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Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Our first cruise on Regent, won’t be our last!

Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by Choirdirector

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Suite

This cruise took us from Iceland, through the Faroe and Shetland Islands, to Norway, Sweden, and ending in Copenhagen. What a wonderful experience - we will find it difficult to “go back” to regular cruising. The service was outstanding, drinks were generous and ubiquitous, our cabin was so luxurious that we didn’t mind spending time in it, excursions were informative and geared to the capabilities of the “over 55” set that is the primary passenger profile. Beautiful ship with original artwork, glass sculptures, etc. Only complaint is that, since airfare is included, they make the arrangements, and you have no say in your air itinerary unless you pay a $175pp fee. Domestic airfare is coach, not what you expect for a luxury line that transports you in Business Class for overseas travel. Our next cruise leaves Miami and ends up in San Francisco - we don’t expect to have to travel coach cross-country, and the cost for upgrade is very high. The rebate if you choose not to use their airfare is not enough to cover travel cost. We do like the convenience and security of using them to book air, but wish that they would just include travel arrangements that are suitable for a luxury vacation for ALL of their cruises..

We did have to stand outside in a cold wind with slight rain, waiting to embark onto the ship. Other passengers told us that having to stand in line out in the cold (and it’s cold in Iceland even in August) was not normal. Did not like that. Hotel in Reykjavik was poor, but they are building more new ones all around. Our room was small, no A/C so we had to keep the window open even in the rain, listening to the traffic below. Mold in the shower. I suggest RSSC find a better hotel there or get the Blue to improve.


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Cabin Review

Concierge Suite
Cabin E 868

Gorgeous, like a high end hotel. Comfortable king bed with comforter, lots of counter space, coffee maker that was refreshed every day, large walk-in closet, luggage storage under the bed, USB plug-ins, marble bathroom with rain shower and two sinks, lots of storage space for toiletries. Could have used more American outlets since the majority of the passengers seemed to be American; had both American and European ones. Sofa was typical of sleeper sofas - not really comfortable to sit on. Beautiful balcony although we didn’t use it much as we were in a cold climate. You have to put your room card into a slot to turn on the electricity in your cabin, so removing it when you leave turns everything off - good to know if you have something you intend to keep running, such as a charger, while you are gone. We discovered you can use any card in the slot, so next time we’ll bring an old card to use in the power slot.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Whale Watching

Boat was overbooked, overcrowded. Guide was not there to greet us when we were finished - she as supposed to guide us to a restaurant for lunch, but was nowhere to be found. We bunched together (in slight rain) and found our way to the restaurant as it was the only one at the port.

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Mount Floyen

Wonderful view of the city on the funicular (tram).

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Lysefjord

Clean, comfortable ferry-type ship with excellent facilities. Fjord is beautiful, stopped for waffles at a stop on the trip.

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City Tour

Bus tour, good guide.

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Copenhagen

We disembarked here and went directly to airport, so no real impression of city other than there are a LOT of people on bicycles.


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