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After staying 3 months in S. Africa, we chose this 24-day repositioning cruise from Durban to Venice in order to go home to Europe in a relaxed way. This was a first for my wife and me (both seniors) and we enjoyed it tremendously. The ... Read More
After staying 3 months in S. Africa, we chose this 24-day repositioning cruise from Durban to Venice in order to go home to Europe in a relaxed way. This was a first for my wife and me (both seniors) and we enjoyed it tremendously. The service on the whole was very good, cabin and restaurant service outstanding. By and large the food was OK, however several times it was quite disappointing, almost inedible. The layout of the suite on the 10th deck was perfect for our needs, but a small nuisance every morning when the staff (or passengers) would re-install the deckchairs on the pool deck above us in a rather noisy way. Also the service in the Aurea area was very good. We enjoyed the evening entertainment (except the Swiss ventriloquist) and found the performers (especially Ian von Memerty) all of a high level: dancers, singers and musiciens alike. And we loved the staff show: there is some hidden talent there. Some of the cruise staff brought a smile on your face, especially Natasha van Heerden. On the whole, time in the ports was too short. Disembarkation for the excursions was badly handled initially, with long delays. The visit to the Seychelles had to be cut short unfortunately. The absolute highlight was the visit to the spectacular scenery of Petra in Jordan. Also the passage through the Suez Canal was highly interesting. The next highlight was the beauty of the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It would have been helpful to receive more factual information on these sights, as the talks by Allison were not always reliable for facts. The daily newsletter could be used for this information, rather than filling it up with advertising for all the special deals in the shops. We concluded that we had a very pleasant 3½ weeks on the ship and were happy to have met interesting people, some of whom we shall be seeing again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The only problem was the embarkation in Venice. Waited in a very long queue. No annoucements only heard different rumours. (computers offline, bomb scare etc) Stood in the queue which felt like hours. No seats outside for one to sit on. ... Read More
The only problem was the embarkation in Venice. Waited in a very long queue. No annoucements only heard different rumours. (computers offline, bomb scare etc) Stood in the queue which felt like hours. No seats outside for one to sit on. Eventually, on entering the building there were chairs. Worse chaos inside. One does not know where to proceed. Not enough staff at disembarkation. (discovered broken suitcase wheel and noone to help us.) The immigration took a very long time. Once through the immigration there are no MSC staff only South Africans. Food good. Cabin cleanliness, good. Msc Singers & Entertainment fantastic. The bar entertainment the same as last year. Boring. They have a playlist which is repeated every night. It would be nice if arriving at the ports that MSC could tell us if there was free transport etc. Msc promotes their own transport. The ships one engine broke and no parts were available which caused the port times to be shortened. (Got free champagne for an hour) We got free champagne from 6 to 7pm on the last night as well. Yay! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This is our 4th Regent cruise. The fact that the Regent Seven Seas Explorer was a new ship was nice but we chose this cruise for the itinerary - Istanbul to Israel via the Greek Isles and Egypt but mostly for the Egypt portion which was 2 ... Read More
This is our 4th Regent cruise. The fact that the Regent Seven Seas Explorer was a new ship was nice but we chose this cruise for the itinerary - Istanbul to Israel via the Greek Isles and Egypt but mostly for the Egypt portion which was 2 ports. Istanbul was cancelled well in advance and the ship was rerouted out of Venice. The Egypt portion was then cancelled AFTER the refund policy period. Very suspiciously timed. Embarkation was a long walk from the port entrance with no shuttle service offered which I would have expected given it was Regent. Average age is higher - luxury cruise plus timing. 3 children on board, all very well behaved. This is not a kid cruise. Public areas - Beautiful decorative details with marble and glass. There is lots of room between seats. Lots of space. Pool area deck lounges were padded and plentiful with double lounges and covered lounges. There was lots of room between chairs and tables in lounges, dining, public areas. Cabin - Our cabin was category G2, suite 881 located on the aft end of the ship. The miscellaneous details and decor were very nice - glass front cabinetry, marble floors and the best cruise ship bed we've ever been in. The floor space of the balcony was larger on the back end of the ship but due to the slope of the solid railing the usable portion was similar to others of the same category. The railing on the back is solid vs the suites on port and starboard which you can see through. The cabin was not as large as expected but the bathroom is quite a nice size with a large shower. The TV was oddly placed in front of the bed vs the couch so you had to be in bed to watch TV which makes it impossible for one person to stay up and watch a movie while the other one sleeps. The movie selection was very good. No CNN or ESPN but there was BBC, CNBC and MSNBC Food/Dining - the quality was good and plentiful with an incredible selection. Compass Rose was the main dining and very noisy which I would have expected to be muffled given the pickiness of some of the other details put into the ship. You could ask for a table in the back where the ceilings were lower making it quieter for a better dining experience. The menu was very good in Compass Rose and once we found the quiet place, we preferred it. Seti Mari was our first choice due to their appetizer buffet and dinner being off the menu and served. But Seti Mari became busier as the cruise went on and there was quite a wait to get in. Hint - go early or you may have to wait. Breakfasts and lunches at la Veranda had good selections and the produce was good quality. The pool buffet was a smaller selection but you could order off a menu for a better selection. The specialty dining venues were nice and very popular but other than one visit each, we opted for the non-reservation venues. Service - They boast a higher crew per passenger but we found that too many people reduced the service. Sometimes the staff was tripping over each other and sometimes they ignored thinking someone else had already taken care of it. Overall the staff was very nice and helpful but efficiency was not their strong suit. Entertainment - The main show room is poorly designed with many obstructed seats not only from support poles but from balcony overhangs and security railings. We attended one lecture and one show. We walked out of the show due to quality. They did have a strings group and a piano entertainer which we enjoyed at other venues. Excursions - they had a nice selection of excursions and the staff was very accommodating to changes. Spa Facilities - While we are not typically spa people, this spa was fabulous. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. It was still a Regent luxury quality cruise which is premium to mass market cruise lines which we also take as we are itinerary driven. Given the right itinerary, we will take Regent again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Had a magnificent time for the 16 night Suez Canal Cruise. All of the ports were amazing! From Venice (breathtaking), Athens (Historic and Educational) to Israel (Spiritual, Riveting and inspiring), Suez Canal (Man made beauty), Oman ... Read More
Had a magnificent time for the 16 night Suez Canal Cruise. All of the ports were amazing! From Venice (breathtaking), Athens (Historic and Educational) to Israel (Spiritual, Riveting and inspiring), Suez Canal (Man made beauty), Oman (Pleasant Surprise) and Dubai (The Capital of Excess), I LOVED THEM ALL!!! Met some great people aboard Splendour and my cabin Steward (Joseph) and many of the wait staff that I met were amazing. Felt like old friends. Just a really great cruise. Although I must note... the activities on Splendour were below par. There just wasn't nearly enough to do. It was catered to all old people. Ship days were quite boring sometimes. Thankfully I love to read and had a few books. My cabin (junior suite) was perfect. I wouldn't have wanted to do such a long cruise especially with the lack of activities in a small room. My floor (8th) was always quiet as well. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015

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