We have always wanted to cruise through the Panama Canal. After looking at lots of options (and no longer paying college tuition for our youngest!) we decided to take a splurge trip and booked the Regent Mariner. We are 61 and 66 years old and have cruised on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Princess. This was our first luxury cruise line.
We were told to be prepared to be spoiled. Perhaps we heard that too often and set our sights a bit too high. It was a very nice cruise, but I would not say we were spoiled. (For reference, our last cruise was with Princess, in a Club Class mini-suite. That suite was a bit larger, and we felt the Club Class dining service was equal to, and in some cases, better than our experience on Regent. However, the food on Regent was superior!) I will say we were very spoiled by only 615 guests on the ship! The 2nd day we were wandering around on decks 5 & 6 and saw no one! This was middle of the afternoon!
We were in a concierge cabin, so the night before the cruise we were in the Regent hotel- the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills! The hotel was amazing. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet and met some folks that morning that we regularly saw throughout the cruise. It was a great start to the cruise! Buses were very timely- our gathering time was listed as 11:30, the folks giving us the slip said come between 11 and 11:15 - she was right - the bus was leaving the hotel at 11:30! Once we arrived at the port there were quite a few people ahead of us - we waited around 30-45 minutes for our group to be called to check in. There was a nice waiting area with comfortable chairs. (Would have been nice to have coffee / water service.)
The cabin was well designed, with the sitting area next to the door to the balcony. The bathroom was a nice size, with a shower only set up. At first I was concerned to hear that the towels hung in the shower enclosure- but- no issue, they were well back from the water and quite convenient! One issue was the hand held shower head (also a rain head stationary) - the stewardess left it diverted to the hand held a few times, so turning on the shower was sometimes a surprise! Shower controls were the left side turned on the water, right side adjusted the temperature. Walk in closet has a stack of drawers. There were 2 tiny drawers in each nightstand and 2 drawers across from the couch. We had plenty of space to store all we brought for a 15 night cruise. The 2 chairs on the balcony were very comfortable! There was a couch and good sized table in the sitting area. The table was a great height for room service! The TV is mounted in the sitting area, however is on a swivel mount and can be angled toward the bed. This was the first time I've ever felt a crevice in the middle of the bed where the 2 twins are pushed together. Other than that, the bed was very comfortable!
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