We were looking for a luxury cruise in Europe and chose Regent as we didn't want a huge ship and didn't want to have to really dress up each night for diner...and Marnier did not disappoint!
Our cruise left out of Barcelona and we arrived there 3 days early making our own flight arrangements using frequent flyer miles. Barcelona is a great city. I highly recommend spending a few days here if your cruise starts or ends in Barcelona.
Embarkation was extremely easy. We took a cab right to the boat at 11:30 AM where they took or luggage and within 15 minutes we were checked in and in out suite. Fortunately, we were offered an upgrade from a deluxe suite to a mariner suite a week before we left. It was a lot more money, but a great deal off the original price for this suite. The Mariner Suite is fabulous with more space than we needed. The best thing about the suite was having 1 1/2 bathrooms. The service by both the stewardess and butler was excellent. My only complaint was our butler did not get us into one of the specialty restaurants for an additional time beyond the reservations we made months earlier. Other people's butler got them in for additional nights and we were disappointed ours did not.