Seven Seas Explorer Review

Not 'an Unrivaled Experience'

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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Superior Suite

I wanted to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a “bucket list” trip for my wife – something she has been wanting to do since she was child - which was a trip to Japan.

We chose Regent for this itinerary and more importantly, the shore excursions, based on our prior experience with them cruising Alaska, and Greece & Turkey. The previously experienced shore excursions were educational, immersive, and unhurried to enable experiencing the local culture – whether just having a beer in a kitschy saloon, a dog-sledding experience on a glacier, time to savor culturally important sites and markets, or a small group dining with a local family on a hilltop residence.

I should have recognized something was up and when we arrived at Haneda, as the local Regent representative did not have our name on the hotel transportation list. After some phone calls and some anxiety, it was sorted out but not to be expected from a luxury cruise line. Our past immersive experiences were not the case for the Japan shore excursions. For example, in Tokyo (pre-cruise program), we were given 45 minutes to tour the National Museum when at least ½ day would be realistic to get some sense of the treasures it holds. Also in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace parade ground and Odaiba visit were a waste of half a day, and it felt that we were being ‘baby sat’ until it was time to board.

Cabin Review

Superior Suite

Cabin was generally quiet (aside from a whistling balcony door), spacious, and comfortable. Pleasent furnishings.

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