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7 Regent Seven Seas Africa Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as we had previously cruised on Regent Seven Seas Voyager and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately we found that it did not live up to our expectations. The food in La Veranda was average, Compass Rose was better ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had previously cruised on Regent Seven Seas Voyager and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately we found that it did not live up to our expectations. The food in La Veranda was average, Compass Rose was better and the service good but unfortunately we were very disappointed in Sette Mari which was our favourite on our previous cruise. The specialty restaurants were okay but nothing special. Shore excursions were mixed, some good and some a total waste of time. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursions to Petra and Jerusalem/Bethlehem. Petra itself was fascinating and we wish we could have stayed there longer. Our concierge suite was lovely on deck 9 and the cabin staff kept everything immaculate. We found the shows in the theatre to be very average so we did not go every night and often went to the Voyager Lounge for drinks and company with our new friends. Overall we enjoyed this cruise but not as good as our previous Regent Experience Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We traveled on this cruise with another couple but also met some delightful passengers during the trip. Embarkation was quick and easy. Our suite was lovely and spacious (Explorer Suite) but not set up according to our pre cruise requests. ... Read More
We traveled on this cruise with another couple but also met some delightful passengers during the trip. Embarkation was quick and easy. Our suite was lovely and spacious (Explorer Suite) but not set up according to our pre cruise requests. The bar and bedding were totally wrong as they must have mixed us up with another passenger’s requests. This was our second cruise on the Explorer having sailed on her two years previously. Throughout the cruise, our cabin stewards kept our suite in immaculate condition. Always friendly and cheerful. Our butler was okay, always very rushed.Except for bringing us room service for breakfast and canapés at 5 pm, we didn’t see or hear from him (nor did we really need him for anything). Unfortunately, our shipped bags didn’t arrive in time to make the ship’s departure. However, Executive Concierge Jeff offered us free laundry, a small OBC and 25% off of Boutique purchases of clothing and sundries. We very much appreciated that gesture on the part of Regent. (Our Luggage arrived one week later when we docked in Port Elizabeth). Overall, the ship is a delight to behold especially over the holidays with gingerbread decorations and Christmas trees everywhere. I was surprised to see so few children on board during this time. Those who were appeared remarkably well behaved. The fitness center and spa are top notch and spacious. No problems with any services received (except for the exorbitant prices). But, hey, it is vacation. We had several ports cancelled due to weather so destination services were quite busy handling the changes. I have to say they did a great job doing so and always with a smile. We weren’t impressed with the cruise director. You rarely saw her in public spaces except when it called for her presence. She didn’t engage passengers unless she was approached. I thought it odd that when she spoke to an audience pre or post show or other venues, she never made eye contact with the audience. She just focused on the microphone. Maybe I am just spoiled by cruise directors like John Baron who is certainly the exact opposite. Some folks don’t care about CD but I am one who believes he/she sets the tone for the entire cruise. Very disappointing.. And, front desk staff, what can I say...some, not all,were.just awful. I can understand the repetitive nature of the job can be stressful but rudeness is not acceptable at any time. Entertainment was good. An entertaining comedian and magician made for enjoyable evenings. We wondered why Regent provides the same shows such as Revolution and Paradis. We saw the same shows two years ago. And, can we get some classical entertainment? Many passengers spoke of their desire to hear classical music. In fact, we were traveling with an internationally known classical pianist who was willing to give an impromptu presentation in the lounge, etc.but were told by the CD that the dreaded “Corporate’” doesn’t allow. Finally, food and beverage. Sommeliers were excellent and always willing to find something you liked if not pleased with the daily offering. But, wait service was a real problem. I could not believe the inconsistency of service between restaurants and within restaurants. For example, Pacific Rim provided outstanding service and food on the 3 times we dined there. So did Chartreuse. However, Prime 7 provided the absolute worst service at both lunch and dinner (5 times). They were the worst when we sailed two years ago. Sad to see it hasn’t changed. Now, Compass Rose, is where we have the problem as it will depends on who you receive as a waiter. As this was a full cruise one couldn’t always sit in the preferred waiter’s station. I suppose the variation can be expected but we are talking about waiters who had trouble using the IPads when taking orders and claiming that certain menu items weren’t available. The biggest issue and most egregious was how they handled a food allergy issue. (I noted food allergies pre cruise) I am deathly allergic to red wine. I ordered a veal dish (no red wine sauce described on the menu) and when brought to me I asked if the sauce contained red wine. The waiter didn’t know but went to the galley to ask. When he came back I was told “ no red wine is in the sauce..” Great, I proceeded to take several bites and about 5 minutes later the waiter came rushing back to say that the sauce DID have red wine in it. Totally unacceptable. Fortunately, I only ate a small amount but it was enough to make me ill for 24 hours. I was assured that they would not make the same mistake again. The food and beverage manager contacted me the next day to apologize but she was so focused on saying that they didn’t have the allergy in their system versus the fact that the waiter made the error as noted previously by telling me there was no red wine in the sauce. (Thanks to the aforementioned, I did get to visit the medical clinic who provided great care. And, finally, remember the gracious offer of the 25% discount in the boutiques due to delayed luggage. It was supposed to be reflected on my final statement, but it wasn’t. No time on the morning on disembarkation to deal with it so will try Regent corporate. So, all in all, although I have 4 cruises booked on Regent over the next two years, I am going to have to think about sailing with them a little bit more once I am able to reflect on my experience as time passes. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Navigator reminds me of an aging movie star - still very lovely, but showing her age in places and finding it very difficult to compete with some of the younger offerings despite extensive cosmetic refurbishment. We were a group of ... Read More
The Navigator reminds me of an aging movie star - still very lovely, but showing her age in places and finding it very difficult to compete with some of the younger offerings despite extensive cosmetic refurbishment. We were a group of 10 ranging in age from 59-72, and all have cruised before. We generally cruise with Oceania. Our satisfaction with Oceania's offerings factored in our decision to book with Regent, which was described as the next level up in the NCL firmament. The main consideration was the African itinerary - voyaging from Cape Town to Cape Town over 15 days. A 3 day safari was offered as a 'booking bonus,' and that part of our trip exceeded all expectations. We stayed at the magical Eagles Crag Lodge in the Shamwari Game Reserve, and would rate that experience as flawless. THE GOOD: The ship has recently been refurbished. We found our cabin to be quite nice, although despite the new bedding and curtains you could not camouflage the fact that it had been around the block (world) many times. The staff on board tried harder to please us than any others I have ever seen. Having said that, they seemed to have a great deal of difficulty in getting our dinner orders straight, perhaps because we typically chose to sit at a table for 10. The food was very good, and dinners could be customized (although they didn't always manage to get the requests right.) The wines served were good, and flowed without interruption. Staff remembered what you liked, and would go out of their way to have the perfect drink arrive even before you had a chance to order! The performers were encouraged to interact with the guests, and we had shared dinners with some of them. The nightly shows were surprisingly very good, particularly given the small size of the ship. THE BAD: At dinner time there is really only just enough capacity to seat everyone simultaneously. Although without set seating times, in our experience dining was always a multi-hour event so that tables did not turn over. Compass Rose and Sete Mare were therefore invariably completely full all night, and hence very noisy. The poor wait staff ran around madly trying to accommodate serving so many meals in a completely full space. I did not care for Sete Mare at all. It had a 'cafeteria' like feel, in my opinion, and the acoustics were such that we found it impossible to have a reasonable conversation in that venue. I found the food there to be inferior to what was served elsewhere on board. I must admit that I missed the multiple specialty restaurants we have so enjoyed when onboard the Oceania Marina or Riviera. Although the Compass Rose menu offers a couple of choices that change every day, overall there is a sameness to the (generally excellent) food. I like to enjoy more variety in eating-Asian Fusion one night, French the next etc. There is also no quick/ casual venue available for dinner. Lunches in the Compass Rose were excellent, much less so poolside or at la Veranda. Overall, the quality and choice at lunch was disappointing. We like to book our own ( private) excursions, so the offerings here, especially since we missed all of the best ones, were very poor. I won't give up control of what I want to do in port to a cruise line again. THE UGLY: Regent includes excursions in their cruise cost. We missed fully 40% of our scheduled ports because of inclement weather, obviously with the loss of the booked excursions at these sites. While Regent is not in control of the weather, they also did a very poor job informing the guests of the problems. No compensation was offered for the missed experiences. Regent advertises that you can do as many excursions as you would like. The tours are strategically timed so that it is impossible to do more than one per day. Anything remotely interesting requires an uncharge, which is as much as you would pay for the tour in total if you were arranging it yourself. The ship careers to a VERY OLD clientele. A 70 year old member of our group observed that the music regularly played onboard ship was what his parents used to listen to. Staff told us that our cruise was on average significantly younger in age than Regent's usual - (!) our group doesn't often feel like the young people! It was virtually impossible to have music in the bars etc. updated. Despite pleading with the cruise director, we were unable to change any of the selections - disregarding the fact that the dance floor was completely packed when Beatles tunes were played (the absolutely most modern out-there rock and roll ever to be heard on this ship,) the cha-cha continued with no one up dancing. I fully understand that there is a range of ages on board, and that all tastes should be accommodated. However, if it was recorded after 1950, you might not get to hear it on board this ship. Shouldn't those of us under 80 should get our turn too? Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our 1st cruise with Regent Seven Seas on m/v Navigator and we were looking forward to an excellent time and service as it is classed as a 6* ship. The ship was luxurious, a very good suite with top class bedding. The staff ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise with Regent Seven Seas on m/v Navigator and we were looking forward to an excellent time and service as it is classed as a 6* ship. The ship was luxurious, a very good suite with top class bedding. The staff kept the suite to an extremely high standard. The food in the Compass Rose restaurant was also excellent, however, their Prime 7 flagship restaurant was nowhere near the standard we have experienced in the Murano restaurants on Celebrity's ships. The La Veranda was alright for lunch but for breakfast it was a problem if you required any form of eggs other than scrambled. On one occasion I waited 15 minutes for 2 fried eggs, then for 10 minutes later in the cruise and had to get fresh bacon and sausages one day because they had gone cold prior to arrival of the eggs. On one occasion they forgot about the poached eggs my wife ordered from the kitchen. This problem was because there was only one person detailed to fry eggs and create omelettes in a very busy restaurant. In the evening the La Veranda became the Italian themed Sette Mari and was good. However, the service for dinner in both Prime 7 and the Compass Rose was nowhere near 6* standard. We experienced a thumb in a coffee cup, sauce along the edge of the plate, entree cutlery being placed on the table whilst we were still eating the appetizers and being reached across whilst eating to remove wine glasses that would not be used. We raised some of these points the first night in Prime 7, and the Maitre D said it would be addressed. Prior to the cruise we received an e-mail from RSSC saying that a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate or exemption certificate was required to board the ship. I contacted RSSC to inform them that the cruise itinerary of countries to be visited only required it if you had either been in a country recently that had Yellow Fever or you had transited through one of these countries for more than 12 hours. They still insisted on having the vaccination or exemption certificate. On-board we discovered several guests had not had the vaccination because they were categorically told by their vaccination centres it was not required, and as it was a 'live' vaccine the side effects could affect some people badly as my wife experienced. After several conversations with Reception staff, who initially informed us that the certificates were required by the port authorities, they eventually conceded that vaccination certificates might not have been required but stated that they were in daily contact with port authority health officials and the requirement changed daily. Unfortunately, this again was misinformation as confirmed by the South African government website and relevant port authority websites. We experienced very high winds during the cruise and missed out on 3 of the 8 ports-of-call as we were over 38 hours late leaving Cape Town and about 20 hours late leaving East London leading to a revised time table. On leaving East London, after waiting some time for clearance to leave, many guests were on the sun decks and shortly after leaving the harbour the ship was hit by high winds and a very considerable swell. Guests just had time to get off the sun deck before someone got injured. Sunbeds were careering across the deck, plates crashing in La Veranda and bottles smashing on the floor of the Galileo lounge. The Captain should have known about the weather conditions but made no announcement before leaving the port. However, he did broadcast shortly after that the bad weather and rough conditions would continue for about 3 hours before easing off. Several guests were concerned and extremely worried and fearful about the severe conditions, some felt it was foolhardy to have left port. The reason for leaving in these conditions was probably to ensure we went to Namibia as it is a requirement for a ship to visit at least 2 countries be classed as a 'cruise liner'. The shore excursions were generally alright except for one around Durban. We had arrived there early due to the amended timetable and the tour we did passed through a lot of building sites. We were only allowed 10 minutes off the coach on the 3 hour tour and the stop at an over-Durban viewpoint there were used hypodermic needles in the grass. We asked the tour staff if they had been on the tour, they had not. We, and several other guests, asked if a rebate would be given for the missed excursions at the missed 3 ports-of call, however, we were told no rebate would be offered as they were 'free'. I contacted Regent’s CEO by email regarding this and he did not mention or address this in his reply! It certainly gave the impression that the cruise company's view on profits outweighed guest satisfaction as they probably saved considerable money as I am sure they would not have paid the full amount for them, if anything at all. We are still waiting a response to our request from Guest Relations. A few guests we met had sailed with Regent on numerous occasions, some on the Navigator, and we asked if this was the standard of service they had experienced in the past. All said it had gone 'downhill' considerably. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is now part of Norwegian Cruise Lines. Although the weather conditions were not ideal, overall the service in our opinion was not up to 6* standard. Hopefully this was a 'one-off' and our next cruise with Regent will be 6*. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose the cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town for the itinerary & because we wanted to try a supposed 6* cruise. Having stayed at some fabulous hotels we were hoping for similar standards on board. The transfer/embarkation was poorly ... Read More
We chose the cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town for the itinerary & because we wanted to try a supposed 6* cruise. Having stayed at some fabulous hotels we were hoping for similar standards on board. The transfer/embarkation was poorly handled. We couldn't visit Madeira but just 2 coaches were offered for an alternative day out from Lisbon The ship has had a facelift but the bedrooms are tired. Beds, towels, toiletries, butler & cabin staff all excellent though. Compass Rose service was a joke. 3 hours for a 3 course meal was good going - though I did get 3 courses 1 lunch in 20 minutes! Shows were usually missed though that was no great loss. The ship's troupe were great & should have been used more. Food was average - the premise appears to be quantity over quality. Food was lukewarm, dishes forgotten just so many faults. Wine service incredibly slow. Best wine we found was on offer at £6.50 at Morrison's when we returned. Hardly fine wines! This is a brief summary of 6 page letter I sent to Regent. Usual response I believe for dissatisfied customers, money off next cruise. Do they really think I'll cruise with them again?! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
From Dubai to Cape Town was our 4th cruise on Regent and our second on The Voyager with the last one being Asia in early 2014. What a difference a year and a half and a corporate take over makes. There is an entire level of service gone ... Read More
From Dubai to Cape Town was our 4th cruise on Regent and our second on The Voyager with the last one being Asia in early 2014. What a difference a year and a half and a corporate take over makes. There is an entire level of service gone from the restaurants i.e. runners or bus boys; so there is no one to clear and set the tables other than the wait staff who are now extremely over worked. Even the Maitre'Ds are pitching in to clear and set the tables even in the specialty restaurants which leaves diners waiting at the entrance ungreeted and unseated. The staff has not had the detailed Four Season's training that was previously done. There seems to be a orchestrated "slow down" on pouring of coffee and wine. The wine list quality has dropped some; but is acceptable. The pre dinner canapes at the start of the cruise consisted of chips and pretzels. After complaints, some canapes were added. Cocktails are still a good pour. We ate most of our meals in Compass Rose and specialty restaurants. The menu variety of CR was fine; the Signature and Prime 7 menu stayed pretty much the same. Prime 7 was disappointing as the steaks and prime rib were tough. The top deck buffet was more of a "feeding frenzy" which says more about the passengers than the ship or the crew. This was the rudest group of people we have ever cruised with. Norwegian Cruise Line must be marketing to a different client base. The day time on board activities are old and tired - Bingo, Bago, Bridge, Quilting, Trivia. Sounds like a nursing home. As for the Officers, there is very little done in public relations. There is minimal "meeting and greeting" expect for the cocktail party. Would be nice to see the GM and Captain "working the room" so to speak. I can't say enough about our cabin crew in 947 - Derlen and Edgar. They worked very hard and our cabin was in top shape. In fact, the entire crew is working extremely hard and are, in my opinion, over worked. The Jean Ann Ryan dancers and the Regent band were the best we've experienced on any cruise. We were disappointed enough in the cut backs on this cruise, that we did not book another one. We had previously booked a cruise in May on The Voyager and we'll see if improvements have been implemented. The overall conversation among returning cruisers is that things are not as good and detailed oriented as before and that the ship is short staffed. We hate to see Regent sink into mediocrity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Dubai to Cape Town was our first cruise on this ship. Were assigned a room at rear of ship on deck seven. Whenever we opened the cabin door for the first few days, we felt like we walked past a dumpster. Our thoughts were the smell must ... Read More
Dubai to Cape Town was our first cruise on this ship. Were assigned a room at rear of ship on deck seven. Whenever we opened the cabin door for the first few days, we felt like we walked past a dumpster. Our thoughts were the smell must have come out of the water closet. So we checked to ensure all the water traps in the toilet were ok. After a few days we got used to the smell but the air in the room had never smelt fresh. Later we heard another passenger on a different deck complained to the ship about the foul smell. However, we understand they could not find the source of it. Little did we realize until the ship was docked in Maputo when they were off loading the ship's garbage, that it was where the smell came from! We were four decks on top of the garbage room which is on the third deck and the smell came all the way up. The ship's ventilation system and seals need an upgrade. One of the joys of going on a cruise is to enjoy the food. Most of the time the menu on the ship remained the same. They use too much salt in their cooking, though every table has a salt canister. For the soup we resorted to diluting it with hot water which we got from the serving staff. The Matre De did mitigate our complaints by pandering to our wishes by odering special dishes for us. There was an occasion a guest was not what we thought suitably attired for the gym. The person had loose garments and flip flops which poses a danger to the user. Unfortunately the gym has no written dress code. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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