I'm sure you well enjoy Regent, we have 120 days sailing on them As I've mentioned our Favorite ships are, Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, Pacific Princess and the Prinsendam. Not to discourage you from booking Regent or its sister line Oceania, but this is what we have ran into the last few years:
We just got off the Pacific Princess, had a mini on deck 8, same layout mini's that Oceania has on an identical ship. Our stateroom was immaculate, I thought the vessel must have came out of refurbishment recently, as it was kept up so nicely, but no, it is due to go into dry dock this coming May. I thought we got a pretty good price on our cabin considering its size and the balcony size. Over on Oceania, I couldn't get the very same cabin unless I coughed up for a "butler" too. Been the butler route before on Regent $$$$, been there done that.
We have cruised on only three lines, a lot, two mainline, HAL and Princess and so called luxury line Regent. "Luxury" is really a subjective term in my opinion. True, some features of the Regent experience undoubtedly fall under that category. At one time I could argue that the total price was the same for a similar cruise for us on all three even after factoring in many extras on HAL and Princess to make it commensurate with the Regent product. Regent is also categorized as an "all inclusive", which means the initial price for Regent is always much higher, hence, for comparison purposes I have to adjust for the nickel and dime game the majors play. Originally we would get off Regent at the end of a 30 day cruise with a final tab of maybe a couple hundred, while leaving Princess with a tab of five or six thousand. Not any more though.
I believe the MDR food and service on HAL and Princess to be mediocre at best and pretty good on Regent. Specialty restaurants are another story, HAL and Princess excel over Regent, particularly Princess. The MDR meals on a few (not all) of our Princess voyages are not tolerable for us, so if that be the case we eat in the Princess specialties and other venues, putting Regent ahead by far in the MDR category.
To give you an idea, what's happened to Regent, and probably Oceania nowadays though-- about three years ago I expensed out two similar cruises in the Mediterranean, factoring in costs on Princess to give us a level of luxury equivalent to that on Regent, including business class air, quality booze on Princess, eating exclusively in the specialties on Princess, securing Princess better mini-suites, ship provided shore excursions on Princess, etc. Princess was 12 days, and Regent,11 days. Nothing special about any stops, generally a normal mundane Mediterranean cruise for both. Princess was around $20,000 for the both of us and Regent close to $30,000. Since then we have cruised on Princess 6 times. Each time I do the same and compare with Regent's equivalent itineraries. The dollar disparity between the two keeps climbing. I.e. our last cruise we got off of 7 weeks ago, a 29 day Mediterranean-TA on Princess even with all the extras factored in including business class air, Princess total was one third the cost of something similar on Regent. Frank Del Rio (FDR) is CEO of Regent and Oceania's parent plus he is CEO of NCL. FDR makes 32 million a year. Not too shabby, just don't make it all up on my cruise please.