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Last day on board and overall thoughts of Regent Seven Seas Voyager

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    Last day on board and overall thoughts of Regent Seven Seas Voyager

    This was our last morning and on board and have to say the weekend has gone extremely quickly. I have had a fabulous weekend and thoroughly impressed by Regent. My inital preconceptions was that Regent guests would pretentious, upper class and I would have find the ship stuffy, that the food would be too fancy and that I would be underdressed in the evenings as the dress code is elegant leisurewear.
    The ship and the staff were all very friendly and if they could do anything, or get you anything then nothing was too much trouble. The ship had a relaxed ambience on board, and I thought life on board would finish at about 10pm as everyone would retire to their suites but again this was completely wrong and even for my age group (30's) there was always something to do.
    I also shouldn't have worried about the dress code as the British on board were much better dressed than the other nationalities. And we also found apart from a small group the rest of the guests were very friendly.
    Next time I price up a Regent Seven Seas cruise I now understand fully whats included in the cost - nearly all drinks included, even the mini bar and had we been on longer then we would have been able to have in our mini bar two bottles of our favourite spirits. Also nearly all the excursions are included which is fantastic as many people are put of doing excursions so miss the destinations key sights as the cost is too much.
    Regent sail at 98% full capacity and have a very high repeat ratio of approx 75%.
    My only negative comments is that there didn't seem to be enough staff - Waiter or bar staff in the Compass Rose (the main MDR) or in La Verandah. So service didn't flow or was that attentive - such as empty glasses, wrong meals being served etc. The standard of food was outstanding and the steaks were all cooked to melt in your mouth. You never felt rushed to leave after eating. I would definitely recommend dining in Prime 7.
    This morning saw us take breakfast in the Compass Rose which was a waiter service and was disappointed with the quality of the food, none of the hot food items came out together so was cold when it all did.
    We watched the sail in to Helsinki and was a lovely warm sunny morming so was out on the top deck. We arrived in early so clearance was given for those who were independent travellers. We stsyed on board, had lunch and then it was time for our taxi to the airport. This took 30 mins and cost approx 50 euros. Am now sat at the airport waiting for my flight with norwegian air shuttle back to gatwick.

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    Thanks Kerry, it is interesting that a line that I had thought of a 'premium' still has quite a few hiccups. The promotional video stresses the staff to passenger ratio but I get the impression you found that lacking. Still it sounds like a good time was had by all and it is a line I would like to try sometime.

    Hope your flight was good and no doubt it is back to work tomorrow...Carol

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      #3
      I was wondering about the age group and whether it went quiet late in the evenings. You say that there was stuff do to - can you expand and were you the youngest on board?

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        #4
        Originally posted by Kerry, Cruise co View Post
        My only negative comments is that there didn't seem to be enough staff - Waiter or bar staff in the Compass Rose (the main MDR) or in La Verandah.
        That is quite shocking Kerry, given that Regent are a luxury product with a luxury price.

        I don't necessarily expect the most attentive service on a big mass-market ship, but on a premium product it would be totally unacceptable to me.

        I will NOT be booking!


        (I can't afford them, anyway!)
        See my cruise blog: HERE

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          #5
          Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post
          .............


          (I can't afford them, anyway!)
          Neither can I ..dont really know why I asked the question, but you never know....one day maybe

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            #6
            Originally posted by Bradbury, Coventry View Post
            I was wondering about the age group and whether it went quiet late in the evenings. You say that there was stuff do to - can you expand and were you the youngest on board?
            All due respect to Kerry, but the cruise.dot staff often cruise with colleagues - a party with common background. They probably make their own fun/entertainment, irrespective of the average age on-board, even if it is lacking.

            The experience for my wife and I on-board, might be quite different.
            See my cruise blog: HERE

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              #7
              Originally posted by Bradbury, Coventry View Post
              I was wondering about the age group and whether it went quiet late in the evenings. You say that there was stuff do to - can you expand and were you the youngest on board?
              Hi Bradbury, in the evenings there was performances in the theatre such as their own production shows, comedian and lectures. The casino was open when at sea, you could opt to sit in the voyager lounge where a duo would sing songs from all eras and there was a small dance floor. After they had finished the Voyager Lounge then became a disco with a jukebox so you could select songs from the 50's onwards. Alternatively in the observation lounge was a pianist, or if you like to ballroom dance then this option was available in the Horizon Lounge.

              In the group I travelled with there was a mixture of 30-50 year olds.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post
                That is quite shocking Kerry, given that Regent are a luxury product with a luxury price.

                I don't necessarily expect the most attentive service on a big mass-market ship, but on a premium product it would be totally unacceptable to me.

                I will NOT be booking!


                (I can't afford them, anyway!)
                Agree with you....considering Regent to be a 6* cruise line, I would expect more staff in attendance. A ratio of maybe 1:2/3.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Kerry, Cruise co View Post
                  Hi Bradbury, in the evenings there was performances in the theatre such as their own production shows, comedian and lectures. The casino was open when at sea, you could opt to sit in the voyager lounge where a duo would sing songs from all eras and there was a small dance floor. After they had finished the Voyager Lounge then became a disco with a jukebox so you could select songs from the 50's onwards. Alternatively in the observation lounge was a pianist, or if you like to ballroom dance then this option was available in the Horizon Lounge.

                  In the group I travelled with there was a mixture of 30-50 year olds.
                  Interesting and suprising ... I wonder where the 30 years find the money to afford it!

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                    #10
                    We noticed a slight drop in the standard of service on Regent Navigator in May. It seemed to be down to poor training of restaurant and bar staff rather than numbers of staff. Either that or Seabourn have spoiled us! Judith

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Bradbury, Coventry View Post
                      Interesting and suprising ... I wonder where the 30 years find the money to afford it!
                      Travel Agents on 'jollies'?
                      See my cruise blog: HERE

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post
                        Travel Agents on 'jollies'?
                        Or IT entrepreneurs or accountants with no kids.

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                          #13
                          From what I pick up, the main emphasis on luxury cruise lines seems to be the food and drink- along with the glamorous surroundings. None of those things interest us much, especially the food, so we'd need to have quality entertainment and activities if we were paying that amount.
                          Lovely as the ships are, they're not our cup of tea....
                          Jo.

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