Voyager, Rome to Dubai October-November 2017
We just got back from cruise on the Voyager from Rome to Dubai. It was wonderful! From food, crew, tours, ports, everything was perfect.
Embarkation: Regent picked us up at airport and took us to Westin Excelsion in Rome. A very nice, luxurious hotel centrally located. They drove us next morning to ship. Checking in was quick.
Ship: Everything looked nice and well taken care of. We were lucky to reconnect with Captain Felice Patruno. Last time we saw him was when he left the Mariner in Cape Town. The General Manager was Anatoly Makaev. This was our first time cruising with him. He was very attentive and made sure everything ran smoothly. The cruise director was Margaret Lynn whom we enjoy a lot.
Cabin: Our cabin was very well taken care of. Everything worked and was clean and tidy.
Crew: The crew is probably one of the reasons we keep on cruising with Regent. We reconnected with many crew members we have cruised with before. They are like family and is nice to hug and find out what's going on in their lives. Albert, our favorite waiter in CR was there so we dined in his station whenever we dined in CR.
Food: The food was superb in every restaurant. The executive chef was Dino. He's a German chef and was very good. Twice he made my husband's favorite German food as he requested. The pool buffets were very good. Excellent paella! Every meal was very good and we didn't have any complaints.
Ports/Tours: We loved all the ports. We did the overnight tour of Luxor and it was fantastic. Petra took our breath away. Dubai and Abu Dhabi was something to see. All the tour guides were very good. We had a weak one in Salalah but there is not much to see there. Muscat, Oman on the other hand was very nice. We did tour that included lunch at Shangri La resort and the hotel was beautiful. The food was good too. The tour of Dubai included high tea at Burj Al Arab. This is the hotel that looks like a sail. The hotel is beautiful and the room where the tea was served was elegant and impressive. We stayed in Dubai and did the post-cruise tour of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It was wonderful. Again, we had a very good guide.
The cruise was one of our best ones. Frankly, I don't see how some people find fault with Regent. From beginning to end it was perfect. The weather was good and sailing was very smooth.
Entertainment: We only attended the shows with the Regent entertainment group. They were very good and the shows were good. We had an excellent pianist with the 7 Seas Society party.
All in all we had a terrific time. We are now looking forward to our cruise on the Mariner for New Year's Eve.
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