3 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Europe - Western Mediterranean Regent Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Reviews

We chose Regent based on prior experience. This was our 4th cruise, and on this beautiful new ship Explorer everything was even better than we remembered. Crew, amenities, excursions, food -- all just absolutely top notch! We embarked ... Read More
We chose Regent based on prior experience. This was our 4th cruise, and on this beautiful new ship Explorer everything was even better than we remembered. Crew, amenities, excursions, food -- all just absolutely top notch! We embarked in Rome, and stopped at multiple locations in Italy, France and Spain. Valencia as a real highlight for us, as was Florence. But every port was great. The onboard entertainment was really top flight as well. Often on cruise ships you get a bit of the 'amateur hour' feel. But this troupe was really exceptional. And the assistant cruise director David Nevin was also one of the featured performers, and he was perhaps the best of all. There are always a wealth of organized activities available on board, in case you don't want to depart for a shore excursion. Other ships we have been on simply do not have that same level of customer focus. All in all, if you want a truly first class experience, book a cruise with Regent! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
WE chose this cruise as we were flying into Rome and needed to get to Lisbon and the itinerary had most places we have never visited or were on our hit list of places to see. Our cabin was fantastic, the bed great and the bathroom ... Read More
WE chose this cruise as we were flying into Rome and needed to get to Lisbon and the itinerary had most places we have never visited or were on our hit list of places to see. Our cabin was fantastic, the bed great and the bathroom outstanding. We have travelled with Regent before and were looking forward to trying the new ship. This turned out to be an excellent choice. The excursions we did were outstanding from the Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimigano, Our Monaco tour of the Villa De Rothschild ( this was one of our best tours ever), the small provence town of St Remy De Provence, Valencia, Barcelona and Monserrat and Lisbon. We didn't particularly enjoy Gibraltar but this wasn't Regents fault. We enjoyed a great magic show and a 60s night. But the food was what we enjoyed the most. We just love Prime 7 it has always been our best meal but all meals were great. The service was always outstanding from the cabin staff to the waiting staff, it made for a great holiday. We even booked another cruise while on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Seven Seas Explorer Rome to Venice – 14th – 24th Sept 16 Penthouse #740 The Good bits Same wonderful service The Explorer is brand new. But the warm, friendly service from the Regent crew is the same as on all the other ... Read More
Seven Seas Explorer Rome to Venice – 14th – 24th Sept 16 Penthouse #740 The Good bits Same wonderful service The Explorer is brand new. But the warm, friendly service from the Regent crew is the same as on all the other Regent ships. We found the service everywhere to be fast and efficient. Within a few days many of the crew knew us. Food The food is, if anything, better than we have had on Regent before. They have introduced new menus so that you can have a wider range of ‘basics’ at every dining venue. I say ‘basics’, but it meant that you could have Foie Gras, Dover Sole and Lobster at EVERY dinner if you wished! I particularly liked the fresh grilled fish that appeared on the lunch menu every day. It was superb. Anybody who couldn’t find something to their taste every day clearly would be impossible to please anywhere! Dining There are five dining choices each night. Prime 7, Charteuse, Pacific Rim (reservations required – suggest book as soon as you can before you leave) as well as Compass Rose & La Veranda (no reservations required). There are far more tables at the speciality restaurants than on the Voyager and Mariner. Also further apart. Prime 7 was the best. We actually used La Veranda the most. Excellent pasta and swordfish. Tip – If, like us, you want to eat without company, the tables for two go quickly so you really do need to ‘eat early’. Penthouse suite Our Penthouse suite was really excellent. It had every amenity you could require – and a lot more. Excellent shower. Twin basins. REALLY comfortable beds. It had two huge TV screens – in some respects TOO big for the room. Loads of storage space. This time you could use the coffee machine to make tea – something we had asked for on many previous cruises. The itinerary We have been on many Med cruises. We were really surprised that about half of the destinations – eg Split, Kotor, Ravenna, Koper and Trieste – were places we hadn’t been to before. And, indeed, they were great experiences. At many of the ports, it was an easy walk into the town. We preferred ‘doing our own thing’ than traipsing around in a big group on the organised excursions. The niggles Air Con Our major problem was the Air Con. Basically you cannot turn it off as you can on all other Regent ships (you just open the balcony doors and it cuts out) Both my wife and I get ill if we sleep under an Air Con vent. So we were very concerned. But after FIVE visits, the Chief Engineer managed to turn off the Air Con fan above our bed. That solved one problem – but of course meant the room was hotter than we would have liked during the day. I think this is a MAJOR design fault. All hotel rooms allow you to turn off the Air Con if you wish. So why not in the very latest, luxury cruise ship? As an aside, a lot of the other guests had coughs and were sneezing. We weren’t. I wondered if they were suffering, as we would have done, from the Air Con? WiFi For a very modern ship, the WiFi is seriously rubbish. Extremely slow and cut out constantly. We gave up and used our EuroTraveller service on our iPhones for £3 a day. But, of course, that is only workable in port…in Europe. Our next cruise is in America. Décor Décor is clearly a ‘personal taste’ thing. Think ‘bling’. There is also a lot of dark woodwork etc which makes many of the rooms seem austere. OK in a nightclub – not so good in a lounge used during the day. Must admit we wouldn’t have taken any of the many paintings all around the ship as a gift. But this hardly detracted from our enjoyment. Those cushions! In the Observation Lounge, they have cushions covered in sequins. So my wife sits down in a silk top which immediately snags against the sequins (many of which had already fallen off) She was ‘not amused’. Our suite has cushions with metal studs on and another with glass baubles. We put both in the cupboard. Doesn’t anyone realise that cushions are meant to be used – not as ornaments? Will it last? This ship is only a few months old but the tables in the lounge are all stained by hot drinks and the pink carpet is already showing signs of wear. If I was Regent, I’d be producing a snagging list before the warranties run out! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Seven Seas Explorer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 3.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.5 3.7
Rates N/A N/A

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