This was my first time on a Regent ship, and from the moment I stepped on board I just knew it was going to be amazing. She carries just 706 guests, and as the ship itself is quite large, this gives plenty of space to relax on board in a cosy yet chic environment.
Dining is a highlight on Regent with lots of choices, and the main dining room, Compass Rose, is no compromise. Decorated in clean, light colours there is a feeling of space, and a variety of different sized tables to choose from. An open dining policy ensures flexibility to dine alone if you wish, or maybe with new friends. The attentive service and a comprehensive menu to choose from made for a great first evening on board.
With a full day at sea to explore the ship, I could really get to know everything that she had to offer. No matter your mood there was something to enjoy, from a lecture in the Constellation Theatre to fitness classes in the Studio, a treatment in the Canyon Club Spa and a variety of tournaments taking place throughout the day, or even a spot of wine tasting. In the Theatre, Regent presented a vocalist who performed show classics to West End standards for a packed two-tier theatre with barely an empty seat in sight.
All speciality dining on board Regent Seven Seas Cruises is complimentary and by reservation, which can be organised prior to sailing or on board if you prefer. I tried out the French restaurant Chartreuse, where the menu included classic escargots, steak tartare and fresh scallops. I also took the opportunity to try some new French wines that I had not had before.
Prime 7 is a stunning steak house option, where I enjoyed a surf and turf feast with sirloin and lobster, Californian wine and an extensive dessert menu. The Veranda Restaurant, where you can enjoy a casual breakfast and lunch, transforms in the evening into an Italian speciality venue, Sette Mari. No reservation is required so you can dine at your leisure at any time you choose, with an à la carte Italian menu and the added benefit of buffet salad and dessert stations.
Arriving in the Spanish city of Cádiz, I opted for a 'Go Local' tour to visit a local cheese farm in the Andalusian Hills. Regent's 'Go Local' tours offer the chance to head off the beaten track a little and visit less touristy locations. This was a great option within a comprehensive choice of complimentary excursions to enjoy, all part of the all-inclusive concept.
Another day at sea was a treat - I was never going to be bored! There was a quiz, golf putting challenge, bridge lessons, and fitness classes. My highlight was a Regent Seven Seas afternoon tea with a variety of speciality teas, stunning cakes and also warm scones with clotted cream and jam.
At the end of my first cruise experience with Regent Seven Seas I was very sad to leave. Voyager was a spacious and relaxing home, treating me to some fine dining and attentive service throughout. The all-inclusive concept ensured all was taken care of, even down to the gratuities, which was nice not to have to worry about at the end of the cruise.