My first experience with Regent was two years ago on a trip from Tokyo to Beijing. It was problematic due to poor excursions in Tokyo for two days of the precruise as well as very uneven service and food during the cruise. Bad weather did not help the situation but could not be blamed on Regent.
Jump forward two years. Just about everything went well. The service throughout the ship was remarkably improved, especially in Compass Rose, Using the new electronic ordering system, we could easily be seated by 7:30 and be out by around 9 pm to see the show in the Constellation lounge. The new menu is excellent. Simple dishes available each day on the left side with the ability to order sides for each dish and accompanying sauces (eg peppercorn for a steak) all available separately. PERFECT. On the right side were daily specials, including healthy options based upon Canyon Ranch Spa recommendations. Each day had a recommended wine choice but others were available at no additional charge or you could go upscale. I am not a food or wine snob and found excellent food and wine choices each meal. Even Sette Mari, the Italian restaurant at LA Veranda was much improved. Just stay away from the tough as leather veal scallopini.
I routinely ate lunch on the pool deck due to the mostly good weather and enjoyed the Theme Day food. Best as usual was the Indian food but other days were also good. If I was not impressed, I chose grilled fish or a turkey burger. I was not fond of the beef burger. The fries were always excellent, unfortunately, as was the ice cream.
We went down a notch on this cruise. Previously we had a penthouse cabin with butler. It was a waste. We never used the butler. We did not really like the specialty restaurants so increased access to them was no benefit. The Penthouse suites are near the back of the ship which we found had much more vibration than the front of the ship. The room was fine for our needs and we did not need a bigger walk in wardrobe or the enhanced cosmetics.
a naturalist guided tour of the island where we saw lots of Komodo dragons up close as well as other flora and fauna. The locals who sold crafts at the end of the tour had a lot of nice stuff that was unique and very reasonable if you negotiated. it also supported the local population