If you insist on luxury but like to keep it quietly elegant, Regent might be your cruise line of choice. Its ships are spacious and understated, with a relaxed onboard vibe that tends to be less stuffy than Seabourn and Silversea. As aboard all the luxury ships (with the exception of Crystal's vessels), entertainment and activities are a relatively low priority, with guests left to enjoy their vacations at their own pace. In keeping with the industry trend toward more casual attire, Regent's code is now "elegant casual," with formal nights now held only on longer cruises. Service is friendly and absolutely spot on, and cuisine is some of the best at sea, in both the formal dining rooms and, especially, the alternative restaurants. Even if what tickles your fancy isn't on the menu, the chef will prepare it for you. Passengers tend to be unpretentiously wealthy. When we've sailed, our social circle included an economist with an international banking institution, an environmental lobbyist, and a man who starts banks -- all of them aboard to enjoy a quiet, relaxed vacation.
Operating a fleet of stylish and extremely comfortable midsize vessels, Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) provides a casually elegant, luxurious cruise experience. Its service is as good as it gets, and its cuisine is near the top. And, having spent over $100 million on refurbishment in the last few years, the line has kept its three ships up-to-date, comparing favorably to the younger ships in the category.
Sails to: Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda, Panama Canal (plus Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa/India, world cruises, Antarctica, South America).
Address: 1000 Corporate Dr., Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
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