Regent Seven Seas Cruises Review

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  • Overall Rating: 4.0stars 4.2 4.2
  • Expert Rating:5.0stars 4.8
  • Traveler Rating:4.0stars 3.9
    • Couples: 3.9
    • Families w/ young children: N/A
    • Families w/ older children: 4.7
    • Singles/Friends: 2.8
    • Groups: 5.0
  • Health Rating:

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Overview

How it Ranks: Regent has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings. Regent Seven Seas Cruises appears on the following ranking lists:

Regent Seven Seas Cruises receives high marks from experts and travelers alike for its all-inclusive approach and commitment to quality service. All three of Regent's ships — Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager — offer all-suite accommodations. And with one crew member for every one to two passengers, Regent Seven Seas prides itself on its friendly, attentive staff. How long you're on board a Regent ship can vary greatly, with 2015 itineraries that range from seven to 87 nights. Regent's popular 2015 itineraries include stops in more than 250 ports in destinations such as India, Africa, Canada, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, northern Europe, South America, Asia and Tahiti. Guests can explore new places with complimentary shore excursions that vary by itinerary and cover everything from biking tours Dubrovnik, Croatia to snorkeling adventures in Bora Bora. There's also plenty to do without leaving the ship. Aside from nightly onboard entertainment, a Canyon Ranch spa and a putting green near the pool deck, each Regent Seven Seas ship also offers themed entertainment on its spotlight cruises. Select sailings feature enrichment series led by experts in a variety of fields, including cultural anthropology, theater and culinary history. And culinary options abound on Regent's ships — gourmet venues include Prime 7, an upscale steakhouse, Signatures, a French Bistro and Sette Mari at La Veranda, an informal Italian restaurant.

Pros & Cons

  • Fare covers specialty dining, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and shore excursions
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service and a daily replenished minibar included in cruise price
  • Round-trip airfare, hotel stays and ground transfers (at select U.S. and Canadian airports) are included in fare
  • Cruises are expensive at any time of year
  • Limited facilities and onboard entertainment for children
  • Not all onboard offerings, including spa services, are covered by the cruise fare

On Board

Older, well-traveled couples frequent Regent Seven Seas cruises, especially on longer voyages. However, don't be surprised if you see avid adult cruisers of all ages, ranging from the mid-30s to late-80s. You likely won't encounter children on board with the exception of certain family-friendly spotlight cruises during the summer and around holiday breaks.

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On Shore

At each port of call on your itinerary, you'll have the opportunity to partake in at least one complimentary shore excursion. During these excursions, you will leave the ship to experience group events, entertainment, dining and discovery in a given destination. These excursions range in activity level and duration ...

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Before You Book

  • You are required to pay a 15 percent deposit for all cruises. For cruises 14 nights or fewer, you'll be required to make your final payment 90 days prior to your cruise's departure. On longer cruises (15 nights or more), you'll have to pay your remaining balance 150 days before you sail. If you book fewer than 90 days before the ship is scheduled to depart, you'll have to pay in full by the end of the business day.
  • For cruises lasting 14 nights or fewer, if you cancel your reservation 121 days prior to departure, you'll only be required to pay a $100 per person administrative fee. You'll receive an 85 percent refund of your total cruise fare if you cancel your cruise 91 to 120 days in advance; a 50 percent refund if you cancel your cruise 61 to 90 days prior to departure; and a 25 percent refund of your if you cancel your reservation 31 to 60 days in advance. Reservations canceled fewer than 31 days out will not be refunded. All cancellations must be submitted in writing.
  • For cruises lasting 15 nights or longer, canceling more than 151 days out means you'll only have to pay a $100 fee per person. If you cancel your reservation 121 to 150 days before you set sail, you'll get an 85 percent refund of your total cruise fare; if you cancel 91 to 121 days prior to sailing, you'll get a 50 percent refund; and if you cancel 76 to 90 days prior, you'll receive a 25 percent refund. 
  • You can book shore excursions approximately 180 days prior to your embarkation date. Some excursions fill up early, so it's best to reserve far in advance to secure your place.
  • Children younger than 1 are not permitted on Regent cruises, and the cruise line can restrict the number of children younger than 3 allowed on any cruise.
  • Guests younger than 18 must share a suite with a guest who is 18 years or older.

Before You Board

  • You will receive cruise documents including e-tickets approximately three weeks prior to your ship's departure.
  • Ships begin boarding between noon and 1 p.m. on the scheduled day of departure. If you are traveling from a U.S. port you must board at least two hours prior to sailing time; if you are leaving from a port outside the U.S., you must board at least 90 minutes prior to departure.
  • Guests are required to bring the appropriate travel documents, and passport and visa requirements vary by itinerary. Visas issued through Regent Seven Seas cruises cover only Regent's shore excursions and do not apply to trips taken independently.
  • Any dietary restrictions must be sent to Regent Seven Seas via email at least 90 days prior to departure.
  • A nurse and physician offer onboard consulting hours and 24-hour emergency services. If you purchase the RegentCare Guest Travel Protection Program, your co-payments and deductibles for onboard medical services will be reimbursed.

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