We took this cruise to sail on the new Regent Ship the Explorer, it was also my wifes 75th birthday and we wanted to do an Atlantic crossing. After arriving in Tel Aviv we were bused to Haifa to a Dan hotel. For a six star cruise line this was a two star hotel at best. Since it was for only one night we didn't complain too much, maybe it was the best hotel in town.
Embarkation the next day was a little chaotic. Bags had to be identified and went on the same bus with you. On arrival at the port we had to move our own bags through security. Since we were in Israel the security was more stringent than any other place in the world. Once on the ship everything changed, marble everywhere staff wonderful etc. Our concierge suite was very nice, large comfortable bed, walk in closet more drawer space than we needed. Bathroom had a double sink separate tub and shower very roomy. Restaurants were great compass rose has a new menu where you can basically eat any thing you want at any time. The specialty restaurants were twice as large and just as good as the other ships. The new French restaurant Chartreuse is a big improvement over Signatures. The new Asian restaurant Pacific Rim is excellent especially if you like tempura.
The shows were ok. Singers and dancers not great I walked out on every show. The individual performances were ok, I like the magician and the cruise directors show was terrific. Only thing was he did the exact same show on each leg. Excursions were fine too much time allocated for shopping, people of our age are not interested in shopping. The speakers were fair one was on astronomy the other was a general interest speaker the first leg lecturer talked about each port we were going to. Regent needs to get lecturers for more general topics rather than narrow ones like astronomy. We didn't use the spa but it was beautiful, the gym was nice had up to date machines but no one there to help you. The ship has some design flaws especially in the show room where the pillars take away sight lines, the balcony has a railing and glass where you cant even see. Disembarkation was a little crazy due to US customs. We finally just walked off before our color was called. All in all it was a great cruise we had a great time and would sail on the Explorer again.