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MS Bolero

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Laura Erickson
# previous cruises: 1
Date of Trip: January 4, 1998
Itinerary: Caribbean

The itinerary was great. A different port each day was ideal. I would definitely go again to catch up with the crew members that I met and had a great time with. A friend of mine was sick a few nights and was not always permitted to have the sea sick pills. The information desk should be open for longer hours and the kitchen should be available to passengers at any time of the day or night. A couple we met said that it was not.

Public Areas
The casino was packed every night which made it more fun. I am not a gambler but enjoyed it very much. My best time was in the dining room with our waiter and the other waiters. They made the trip so much fun we looked forward to seeing them and the tricks they did every night. We were really entertained which was exactly what we wanted. A fun place to enjoy a good meal. The Reflection Lounge was very comfortable and we felt at home in that area.

Food and Service
The wait staff were unbelievable. I can't say enough about them. The food was enjoyable with a wide variety. Our waiter bent over backwards for us. I enjoyed the buffet on deck better than the ones in the dining room.

The room was perfect for the amount of time we spent in it. The shower was updated our last day and that was awkward holding the shower head instead of it being on the wall. The water pressure was great. There were three of us in a cabin an there was enough closet and dresser space but might not be if four people were to share a room. My area was very quiet. I'll admit I think we were the loud cabin in that area.

The shows were good. You could tell that a lot of time, practice and effort went into them but they were lacking audience participation. The Regent Cruise staff were not very friendly and one staff member gave us incorrect information twice, which was not appreciated. In my opinion they should open the disco earlier than 11:00. DJ Nick was a great and funny guy. The disco was great once people knew of it. There was not much publicity on the disco.

They need to have more audience participation activities, for example, more than one hour of karkoke, have the staff bring in passengers to make the evenings more memorable for each person. The ports we attended were St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua, Tortola which we enjoyed them all very much. Each island had something unique to see. Day care was not needed.

Who Goes
We hung out more with the wait staff then we did any other passengers. The wait staff made our trip more exciting, funny, enjoyable and yes I would invite them over if it was at all possible. One other passenger we still speak with. But it was the wait staff who really helped us have a great time.

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