We were a group of eight and decided to treat ourselves to an upscale vacation and tour Alaska by cruise ship. Although it was expensive, Regent came recommended by a friend in the travel industry, and the idea of an all-inclusive land and sea adventure in Alaska was appealing. Regent offered a wide variety of shore excursions, beautifully appointed and spacious balcony suites, professional, and courteous staff on board, and fine dining. Sounded perfect and other than the weather which was beyond anyone's control, they met expectations for most of our trip. The entertainment was pretty lame and paled in comparison to what is offered on Royal Caribbean cruises. Not sure what demographic Regent was targeting, but it is pretty hard to be motivated to dance to tunes by Tony Orlando and Dawn. We had a great swing dancing lesson on board but no opportunity to practice what we were taught.
With the exception of biking in Sitka, our excursions were great - especially the hike to the Mendenhall Glacier. In steady cold rain, Sitka's bike tour was disorganized, limited to unscenic roads, and ended with a Subway sandwich lunch under a tarp. We would have selected a different excursion had we known this was the sum total. Juneau zip lining and train rides were wonderful but sometime after we departed Juneau, our ship experienced engine trouble and instead of sailing to Ketchikan we headed back to Juneau for repairs. Originally, while repairs were underway, last minute excursions and the opportunity to explore Juneau again were offered. Then these excursions were cancelled because we were told that the repair would take less time than estimated and we would be leaving Juneau earlier. Some of us had gotten off the boat just to walk around the city but with the uncertainty of timing, many of us stayed put. This meant the loss of our last port and excursions on a ship where there weren't a lot of entertainment options.
We were delayed returning to Vancouver, missed our flights home and Regent did put us up in a nice airport hotel. My husband had a work commitment that was impacted by the delay, and although Regent paid for the lodging, dinner that night and breakfast the next morning were on us. Understandably, mechanical problems occur, but Regent's compensation for missing out on our final port, excursions and inconveniences, was to offer us "15% off our next cruise with them." This was completely unsatisfactory customer service. Several of us have written to corporate and as of five weeks later, have not heard back from them. Really sad to have an expensive, but quality cruise line handle a problem like that. Since we missed out on approximately "15%" of our trip, it might have been a better idea to offer a 15% refund.
Beautiful rooms - spacious and nicely appointed.
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Amazing - guides were knowledgable - hike and views were spectacular!View All 971 Mendenhall Glacier Reviews
Ship had mechanical issues - missed out on this port.