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7 Regent Seven Seas Fitness Cruise Reviews

When Regent announced the launching of a new ship several years ago, like most Regent cruisers, my wife and I were very excited, and had cruises booked on it for September of 2016 and March 2017. Life intervened, and we had to cancel ... Read More
When Regent announced the launching of a new ship several years ago, like most Regent cruisers, my wife and I were very excited, and had cruises booked on it for September of 2016 and March 2017. Life intervened, and we had to cancel both of these cruises. So when we were finally able to book another cruise on it, we were chomping at the bit to experience it, wondering whether our high expectations would be met. Clearly from the title of this review, they were... although with a bit of an asterisk. The ship- Regent hypes this ship as "World's Most Luxurious Ship". As I have not been on every cruise ship in the world, I cannot validate this statement, but if there is a more beautiful ship at sea, I would love to see it. The ship is, in a word, breathtakingly beautiful. OK, 2 words. But I cannot say enough about how impressive this ship is. Prior to this voyage, I thought the most elegant ships I have sailed on were Oceana's Riviera/ Marina, but I think the Explorer has them beat. From the stunning atrium, to each and every restaurant, lounge, theater..even the men's rooms were beautiful. (And I assume the same for the ladies' room, although I have no first hand knowledge of such and will take DW's word for it. ) The hallways of stateroom decks have lovely black and white photographs. The ship is a pleasure to walk around on. Cuisine- I have long been a fan of Regent cuisine, but I am now an even bigger fan. Every cruise line's main dining rooms offer "always available" items, usually steak, chicken, salmon, and perhaps a vegetarian dish. , The main dining room on Regent,, Compass Rose, now offers as always available: Meats: Black Angus New York Strip, Black Angus Rib Eye. Black Angus Filet Mignon, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Veal Medallions, Half Roast Chicken, Pork Chops Fish: Jumbo Shrimp, Maine Lobster Tail(!!) , King Sea Scallops, Norwegian Salmon, Whole Dover Sole(!!), Branzino. With a cornucopia of sauces and sides to mix and match with them. AND with a whole array of appetizers, soups, salads, such as crab salad, Norwegian gravilax, escargot....well, you get the idea. So in the unlikely event that there is nothing on the daily menu that sounds tempting, you can order something wonderful from the always available menu. For me, this is a game changer. No more checking the daily menu and having to try for a specialty restaurant reservation if there is nothing to your liking. The only problem- major difficult decisions need to be made every single night! Life is tough. Speaking of specialty restaurants, the Explorer has 4 of them, and IMHO, all are superb. Entertainment- Several years ago, Regent changed the company that managed the entertainment talent and production shows, and I must say that for us it is a change for the better. The talent of the singers and dancers has always been wonderful, but the production shows are at a new level. They are inventive, and creative, not typical cruise ship fare. And the LED backdrops and lighting in the Constellation Theater adds greatly to the enjoyment of the show. The only downside- it seems to me that the sightlines of the theater do not seem to be quite as good as I remember them being on the other Regent ships, but we never had any problem getting seats, provided that we got there at least 10 minutes ahead. There is nice entertainment in the lounges, the Regent Signature Orchestra for ballroom, a pianist, Deborah, who has a lovely voice, and our very favorite Regent talent, Boogie and Kasia, who played 2 or 3 sets every night in the Explorer lounge. Their later set provides great fast dancing music, and the delightful Kasia gets down on the dance floor and really gets the crowd dancing. Internet- The ship had the least horrible internet experience I have had on a cruise ship to date. I guess that's as good as one can expect at sea. Sure, it was still painfully slow, but the agony was far less than I have experienced in the past. Service much better in public areas than in my state room, where it was truly agonizing. Log in and out was a breeze, and my wife and I were both able to be on at the same time. Gym- best I have ever seen on a ship. When I first walked in, I did not see any treadmills in this rather large gym, only to find out that there was another room, separated by a hallway. Plenty of cardio machines, and strength- resistant machines. And now for the asterisk- Sadly, I think that the service has slipped a tad since my last Regent cruise. Not the stateroom attendants, nor the restaurant wait staff, they were still top notch. But in the lounges and pool deck, I frequently had a hard time getting service. I do not think that this is the fault of the staff- the crew is as hard working, friendly and accommodating as ever. I think the problem is in numbers- it seemed as if there was just less staff. I have no data to support this, it is just an impression. However, this was in no way shape or form anywhere near enough of a problem to put a damper on this wonderful cruise experience. One final word- these reviews are obviously very subjective matters, everyone's opinions are different and equally valid. But I always make it a point to ask people that I meet on board how they are enjoying their cruise, and for what it's worth, I did not get one response that was not ENTHUSIASTICALLY positive. The only grumbling I heard all cruise long was about chair hogs. So what else is new? Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We sailed for 18 days from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal. Prior to the cruise we had a one day tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma, with lunch in Sonoma City - a lovely small town. Embarkation and disembarkation were the ... Read More
We sailed for 18 days from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal. Prior to the cruise we had a one day tour of Muir Woods and Sonoma, with lunch in Sonoma City - a lovely small town. Embarkation and disembarkation were the only disappointments, and Regent is not at fault. The 3rd party handler in San Francisco failed to provide transportation to the ship for the majority of passengers. And the New York Cruise Terminal made a two day mess of disembarkation, resulting in some passengers missing their scheduled tour of New York City. Clarifications: The ship was partially refurbished in 2014 - the lounges and dining rooms and other public areas were re-done and are very nice. The cabins and cabin hallways are tired but cabins are still comfortable. The ship will go through a complete refurbishment in 2018. Very clean ship, crew very friendly, good service. Food: Lots of food available. Much is high quality sourcing - fantastic lamb from new Zealand, milk fed veal, shrimp. Excellent bread in the formal dining rooms. Authentic spaghetti carbonara and huge delicious portion of veal schnitzel at Stelli Mari restaurant. Restaurants: In past reviews people complained about the slow service in Compass Rose. We only experienced that once and we ate their several times. Cabin: Loved the walk in shower with large rainshower head. Captain Updates: Gave us detailed updates at noon each day. Gym: Excellent high quality equipment. Fitness Manager rather pushy re trying to up sell. Self Serve Laundry: A great feature on each cabin floor. Swimming Pool: I only used it once as there are no steps going down into the pool suitable for people with mobility issues. The top step in the ladders are too far apart for my legs to reach to the deck. This problem has been resolved in the new Explorer ship. I used the jacuzzis instead. Service: I thought service was good. I'm not a smoker but my travel partner is. Smoking is limited to 3 areas of the ship. Some smokers didn't think the service re appetizers and drinks was as good as it could be. Favorite Parts of the Ship: The 11th floor covered terrace at the back of the ship for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Observation Lounge and Horizon Lounge when going through the Panama Canal and during a hurricane. Size of Ship: Perfect for accommodating around 700 passengers and 400 crew. The ship never felt crowded. Ports and Excursions: This is hurricane season with hot humid weather. Be prepared for this if you go in September. Due to bad weather we could not dock in Acapulco or Nassau. This is not the fault of the cruise line.Highlights included: Pura Vida private garden tour in Costa Rica, Cartagena Colombia Old and New Town tour (Cartagena is a hidden gem - spectacularly beautiful), post dis-embarkation tour of New York City (911 memorial is outstanding). Age Profile: Suitable for 55+. Average age likely 70-90+. Large number of people with mobility problems - may be a challenge in rough weather. Not suitable for children. Would I go again? Yes Strong Recommendation: Please do not wait until after the cruise to voice your complaints. Bring them up immediately to the crew so they can do their best to accommodate your requests. Be specific re your complaints. This cruise line is really trying to make this a memorable experience for you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband's brother and his wife are seasoned cruisers and suggested we join them on Voyager. We have cruised three times before but never with Regent. It was fabulous. There was a computer technical hitch which meant we had to ... Read More
My husband's brother and his wife are seasoned cruisers and suggested we join them on Voyager. We have cruised three times before but never with Regent. It was fabulous. There was a computer technical hitch which meant we had to wait quite a while before embarkation but as we had enjoyed the previous day's independent tour of Copenhagen which included a wonderful river cruise and spitefully expensive beer, we were not concerned. Our pre-cruise hotel was lovely as was the breakfast. We were thrilled that our Concierge suite lived up to our expectations. The toiletries, bathroom, and the attention to detail provided by our maid were very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and she was willing to attend to our requests promptly and efficiently. The bed was really comfortable. I rarely sleep well whilst away from home but there were no problems on this cruise. It was lovely and quiet (Deck 10). We did not order room service so cannot comment in that regard. As I am in my forties I did feel that I was one of the younger guests as the average age was about 65 and it was like cruising with my parents. But everyone was so lovely it didn't matter. Service in the restaurants and bars was excellent. The minute we sat down in the Voyager lounge to enjoy pre-dinner drinks the waiter appeared to take our order and offered delightful canapes. The food was excellent and could not be faulted. The service was good too. It was very clear that everything is geared towards American guests' expectations and the coffee, egg dishes and pancakes were flowing. Despite serving Twinings English Breakfast tea, the waiters couldn't quite get it right. Still, a small hiccup in the grand scheme of things. The standard of food and service in Compass Rose was excellent also. Service on some evenings was slow but well worth the wait. The steak and lobster in Prime 7 was amazing. In fact I could go so far as to say it was the best fillet steak I have ever had. We also enjoyed dining in Signatures. We were pampered throughout and it felt great. We visited Coffee Connection nearly everyday and the Barista was very accommodating. The choice of biscuits and snacks was varied and all tasted delicious. Excursions were well organised and the tour guides very knowledgeable. Very enjoyable. I think their brief was to keep talking...and they did! As most of the guests were of a certain age there was nothing too energetic and so each tour could be accessed by everyone. The shows were slightly disappointing and although each member of the entertainments team was very talented, the shows did not flow and were quite disjointed. We saw a couple but then didn't bother with any more... they were very 'samey' and 'predictable'. The acrobatic duo were incredibly supple and would contort into the most bizarre shapes and it made me feel quite sick. We didn't take part in any enrichment activities but made full use of the gym and jogging track. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise so we were able to sunbathe a little - which we did not expect to be able to do! Every member of staff with whom we came into contact was extremely polite and respectful. Before we went on this cruise, we were so confident that it was going to be wonderful we booked the 21 night cruise on Voyager from Singapore to Sydney in December and so are very much looking forward to sailing again with Regent. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Upon arrival in Anchorage we were greeted byes the transfer representative.It was very disorganized.to make a long story short it took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from the Airport to the Hotel.The airport is only 10 minutes and ten ... Read More
Upon arrival in Anchorage we were greeted byes the transfer representative.It was very disorganized.to make a long story short it took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from the Airport to the Hotel.The airport is only 10 minutes and ten dollars away so all of us were quite frustrated by the time we got to the Hotel.we stayed at the Hilton which is equivalent to a Days Inn.The room was clean but very small.The check in was easy but it was not clear as when we should arrive to leave for departure.That being said if you want to board the ship early you should plan to be at breakfast early.We arrived at 9:00 but our bus did not leave until 12:00 PM,So far we were not impressed with Regent.I do have to say that Anchorage is a very casual town with low key hotels so were not expecting anything fancy but we were definitely disappointed about the lack of organization upon arrival/On a side note we had dinner at Marx Bros cafe in Anchorage and really enjoyed it. The ride to Seward was very nice and we were finally starting to feel like we were on vacation..The check in was easy and the ship was amazing.There was a slight problem with our room so i was offered a lower level room at the same price.This did not make me happy.They were able to solve the problem so all worked out well. The ship is very upscale and so easy to navigate.we stayed mid ship on the 8th floor.The room was well appointed and lives up to the reviews others have posted.. We did hear some vibration but it did not bother us.The service was amazing,.Hats off to Jamie our cruise director for taking care of everyone. Restaurants Compass Rose-We loved this restaurant.it was never busy and the service and food were excellent..Loved lunch and dinner Prime 7-Loved it,Steak,crab legs,lobster etc.we were able to eat here twice by just checking to see if they had room.Be sure to make a reservation prior to departing La Veranda-Excellent breakfast buffet,Dinner was good but the atmosphere was more casual Pool restauranExcellent table service and Buffet. What really makes this ship special is the service.The crew is amazing and there was never a line or wait for anything. The casino was small but fun although we never won.lol There was a lounge area for dancing,and live music,and two piano bars.All upscale and nice. The crowd was older so there were not many people dancing.By mid week there were more people out and about at night..We did not mind having the dance floor to ourselves. The shows were entertaining and we enjoyed them. The pool area was great.There were two jacuzzi's that people enjoyed and it was a great way to meet people.service at the pool area was great too. All the excursion we took were excellent and i was able to switch some of them and add too.They have destination experts on board to help you although I would do your research prior and pre book.Jamie was always waiting outside the cruise ship with helpful hints about each port if needed.There was always time to explore the small towns prior to or after the excursions. To sum it up Regent runs a tight ship.First class in every way once you are on the ship.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed from Seward to Vancouver June 2013. We were pleasantly surprised with our vacation on the Navigator: Fitness - Great Spin Class and decent sized gym for the size of the ship Spa - We each got a massage and I got an oxygen ... Read More
We sailed from Seward to Vancouver June 2013. We were pleasantly surprised with our vacation on the Navigator: Fitness - Great Spin Class and decent sized gym for the size of the ship Spa - We each got a massage and I got an oxygen facial - very pleased with both La Veranda - Ate breakfast there most mornings. Dinner once. The dinner was good but I preferred the atmosphere of Compass Rose Compass Rose - Never had a bad meal and REALLY enjoyed the waitstaff: Olga, Norman and Faustine to name a few Wine selection - We are red wine drinkers and enjoyed Simi Cab, Hess, and Chilensis - Prime 7 - Ate here the last night and LOVED to atmosphere. Shrimp cocktail and crabcakes were great. Chowder outstanding. Steak could have been better. Crew - NEVER had a bad experience!! Entertainment - Very talented dancers and we really enjoyed the crew production on the last night Room Service and Room attendants - Always very attentive Excursions - Sitka - Advanced Bike Tour (free) had fun and it also presented a challenge Juneau - Taku Lodge Flight and Feast - FABULOUS! Saw a black bear and cub! Skagway - White Pass (free) - Loved this beautiful, scenic trip Ketchikan - Chose not to do an excursion and just walked around town (this was our least favorite town) Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
VALUE We love Regent Cruises......no other cruise line gives as much value coupled with casual, Comfortable elegance. It is also generous with discounts if you do not use their Included air or hotel. Everything except spa, laundry ... Read More
VALUE We love Regent Cruises......no other cruise line gives as much value coupled with casual, Comfortable elegance. It is also generous with discounts if you do not use their Included air or hotel. Everything except spa, laundry and shopping is included. They Pour excellent wines...and top shelf liquor. I did enjoy champagne with my breakfast! INTERNET Very expensive on first and second cruises: $.95 to $.50/ min depending on package Since our third cruise we have had unlimited Internet and wifi Throughout the ship, you Can bring your own iPad or they will supply one, good assistance from the net manager And great free copying. ENTERTAINMENT This Thanksiving cruise Nov 15-25'2012. Had the most OUTSTANDING SHOWS 6 Of the nights....4 big broadway theme shows, a more intimate nightclub Beatles night, And the most amazing LE CIRQUE performance in any theater...land or sea of the 10 We have seen including Las Vegas. The 2 comedy nights were disappointing. An operatic Singer one night had a gorgeous voice. There is music and entertainment throughout The ship at other times as well as the usual cruise games and activities. FOOD Ranged from great to disappointing... But service was consistently excellent and there were Always more choices. There is only one fancy specialty restaurant, Prime 7. Service was so Leisurely that we left immediately after the main course to see the show. We were graciously Told we could come back just for dessert any other evening. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
With 700 passengers Voyager is 3 times larger than Silverseas and Seabourn, so we read the negative reviews with some anxiety. However, No long check-in lines, we were in our superbly appointed cabin within 15 minutes of boarding. cabin ... Read More
With 700 passengers Voyager is 3 times larger than Silverseas and Seabourn, so we read the negative reviews with some anxiety. However, No long check-in lines, we were in our superbly appointed cabin within 15 minutes of boarding. cabin equal to Silverseas and much better than Seabourn. Love the walk in shower, L'Occitane products, large bath sheets. Hectic schedule of ports, with only one day at sea, but well managed tours with staggered set off times and no waiting around. Lots to do on board, award winning spa, excellent daily fitness classes. Food plentiful, not gourmet, but up to top hotel food. Great choice of fresh, healthy options. We asked on several occasions for something not on the menu and it was always provided. Main negative was the appallingly slow and unreliable and very expensive internet connection - a major source of aggravation to us. This apart, this was definitely 6* luxury, the cabin was very spacious, very quiet and the balcony plenty big enough for two to sit and dine. and the crew were friendly, courteous, attentive. We can't wait for next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
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