Cruises 101

by Sherri Eisenberg

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Number of ships: 5
Ship capacity: 198 to 700 passengers
Price range: Expensive

The audience: Regent's luxury ships skew toward baby boomers, including empty nesters and recent retirees.

Strengths: Massive cabins, with an average of 500 square feet. On the newer ships, each cabin has a suite-style configuration, with a balcony and a marble bath; many have separate showers and tubs. Other pluses: Alcoholic drinks are gratis, including a prestocked in-room bar, and there's a partnership with the Cordon Bleu culinary school to staff restaurants and conduct cooking demos.

Weaknesses: This is a flaw borne out of a strength: So many guests choose to sun on their spacious balconies rather than at the pool deck that the public spaces often feel empty, even if the ship is full.

Insider tip: If you're shopping for sailings around French Polynesia, forgo slightly cheaper deals for Regent's Paul Gauguin, a 330-passenger ship that sails year-round in the region. Popular with honeymooners and couples celebrating anniversaries, it is the rare vessel that was expressly designed for the area in which it sails (halls are decorated with Polynesian carvings and artifacts), and the menu has local delicacies, such as poisson cru followed by a Tahitian vanilla soufflé.

Itineraries: Typical is a ten-day cruise from Dubai to Mumbai, India, with stops in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi (from $4,595 per person). The seven-night cruise in French Polynesia aboard the Paul Gauguin departs from Tahiti, and stops in Bora Bora and Moorea (from $2,295 per person).

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Tel: 877 505 5370

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