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We just returned from a 10-day Western Caribbean journey on the explorer. For anyone considering sailing on this ship, our suggestion is to not hesitate and go for it. This was our first Regent cruise and will not be our last. Our ... Read More
We just returned from a 10-day Western Caribbean journey on the explorer. For anyone considering sailing on this ship, our suggestion is to not hesitate and go for it. This was our first Regent cruise and will not be our last. Our concierge level stateroom was spacious and had more storage space then we could fill. The bathroom was large and had drawers and shelf space to hold anything we could bring. We liked having 2 sinks, a tub and a shower. Having the laundry right down the hall was very convenient for washing swimsuits after snorkeling. The food was amazing. Our favorites included: Pacific Rim and Prime 7, don’t miss the 14 layer chocolate cake, trust me you will love it. The pools were heated and well used; we were concerned that they would be too cold for us, not an issue. Bob enjoyed the lectures, and we found the evening entertainment to be excellent. We laughed to Bruce Smirnoff’s humor, swayed to Doug Camron’s melodic violin, danced to the Broadway and 60’s music and swooned to Tammy & Andy’s beautiful singing. Each night we listened to Tim’s excellent piano playing and enjoyed “Name the Tune” with friends until the wee hours. The staff was very caring, sweet and helpful. Anything we asked for was delivered without hesitation. For example, Bob requested IPA beer and the next day a supply was in our cabin. We found out later that it was not carried onboard and someone went to port and purchased it for Bob. Just one example of how above and beyond everyone goes to make sure the passengers are taken care of. I could go on and on, but I think you have the gist. We have booked another trip on the Explorer. There were a few areas that need improvement. * The Internet connection was iffy at best. * We did not enjoy the shore excursions that we took from the ships offerings; this may be because of the itinerary, however at this time it is our only means for comment. * The cooking class was a huge disappointment. Bob has a shellfish allergy and we checked prior to booking the cooking class that it was only “fish” and no shellfish. The class began with scallops and then moved to shrimp. Although they switched to fish for Bob, there was serious cross-contamination in the ovens and Bob got quite sick. We requested a refund and wanted to leave the class. The head chef would only refund Bob. We missed two of the recipes because of the time spent talking to her. We stayed even though we did not want to. It felt like the cooking school was a concession that was not run by Regent. Their main concern was the money; not that the passengers were taken care of. Also but not as important, the chef teaching was not good. She forgot steps and the food was not great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have sailed on every RSSC ship except The Diamond. We have also sailed many times with Silversea. This was absolutely the best ever. We chose this cruise just so we could experience The Explorer. To me luxury is service, space, ... Read More
We have sailed on every RSSC ship except The Diamond. We have also sailed many times with Silversea. This was absolutely the best ever. We chose this cruise just so we could experience The Explorer. To me luxury is service, space, and quiet. The service was superb in our suite, the restaurants, the lounges. It seemed every wish was anticipated. We never had to wait for drinks, wine, water, coffee or room service. I love food and when travelling seek the best restaurants in an area. The food in Compass Rose, Pacific Edge, Chartreuse, and Prime 7 was fabulous -- as good as any toped rated restaurant in any city. We love the Compass Rose anytime favorite menu. Had seared foie gras every time we dined there. The ship's movement was quiet and smooth. Although one night in a storm, we could hear the wind, we never felt any movement. The Compass Rose restaurant is aft on deck four. The were no vibrations, no noise, ever. We had to look out the window to see if we were moving. As advertised, the ship is luxurious. The art and furnishings are breathtaking. There are numerous beautifully appointed public seating areas. The lecturer was excellent. Very informative about the area in which we were sailing. Shows were very entertaining. The Canyon Ranch spa was beautiful and the treatments, although pricey, were wonderful The only disappointment was the cooking school. It required standing for two hours. I cannot do that and requested a chair or stool and was told "no." I had to leave three times to sit next door in the library to rest my legs. The hands on classroom is beautiful. The class was for beginning cooks, so I did not learn anything. It seemed to be run by someone other the Regent. We would sail on Explorer anytime, anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
First of all, all the pictures I took are from INSIDE the suite. These are not public rooms. The furnishing are amazing! I don't think there is a more extensive collection of photos inside the suite anywhere online. I know I could not ... Read More
First of all, all the pictures I took are from INSIDE the suite. These are not public rooms. The furnishing are amazing! I don't think there is a more extensive collection of photos inside the suite anywhere online. I know I could not find many when I was booking it. Hope it helps to give you an idea. I did not take pics of second bedroom. I started cruising 40 years ago. Started on the NCL Bahamarama and then a cabin with 69sq feet for 3 people on another line. Point is, I started at the very VERY bottom and have worked my way up the chain one step at a time for those 40 years. So now we all have a reference point. lol I have had the owners suite on most common lines, ships. About 12 to date including the Queen Mary, Jewel, Pearl, 3 Celebrity ships, Allure, 1 Silver Sea, Oceana and a few more for another point of reference. So I booked the Regency Suite as it has the highest marks and it is the most luxurious suite at sea as they claim! It's beautiful. Let me put everyone's mind at rest, there was no ugly. None! I'll think HARD to find something bad. I had two complaints but they were not the fault of the cruise line. They are personal preferences. What we learned is you may want to forgo many of the spa treatments or you will find yourself at the spa way too much. About the 3rd day we figured out that it was a little overwhelming and cut way back on the treatments. Would rather spend the time together with girlfriend as we found that we were only seeing each other for meals. Of course if you have been married a long time you may feel different. :-) The cabin is at the front of the ship. To be honest, I prefer the rear as you really can't use the balcony when you are on the move. Just way too windy. So we would use the small balcony on the side off the other bedroom. Preem, our Butler, was spot on. Preem was Great! Thanks Preem! Food and service was wonderful. Staff was great every step of the way. We don't do shore excursions but Regency provided a driver and car at each port. We would go off the ship for 1-2 hours and then back to the ship. Of course each time we looked forward to returning to the suite. We are going on Regency again in less than 90 days and already booked for 2019. This time elected for the #2 cabin, the Master Suite as it is in the rear of the ship. As for value, let's not kid ourselves. It was over the top. But sometimes you want something over the top. For all other times, hopefully the Master Suite at a fraction of the price will still provide 99% of the experience and 2000 sq. feet. Overall a wonderful experience. My next review is the Ralph Lauren Owners Suite on the Oceana Riviera that were were on December 2, 2017. Thanks for reading and hope you found my review helpful. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Great cruise! We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. we hadn't been on Regent for over four years and felt it was time to give them another try; 2. we wanted to see the Panama canal; 3. it was an expensive way to get to South ... Read More
Great cruise! We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. we hadn't been on Regent for over four years and felt it was time to give them another try; 2. we wanted to see the Panama canal; 3. it was an expensive way to get to South America to visit our friends in Ecuador. We are Gold on Regent, and this was our 12th cruise with them; we go back to 2000 on the Paul Gauguin. We had sailed on that ship, plus the Diamond, Navigator and Voyager but never Mariner. This was also the longest cruise we had done, 18 days. In case you choose a similar itinerary in this time frame, be aware that the climate is HOT. Places like Colombia particularly, Panama, and down to Lima the weather was very hot and humid. It was tough to be out on deck at times, and shade was at a premium. More about excursions later. But just a heads-up about this. Next time I'll try the more temperate part of SA or I'll go in their winter rather than their summer (although it doesn't matter for Panama and Colombia I think.) Loved the ship. Friends had said that the public spaces on Mariner were the best, and being a lover of Voyager it was hard to understand that, but it's true. There are tons of lounges and meeting places around the ship. The Coffee Connection is very nice, the Observation Lounge too, although not sure I liked it any better than Voyager. Compass Rose was way better than any of the other ships--it's kind of broken up, i.e., it has the feel of several smaller rooms, and I believe that may be why the acoustics are way better. Just overall a comfortable place. The tradeoff is that the cabins are smaller. See below under Cabin Review. The cuisine was up to standard for Regent. We particularly thought that the food in CR was excellent. Also really enjoyed Signatures (goodbye Signatures!). Prime 7 was fine too, although the one meal that we ate there really didn't stand out. Sette Mare was okay, but the concept needs a complete overhaul as does the menu--the Italian classics were underwhelming, to be kind. During the day we generally ate in La Verandah, although once or twice we went to CR. The buffet food was as expected, very nice usually. I only got to sit outside once, it was usually packed out there, despite the heat most days. The Jean Ann Ryan song and dance troupe is on their way out on Regent, and I believe Mariner may be their last ship, destined to be replaced this spring. Despite the lovely leggy girl dancers, I say, "good riddance". The choreography and production values of the one or two shows that I saw were cringe-worthy. Very dated, much too glitzy and faux glamorous for such a small ship. Saw some good solo performances, although we didn't make many shows I admit. We also very much enjoyed the lounge pianist, Ross. Made friends with him, even had dinner with him one night. He was in charge also of the music trivia, in which we participated, and had loads of fun. He played in the Observation Lounge evenings so that became our hang-out of choice before dinner. We had a number of sea days spread out over the cruise, and the activities on board were excellent. Always something interesting to do. This included Terry Breen onboard for the entire circumnavigation of South America, doing enrichment lectures about the canal and the South American countries we were visiting. She is a fabulous lady and her presence certainly enhanced this cruise for us. We got into Trivia and ended up playing in the same group of 6 for the entire cruise--made friends and had a ball. Service as always was excellent. The staff more than ever worked very hard at memorizing our names. Perhaps this was because of the length of the cruise, but we were only on for the first segment. Even the Destination Services staff were excellent, really great, helpful and friendly. We did have a Code Red for a while. It was handled very discreetly and we weren't inconvenienced at all. Salt and pepper shakers, cream pitchers were removed from tables, etc. Hand sanitizing coming back to the ship was mandatory and encouraged everywhere. I think this kind of thing is probably endemic in certain tropical destinations. We stopped at some nice islands. Some I didn't get to see much of because I was in the water (i.e., snorkeling.) St. Bart's was one--snorkelling was disappointing, although I was glad to just be in the water--island didn't seem very welcoming to cruisers--it's a "high end" island where celebs hang out. Martinique was nice, although I believe this is where some pax came to grief on excursions--one of our trivia buddies fell on a hiking trail and gouged a piece out of her leg--that curtailed her water plans for the rest of the trip; another group in a 4x4 rolled over and there were multiple wounds including a hospitalization (he rejoined the cruise later.) We did the botanical garden which was lovely. Grenada next, is the "spice island". I indeed bought spices there, and our tour was great, but the island itself is very, very poor, one big rainforest. Bonaire was probably my favourite, although I spent my time on the water, in a junk out to Klein Bonaire, which is a desert island off the coast, protected, with some very good snorkelling. So I was happy, happy. I'd go back. Aruba seemed very nice too, although we did the submarine trip down to see the reefs and didn't see much of the island. But that excursion was a big highlight for us--made me wish I had learned to scuba years ago. Then on to two stops in Colombia. Colombia is recovering from its bad years, and it shows, but Santa Marta has a ways to go--they don't seem to have the tourist infrastructure they need yet. Tour guides were ill-trained and the tour we went to the (beautiful) Tayrona National Park was disorganized and chaotic. The park itself is stunning, but our guide did not pay attention to the age of the participants, and the logistics of the trip were badly planned and executed. Our group ended up insisting to return to the ship, with our guide almost in tears. Our stop in Cartagena went better, the city is really beautiful. Lots of income disparity, however; huge luxury condos overlooking the ocean, gee I wonder where that money came from, eh? Just remember again, Colombia is very, very hot. Then on to the Canal. With Terry preparing us with lectures about the building of the canal and the logistics of how it works. The day passing through the canal was the highlight of the cruise. It was spectacular. Also very hot. But the Observation Lounge was nice and cool. So people milled about the open decks all day, oohing and ahhing. So glad we did this. But again, it's HOT in January (probably all the time.) So then on down the Pacific coast of SA. We stopped at the small Ecuadorean city of Manta. It's a major tuna fishing port, and we watched frozen bonita being emptied out of one trawler into trucks, all day long. Huge amount of fish. The weather was really bad in Manta, it poured rain all morning. People mostly went on excursions that included the town of Montecristi, where one can buy the genuine, original Panama Hat (Montecristi hat really.) Long story, but they were never made in Panama. We stayed on the ship and entertained our friends who live in Manta, a terrific thing to do if you plan it well in advance. Since we spent a week in this area later on our trip, I'll say, go to Montecristi and spend the day just wandering the shops there. It's definitely third-world, but delightful really. David brought home a hat, which he bought from a little shop, a wholesaler, not a big place, so he got a great price on a fine, fine one (so-called "superfino" quality). I bought a beautiful alpaca shawl for $10--I could have brought home beautiful blankets and hammocks as well, and jewellery. Manta itself is a gritty, dusty place, lots of construction going on recovering from the major earthquake they had last year. We really enjoyed our week there, but spent most of it on a beach south of the city. Then on to Guayaquil, where the ship docks south of the city, in the industrial port. This city is very large. It's the gateway to the Galapagos. We went on a long excursion to a cocoa plantation, a tropical flower plantation, and an orchid greenhouse/store. The tropical flower stop was the best, because we had the owner doing a great narrative and sales pitch--our guide was useless on this trip. He didn't pay attention to the group as a whole, concentrating on the few closest to him. So we didn't see Guayaquil on this stop, although we did stay downtown later on our trip and it was interesting, and definitely different. Trujillo was our next visit (port of Salaverry). Went to several fascinating ancient ruins. Started our education onboard with Terry doing lectures about pre-columbian civilizations. Up in the north it was all pre-Inca, and all made of adobe. Amazing stuff really. We had lunch at a hacienda where they raise and show the famous Paso horses. We had a nice outdoor meal while watching the horses and human dancers perform. A very good day, although we did not climb to the top of the Temple of the Moon because by then it was afternoon and, again, very, very HOT. Trujillo also seemed fairly poor, and the roads were covered with litter. This was noteworthy because when we got to Lima, there was NONE. So, on to Lima for our last day on the ship. Another excursion to two ancient ruins, right in the middle of the Miraflores district where we stayed after disembarking. This is the area of the city where most tourists stay, and I highly recommend it. It's safe, there's lots of nice restaurants and people-watching. Just make sure you pick a hotel with air conditioning, if you're there in their summer--it's HOT. Getting around Lima is a pain--it's one of those giant cities with many districts, quite distinct from each other. But no subway system, nor commuter trains, with one big highway along the coast, usually absolutely snarled with traffic. Not an easy place to get around--I recommend private guides if you stay. We had a memorable time, loved it. I'd go back to Lima, but probably in the spring or fall. We were warned by our guides that the huge port of Callao (pronounced "kai-yow") would be chaotic, and it was. But it went quite smoothly. We were independent so we were shuttled through the industrial port to the main gate where all of the taxis and pre-organized drives were waiting. Within minutes we were on our way to Miraflores for the beginning of our stay in fabulous Lima. Loved Lima, can you tell? I'm hooked on Regent again, I can tell you. And in love with Mariner. Would love to do the remaining segments of SA that we haven't done--Lima to Rio or part of it, like Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. This was our second trip to South America and it is incredibly fascinating, but I want to try to temperature portion of the climate next time! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We love Regent and this is our second cruise on Explorer. We are frequent cruisers and have cruised with other high end cruise lines and Regent is our favorite, hands down. The ship has a outstanding and beautiful art and glass ... Read More
We love Regent and this is our second cruise on Explorer. We are frequent cruisers and have cruised with other high end cruise lines and Regent is our favorite, hands down. The ship has a outstanding and beautiful art and glass collection and is decorated with luxury at every turn. It is truly gorgeous! Please see my note on cabin review for Suites 700, 800, 900. The staff from the janitors, maintenance etc are always smiling and greet you with Good Morning etc. The wait staff is exemplary. I can't say enough about the staff on Regent Explorer! The entertainment could use a little more pizzaz for a ship of this caliber but I'm confident that will come as it matures a little. There are 3 restaurants that take reservations: Prime, Chartreuse and Pacific Rim. All beautiful with excellent fare. I would say my least favorite if I had to choose would be Pacific Rim. Compass Rose is the main dining venue along with La Veranda. Compass Rose serves breakfast and dinner and La Verandah is buffet style for breakfast lunch and dinner when it becomes Sette Marre an Italian venue. You can place orders at La Verandah. The food is delicious and very fresh. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
i have just spent 16 days on a central america cruise i am an experienced cruiser the ship is superb the captain handled the ship brilliantly in a 79 uno gale the food has improved the wifi is good most of the time the staffer ... Read More
i have just spent 16 days on a central america cruise i am an experienced cruiser the ship is superb the captain handled the ship brilliantly in a 79 uno gale the food has improved the wifi is good most of the time the staffer exceptionally helpful the quality of the wines has improved considerably the shows were very good but we need more of them agreeable fellow passengers nothing was too much trouble for the crew the destinations were good in costa rica and mexico and san diego but the san diego tour guide/driver was not too good the magnificence of the ship was better than some of the top hotels in the world the swimming pool was the biggest we have seen on a ship of this size and it was very easy to enter and exit the room stewardesses kept the room immaculate and decorated it for my wife birthday champagne was in abundance Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose the Regent Seven Seas Explorer based on it's reviews and previous experience with this cruise line. We were more than delighted with it as it was the very best one we have been on. The Seven Seas Suite was spacious and ... Read More
We chose the Regent Seven Seas Explorer based on it's reviews and previous experience with this cruise line. We were more than delighted with it as it was the very best one we have been on. The Seven Seas Suite was spacious and very well appointed. Our butler, Sukesh, was there and meet our every wish. He was great! The three specialty restaurants would get 5-star ratings in any city. Everything from the dishes used and attentive staff to the wine served deserve recognition as wonderful. These specialty restaurants also take turns serving lunch which are a much more relaxing alternative to the buffet lunches on the pool deck level. The overall ship was amazing and worthy of their excellent reviews. The attention to detail was very special. We were particularly impressed with the lighting and the marble floor designs. The ports were not exciting to us as we have been to many of them before. St. Barts was the best. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted a family vacation in the sun. Most of the cruise was perfect. We booked late and I was told we would either be put in a room for 3 or have a rollaway bed. They put a blowup mattress in the cabin which ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a family vacation in the sun. Most of the cruise was perfect. We booked late and I was told we would either be put in a room for 3 or have a rollaway bed. They put a blowup mattress in the cabin which even my youthful daughter found miserable. They finally brought a rollaway but it was only a foot off the ground and collapsed. The rest of the cruise was perfect. The food was great. John the cruise director made a point of getting to know us. Two of the singers Clara and Mark had dinner with us, and were charming dinner companions. The ports were varied, so there was something for all involved. We appreciated the stop in the Dominican Republic, because although it was poor compared to the other ports, the people all expressed gratitude that we stopped there. We ate in all 3 specialty dining rooms, and enjoyed them all. Compass Rose we had a waitress named Risky who was awesome. She found a way to make anything we asked for happen. Cabin 656 was good location as it was low enough in ship that even when weather was less optimal you didn't feel the motion. It was close enough to elevator, but not noisy. The laundry was on this floor and easy to use. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have cruised on Celebrity and many cruises on Azamara in the past. My wife's cousin and her husband were very pleased with the complete, all inclusive Regent experience, so we decided to give it a try. We did read a number of ... Read More
We have cruised on Celebrity and many cruises on Azamara in the past. My wife's cousin and her husband were very pleased with the complete, all inclusive Regent experience, so we decided to give it a try. We did read a number of reviews on the Mariner and while most of the reviews were very good there were a number or write ups that were not so positive. We did not see any evidence of the complaints. Within a few days on the Mariner, we were very pleased with our decision to try Regent cruises. So much so that we booked an 18 day cruise on the Voyager while on board. Overall the Mariner was very clean and was surprised to learn that the Mariner was scheduled to go in for refurbishment early next year. Our experience: - Embarkation was smooth and quick, public areas were all open for guest to enjoy food and drinks and relax while waiting for the suites to be ready for guests. - We were very pleased with the size, condition and cleanliness of our suite, which included a spacious bathroom with a large shower as well as a walk-in closet. - all services, dining and entertainment were top notch. - we were surprised and very pleased with the selection and quality of the included (free) excursions. - Disembarkation was slow and delayed - Reason for this was due to US Immigration Officers were late in coming on board to perform a face to face check of non-US citizens. However there was ample time for the airport transfers. - About the only thing that we feel could be improved is that a small number of guests on this cruise did not respect the evening/dining dress code. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Second Cruise with RSSC. From embarkation to the end of cruise everything was as expected and described. When it says all inclusive it actually means it Itgink our bill at the end was for 45$ Which was only fir some minor ... Read More
Second Cruise with RSSC. From embarkation to the end of cruise everything was as expected and described. When it says all inclusive it actually means it Itgink our bill at the end was for 45$ Which was only fir some minor essentials. The service and staff were excellent throughout and all the excursions were well organised.There was no pressure to do anything so it was your choice to go out on your own if you wished.The highlight Tour fir us wasThe Sting ray trip. Having been on the ship before and been in a Penthouse suite were a little cincerned about whether the Balcony suite would be sufficient.It certainly was and as ALL the benefits of all inclusive are more or less the same there is little duffer an even aoart from extra space. We would happily book again in a similar suite and use the saved money towards a further trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Not interested in another Caribbean cruise, we jumped at the opportunity to sail out of Miami going northeast instead. All the ports except Nassau were new to us, and two were overnights, so it offered a chance to really explore these ... Read More
Not interested in another Caribbean cruise, we jumped at the opportunity to sail out of Miami going northeast instead. All the ports except Nassau were new to us, and two were overnights, so it offered a chance to really explore these destinations. We were offered an exceptional price for a concierge-level cabin mid-ship on deck 9. We've decided that these 700-passenger ships are our favorites--big enough to find your favorite places to relax but small enough to run back to the room from time to time without it seeming like a hike (or using the elevators). We're walkers, so out we went into the streets of Miami, Nassau, Hamilton, St. George, Norfolk, and Charleston, finding interesting pubs, local beers, vernacular and notable architecture, and impromptu cemetery and garden tours. I think being on foot gives you a look at the city unobtainable in any other way. Some on our ship saw a certain church in Charleston as they went by on their tour bus, while we wandered in for noon prayers and sat in the same pew that George Washington and Robert E. Lee did. Signing on late meant we were shut out of the more popular shore excursions. The few we took were our least favorite part of the cruise. Only the space center was memorable. Had we gone on the all day trips to Williamsburg or Jamestown, or seen the plantations in South Carolina, we may have had more to say on those, but we chose to do our own thing. Bermuda and Charleston both rated highly in interesting things to do, and I wish we had had another day in each. We enjoyed the food more on this voyage than our previous Regent cruise, particularly Signatures. Compass Rose did a great job, too, and I'm thankful for the Canyon Ranch selections. La Veranda/Sette Mari seemed a bit frantic and crowded. We only ate there a few times for lunch and once for dinner. The bartenders were great; the Horizon lounge became our go-to spot before and after dinner. The big stage shows were entertaining and impressive in that space. I hope to never see another ventriloquist on board, however. The enrichment speaker was a disappointment. His information was a bit scattered, occasionally useful, but had some out-of-date elements, like when he said that the birdcage in Hamilton is used by traffic cops (it hasn't been for some time) and that the boat to Fort Sumter is a hundred yards from our ship (more like five blocks). As always, Regent handled the boarding and debarking process nicely. A Regent vacation is an easy choice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our third Regent cruise, first one on the Mariner. Although the cruise was fully booked, it never felt crowded. There are lots of quiet places. Service on board is what makes this cruise line stand out, it is excellent. The ... Read More
This was our third Regent cruise, first one on the Mariner. Although the cruise was fully booked, it never felt crowded. There are lots of quiet places. Service on board is what makes this cruise line stand out, it is excellent. The food is good in the main dining room, but very good in Signatures and Prime 7. We are not crazy about Setti Mari. The cabin was roomy, lots of storage and a walk-in closet and a nice bathroom. The room steward and stewardess were excellent. The shore excursions are varied and well organized. No problems getting off the ship on time, or in the tenders where necessary. There are not a lot of organized events which is OK, but a bridge class would be nice for sea days. The lectures on this cruise were not good, about villains of the Caribbean which is not inspiring! Embarkation in Miami was unusually slow with long lines, but may be explained by the ship having to be sanitized due to sick passengers and crew on the previous cruise. We love this line with their all inclusive pricing and we already booked a cruise for September and next February. Although expensive we feel we get a great product for the price. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I have just returned from a 14night transatlantic cruise on seven seas navigator. It was a final cruise before a complete refurbishment in dry dock for 2 weeks. We had read the reviews so had a few concerns about the ... Read More
My husband and I have just returned from a 14night transatlantic cruise on seven seas navigator. It was a final cruise before a complete refurbishment in dry dock for 2 weeks. We had read the reviews so had a few concerns about the negative reviews. Let me reassure you it was the best cruise line we have ever cruised with and we have cruised with many others including Cunard and Royal Caribbean. Embarkation was quick and easy and we were met by friendly staff handing out champagne. A nice start! Cabins were not quite ready so we went to the restaurant for lunch. The staff were there to make sure you had a table of your choice and were serving drinks to our table. It was a self service restaurant, The Veranda, the food was excellent and again the staff were really helpful, especially with elderly passengers carrying their food to the tables for them, always with a smile. Nothing was ever too much trouble. When we arrived to our cabin we were very impressed with the cleanliness and the size of it! A bathroom with bath and shower, large king size bed, seating area which led into the balcony which although small plenty of room for a table and 2 chairs which we used often when the weather was nice. I loved the walk in wardrobe which had loads of space for hanging clothes plus drawers that even I couldn't fill and I take a lot of just in case clothes with me!!!! There was a bottle of champagne on ice and a lovely selection of fresh fruit. The fruit was replenished daily and the fridge filled with soft and alcoholic drinks plus bottled water which was also replaced as we used it. The bed was very comfortable with lovely fresh Cotten bedding and the most comfortable pillows! We were in a cabin at the rear of the ship which unfortunately was as noisy as other passengers said it was!! We slept with earplugs in and managed at first but after a few days of this noise we went to reception to ask if there was another cabin we could have as we were very tired from the disturbances due to the noise in the cabin, we found out we were near the propellers which is the reason for the noise and the vibrations which was constant. They were really sympathetic and upgraded us to a coseirge cabin at no extra cost which was mid ship. No noise or vibration!!! Fantastic! I would advise to pay the extra for mid ship cabins if you will struggle with the noise and vibrations. It was extreme vibrations! The food was superb in all the restaurants and the staff in all areas of the ship were friendly and helpful at all times. Not having to sign for every drink and not think about the price of everything was so easy. Plus free excursions which we booked ahead of the cruise. All online and simple to do. The tickets for these were in our cabin on arrival. The shows were pretty much the same as all cruises but were good entertainment. The seating for shows was very comfortable and we never struggled to find seating. Room service is fantastic. The day of departure was well organised and easy too. Coach transfers and hotel pre cruise etc were all organised for us and coach to airport at end of cruise had regency staff there until we entered the airport so we all knew where to go. This was a top class cruise company that we would highly recommend to anyone. Don't believe the negative reviews as we couldn't fault a thing. Worth the extra cost and will definately use them again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This is still our favorite Regent SS ship. Great crew, wonderful large stateroom, fun days and a smooth crossing. Entertainment: Some nice comics but they had many movie nights. Like so many other ships, entertainment is no longer ... Read More
This is still our favorite Regent SS ship. Great crew, wonderful large stateroom, fun days and a smooth crossing. Entertainment: Some nice comics but they had many movie nights. Like so many other ships, entertainment is no longer goo. Dining: Prime 7 is always a great steak venue. Service in the main dining room, Compass Rose, is always great. When we arrived in Barcelona we had an overnight and enjoyed seeing the beginning of the renovations. Upon arrival, teams of folks waiting at the dock with lines of dumpsters. Seeing all the deck furniture, pool furniture, lounge chairs, dining room furniture being removed was exciting. We saw the photos of what the Navigator will look like after dry dock. RSS wants all it's fleet to be modern and look like their latest new ship, the Explorer. So nice to see our favorite ship being "fixed up". Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Excellent experience. All inclusive. Great choices for included tours. Food and entertainment very good, service excellent and well done. On our cruise, mostly 50 plus well to do folks, no children.. Also 50 percent non USA, mostly Great ... Read More
Excellent experience. All inclusive. Great choices for included tours. Food and entertainment very good, service excellent and well done. On our cruise, mostly 50 plus well to do folks, no children.. Also 50 percent non USA, mostly Great Britain. Excellent lectures. Only down side is that ship needs a redo as it is looking a little tired. Very friendly attentive staff. Small ship 450 folks allowed one to get to know some fellow passengers and staff. Will try them again. This was our 14 th cruise, but first with Regent. Thought Crystal rooms had finer decor and as noted ship needs a redo. Getting on and off excellent due also to the fact that it is a small ship. Strange that they landed at different terminal then left from and they provided bus back to original terminal where we had parked which was quick and non issue. Not a fan of Miami vs Fort Lauderdale as traffic worse in Miami as we drive down from Sarasota , Florida. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Beautiful and well maintained boat. The employees were friendly and helpful. The ship is amazing, beautiful and easy to navigate around. Spent a fair amount of time at Galileo's bar which was fun and the drinks were great. Best ... Read More
Beautiful and well maintained boat. The employees were friendly and helpful. The ship is amazing, beautiful and easy to navigate around. Spent a fair amount of time at Galileo's bar which was fun and the drinks were great. Best dinner at Prime 7, small filet and crab legs were delicious. Compass Rose was also good, but the evening dinner at Setti Mari was a disappointment. Did not make it to any shows, but heard they were good. Did a couple excursions including Atlantis. It was well organized and worth the day visit. We also visited Great Stirrup Cay which I really enjoyed. I loved just relaxing and listening to the steel drum band. Also had a massage at Canyon Ranch Spa and enjoyed that as well. The gym is just okay. It's small and during high peak hours there was no cardio available. However, I enjoyed walking the deck when we were docked. There is a little track you can stroll around to get some exercise in. They have a small putting green and shuffleboard on deck 12 which got some action. The pool is small, but perfect for this size ship. Jacuzzi's were used and they were clean and the right temperature. Other than a just okay meal at Setti Mari everything was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We have cruised on various other cruise lines starting in 1976. The Regent Paul Gauguin 2x was a past similar experience for us. The Dining Rooms - Compass Rose, Prime 7, and Sette Mari have tasty menus, food and excellent service ... Read More
We have cruised on various other cruise lines starting in 1976. The Regent Paul Gauguin 2x was a past similar experience for us. The Dining Rooms - Compass Rose, Prime 7, and Sette Mari have tasty menus, food and excellent service staffs. The Patio Grill at noontime biggest shortcoming is the lack of ice to cool salads with mayo and other non heat resistant dressings and contents sitting out in the open sun without being cooled by ice. The Island Excursions for the most part consisting of riding up one steep hill and down another. SAt. Bart's is over hyped . Also, this can be said of the remaining Isles. The Amazon River stops at the small villages at which the residents live with Sloths, Monkeys and Rats as pets. The opera House at Manaus is not to be missed. Most of the tourist items for sale in the amazon region are prohibited from entry into the US. Also, the Piranha fishing and Boi Bumba trips are lots of fun. The on board entertain consists of a resident song and dance troupe (Jean Ryan) from Miami and various comedy acts billed as "Direct from Las Vegas". The Pool Bar on Deck 10 has impecable service and a never ending selection of drinks. The pre-cruise hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables had the most comfortable bed I ever slept on and the Breakfast Buffet silky scrambled eggs were the best I ever have tasted. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This is our third cruise on the Navigator. Each one has been fantastic. The food is excellent, the staff efficient and friendly and the cabins very clean and comfortable. The staff are as attentive as ever and nothing is too much trouble ... Read More
This is our third cruise on the Navigator. Each one has been fantastic. The food is excellent, the staff efficient and friendly and the cabins very clean and comfortable. The staff are as attentive as ever and nothing is too much trouble for them. Over the three cruises we have found that on the whole the excursions which are included are really good. The advantage of Regent Seven Seas is that once you are on board everything is included. To date our three cruises with Regent have been on the Navigator , next year we will be trying one of their other ships, however I'm sure we will be back on the Navigator at some point in the future. We have tried other cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity) but none have come anywhere near to Regent Seven Seas. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise and it could not have been more beautiful. We were treated like royalty the entire trip and wanted for nothing. We felt completely spoiled. Yes is was a smaller ship but that was the fun of it. Everything was ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it could not have been more beautiful. We were treated like royalty the entire trip and wanted for nothing. We felt completely spoiled. Yes is was a smaller ship but that was the fun of it. Everything was more personal and the crew from top to bottom all tried to please. The only naysayers we encountered were a very few snobs with a sense of arrogance and entitlement. There is more activities on board than one can do , unless you never sleep! The shore excursions could be a little more replete in their explanations. For instance, the "jungle ATV trip" (Cozumel)does not go from point "A" to point "B" as it implies; it is all on a course and I guess for good reason, but you cover about a five-acre course that day. However, the guides and their crew were soooo accommodating we had a great time. The Belieze Mayan ruins were fantastic and the guides could not have been more wonderful and friendly. Roatan was our favorite. The guides on the snorkeling and kayaking went above and beyond their duties. We plan on going back just to visit this spot and meet those people again. Key West was extremely interesting, lots of history, and just plain fun. I would not recommend the glass bottom boat unless you're not prone to motion sickness. I would recommend the walking tour and the vehicle tour. At times there was some vibration on the ship, especially at the back end; but , Hey! , you're out on a ship on the ocean. The "suite" we had out-performed those on Crystal cruises and the bed was the best I ever slept in. The entertainers were far above what we expected for such a small venue. They worked hard and were flawless in their shows as well as Jimmy Travist, the musician/comedian. Our only regret was it ended too soon and we can't wait to go on another one with Regent. One last hint; book your cruise through Regent. We discovered too late that , had we done so, we could have had our airfare and motel included for what we paid. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We returned from an amazing time on board the Navigator. Service, quality of food/presentation as well as our new-found friends made this a wonderful experience. Embarkation as well as disembarkation were flawless. Our suite was well ... Read More
We returned from an amazing time on board the Navigator. Service, quality of food/presentation as well as our new-found friends made this a wonderful experience. Embarkation as well as disembarkation were flawless. Our suite was well equipped with a stand up shower and tub, large walk-in closet, plenty of storage as well as complimentary binoculars which allowed us to witness right off our balcony two whales dancing in and out of the water. The Navigator is a small ship that is geared toward personalized service. The pool deck is small but roomy when considering only 490 passengers. By the end of our first day both restaurant service personnel as well as pool staff greeted us by name. I have read many so-so posts about Prime 7 restaurant. I'm not sure why because we dined there twice and both seatings were exceptional. Both the steak, fish and lamb were cooked to perfection. The main dining room, Compass Rose, has a delightful menu with plenty of choices for breakfast lunch and dinner. 24-hour room service will bring any items from Compass Rose to your suite in short order, delivered hot and perfectly prepared. There are many complaints about the ships vibration however our suite was quiet and perfectly located near the elevator/stairway. La Veranda by day and Sett Mari in the evenings offers a buffet type offering with your main course being ordered from the waitstaff. Again, the food was prepared to perfection. My only negative comment is that in La Veranda, which is located upper deck at the stern of the ship, does have a real vibration issue. Kind of like getting a massage while dining. If you are prone to sea sickness I suggest getting a set of patches prescribed from your doctor. We had three sea-days and the patch did help my better half from getting motion sickness. Regent hosted a pool party dinner one evening. It was spectacular. From a whole roast pig to sushi, steaks, lamb, grilled fish and more. After dinner a live band played. Complete with dancing. Couldn't have had more fun. The poolside homemade ice cream is a must! Offered with every type of topping imaginable. The sea salt caramel and the pistachio were my two favorites..... or maybe the strawberry or the rocky road? Ugh, so delicious. Our pool attendant, Manu, was awesome. One day while at the pool we debating as to stay at the pool or get changed for high-tea as the pastry chef was displaying his cupcake artistry. Manu overheard our dilemma and suggested we stay by the pool while he gathered a cupcake sampling platter and cappuccinos. Many reviews reference the age of the ship since its last overhaul. Yes, the ship is a little tired and dated but very well maintained. As for the all inclusive shore excursions, I suggest doing a little research before booking your excursions. You may elect to contract your own excursions separately from Regent. Many were overcrowded or really lame. The best excursion of all that we signed up for was the Dolphin Encounter in Nassau. I originally would have preferred to stay on the ship while in Nassau since I have been there many times and Nassau just doesn't have anything worthwhile to see (again) however the Dolphin Encounter was a hoot and we both enjoyed it very much. Our excursion on St. Barths was cancelled for some reason so we rented ATVs and had a blast riding around the entire island. Nikki Beach is a great beach-side restaurant with great views. You can stop for a nice lunch and then walk right through the restaurant onto the beach. My only complaint is the quality of the coffee served everywhere on board. It has a bitter, burnt taste. Not sure why as they use Illy beans in all areas of the ship? I found myself electing for the poolside cappuccino machine when not using our in-suite Illy espresso. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Miami first, went downtown to Lolitas, great fun. Overnight at Double tree Airport hotel, ok but past it's best, not much to do. Ship great, embarkation easy and quick. Cabin 511, no vibration. Great food, great staff, good ... Read More
Miami first, went downtown to Lolitas, great fun. Overnight at Double tree Airport hotel, ok but past it's best, not much to do. Ship great, embarkation easy and quick. Cabin 511, no vibration. Great food, great staff, good company. Mixed excursions. St.Maarten Admirals cup, fun, great experience, closest I am going to get. St.Lucia, island not up to expectation, ok. Beach safari - poor, Regent need to review, taken to the wrong scruffy beach, before taken to the right one, ok, but wasted too much time. Lucky the companions were fun. Antigua , catamaran lobster cruise, beaches great, cruise good, but too many people on the boat. St.Barths, the best. Also the ATV tour was great too. Like St.Tropez. Puerto Rico, didn't do an excursion, but the town is great, shops bars, culture, old town feel. Nassau. Blue Lagoon, good boat ride to the lagoon, but really more for kids. Nice beach, not enough shade, food average, drinks prices a bit high. Nassau looked nice as we sailed by! Miami, hop on off bus tour good, South beach great, did some bars, the Diner, and the Wolfsonian museum (a must see if you like Art Deco). Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We returned from our Navigator cruise on the 28th. Fabulous time! I have many comments to share: 1. We were on Deck 8, suite 850. Perfect location as the elevator/stairs were just steps away. Very little vibration. Our friends were in ... Read More
We returned from our Navigator cruise on the 28th. Fabulous time! I have many comments to share: 1. We were on Deck 8, suite 850. Perfect location as the elevator/stairs were just steps away. Very little vibration. Our friends were in suite 852 so we had engineering remove the partition between our balcony. 2. Brought seasick patches. Glad we did as the first two sea days were a little tough getting our sea legs. 3. Food and service were excellent. I had read reviews about how Prime 7 quality wasn't up to par. Not sure where this came from as the quality of food and service in Prime 7 was excellent. We were also told we could dine at Prime 7 one time while on a 10-night cruise. This was incorrect. We dined there twice and loved it. Steaks were prepared perfectly. Had the bone-in rib-eye with seared sea scallops and was cooked to perfection. First night at Compass Rose I had the Lemon Sole and it was fresh and perfectly prepared. The last night I had the Mahi and it was just okay. In suite dining allows you to order anything from the Compass Rose menu for breakfast lunch or dinner. Had egg Benedict in-suite and it was delivered hot and perfectly prepared. 4. One day for lunch in Compass Rose they were serving Peach Melba for dessert. A must try! 5. Our booked "all inclusive" excursions were not managed very well. When in port please note that the same excursions that Regent books are also used by the mass market lines so beware of long lines and wait times. One of our excursions was cancelled in St. Barths due to a power outage so we rented ATVs and toured the island and had a blast. Stopped for lunch at Nikki Beach and the food was excellent (and expensive). We were bumped off the Champagne and Lobster Catamaran Sail excursion but later we found out the excursion was overbooked and there were not enough seats so people were crowded on the boat forced to stand and eat. Glad we missed it. The best excursion IMHO was the swim with the dolphins in Nassau. 6. Yes there are pool chair hogs but if you get to the pool early you can reserve whatever chairs you need. One of the pool attendees, Manu, was delightful and always knew what we wanted. 7. As many have previously stated, the coffee sucks! Having the Illy in-suite espresso machine was delightful. The coffee connection coffee was better than in other areas but still BAD. I stuck to cappuccino and espresso the entire trip. 8. The ice cream served poolside was amazing. I think I miss that the most. 9. La Veranda by day and Sette Mari by night was wonderful but you will get the vibration of your life. Hopefully Regent fixes this obvious problem when they take the Navigator in for re-work. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My husband and I are experienced cruisers, (from NJ, a'reddy) and we are always skeptical of photos and blurbs in cruise brochures. This trip, post-op for me, we were seeking a small, relaxed ship with congenial passengers, gracious ... Read More
My husband and I are experienced cruisers, (from NJ, a'reddy) and we are always skeptical of photos and blurbs in cruise brochures. This trip, post-op for me, we were seeking a small, relaxed ship with congenial passengers, gracious crew, a minimum of in-your-face "fun-fun-fun!" and a variety of intelligent shore excursions. The Regent Navigator experience offered all of this and so much more that we can home enthusiastic outspoken fans. Suites are not only large, they are quietly elegant, comfortable, and intelligently designed. (The bedding was the most comfortable we've found at sea.) And your balcony will comfortably seat two, with a handy table for a (free) drink from your in-suite mini-bar (stocked with your personal favorites), and/or the fresh fruits brought to your room each morning. Navigator is the smallest Regent ship, but it nonetheless carries some 490 guests. Indoor spaces were so airy and well-designed, and there were so many relaxation/entertainment options available at all times, that you never felt part of a crowd. We always found a seat where we wished to be, and had a short wait only at Castries (St. Barts) where even our small ship had to tender a short distance to the pier. We don't sunbathe, but there seemed to be plenty of well-upholstered lounges available for the hundreds of well-upholstered guests--never mind. Shore excursions were mostly free, extremely varied (active sport, beaches, history and culture, shopping) and well managed. Port calls were long enough for guests to do two excursions in each port if so inclined. Guides on the tours we took were fluent in English and well-informed. Buses were clean, in good condition, and safely driven. Entertainment far exceeded our expectations, and bolsters Frommer's claim that Regent is moving from deficiencies in this area to becoming a leader in quality offerings. They contract with an international production company which supplied and trained ten very talented young people to provide classy shows at night, and mingle with guests, helping with a hotly-contested trivia contests, etc. during the day. We enjoyed each evening on the ship. And the food! Mama mia, the food! Simply the best I've ever had at sea, in freshness, in presentation, in variety, in reasonable size of portions, and in quality service. Exceptional on all fronts. Please note: The Navigator is NOT for you if you crave rock-climbing walls, bumper cars, ice rinks, cutesy enforced FUN,14 so-so restaurants, water slides, and glitzy formal nights. However, if you like to know you're at sea, and want to sail on a well-run vessel, with a staff to passenger ratio just shy of one: one, interesting itineraries, and absolutely first-class amenities--all of it pre-paid, so you have no nasty surprises--Seven Seas Navigator cannot be beat. SPECIAL NOTE: This is a relatively small ship, essentially half the heft of the other Regent vessels, Therefore, despite the ship's excellent stabilizers, if you have any sensitivity to motion, I'd recommend you look at a mid-ship suite on deck eight or nine. We were in a forward cabin on six, and, on a day when we had highly unusual gale-force winds outside Puerto Rico, my husband felt the motion. ALSO: While we were not part of this group, we were gratified to see that Regent offers many special services to guests requiring walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, all of whom were having a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My sister and I cruised on the January 7-17, 2015 Regent Navigator out of Miami. We booked the least expensive run of the ship fare and were hoping for an upgrade due to her Gold Level (75+ nights) and my Silver Level (25+ nights) status ... Read More
My sister and I cruised on the January 7-17, 2015 Regent Navigator out of Miami. We booked the least expensive run of the ship fare and were hoping for an upgrade due to her Gold Level (75+ nights) and my Silver Level (25+ nights) status on Regent. We got what we paid for and the cabin was on deck 5 near the compass Rose restaurant with a large window. We wouldn’t have been able to use the balcony as it turned out except for one day in a port that was not on the original itinerary due to rough seas. The cabin was excellent in every way and the service outstanding. We sailed out of Miami and flew into Miami International Airport, an enormous facility. My sister flew from California and I from New York. Regent made out flight arrangements (included in the price of the cruise). The arrangements were horrible. Next time on a cruise leaving from a domestic port in the US, we will make our own flight arrangements and then take advantage of the many hotels in the area that offer reasonably priced pre-cruise hotel packages with transportation from the airport to the hotel and then to the port. Last year we cruised on the Mariner out of Venice and we upgraded to Business Class and the arrangements were not an issue because we spent five days in Florence before the cruise. The Captain adjusted the itinerary because we could not use tenders due to choppy seas for the ports for Turks and Caicos, so we were diverted to Frederiksted in St. Croix instead. The place to see was a long and expensive taxi ride into Christiansted. Regent left us there with the suggestion that we take taxis on our own without any guidance as to taxi fares, etc. and no reimbursement for the all-inclusive tours, etc. offered. Although we booked the least expensive cabin, this is still a very expensive cruise. There was absolutely nothing to do in the run-down US owned island. Also, St. Bart’s was a lovely exclusive island, however we arrived on a Sunday when all the shops were closed. That was a disappointment too. The food was first class, and the open bars with piano music wonderful. The shows all began at 9:30 PM and we missed them all. My suggestion to Regent would be to simulcast the shows on the cabin TVs for those of us who like to dine late or go to bed because we had an early morning tour planned for the next day. I hope that Regent will consider doing this in the future. My sister came down with an upper respiratory infection and spent three days in bed. She received excellent care from the ship’s doctor Kathia Pinzon who was kind, caring and knowledgeable. For those of us e addicted to the Internet, it was down more than it functioned. Internet service is available throughout the ship and with my sister’s Gold status it was free for our cabin. I was also able to call home every day, which was a great benefit too. The "Enrichment" lecture was about the US Civil War and had nothing to do with our cruise and was not of interest to the travelers from other countries aboard the ship. My sister, a college professor, found that the lecturer was bring and we gave up after the first half-hour. We will absolutely sail with Regent again sometime next year.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Having cruised on the SS Navigator many times, quite some years ago, my wife and I looked forward to a wonderful trip, similar to the ones we had experienced before. We did, but also found changes we consider have impacted negatively the ... Read More
Having cruised on the SS Navigator many times, quite some years ago, my wife and I looked forward to a wonderful trip, similar to the ones we had experienced before. We did, but also found changes we consider have impacted negatively the quality of the cruise, likely resulting from the change in ownership several years ago to an investment company obviously more interested in profits than in maintaining quality and excellence (examples – eliminating from the restaurants the rolling carts taken to the dining tables with the cheeses or desserts for guests to select, as well as eliminating preparing Caesar salads and Crêpes Suzettes directly beside the tables). Also absent were the classical and semi classical music (piano, harp, violin or quartets) offered in the public areas and theater, leaving only a “classical” music TV channel which more often than not confused what is considered classical with singing operettas, jazz and blues. We experienced the same changes on the Mariner last year while cruising from Barcelona to Buenos Aires with similar results, also making that cruise almost totally wonderful. Embarkation and Disembarkation As expected, embarkation was efficient and smooth, but initiated later than necessary—at 12pm. It could and should have begun as early as 11am or even earlier, as is the case with Azamara, for example (10am), where guests remain in the public areas, which in the Navigator are plentiful and ample. Yet, for reasons unknown Regent has remained stuck to noon, unnecessarily. Disembarkation was equally smooth and efficient, in this case with the purpose of having everybody out by 10 am. We left our cabin about 9am and already many of the surrounding cabins were clean and ready for the new passengers. Cabin As one expects in a luxury cruise ship, the cabin was clean and very comfortable, with an overly large bathroom and walk in closet, large screen interactive television, DVD player and a desk clock. Unfortunately, it requires maintenance, particularly on the veranda and the sliding door. The two cabin stewards were excellent, efficient, friendly and with a disposition to assist us whatever our whims. This ship has the largest regular cabins in the industry, well proportioned and well lit. We particularly appreciated the reading lamp, which we have not seen in other cruise ships, and the night light, which is not found in many other cruise ships. A special comment merits the bathroom, which can accommodate a crowd without difficulty and perhaps hanging clothes to dry comfortably. The amenities were also of top quality and replenished as needed without having to remind anyone. The cabin had 3 phones, which is also unique to Regent. What we miss in all cruise ships we have been and missed here also are earphones, to enable watching television without bothering the cabin partner (my wife). Dining Meals where excellent in quality, presentation and size, as expected in a luxury cruise ship. For long trips like ours (24 days), the menus may seem rather short on alternatives and one may get tired of repeating certain dishes, however, the quality of many dishes called for repeat portions after several days. The Navigator also provides several alternative restaurants with different offerings. We found the crew assigned to meals and drinks, from the managers to the servers, very friendly and very efficient, at all times prepared to satisfy whatever whim one may have, even to the point of preparing a special dish or dessert upon request. Many remembered the names of guests, which contributed to a relaxed atmosphere of friends as if in a country club. Our only criticism is that the so-called “Mexican” dishes had nothing to do with real Mexican dishes, although well prepared and very tasteful. Public Areas The Navigator has more than enough public areas for those who like to spend their time in the company of others instead of in the cabins or verandas (we prefer the cabins). The library was well stocked with books, videos and computers, proportioned for the number of passengers using its facilities. The same applies to the three areas with bars, two of them providing space for dancing when and if appropriate. All the bars were well stocked and well serviced with experts who quickly prepared whatever whim one may request. The casino is somewhat bigger than necessary and thus with excess capacity since it was never crowded. The theater is really spectacular, with ample comfortable seats and more than enough space to sit every passenger. The entertainment was also very good, although we would have liked more comedians and some classical presentations. Conclusion Overall, we had a very enjoyable cruise. Although the ship will soon be docked for maintenance and improvements, we found it very comfortable and well balanced. Our deck 7 cabin at the center of the ship was very quiet and steady. To be fair, however, we heard people on decks 10 and 9, towards the back of the ship, complain of noise and vibrations. This is understandable, since we also experienced similar discomforts on the Mariner several years ago when we occupied a Horizon suite. It was not the case in the Azamara Journey amd Quest, nor on the Queen Mary 2.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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