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90 Regent Seven Seas Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We enjoyed pretty much everything about this cruise. The itinerary, the service, the food, the land arrangements, our cabin, our friends we went with and the people we met. That said, I'll mention a few places RSSC can improve. ... Read More
We enjoyed pretty much everything about this cruise. The itinerary, the service, the food, the land arrangements, our cabin, our friends we went with and the people we met. That said, I'll mention a few places RSSC can improve. There was a major SNAFU in Ravenna, Italy. The actual arrangements (shuttle to town) weren't bad, weren't great, but the INFO given to passengers on the dock was WRONG, created confusion and delayed our getting into town. No reason for this. They should have had correct info and a crew member to help us, both dockside and outside the port gate. The internet at sea was included ("free") but much worse than the internet on other cruise ships. Mainly the on-board server software was buggy. I was never sure if the free service was a certain number of minutes a day free or something else. Our cabin service was not the best. It started off without 'do not disturb' signs so there were instances of the doorbell ringing or being walked-in on until we got them on the 2nd or 3rd day. Then, as we used our requested beverages, they weren't replaced without asking. He did keep us well-supplied with ice. Excursions were mostly included, and had excellent destinations but in terms of arrangements were below average. Uncomfortable buses, mediocre restaurants, etc. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Had the privilege of enjoying the Seven Seas Explorer on her inaugural sailing from Barcelona to Monte Carlo. Billed as the "Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built," there's no question that this is true. A stunning ship with ... Read More
Had the privilege of enjoying the Seven Seas Explorer on her inaugural sailing from Barcelona to Monte Carlo. Billed as the "Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built," there's no question that this is true. A stunning ship with luxurious, all suite, accommodations and all with ample balcony space. The rooms are gorgeous with every detail thought of. We stayed in a Penthouse Suite and I would match those accommodations to any 5 star land based hotel. Large bathroom space, separate living room space, amazing beds/linens and an over-sized balcony. Butler service included. Food & beverage options are ample and the quality of the food & beverage was outstanding. Not your stereotypical buffet options. Canyon Ranch Spa and beautifully appointed fitness center. Several lounge options and large beautifully appointed theater with nightly entertainment. Some shows better than others. The service on the ship was stellar. Pretty impressive seeing as though it was the first time that this ship has sailed with passengers. Would be hard to go down a level based upon this experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise as there were ports and islands we had not visited before. Our overnight stay in Venice was good and embarkation as normal but the suites weren't ready until mid afternoon. The refurbishment was not very good in ... Read More
We chose this cruise as there were ports and islands we had not visited before. Our overnight stay in Venice was good and embarkation as normal but the suites weren't ready until mid afternoon. The refurbishment was not very good in respect of the suites. Some new dark woodwork fittings which were nice but the rest was the old original light woodwork. The marble tops of the desk and table did not match and the small upholstered chair in the suite on previous cruises was missing to make room for a much larger table. The drapes were of a very heavy old fashioned material and not as nice as the original ones. The rest of the ship was looking good but there is now one restaurant less than before, but an overlarge Casino area with many machines hardly used and a very large card room. Why take a restaurant out. Unfortunately the outside of the ship is looking tired and in fact our verandah doors were rusted to the degree they had to be filled in. All in all as a supposed six star cruise line it was not good. We have cruised with Regent many times since the late 90s but stopped going as we felt the ships were looking shabby. This refurbishment has not worked for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I know this is over a year writing this review but it is something that still annoys me .went as a party of 6 to experience the new explorer .The ship did not disappoint staff were really helpful and the staterooms were top of the range ... Read More
I know this is over a year writing this review but it is something that still annoys me .went as a party of 6 to experience the new explorer .The ship did not disappoint staff were really helpful and the staterooms were top of the range and the beds were the most comfortable i have slept in. unfortunately the 2nd day my sister slipped off the steps on the tour bus and was in a lot of pain. she knew it was serious and when she saw the Doctor the following day he only looked at it and gave her a painkiller and a support bandage. even though her foot was black. she had to request an accident form she was not helped at all during the rest of the cruise. we discovered later after complianign to Regent they do not like criticism this would not stop me going with Regent again but has marred our view on the treatment and customer care Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was only our second cruise. Our first was with P&O and although this cruise was far more expensive, as they say, you get what you pay for. What was really impressive was the way embarkation, tours and disembarkation was ... Read More
This was only our second cruise. Our first was with P&O and although this cruise was far more expensive, as they say, you get what you pay for. What was really impressive was the way embarkation, tours and disembarkation was managed, it was all very well organised. All the staff, without exception, were friendly and couldn't do enough to help. Being "all inclusive" it was really nice to be able to drink and eat what you liked without having to sign for it and there was no reluctance to give you what you wanted, as there is in some AI hotels. We had chosen a Penthouse suite which was really spacious with a very well stocked shower room and large comfortable bed - where the linen was changed daily. The only criticism was that the room at the side of the bed was very limited. The lounge area was an excellent size. We didn't make a great deal of use of our butler but he was friendly enough and provided our daily choice of canapes. We only dined three nights in the Speciality restaurants and we felt he could have been more helpful in that area. The only disappointments were that we left out Lesbos - because of the migrant problem - but spent the day at sea rather than finding another Greek island to visit (as the Silversea Spirit did) and that one passenger lift was out of action for the entire cruise. But would we travel Regent again - a definite yes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are long time Regent cruisers and do enjoy our trips. We have always enjoyed the excellent service and food. This year there was an obvious problem with the service. The current staff was wonderful and worked very hard but they ... Read More
We are long time Regent cruisers and do enjoy our trips. We have always enjoyed the excellent service and food. This year there was an obvious problem with the service. The current staff was wonderful and worked very hard but they needed more help. Some examples We had breakfast every morning in Veranda. We ordered cappuccino every day and it never was delivered until we had finished our meal. Why don't they have a machine in the kitchen? We arrived at Compass Rose at 7:15 for dinner. We let the staff know we wanted to be done in time for the 9:30 show. It seemed a pretty reasonable request but we missed the first 15 minutes of the show and never ate dessert. We had dinner in Signatures and the dirty dishes from our first course remained on the table for more than 15 minutes. We had pre dinner cocktails in the Observation Deck Bar. They had one bartender and 2 wait staff working. The bar was generally full and it meant if you wanted a drink you had to go to the bar to order it and go back to pick it up. I realize none of the complaints are earth shattering but it is a big slide for Regent. We heard several negative comments from other guests regarding the lack of staff. Regent positions itself as a luxury cruise line and they need to restore luxury service. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I recently returned from a 10-day Mediterranean Rome-Venice cruise. It met all my expectations and was a delightful and memorable experience. I have only a few complaints and none of them ruined my vacation. The best part of the trip ... Read More
I recently returned from a 10-day Mediterranean Rome-Venice cruise. It met all my expectations and was a delightful and memorable experience. I have only a few complaints and none of them ruined my vacation. The best part of the trip was the service. I wanted for nothing during the trip. My cabin steward brought me everything I needed. You could have anything delivered by room service. If you had complaints about anything, it was quickly addressed. Waitstaff in the dining rooms was always friendly (and was completely over the top in Signatures). We had assistance with questions or issues whenever we needed it. I have read mixed reviews about the food, but I had no complaints myself. Breakfast in the Coffee Connection was a bit lame, but I had delicious meals everywhere else. Maybe they weren't the best and most memorable meals I ever had, but nothing was low quality or poorly prepared. I enjoyed the meals I had in the pool grill (best burgers ever), La Veranda, Sette Mari, Prime 7 (amazing prime rib) and Signatures as well afternoon tea at the Horizon Lounge. All of the lounges were pleasant places to hang out although the mixed drinks often seemed a little weak. I can't make too many observations about the entertainment. I never went to the shows at night as I was usually too tired from daily activities to stay out late. I went to the karaoke nights, but the selection of songs available was really lame. The background music in the lounges was always pleasant and non-intrusive. I don't gamble, so I didn't spend much time in the casino. It is a very bland room without much going on except for slot machines and a few tables. I wasn't crazy about the pool. It's not very big, so if a few people show up and start congregating in the shallow end, it's nearly impossible to actually swim. It also doesn't have nearly enough seating. The sun beds are comfortable, but they take up way too much space. They should replace them with more lounge chairs. I didn't spend any time with the other recreational activities on board, but the kids I was traveling with had a lot of fun with bocce, shuffleboard, and the games available in the library. Excursions were mixed. In Sorrento I had an entertaining and informative tour of Pompeii. My tour of Taormina and the Greco-Roman theater was good, but a bit rushed. The shuttles from town to the ship are convenient and run regularly, so I was easily able to stay longer in places where I wanted to explore beyond the tours. The ship had very skimpy offerings in Zakynthos and Corfu, so I booked private tours for those (well worth the money). My walking tour of Bari and the cathedrals exceeded my expectations. Bari doesn't look that interesting from the ship, but it's a whole new world when you walk into the old town. St. Sabino and St. Nicholas are beautiful cathedrals. Montenegro was also very interesting and is a stunningly beautiful country. My guide was hilarious and I enjoyed my free sample of the local firewater (and dare I say they make better prosciutto than the Italians?) I was not very happy with my tour of Croatia. The tour was to Krka National Park with a side cruise to another town. The cruise and lunch took up way too much time and not very well planned. We went into the park, got on the boat and had lunch in the town, then went back by bus to exactly where we started, having to wait to enter the park gates again. We had almost no time in the park. I was anticipating some hiking (I even brought boots), but only had a short walk around one loop before having less than an hour to swim in the falls. I had a nice tour in Slovenia, but I was very disappointed that I could not go to Lipica. As a horse lover, the trip to the Lipizzaner Stud Farm was supposed to be the highlight of my trip. I was told it was there was no performance scheduled that day, so the ship canceled. Although I would have liked to see a performance, I really wanted to see the beautiful stables and grounds and meet the horses (and maybe see some of those black foals). My hop on/hop off tour was nice enough though as I explored one or two very pretty towns and had another chance to go to the beach in Portoroz. My final tour in Venice was also interesting as I went to some areas I wasn't familiar with and the gondola ride with the musical serenade was beautiful (although short). The gym was well-equipped with plenty of cardio machines and a decent selection of machine and free weight options. I had a very nice treatment at the spa (special pedicure) and the staff could not be nicer. There was a large selection of fitness classes daily, but I never went to any of them, so I can't comment. If you fall out of shape on this cruise it will be because you eat too much good food and not because you don't have any fitness opportunities. I had only two major complaints with the ship. The first is that there was sometimes a sewage smell in the hallway outside my room that occasionally seeped into my room. The cleaning staff tried to address it, but it never completely went away. I didn't smell it all the time though. I was also bothered by the fact that Sette Mari doesn't take reservations. It's very popular and if you're traveling with a large party as I was, they just don't have enough tables. My entire party did manage to get in there once, but it meant playing around with schedules and having a few family members "hold" a table for everyone else. Overall my cruise was a great experience. I enjoyed great food, drinks, and service and and had many memorable experiences ashore. I would definitely do this again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This is a difficult review to write because everything was exquisite. From ease of boarding to the welcome we received from our concierge upon arriving at our suite and everything that followed. The meals were great, the wine selection ... Read More
This is a difficult review to write because everything was exquisite. From ease of boarding to the welcome we received from our concierge upon arriving at our suite and everything that followed. The meals were great, the wine selection excellent and the shore excursions plentiful, educational and very scenic. Most of all the crew were awesome, pleasant and always ready to help with even the smallest detail. The periodic ship wide briefings by the Cruise Director and the Captain were timely and informative. Regent's all inclusive concept is truly all inclusive; no nickel and dimeing, everything is there for your comfort and enjoyment and made readily available by a super crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We have cruised many times before and chose this cruise for the class of ship and sailing date.This boat did not live up to our expectations. The food was mediocre at best. We were very surprised to find that even though we were in the ... Read More
We have cruised many times before and chose this cruise for the class of ship and sailing date.This boat did not live up to our expectations. The food was mediocre at best. We were very surprised to find that even though we were in the South of France and Italy at this time of year the tomatoes were tasteless,and the vegetables and fruit were definitely not premier. There is no excuse for not serving top quality at the rates we paid. The servers and cabin staff were most helpful and accommodating but that is where it ended. The reception never answered the telephone and we had to approach the desk to reach someone. No one seemed interested to be helpful and behaved like we were disturbing them. The excursion desk was not open most of the day. The maître d'hôtel acted very uppity and again not particularly helpful. Sebastian our waiter one evening was great! The room service staff was wonderful and as I mentioned before all of the servers really did a great job. The guides were very well informed and made the excursions fun. The one problem however was the drop off points for some ports were quite a distance from the tour and the planning could be improved. Our tour to Genoa required that we meet at 12 to get our documents and then board the tender at 12:30 to get the boat for Santa Margarita to get the bus for Genoa. There was no allowance for lunch as we had to stay on time to follow the program. All in all Regent could definitely put some effort in making this a great experience instead of a mediocre one. This is not the Crystal nor the Seabourn ... Not even close! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Recommended by travel agent. This was our 12th cruise and first with REGENT. We are use to first class travel and accommodations and having sailed first class on the QE 1, I will have to say REGENT far exceeded our expectations. The shore ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent. This was our 12th cruise and first with REGENT. We are use to first class travel and accommodations and having sailed first class on the QE 1, I will have to say REGENT far exceeded our expectations. The shore excursions were first class and went off without a hitch. The food and beverages were as good as any 5 star restaurant on shore and the service was outstanding. What we really appreciated was the lack of lines, photographers, "special" jewelry sales, screaming kids, being nickeled and dimed plus the usual bill at the end of the cruise. As my wife stated, the cruise and guests were both very civilized. The entertainment was excellent and the crew to guest ratio meant the service over the top. We loved the REGENT cruise so much, we are booked on the brand new EXPLORER in September 2016. We can hardly wait. We feel the value of the REGENT cruises is definitely worth the expense. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This cruise was my fourth. I've sailed Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean. I'm an avid traveler and chose this cruise based on the terrific itinerary. My DH and I traveled with my parents who have sailed on Regent Seven Seas ... Read More
This cruise was my fourth. I've sailed Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean. I'm an avid traveler and chose this cruise based on the terrific itinerary. My DH and I traveled with my parents who have sailed on Regent Seven Seas Mariner five previous times. Bottom line: The wonderful ship environment was not matched with equally above average excursions. Since the excursions were included in the price, we felt that we should take the offered excursions. Regent did not offer a credit for any excursions not taken. I selected this particular cruise because of the outstanding itinerary, but the excursions left so much to be desired that I will search for an upscale cruise that doesn’t include the excursions in their prices. I want to use Cruise Critic and TripAdvisor to find better quality independent excursions. In general, the tours were too crowded to be effective. We planned a pre-cruise excursion in Rome and Venice and did not use Regent for hotel or air arrangements. Embarkation: Regent was unable to tell us the terminal area in Venice until the very last minute. As we were to depart Venice on a major holiday, the ship was directed to a different port on the outskirts of Venice. (Port Marghera). Three days before departure, they informed us we were to go to the usual terminal (Port Maritima) and then take a bus from there. As a result, my privately arranged transfer had to be re-arranged due to the late notice. There was no way to drop off luggage and return to Venice without paying the exorbitant Venice transfer fees. The Embarkation process was quick and easy, with buses waiting for the 45-minute drive to the other port. Ship: The ship was in lovely shape. The rooms were amazing. They were significantly larger than any of the previous cruise ships I've sailed. We stayed in a standard veranda room. The bathroom was huge, although as noted by others, the bathtub ceiling and shower head were low. The public areas were very nicely appointed and comfortable everywhere. One afternoon, the toilets would not flush on the port side. These were fixed by the time we returned for the day. Service: All of the personnel we met were friendly and seemed truly committed to doing a good job. I particularly appreciated the cruise director and her staff. We noted that bar service was sometimes slow to take an order or forgetful to bring a napkin with our drinks. The wine stewards were not as attentive at times as well. Waitstaff were very good about getting the orders right and offering great suggestions for the meal. Activities/Entertainment: We enjoyed trivia and tea most afternoons. (Tip: look for diversity on your team). We won enough points to get some logo'd gear at the end. The gym was never too crowded and had a very sufficient set up. We didn't use the spa or pool, but there were always plenty of lounge chairs available. Dr Paula Smith provided terrific lectures on Corfu, Athens, Ephesus, and Istanbul. They were presented when the ship was underway so that all passengers could attend. Dining: My parents noted that the dining was improved from their previous Regent experiences. I appreciated the variety and quality of the food. Naturally, I didn't like everything I was served, but that's true anywhere. Sometimes what you order isn't what you expected. The Prime 7 and Signatures food was as good as hoped. I appreciated that a Signatures or Prime 7 dish was on every Compass Rose dinner menu also. I was disappointed in the sound level at Signatures. We could barely talk for the first half an hour of our meal. We had a late seating and the sound level improved after the room emptied by half. I'm not certain if there was another location in the room that would be quieter. Be wary about planning a romantic dinner there. The Prime 7 maitre d' did a nice job of arranging a Happy Anniversary surprise for my parents. La Verandah was lovely for breakfast. We ate outside virtually every day. The selection was broad. My husband enjoyed the liberal servings of smoked salmon that he had daily. Excursions: The excursions disappointed me significantly. Regent’s cruise questionnaire was not designed to solicit feedback on individual excursions. My observations: Venice: No tours offered for embarking guests Dubrovnik: City Tour. 25+ guests on the tour with no earphones. You could only hear the tour guide if you got very close to her. In order to try to be heard she stopped in places that were in the full sun. About half the group abandoned the tour in disappointment, making it fine for the rest of us. The tour was short enough to allow for a hike on the city walls prior to returning on a Regent bus. Kotor: We were unexpectedly tendered at this port. Tendering was a mess that day. We waited for nearly an hour before we were taken ashore. Again the tour was too large for the guide to be heard unless you huddled around (Town of Kotor and Bay of Kotor Heritage). People abandoned the group again. Corfu: Unless you paid for a Regent Select tour, there were only two tours on Corfu. So 700 passengers went to two places. Plus every other cruise ship in Corfu went to the same places also. There was no staggering of the starting times within one tour, so people on the last bus had to wait significantly longer than those on the first. At the Achilleion Palace they provided the “whisper units” that made it easier to hear the guide. Zakynthos: The tendering was much smoother on Zakynthos. This island is off the beaten path for most Greek Isles tours, but we enjoyed it very much. We were also lucky enough to be in a small group due to a large number of no shows. The local taverna stop with traditional dancing was a highlight. Athens: We took the long Acroplis, Plaka, and New Museum tour. The Acropolis was a madhouse. Again, we were in a very large group with no audio support provided. The group probably waited 45 minutes for people taking a pit stop or being inconsiderate in returning on time. This didn’t extend the trip, just reduced the information presented. The Plaka lunch provided was good although everyone was disappointed that the “free wifi” at the restaurant didn’t work. Santorini: We paid for the Food and Wine Trails upgrade. We didn’t get what we paid for. It was to include stopping at two wineries, but instead it stopped at only one. We only tasted three wines and that was during lunch and not separately as stated. These were tasting pours, not lunch pairings. At the end of the meal, dessert wine was tasted without dessert. The tour was to include two town tours as well. One stop just walked us to a square with instructions to meet there in 1.5 hours, the other location was just a drop off and a chit to take the gondola back to the port. I went to the Destinations Desk upon our return to report that the tour did not meet the advertised plan. I asked for some consideration as we paid $179 per person for this tour. The manager was sympathetic as appropriate but he needed to discuss this with the “head office”. Three days later we received a courtesy discount of 10%. I’m surprised the manager wasn’t empowered to take action right on the spot. 10% seemed an insufficient discount as well. The letter we received did not acknowledge the detailed problem or any planned corrections, just noted the discount as “goodwill”. Marmaris: Daylan River and Caunos. The River tour included an interesting boat ride. Note that there are only a few rock tombs to see. The photos on the website are basically all of them. The one-hour extension of the river cruise to Istuzu beach was a waste of time. The boat just cruised among the reeds and you couldn’t see the beach. The river runs behind the beach and the boats didn’t stop to let us out to see the beach. The Caunos site wasn’t very interesting compared to Pompeii or the upcoming Ephesus. The water was lovely here, I wish we had gone to a beach instead. Ephesus: Regent didn’t offer a tour that included both the Virgin Mary’s house and the Terrace houses, so we did an excellent private tour instead. Some people on a Regent’s tour passed us in the Terrace houses. I watched for a bit and realized they spent only 1/3 the time that we spent visiting these amazing houses and again it was a large group. The people near the back couldn’t hear at all. We were glad did not have to attend the carpet sales pitch either. Istanbul: Although we overnighted in Istanbul, we didn’t arrive until 2:00pm and couldn’t take any excursions with Regent on debarkation day. The tour guide for our Blue Mosque and Topaki tour was rude, he walked faster than people could keep up, told everyone that it is usual for people to be left behind, and begged for tips at the end. Debarkation: Fine as we were the first off the ship as we arranged a private transfer.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Six of us sailed with Regent from Venice to Istanbul, with stops in Croatia, Montenegro, and various ports in Greece and Turkey. We all enjoyed it very much, and thought Regent did its usual excellent job of taking care of us. We embarked ... Read More
Six of us sailed with Regent from Venice to Istanbul, with stops in Croatia, Montenegro, and various ports in Greece and Turkey. We all enjoyed it very much, and thought Regent did its usual excellent job of taking care of us. We embarked in Venice, where we'd spent a comfortable night at the Hotel Luna Baglioni. We took a water taxi to check in for the cruise (this is Venice, after all! Check-in was straightforward. Because of the Festival of the Redeemer, we checked in at the cruise ship terminal, but had to ride a bus to the ship, which was docked over on the mainland. That was easy, though. We had lunch on the ship, and before we were finished, our suites were ready. We then attended the mandatory lifeboat drill. (I really appreciate that Regent takes this part quite seriously. When in Vancouver, BC earlier this summer, I observed two other ships getting ready for departure, and supposedly having their drills = most passengers were out on the deck totally ignoring the drill. Regent takes safety very seriously.) I won't go into detail about every port, except to say we enjoyed our excursions, and felt they were worthwhile. Also hugely worthwhile: the Enrichment Lectures given by Dr. Paula Smith. She gave four talks on board: Corfu, Athens, Ephesus, and Istanbul, and they were all informative and enjoyable. We found servers and waiters to be professional, courteous, and possessed of good memory. They remembered things such as drink preferences after the very first order. Food was outstanding. We had one dinner each in Signatures and Prime 7, and one of the Prime 7 waiters remembered us from our Baltic cruise in 2012! Other venues (Compass Rose, La Veranda, Sette Mari) were all excellent as well. And, when in port in Athens, the ship threw a big BBQ on the pool deck, which was great fun. The shows on board were better than I expected - that doesn't sound very complimentary, and I don't mean to disparage the entertainment on my other cruises. I did think, however, that this cruise's company was even better. The orchestra, in particular, was fantastic. We disembarked in Istanbul, after spending a night on board in port. Disembarkation was straightforward, and Regent had arranged for a city tour, which helped fill the couple of hours in between disembarkation and when our hotel would be ready. That was a very good tour, in that we visited a small mosque and our guide was able to spend time explaining things to us. The tour the day before to the Blue Mosque wasn't quite as nice because of the crowds, and the smell of dirty feet. :-( Anyway, when we reached the Hotel Ceylan InterContinental at about 11AM, they were ready for us, and Regent had prepared a brochure for us, outlining what else we could do in Istanbul, and how we'd get to the airport when we left two days later. In fact, even though we had to leave the hotel at 0600, Regent had a representative who went with us to the airport and helped us all the way to security. We were pleased at this unexpected level of service. Bottom line: I won't sail with anyone but Regent. Their service, professionalism, friendliness, and the all-inclusive policy, just make it for me, and my family. We've already booked the next one: New England on the Navigator!   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I recently sailed on the Regent Mariner on a 10 day Mediterranean cruise. It left from Rome and finished in Venice. I was sailing along with 12 other members of my family- it was somewhat of a family reunion for us. We did spend one night ... Read More
I recently sailed on the Regent Mariner on a 10 day Mediterranean cruise. It left from Rome and finished in Venice. I was sailing along with 12 other members of my family- it was somewhat of a family reunion for us. We did spend one night in Rome as part of the cruise package. The hotel was lovely and served us a great breakfast. The name of the hotel was the Hotel Majestic. We were transported by bus to the ship- about a 45 minute drive. On the way, we were told by our guide that the bus would be stopping at a rest stop because the ships computers were down and they were not prepared to check us in- so rather than wait at the ship terminal- we would wait at a rest stop where we would be more comfortable. When we finally did get to the ship, the line in the terminal was forever! And we found out that the computers weren't down, they just are not prepared for very many people to check in at one time. They need to get that fixed- I have traveled on Royal Caribbean- which has quadruple the number of passengers- and the check in was better than on Regent! Also- I have sailed with Crystal, which is a closer comparison, and the check in on Crystal Cruises is much better with no wait at all and friendly people... The food on this ship was hit and miss. I had some very good meals onboard, but I also had some not so good and the service was not great. This crew did not seem very happy and they certainly did not go out of their way to please. At one dinner, they forgot my husband's salad and sorbet- no big deal, but they just didn't have their timing of courses down- it was as if they had not been trained well. One unique thing about Regent is having excursions included. As a group, we had signed up for some excursions together. We ended up having to go on different busses because some in our party got to the staging room a few minutes before we did. We were not made aware that we were being split up- so just be aware of this if you have a large group of people you are traveling with. On one excursion, we left at 9:00 AM and didn't arrive back at the ship until 2:30- and we had no lunch! We were starving and cranky by the time we got back to the ship...the excursion was originally supposed to leave at 1:30 (after lunch), and they changed the times on us...but made no plans for us to eat anywhere along the way...they told us that since the excursion was not for the whole day, they weren't responsible for us to eat!! The entertainment on the ship was mediocre...their big shows were not great, but i was not expecting much.... One other thing- Regent booked our business class flights- our return flight left at 6:45 in the AM which meant we had to leave the ship at 3:30 in the morning...Don't ever let a cruise line book your flights!!! I would never have done that to myself!! I spoke with many people on the ship who had sailed with Regent before, and they all said that the poor service, disorganized excursions and mediocre food is not the norm- but they were all very displeased with this ship and the crew. As for me, I will either go on a different cruise line, or stay home. I could not wait for this ship to dock so I could go home- and I love cruises!! Just not this one!! Also, if you are traveling with kids- please choose another cruise line... there were about 20 kids on the ship- Regent really doesn't cater to them- their program was only for a couple of hours a day- what's the point? Crystal Cruises has a dedicated children's area- if you want a luxury cruise and have to bring kids- please go Crystal...Or forget about luxury and go Royal Caribbean or Disney...Frankly- we were treated better on Royal Caribbean than we were on Regent and that surprised me- but, sadly, it's the truth... Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Having sailed previously with other cruise lines, P&O, Cunard and Compagnie Du Ponant we had high expectations of Regent and particularly Seven Seas Mariner, having had good reviews from friends and neighbors who sail regularly on her. ... Read More
Having sailed previously with other cruise lines, P&O, Cunard and Compagnie Du Ponant we had high expectations of Regent and particularly Seven Seas Mariner, having had good reviews from friends and neighbors who sail regularly on her. Our experience did not start very well sadly - we had booked a Penthouse suite and therefore qualified for FREE business class flights and a FREE pre-cruise hotel, obviously neither are FREE as you pay a higher price for a higher grade suite. On arrival to Venice we were greeted by Regent ground handlers who really didn't seem to know what was happening. We were, however, escorted to the water taxi departure point and sent off to the Hotel Excelsior on the Lido, Venice. We had heard very bad reports on this hotel and had even asked Regent to change it - our request was refused and we were reminded that it was a FREE night so we should be happy!! Anyway, this is about the ship and not the hotel - departure from the hotel and transfer to the ship were relatively painless if a little slow. Once aboard we had to wait two hours before being able to access our suite - why take people to the ship knowing they cannot have their suite? So, at about 14.30 we were told that the suites were ready and we went directly to ours on deck 8 - a very spacious suite with a good walk in closet and numerous hangers, small(ish) shower room with an " impractical for tall people" rainfall shower and hand held unit, the main living/sleeping area was exceptional with curtaining to separate the areas. Having been recently refurbished the condition was very good, perhaps a little dated with a wooden wall unit housing the TV and minibar etc but certainly not offensive. A very small safe in the closet is just enough for wallets and passport but not iPads. The staff are generally very nice and courteous - especially those from the Far East - the more western crew ( at Reception desk) were not always as friendly as you would expect. Our Butler had some mood swings during our voyage. Dining in Signature and Prime 7 is definitely worth making the reservation in advance for but make them for towards the end of your cruise - we had our two reservations at the beginning and were then disappointed by the other offerings. Room service was slow whenever we ordered so we stopped making use of it. F & B staff around the ship are fantastic, some even remembering your name and using it every time they see you whether on board or ashore. Another minor niggle was the advertised FREE wifi in Penthouse and above ... however it is only 30 minutes during the voyage - this is changing in November we were told and will offer 500 minutes maximum depending on voyage length. the spa was very expensive by european standards however it was busy most of afternoons when people returned from tours we were told. All in all it was a nice experience, not sure it would qualify as Six Star but certainly five and a bit. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
It only took about 2 hours on the Voyager, before we even sailed, for DH and me to decide it would be hard to go back to "main stream” cruise lines. We loved the spaciousness of our aft suite. The vibration we'd been warned ... Read More
It only took about 2 hours on the Voyager, before we even sailed, for DH and me to decide it would be hard to go back to "main stream” cruise lines. We loved the spaciousness of our aft suite. The vibration we'd been warned about was negligible and we loved the view. The Regent agent I spoke to, before turning our reservation over to our TA, recommended Suite 878 because the balcony wraps around to the port side, as it does with more expensive Seven Seas suites on other decks, so we had a great view to the side. Heeding the advice of Cruise Critic posters, we used little battery powered tea lights as night lights, which worked well on the ship as well as in pre- and post-cruise hotel rooms, and I used magnets to attach a map of the area we were sailing and our excursion schedule to the walls. The food was excellent, except for the one breakfast we had in Compass Rose, and the service was friendly and efficient in every restaurant. We used room service for most breakfasts, which worked out well. We missed one port (Zakynthos) due to a thunderstorm and very high seas. I was seasick for about 24 hours and had to cancel our reservation in Signatures and a galley tour. Our butler kept me supplied with ginger ale, crackers and green apples because the Bonine and ginger tablets I had been taking didn’t quite do the trick! Our steward came and checked our balcony furniture because he said in the storm a lounge chair flew off the ship from someone else’s balcony! We took included excursions and had excellent guides, with only one exception. We never had to wait long in the theater for our bus tickets. There were usually about 20 people on our bus. We appreciated the free time to explore after the excursions. I did use the laundry room, although I had not planned to do so. It was located close enough to our suite for us to usually find machines open without waiting too long. We ended up using our OBC, intended to pay for laundry and internet, toward paying the ship’s doctor as DH came down with a respiratory infection and needed inhalation therapy sessions. He wasn’t alone  something must have been going around. Regarding the evening entertainment in the theater (which was very cold, by the way), I most enjoyed the folklore group of singers that came on board in Dubrovnik. The new show, "Come Sail Away,” was OK but not special in our opinion. But we spent pleasant evenings in the theater enjoying a Bailey’s and the music. If we are fortunate enough to again sail on the Voyager, we would want the same suite. Having a butler was a nice touch but not necessary, and we would probably arrange our own airfare to have more flexibility, but the overall Regent SS experience was wonderful.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We sailed with Regent on Seven Seas Voyager from Istanbul to Dubai over 21 nights. We booked and paid for a concierge level cabin and selected cabin 741 from the deck plans as we felt that, being midship and not too high, it would be more ... Read More
We sailed with Regent on Seven Seas Voyager from Istanbul to Dubai over 21 nights. We booked and paid for a concierge level cabin and selected cabin 741 from the deck plans as we felt that, being midship and not too high, it would be more stable than some other cabins. After an absolute comedy of errors involving our booking disappearing completely, amongst other things, we finally boarded at Istanbul. We were greeted on board by a steward with a dribble of sparkling wine (champagne?) and then left to find our own way to our cabin, which was not overly difficult. The cabin was small but adequate, with sitting area, bedroom area, bathroom, small verahdah/balcony, and large closet. It was not a stateroom, it was a cabin, and calling it a stateroom was misleading. We noted that the concierge level amenities (coffee machine, binoculars, pashmina etc) were not present but presumed, from reading other literature in the cabin, that the coffee machine was not there because of safety concerns. It was only on day 10 or 11, when we went looking for the binoculars, that we realized that everything else was missing. On enquiring at reception, we were told that our cabin had been downgraded to deluxe, and we were not entitled to concierge amenities. Hmm...we had already had NUMEROUS problems with our booking, largely caused by Regent's complete inability and/or refusal to COMMUNICATE with their clients, and now we discover that we have been DOWNGRADED with not so much as a whisper!!!!!!!!!!!!! After proving to reception that we had indeed booked and paid for a concierge level cabin, and asking the following day as to what was happening, the missing amenities appeared the next afternoon with no explanation, no apology, nothing.....!!! Nor were we ever offered a change of cabin up to concierge level. So if you are looking for a cruise line which cares and communicates, the Regent is probably not for you. The included excursions were basic but acceptable, as the ports were all on minor Greek islands (except for Rhodes), or minor Arabian ports, with not a whole lot to offer anyway. The guides which we had were local and knowledgeable and all spoke good, comprehensible English. The excursions which we wanted to do and which offered the most interesting locations were all charged as extras - no surprises there. We originally booked to go to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, but due to the political upheaval in Egypt these were cancelled and other ports were added and/or rescheduled. This rescheduling caused havoc with our pre booked and paid for excursions, and once again Regent FAILED to COMMUNICATE with us (or with any passengers) as to what was happening and/or what options they could offer for the new ports/dates. They also told us quite categorically that we were not booked on any of these excursions and once again I had to provide proof of our bookings. Our TA was next to useless as she disappeared for 3 weeks to do a French river cruise, then disappeared again later in the process, and Regent's agents in Sydney (Wiltrans) were also very NON COMMUNICATIVE and UNHELPFUL when we had major issues which needed sorting out. Our cabin had, as expected, quite a bit of the vibration we had been warned about, and regularly STANK of either diesel fumes or cigarette smoke or both. Someone near our cabin was obviously smoking but we were never able to pinpoint where it came from. But the heavy, overpowering stench of the diesel was really annoying and caused my asthma to play up whenever we were in the cabin. Leaving the verhandah door open alleviated the smell somewhat, but there is a ventilation/air intake problem with the air conditioning if this smell is permeating into cabins via the air conditioning. As to the vibrations, it is obvious that there is something intrinsically wrong with Voyager's engines, as no other vessel we have ever sailed on has anything like this vibration. The food was nice without being 6 star and the menus in Compass Rose bore a boring similarity to each other after about 5 days. We ate at La Verahda/Sette Mare several times to alleviate the monotony. Signatures and Prime 7 both had good menus and good meals, however the service at Prime 7 left a lot to be desired. We had a 7pm reservation and it was obvious that they wanted the table again for 8 or 8.30 as they were preparing our main course by 7.40pm. When I objected and told the steward that we did not want our main until at least 8pm, it obviously caused him a problem. He stalked off the the Maitre d' and, after much gesticulating our way and tapping of watches, the Maitre d' came to us and apologised and assured us that we should not hurry (as if we were ever going to hurry anyway!!!). As it was, there were still several unused tables in the restaurant the whole night, and they were still unused when we left at 9.30pm. The service staff in all areas were amazing. Housekeeping, bar stewards, wait staff, cleaners, everyone was absolutely top notch, caring, polite, pleasant and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. Reception and Destination Services were coldly polite and generally uninterested especially when we had problems. We asked for binoculars on one day and were told that a pair would be sent up immediately. 24 hours later we approached reception and asked what had happened and why we had not received them, and that's when we were told that we were not in a concierge suite. We can't understand why reception did not simply ring us back and advise us that there was a mistake and that they were unable to provide binoculars - another example of Regents FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE. Overall we enjoyed the cruise, however we did not appreciate Regent's lack of communication on many, many issues relating to itinerary changes. We did not like being informed that our cabin was downgraded and we feel that we have certainly received a lot less than what we paid for and expected. We have, thus far, received no response from Regent to our queries and to be quite honest, we don't expect them to bother replying. I know that there are many other cruise lines which provide the same type of service which Regent claims to provide so we will be investigating them further for the future. After the poor booking experience and the APPARENTLY DELIBERATE lack of communication by Regent, we would never even consider sailing with them again. Given that we were close to being the youngest passengers on the boat by at least 10 years, and that we can obviously afford to cruise in the style Regent offers (but does not provide), I would suggest that Regent needs a wake up call if they wish to attract our demographic. We have many more years of cruising ahead of us but they won't be with Regent. Unfortunately I feel that Regent are resting on some fairly ancient laurels and getting by on a past reputation. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was our first and last Regent. I have sailed with Sea Dream and Seabourn and have always been pleased. I wish that I could say the same of Regent, but we had already booked and paid in full for a sailing from Beijing to Bangkok for ... Read More
This was our first and last Regent. I have sailed with Sea Dream and Seabourn and have always been pleased. I wish that I could say the same of Regent, but we had already booked and paid in full for a sailing from Beijing to Bangkok for the spring. Due to the time that Regent took to respond to the issues we had on board, when we cancelled we were charged the 50% fee. I would rather lose 20k than have a less than mediocre sailing. While the travel will be harder, by flying between cities, we are able to do much of the same itinerary and stay at truly 5* hotels that merit their stars than the 6* that Regent has given itself. Below are the issues we encountered, I received a letter from Regent offering a $300 shipboard credit, which was a joke. Again they did not care about making things right, this was the same lip service we received on the boat. Disorganization at the airport upon arrival Late leaving hotel due to late arrival of vessel from Dry Dock Long lines once we were at port. Men(workers) smoking right next to us as we were getting on ship No hair dryer in room Tub leaked first night Took two days to get hot water to the room(after multiple requests) When finally repaired, the water in the tub was yellow, the plumber told us it was normal. Had asked for diet coke in the refrigerator, two were there was told they were “waiting” for a delivery to the ship from butler Food in restaurants was palatable but not good. Several times I sent steaks back that were over cooked Hot dogs delivered as hot appetizers from Butler. We did not eat them at lunch and were disgusted that they were re-purposed. Ship had just come out of dry dock, obvious it was not ready for passengers. Asked several requests to speak directly to the hotel manager I gave up, but then our suite flooded overnight and we were moved to a larger suite. Disorganization at departure, no request for no feathers for our room at Westin Europa. Poor organization for our airport departure as well. Six stars this boat is not, my biggest complaint is that I am used to asking once to have a repair or change made, I am highly unused to multiple requests.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We are in our late-40's and have travelled extensively to a number of 5-star destinations in North America and the Caribbean - we have high standards for our vacations! This was only our 2nd cruise and we were a bit nervous because ... Read More
We are in our late-40's and have travelled extensively to a number of 5-star destinations in North America and the Caribbean - we have high standards for our vacations! This was only our 2nd cruise and we were a bit nervous because our first cruise experience (Royal Caribbean) was only mediocre. Instead, our 10-day "Aegean Allure" cruise aboard the Mariner was totally above and beyond all of our expectations. On-board, the attention to detail and excellence was almost mind-numbing. The food was delicious, perfectly-presented and plentiful - at first we were a bit concerned about having only 2 dinners at the reservation restaurants (Steakhouse and French) but the food/service in the 2 non-reservation restaurants, especially the main Compass Rose, was so excellent that it totally didn't matter!). Drinks were as advertised (all-inclusive and plentiful: many different premium beers from around the world available and all top-shelf liquor - I asked for a bottle of Grey Goose to be delivered to our suite and it was there an hour later). Our room was spacious and beautifully appointed - the walk-in closet was awesome. Tons of space throughout the ship - never felt crowded. Theatre and casino provided great entertainment opportunities. Off the ship, the ports we visited were unbelievable - couldn't have asked for a better itinerary. We did only 2 of the Regent Choice excursions (where you pay extra) and 7 of the free/included ones - all of the trips were extremely well-organized and staged in order to minimize time in line-ups etc. Our guides were obviously elite ones with tremendous knowledge and passion. We also never had to stand in line at any of the sites - our guides just wisked us to the front of the lines! Anyone who is critical of this ship and Regent either has impossibly high standards or has an axe to grind. This is true 6-star cruising and worth every penny of the cost! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This was our 18th cruise and was everything and more than we expected. Those who have had bad comments about the Mariner in other reviews should be ashamed of themselves. We sailed on The Mariner on July 8 on a 10 day cruise (Aegean ... Read More
This was our 18th cruise and was everything and more than we expected. Those who have had bad comments about the Mariner in other reviews should be ashamed of themselves. We sailed on The Mariner on July 8 on a 10 day cruise (Aegean Allure), Athens to Istanbul. This was our first so-called luxury cruise. The ship was wonderful even though it was much smaller than the mega-ships, there was more than enough deck space, public areas, bars, restaurants, without the crowds and waiting lines on bigger ships. Never a wait on buffets or sit-down restaurants. The Prime 7 Steakhouse and Signatures restaurants were as good as any 5-Star restaurant in the world and the Compass Rose and Sette Marie were also excellent. The service throughout the ship by all staff was tremendous. Twice during the cruise we ordered bottles of vodka and it was delivered to our cabin completely gratis. The cabin was spacious with a walk in closet and large bathroom with ample sitting areas. The balcony was large enough to have dinner served, course by course, on three of the evenings that we chosee not to go to one of the restaurants. Service was prompt and the food was delicious. The free tours were on time and well organized and meaningful. Even though the price seemed high, when compared to non all inclusive cruise, the overall price was well worth it. You get so much more in comparison, that the extra price for everything included comes out cheaper. Hats off to Regent Seven Seas for being "The Best of The Best" at sea! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
I booked this cruise because of a conference onboard and also wanted to see what 6 star cruise experience is like. The chance to visit the Black Sea was also an attraction. I added the business class upgrade to Athens and from Istanbul ... Read More
I booked this cruise because of a conference onboard and also wanted to see what 6 star cruise experience is like. The chance to visit the Black Sea was also an attraction. I added the business class upgrade to Athens and from Istanbul because of the long flight from the west coast of North America. It was well worth the $999 each way. They flew us there on KLM and back on Delta. We were met at Athens airport by RSSC representative and a dozen of us were sent by bus to the Divani Caravel Hotel. They had a hospitality desk at the hotel that handled our questions. Arrangements to take us to the ship the next day was very smooth. Check-in was very efficient as their staff handled one bus at a time and the buses arrived at staggered times. We were treated to a buffet lunch with white table cloth once onboard since the suites were not ready until 2:30 p.m. We booked a guaranteed Suite F but was "upgraded" to Concierge Suite D on Deck 10. The suite was the same size as a mini-suite on larger ships but the layout was very functional. There was a walk=in closet and the bathroom was good size. Even though there was no bathtub, the shower was quite large and the shape of the bathroom made everything very convenient. The bed was an European King size bed that had a plush pillow top. The mini-bar was stocked with water, soda and beer (no extra charge). Balcony was fair size with two bamboo chairs and an ottoman. Cabin service was good as expected. I experienced neck and back pain for the first three nights and figured that it was because the bed was too soft. The cabin stewards managed to firm up the bed when I mentioned the problem and the pain went away.Now about the "upgrade". According to RSSC, the cabin upgrade only included the items in the cabin, so the in-room coffee-maker and binoculars were not removed. However, items that would cost them such as 30 minutes of internet, 15 minutes of phone call, 10% off premium wines were not included. In most other cruise lines, when there was a cabin upgrade, the passenger would get all of the benefits of the upgraded cabin. The food service was one of the selling points of the Mariner. I was impressed with the food service overall but there were minor exceptions. Each passenger was able to pre-book one night at Prime 7 (steak house) and Signatures (French restaurant). I managed to book an extra night at Signatures once I was onboard. I spent the first night at Sette Mari, the Italian restaurant on Deck 11. It was a buffet appetizer setup with pasta and main course prepared to order. We were fortunately to be served by two Italian waiters and they made the experience very authentic. I ordered a bottle of Italian wine from the premium wine list as it was good value compared to home. Compass Rose was their main dining room with no reservation needed. It opened at 6:30 p.m. and there was always room. Food was also very well prepared and presented. I spent two nights at Signatures and tried the various dishes. All dishes were well prepared and service was excellent. The only minor glitch was the food at Prime 7. I ordered a prime rib and my wife ordered a fillet mignon. The meat was not tender at all but the preparation was fine. Wines were included and they had a good selection of each varietal of white and red each night. These would be good valued wines that was appropriate for dinner. I did ordered a few more times from the premium wine list as there were some good values. Some excursions were included and I did not pay extra for the special ones. They were all well-organized and the local tour operators were all quite good. The ship would hand out bottled water and umbrellas before each tour. Besides those mentioned the Port Reviews, we also visited Sochi (Russia), Sevastopol (Ukraine), Constanta (Romania) and Nessebur (Bulgaria).The entertainment was good with three production shows (six dancers, two singers, pair of ballroom dancing champions, pair of specialty dancers and a eight piece orchestra). There were also a guest comedian and a pair of guest entertainers. There was always room in the Constellation Theater. That brings me to the atmosphere on the ship. There were 700 guests on the ship but it felt very quiet. On the sail-away party on deck, there was a band playing for less than 100 guests. I was wondering where everyone was. There was no line-up at the breakfast and lunch buffet. One could always find a table to sit. The lounges were quiet most of the time. The casino was mostly empty whenever I looked in. The boutique had limited selection of merchandize. There was no photographer onboard. I met a lot of new friends on the cruise and a lot of them were repeat clients of RSSC. In fact, half of the guests were returning clients. Fellow guests were always courteous and warm. Those who had 7 to 11 RSSC cruises under their belts gave me a lot of helpful hints. This was definitely a cruise for those who like a more serene type cruising, no crowd, no hurries and little noise. Disembarkation was breeze. We went to the Constellation Theater at the appointed time and were sent off the boat right the way after they checked off our names. The cruise fare also included transfers to the airport and we were taken to the airline check-in counter by a RSSC representative. The RSSC claim about all-inclusive fare was delivered. They gave each passenger a $100 shipboard credit to be applied against the cost of the Turkish visa needed to leave Istanbul by air. So I did not pay extra except for the premium wines that I ordered and the internet usage. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We were a small group all on anniversary sailings and thought it was good to buy RSSC since it included everything. Due to inclement weather, the cruise line skipped two tendering ports on a 10 sail! They offered no options, no alternates, ... Read More
We were a small group all on anniversary sailings and thought it was good to buy RSSC since it included everything. Due to inclement weather, the cruise line skipped two tendering ports on a 10 sail! They offered no options, no alternates, just sit in Civitavecchia and Livorno. The way they handled the situation was awful, almost everyone on board was furious. The front desk seemed bothered when we complained and treated us as though we had won the trip. The biggest problem with buying all inclusive and if you buy trip interruption, they will not give a value for the tours missed so it is challenging to get reimbursed for your loss. The price of the tours is built into the total cost and they should have offered something and cooperated with a claim, but they did not. So my recommendation is to sail on a comparable cruise line and buy the tours, if they don't take place, you get your money back. There were some good parts of the trip, the cabins are nice size and the bathrooms and closets are great. The ship could use some renovation but in pretty good shape but no WOW factors. They have added complimentary washers and dryers which was a good addition. The fine dining restaurants are excellent and the wait staff in those two areas were wonderful. The main dining area was OK, some nice presentations and a good variety of choices. There was a great variety of wine and no problem getting different types at any meal, the sommeliers were fabulous and they hosted a wonderful wine tasting. The spa and exercise facilities and staff were also great. Overall the rest of the crew and officers seemed as though they were missing enthusiasm. We had sailed on Regent before and noticed a sharp difference in attitude, at times we felt as though we were extras in a Zombie movie. The arrival back to the ship from Rome tours was very nice, most of the crew was outside greeting everyone with cold towels, refreshments and music. The on deck BBQ in Kotor was magical. They hired very good tour guides throughout. However, the disembarkation was terrible, one small van and a long hike to the terminal. Other cruise lines do a much better job and we were shocked at how poorly this was handled. Overall, would we sail on Regent again, we are leaning toward no. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
A 15 day Mediterranean cruise on Voyager was basically a repeat of a similar one in 2008 although with colder,chillier weather. Our cabin was spacious and well maintained, and our butler Joshua was outstanding. Attentive and friendly ... Read More
A 15 day Mediterranean cruise on Voyager was basically a repeat of a similar one in 2008 although with colder,chillier weather. Our cabin was spacious and well maintained, and our butler Joshua was outstanding. Attentive and friendly without being intrusive.We particularly enjoed our two evenings in Signatures special restaurant. Warm ambience,attentive service (not rushed like Prime 7) and wonderful cuisine.The shows get a B-. La Viva Vida should be retired. We have seen it on previous Regent cruises and it is trite and tiresome. Le Cirque Voyager was an outstanding show. Creative, exciting and well performed by an ocviously highly motivated cast.Jacqui Scott from London's West End was a delightful entertainer and was very well received.The tours were equally divided in quality and the performance of the guides. The Gaudi tour in Barcelona,the Virtuoso Voyager luncheon and tour of a manor house in Oporto, and the Rolls Royce museum in Bilboa were all outstanding with well informed,friendly guides. The guide to the Museum and Monastery in Lisbon was hyper and not well organized.All in all another very well run Regent cruise, with special praise for Captain McNeil and the officers and crew who did an utstanding job and were very safety conscious and serious in that vital regard.The next Regent cruise has already been booked! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
I'm from Hong Kong and went with my parents to our first cruise in Apr 2013. Since it was not the busy season yet, the price was lower than cruises in May-Aug. Overall it is a good experience with Regent. Embarkation and ... Read More
I'm from Hong Kong and went with my parents to our first cruise in Apr 2013. Since it was not the busy season yet, the price was lower than cruises in May-Aug. Overall it is a good experience with Regent. Embarkation and disembarkation We embarked after having lunch in Venice near the port. Overall the process was smooth. There was sufficient staff there to help. We are in our stateroom in less than an hour. Disembarkation was smooth as well. The Ship The cabin steward knew our names and was always around, and when he was, he would open the door for us. The stateroom was clean, spacious and beautiful and there was sufficient room for 3 people. The walk-in closet was large. Bathroom amenities were replenished very quickly. The sliding door to the balcony was a bit difficult to open but we managed to do so. The ship was also clean, spacious and beautiful. We loved that it was quiet and was not full of people. Maybe westerners like to socialize but due to difference in culture,we loved to enjoy ourselves without interference rather than socializing with other guests. There were sufficient laundry facilities for us to do our own washing and ironing. Services were execellent. All the staff were genuine and polite and they understood English well. Dining The food was overall good but there was a few misses. Surprsingly, dinner in the main dining room Compass Rose is the best, but the specility restaurants are not as good as expected. Crabcake in Prime 7 was good, but the lettuce in the Ceasar salad was not fresh! The so-called "Signature" Surf and Turf was bad, the lobster must have been freezed for too long, they were not fresh and, in fact, tasteless. The filet mignon was dry and also quite tasteless. What a disappointment! Signatures was better. The foie gras and mushroom soup were good, but the caviar did not taste good. Obviously they should buy better quality caviar for a 6-star ship. The steak and the dover sole were ok, the halibut was acceptable. Anyway, we didn't border making another reservation. The main dining room Compass Rose is however very good at dinner time. There was usually something fresh from the port of call to choose from. So the lobsters and seafood there were fresh, and the chef was flexible enough to cook the food according to our request (we asked for the lobsters to be pan-fried instead of steamed one night). However, the lunch was not as good. We wondered if they had a different chef for lunch? In particular, the so-called "Asian" dishes were not authentic at all, such as Indonesian fried rice lacked the essential black soya sauce, the chef must have no idea what Indonesian fried rice was at all! The Japanese dishes were also not done very well. Maybe they could get away with Westerners who were not familiar with Asian cuisines, but they could not fool Asians like us. They should really hire some Asian chefs if the would like to offer Asian cuisine on board. Otherwise, please just stick to Western cuisine. The breakfast buffet and some made-to-order dishes at La Veranda was excellent, but disappointedly there was only one champagne + caviar breakfast. The quality of the caviar was better then Signatures but still not too good. The lunch buffet was quite good except the pizzas which were poorly done. Dinner at Sette Mari at La Veranda was quite good too but not as good as Compass Rose because the seafood was not as fresh. Overall the wine selections were acceptable. Moreover, the services in all the restaurants were very good. Entertainment The night shows on board were generally quite good but they were a bit too short. However, the singers in the disco sung poorly. As we didn't have any seadays and we went on shore excursions every day, we didn't have much time on the ship during daytime for other activities. Shore excursions There were all well organized and efficient. Water was offered when we got off the ship. The guides were usually ok, but sometime it was difficult to hear them due to the large open spaces and the size of the group. The lunches/snacks offered during the trips were quite good, there was always wine on offer. We particularly like having champagne afternoon tea in a luxury hotel in Istanbul, and all were inclusive! Conclusion Overall, we were satisfied with the cruise for the price we paid. Will we return? Yes but perhaps not too soon because we'd like to try other similar cruise lines such as Crystal or maybe Seabourn to compare.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Our group of 6 adults chose Regent to celebrate 2-40th and 1-50th birthdays. We wanted a luxury experience and the all-inclusive nature of this cruise line. We were absolutely thrilled with our cruise experience except for a couple ... Read More
Our group of 6 adults chose Regent to celebrate 2-40th and 1-50th birthdays. We wanted a luxury experience and the all-inclusive nature of this cruise line. We were absolutely thrilled with our cruise experience except for a couple of the tours (more on that later). Check in was quick as we were some of the first in line. As we boarded the ship, we were handed a glass of champagne and directed to the Constellation Theatre. A wonderful way to start a trip! The food on the Mariner was fantastic and we enjoyed every meal. The best was one birthday celebration at Signatures, although the second celebration at Prime 7 was good, but not quite as nice as Signatures. The lobster surf and turf was a bit tough, but we all enjoyed our meals. It is virtually impossible for a ship to serve every meal perfectly, but they certainly try. The staff were incredible. From our room stewardess, Kathlyn, to the wait staff, bartenders and crew we encountered, everyone and I do mean everyone, went out of their way to smile, say hello and ask about your day.We decided to book tours in advance in every port and were fairly active, which helped to offset the fine food we indulged in every evening. While most tours were very good, we decided to pay extra for 2-Regent Choice tours which we understood were to give a more enriching experience with smaller group sizes. Unfortunately we were very disappointed with our tour to San Marino. I realize this is a newly developed tourist destination, but the guide was inexperienced and spent the tour, reading to us from a guide book. After a while we simply wandered off and explored on our own. Since this was the first Regent Choice tour (and we paid extra for it), we were concerned about the quality of the inclusive tours. We needn't worry about those. Every tour that was included in our package price was excellent. Our last disappointment was with the final Regent Choice tour which ended up being cancelled. This tour (Super Tuscan Wine Experience) was to be the highlight of our trip. While it is understandable that they must have a minimum number of participants, what was beyond disappointing was the lack of initiative or creative problem solving by the Mariner's destination services team. They refunded our money (as expected) but could have retained the fee if they'd only been a bit more proactive. Perhaps a private group wine tasting of a selection of Super Tuscan wines (they must have had some on board for purchase) by the head sommelier, followed by a typical Tuscan meal would have been offered. But no, the only solution the staff had was to rebook an existing tour.Our disappointment with the extra cost tours aside, there is a lot to be said for how well Regent does virtually everything else. We didn't enjoy much of the entertainment, but that is a personal taste issue. We did enjoy the daily trivia tournament and high tea in the lounge. All too soon our cruise was over. I expect we will chose to cruise Regent again, mostly due to the staff interaction and the quality of the food, but I doubt we'll go beyond the regular tour offerings which are part of the all inclusive package price. The Regent Choice excursions leave a lot to be desired. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Let me provide some background as I believe we all have such subjective views. I have cruised on Celebrity and Oceania, this is the first Regent Cruise. I travel a lot for business, with my standard stays at Marriotts, Hyatts, etc. This ... Read More
Let me provide some background as I believe we all have such subjective views. I have cruised on Celebrity and Oceania, this is the first Regent Cruise. I travel a lot for business, with my standard stays at Marriotts, Hyatts, etc. This cruise was 7 nights starting in Rome ending in Istanbul. Overall it was very enjoyable,a few highlights: Positive- -Embarkation was the easiest I ever experienced. -The crew were all extremely friendly and helpful. I don't recall having crew that always had a smile on their face, and offered to assist with anything -The bed was very comfortable and the bath amenities very nice -I really like the all inclusive fare. I don't drink much, however, not signing chits throughout the cruise was very nice -The excursions were better than I expected. All but one of the guides was excellent. The maximum tour size was 20, I noted that the other larger ships had groups of 30-40 -This cruise had two significant issues to deal with. The first was a suspected case of meningitis where the passenger had to be taken off the ship overnight for medical help, and the second Hurricane Sandy. The communications and transparency from the Captain and Jamie the cruise director was excellent. There is a thread on the medical issue on the Boards. The Italian authorities did not let us disembark in Messina. All passengers were given Cipro to take as a precaution. On the hurricane side, we did use Regent Air and they were working to make sure our flight home were running as usual. In what I thought was a nice gesture, they provided free internet for the last two days of the cruise to those flying to/through the east coast. -The food was good-very good. I live in a city with excellent restaurants. I'm not sure its completely fair to compare a restaurant at home that seats 200 to the volume on the ship. Our meals in Prime 7 and Signatures were very good. The service in Signatures was surprisingly average. The Sette Mare concept worked for us and it was casual and enjoyable.Compass Rose was good, but our service there was excellent. Neutral-Negative. -I took advantage of the upsell to a "A" Penthouse suite. Our butler arrived to the ship late due to a delay in his travel back from leave. He was very pleasant, but since he was late did not do a good job of explaining what services he could provide. My wife and I are pretty self sufficient. We did not really use the butler, so whatever the incremental cost was for that was a waste of money for us. The layout of the suite, especially with the extra window was very nice however. -The gym and spa were very small. I'm not sure that the "Canyon Ranch" association adds anything -Since this cruise was so port intensive, we did not attend any of the shows. We peeked in on one, it didnt knock our socks off Overall, we had a very pleasant week. We would definitely sail on Regent again, however, it wasn't a home run. We would at least compare the price of a similar itinerary that was not all inclusive to see the difference. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
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