This was our first ocean cruise, but I am sure that it cannot get any better than this cruise experience on Regent Explorer.
We stayed in a Penthouse A suite (917), which is beautiful and very functional room, with a huge balcony. The walk-in closet in the Penthouse suite is a bit small, but we still managed to fit the contents of two big suitcases into to it without any problem. The empty suitcases can conveniently be stored under the bed. The shower cabin is absolutely fantastic and so is the quality of the bed.
We arrived at the pier in Rio de Janeiro for embarkation at around 1:30pm and we were onboard 15 minutes later. Everything was so well organised, and it continued like that throughout the cruise. The cruise was fully booked, but the only time it felt crowded was upon embarkation when everyone was having lunch in the Veranda/Pool restaurants, but after the suites became available, it never felt crowded again.
We initially didn't really know what to use the butler for, but he turned out to be extremely helpful and useful. He really made us feel special and pampered. He served a couple of breakfast on our terrace, which was a wonderful way to start the day.
We were generally totally amazed by the service, which is very attentive and rather personal. During our 12 nights cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, we had three dinners in each of the restaurants Compass Rose, Prime 7, Pacific Rim and Chartreuse. We also had several lunches in the speciality restaurants. The food was generally very good to excellent. We were not fans of Sette Mare/La Veranda, as the place looks a bit like a canteen. Furthermore, we were not impressed by the breakfast, which was exactly the same every day and some of products were rather cheap/industrial, and the fruit was often unripe.
We are in our early fifties and were surprised to be among a relatively young crowd without a single wheelchair or rollator onboard, perhaps because the cruise included many anchor ports. Some of the ports of call were great, while some were very forgettable. The same goes for the excursions. We had two fantastic biking trips.
We don't really care about the shows, lecturers etc., so I will not comment on that.
We used the gym daily, which was really great, spacious and lots of equipment. I also had two nice massages in the spa.
The weather was hot and sunny throughout the cruise, but it was surprisingly easy to get sun-loungers around the pool. Only on our single sea day, it became rather busy.
The ship is absolutely gorgeous and in perfect condition.
The all-inclusive concept is really great, but also a little dangerous as we definitely ended up eating and drinking too ;-)
We loved our first ocean cruise experience and now look forward to the next on Regent Splendor.
Gorgeous suite with a very big balcony/terrace. Close to the stairs and elevators but still completely quiet. We really loved the huge shower cabin with water coming from all directions. The walk-in shower is a little small but still OK.
The bed is one of the most comfortable ones we have ever tried.
The scenery of Rio is breathtaking, we spent three nights in Ipanema prior to the cruise
Such a beautiful and charming place, which we explored on own. We took a buggy ride, which was a great way to discover the beautiful surroundings
The place worth seeing, but the wow factor is missing
Beautiful place and great biking tour
The city as such is rather underwhelming but we had a great bike excursion.