6 Regent Seven Seas Voyager Africa Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as we had previously cruised on Regent Seven Seas Voyager and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately we found that it did not live up to our expectations. The food in La Veranda was average, Compass Rose was better ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had previously cruised on Regent Seven Seas Voyager and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately we found that it did not live up to our expectations. The food in La Veranda was average, Compass Rose was better and the service good but unfortunately we were very disappointed in Sette Mari which was our favourite on our previous cruise. The specialty restaurants were okay but nothing special. Shore excursions were mixed, some good and some a total waste of time. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursions to Petra and Jerusalem/Bethlehem. Petra itself was fascinating and we wish we could have stayed there longer. Our concierge suite was lovely on deck 9 and the cabin staff kept everything immaculate. We found the shows in the theatre to be very average so we did not go every night and often went to the Voyager Lounge for drinks and company with our new friends. Overall we enjoyed this cruise but not as good as our previous Regent Experience Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Dubai to Cape Town via India, the Indian Ocean and East Coast of Africa. We visited some exotic places which are all intersting in their own way but not many you would want to return to. Seychelles stands out as somewhere to go if you like ... Read More
Dubai to Cape Town via India, the Indian Ocean and East Coast of Africa. We visited some exotic places which are all intersting in their own way but not many you would want to return to. Seychelles stands out as somewhere to go if you like sun and beaches to laze on but as a cruiser I don't think we will go back. The best bit about cruising is the onboard experience, which is made up of all the elements of staff, food, drink, entertainment, activities, ship amenities. Regent scores on staff in all departments. The extra mile they go to is exceptiona. One example is visiting a sister ship in harbour to get a case of my favourite wine that had run out and when that had gone going ashore to find a close replacement. No prompting from me. Also coming to my suite to deliver a bottle as soon as it was on board. Amazing. The cruise director Ray Solaire is a very interesting man of many talents and sets the scene for the entertainment staff amply supported by Jenna and the dancers, who run all the games and fun during the day. I thought the inclusive tours were fine and very well organised. The production shows are great and some of the guest artists are fine but two violinists was a little too much. This area could be improved but it must be difficult to get acts to fly half way around the world to visit ships for a few days. Loved Rays puppet shows and singing. I think some guests expect too much, just appreciate the effort they all put in and enjoy it. Food - It's not 6 star by any means. The Compass Rose is adequate generally and good on the odd evening. Service is fine but it does not disguise the quality of the dishes. To maintain their 6 star rating Regent need to addrss this arrea urgently. Prime 7 and Signatures make a great speciality addition but are not consistant and vary from superb to average. The Verandah breakfast buffet is repetative but fine for lunch and great for the evening when it turns into a French or Italian. Probably the best food on the ship. Shame it's not served in a more formal environment. In all you get a great family feeling on the ship, which is down to the efforts of the crew from the Captain down. Loved the crew show. Definately recommend it if the itinary is right for you. However it is expensive and if Regent address the food issues it wolud be the perfect cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
From Dubai to Cape Town was our 4th cruise on Regent and our second on The Voyager with the last one being Asia in early 2014. What a difference a year and a half and a corporate take over makes. There is an entire level of service gone ... Read More
From Dubai to Cape Town was our 4th cruise on Regent and our second on The Voyager with the last one being Asia in early 2014. What a difference a year and a half and a corporate take over makes. There is an entire level of service gone from the restaurants i.e. runners or bus boys; so there is no one to clear and set the tables other than the wait staff who are now extremely over worked. Even the Maitre'Ds are pitching in to clear and set the tables even in the specialty restaurants which leaves diners waiting at the entrance ungreeted and unseated. The staff has not had the detailed Four Season's training that was previously done. There seems to be a orchestrated "slow down" on pouring of coffee and wine. The wine list quality has dropped some; but is acceptable. The pre dinner canapes at the start of the cruise consisted of chips and pretzels. After complaints, some canapes were added. Cocktails are still a good pour. We ate most of our meals in Compass Rose and specialty restaurants. The menu variety of CR was fine; the Signature and Prime 7 menu stayed pretty much the same. Prime 7 was disappointing as the steaks and prime rib were tough. The top deck buffet was more of a "feeding frenzy" which says more about the passengers than the ship or the crew. This was the rudest group of people we have ever cruised with. Norwegian Cruise Line must be marketing to a different client base. The day time on board activities are old and tired - Bingo, Bago, Bridge, Quilting, Trivia. Sounds like a nursing home. As for the Officers, there is very little done in public relations. There is minimal "meeting and greeting" expect for the cocktail party. Would be nice to see the GM and Captain "working the room" so to speak. I can't say enough about our cabin crew in 947 - Derlen and Edgar. They worked very hard and our cabin was in top shape. In fact, the entire crew is working extremely hard and are, in my opinion, over worked. The Jean Ann Ryan dancers and the Regent band were the best we've experienced on any cruise. We were disappointed enough in the cut backs on this cruise, that we did not book another one. We had previously booked a cruise in May on The Voyager and we'll see if improvements have been implemented. The overall conversation among returning cruisers is that things are not as good and detailed oriented as before and that the ship is short staffed. We hate to see Regent sink into mediocrity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Dubai to Cape Town was our first cruise on this ship. Were assigned a room at rear of ship on deck seven. Whenever we opened the cabin door for the first few days, we felt like we walked past a dumpster. Our thoughts were the smell must ... Read More
Dubai to Cape Town was our first cruise on this ship. Were assigned a room at rear of ship on deck seven. Whenever we opened the cabin door for the first few days, we felt like we walked past a dumpster. Our thoughts were the smell must have come out of the water closet. So we checked to ensure all the water traps in the toilet were ok. After a few days we got used to the smell but the air in the room had never smelt fresh. Later we heard another passenger on a different deck complained to the ship about the foul smell. However, we understand they could not find the source of it. Little did we realize until the ship was docked in Maputo when they were off loading the ship's garbage, that it was where the smell came from! We were four decks on top of the garbage room which is on the third deck and the smell came all the way up. The ship's ventilation system and seals need an upgrade. One of the joys of going on a cruise is to enjoy the food. Most of the time the menu on the ship remained the same. They use too much salt in their cooking, though every table has a salt canister. For the soup we resorted to diluting it with hot water which we got from the serving staff. The Matre De did mitigate our complaints by pandering to our wishes by odering special dishes for us. There was an occasion a guest was not what we thought suitably attired for the gym. The person had loose garments and flip flops which poses a danger to the user. Unfortunately the gym has no written dress code. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
What sold us on this cruise: The two features that sold us on this cruise was the itinerary and the all visas would be included. Getting visas to some of the more exotic places is a real challenge, so having that as part of the ... Read More
What sold us on this cruise: The two features that sold us on this cruise was the itinerary and the all visas would be included. Getting visas to some of the more exotic places is a real challenge, so having that as part of the trip's inclusivity was great. Besides that, being on a grand voyage we'd also get almost all the perks the top tiers of Seven Seas Society members get including my favorite: free laundry and dry cleaning. I can't say this is typical on Regent, but it was a great differentiator on this trip. Embarkation: Upon embarkation we had a bit of a rough start, I have to assume because port authorities in Cape Town did not allow Regent personnel to help with embarkation. The impression was terrible. We got herded into a tent, with no one telling us what to do, I deduced that we had to sign a statement that we didn’t have Ebola and then “optionally” put some of our luggage through a bag x-ray. There didn't seem to be much enforcement so who knows what the purpose of lugging our bags around was anyway. To use an analogy: this was like being invited to a grand ball and arriving in our finest having to wade through raw sewage to get to the front door of the palace, and then trying to forget all that with a glass of champagne. First impressions: The first thing my wife noticed while first walking through the ship was the lack of flowers. During past cruises there were a lot more plants and orchids in our room, rest rooms etc. The new décor was interesting, I suppose the trend is to move away from wood grain (I personally love wood grain and the old style of the explorer lounge). My wife noticed that the lighting outside the Horizon lounge in the bar area was very bright, perhaps it needs a dimmer? Otherwise it might serve a very good place for the security officer to perform interrogations :) I also noticed that there were no pens in our cabin, most likely an oversight that we did rectify through our steward. Speaking of housekeeping, now even standard cabins have both a steward and stewardess as a team which is an excellent idea. It solves getting your cabin cleaned quickly and efficiently and solves almost all issues regarding cabin needs. We have sailed on Regent more than any other line and can't help comparing the current cruise with our past ones. Ever since our first cruise it seems more and more obvious how the company has been applying cost savings and cost control measures. Having been in the corporate world myself, I can certainly understand it from the corporate and investor side however, the risk is to make sure your customers can’t tell the difference, otherwise you are on the very bad trajectory of the airlines. I haven’t met anyone in recent times that ever says airline travel is a joy. I'm sorry to say that on each new Regent Cruise, the accounting side of the company seems to shine, and repeat passengers tend to be left wanting. I realize it is very difficult to maintain the level of luxury and "features" that existed in the past while still making money, but it is sad if it can't be done. To be fair to new Regent cruisers, I don't think what we're referring to as lacking would even be noticed since as a new passenger you're evaluating the cruise as is, and not comparing to something else. Don't shy away from Regent because of this. Regent is still an excellent cruise line, it just isn't as good as Raddison used to be. Entertainment: On the entertainment/lecture side, it seems we experienced a watered down version of what we used to have. On this cruise, aside from the destinations loop on TV there were no destination lecturers which really diminishes the ultimate experience one could have in visiting new places. While the handouts etc. are fine, having an experienced traveler on board who can give you tips on where to go, what to see, the history etc. is really important. I had heard a rumor that the destination lecturers had their stipends eliminated by Regent which, if true is a pretty short-sighted way of cost controlling. I am aware of the new partnership with the Smithsonian, but that didn't help us on this cruise. While the on-board entertainment has been good, its still a “lite” version of what we use to get. In past cruises, especially trans-oceanic, we’d have the destination lecturers, special interest lecturers and possibly up to two celebrity speakers such as Terry Waite or a former Apollo Astronaut. On this cruise we have a very good aviation historian who I enjoyed – but he was not essential to the itinerary we were on, and a very nice cook book author who I’m afraid was misplaced. She should be doing cooking lessons in the Horizon lounge with small group not a show and tell in the theater. I was surprised there wasn’t an astronomer on board as we’ve had on previous cruises to help us enjoy the unique experience of viewing the night sky in the middle of the ocean. Needless to say with such a small group of speakers we couldn't have Liar’s Club or other game shows since there just were'n't enough lectures/entertainers on at one time to do that. We had Name that Tune on some evenings which was good but we used to have all sorts of other games after the show in the evening. Fortunately Teatime Trivia was very popular and fun. On the positive side our cruise director Jaime Logan and his wife Dana along with the singers and dancers were top notch. To us they made all the difference and salvaged our entertainment experience. We found all of them very approachable, and the shows were absolutely fantastic. Some shows were repeated in our second segment, but we enjoyed them as an encore. All these people work tirelessly to put on a great show 24/7 and make our cruise stand out. Bravo to all of them! On our second segment we had an excellent author and historian to help us enjoy the ports of southeast Asia. What a shame she did not get on in Cape Town. I have never sailed on Oceania, but I have talked to other frequent cruises who have sailed on both and the consensus is that Regent is a pre-paid pre-packaged version of Oceania now, rather than a true luxury “whatever satisfies the customer” line that it used to be. Kudos goes to all the onboard staff, who despite having one hand tied behind their back by corporate rules still manage to make our voyage wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Our fourth Regent Cruise, third with Voyager. We have also cruised with Oceania (3). My first cruise review. If you haven't been with Regent before and are thinking about it - DO IT! Most reviews are fair, accurate and most ... Read More
Our fourth Regent Cruise, third with Voyager. We have also cruised with Oceania (3). My first cruise review. If you haven't been with Regent before and are thinking about it - DO IT! Most reviews are fair, accurate and most complimentary; but I have read some astonishingly poor reviews and wonder what some people expect and where they will go next so do have a pinch or two of salt when doing your research. Regent is luxury in all areas. I won't repeat the advertising you can see, rather give some humble opinions. Check in was quick and efficient, you are offered a glass of champagne which is a nice touch, but some will feel a small glass of bubbly is a waste of time. If boarding at lunch time, which is served until about 4pm that is a good place to start while you luggage is placed in your suite. We always enjoy that first Veranda buffet of the trip with a glass or two of good wine. Suite: The suite was soon available with a bottle of champagne on ice to help with the stress of unpacking and trying to get the odd clothes hanging space in the dressing room from the wife! As always everything was pristine in set up and cleanliness. The suite staff, when you see them, are cheerful and always on the go. They always kept the highest standards in the suite, tidying twice per day at our convenience. You have a fridge which is maintained with your choice of drinks, and water is freely available. Restaurants: All are good and offer a very wide variety. I am fussy for hot plates and was never disappointed. Staff will always try to cater for individual wishes if they can, e.g. portion sizes. For us the choice of included wines is impressive - Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Macon Lugny, Italian Pinot Gritio, Cotes de Rhone, and good clarets come alongside the new world choices. They recommend wines with dinner, but you won't offend by asking for what you like. Again the waiters are great everywhere, working hard with a polite and happy demeanour. We enjoyed the special pool deck lunches (e.g. Indian and seafood). Bars: Just imagine walking into a top rate bar/pub to be served with exactly what you want from quick, efficient staff. The barmen are worth watching for cocktail making skills alone. We also like with good quality canapés served early evening ('cos it could be minutes since you last ate!!). Pool area: Again great staff who keep loungers, drinks and towels in good supply, but there can be problems with the usual "lounger reservers" who plonk stuff down the go off for hours when others want to sit in the sun (or more importantly the shade). Do complain to managers and they will act. The problem arises as there are too few loungers if many guests want to use the pool area. Entertainment: A variety of bands, singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, lecturers, cards, casino games, quizzes, deck games, and a library. You guessed it.... you can't do it all, and sad if you can't find something you like. Spa: Not used, but looked expensive to us poor folk! Gym: Not used but walking around the top deck (7 laps = 1 mile) is good fun either in port or at sea. Captain and crew: Captain Daniel was a pleasure through out and a worthy pool volleyball "mate" when he could get way from driving. His senior managers are most approachable to hear good or bad things, I think they really do want to know and have seen them act when necessary. All other crew are hard working and enhanced our lovely cruise experience. Itinerary: Dubai - to Cape Town through the beautiful Indian ocean, and in November/December. Yes it is a dream come true. Wealthy UAE states, chaotic India, Maldives and Seychelles, African wildlife and finish in the best city in the World. Sea days made a restful break from sightseeing. With Regent you can book trips included in the price which is helpful and reassuring. They gave a good variety so choose carefully. The standard of guide and transport did vary of course. Again destinations are down to your taste. We enjoyed: sand dune safaris in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah, dolphin cruise and Omani coast, the mayhem of Mumbai, beautiful Seychelles beaches, forest and monkeys of Zanzibar, lemurs of Madagascar, the hippos and crocs at St Lucia near Francis Bay, Durban safari at Tala and all of Cape Town. We did not care for Goa/Mangalore/Cochin despite loving India from previous holidays. The Maldives visit was very poorly managed. We have been to these beautiful islands many times. This did not do them justice. We arrived at 3pm (it gets dark at 6pm) and parked near Male (the scuffy and boring capital + no alcohol allowed). We left the following morning so no chance to do anything then. Regent could have arrived early morning giving a full day to for example: sea plane sightseeing, diving, snorkelling on beautiful reefs, visiting truly deserted coral islands, visiting truly five star resort islands. Smoking: As a non smoker It was good to see smoking areas so that people did not smoke in risky places. To be fair the smoking areas appear the most sociable with laughter often heard from the groups there. On occasions the smoking areas were too confined for the numbers. The cigar lounge also smelt too smoky from outside, better air con would help. Children: There were only two, very well behaved children who caused no issues to us. We do not want to be near noisy children and fear the worst now that "reduced" child prices have started to appear in brochures on some cruises. If you are like us do your research to avoid the pleasures of sharing the pool with other people's noisy little darlings. Will we go Regent again - Definitely Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Seven Seas Voyager Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.5
Family 3.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.7
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.5 3.5
Rates 5.0 3.8

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