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This was our first cruise on Regent. Several of our friends who were onboard have sailed with them many times. Regent and this ship were highly touted as first class. Although we had a good time for the 20 days, sadly I cannot say the experience was first class. The ship itself is new and opulent. My personal taste would have preferred less black marble and more conventional artwork but obviously much money was spent in outfitting the ship. Our cabin was a Deluxe Veranda and it was very spacious and well laid out. Walk in closet, two sink marble bathroom with shower and tub. You could not ask for a better cabin. So what is the problem? Service. Throughout the ship service just did not live up to expectations. At the bars, in the restaurants and in the cabin staff the service was sorely lacking. Long waits to catch the eye of a waiter and longer waits after giving your order. Several times we were unable to reach our steward for cabin service. The method used in La Veranda for lunch is a combination of buffet and waiter service. Very often resulting in long waits for what the waiter had to serve. The highly touted "free internet" was basically a joke. Very often unavailable after trying to log in and with a great probability that you would be logged out if you did manage to log in. The computers available had a somewhat better rate of success but even with them it was not always possible to get online. Once online it was very slow. The food varied in quality a great deal. Sometimes very good but at times dreadful. The special restaurants did a little better but not much. At times the Compass Rose seemed more like a cafeteria than a fine restaurant. Staffing seemed inadequate throughout the ship and I was surprised at how many of the crew that came in contact with the passengers had only a limited command of the English language. After all most of the passengers were either American, English or Canadian. There was a great variety of shore excursions to choose from. On balance about half of them were very good. A lot depends on the guide and some of them did not do an adequate job. Generally there were too many people in each group. The guides used the ear phones on only two of the tours. If the group is large and the guide is not the best then it is difficult to get much out of the tour. As regards entertainment the lounges had a variety of piano and trios which were very adequate. We saw only half of the nightly shows and decided we did not miss much. The ship also offered trivia contests and karaoke in which we did not participate. There were also several lectures that were interesting.

Not quite Luxury

Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by thomastoo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Superior Suite
This was our first cruise on Regent. Several of our friends who were onboard have sailed with them many times. Regent and this ship were highly touted as first class. Although we had a good time for the 20 days, sadly I cannot say the experience was first class.

The ship itself is new and opulent. My personal taste would have preferred less black marble and more conventional artwork but obviously much money was spent in outfitting the ship. Our cabin was a Deluxe Veranda and it was very spacious and well laid out. Walk in closet, two sink marble bathroom with shower and tub. You could not ask for a better cabin.

So what is the problem? Service. Throughout the ship service just did not live up to expectations. At the bars, in the restaurants and in the cabin staff the service was sorely lacking. Long waits to catch the eye of a waiter and longer waits after giving your order. Several times we were unable to reach our steward for cabin service. The method used in La Veranda for lunch is a combination of buffet and waiter service. Very often resulting in long waits for what the waiter had to serve.

The highly touted "free internet" was basically a joke. Very often unavailable after trying to log in and with a great probability that you would be logged out if you did manage to log in. The computers available had a somewhat better rate of success but even with them it was not always possible to get online. Once online it was very slow.

The food varied in quality a great deal. Sometimes very good but at times dreadful. The special restaurants did a little better but not much. At times the Compass Rose seemed more like a cafeteria than a fine restaurant.

Staffing seemed inadequate throughout the ship and I was surprised at how many of the crew that came in contact with the passengers had only a limited command of the English language. After all most of the passengers were either American, English or Canadian.

There was a great variety of shore excursions to choose from. On balance about half of them were very good. A lot depends on the guide and some of them did not do an adequate job. Generally there were too many people in each group. The guides used the ear phones on only two of the tours. If the group is large and the guide is not the best then it is difficult to get much out of the tour.

As regards entertainment the lounges had a variety of piano and trios which were very adequate. We saw only half of the nightly shows and decided we did not miss much.

The ship also offered trivia contests and karaoke in which we did not participate. There were also several lectures that were interesting.
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