6 Regent Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Transatlantic

I recently sailed on a trans-Atlantic voyage and a western Med cruise. I had a Grand Suite for the first segment and a Penthouse Suite on the second leg. Both staterooms were equipped with a bluetooth Bose speaker. I enjoy listening to ... Read More
I recently sailed on a trans-Atlantic voyage and a western Med cruise. I had a Grand Suite for the first segment and a Penthouse Suite on the second leg. Both staterooms were equipped with a bluetooth Bose speaker. I enjoy listening to my own playlists on Spotify. If you do too, I recommend that you download your favorites before leaving home as streaming services are blocked once you're on board. The Grand Suite was spacious and it was nice to be able to host a cocktail party for nine. The butler arranged for a bartender and canapes. It was a very nice get together. We also enjoyed the convenience of having a second bathroom. The crossing was very smooth - one of the best, according to the Captain. The itinerary was interesting and featured some nice ports of call. I especially liked Madeira and Cadiz. Would highly recommend this as a wonderful way of getting to Europe. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Third time on the Voyager, and sixth sailing RSSC. Good news: the regular cabins are still great; house keeping still strong and service oriented; refurb quite good; great menus in the restaurants; alhough food is very good, quality no ... Read More
Third time on the Voyager, and sixth sailing RSSC. Good news: the regular cabins are still great; house keeping still strong and service oriented; refurb quite good; great menus in the restaurants; alhough food is very good, quality no longer outstanding, and quite inconsistent; service WAY BELOW standards we always loved. Never had to ask for coffee, water and beverages in the past —— this time it was the norm. Wifi was the WORST! Regent probably had no choice but to give it for free. Been involved in mergers and acquisitions —— understand how new owners assume that they can operate the new acquisitions better and more economically than previous owners. In my opinion NCL either reduced F and B staffing or have new members that are not well trained. Captain and crew did a great job navigating the storm! Felt sorry for the room service waiters —— they really had a workout! Took our first Crystal cruse last year. Other than cabin size, service and food was superior. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We embarked on the Rekjavik to Stockholm cruise this past June and found the quality degrading in several areas. 1 - The hotel in Reykjavik (Icelandair Rekyjavik Marina) was awful and certainly not up to Regent's previous standards. ... Read More
We embarked on the Rekjavik to Stockholm cruise this past June and found the quality degrading in several areas. 1 - The hotel in Reykjavik (Icelandair Rekyjavik Marina) was awful and certainly not up to Regent's previous standards. The bathroom was separated from the room by frosted glass sliding doors that didn't close completely and were only inches from the bed. The shower didn't have a pan floor so water ran all over the bathroom floor when you used it. The floor tiles were so slippery when wet that we laid down 3 bath towels to avoid falling. Only liquid hand soap was provided for sink and shower. No shampoo, conditioner or lotion. 2 - The suite was typical pleasant cat. D,E,F,G,H but the sink drain leaked and 2 lights were out in the bathroom. Of course these were fixed when we complained but why did we have these problems in the first place. 3 - The Voyager had an annoying vibration in our suite and it even could be felt in the observation lounge on deck 11. I assumed a problem with the engines or propellers. I was told that it happens when the ship goes fast. Never had that before and after hearing that there were propulsion problems earlier in the year my suspicions were confirmed. It is good that the ship is going into drydock in October. She needs it. 4 - Food and wine not what it used to be. Lower quality wine being served in all restaurants. Thanks to Boris, the head wine sommelier we got a list of all wines the ship had in stock for pouring (about 75 different labels) and were able to choose satisfactory labels from that. This was the only cruise in our 123 days with Regent that I had to send steaks back because they were full of gristle and fat. Compass Rose and Prime 7. The lobster in Prime 7 was overcooked also. We are booked for 63 days on the Voyager in 2014 and I am having second thoughts before committing the final payment. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Regent Voyager Transatlantic sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Reykjavik, Iceland May 15, 2010 This spring my husband reminded me it had been 16 years since we had vacationed alone together without our children. 2010 marked a big ... Read More
Regent Voyager Transatlantic sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Reykjavik, Iceland May 15, 2010 This spring my husband reminded me it had been 16 years since we had vacationed alone together without our children. 2010 marked a big anniversary and my husband's 50th birthday - both warranted a special vacation. Cruising has long been our vacation of choice, and we been cruising for more than 20 years, and each year for the past 16 with our 2 sons. We've enjoyed all the activities offered by the megaships - especially with the boys. But this year we decided to leave the kids at home, and try something special. After lots of research and considering several options and recommendations - we choose the Regent Voyager. This cruise marked a lot of "firsts" for us. This was our first voyage with Regent; our first transatlantic sailing; and our first holiday longer than 3 days without our sons. Our itinerary began in Fort Lauderdale and ended in Reykjavik, Iceland, although some passengers stayed on through Southampton. We boarded the ship in New York on day 3 of the sailing. This ship stayed in North America until the 3 day journey across the Atlantic to Iceland. This was a bonus for my husband who needed to stay somewhat connected to his business while we were gone. Our ports of call included New York, NY; Newport, RI; Boston, MA; Bar Harbor, ME; Halifax, NS; Cornerbrook, NFLD, and Lans Aux Meadows, NFLD and Reykjavik, Icleand. The Ship and Our Suite Our first impression of the ship as we boarded was elegant and graceful. The voyager carries 700 guests and weighs in at 46,000 tons. It's large enough to provide all the amenities and options you could possibly want for your vacation - but still maintains an intimate feel. The Voyager is an all suite, all balcony ship. We were in a category D - 300 sq. ft, plus a 56 sq. ft. balcony. Our tastefully decorated suite was spacious and comfortable. It was a pleasure to unpack with a walk-in closet complete with drawers, hooks, shelves and plenty of hanging space with both padded and wooded hangers. The small vanity area next to the bed had a lighted makeup mirror and a drawer, perfect for storing cosmetics. The marble bathroom was the largest I've had on a cruise ship complete with a large vanity, good lighting, a glass enclosed shower and a separate soaking tub. The king size bed was dressed in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens and beautiful pillows. I overheard a guest at the purser's desk inquiry about purchasing the pillows - They were that lovely! The sitting area had a full sized sofa, two chairs and an oval coffee table. The coffee table was taller than normal height and also served for in-suite dining. A plastic square tabletop that was stored in the closet fit snuggly over the coffee table. Most mornings we ordered a continental breakfast in the room. The room service attendant would beautifully set the table with linens, silver and china making even a simple continental breakfast seem very special. The adjacent wall of built in cabinetry had a 27 inch flat screen TV, writing desk, glass ware, additional drawer space, and stocked mini fridge. The balcony was just off the sitting area, with two chairs and a table - the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee, or a glass of wine surrounded by the vast ocean and the sound of the lapping waves. Dining We had heard that Regent offered exceptional on board dining. If you think that cruise ship dining cannot match the experience of a land side, fine dining restaurant - think again! We were pleasantly surprised that each of the Voyager restaurants offered a dining experience that far exceeded our expectations. The elegant Compass Rose is the main dining room offering full service, and a great variety of selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can dine whenever you choose - there are no scheduled dining times. You can request a table for two, or choose to be seated with other guests. The Verandah restaurant is a slightly more casual experience. Breakfast and lunch at the Verandah feature fantastic buffet selections. Breakfast offers a great selection of fresh fruits, eggs and made to order omelets; lunch features a carving station and an exceptional array of salads and seafood including stone crab claws and seared Ahi tuna. Dinner in the Verandah is casual but elegant offering an antipasti and dessert buffet and main courses are selected from a menu and served at the table. Voyager features two outstanding specialty restaurants - Signatures and Prime 7 - and this is where the magic happens! Signatures is a classic French restaurant which operates in partnership with Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The menu items are traditional with a contemporary twist, offering some lighter selections. The service begins with freshly baked bread and a pot of compound butter with black pepper and parmesan cheese. Bread and butter are something I usually try to avoid - but this cannot be missed. But be careful - you'll want to save room for desert! Prime 7 - a Classic Steak House is an intimate, dramatic, sexy restaurant with warm colours and comfy leather club chairs. This is a" big night out restaurant" - and every element of the dining experience from ambiance, service and cuisine is spot on! The steaks and seafood were simply outstanding! I indulged in a bone-in rib eye that would satisfy any carnivore and cooked perfectly to medium. The king crab legs with drawn butter were the best I've ever had, and a tempting selection of sides including twice baked potatoes and grilled asparagus will insure to get all your food groups. There is no surcharge to dine in the specialty restaurants, but reservations are required. You can make 1 reservation for each of the 2 restaurants on-line, once your cruise booking has been finalized. To ensure all guest have an opportunity to experience the specialty restaurants, the advance reservations are limited to 1 per restaurant. However, you can inquire about additional reservations once on board the ship. On our 11 night voyage, we had the pleasure of dining twice in each of the 2 specialty restaurants. Lounges The lounges and public areas on the ship - both inside and out - were most inviting. My favourite was Horizons, located all the way aft on deck 5. Gabrielle was the bartender and instantly knew our preferences. One day during the crossing, I was a little susceptible to the rolling seas. Gabrielle took it upon himself to make me a "special" tonic of ginger ale, fresh OJ, bitters and mint. I felt better within minutes of drinking it. Gabrielle's warm personality and exceptional service was as much a feature of the Horizon Lounge as the floor to ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views. You can access the aft outside deck from Horizons and this space is furnished big comfy sofas with pillows where you can enjoy your cocktails or just relax while looking over the wake of the ship. Activities and Entertainment When you're not off in port experiencing the destinations through one of Regent's inclusive shore excursions, there is plenty to do on board. The Canyon Ranch Spa and fitness center offers everything you need to relax or burn off some of the added calories. I took Yoga and Pilates classes and hit the tread mill a couple of times during the Voyage. Wellness classes were also part of the featured curriculum. We met some great new friends that we frequently met up with in the cafe and the Horizon's lounge. Each day at 4pm Tea and Trivia begins. A beautiful high tea is served with white gloved servers to teams of fiercely competitive passengers who gather each afternoon to answer the 12 trivia questions. After the trivia - you have just enough time to dress for dinner and gather in the Observation lounge - all the way forward on deck 11. At 6pm each evening pre-dinner cocktails are enjoyed with a "name that tune" contest. We joined a team with other passengers and had a blast. Regent is well known for their enrichment programs. We attended a number of very informative and topical lectures. 2 scientists sailed with us and lectured on the History of the Vikings; and Volcanoes and Earthquakes. We also enjoyed the company of a TV Writer from the series "Frasier". He hosted several sessions in which he described many aspects of this hit sitcom including the character development and evolution of the show. It was very interesting. The Voyager Lounge was a great venue for both the lectures and the evening entertainment. We saw some dazzling musical entertainment as well as a hysterical husband and wife comedy act . At night after dinner and possibly a show, we retired to our suite and watched the occasional movie ( a selection of 200 movies, from new releases to classics were available through your stateroom TV, complimentary) Service Each of the staff members we encountered on board the ship was a pleasure. The service was attentive and gracious. The staff truly go out of their way to exceed your expectations and ensure your optimum enjoyment - from the room stewardess to the dining room staff . We made a point of recognizing several of the staff who served us during our voyage. The wines were served by sommeliers who made excellent suggestions and wine pairings. Jayson is a young, but knowledgeable sommelier who introduced my husband to his new favourite California Cabernet Sauvignon. When we returned to our suite that evening after dinner we found 2 bottles of the vintage - compliments of Jayson (and Regent). This gesture was indicative of personal service delivered by each of the staff members on board. It was All Included! This was our first experience on an all-inclusive ship. Included in the cruise fare are premium wines and spirits, unlimited shore excursions and gratuities. The selection of inclusive premium spirits and wines were wonderful. The shore excursions we took were well planned for the destinations and a variety of experiences for every traveller. When making our shore excursion selections before we sailed, 2 of our first choices where sold out. We waitlisted for these tours anyway and to our delight - we received notification before we sailed that we had cleared the waitlists and were confirmed. My understanding is that Regent works very hard to accommodate the wishes of guests. And we cannot say enough about the service. There is tremendous value and satisfaction in the inclusive nature of a vacation. It was refreshing pleasure to not constantly be signing for purchases. The Regent Alumni Each and every other passenger we met on the board was a past guest of Regent. It was remarkable! Many of them had enjoyed multiple voyages, and talked with us about the other Regent ships and some of the great journeys they had experienced. We have been communicating with our new friends, and hope we meet up with them on a future cruise. We have enjoyed the pleasure of sailing on most of the popular cruise lines. We now consider ourselves Regent Alumni and cannot wait for our next voyage. I would recommend Regent with confidence to anyone who is looking for a cruise experience offering refined luxury, exceptional cuisine, stimulating enrichment programs, and a casual elegant ambiance. Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
As a long time SSS member and Radisson cruiser, we have continued our cruising with the Regent product and each time, bringing our expectations and hopes that the experience remains the same despite the corporate change of hands. Our most ... Read More
As a long time SSS member and Radisson cruiser, we have continued our cruising with the Regent product and each time, bringing our expectations and hopes that the experience remains the same despite the corporate change of hands. Our most recent foray was on the Voyager from Athens to Rio. Sadly, that Radisson famous service is no longer available. For the very things that used to make cruising unique on this line and encourage longetivity and loyalty amongst their guests, all have gone by the wayside in favour of the bottom line. A fellow SSS passenger reported to me that the new president Frank DelRio himself gauchely stated to guests that he no longer wanted to world cruisers or long-term travellers, "there was no money to be made off them". In essence, it's a slow destrcution or "Carnivalization" model this company is moving towards, and they are taking no prisoners, and in our opinion going the entirely wrong way about it. Solid shoreside staff who used to be well equipped to deal with the unforseen, or resolving issues pertaining to guest relations have been replaced by managers with no practical business experience and who have instead ridden up the corporate ladder and weild their newfound power with an unqualified sword. One such manager (name eludes us- French guy?)was apparently boarding in Puerto Rico but outright refused to meet with any guests despite a group of us approaching the chief purser. Perhaps he was ill equipped (crew told us he was a former maitred!!) to deal with questions on his and other's decision making that are substantially affecting the cruise experience itself. Consequently, they are allowing all those wonderful and memorable staff you would recall from past cruising who genuinely cared about the company to mass exit, and instead replacing them with crew who will work for less, and be entirely too busy to pay attention to the finer details we had all come to love. Less crew and more work means they aren't happy. We noted a number of the former crew have relocated employers on our last Silverseas cruise, and in conversations with some of the key individuals still onboard, expect to see more of them mass exiting in future with little or nothing to be done in attempting to keep the very folk who made these ships worthwhile. Indeed, a sad state of affairs and points very much to the possibility of unqalified and foolish corporate decision makers. This is the only reasoning as to why they are willing to destroy the very product that set them apart from the rest of the industry. Compass Rose The best this has to offer is the flexibility for it's diners in both menu and seating. The food has certainly gone downwards, and although they do their best to disguise it, in quality it is apparent. Maitre'd Luis was on for part of our segment and is the consummate professional. The sommolier Craig is the finest we've come in contact with and knows his wines inside out. Ordering items that are off the menu still permits for those with discerning tastes, and this is a gesture appreciated in the ever-evolving cruise industry. A good meal, but has lost it's sparkle. Verandah Buffet style, and often destination based, the offerings up here are hit and miss. Certainly kudos go out to the effort in which it takes to serve up a large variety, and it does break the monotony of the other onboard offerings. But expect chewier, cheaper cuts of meat, less exotic fruit and veg, and instead more mass production. When we requested a specific regional wine, we got the impression that we were somehow putting them out, and yet, throughout our lengthy voyage this was the same wine we had requested with nearly every suited meal. No strike against our hard working wine sommolier or waiter, as it was apparent they were not the ones at fault. Evening and Day Entertainment Although the lecturers are still for the most part, top notch, the narration while arriving or going through interesting spots at sea or in ports has been lost, and the captain is the only one who manages to deliver some personality in his announcements. The shows are decent, but dated, but some recognition should be given to the Cruise Director Lorraine who seems to be everywhere at once, and even if out of breath, always professional. Elsa is a living doll and is also full of boundless energy and compassion, and from our observations, along with Elsa really took the solo travelling people under her wing. Ports- no complaints here- we chose this run based on our past visits to the same ports. Our only problem wast that the french tour manager was exteremely difficult to understand in her announcements, and attempts to coral the geusts at times were noteably futile. Onboard Activities There were good cooking classes, excellent crafts instruction and activities with Marsha,, interesting and relevant computer courses up for offer, and a large internet cafe and in-room wireless internet that was although agonizing in it's lack of speed, left one in good hands with the gracious female computer instructor. The gift shops were polished but lacked local and seasonal items, staffed with friendly folk and not too many of them! It always seemed someone onboard could dig up whatever it was a passenger lacked, which is also lost on the larger ships. There is no photo department any longer which is refreshing,although there were times a picture would have been great to have the option to buy. Not having the ability to purchase camera related items like memory sticks, etc was a let down. The manager onboard Englebert seemed to be more of a yes man than a man who got things done. Friends of ours in a gruop onboard had somewhat unpleasant dealings with him and although he had some decorum and professionalism, he clearly had limited or no power to change or adjust the arrangements that had been problematic. His overall impression he gave off was that of padding/bandaging the issues rather than truly working to fix things. All in all, rather ineffective. Debarkation was fairly smooth and the low passenger count definitely makes this a difference of night and day compared to much larger vessels. All in all, if you are expecting the personalized, stand-out treatment of the Radisson days, that is all but lost, along with most of the staff who facilitated that. Decent value but overpriced for the service they are touting that just simply isn't the same. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Where do I even begin to describe the best cruise we have been on? I guess, like everyone else, I need to start at the beginning. GETTING THERE Getting from Washington State to Cape Town, South Africa is a daunting task. We used ... Read More
Where do I even begin to describe the best cruise we have been on? I guess, like everyone else, I need to start at the beginning. GETTING THERE Getting from Washington State to Cape Town, South Africa is a daunting task. We used Regent Air (with a deviation so we could arrive a day early and select our own hotel). We flew British Airways Business Class from Vancouver to Heathrow. . .had a 5 hour layover and then on to Cape Town. Total air time (excludes layover) - 20 hours. We left on Wednesday and arrived on Friday. We enjoy the seats and service on British Air. The lounge in Heathrow is lovely - had enough time to shower, eat, drink and do emails. PRE-CRUISE We contacted a company that picked us up at the airport and transported us to the Peninsula Hotel. This is not your typical "Peninsula Hotel" - it is a 3 star, lovely hotel - not fancy or modern. The staff could not have been better. In the afternoon they set out wine and juice in the lobby. We took a shuttle bus into the main part of town where we noticed that the Voyager was already docked. Unfortunately, we had to wait until the next day to embark. We had a delicious fish dinner with a pint of local beer for a very reasonable price. The breakfast in the morning was local cuisine with wonderful fruit, omelet bar and the makings for a typical English breakfast (English bacon, beans, cooked tomato half and mushrooms). After breakfast, we were picked up for a 3-hour tour by the same driver we had the previous day. It would take a professional writer to describe this area - we were in awe of the beauty we encountered around every curve on this very scenic drive. We stopped to see the penguins. It was quite a sight to see penguins on a sandy beach in South Africa. Also saw baboons on the side of the road. Quick side story: In the outskirts of Cape Town, if you do not shut your house up completely, you will find that your home has been invaded by baboons. If a window is left open just a small amount, they send their babies in to retrieve the goods and pass them through the window. EMBARKATION Embarkation is almost always easy on Regent. We were on segment 4 of the Discovery Collection, so, there were not many people embarking. They used a small room for registration rather than the theater. After spending three minutes or so checking in, we headed up to La Veranda for a delicious lunch. Side note: There were quite a few crew members leaving on vacation at different ports on the Discovery Collection. Although we had been on the Voyager only 2 months earlier, a lot of the staff had changed. We saw some of the "old crew" departing as we were embarking. THE FOOD Dining in Compass Rose was always a wonderful experience. Upon recommendation of the Maitre 'D in La Veranda, we asked to be seated by Joey (a Head Waiter) and were seated in the section where Steven was server. I will write more about these people in the "Service" section. The soups were always hot, the food prepared as ordered and everything was delicious. No long story - just 6 star food on a 6 star ship. In the past, La Veranda had been hit and miss. One reason for this could simply be that the food is not prepared at the time you order it, but, rather is prepared in batches. Everyone has different tastes and I cannot say that you will love everything that is offered each day. I tended to take tiny portions of dishes I was unsure about (local dishes that I am not familiar with, for example). Inevitably I returned to get more (and more and more - but, that's another story). On this cruise, every time we had Signatures booked, we were unable to make it and had to cancel. So, there is no report on Signatures. Prime 7 had the only "hiccup" of the cruise. We booked Prime 7 for the first night we were on board. The staff had just changed, the Restaurant Manager had not arrived and things were not as they should be (with the exception of service). I relayed the story to someone with no expectation that she would follow-up with the Restaurant Manager, Luis Texeira Luis stopped by our table the next day in La Veranda and convinced us to give Prime 7 another try. The second time around, everything was total perfection. SERVICE The crew on board the Voyager during our cruise was perfect. The staff in the restaurants, the butler, the stewardess, bartenders. . .I could go on and on. Although the staff moves around through a rotation process which takes them on each of Regent's ships, you may be lucky enough to meet these exceptional people on one of your future cruises (and I apologize in advance for those whose names I cannot recall). Englebert Lanier Wartenberg, Hotel Manager. This is a man that cares deeply about both Regent and the guests on the ship. He is accessible and will do his best to insure that you have a wonderful cruise. Anthony Miller, Food and Beverage Manager. We had a lovely chat with Anthony and learned that he accompanied Captain Dag when he dove into the water to check out the fishing net that was entangled in Voyager's pod earlier this year. They spent an hour cutting the net off of the pod - unfortunately, water had seeped into the electronics. It was a very interesting story and he is a very lovely man. Luis Texeira, as mention above, Luis took immediate action when he learned of our experience in Prime 7. He seemed to be everywhere on the ship - one minute I would see him in La Veranda - then in Compass Rose and in Prime 7. He is aware of everything that is going on in all the dining venues. Luis will be on the Navigator this month to work with the team that will be opening Prime 7. I have no doubt that, under his guidance, it will be a success. Abigail, Maitre 'D of La Veranda. Abigail was on our cruise two months ago. In addition to being efficient and professional, she is one of the nicest people you could meet (and was the person who let Luis know about our experience in Prime 7) Joey, Head Waiter in Compass Rose and La Veranda in the morning (lunch too, as I recall). He makes certain that your dining experience is what you expect it to be. He is charming! Craig, Sommelier (formerly on the Paul Gauguin). We dine early and had the chance to speak with Craig on a few occasions. He is a "Master Sommelier" - there are very few Sommelier's with that designation. He knows his wine (and beer too:-) Steven, Waiter (want to call him Waiter Supreme). He always serves in Compass Rose in the evening. You may see him in La Veranda in the morning or at lunch. He goes where he is needed. We received impeccable service from Steven. He and my DH are from Britain and they had a nice time sharing stories. We are looking forward to seeing him again on the Navigator this spring. Francisco, Assistant Head Waiter, Compass Rose. I just had to add Francisco to the list. He has been with Regent (Radisson) since the beginning and recently received a much deserved promotion! Adriana (very misspelled - there is a "j" in her name somewhere) who serves wine in La Veranda. She is simply delightful. PORTS This was a South Atlantic crossing - not many ports which was a perfect opportunity to spend time on the ship. Cape Town - We signed up for a tour to an Ostrich Farm and wine tasting. This was an excellent tour (not one of the free ones, but, worth considerably more than what we paid). We had 6 tastings of lovely South African wine. At the farm we were able to sit on an ostrich and stroke his/her long neck. Note: We are animal lovers and do not feel the ostrich was hurt in any way. Namibia - We fell in love with both Namibia and Cape Town. The people in South Africa that we met are open, warm and giving of themselves. Our first tour was "Seal & Dolphins". In addition to seeing the seals, dolphins and flamingo's, a "snack" of oysters on the half shell and a tray of little canapE type dishes. They poured some sparkling wine and gave tastes of a local liquor. Outstanding! The "Township" tour touched our lives forever. It included seeing how hard these people have been working to better their lives. We saw the old "concentration camp" type facilities where they were housed and the new little homes with plumbing, water and electricity where they now live. They are so proud of what they have. The tour guide took us inside of his home which was quite a treat. A small buffet of local food was also prepared for us (quite good). Unfortunately, some people on the tour felt the excursion was "too realistic". Some would not get off the bus - most would not touch the food. I found this very sad. We visited a school and were touched by the children as well as the principal. If anyone is going to do this tour in the future, please bring an old laptop with you that is no longer needed -- the school has only one broken down computer. You can't ship them as it would never get to them. Just wish I knew in advance. St. Helena - The ship only stops for approximately 6 hours. The excursion on St. Helena was very good (and was one of the free ones). There are so few people on the island that it was a challenge to find enough vehicles to take us around the island. They used vans, a vintage car (well, not vintage - just very old), a school bus - just about anything with wheels. This was a wonderful port - glad that Regent stopped there (could have spent more time in the town). Rio - We took the tour that includes a train up to the "Christ the Redeemer" monument. It was lovely - the views spectacular. However, it was extremely sad to see the condition of the city. Graffiti in places that you would not think people could get to. . . . incredible traffic. . . . crime in this city would make anyone feel unsafe (cannot wear a watch as it is almost guaranteed to be taken. . . . women wearing necklaces or chains can have them pulled off of their necks). Some people will disagree with me about this city and they are free to do so. If you are with a tour group you will be safe. We will not be returning to Rio de Janeiro and hope they somehow get their city together in the next 6 years when they host the Olympics. ON THE SHIP This was a Spotlight on Food and Wine and Dance. There were many things to keep us occupied on the sea days (7 out of 14 days were sea days). We took Samba lessons, attended wine tastings, food demonstrations, attended "trivia" daily. . . . there was no way a person could have been bored on this cruise. With the perfect weather every day (except the last day in Rio), there were many people simply lying in the sun on the pool deck. DISEMBARKATION AND FLYING HOME Unfortunately, almost all flights out of Rio are at night and, as you know, you disembark in the morning. For guests with Regent Air, they set up a room in the Sofitel Hotel where we could leave our luggage. While not the most comfortable place (and they really should have provided bottled water), it was better than going to the airport. The rain was heavy - we ventured out to a small mall down the street and had lunch at a local restaurant next to the hotel (incredibly good Portuguese chicken and rice soup). The typically 1 hour drive to the airport took 3 hours as it was a Friday and a special weekend in Rio. The local Regent representative was in contact with the airport - they kept the doors to the plane open until we arrived - checked in - cleared passport control and got onto to the flight. The one thing I was not looking forward to on this trip was flying United Airlines (three flights to get home). United's service ratings have been amongst the lowest of all U.S. carriers. We found the service to be very good, some of the food excellent and were very pleased and surprised. The Business Class seats were the old type (not even semi-flat) and have not been upgraded on the 777 aircrafts as yet. We would fly United again (on the planes that have been upgraded). CONCLUSION We obviously have nothing but positive things to say about this cruise. Our only question is what to book next (in addition to our Alaska cruise in May 2010). The prices for 2010/2011 are quite high, perhaps due to the included excursions. This was our first taste of included excursions. While they are well organized and enjoyable, it appears that this "benefit" is raising the prices a bit too much. Between "free" airfare and "free" excursions, Regent is pricing itself above it's competition and out of the reach of many passengers. We continue to look at itineraries on Silversea and Seabourn. . . . however, at the end of the day, there is no place like home -- on the Voyager. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
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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