Posted April 20th, 2013, 12:22 PM
We have never had poor service on Regent or Silversea. However, we also avoid the Navigator as, IMO, it carries to many passengers for the size of the ship. Fortunately, the Navigator does not sail in the Med.
As stated previously, there is no accurate way to compare luxury cruise lines with mainstream (NCL) unless you wrote a book
You are also looking at dramatic price differences. There is a thread on the CruiseCritic "Luxury" board that discusses top cabins on mainstream cruise lines vs. the lower categories on luxury cruise lines. Interestingly, it was started by kikki21
Here in a link http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1799226
When considering Oceania, Silversea, Seabourn, Azamara or Celebrity, I would not sail on Celebrity -- it just isn't in the same class as the others. For luxury, either Silversea or Seabourn would work -- as long as it is not on one of the Seabourn small ships (209 passengers). For Oceania and Azamara -- Oceania is rated a bit higher than Azamara but I've heard good reviews about both.
And, for the record, for us, service is completely different on a ship than it is on land. On a ship you are interfacing with your stewardess/steward, butler, servers and bartenders on a daily basis. Even if you stay at a hotel for 7 or more days, you don't necessarily dine there three times a day, etc.
Tolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience - I want those all to be very sharp tools in my shed.
Total nights: Regent = 365 / Silversea = 36 / Oceania = 26 (Upcoming 74 nights: 1 Explorer, 2 Voyager and 1 Mariner)
Sailings per ship: Explorer (4), Voyager (11), Mariner (9), Navigator (3), PG (1), Silver Spirit (1), Silver Whisper (1), Silver Shadow (1), Oceania Riviera (2)
Itineraries Sailed: Alaska (2 sailings) / Baltics / Barcelona – Dubai / Barcelona - Miami / Cape Town – Rio (2 sailings) / Cape Town - Cape Town / E. & W. Caribbean (4 sailings) / CHRISTENING CRUISE - Explorer - Monte Carlo-Monte Carlo / Ft. Lauderdale – Lima / Istanbul-Istanbul / Istanbul-Venice / London-Monte Carlo / Miami – Barcelona 2 sailings) / Miami-Miami (Amazon) / Mumbai – Bali / New York-Southampton / Rome to Lisbon / Singapore to Sydney / Stockholm - Copenhagen / Tahiti / Venice-Rome / Vancouver-Tokyo