minor problems and inconveniences, but overall, we had a great time and would gladly sail with Regent again.
We selected this itinerary specifically for the three days in St. Petersburg. The Hermitage was a disappointment because of the crowds, lack of air conditioning and limited time. Would like to have seen the Impressionists and Post impressionists. Although it is extra money, I highly recommend the Night at the Ballet and Evening with the Tsars which gives you a private tour of Catherine's Palace without the crowds. Plus you can take photos in the Amber Room. Peterhof Palace was a great tour as was the visit to the Faberge Museum. If you want to see inside Church on the Spilled Blood, book the Cathedrals tours, as others just drive by it.
Cabin was showing wear and tear, but the ship is going into dry dock for refurbishment. We were located in the middle of the ship and didn't feel the rock and roll that some other guests experienced when the seas got rough.
No excursions were offered which was a misstep on Regent's part. They should offer a 1/2 day tour. We booked our own private tour and took a boat tour.