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Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Regent Explorer; Somewhat Disappointed

Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by racer47

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Superior Suite

We chose this Regent ship and cruise ,because of previous good experiences on the Voyager..

The ship is well appointed with very spacious and underused Public areas .[easy to find a quiet spot ] .The Library is very nice !

The activities are OK . The gym has nice new machines, however instruction in how to use them is lacking .

Ports on this cruise were well chosen . [ Athens to Venice ]We particularly enjoyed Koper [Slovenia] and as well Kotor . Of course Venice is nice ,as usually ,however time there is short unless you stay over [ recommended for 1st time visitors]. Some of the shore excursions were a bit too long ,especially when there is rain . Two excursions during heavy rains [ Kryka ,Lake Bled] were downright treacherous . Some of the paths/steps were very slippery and an accident waiting to happen . Something else should have been figured out for those conditions!

Disembarkation was a disaster [4 am ] .There were not enough crew available to give directions and we nearly got lost . Air scheduling on return was also a complete disaster [ Iberian Air ] and the plane was scheduled to be retired in 5 days . [not a good thought for Transatlantic flying ] It took 27 hours for us to get home from Venice ,which is very Unacceptable !!

Dining is for the most part ,excellent . Prime is very good ,and had excellent service .Compass rose was outstanding for us, because several servers made it special [ Enrique ,Irfan and Rebecca!]. Lunch in Koper [Lake Bled] was very good , Kotor [Highlights of Montenegro ] lunch and restrooms bad.

Chartreuse was not very good and perhaps too over the top on the menu .

Entertainment was so- so . The onboard crew entertainment was somewhat amateurish and a tad repetitive . Naki Attaman ,the pianist was outstanding and the Violinist was also good . John Barron [cruise director did an entertaining show himself and has a good voice. Overall maybe 3-4 nights out of 9 or so.

Service was mostly good . A glaring deficiency was the frequent lack of Wi Fi . We were sold a cabin with ""free Wi Fi "" ,however if it does not work; then money wasted and there should have been a REFUND!. The tech ,person was not overly friendly ,and the hours for assistance with Internet and computers were severely lacking . There should be two [2] The persons on board for I.T.

Overall ,this cruise was not up to our expectations .The whole experience seemed a little "off" compared to prior cruises on the Regent Voyager .

We would probably not use Regent ,again . Perhaps management needs a little boost ?

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Cabin Review

Superior Suite
Cabin F1 831

Cabin is well appointed and spacious;which is to be expected of a new ship.

Bath is great ,other than a couple of drawers that needed repair .

Closet space is good .

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ano Mera Monastery

This tour on Mykonos is a little boring . For first timers ,Delos would be more interesting ?

View All 18 Ano Mera Monastery Reviews

Mykonos is not our favorite island .Santorini [not on this cruise] is better.

Achilleion Palace

The palace is interesting and worth seeing .

View All 56 Achilleion Palace Reviews
City Tour

Not a lot to see.

View All 58 City Tour Reviews
Montenegro Highlights

You have to like many switchbacks on the road and thrilling drop-offs.

Lunch at Njegusi village was not very good and restrooms ,dirty

View All 102 Montenegro Highlights Reviews
City Tour

This normally would be very good ,but suggest cancelling ,if it is raining . Rain causes treacherous trails and bad footing and miserable in the rain !

View All 31 City Tour Reviews
Old Town Tour

This would have ben even better ,had it not been raining .Bled is a beautiful place with an Austrian /Tyrol influence . Lunch was the best of any of the Cruise line tours .

Be careful about this one ,if it is raining ,as there are a lot of treacherous steps!

View All 15 Old Town Tour Reviews
Doge's Palace

Time in Venice is too short for first timers .An extra nights stay in Venice would be worth it !

View All 43 Doge's Palace Reviews
Gondola Ride

Typical gondola ride with a brief scenic introduction to Canal life.

View All 94 Gondola Ride Reviews
St. Mark's Square

ST Mark's --a very special place!.

The Doge Palace is amazing ,with outstanding art work ,including famous paintings and murals.

View All 47 St. Mark's Square Reviews
Athens (Piraeus)

Went directly to the ship .The was Regent booked the air was not so good .No time in Athens.

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