8 Regent Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Caribbean - All

We chose this cruise line upon advice of a travel agent and used it first in March of 2015 ( Navigator ). We felt guilty we were treated so well. the excursions and ports were all fantastic and we could not find enough time in the day to ... Read More
We chose this cruise line upon advice of a travel agent and used it first in March of 2015 ( Navigator ). We felt guilty we were treated so well. the excursions and ports were all fantastic and we could not find enough time in the day to do or enjoy all the ship had to offer. The captain and many of the crew we recognized from the Navigator in 2015. That made us feel very confident. As with the previous cruise it was to celebrate our anniversary. In 2018 we sailed again, this time on the Explorer. It's a little bigger. The gym is definitely bigger and better. The restaurants all were great as well. Some of the docking was a bit inconvenient compared to previous trips. At Key West we docked opposite the main , downtown , area (less expensive docking fees? ) but we had a trolley take us to downtown. That particular shore excursion, "Discovering Key West" did not measure up. It was probably beyond Regent's control. We were supposed to visit an aquarium , a ship-wreck museum, and the tour of the town. The driver did an O.K. narrative but less than in 2015. When he dropped us off downtown, we, and many others asked about the ship-wreck museum and the aquarium. He responded by quickly stating it was included on our tickets but none of us EVER saw an aquarium ( it was at the other end of town ). The museum was an easy find. As with any cruise there's a few self-important, arrogant, haughty old idiots that think they're above everyone but the other 98% of those aboard were very unaffected and friendly. Overall, a pretty good trip and we'll do it again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
After a dozen cruises on large common cruise lines, my husband and I chose Regent. We’ve been on the 7 Seas Explorer 3 times in the past 3 years. We plan on going on another Regent cruise, they are that good. The first two were in ... Read More
After a dozen cruises on large common cruise lines, my husband and I chose Regent. We’ve been on the 7 Seas Explorer 3 times in the past 3 years. We plan on going on another Regent cruise, they are that good. The first two were in Europe and the last one was in the Caribbean. We are in our early 60’s, fit, & seasoned travelers. All 3 of the cruises had truly excellent service in all areas. This is a main attraction along with their gourmet food. All 3 times we have had true culinary experiences in their restaurants, Prime 7 and Pacific Rim in particular. Their service and food are clearly superior to all the major large cruise lines. Although Regent is a more expensive cruise line, it’s totally worth it. Also, all of the tipping/service charges are included. For me, that’s a relief. It’s hard to figure out how they get such friendly, helpful, respectful workers but they do. All of the rooms have verandas, as well. The majority of the passengers of the 3 we were on, were probably average age of 70 - at least it seemed like it. I’d like to know the true average age. To be honest, on the first night of the first cruise I looked around the dining room and the main lobby and thought: “OMG, I am trapped in in floating nursing home.” There are a lot of slow-moving passengers using canes and walkers which is quite a contrast to some of the other cruise lines we’ve been on. Some have wheelchairs and personal assistants; but as the week went on, we realized there were a lot of advantages to being the younger ones on an older-person’s cruise. First of all, I ended up being inspired by these older, handicapped passengers who continued to enjoy life despite their difficulties with ambulation etc. Most of the time, they yield the hallway to the faster-moving passengers. They are respectful and courteous. They converse in just the right amount of pleasantries. If you wanted to talk, most had very interesting lives and stories to tell. Never even once did we see anyone drunk or causing a problem. The “active” excursions are usually small since most of the older passengers choose less energetic tours (there were only 6 of us who went on the jungle river tubing experience in Belize - which actually was rather boring and don’t recommend it but it was very personalized). The gym and spa area are practically empty (except for a few of the staff working out). I found all of this to be tremendously advantageous. A few tips: If you can’t get the excursion you want when you first book your cruise on line - check back before you leave and definitely when you get on board. People often cancel and the cruise line adds excursions. You can almost always get what you want if you are a little persistent. The excursions in Europe were really well done and totally worth going on - even if you’re not a group-tour kind of person. The tour guides know the history, culture, and geography of the area and it’s a very good learning experience. There wasn’t even one disappointing tour. It’s a little frustrating with loading up the bus with slow-moving passengers but as long as you know it ahead of time, just don’t rush back to be first on the bus. Linger at your destination and enjoy the extra time while the bus is being loaded. I could go on FOREVER about the EXCELLENT ports of call in Europe; but suffice it to say you would not be disappointed on the cruise that starts in Rome going through the Mediterranean or the cruise that starts in Athens and goes up the Aegean coast line. They were truly breathtaking & fascinating. The Caribbean excursions were not as good as the European cruise excursions; but I think it’s a reflection of the countries. The tour guides in Belize, Guatemala, and especially Honduras were somewhat disorganized and the guides had little to say on the bus which was a bit disappointing but not a huge negative. All of the Mexican ports of call, the Grand Cayman, and Key West were terrific though. For us, the Caribbean excursions took up so much time that there was little or no time left to look around the port on our own. For that reason, here’s another tip: most excursions meet in the ship theatre using a ticket system. Once you get your ticket, you meet your group out on the pier. If your excursion is a couple hours after the ship docks, you don’t have to wait around for your tour. You can go out - check out the port area - and come back for your excursion. Twice we missed an opportunity to see a port because we thought we’d have time afterwards but the shops were closed when we got back. We should have gone out before our excursion. We took excursions in Guatemala and Honduras that involved long bus rides through poverty stricken areas. I felt sad seeing all that - such that I wished I was there on a mission trip rather than as a tourist. There’s nothing anybody can do about that but something to keep in mind if seeing all that on a vacation would bother you. Book your specialty restaurant reservations early - the prime times around 7 pm go fast. The Compass Rose serves excellent food if you don’t get all the specialty reservations you want, though. No worries - you won’t have mediocre food anywhere on that ship. Remember that room service is 24/7 and they do a great job. If you want to book spa services (especially on Days at Sea) do that early too. Something else to keep in mind, the medical office has very limited services. We had an accident on one of the excursions causing large bruising and scrapes but we had to see the security officer first to determine if we were truly on a ship-sponsored excursion before they would take care of us. They didn’t do any of the wound care - they just gave us supplies to do it ourselves. For a variety of reasons, passengers are safer all-around if they stick with ship-sponsored excursions. As always when traveling, you have to really keep your wits about you. On our Regent cruise that stopped in Venice, I had my phone stolen by the port screening person as it went through the X-ray machine. I didn’t notice right away but went back in less than a minute and I got no cooperation from anyone to help me get it back. It was very upsetting. Stay at the screening place until you confirm all of your belongings are there. On the European cruises, the speaker was Terry Bishop. He’s unbelievable. He mixed knowledge, humor, and music perfectly. We looked forward to the lectures every day. The speaker series on the Caribbean cruise was terrible, though. For some reason, the cruise line decided to go political and had a speaker who discussed one side of US politics. That was very disappointing. As with all cruise lines - the daily activities sheet is important to check. There’s a LOT going on around the ship each day and it’s easy to miss out on something if you don’t check out the schedule of daily events. Their small-group bands, theatre shows, comedians, etc are all good. One night there was a party on the pool deck with the buffet & dancing under the stars that was really tremendous. Overall - this is a 5 star, sophisticated cruise line providing cultural experiences and good fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
What a horrible experience taking the Regent Explorer to the Caribbean, Mar 6-16, 2017. To begin with, our plane was late in getting to Miami. Once we cabbed it to the pier, there was no sign staytng Regent Terminal. Luckily, we found a ... Read More
What a horrible experience taking the Regent Explorer to the Caribbean, Mar 6-16, 2017. To begin with, our plane was late in getting to Miami. Once we cabbed it to the pier, there was no sign staytng Regent Terminal. Luckily, we found a security guard who unlocked the door and we carted our luggage to the ships reception area. The ship had been notified every 10 minutes regarding our late arrival but offered zero assistance. Once on the ship, our luggage was transported to our stateroom. We never were shown the usual emergency procedures which I believe is law. All food was frozen- this includes orange juice, to fresh fruit and meats. Fish was frozen. Had 3 meals in the Compass Rose (main dining room) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner- total unorganization. Never made it to the Asian restaurant after hearing negative comments regarding the food. Had dinner in the French restaurant- just OK. Prime 7 (steak restaurant) was good as was the cafeteria which at night became the Italian restaurant. The staff was very friendly but again, needed proper training which lacked. The “free” excursions were a total waste. After signing up for the cruise with a 6 week timeframe, there were few excursions available. This is not shared until after one books the cruise. The Ports were a waste- never saw the cities since the docking locations were in industrial areas, or man made ports created by the ship line. In a 10 day cruise, there were 3 movies shown (also available in your stateroom,) a singer brought onboard, 4 stage productions using the singers and dancers. For a 6 star ship, the entertainment was nothing special. Considering all of the negatives that we experienced, we went to the General Manager Michael to share our experiences. His retort to me was “What would you like me to do for you?” This clown would have been better off as a comedy act than a General Manager of a ship! All in all, Regent should become a Carnival ship instead of what is called a 6 star ship. Carnival owns them- STAY AWAY! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This is our 4th cruise. We've been on Holland America for their Mediterranean cruise (Ancient Civilizations) and their Baltics cruise. We also took Paul Gauguin cruise in French Polynesian. This was our first trip on Regent and our ... Read More
This is our 4th cruise. We've been on Holland America for their Mediterranean cruise (Ancient Civilizations) and their Baltics cruise. We also took Paul Gauguin cruise in French Polynesian. This was our first trip on Regent and our first cruise without our two children. My husband and I absolutely loved the Explorer. It is a beautiful and luxurious ship. There are about 700 guests. It's a quiet ship, no rowdy music or games at the pool. Wonderful and huge fitness center at the back of the ship with windows all across the three rooms. It sits above the Canyon Ranch Spa and the infinity pool. Very lovely spot in the evenings. The infinity pool was always warm and not salt water like the main pool. We had a concierge level suite (#1024), which was quite nice. They tried to get us to upgrade to the Penthouse suite but it was $3,200 more and only a little big larger. The Penthouse suites comes with a butler but we two suites and two butlers on the Gauguin and never really used them. Our Regent suite was smaller than our Deluxe Veranda suites on Holland America but much larger than our rooms on the Gauguin. The bathroom is huge and lovely - double sinks, marble and tile everywhere, stand up shower with lovely rain head shower and separate bath/shower. The bath is the entire width of the room and right next to that is a walk in closet - also the width of the entire room! There were more drawers and shelves in the room then we needed for our 10-day cruise and we had a lot of clothes and shoes. The suite deck is huge - lounge chair and two sitting chairs and a big round table. Definitely as big as the one on Holland America. The entertainment is fabulous with live shows throughout the cruise, as well as many live singers throughout the several lounges. The food on the Explorer is delicious. We tried all 3 specialty restaurants. We thought they were all very good but Prime 7 steakhouse was the best. They also turn part of the Veranda into an Italian restaurant for dinner. No reservations required. It was our favorite. The portions at all the restaurants, including Compass Rose (the Main dinner dinning room) were quite large, much larger than typical cruise fare. The staff on the Explorer are very friendly and professional, mostly European staff unlike the other ships we've been on. Our suite stewardess and steward were amazing. They did such a wonderful job with our suite. We did an excursion at every port. In Cozumel we did ATV rides in the jungle then a stop for lunch at a beach club (the beach club was fair), then dinner on our own at Guidos (ship didn't leave until midnight). We highly recommend Guidos. It is amazing (was recommended to us by a friend of the Mayor of Cozumel). Definitely order the garlic bread and red snapper with mangos. It's to die for. In Costa Maya, Mexico, we did a walking tour of Mayan ruins, which were amazing. Very impressive and in much better condition/restoration than we expected. In Guatemala we did a Eco Hike, which included a fabulous lunch at a wonderful eco lodge and then a hike up into the rain forest with a knowledgeable guide and a demo of tapping a latex/rubber tree. In Belize, we went to the beach/pool resort. What a fabulous place. There is room for 4,000 guests but our ship held about 700 and probably only half went to the resort so we had the place to ourselves. They have a glorious pool that winds forever, zip lining over the water, kayaks etc. There is a little village with shops, restaurant huts and bars. Very fun. In Roatan, Honduras we took the Jolly Roger Catamaran & Snorkel excursion. This was the best snorkeling trip we've been on and we've been on at least 10. The crew is so much fun. They had two divers in the water with us and one on a kayak watching the group. There were probably 60+ of us on the boat and it didn't seem chaotic or crowded at all. They took us to a lovely reef with loads of fish. In Grand Cayman, we went tot he Whitehouse Beach Resort. It is magnificent. And you have to have the frozen Mojitos from the bar over the water. A wonderful al la carte lunch was included. On one of our At Sea day, we had massages at the Canyon Ranch Spa - fabulous. On the other At Sea day, we took a cooking class. The kitchen is amazing. Each participant had their own mini kitchen set up. We cooked a fabulous app, fish stew and tiramisu paired with wine of course. Like most cruises, the alcohol flows constantly. The only drawback for us was the age of the guests. We are in our early 50's and very active. We were told that the average age was 58. I would say the average age was closer to mid-60s. There were a lot of guests in their 80s for sure. I'd say only about 25% of the guests were under 60. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have cruised on Regent Seven Seas several times and loved it every time, but we had not cruised with them since they were purchased by NCL. We wanted to cruise on the Explorer, "the most luxurious ship ever built", but were ... Read More
We have cruised on Regent Seven Seas several times and loved it every time, but we had not cruised with them since they were purchased by NCL. We wanted to cruise on the Explorer, "the most luxurious ship ever built", but were concerned that the quality we had experienced on our earlier Regent cruises would not have been maintained under the new management. We also read postings on Cruise Critic in which people expressed unhappiness with the new ship. However, we couldn't have been happier with our cruise on the Explorer. In our opinion, Regent quality has been maintained. The staff was as welcoming and accommodating as always, the wine was poured as liberally as always, and the food was as excellent as always. We especially liked the new menu, in which passenger favorites such as lobster, shrimp cocktail and filet mignon are available every night in addition to the always excellent daily specials. Our suite was very comfortable and our balcony was larger than on other ships we have been on. Even though we were near the back of the ship, there was very little motion and absolutely no vibration except when the ship was backing up or using the thrusters to maneuver. We do agree with some of the earlier postings that said they found the decor rather dark on the Explorer. We did too, but that is just personal preference. And although all the marble, gold and expensive woods probably do make the Explorer "the most luxurious ship ever built", we didn't really think it seemed any more luxurious than the other Regent ships, which also have the wonderful staff, excellent food, etc. Regent Seven Seas continues to be our favorite cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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
Almost everything about this cruise was wonderful. The ship is beautiful. The food, service and entertainment were all very good. We liked the new restaurant, Pacific Rim, and thought the expanded menu in Compass Rose was an ... Read More
Almost everything about this cruise was wonderful. The ship is beautiful. The food, service and entertainment were all very good. We liked the new restaurant, Pacific Rim, and thought the expanded menu in Compass Rose was an improvement. We liked the food in Chartreuse better than the old Signatures. But we thought the menu in Sette Mari could use an update. According to the RSSC website, one of the perks for staying in a Master or Grand suite is "VIP status to include dinner with the Captain." We stayed in a Master suite, but did not get invited to eat with the Captain. I asked for an explanation, but did not get one. Instead, we got a last-minute invitation to eat with the Staff Captain. Regent should remove this perk from its website if it does not intend to honor it. Embarkation went smoothly and disembarkation was OK until we left the ship. In the past, Regent had numerous people directing passengers to the buses and the buses were clearly marked. But on our last 3 cruises, we received almost no help locating the right bus. We ended up on the wrong bus, but fortunately it went to the right airport. Apparently, Regent loses interest in you once you are off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
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