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Later this year my grandparents will be celebrating 60 years of marriage, I have been looking into seabourne and Regent cruises.

 

I know Regent have some really good offers on at the moment, up to £1000's of savings- They read as 'all inclusive' on thier website, have any of you experienced Regent and are they as they say?- all inclusive??

 

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i have not travelled on regent myself however friends of min have and they said it is amazing the service and there is alot included in the price. always worth looking out for offers as they have some great deals. if you give bolsover a ring i am sure they will tell you what offers are going.

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would you belive i have just recieved in the post from bolsover a Regent book called the ultimate ultra luxury sale with prices starting at £2399 some lovely itins and great prices so if you are interested give them a ring.

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Hi dancefloordemon, I have just been discussing Regent in another thread with some members of the forum as I had a query over dining arrangement. My father is looking at booking a Regent cruise and from what I have seen when talking with him, it does look to be fully all-inclusive. I think a lot of people see the price and are immediately put off but when you consider what is included and compare it to what you might add on to a bill with another cruise line that is not all-inclusive, it's actually quite competitive. I saw an advertising campaign by Regent known as the Regent Receipt which I thought was extremely clever. 

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I do not think that this Regent "Receipt" is all that wise.

They are a "top of the market line" implying top service, etc, at a cost, and now saying "we are competitive on value as well" is trying to have it both ways.

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I do not think that this Regent "Receipt" is all that wise.

They are a "top of the market line" implying top service, etc, at a cost, and now saying "we are competitive on value as well" is trying to have it both ways.

 

Actually it is very similar to a marketing ploy pulled by Viking Ocean Cruises only last month.

 

Factor in the extras and you get great value for money.

 

Very similar also to river cruising. All, or nearly all, inclusive.

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I have noticed they do some great Itns' and as you say, the initial price, compared to other lines does seem expensive but once you tot up everything included and the rate of service, it seems great value to me. 

 

thankyou very much, can always rely on honest and friendly opinions on the forum :)

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I do not think that this Regent "Receipt" is all that wise.

They are a "top of the market line" implying top service, etc, at a cost, and now saying "we are competitive on value as well" is trying to have it both ways.

 

I disagree with you on this one wheels, I think the market is so competitive that they being a top luxury operator is not enough these days and every cruise line is no doubt having to work that little bit harder on their marketing campaigns to create any possible differentiation they can between themselves and their rivals. I see it as quite a positive move by Regent. They could have rested on their laurels and accepted their position but instead they decided to reach out to the market in an attempt to open their eyes to the value of their holidays. As previously stated, I believe that a lot of people, and I include myself in this, will have either in the past or present, looked at the base line price of a luxury cruise line such as Regent and immediately been put off, especially when that price is put alongside other cruise lines offering very low fares but when you factor in your on board spend, excursions, gratuities etc, it can all add up and that's simply the point Regent are trying to make. They clearly did their research and decided such a message was necessary. It's all well and good having a top notch luxury product but if the ships aren't being booked up, a new approach is needed. Full credit to them for being pro-active in the market.

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I disagree with you on this one wheels, I think the market is so competitive that they being a top luxury operator is not enough these days and every cruise line is no doubt having to work that little bit harder on their marketing campaigns to create any possible differentiation they can between themselves and their rivals. I see it as quite a positive move by Regent. They could have rested on their laurels and accepted their position but instead they decided to reach out to the market in an attempt to open their eyes to the value of their holidays. As previously stated, I believe that a lot of people, and I include myself in this, will have either in the past or present, looked at the base line price of a luxury cruise line such as Regent and immediately been put off, especially when that price is put alongside other cruise lines offering very low fares but when you factor in your on board spend, excursions, gratuities etc, it can all add up and that's simply the point Regent are trying to make. They clearly did their research and decided such a message was necessary. It's all well and good having a top notch luxury product but if the ships aren't being booked up, a new approach is needed. Full credit to them for being pro-active in the market.

Yes, sure they need to fill their ships, but I was alluding to the danger of market positioning (a problem Tesco are having currently).

I think that Premier Cruise Line is the best example of the dangers of unclear market positioning in the cruise industry, and they changed their position with the "big red ships" and the "high end" name, and eventually went under.

At one time they were a bigger company than MSC, and now they have seven huge ships either on order or option.

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Yes, sure they need to fill their ships, but I was alluding to the danger of market positioning (a problem Tesco are having currently).

I think that Premier Cruise Line is the best example of the dangers of unclear market positioning in the cruise industry, and they changed their position with the "big red ships" and the "high end" name, and eventually went under.

At one time they were a bigger company than MSC, and now they have seven huge ships either on order or option.

 

I completely understand where you're coming from.They need to be careful not to devalue their brand whilst emphasising the value of their holidays to potential passengers but I can also understand why their doing it. In fairness to Regent, they are not changing anything on board or compromising on their services, they are just changing their message a little to work around the modern day cruise market. I guess I'm a little bias to their situation as I work in marketing myself so I can see where they are coming from. I do agree with you though, once that marketing starts taking larger steps and taking them away from the holiday experience they are known for then they may encounter problems but until then, I think they are doing it in a clever manner.

 

They also haven't gone out with a major headline on this 'Regent Receipt' push. It has simply worked it's way around the internet via a viral campaign no doubt, probably using the influence of loyal Regent passengers word of mouth. They have not rammed it down people's throats which would have been a dangerous tactic, but rather adopted a more subtle approach, one aligned with the exclusivity and elegance portrayed by the brand itself.

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I've cruised with several cruise companies but Regent is my preferred. We make gold members in September which tells you how much we enjoy them. There are some very good offers currently. We generally book guarantee on Mediterranean cruises, the starting level staterooms are a good size (bigger on Voyager) although on longer cruises we would select our staterooms.What we really like is everything is included and arranged. Flights, excursions (book early online) all drinks anywhere and speciality restaurants. We were on the Mariner in May and the food was excellent in all the venues including the main dining room Compass Rose.

Happy to answer any questions.

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I've cruised with several cruise companies but Regent is my preferred. We make gold members in September which tells you how much we enjoy them. There are some very good offers currently. We generally book guarantee on Mediterranean cruises, the starting level staterooms are a good size (bigger on Voyager) although on longer cruises we would select our staterooms.What we really like is everything is included and arranged. Flights, excursions (book early online) all drinks anywhere and speciality restaurants. We were on the Mariner in May and the food was excellent in all the venues including the main dining room Compass Rose.

Happy to answer any questions.

Hi Piscean,

 

Have you ever cruised with Silversea becuase i would really like to know if Is the food better on Regent Seven Seas or Silversea cruises? .

Regent currently are coming out at a lower cost, so this could sway my decision.

 

thankyou

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Hi I can't answer your question fully I haven't sailed with Regent but I sailed on Seabourn, Cyrstal and Silversea and can recommend all three of these lines.  Without doubt they are more expensive than the mainstream lines but the service provided is very good, better food, larger cabins more attentive service.  Regent are the most inclusive. However, if cost is factor I have no qualms in suggesting that they consider Azamara cruise lines the food and service offered are both top notch but the cabins are much smaller than those on the 6* lines

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Have you ever cruised with Silversea becuase i would really like to know if Is the food better on Regent Seven Seas or Silversea cruises? .

Regent currently are coming out at a lower cost, so this could sway my decision.

thankyou

I haven't sailed Silversea so can't comment on the food. The best food I found was Crystal but the cabins are smaller. Azamara food is excellent as is Oceania.

Another like for Regent is longer stays in port and overnights.

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Later this year my grandparents will be celebrating 60 years of marriage, I have been looking into seabourne and Regent cruises.

 

I know Regent have some really good offers on at the moment, up to £1000's of savings- They read as 'all inclusive' on thier website, have any of you experienced Regent and are they as they say?- all inclusive??

 

any tips would be helpful wink.png

 

Yes. I was on a visit to Seven Seas Voyager two weeks ago and they confirmed everything except Spa treatments and Spa salon sessions are inclusive.

 

Here is the link to the Bolsover review i wrote...

 

http://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/forum/topic/2996-regent-seven-seas-voyager/

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Hi  On Silversea you go the restaurant at any time and ask for your table for two or share with others and for the speciality dining venues ask your Butler to reserve a table.  On Crystal you can pre-book your table requirements on the web even the time required before as well the non-supplement alternative venues you can also do this on the ship but you may less say in the times you get.  It's a few years since I have sailed with Seabourn but you just turned up and you were escorted to your table.  Azamara again turn up and ask to be seated, speciality dining venues can be book at check-in (separate area) or on the ship.

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