Regent's own end of cruise survey asks: 'Would you recommend Regent to a friend and do you feel this was value for money?' Based on this cruise with Seven Seas Mariner (Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro), the answer has to be ............sorry but "No".
The ship is scheduled for refurbishment two cruises hence, and it is much needed as it is looking tired and dated.
Onboard entertainment was either very good or very poor. Great solo singer (Colleen Williamson), amateur song and dance troup. Sailing from Argentina (home of the Tango), via Uruguay to Rio (home of the Samba) one would have thought that a more creative on-board entertainment programme using local top quality talent could have been put together. A diet of 'Broadway' and 'Show Tunes' and 'Bert Bacharach' seems to be standard cruise fare and is unimaginative.
Cabin size is acceptable (albeit the balcony is a little tight) and the layout of bedroom, separate walk-in wardrobe and separate bathroom is very good. The WIW particularly is very generous and there's enough space to hang and store all your 'stuff' for the next two weeks. The bathroom (shower only, no bath) was spacious enough for two weeks and there was enough storage space. Overall, the suite itself is dated (like the rest of the ship) and in need of the renovation - this cruise was the penultimate ahead of refurbishment in Marseille/Barcelona. Everything worked, the bed was very comfortable, stinky pillows were quickly replaced, however the overall impression is not 'deluxe, premium or 6 star'.