This was our 3rd cruise on the Spirit. The first was for an anniversary 10 years ago - October 2006. We have made Oct 2016-Oct 2017 and anniversary year.
The cruise was from Hong Kong to Beijing with stops in Japan and Korea.
We had booked our own Air to Hong Kong but had problems finding a reasonable Business Class fare for the return. We checked with Regent and they were able to come up with a great fare and a much better routing then we were able to find. As we had booked a post cruise tour in Beijing Regent supplied the transfers to the airport on our day of departure.
My preference has been to handle our air arrangements but this experience will have me checking with the cruise line for their airfares and schedules.
Although , like many people who have cruised on Regent before its sales, the ship and the service is not quite like on our first cruise. However, Regent is still a 5 star cruise line with excellent service.
Embarking or debarking in Hong Kong is an experience like no other. The cruise ship terminal is connected to a very, very upscale mall (Harbor Mall). You can not board or leave the ship without going through this mall. Keep hold of you wallets as the stores are extremely expensive.
Keep in mind that this is a small ship - about 640 passengers, so getting around the ship, disembarking and accessing the dining venues about is fairly easy.
From overheard conversations plus our own experience, the excursions were enjoyed by most of those who went. Regent, like many cruise lines, indicates the fitness level for each excursion. Note however that in some cases these were incorrect. One stop had many steps which made it difficult for a number of those with mobility issues. The had difficulty or could not manage the steps. This is not necessarily the fault of Regent, but those with mobility problems should keep in mind that they mnay have unexpected problems. One friend, on another cruise, was ashore with his walker and broke a wheel on the cobble stone street he was walking on. He had to purchase a new walker as no one had a replacement wheel. Excursions are included in Regent's rates.
Note: we did not make use of the fitness center. If one includes the daily Trivia contest as recreation, the it was better then the listing below. this site should allow for a N/A-Not applicable
One thing that is important to my wife is a bathtub. All of the ships accept the recently launched Muse have tubs. Looks like we will not be sailing on the Muse.
We have sailed with Regent a number of times and itinerary permitting, will do so again.
Cabin is large with a walk-in closet and safe.
It is clean and well maintained. the bathroom have a tub and separate shower.
There are adequate 110 Volt US outlets in the cabin. As most of the electronics are capable of being used with 110Volt or 220 volt outlets, I brought along a number of adapters plus a power strip. This gave me more then enough outlets for all of the electronics that needed to be plugged in.
The veranda is comfortable for two people to sit. Although the weather was cold, I still made use of the veranda while at sea and in port.
The cabin staff was very responsive to requests.
Regent Hotel was nice. too much getting on and off buses.
Sights were well done but the paid for lunches left much to be desired. Bento boxes are not my thing.View All undefined undefined Reviews