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10 Regent Seven Seas Tahiti (Papeete) Cruise Reviews

Choose this cruise because it is Regent. Also the itinerary matched what we were looking for and the timing was great. Great itinerary. The service on the ship was great. The food was great. The people were great. We will probably not ... Read More
Choose this cruise because it is Regent. Also the itinerary matched what we were looking for and the timing was great. Great itinerary. The service on the ship was great. The food was great. The people were great. We will probably not cruise on the Navigator again unless the itinerary overcomes the lack of a forward observation lounge and the vibration and engine noise. I should mention that in our cabin there was no noticeable noise or vibration worth mentioning. The ship was clean and the cabin every bit as nice as those on the Mariner and Sojourn. The biggest criticisms that we have is that there is no forward observation lounge, the ships engines created a lot of vibration (and some noise) in the stern of the ship and the ship rocked and rolled more that the other ships we were on. The lack of the forward observation lounge is probably the biggest issue. On our other 2 cruises we were in the lounge to see sail-away and arrivals everyday. This was the go to location for us to have an evening cocktail. We really did not visit the bars on the Navigator. The pool was adequate. Never had problems finding a chaise lounge. Plenty of service from the bar. We both participated in needlepoint during tea on the sea days. Almost finished a project. Mallory, the support/costume lady for the entertainment troupe led the activity and was a great host and fun to talk with. The stage shows were good solid performances. We went to several. One of the dancers, Kevin, in particular was a standout. Incredibly athletic and danced beautifully. The staff and crew are all very service oriented. Would have been 5 stars except that on our last Regent and Seabourn an incredible portion of the personnel knew us by name and knew our preferences. Only a small handful did on this cruise. The food in the Compass Rose was all well prepared and served attractively. The menu was varied with a combination of choices available every night and a great a selection of daily "specials." There was only one day when we had a hard time finding something we wanted to order. Most days it was hard to select from among several selections all of which we wanted to try. The experience in Prime 7 was also great. We ate in Prime 7 twice. We both had Alaskan King Crab Legs (2 pounds!) on the first night and I had them again while my wife had the Maine Lobster. For both you had the choice of in shell or out. Where's the fun if you do not have to disassemble them your self. If all you are looking for is steak those who had it said that it was equally good in both Compass Rose and Prime 7. The breakfast buffet in La Veranda was good. There were adequate choices on the buffet plus cooked to order eggs and a daily special. We ate lunch at the pool grill several times. The burgers and sandwiches were good. There were 2 theme lunches Greek and Satay. The Greek food was tasty but not authentic. The Greek Captain should have helped them deliver an authentic experience. The Satay was great with meat and fish choices and all the correct sauces. The deserts in all the venues were great. Embarkation 5 out of 5 Embarkation was simple and fast. The only delay was that there was only a single security station to check ID to board. The check in was on the ship and was simple and rapid. The cabins were available early and our luggage was waiting Moorea, French Polynesia 4 out of 5 Had a great excursion for dolphin watching with a PhD who worked at UC Berkley labs on the island. Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago 2 out of 5 We arrived at Fakarava and anchored. The Captain waited about and hour and decided conditions were too bad to allow tender operations so this stop turned into a sea day. The Cruise Director and his team worked hard to get a new schedule of activities prepared and had it ready shortly after we departed the lagoon. Nuku Hiva, Marquesas 4 out of 5 Had a great tour with locals round the island. The tour was in 4WD pickups. The information shared was interesting. Only real complaint is that the leader do not speak English too well. It did make fun for the those of us who know a bit of French to get the ideas across to all the group. Rangiroa, French Polynesia 4 out of 5 Great snorkel tour Bora Bora, French Polynesia 5 out of 5 Fantastic "all" day tour. Polynesian day and Motu lunch. We circumnavigated the island in a outrigger motor boat. Stopped at 2 places to snorkel. We say lots of colorful corals, a large moray eel and at the second stop snorkeled with black tips sharks and sting rays. The day ended with a Polynesia feast on a small private motu (island.) Food was great and it was fun sitting at picnic tables in the shallow water. Based on recommendations we will likely return here and stay for a few days at the Le Meridien or St. Regis. Raiatea, French Polynesia 3 out of 5 Raiatea was beautiful. We would like to go back for a couple of days. We did a snorkel tour to Taha'a Coral Gardens. It was a drift snorkel. Having to go in a line with inexperienced snorkelers was a disaster. Many people ended up being forced into the coral and were scrapped up. Huahine, French Polynesia 5 out of 5 Fantastic island tour in a pickup with room for 8 on benches in the truck bed. Ride was comfortable. The driver/tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. This is another island that we would like to visit again. Disembarkation 5 out of 5 Extremely easy. We were traveling independently after the cruise and taking the ferry to Moorea. We were invited to debark anytime after 8 but before 9. Luggage was waiting with helpful guys to dig it out for you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I wanted to experience Regent and I love the tropical waters. This was a first class experience. The Dining is First Class - anything you can possibly imagine. The cocktails were only restricted by my waistline. Service is amazing. ... Read More
I wanted to experience Regent and I love the tropical waters. This was a first class experience. The Dining is First Class - anything you can possibly imagine. The cocktails were only restricted by my waistline. Service is amazing. Our suite 1002 was lovely and spacious. The shows were again first class. Great amazing dancers. Just wish it started at 9pm instead of 9.30. I cant believe some people complain about any of this it was all first class and wonderful. I have two issues that could have been better. The first would be the tendering using the life boats. It was slow and laborious and hot and stuffy in the enclosed boats. Every single time we had to listen to the monotonous recorded message about being careful and staying seated. Point two was that if you book three or four months out you will certainly not get on the excursions you want. All I really wanted to do was snorkel the coral and I could not get on them before hand and despite my checking with tour staff everyday I still did not get to do this. So when regent say unlimited excursions it really should say very limited excursions and then only if you book 9 months out. I did manage to get on a snorkel with the Sharks and stingrays and that was an experience that I will never forget. Fabulous. Overall the cruise was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The stern vibration is still an issue, especially coming into port early morning, good wake up call is how we managed it. The cabins are basically the same, very comfortable and was kept very clean. The wait staff, food and wine ... Read More
The stern vibration is still an issue, especially coming into port early morning, good wake up call is how we managed it. The cabins are basically the same, very comfortable and was kept very clean. The wait staff, food and wine was excellent. There was not a meal we didn't enjoy, and we did the back to back, so even after a month of menus, Chief kept serving up a variety of choices. Guest speakers were great, the production team gave 110%, the polynesian dancers was a nice welcome and history of the islands. The rest were basic lounge shows. Shore excursions highlighted the look and feel of polynesian life and was well organized. Service was exceptional and very personalized. There were children on the cruise because it was over the holidays, I believe most of them enjoyed family time together. If you want to really get a feel for the polynesian culture, history and way of life, this was a true immersion and overall wonderful experience for our 112 th cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We sailed From Tahiti to Sydney, Australia and this is a top notch cruise. We have cruised many times in the past and this was an excellent cruise. It was a small ship and that we liked. We did a sail on a ship that had 5,000 ... Read More
We sailed From Tahiti to Sydney, Australia and this is a top notch cruise. We have cruised many times in the past and this was an excellent cruise. It was a small ship and that we liked. We did a sail on a ship that had 5,000 passengers and we said never again. Perfect size at only 500 people. Got a chance to not only meet other fine people but got familiar with the ship. We loved the dining options as we ate most meals in the Compase Rose. Alvin was our waiter and we requested him every time. The food was to die for as it was always excellent. No Complaints on this cruise. I do like the Idea of all costs are included up front so never have a huge bill after the cruise. Which brings me to the shore Excursions. They were all good. Quality for sure. I liked the Amadee Island at New Caledonia the best. It was an all day at the beach where we relaxed and snorkeled & did a kayak around the island. We did have to pay extra for this tour. All other tours are included in the price of the booking. I Like the idea you can easily change tours and they printed out a voucher right on the spot. So you were sure of what you got. They were the best organized of any cruise ship we have sailed. One time on another Cruise line, we got on a wrong bus and did a different tour than we wanted. This could never happen on a Regent Cruise. The Embarkation and Debarkation were excellent. We have sailed many times and this was without a doubt the best. The service was over the top and we booked another Regent Cruise it was that good. Everything from the Sydney & Beyond (Three extra nights), that we enjoyed very much as it went off without any hiccups, to the service was excellent. We have sailed many Cruise lines but this one is our Favorite line as we did and Alaska cruise on Regent two years ago. Regent does it right. We have sailed Princess, Costa, Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America, and Carnival but Regent is best followed by Celebrity our Second best. We did a 20 day cruise this time and it was just right for us. I also liked the idea where the entertainers would meet and mingle with you. Twice we had entertainers sit down and chat with us. This is not allowed on other cruise lines. The Safety meeting (Mandatory) was the best ever. We did one on another cruise where a man fainted on deck doing the evac drill. But Regent did it in the theatre where you could relax and sit down while relaxed in air conditioning. We did a couple of the enrichments like the Lectures and the English guy who did the Lectures was very entertaining. We went to several of his lectures and also watched the ones we missed on the in room TV. I like the fact they did a nice Super Bowl spread in the theatre where you could eat, drink and watch the game. A special touch no other cruise line would think of doing. Everything was over the top and looking forward to our next Regent cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Nov. 27, 2018 Mariner Papeete to Auckland The following experience optimizes what makes a Regent Cruise so wonderful. It's the exceptional, sincere, and kind individuals that work together to create for guests a once in a ... Read More
Nov. 27, 2018 Mariner Papeete to Auckland The following experience optimizes what makes a Regent Cruise so wonderful. It's the exceptional, sincere, and kind individuals that work together to create for guests a once in a lifetime celebration and memories. We chose this trip because we vowed to return after 20 years to the places where we honeymooned. I mentioned to Sunil, our butler how my husband John was my hero and superman for when he married me, a widow, he took on the responsibilites of two greiving  teenagers and ill and declining parents. I wanted to thank him with a surprise German themed evening of food and music. It brings back his happy memories of his parents of German descent. I thought we might have dinner in our suite and perhaps hear a couple German tunes where the musicians were playing that evening. Here's the amazing evening that Sunil flawlessly executed with the help of Marius, Chef Wesley, Kasha, Anyje, Boogie, Zach and their fellow performers. When we returned from our shore excursion, Gretchen and Deborah who kept our room always tidy, had beautifully decorated our suite. Towels were creatively transformed into swans forming a heart messaging I ♡ YOU on the confetti strewn bed. Red and white ballons with ribbon streamers were everywhere. We were then invited to the Mariner Lounge where Kasia and Antje greeted us in their German durndl dresses. They had planned a unique and upbeat show of beer toasting, music, song and dance. The girls wisked my joyful husband to the dance floor where he joined the dance and returned misty eyed. I am amazed how they came up with such a professional costumed show with such short notice. Brendon and Nathan said they had just finished learning their parts that afternoon. You would never suspect as it was executed with  perfection and all in attendance throughly enjoyed the upbeat energy of their performance. We then returned to our suite for dinner where Marius and Chef Wesley wished us a happy anniversary and presented all of John's favorite German dishes: his mother's Sauerbraten, schnitzel, spaetzley, pretzels and Asparagus soup served with a nice Reisling wine. I had mentioned to Sunil that John enjoyed a cigar and whiskey after dinner. He suggested that a taste of Louis XIII Cognac would make a nice gift from me. I agreed so we surprised John once again with a stroll to the cigar lounge were Sunil made a white gloved ceremonial presentation of this special indugence. We then caught John, the cruise director's excellent show. When we returned to our room there was yet one more surprise: a black forest cake topped with a fondant sculpture of Superman carrying me reminiscent of our original wedding cake. John's dad was a master baker and played trumpet in a German folk band and he would have been impressed. We were never charged for any of this. Regent doesn't nickle and dime you. They just treat you special all the time. We love that you never put your hand in your pocket once on board. You just sit back enjoy and let them pamper you So you see all of these wonderful individuals went over board to gift us an evening we will forever cherish. They make a Regent cruise special. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We originally booked a 16 night Tahiti to Lima, Peru cruise that included a 'Bucket List' stop at Easter Island. By the time we boarded in Papeete, we had added 2 more segments for a total of 47 nights, ending in Rio de Janeiro, ... Read More
We originally booked a 16 night Tahiti to Lima, Peru cruise that included a 'Bucket List' stop at Easter Island. By the time we boarded in Papeete, we had added 2 more segments for a total of 47 nights, ending in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Friends were joining us on 2 segments, Lima to Rio, and they were first time Regent cruisers who had cruised about 10 times on other cruise lines. Other than 2 nights in a Concierge Suite, 45 nights were in category A, Penthouse Suites. With over 375 SF with tons of storage space, big desk, separate vanity, big walk-in closet and a butler, we were delighted with the accommodations. Suraj kept us well supplied with Canapes, wine, sodas, chips and made any restaurant reservation we desired. Cabin attendants Lorie and her assistant kept the cabin spotless. Having sailed with Regent over 200 days previously, we were not disappointed with the wonderful food. The menu selections were varied and did repeat some for all segments, but the Compass Rose meals were excellent. Signatures and Prime 7 were also very good to excellent, and we tried them every segment. The pool deck had great themed lunches and wonderful burgers every day. The Coffee Connections had the best coffees with buffet selections for morning and afternoon. Coffee and pastries were available during lectures and the staff did an outstanding job with teatime. Enrichment lectures mostly on sea days were of high quality (South American expert Terry Breen) and others on a variety of topics from sports to current events. Showtimes have really improved over the years, with the Jean Ann Ryan singers and dancers, and wonderful production numbers. Other shows were typical cruise ship variety so we skipped some. Ports too numerous to detail except we were delighted that we got to Easter Island and walked around with an excellant tour guide. In our experience, Regent always provides english-speaking, knowledgeable guides, and the 'included' tours were on a par with the few we paid extra for. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was our third Regent cruise, second on Mariner. This is our first review. We have cruised many times and many places: 2 star on Holland America, Platinum on Royal, Select on Celebrity. As our kids have grown up and left, we became ... Read More
This was our third Regent cruise, second on Mariner. This is our first review. We have cruised many times and many places: 2 star on Holland America, Platinum on Royal, Select on Celebrity. As our kids have grown up and left, we became irritated with the incessant nickel and dining of traditional cruises. We also were looking for a less "busy" ship experience. We went from a cruise line you need to pay to get off from, to a cruise line you need to pay to get on. The stress-less experience of spending an all-inclusive high-quality experience with not another fee is marvellous. By the time you factor-in your flights, your transfers, your excursions, your fancy dining, your booze and your gratuities, you would be hard placed to match the value. No chits to sign, no worries. We are coming off this ship with an 80$ bill. The biggest reason we switched was the terrible and lasting experience of a 'regular cruise line' where the cabin steward came to our room the night before debarkation and demanded his gratuities! We never give gratuities before the last encounter, and often give more than is recommended. This experience felt threatening and made us never go back to that style of cruising. The ship behaved very well in rougher seas, and the crew were stupendous. no one was lost in a crowd, you got to know everyone, which means they were all accountable to make your experience the best. No way for any crew to hide. The common spaces are lovely and open - we did not ever feel cramped. The included excursions were great, informative and well organised. The food - to die for. No matter where you went. I think this is where Regent misses something in marketing. Oceania, the sister line, is marketed as the food cruise, highlighting its quality etc. Yet the same chefs create the meals on this cruise line. i imagine that the quality would be just as outstanding on Regent. I believe that it is. Regent: This is the all-inclusive gourmets cruise! The booze - free-flowing if you wanted it. The air arrangements - excellent. We have only had Penthouse suites before, this time we went bottom class: that means a bigger cabin than most cruise lines, a private balcony, a walk in closet, a marble bathroom! Yes, that is bottom class! And a daily re-stocked bar - yes in your room! Bottom line, if you wish to want for nothing, Cruise Regent. You will not go back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Regent does an amazing job welcoming passengers aboard and with registration. Embarkation was just as amazingly organized. it was lovely not to have to deal with luggage once we placed it outside our door until arriving at airport. Porters ... Read More
Regent does an amazing job welcoming passengers aboard and with registration. Embarkation was just as amazingly organized. it was lovely not to have to deal with luggage once we placed it outside our door until arriving at airport. Porters were lined up to take passengers luggage to ticket counter after passengers claimed their luggage under canopy. Nice touch having Tahitian women giving you one last lei to remember trip as we stepped off the bus. The process could not be more efficient. Upon arrival back in L.A. Regent reps were there to guide passengers at conclusion of trip. Excursions and tenders were always well organized. Some excursions were excellent and some only average. Island tours not too exciting. No fault to Regent. We found the food and service excellent. Prime 7 and Signatures were extra special. My girlfriend casually mentioned she did not have her glasses at Signatures while looking at menu. The waiter heard and came back with a wooden box filled with different strength cheater glasses. The four of us were speechless with such detail to every need. We used room service three times. Each time our order was perfect, hot, and delivered exactly when we requested it. One evening a barbecue was held out on deck by the pool. We almost did not attend as barbecue to us meant casual foods such as hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. The food and presentstion was amazing. Lobster, crab legs, and shrimp flowed. So many food choices. Enjoyed the ice sculptures. Great job Regent! The renovations completed in 2014 are lovely. There were more staff led games which we enjoyed than past sailings. Bingo was offered on a few afternoons. A great way to mingle with other passengers and get to know the staff. Entertainment was terrific on some evenings. Dancer/singers were excellent. On a few evenings disappointing. We all know before cruising this area is not where Regent excels. While the on board lecturer was very good, he should not be used in this capacity as evening entertainment. My husband and I did not use butler much. All excursions and dining reservations were in place before we boarded ship. I did request Red Bull on our form, but Regent did not fulfill this request. We are not drinkers so cannot comment on this area. Not sure why some people feel a need for a butler. I will say when you phone the butler he is at your door within moments to tend to whatever the request. For those who do not have a butler do not be disappointed. A steward does pretty much the same thing. We enjoyed being able to access the Internet anywhere on ship. Frustrating at times not being able to get on or kicked off. Again, not complaining as it is a wonder we had Internet at all. We truly enjoyed our trip and appreciate Regent's excellence. See you in December Mariner. Dreaming! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My husband and I just returned from our French Polynesia cruise on the Regent Seven Seas cruise line on the Mariner ship. The trip was wonderful. We embarked in Papeete, Tahiti on Dec. 7, 2014. The weather was not as hot as I thought it ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our French Polynesia cruise on the Regent Seven Seas cruise line on the Mariner ship. The trip was wonderful. We embarked in Papeete, Tahiti on Dec. 7, 2014. The weather was not as hot as I thought it would be. It rains frequently and some islands were more humid than others. There is a nice breeze usually so that helped. This was our first cruise on Regent and they were excellent. The food was exceptional. We ate at all the restaurants. Prime 7 was slightly disappointing the night we ate there because our beef and lobster was overcooked and the beef does not have a lot of flavor, however the other courses were very good as well as the service. Signatures was very good and the main dining room Compass Rose was excellent. The Italian restaurant Sette Ma're in the Verandah was also very good and we ate there several times. Our concierge room was very nice. The service throughout the ship was just about as good as it gets. They are very organized in arranging everything. Since this is an all inclusive ship the wine and liquor were excellent. The dress code has definitely changed to more casual which is a good thing since airlines don't allow much weight for the luggage. The islands were very pretty but they are somewhat rustic and not much to do. The tours were well organized but they are not that interesting because of the type of islands that are on this itinerary. It was very relaxing and we just enjoyed the ship. The shows and performers on the ship were excellent and they had many. Also the dance bands in the lounges were great. We stayed 3 nights at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Papeete. The grounds are beautiful. While food is expensive in Tahiti, the hotel was very nice and the rooms were clean. We would definitely cruise on Regent again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
First time on Regent after several cruises on Azamara. From the start to the finish this cruise was just very classy and they seem to think of everything that one would expect in this luxury bracket of cruising. Staff were courteous and ... Read More
First time on Regent after several cruises on Azamara. From the start to the finish this cruise was just very classy and they seem to think of everything that one would expect in this luxury bracket of cruising. Staff were courteous and helpful at all levels. Complimentary beverages presented an outstanding range including the choice of free spirits and wines for cabin use. The in cabin dining option was great with prompt on time and courteous service. The cabin was more spacious than Azamara and well appointed, The dining was just fabulous at all restaurants including Prime and Signatures. Entertainment was good and the Cruise Director excellent especially for what was arranged for Xmas and New Year but there could have been more karaoke nights. Not a lot of kids on cruise which suited us. My only cleaning criticism is that an area of the pool deck patio area was not cleaned daily of food scraps on floor and that internet should be free in this day and age especially for the cost of the cruise. We would have also like more casual dining available in the Verandah Cafe for evening meals rather than set Italian and French. Couples are not forced to mix and one can still enjoy a good level of privacy if that is one's wont. Enrichment lectures could have been better and the Captain's daily brief did contain some superfluous items. I think the only area where Azamara exceeds Regent is in the provision of 'free' shuttles in ever port for those not on excursions and but in all other areas Regent is superior. What particularly impressed us was that one didn't get the feeling of things winding down at the cruise end and it was all so well organised. From start to finish it was by far our best cruise experience ever! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
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