We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We had a choice of Regent or their sister line, Oceania for the same itinerary. We decided to give Regent a try and we were very happy we did. We had sailed Oceania before and we found Regent and Oceania comparable in most ways. We also found the cost to be about the same when you add the things that are included on Regent to similar things at extra cost on Oceania. We also liked that business class air was available. The things that we found better on Regent than Oceania:
Embarkation was smooth and simple.
We disembarked independently and that went smoothly as well.
Our Category G cabin was larger and the bathroom much nicer than the similar category on Oceania's small ships.
The included excursions were not nearly as crowded as similar excursion either included or at cost on Oceania. Fewer people made for a more intimate and comfortable excursion experience. Also, the excursions seemed to be paced better for the audience.
Food is comparable on both lines.
Launderettes are free and busy but we never had a serious problem using them when they were open.
The shore excursion organization on the Regent Mariner was much better organized and operated more smoothly than our last cruise on the Oceania Insignia last April/May.
The one complaint many people had came during the time the ship was dealing with a gastroenteritis outbreak. The quarantine process was well run and the staff worked hard and contained the outbreak but the outbreak required the closing of the free launderettes for over a week. That made it difficult for those onboard that needed to wash clothes. A larger group of the passengers felt like the ship should have offered free laundry during that period of time.
All in all, we really enjoyed the experience enough to book another cruise on Regent.
This is a low category cabin but it was larger and better laid out than expected and that comparable cabins we have had on other lines. There were plenty of electrical outlets which is not always true on other lines. The bathroom had a large shower with a built-in shower seat. It was very comfortable and better than showers we have experienced on other ships. The veranda was small but adequate. The cabin was a very good value.