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Sounds good. As for all inclusive I never really seek it. I have had bargains where tips and drinks packages have been included and at a sale price which was great to the Baltics / St Petersburg. I rarely take up the speciality dining and always book private trips so am sure that the price of my cruise comes in way less than the genuine all inclusive ones but I do aim to try one out some day. I hate going on the boat excursions - not just cost but that huge bus group experience following a paddle around all day just turns me off and is the main reason I`ve not bothered withe the fully inclusive options so far.

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35 minutes ago, jinky said:

Sounds good. As for all inclusive I never really seek it. I have had bargains where tips and drinks packages have been included and at a sale price which was great to the Baltics / St Petersburg. I rarely take up the speciality dining and always book private trips so am sure that the price of my cruise comes in way less than the genuine all inclusive ones but I do aim to try one out some day. I hate going on the boat excursions - not just cost but that huge bus group experience following a paddle around all day just turns me off and is the main reason I`ve not bothered withe the fully inclusive options so far.

You have expressed my opinion very well.  We drink very little alcohol, so included drinks do not attract us.  I completely agree with your opinion of cruise line excursions, I can't recall ever having taken more than one on any cruise and that was only when we had OBC to use up.

I am sure the experience of a six star cruise would be amazing, but at the present time it is not for us.  

Sheila

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17 hours ago, Honey73 said:

I once saw a Regent Agent demonstrating a price comparison against "Regent" and a "4-5 star" cruise line and by the time you take into consideration drinks, grats, excursions, speciality dining there was suprisingly not much difference

That all depends on what sort of budget you have to spend, my total spend on any of my cruises has never been anywhere near the ppd that I would have had to pay for a similar cabin on a luxury cruise line.

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17 hours ago, jinky said:

Sounds good. As for all inclusive I never really seek it. I have had bargains where tips and drinks packages have been included and at a sale price which was great to the Baltics / St Petersburg. I rarely take up the speciality dining and always book private trips so am sure that the price of my cruise comes in way less than the genuine all inclusive ones but I do aim to try one out some day. I hate going on the boat excursions - not just cost but that huge bus group experience following a paddle around all day just turns me off and is the main reason I`ve not bothered withe the fully inclusive options so far.

I understand your thoughts on this jinky but if you were to consider an all-inclusive offer, I'd imagine you would want it to be as it says on the tin without extras to account for when on board. As for the point made re excursions, I do agree that cruise line tours can be frustrating due to the numbers that are involved in each tour and especially if it is a tender port but I would think this would not apply so much to a luxury operator like Regent, Seabourn or Silversea where there are less people on board and therefore smaller numbers involved in each tour option. 

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1 hour ago, sammy sun said:

I understand your thoughts on this jinky but if you were to consider an all-inclusive offer, I'd imagine you would want it to be as it says on the tin without extras to account for when on board. As for the point made re excursions, I do agree that cruise line tours can be frustrating due to the numbers that are involved in each tour and especially if it is a tender port but I would think this would not apply so much to a luxury operator like Regent, Seabourn or Silversea where there are less people on board and therefore smaller numbers involved in each tour option. 

The important thing is to understand exactly what is included.  Experienced cruisers are aware of on board expenses, but some new cruisers are not.  It's a good thing that there are choices to suit everyone.

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I have cruised with Regent a couple of times now as well as Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and MSC and my preference now is definitely Regent. There are some valid points posted here but for me, when I sailed Regent, I didn't spend anything once I got on board. I didn't use the Spa, Casino or go to the shops, I used the self service laundry rooms they have on each deck to press my clothes and the WIFI's included in the price you pay. OK, you pay a little more up front but I didn't have to think when ordering a drink if my drink was included in a package or not and, better still, you don't have to sign for it on Regent like you do with the other lines drinks packages, and there's no limit of how many drinks you can order at one time.

The free shore excursion programme is a great idea, a couple of times I did two shore excursions in a day, one in the morning and one in the evening as we were overnight in port. I probably wouldn't have if I'd have been travelling with Celebrity or Royal Caribbean as they're so expensive. The Regent excursion group sizes are small too, between 15 and 20 people sometimes so we got a personal service from our guide and we didn't have to queue to enter anywhere. I wonder if they have to pay extra to the excursion companies to have this for their customers?

I've just looked at a mini brochure I had from Regent the other day with some offers on for travelling this June and they call themselves 'The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience' so it looks like they're trying to make themselves stand apart from the likes of Royal Caribbean etc and their claim to be All Inclusive

I'd definitely recommend Regent to you all

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I was unaware that you didn't have to sign for drinks with Regent. I thought that was standard no matter who you're travelling with. That's great though as I know it's only a minor detail but it can be a pain having to sign for things everytime you order. It's not something that overly bothers me and I understand why cruise lines do it this way but again it's just another tick in the box for something that is truly "all-inclusive" rather than saying it is when in fact it isn't. Regent appear to cover everything, including a superior service to run parallel with their all-inclusive features. I'm reading good things about them so hopefully I will give them a go one day. Sadly for me it may have to wait a while as with a 2 year old daughter that's only going to want more entertainment as she grows, they're probably not the best cruise lines for us as a family. One day hopefully!

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It does make a difference, I think they call it an 'open bar',The service is second to none, my cabin steward, came and introduced himself when I got on board and addressed me by my name which is a nice touch and asked me if I wanted a bottle of spirit for the suite so I ordered a bottle of Grey Goose vodka thinking I'd get the mini bottles - how wrong was I?! He even bough fresh ice and line each evening a 6pm - that's superior service for you.

Its not just the all inclusivity you should think off, I sailed on the Voyager which is 42000 tonnes with I think 700 people so disembarkation wasn't a problem, even on the tenders, no queues. I remember watching people all lined up to get off one of the Celebrity ships one day, I wouldn't like to think how long it took them to get off. I think a lot of the other lines would carry many more people, double even, in a ship of the size of the Voyager and that's whey it seems so spacious, not to mention the size of the suites which all have balcony........this is making me want to book another Regent Cruise!!

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22 hours ago, Land Ahoy said:

Hi  Any comparison is difficult, you would have to consider that a cheaper cabin on Silversea (they have a double sink, full size bath and separate shower, walk in wardrobe etc) and they would be classed as a suite on P&O.   The food is far superior and is certainly a higher standard than that presented in the supplementary speciality dining on all main stream cruise lines.  The service is exceptional and can't be compared to that offered on cheaper brands.  This also applies to Crystal (the main drawback is that the cabins are relatively small) but the food offered is even better.  Seabourn also provide an excellent product but I haven't tried Regent (the reason is that I have limited mobility and they offer few excursions for myself and so I would be paying for a service I couldn't utilise fully.

I suppose you're correct Land Ahoy, it would be very difficult to do a full comparison. I'd just be interested to see if anyone has ever looked at it in detail to do the best comparison possible.

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Looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you get back from your Regent cruise maxbranning. I've never sailed with Regent (maybe one day i'll be lucky enough), but I have spoken to a few people who have been lucky enough to sail with the line and the comments have always been positive. The comments I've heard have always praised their 'all-inclusive' features and how nothing was ever any bother and Regent do seem to cover everything. I knew that their free excursions where good but never this good Ellie, that you were able to do two in one day!

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You should try it Cadet! I think they have some good offers at the moment? I make my bookings with Bolsover, maybe they can help you??

Yes Midshipman, on a trip calling into St Petersburg, a fantastic tour of Catherine's Place in Pushkin and an evening of Russian song and dance - very happy memories :)

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We have enjoyed four cruises with Regent and on three of them, the balance of our cabin account at the end of the cruise was a big fat zero.  We actually ended the final cruise in credit, because Regent refunded the cost of pre-paid visa fees for two countries, which had decided not to insist upon entry visas upon arrival.

If the standard shore excursions do not appeal to you, Regent do offer additional excursions in a few ports as optional extras, Even then, the cost of the premium shore excursions tends to be lower than similar excursions on mass market cruise lines.  So you will not have to pay (or sign) for anything, apart from premium shore excursions or purchases in the gift shops, spa treatments (which are expensive), or specialty wines and spirits.  However, there is no need to purchase premium wines and spirits, because the choice of complimentary ones is excellent.  I hope the following tips will be helpful:

I can't recall whether the minibar in your suite will include any wines.  However, it will definitely be stocked with beers and various non-alcoholic drinks.  If you require spirits,  just speak to your cabin steward who will happily deliver your personal choice in litre bottles.  I have not seen anything in writing, although I believe you are entitled to two litres.

Complimentary shore excursions are "capacity controlled", so it is important to select excursions and reserve your places on-line at the earliest opportunity.  Regent try to match availability to demand and additional vacancies sometimes become available, so Regent do maintain a wait list on over-subscribed excursions, but only until the sailing date.  The excursions desk maintains a separate wait list, once the ship has sailed.  So if you still have not been allocated your first choice by then, you should visit the excursion desk on Day 1 to enquire.  And if all else fails, you can still go to the meeting place (usually the theatre) as early as possible on the day of the excursion - and ask to be placed on the standby list.  They always have a few "no shows", so we have never failed to obtain our first choice of excursion.

Similarly, there are sufficient tables to enable everyone to dine in each specialty restaurant once.  It is important to book your first choice on-line, particularly if you prefer a table for two or a particular time.  Then, you can request additional reservations, once you have boarded the ship - after everyone has had an opportunity to make at least one booking.

Regent serve some very good complimentary wines in the restaurants.  Inevitable some are better than others.  They serve a selection of different wines every day, but if you like a particular wine from a previous day, you can request it at any time (subject to availability).

 

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We have taken 4 trips with Regent, most recently, last October, on their new Seven Seas Explorer. We feel the standard of food on RSSC has improved steadily over the years. Previously it was very good(especially in the speciality restaurants, which are of course free of charge,) but  we always felt that Queens Grill on Cunard had the edge on main dining room food on RSSC. We now feel that throughout the ship, in the Compass Rose restaurant as well as in the speciality restaurants, RSSC have taken the number one spot.  Can I suggest to Max that you book your speciality restaurants the day booking opens. They do book up very quickly. Similarly, the earlier you book shorex the better, but not quite so essential as restaurant bookings. Have a great cruise-----I bet you will book with them again!!

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I'm hoping to take a cruise on Regent in the not too distant future.  My previous cruise experience was on Celebrity, followed by Azamara.  Of the two, I would choose Celebrity head over Azamara any time.

we booked our Azamara cruise, based in the itinerary (which was fabulous) two years ahead.  We thought it would be our first cruise. In the interim I had a conversation with a couple who cruise 3 or 4 times a year and they advised that if I didn't want to spend the sort of money that Azamara charge but wanted the high end experience then I should try Celebrity.  It was good advice. We grabbed a Caribbean cruise in the "gap year" before our Azamara cruise and had a wonderful time.

We then joined our Azamara cruise a year later .  We expected something out of this world and it just wasn't. The "all inclusive" drinks were quite restricted and the staff were quick to try to oersuade guests to buy the better options. There was only two choices of "inclusive" wine each day, a red and a white; some of these I recognised as cheaper options in U.K. supermarkets so not great. No brandies or cognacs included. The "free" coffee was disgusting, so much so that Americans were opting for tea. The staterooms were tired and just OK. To get any variety in the food we had to pay for the specialty restaurants.  Other guests who had sailed on Seabourne and other high end cruises were very critical of Azamara - as were a lot of other first time Azamara guests, it wasn't just us. I would definitely try Regent, Seabourne and others but I'd never recommend Azamara.  I really look forward to hearing your experience of Regent, I'd like to find out if it really is "all inclusive "

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I too have seen the comparison that Regent run to compare their prices with 'mainstream' lines when all the extras are included, however this relies on all of the extras being taken including the - very expensive - drinks packages. My wife and I tend to only drink wine with meals plus the occasional aperitif and digestif which doesn't justify the cost of the package and also tend to arrange our own excursions which again is considerably cheaper than the cruiseline prices.

 

Having said this, having sailed a couple of times with Regent's sister line Oceania, if the food on Regent is as good, plus all the extras included I would anticipate your having a thoroughly good time.

As regards the term 'all inclusive' I much prefer NCL's approach of adding defined packages for drinks, speciality dining etc., some of which are mostly included in the fare these days. Seems more clearly understood.

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On 12/03/2017 at 11:07 AM, BobTroll said:

We have enjoyed four cruises with Regent and on three of them, the balance of our cabin account at the end of the cruise was a big fat zero.  We actually ended the final cruise in credit, because Regent refunded the cost of pre-paid visa fees for two countries, which had decided not to insist upon entry visas upon arrival.

 

This is fantastic, I do hope we get to have this experience of a refund! :) My wife will be pleased Seems as though this is proving to be a very popular topic. I'll defiantly update my experience and bill when I return.

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On 3/9/2017 at 3:41 PM, Honey73 said:

I once saw a Regent Agent demonstrating a price comparison against "Regent" and a "4-5 star" cruise line and by the time you take into consideration drinks, grats, excursions, speciality dining there was suprisingly not much difference

Hello all, I recently received this in a Regent pamphlet and read the thread so had to share, I think this is the comparison you are talking about (please excuse the quality and the sideways orientation!).  I have cruised on Regent, Celebrity & Cunard before..  I have to say I didn't drink as much as they are saying on Cunard or Celebrity but everything else seems about right and if you reduce the drinks line it would be similar total holiday costs anyway..  We're happy to pay a bit more for all the benefits not mentioned, less people, quality food, access to smaller ports, no signing for drinks, inclusive shore excursions you can all chat about in the eve, it all creates a lovely convivial atmosphere in the eve's...

Looking at the stats though I think they have made a mistake, there is no way the crew ratio on the big ship would be that high or it would mean over 2000 crew...  

Regent comparison leaflet.jpg

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An interesting comparison, but it reinforces my view that Regent is not for me.  The drink bill for both of us never approaches that pp figure in $US, never mind in £, and I wouldn't be interested in included excursions.  I guess we are more independent than the average Regent cruiser or at least more frugal! 

Sheila

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11 minutes ago, smtcan said:

An interesting comparison, but it reinforces my view that Regent is not for me.  The drink bill for both of us never approaches that pp figure in $US, never mind in £, and I wouldn't be interested in included excursions.  I guess we are more independent than the average Regent cruiser or at least more frugal! 

Sheila

Don't forget that mass market cruise lines charge outrageous prices for drinks, starting at around $30 per bottle (+ up to for 18% service) for fairly ordinary bottles of wine.  With Regent, you never have to worry about incurring a massive bill.

I tend to agree regarding the inclusion of shore excursions because we also prefer to make our own arrangements (provided it is safe and possible to do so).  Consequently, we would be unlikely to cruise with Regent in Europe, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.

However, DIY excursions are neither sensible nor feasible in some developing nations.  The availability of a comprehensive programme of excursions was a major factor, when we chose four cruises - around French Polynesia; from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro; from Singapore to Dubai (visiting ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and the Gulf); and from Lisbon to Cape Town, with calls at various ports in West Africa.  Quite apart from safety issues, there is no way we could have arranged similar excursions privately in some of these places.

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2 hours ago, BobTroll said:

Don't forget that mass market cruise lines charge outrageous prices for drinks, starting at around $30 per bottle (+ up to for 18% service) for fairly ordinary bottles of wine.  With Regent, you never have to worry about incurring a massive bill.

I tend to agree regarding the inclusion of shore excursions because we also prefer to make our own arrangements (provided it is safe and possible to do so).  Consequently, we would be unlikely to cruise with Regent in Europe, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.

However, DIY excursions are neither sensible nor feasible in some developing nations.  The availability of a comprehensive programme of excursions was a major factor, when we chose four cruises - around French Polynesia; from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro; from Singapore to Dubai (visiting ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and the Gulf); and from Lisbon to Cape Town, with calls at various ports in West Africa.  Quite apart from safety issues, there is no way we could have arranged similar excursions privately in some of these places.

Sorry, I am well aware of drink prices on mass market lines and my comments reflect this.

We have done diy excursions in South America, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and India, Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Japan and many other places around the world.  A bit of research will find reputable providers.  The only time we booked a ship's excursion was to Petra, when the reports of road works made us concerned about getting back to the ship on time.

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My wife and I have been cruising since 1968 and have travelled on many different lines and have booked with Bolsover since the early days when they were in Bolsover's Main Street.

We discovered Regent by accident in 2008 and have never cruised with anyone else since that date.

Repeat bookings run at over 70%. We cruise twice a year and can honestly say that our only expenditure on board has been hairdressing, spa treatments and the occasional flutter in the casino.

Dress is smart casual and nothing is too much trouble for the very friendly staff. dining in the speciality restaurants is supposed to be one visit per restaurant per cruise, but we have never had any trouble in visiting each restaurant at least twice in a ten day cruise.,

We are celebrating our diamond wedding this year and are taking our immediate family,eight in all on a cruise with Princess and have done a price comparison and we're it not for needing to entertain our teen aged grand daughters we would have gone with Regent and saved in total, two hundred and fifty pounds per person.

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My husband and I are on our way to our first Regent cruise. We will be joining the Seven Seas Voyager. Really  looking forward to this. We have taken many cruises, on many different lines and in different categories ranging from inside cabins to suites will be happy to report back with our value for money comparison maxbranning87

 

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We've had two cruises with Regent (on Mariner in the Med and on Navigator to Alaska) and both were superb. In both cases we chose them because they offered a cruise to places we had not visited, so the included excursions become a real advantage. The tone of the cruise is set as soon as you board ---- you're greeted at the gangplank with Champagne! Food is excellent, but bookings for the included speciality restaurants fill up very quickly, so go straight to reception to book when you board.Entertainment is American in style and very slick. The ships are all small enough to make embarkation/disembarkation a doddle. Do have a great trip!

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For many years we cruised with Swan Hellenic. Spending very little.  Our first cruise was totally All Inclusive. 1984 on Orpheus, All gratuities, excursions where included. then  with only 120 passengers on board all  the tables had a speaker or officer as a host who bought the drinks at dinner. Then on the day of our Silver Wedding we had the Captain at our table and there was champagne, wine and liqueurs.  We had no need to spend anything unless we fancied a gift from the shop. Alas we have never found this to be totally the same since.

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