I'm thinking of making a change for a change.  Has anyone sailed with Regent or Costa?  How are they?  I've begun some research and would like an experienced reply.

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That would be quite a change going from Carnival to Regent! Hope you do it and give us a review. I think Kennicott has been on Regent so hope he chimes in.

Have you used the “Cruise Genius” on this website?

It’s a fun search engine were you plug in the things you’re looking for on a cruise. When I did the ultra luxury cruise line category it came out with Regent being the best for me. So one day I’ll have to try them out!

I have zero interest in Costa but am interested in MSC.

(Hope you don’t mind me replying although I’ve never been on either line.)

Not at all JC. I thank you for the cruise genius idea. You got me watching You Tube for cruises which I have never done. So I'm looking at other lines. Yes.. Regent is high class. I'm guessing very expensive. If I can find a cruise that I don't have to fly to Europe I'd like to try. Just can't see myself alone on a cruise on Europe. Ultra loser....Happy need a chickadee.

Yeah I know what you mean about Europe. I want badly to go to the UK and do a Med cruise. But I hear they give single travelers a hard time in Europe now with all this terrorist activity. Also would like to share that experience with someone too of course.

But anyhow, Cruise Genius is below on the “Find A Cruise” section. I had fun with it when I first came to the site. Kinda old to me now. I have been reading lots of reviews here though for ships I’m Interested in. I’d like to try P&O’s Britannia out of Southampton some day.

We have 120 days sailing on Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Six cruises, with the exception of their new ship the "Seven Seas Explorer" we have been on all the rest, some twice. Our favorite ship of all the vessels we have been on is the Seven Seas Voyager. Even though we have 120 days sailing on Regent we haven't been on them the last three years, as their pricing has went out of sight. And I mean very expensive, a lot more than we used to pay with them. In fact, today we usually book mini-suites and pay extra on Princess, like eating in the specialties all the time if the MDR is not so hot. I still find, when factoring all the costs in and paying for many extras on Princess, an equivalent cruise for us on Princess compared to Regent is usually less than half the cost. It didn't used to be that way, back then I could convincingly argue that Regent was cheaper for the equivalent cruise and service.

The mass market lines are rarely using small ships anymore and if they have them they are making noise to get rid of them. The Pacific Princess and the HAL Prinsendam are good examples, we have been on both and love em. Also, almost all of the high end so called "luxury" lines use small ships. Even the largest of those are still within the small ship category of 50,000 gross tons or less. You definitely pay a lot more for this type cruise experience. But, if you ignore the cost, the cruise experience is out of this world on the luxuries. One can argue though, is all that extra really worth it? Ignore the price on almost any mass market line ship and buy the best, you might find the cruise experience even better there than on a luxury.

Even though Oceania isn't a true luxury line, it sort of surprised me lately though, it looks like they are trying to make a play for a larger percentage of faithful as their recent rates look good. Haven't been on them, but they are the sister line to Regent without being as all inclusive. Having Frank Del Rio (FDR) as their 32 million a year CEO makes me a tad nervous, although I have to admit, FDR ran Regent when it became our favorite. He was co-head of Renaissance though, when it folded. He is also CEO today of NCL.

Here's a review of Seven Seas Explorer. I think if we can get any single woman to sit down and watch it, then tell her I'm going, I wouldn't be going alone! This ship is over the top!

Whoops, didn't see that Kennicott already posted. He's the expert on this!

Yep to the above posts. Not paying 10000 alone on a trip. I'll look at Princess perhaps. Yet... I'm only 52. I'm mobile. I like to have fun... Don't want to be on a boring ship.

LOL, was wondering how soon you'd post about the price. I would only go on one of the ultra cruise lines if I had a female ship mate that was going for sure. I agree, not going to pay $10,000 to sail alone.

I love Princess and there are activities, maybe not as much as Carnival. But on a cruise I just want to sit and read, go to trivia, eat in the specialty restaurants, sleep, watch the ocean, etc. I do go to the gym but mostly I just chill. I'm active at home. It's a bit of an older crowed, but not like HAL's. I appreciate the maturity level on Princess vs. Carnival. Having said that, I've found Carnival's staff to be better. Anyhow, I do hope you try out another line. I've tried four so far and Princess and Norwegian are the ones I like right now. I hope to try Celebrity next year.

We have looked at Regency. Would love to do one. However, can not get past the price. Kennicott's post explains it all. We don't do a lot of the extras but I can do two to three cruises for the price of a Regent.

Yep to all of the above again! Thanks... Hmmm.. I'm tired of the kids and drunks on Carnival, yet.. I'm feeling like a kid and enjoy catching a buzz. I usually wrap it up by eleven pm so I don't need all the jazz. Just afraid to be bored. Regent is out... They are already calling me. Princess or RCL I'm looking at.. Remember.. Not all of us are married... Whether that's good or bad. It is what it is... So a big cruise is great with a loved one but I'm not giving up a great vacation cause I'm single. That's why I'm looking for something different.


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