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Cunard Advice for Regent Seven Seas Cruisers Please?

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We have been regular cruisers on Regent but are now confined to cruises originating from and returning to a UK port which will severely limit our choice in future. We are therefore considering Cunard and looking for advice when comparing the two lines.

Specifically, it seems that to get a cabin of a similar size to those on Regent (250 - 300 sq ft), we would be looking at a Princess Grills class cabin - is that right?

One of the aspects we really like about Regent is that the grade of cabin you are in has no impact on your use of all the ship's facilities - no 'exclusive' lounges or restaurants. So how does the system really work on Cunard?

Secondly, we usually receive a bill showing a balance of zero on Regent as drinks, tips and (most) excursions are included in the sticker price. So how much should we budget for those things on a Cunard voyage? We (like to think we) are moderate drinkers - say an aperitif or two and a bottle of wine with dinner when on holiday. What about tea/coffee and soft drinks?

I know this is all a bit 'how long is a piece of string' stuff but it would be helpful to learn what sort of bills you experienced Cunard cruisers expect at the end of the trip please? Any other points particularly from those who have sailed with both lines would be appreciated too.

Thanks!

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Having cruised on both, I would not worry. Indeed Cunard has some facilities limited to Grills passengers but then so do some others - for example Aqua class on Celebrity has their own restaurant. If you have been using Regent then a Princess Grill cabin would be similar to the 'normal' one with them. We budget for about $500 for 'tips' and $1000 for drinks for a 2-3 week cruise on Cunard in a Grills cabin. Tea and coffee are free unless you use a speciality coffee lounge. However Grill passengers have, as well as their own restaurant with a table permanently reserved, their own lounge where speciality coffees and teas are included as is afternoon tea with cakes and savouries. The facilities on Cunard include some that are not provided on Regent, mainly because of the size. The large traditional theatre with boxes is a delight and celebrity speakers are usually on board to complement the entertainment. All in all, although the 'nickel and diming' can irritate, we prefer Cunard.

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1 hour ago, kjorford said:

However Grill passengers have, as well as their own restaurant with a table permanently reserved, their own lounge where speciality coffees and teas are included as is afternoon tea with cakes and savouries. 

Thanks for that. As regards dining, do we have to dine at a specific time as well as at a specific table and do we have to share please?

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1 hour ago, Courtney Ffyshe said:

 

Thanks for that. As regards dining, do we have to dine at a specific time as well as at a specific table and do we have to share please?

Depends what type of stateroom you have booked and your restaurant you will be in i.e. Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess or Queens suite.

 

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We have tried several cruise companies, but our favourite. By far, is Royal Caribbean.  They do cruises from, and return to, Southampton.  Lovely ships, super staff, food and accommodation. We cannot fault anything.  We prefer "independenceof the Seas"but others are just as good. Happy sailing, whichever you choose.

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We have cruised with Regent and Cunard in Princess Grill. On the QM2 the PG cabins are similar in size and facilities to Voyager aboard which we cruised. However the bathrooms are way better on Regent. On the QV the PG cabins are much smaller and are not comparable at all. IMO you would need to book QG on the QV/QE for a similar style of stateroom. 

Like you we drink the odd cocktail and a bottle of $40/50 wine with dinner. There is the odd purchase in the shop.  Our bill is usually around $1500 for a 10 day cruise.

no matter how prepared you are for it - the quantum is always a shock!!!

 

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Cunard has three ships, QE & QV are very similar and each has a cabin class system, entitled Queen/Princess Grills class and a further lower Britannia Club class.

QM2 has a similar structure but the staterooms are larger, as is the ship overall with a substantial increase in the space per guest, including dogs & cats on the North Atlantic run. Bear in mind that it is the only ocean liner currently afloat. Incidentally it has a strengthened hull to take account of the NA in winter. If you wish to try the QM2, then I suggest  a round trip to New York, this enables one to take full advantage fo the range of sea day activities. Suggest you steer clear of voyages that start/end in Hamburg else the ship would probably have some 1,000 Germans on board, with a consequential menus change and two languages for announcements. 

48 cruises, 20 ships, 5 cruise lines.

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