13 Regent Seven Seas Voyager Senior Cruise Reviews

Just returned from the Rome to Athens cruise on the Voyager. Four of us chose this cruise to celebrate two 60th Birthdays. We had Penthouse C cabins on the 8th Deck which were beautiful and our Butler, Bish, was outstanding and so ... Read More
Just returned from the Rome to Athens cruise on the Voyager. Four of us chose this cruise to celebrate two 60th Birthdays. We had Penthouse C cabins on the 8th Deck which were beautiful and our Butler, Bish, was outstanding and so attentive! We ate at all of the dining venues with Prime 7 and Compass Rose being our favorites although they were all outstanding. (I was very confused about a previous horrible review that stated baseball caps & shorts being worn everywhere after 6:00 pm - this was not in evidence at all on this cruise.) We did experience some rough seas which resulted in an alternative port being selected over one of the scheduled stops as the seas were too rough to take tenders in to the original port. We were very impressed with how fast they were able to come up with alternative shore excursions and we loved the one we chose (Sorrento: beautiful views, shopping, & pizza!). The tours were all very organized and impressive. Malta and Santorini were amazing. Overall, customer service was excellent, particularly in the restaurants and destination services desk. The pre-cruise hotel in Rome (Westin Excelsior) was very nice and in a very safe area (right next to the American Embassy!). Our rooms were beautiful and the Concierge Desk was extremely helpful in setting us up with a private car & driver. The only disappointment were the shows. Although they were entertaining, the level of performance was just average. The one exception was the show on the final evening call Crew Capers. This was outstanding and some of the crew members have serious talent! We had a wonderful time on this trip and are already looking to book another cruise in a couple years!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise, as we usually do, based on itinerary. We experienced an incredible bonus on the first “leg” (Auckland to Bali). It was an “Artful Travelers” cruise. This group, in cooperation with Regent and PBS and NPR, ... Read More
We chose this cruise, as we usually do, based on itinerary. We experienced an incredible bonus on the first “leg” (Auckland to Bali). It was an “Artful Travelers” cruise. This group, in cooperation with Regent and PBS and NPR, had a special program focusing on documentary film making and Broadway. There were extra speakers (all excellent), Q & A sessions, cocktail parties, special documentary screening, a wine tasting, a sumptuous dinner, excellent cabarets, small dinners with the presenters - all without an extra fee. Artful Travelers has been in existence since 2004 but came as a surprise to us. We will back for another of their programs next February. That portion of the trip included wonderful ports such as Sydney, Cairns, Komodo island, and Bali. We remained on the ship for the next segment from Bali to Hong Kong. We especially enjoyed our stops in Borneo (loved the cultural experience) and Brunei. As usual, service throughout the trip was excellent. Food is uniformly very good and often excellent. We especially liked the newly designed/decorated Compass Rose. Regent is expensive, but the experience is exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 3rd cruise on the Spirit. The first was for an anniversary 10 years ago - October 2006. We have made Oct 2016-Oct 2017 and anniversary year. The cruise was from Hong Kong to Beijing with stops in Japan and Korea. We ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on the Spirit. The first was for an anniversary 10 years ago - October 2006. We have made Oct 2016-Oct 2017 and anniversary year. The cruise was from Hong Kong to Beijing with stops in Japan and Korea. We had booked our own Air to Hong Kong but had problems finding a reasonable Business Class fare for the return. We checked with Regent and they were able to come up with a great fare and a much better routing then we were able to find. As we had booked a post cruise tour in Beijing Regent supplied the transfers to the airport on our day of departure. My preference has been to handle our air arrangements but this experience will have me checking with the cruise line for their airfares and schedules. Although , like many people who have cruised on Regent before its sales, the ship and the service is not quite like on our first cruise. However, Regent is still a 5 star cruise line with excellent service. Embarking or debarking in Hong Kong is an experience like no other. The cruise ship terminal is connected to a very, very upscale mall (Harbor Mall). You can not board or leave the ship without going through this mall. Keep hold of you wallets as the stores are extremely expensive. Keep in mind that this is a small ship - about 640 passengers, so getting around the ship, disembarking and accessing the dining venues about is fairly easy. From overheard conversations plus our own experience, the excursions were enjoyed by most of those who went. Regent, like many cruise lines, indicates the fitness level for each excursion. Note however that in some cases these were incorrect. One stop had many steps which made it difficult for a number of those with mobility issues. The had difficulty or could not manage the steps. This is not necessarily the fault of Regent, but those with mobility problems should keep in mind that they mnay have unexpected problems. One friend, on another cruise, was ashore with his walker and broke a wheel on the cobble stone street he was walking on. He had to purchase a new walker as no one had a replacement wheel. Excursions are included in Regent's rates. Note: we did not make use of the fitness center. If one includes the daily Trivia contest as recreation, the it was better then the listing below. this site should allow for a N/A-Not applicable One thing that is important to my wife is a bathtub. All of the ships accept the recently launched Muse have tubs. Looks like we will not be sailing on the Muse. We have sailed with Regent a number of times and itinerary permitting, will do so again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose Regents because I wanted to see Egypt and we felt it may be dangerous to fly in. The ship was newly refurbished and so was the staff. They never let on in booking. I guess cause most cruise sites warn against a newly ... Read More
We chose Regents because I wanted to see Egypt and we felt it may be dangerous to fly in. The ship was newly refurbished and so was the staff. They never let on in booking. I guess cause most cruise sites warn against a newly refurbished ship and they are right. Staff had no clue and we were the training program and a costly one at that. Food and service in Compass Rose poor. Tour guides poor to awful. Fumes from the rugs and refurbishment left me woyh a 21 day sinus problem for the entire cruise. I know cause off the ship it was fine back on it was back and others seemed to be experiencing the same. Shows, not great. Same guy with his puppets most of the time. Pre cruise hotel pretty bad. DisEmbarkation a disaster--- Told to take a taxi if I did not like the transfer offered and I could bring my luggage to the elevator myself. This could have been an amazing cruise given the ports but, it fell very short of basic expectations. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was only our third cruise and our first with Regent. We picked it because it offered 3 days in St. Petersburg and the Business Class Airfare add-on was VERY reasonable. Although there were a few signs of The Voyager aging ( worn ... Read More
This was only our third cruise and our first with Regent. We picked it because it offered 3 days in St. Petersburg and the Business Class Airfare add-on was VERY reasonable. Although there were a few signs of The Voyager aging ( worn carpeting and frayed curtains) overall we were quite pleased with the ship and look forward to seeing it after the Refurbishing later this year. For some reason, we received a lot of SBC from our travel agent even though we had never used them or Regent before. In addition, all the arrangements she made were perfect, except that she never explained in advance the ships policy of only getting reservations in the Special restaurants twice on the cruise, and she oversold how Dressy the dining rooms were.. We were also surprised that, 3 days prior to sailing, we were offered an upsell from a Veranda suite to an AFT Penthouse-which we jumped on. The food throughout the ship was quite good, with the exception of SetteeMarie which was not even average. We thought Prime 7 was excellent and so was Compass Rose. We did notice that in the mornings, although Compass Rose was fairly empty for breakfast, the service was horrible. We ate the rest of our breakfasts in LaVeranda. We did NOT have the service problem in the evening at Compass Rose, so I am not sure why that was. WE also noticed that in several bars, although they were pouring premium brands, they were chintzy with the quantity until we learned to ask for doubles. Our Aft Penthouse came with a Butler who was perfect, he filled every request quickly with a smile and made some excellent suggestions. The cabin was a little noisy (878) from the props while the ship was moving quickly but we soon got used to it. The cabin was well furnished, large, and everything we could ask for with one of the largest balconies on board. I did not care for the Regent "Free Excursion" policy since so many were offered at the same time you could usually only go on 1 or at most 2 each day. That being said, most of the free excursions were pretty good with only one or two having guides that were hard to understand. I thought Helsinki was boring and Riga was worse. Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Talinn were all incredible. Andy & Tammy Heath (Cruise Directors) were perfect in their roles and made sure everyone enjoyed themselves, if they wanted to. We ended up meeting several couples, either from excursions or from sharing a table in a restaurant that we truly enjoyed and hope to continue long-term friendships with. We will definitely look to Regent for another cruise, possibly next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Regent Seven Seas markets its cruises as first class. In some ways it almost is but other parts are so bad that it ruined the good parts. This cruise line goes the cheapest route when it comes to airline travel and hotels. Regent is ... Read More
Regent Seven Seas markets its cruises as first class. In some ways it almost is but other parts are so bad that it ruined the good parts. This cruise line goes the cheapest route when it comes to airline travel and hotels. Regent is EXPENSIVE and only if you drink and eat an extraordinary amount will you get your money's worth. Bad -- Emergency situations: Disastrous. Their emergency number took over an hour to answer, then put us on hold, when our air transportation got changed by them and we were marooned. Air Travel -- we were supposed to have Business Class and instead they booked us on a third rate local airline and it resulted in us missing a connection and a whole day's vacation plus paying $500+ for hotel and taxi to a different airport which Regent refused to pay. We later learned from experienced Regent travelers to check what flights you want and then insist they book you on them. Internet -- we had no internet for most of the cruise, despite being told we would and printed marketing material indicating full time internet. If you have to do business while traveling, do not take this cruise line. One fellow passenger missed an important stock trade and was hysterical because there was no internet. Despite promises to fix it, it never was fully functional. Embarkation/Debarkation: Disorganized, confusing and way too time consuming. Ditto for baggage handing. Hotels: They book you into average hotels with basic rooms, definitely not first class. Our hotel room in Reykjavik was so small we couldn't even turn around, also hot and stuffy. In Copenhagen we inquired about upgrading our room and were told that Regent only books "Basic" rooms, not first class. Good: Fabulously well trained staff especially our private Butler. The best part of the trip. All other staff on board were very polite and helpful. However, lowly staff can only do so much when management is lacking. Entertainment was excellent but for first time Regent cruisers it should have been better explained as to how to be seated, etc. Most food better than average except the premier Prime 7 where we had two bad meals. The French restaurant, Signatures, was very good. The basic restaurants Compass Rose and the Veranda were good and wine selections were also good. Overall, all service on board was excellent, including our Butler, cleaning staff, servers, bartenders, etc. Word of advice, this cruise is not for families as it is appeared to be older than average crowd. Some patrons were much too elderly/infirm to do the excursions and yet were allowed to participate, resulting in inconveniencing everyone else. If you are looking for a totally first class experience, we would suggest a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have been on all of Regent's ships and had wanted to do this itinerary in the past, but dates and pricing never lined up. We were very pleased to be able to do back-to-back 10 day cruises through the British Isles and over to ... Read More
We have been on all of Regent's ships and had wanted to do this itinerary in the past, but dates and pricing never lined up. We were very pleased to be able to do back-to-back 10 day cruises through the British Isles and over to France and Spain. The ship is very comfortable, but the staff is the best reason to sail with Regent. Every member of the crew is just as hospitable and friendly as possible. They couldn't be better. We really enjoyed this itinerary and particularly Mont St. Michel, Cork, Bordeaux. Every stop had something memorable, though. We went on excursions most days, but sometimes just took the ship-provided shuttle into town and wandered. Some excursions were much more than we expected. In Belfast, for example, we went on a tour that included the Titanic Museum. That wasn't very impressive. However, a tour of the dry dock was fantastic - largely due to a guide who was part historian, part actress and totally enthusiastic. The Blarney Castle was interesting, but you really should be prepared. The Blarney Stone is at the top of the castle and to kiss it you have to be on your back and leaning over the edge - not a good plan for older folks. The stairway up is quite a challenge. It's steep and, in several places, both of my shoulders touched the walls and I'm not overly large. It was quite strenuous for anyone with mobility issues. In Torre Lorizags, we saw an incredible collection of mint-condition Rolls Royces. You have to see to believe. Really fantastic. While in Southhampton for a day at the mid-point of the cruise, we took a personal tour to Winchester. Winchester College and Winchester Cathedral are both incredible. Finally, our favorite stop was Alnwick Castle. Parts of Harry Potter were filmed there and two Christmas specials of Downton Abbey were filmed in this castle, which remains an active home for the Lord and Lady. It is truly spectacular. Lecturers from the Smithsonian Institute really enhanced all of the ports. Food and service were superb, as always. You just can't go wrong on a Regent Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
There is cost and value for money. Whilst not cheap, we believe RSS cruises are excellent value for money and our pick of choice if the destinations are right. We have been on several other cruises with Seabourn and Silversea. The ... Read More
There is cost and value for money. Whilst not cheap, we believe RSS cruises are excellent value for money and our pick of choice if the destinations are right. We have been on several other cruises with Seabourn and Silversea. The voyager has up to 700 passengers and mainly balcony cabins. It is to have a refit later this year being 13 yrs old but seemed to us to be generally very acceptable with maintenance work on the go outside and inside all the time. Our 'suite' on deck ten a few doors from the bridge (concierge D) was fine with a comfortable bed and a temper pillow provided. A good shower and walk in wardrobe plus adequate living space. Also very quiet - we have booked the same cabin for next summer. There are four restaurants all of good quality. Signatures and Prime 7 are those you book once beforehand, but we found several visits possible by going for a late booking or on spec for a no show. Our favourite is Signatures (French). Compass Rose excellent but slower service than previously (?NCL cutbacks?).Sitting outside the Italian restaurant was a great treat in the (very) warm weather we had. We do not dine in the suite but occasional snack or breakfast room service was prompt and served with a smile - as was the daily phone call for early morning tea. Pool deck lunches were very good with many international themes. The staff do 3 excellent entertainments in the form of a 'garden party' on the pool deck, a wonderful bbq with ice sculptures, and 'KREW Kapers" on stage on the last night. We enjoyed the visiting entertainers but are less impressed personally by the very repeatable Jean Ann Ryan group - you could be on any of the boats on any cruise and not know which, when they are doing the dance and aerial regimes - time for something different, but we were happy to linger over a meal of sit outside the bar some evenings instead. The Regent 8 piece band was versatile and excellent and all the music by the singing keyboard duo, pianist and guitar were of high standard. there was no shortage of venues for music throughout the afternoon and evening. Crew are friendly and service very good. Several members of staff recognised us from previous RSS cruises on other boats! Shore excursions which are in with the cruise price were of good quality with , to be fair, some guides of variable English speaking quality. The two best dictions were by female guides in Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai. The flights were Emirates business class and a bonus was the direct flight from/to Manchester to Dubai without the hell of going through LHR! We had three days land programme in Singapore staying at the excellent Fullerton hotel near the marina. There were two well structured half day excursions and an evening meal visit to the Marina Sands Floor 54 restaurant for a memorable eating experience. This cruise gave us chance to see S E Asia in parts we have not been to - it did not disappoint. We shall return to see more of the area - and we shall be happy to travel again with Regent. Indeed we are going transatlantic with them in November on the new ship. Our minor hopes for change - a teapot for early morning tea rather than a thermos; the ice cream remaining open after 4pm on pool deck by making it available in the pool bar; advance warning of events like the deck bbq so you do not book something else (or have to cancel something else) that night! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This is a difficult review to write because everything was exquisite. From ease of boarding to the welcome we received from our concierge upon arriving at our suite and everything that followed. The meals were great, the wine selection ... Read More
This is a difficult review to write because everything was exquisite. From ease of boarding to the welcome we received from our concierge upon arriving at our suite and everything that followed. The meals were great, the wine selection excellent and the shore excursions plentiful, educational and very scenic. Most of all the crew were awesome, pleasant and always ready to help with even the smallest detail. The periodic ship wide briefings by the Cruise Director and the Captain were timely and informative. Regent's all inclusive concept is truly all inclusive; no nickel and dimeing, everything is there for your comfort and enjoyment and made readily available by a super crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our best cruise experience ever. What we look for in a cruise experience has changed over the years. Where once we thought a balcony was superfluous, we now enjoy the solitude of a personal space escape. Voyager was by far our ... Read More
This was our best cruise experience ever. What we look for in a cruise experience has changed over the years. Where once we thought a balcony was superfluous, we now enjoy the solitude of a personal space escape. Voyager was by far our most enjoyable cruise to date. Our Penthouse C cabin was spacious, had plenty of storage, room to move around, the separate shower (full size, not Euro size) and tub was great, and the size of the balcony was the best ever. Knowing a glass of wine on the balcony would be waiting for us at the end of each excursion day was delightful and relaxing. We did the math before choosing Regent Seven Seas and the all included price was comparable to what we would pay on another line for the same level of amenities. While taking a chance that it would be worth the greater price up-front, we were not disappointed. The excursions were managed very well, very efficient, the destination staff members were friendly, informative and efficient. The only improvement I would like to see would be port maps included in "Passages", and a port weather report posted 24 hours in advance rather than 12 hours. The dining was enjoyable in every venue. Food presentation was very nice and portion size was appropriate. The dining staff provided the best service ever. All staff members spoke English very clearly which was appreciated. The ladies in La Veranda were lovely, upbeat, funny, and a joy. The men were equally as attentive, humorous, and created an enjoyable environment. The Compass Rose staff were very attentive and had a few special folks that made dining something for which to look forward. "Newman" from Bali was a delight and addressed us by name all over the ship. We looked for him in every venue knowing he would make our dining a fun and delightful event whether it be informal at the pool grill or reserved and elegant. He led the servers in a rendition of "let me call you sweetheart" for our anniversary celebration. Our butler and stewardess, Saraj and Ni, never missed a beat. They were always charming and moved in and out like stealth. Everything was taken care of without ever having to ask. They made our anniversary very special and memorable. I won't provide details so as not to spoil for anyone else looking forward to a special celebration. Suffice it to say our cabin and dining crew brought me to tears of joy. The evening canapes were excellent and could have doubled for entrees. Compared to other lines, this was the best by far. Having a glass of wine with canapes, at dinner, an after dinner drink, all without worrying about the bill made the experience that much more enjoyable. We love history and looked forward to the lectures. Unfortunately, the lecturer on this cruise would put an insomniac to sleep. The content was ok, but the delivery was painful. The captain was a bit of a marble mouth as well. Sorry. I know his skills are in steering the ship. However, a little expression in his voice and clear articulation would have made his announcements more encouraging. We would definitely recommend the Voyager for anyone looking for understated elegance and sophistication, good food, exceptional service and comfort. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
General This ship/trip report (Safaga, Egypt to Barcelona, Spain) has been structured for better clarity, and this way you can skip the section(s) that don't appeal to you. It is rather detailed, so if you just want a quick overview, ... Read More
General This ship/trip report (Safaga, Egypt to Barcelona, Spain) has been structured for better clarity, and this way you can skip the section(s) that don't appeal to you. It is rather detailed, so if you just want a quick overview, you might look elsewhere. Before the cruise Documentation arrived somewhat late due to a new system. However, it was well structured and pleasant to read. Compared to earlier, this is an improvement. We flew into the holiday resort of Hurghada a few days ahead of the cruise and stayed at the Sheraton, half an hour from the port of Safaga. This would be our second cruise with RSSC Voyager. Pre/Post-cruise packages We initially wanted to join the Cairo-Luxor package, but considering our flight cnx and the political tension in Egypt, we later decided not to. Passengers that did, seemed to be fairly happy though, and all of them arrived in time for departure (after a rather long bus trip from Luxor to the ship) Embarkation This part began with a rather unpleasant incident, mainly because of incompetent and arrogant egyptian port officials. It costed us quite some spoilt time, from arriving to this small port of Safaga until reaching the ship. Thus, be warned for this place, at least if you are planning on arriving individually. Ship Assuming that several readers already know the ship, I won't mention much about that. Technically that is. Maybe it should be mentioned, that the ship received a few upgrades (new carpeting everywhere and some other minor changes) in September 2011. However, standard cabins have remained unchanged. In due time some upgrades will be necessary here. It is interesting to compare some figures (passengers space ratio and passengers/crew ratio) with other 4* to 5*+ ships (Douglas Ward -- see below, gives the Voyager only 4*+ though, just "a tad" under the score needed for 5*). Ship pax sp. r. pax/crew r. DW rating / points RSSC Voyager 59,0 1,65 4,5* 1'698 pts Crystal Serenity 62,6 1,7 5* 1'702 pts Seabourne Odyssey 71,1 1,3 5* 1'787 pts Hapag-Lloyd Europa (*) 70,4 1,4 5*+ 1'851 pts Carnival Splendor 37,0 2,5 3*+ 1'393 pts Silverseas S. Shadow 72,8 2,5 4* 1'445 pts MSC Musica 36,2 2,6 4* 1'462 pts * According to DW, this ship, the only 5*+ in the book, is mainly suited to germanspeaking passengers Of course these are just two aspects of a ship. Douglas Ward's "Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships" gives quite standardized opinions. The book is to my knowledge widely accepted by most cruise professionals. It is also quite a Handbook (Part 1) about all aspects of cruising for people just new to this way of travelling. Opinions by individuals (like you and I) can, as you probably know, vary considerably... But, as they say, you get what you pay for. On the other side, organisations like Cruise Critic or Conde Nast Traveller, just to name a few, give the opinions of a lot of passengers at a given time. Accomodation We had a standard cabin (suite, in companyspeak) on deck 9, midship, 355 ft2 / 33 m2, including a small balcony (teak floors) with a table and two conventional chairs. The cabin, nicely decorated has about everything you'll need. Walk-in closet with enough hangers, drawers and space for your shoes. Large safe. Also in the cabin itself is enough storage space. Kingsize bed with very good mattresses. We always bring our own pillows (tempur-type, the best there is) as these seem to be unknown by those cruising companies offering speciality pillows. Large fridge to be filled to your liking. Fresh fruit, replenished daily. Mirrors everywhere. Comfortable sofa, chairs (3) and a cocktail table. Bathroom large enough for size M. Enough storage space for his/hers stuff. However, shower stall is definitely only for maximum size L. Xes and up, be aware. Then there is the mandatory (?) bathtub, that most people I've spoken to hardly use, and one washbasin. Getting rid of the tub would leave space for a second washbasin and a larger shower stall. Service Is generally quite good. The staff is genuinely friendly and most guys really go out of their way to please the passengers (why some cruising companies have started to call us guests is somewhat strange -- we are still on a ship, not in a hotel, right?). In a few days most head sommeliers (In the Compass rose as well as in the Veranda) knew which wines and waters we liked. Even some of the waiters (like Dylan) did. The two special restaurants are run quite well with excellent service. Room service (used only once - in the morning) was quick and efficient. In the Cafe we normally only needed eye contact with the indian waiter at the coffe maschine (forgot his name), plus two fingers in the air -- and our cappus arrived within minutes to the table where we had sat down. In the restaurants the food normally arrives quickly. On the other side, we were always one of the first couples to arrive and to order. Could make a difference. In the Compass Rose, the staff should try to slow down their "speed" a little. Handling by receptionists, GM, cruise consultant, pursers and the like was professional and very good. Food and beverage Compass rose (main restaurant): Food quality generally quite good with some exceptions. Occasionally the main dish arrived luke warm. As the plates leave the kitchen hot (acc. the Chef!) it probably has to do with the large amount of covered plates arriving to the stations together, and (naturally) not being delivered to the tables at the same time. Various excellent wines (changing daily) for dinner. If your taste was different, there were always sufficient alternatives available. We hardly enjoyed brakfast here because of tight schedules in the mornings (excursion buses waiting!) as it took longer here than at the other (selfservice) breakfast alternatives. Prime 7 (steak house) and Signatures (cuisine franaise) are reservation only (no charge) restaurants with excellent food and wines (charges only for exclusive wines from a separate list -- that we never tried. The free wine selections are "tres bien", believe me). La Veranda, the italian restaurant at the uppermost deck (with a nice view and also some outside tables), was really our favourite "eatary" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffets for appetizers, soups and salads, and main dishes from the menu (dinner only), served individually. Good to very good food as well as wines and mineral waters (Perrier and San Pellegrino). The room temperature however, was often really icy. Why?? The "Pizzeria" is not excactly what you would expect. It is just a window in the wall in the starboard part of La Veranda, and only open during lunchtime, serving slices of two different styles pizza (Margarita and a daily changing variety). The Cafe has the best speciality coffees (espresso, cappucino etc.) onboard. But sitting space is rather limited and not excactly cosy. Observation lounge A nice place on deck 11 to sit and watch the bow of the ship plowing thru the waves. Normal bar service at fixed hours. Pianoplayer in the evening. Voyager lounge: Midship on deck 4 next to the atrium (which reaches to deck 11). Dancing floor and a stage for music and entertainment. Bar service in the evening. Horizon lounge: At the aft of the ship with an outside lounge area. Dancing floor with room for 6-piece band. Bar service at fixed hours. Afternoon tea trivias as well as bingo. Entertainment The 2-3 shows broadwaystyle that we visited were rather professional and enjoyable -- had it not been for the terrible loudness over the loudspeakers. As if that was not enough, the female leadsinger of the shows (otherwise quite a good singer and artist) had to scream into the mikrophon now and then. We talked to several other passengers sharing our opinion and mostly also refraining from going to the shows as well. I spoke to the cruisedirector and other officers a couple of times about this -- with no noticable result. The same problem goes for the music at other spots and occasions, like the lounges on the pool deck. The latter is a great place to have lunch and a chat with friends. However, as soon as the music starts -- forget about conversation. Even if we were sitting at the other end of the deck (and music)... This wouldn't be a topic at all -- if we were onboard a Carnival ship or the like (where I will never be found alive). But mind you, the average passenger on this ship is probably 65 or above! However, this nuicance seems to be a desease that is spreading all over the cruise industry. And as long as not more passengers complain and in stead rather keep their fist in the pocket or just stay away -- things won't change. I wonder what it is, that keeps the the cruise directors and others from applying some changes... And more passengers from complaining. Public rooms Spacewise more than sufficient. Very well maintained. Rest rooms extremely clean and well cared for. Even tissues at the inside of the door (for those guys that don't wash their hands afterwards). A cosy library (but only a few chairs) with several daily newspapers (satellite prints). Seating in the restaurants could be less cramped. Particularly in Compass Rose, where the chairs are very comfortable, but very, very bulky and heavy. Ports For this cruise there was quite a selection (10) of interesting countries and ports to visit. The organization of the different excursions (90% free of charge, unless you want to take a helicopter ride or so) was excellent. Timing for debarkation; buses, guides, intinaries and so on, very good. Probably the most impressing trip for us was the halfday tour to Efesus (port of Kusadasi) in Turkey. Spa and Fitness The fitness room (with the machines) is for a 700 pax ship absolutely too small. Particularly when used also by entertainment staff... I tried a couple of times to get some workout on a maschine -- no chance, always full. On the other hand, next to this location is a rather big, empty room that obviously only now and then was used by some of the artists for their daily stretching or whatever. The same problem goes for the sauna and the steam room. Both of them (male department) are fully booked (!) with more than 4 visitors. Same goes for the steam room, which is also way too hot. I can't speak for the rest of the spa as neither I nor my wife paid a visit there. Miscelleneous - RSSC (and others) should quit promoting the silly "2 for 1 fare", it is not impressing anybody these days. Or do they really expect somebody to pay the "normal" fare?? - A chokolate on your pillow in the evening s nice, but the flavours could change once... - Dress codes are fine -- but only when enforced. It is like speed limits; if not enforced, they cease to exist. Some passengers show up at dinner in the same outfit with which they toured the desert during the day... - Even ashore you are recognized and friendly greeted by staff members on short leave (for example the Veranda waitress Olga, one of several). Nice. We have experinced the opposite on other ships, even though the crew members in question knew you quite well (on board...) - We were lucky to have our old, italian friend Mario as our very special captain. Grazie! - One evening there was a strange "happening". Everybody should take a glass and position themselves in gangway and shake hands with everybody, including the passing officers. Red and white (sour) wine was served by some of the waiters. I hope everybody washed their hands afterwards (although I hardly believe so...). Hygiene? - Thank god (and RSSC) that we aren't continously being pictured all the time!! - Plastic sunloungers and corresponding tables might be ok on a fun ship... But on a ship like the Voyager? - Restaurants are often closing too early for passengers returning in the afternoon from excursions, wanting to have a late lunch. Not everybody is satisfied with a burger or a hotdog on the pool deck. - Cleaning the pool decks in the morning should be done earlier - How come the silly art auktions have not yet been abandoned on this kind of ships? - The ship is very quiet, no unneccesary announcements, no elevator music and such. - Value for money? Generally good! - Rates per day? Vary considerably from trip to trip (check!). This time ok. - Internet room: Always free screens, internet speed very good (being satellite) - Kids club missing, an advantage - Fresh whole wheat rolls should be available for breakfast - A computer class would be appreciated - As there is a daily meeting for AA people, why not a regular gettogether for christians? Like a bible study or somehing like that? Perhaps not politically correct? Or there are more AA's than believers? Disembarkation Everything perfectly organized. Group by group left the ship between 8 and 9 am. We said goodby among the the last passengers, found our suitcases right away and could make a short walk to a waiting cab which took us to the BCN airport. Passenger mix As always the main part of the passengers originate from N. America. A few come from Europe (mainly the germanspeaking countries), Australia, NZ, Asia (we had a "geisha" and her husband with us -- quite nice people), latin countries and others. Perhaps 10%? Of course, you don't get to know everybody... However, the ship is definitely geared to the North American clientele. I sometimes wonder though, if not some of the passengers rather should have chosen a Carnival ship. With regard to their manners... Bottom line 50% of the passengers are repeaters... Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We're retired and we enjoy sailing. After over 150 nights on Regent, we've considered it our favorite and we always anticipate our next Regent cruise. Sadly, things are not what they once were. The first hint that things had ... Read More
We're retired and we enjoy sailing. After over 150 nights on Regent, we've considered it our favorite and we always anticipate our next Regent cruise. Sadly, things are not what they once were. The first hint that things had changed happened at embarkation. In the past we arrived at the pier and walked onto the ship. In December 2010, we arrived and were guided upstairs to be seated where we waited to be called to the registration desk. We arrived at noon and at 1pm, we were still waiting to be invited to board. The Ship and cabins: Decorated for the holidays, the ship and cabin were as lovely as we remembered. Everything sparkled! Dining is important to us. In the past Voyager's meals were memorable. Sadly, on this cruise, the meals were a sore point. We ate mainly in Compass Rose, the main dining room. While food was nicely presented and always hot, it was generally bland and uninteresting. Some main course dishes such as tournedos and butter-poached "mini" lobster tails( two to a plate) were properly cooked and tasty. Others including the hamburgers(ordinary preformed patties), pasta, lamb shank, and fish were tasteless or chewy. Not the fine cuts that we had come to enjoy in the past. Deserts looked wonderful but were ordinary tasting. In LaVeranda, the alternate evening dining venue, the antipasti table was bountiful. The soups were hot and delicious. But the pasta course should never have left the galley. The pasta was so stiff(far beyond al dente) that it did not bend on the fork. The main course, shrimp wrapped in pancetta over broccoli,was an embarrassment. The dinner plate was presented with four small shrimp and two pices of broccoli. Also, there was a long delay between the soup course and the main course. The server apologized profusely about the lag in service. In Prime 7, one of the two speciality restaurants, the oysters Rockefeller was presented on a totally ungarnished beige plate. The shells skated around the plate when it was served. The onion soup with a miniscule amount of cheese was hot but tasteless. The main course of strip steak was cooked to requested temperature but lacked flavor and was chewy. In Signatures, the other speciality restaurant, we enjoyed the best meal on the ship with fine service. The staff is the best ambassadors for the ship. The entire staff work their hardest to please. On the holiday cruise, the staff seemed cut to the breaking point. Although everyone worked to their utmost, there were lengthy waits for service. On the first night in Compass Rose, after waiting for wine service, my husband finally got up from the table to find a dining room manager to request wine. That had never happened in the past. At breakfast, we had 30 minute waits between courses. Again, at lunch, after waiting 45 minutes for the main course, a turkey sandwich, my husband was ready to leave! Now tours are included in the cruise price. We sampled several and found them to be tedious with long fillers and wait time. For example, in St Martin on the America Cup race, the total sailing time amounted to 30 minutes out of two hours of wait and talk. The entertainment onboard was an improvement. The present performance company features dancers and two vocalists and they were far superior to the former company. They did three shows and a Christmas performance. The social director Lorraine and her assistants were outstanding. Their energy from morning until late at night was unbelievable. The all-inclusive cruise fare(air, cruise, tours, tips, and wine and liquor) are seductive inducements. However, if quality, fine cuisine, and attentive service are important to you, Regent may not be the best choice. All in all, Regent is just not what it used to be! We will probably sail with them again and hope things shape up. In the meantime, we will try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
We are long time users of the Regent line, and many times a cruiser, this Regent cruise will be the last. Apart from the racial prejudice of Regent between American and British guests, which we will come to later, there is something ... Read More
We are long time users of the Regent line, and many times a cruiser, this Regent cruise will be the last. Apart from the racial prejudice of Regent between American and British guests, which we will come to later, there is something lacking from the old Raddison line way of doing things. Regent have just not got it. Whether or Regent are still a 6star line, as Regent boast, we have our doubts, the cabins are looking tired, they need a spruce up, and updating. The food seems to be cheaper, poorer quality, we have had exactly the same type of food, and service, as 4star lines we have been on. You are expected to pay 2.5 times the cost of a 4star line and we do not think that Regent warrants the extra cost. But the real gripe is the bias that Regent have between their American guests and their British ones. We flew into Miami at the start of the cruise, Regent forgot passengers, and some were left for 5 hours at Miami airport waiting for transportation to the overnight hotels, some passengers made their own way, at their own cost. Regent did provide $200 on board credit for these passengers, which we felt was totally inadequate. Come to the end of the cruise and for disembarkation at Iceland to go to the airport. We had delivered to our cabin on the Wednesday, a form which stated that Air /Cruise passengers would receive complimentary transport with a panoramic tour ending at the airport in time to get our flights. As Regent had booked our flights and our cruise we expected to be the Air/Cruise clients that the form referred to, not a bit of it. The Air/Cruise clients only applied to Americans. As British Air/Cruise clients we had to pay $139 each. This was only told to us on the Sunday, after a meeting with the General Manager who said he would try to get it sorted out, he said on the Monday that we had to pay, just two days before we disembarked. We do not think he did anything, as the charge to our account was shown as the Sunday. When I spoke with the tours supervisor, Katja Bross, she said that it only applied to American clients, I pointed out that we were Regent Air/Cruise clients also, and why did it not apply to us, the Brits. She agreed that it was racially discriminatory, and the General Manager, after a meeting with him, also agreed that it was racially discriminatory, but when asked why the Brits are discriminated against, he could not answer. So Regent WHY do you discriminate against the Brits? We have not yet received a reply to this, even though I handed a letter, direct to the General Manger on board the ship 2 days before we docked Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Seven Seas Voyager Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
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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