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Recently, two of our Cruise Concierge team, Andrew Freeman and Andrew Whittle, visited Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager for a four-night sailing to Madeira, Cadiz, and Barcelona. See what they thought of their time on-board, below.
We joined the ship mid-cruise, so didn’t experience a true embarkation. However, what we did experience was smooth and simple, it could not have been more than ten minutes. We walked straight on, had our picture taken, and got our room cards, they kept hold of our passports for the remainder of the day but that was no hassle.
First impressions of Voyager was that it was modern and light, with plenty of colour and dramatic artwork on the stairways. The decks and outside areas are all light wood, whereas some of the bars are much darker and follow a more traditional style.
We stayed in a Deluxe Veranda Suite, which had welcome champagne and fruit. It’s easily the most spacious suite we’ve seen on a cruise, with very comfortable beds, a nice veranda, and chairs and a table to sit out on.
There was a separate sitting area in the suite which a TV which had on-demand recent films to watch for free.
Other amenities included a mini-bar, stocked with beer and soft drinks free of charge; a large walk-in wardrobe; bathroom with a full size bath and separate shower, as well as lovely bathroom amenities.
We also saw a number of other suites on-board including Penthouse B Suites. These had much more floor space than ours, in a square configuration and with a bed facing out to see which was a nice touch.
Penthouse C Suites were more similar to our own but had a much larger veranda due to these being situated at the aft of the ship.
The Voyager Suite had a large TV in the bedroom with a separate lounge, separated by a curtain, with lots of light from the windows which ran down one side.
The Grand Suite was enormous, with a full lounge, writing desk, dining table, and plenty of light from the windows throughout.
All of the suites we saw were lovely, and the much larger ones such as the Voyager Suite (56m2) and Grand Suite (81m2) were amazing!
Entertainment and activities
It was surprising how much there was to do on-board the ship, with really good entertainment and a large theatre. On the first night, we watched a group perform a mixture of song and dance numbers from different eras, while the second night there was a singer performing lots of West End hits which was great. The crew also did an end of cruise show which was lots of fun!
Every night in the Voyager Lounge there was also a trio performing songs who were superb.
Activities on-board include lots of sports, competitions and daytime fun, including croquet, shuffleboard, paddle tennis, table tennis and quizzes. Golf fanatics will love the driving net and putting holes, while those looking to keep fit can visit the gym.
There is also a spa on-board, as well as guest lectures – so plenty to keep everyone busy!
Dining and drinks
These were both superb overall, the service in every bar and dining venue was excellent and the food was consistently amazing.
We ate in Compass Rose which had a varied menu in an airy and elegant venue. The French-themed Chartreuse was very stylish and intimate, with amazing wines and cheese boards.
Prime 7, though more popular for steak and lobster, catered well for us when we asked for vegetarian options and the truffle fries and popcorn dessert were great.
We had breakfast outside every day and the service and food were fantastic, offering a huge, varied buffet for all tastes.
The ship also had a few special lunch events, including a seafood extravaganza with huge ice sculptures, and a Greek-themed buffet lunch which was nice too. The Pool Grill was a great spot for lunch, which lots of burgers and sandwiches on the menu.
Overall, the food was excellent, catering to all dietary needs where required.
The service was impeccable throughout. Every drink was replaced before you realised it was even running low (dangerous!) In Prime 7, there were some issues with side orders coming after main dishes but this was only a small issue.
The service in every bar, restaurant, tour, and reception was incredible. Our room was spotless and nicely made up twice a day with everything restocked. The cabin stewards weren’t noticeable or intrusive, and all of the staff were friendly and helpful at every turn.
Everything about this ship is amazing and we would absolutely set sail on it again. Thought the clientele is a little older, it’s very relaxing and you are free to do what you like, when you like.
Particular highlights were the decor, space, activities and that fact that everything’s included so you can enjoy time on-board hassle-free. You definitely get value for money on-board this ship and we felt there was plenty to do on-board.
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