I researched the small luxury cruise market for a year. All of them. On advice from an advisor, I took a deep dive in Regent and with excursions included we concluded this was the best value proposition.
Having been with Silver Sea (and loving it), the a' la carte excursions were a budget ding we didn't appreciate since they were totally uncoordinated with the boat.
Explorer out of Miami for a western Caribbean 10-day ride was superb from start to finish.
Could I complain about loss of the launderette for 3 days before disembarkation...sure. Could I complain about the loss of hot water on the day we returned to port...sure. Could I complain about the really lousy Wi-Fi after they touted such great reach...sure.
But at $1,300/day on a beautiful boat, excellent dining at all levels, superb service, fine finishes and furniture, very good entertainment, suite attendants that fell over themselves to please and several excursions that were excellent...could I complain? Absolutely not.
Several reviewers obviously have had difficult lives given the petty issues they raised. Give me a break. If that is all you have to say about a once-in-a-lifetime experience, sit in your cabin and sulk.
The signature restaurants were fine but we found the Compass Rose, in many ways, better. Spacious, vast and open. If you lay out all the menus side by side, there are many resemblances...there have to be. The signature restaurants finish your orders as much is prepared in the Compass Rose. We took the kitchen tour and learned this.
There were two ports where we were tendered. Takes time, rides can be rough.
We chose mid-ships, deck 6, cabin 612, port side. Great choice. No to minimum engine noise, easy and fast access to disembarkation by stairs. Being up high is hype and a cost for those that don't care. Be close to the theatre, the main restaurant, the lobby and deck 4. Trust me, it is worth it.
La Veranda/Sette Mari is fun particularly when you take the stern deck area for breakfast or dinner. Room service on two days was precise and as ordered. This is a great time saver on early excursion days.
The pool deck is what you find on the $200/day boats. Crowded with lounges occupied all day. Eh!
The excursions to the ruins were terrific even if tiring due to long bus rides but we knew this. The other typical tourist trips were disappointing but we just made the wrong choices. Regent gives you plenty options. If in doubt, ask. Joanne's on-board lectures were fine but you should never just read your slides to adults who might just be able to read as well. Enrich!!!
Would we book another...absolutely but it will be a year or so. Cruising for us is special, not routine.
Ample space, never banging into each other. Bath very nice. Shower excellent. Mirrors never fogged.
Furnishes well cared for. TV swing arm was excellent feature. Curtains really worked to separate living room from bedroom. Deck nicely appointed and we used everyday.
TV system worked quite well. Lighting exactly where you needed it. Plenty of surface space.