Posted July 12th, 2017, 04:55 PM
luxury is very personal ... and in general the companies mostly frequented by US passengers underwent quite a process of "economising " ranging from small items to bigger issues.
For me the quality of the gastronomy is very important for me ........
I know that you said "in general" but I must add that Regent has done the opposite of economizing. It has spent a lot of money improving their menu - even their everyday selections (items such as Filet Mignon, New York Strip Steak, Rib eye Steak, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Veal Medallions, Half Roast Chicken, Smithfield Pork Chop, Maine Lobster tail, Jumbo Shrimp, King Sea Scallops, Norwegian Salmon Fillet, Whole Dover Sole, etc. prepared any way that you like it and you can pair it with about 14 various sauces.
For appetizers, there is a Traditional Shrimp Cocktail, Alaska Crab Salad, Norwegian Style Gravlax, Iberico Ham, Beef Carpaccio, Burgundy Escargots, Pan-Seared Foie Gras and Egg Tuffle with Soft Poached Egg with Black Truffle.
There is more but I have gone overboard with listing items from the everyday menu already because food is important to you.
Regent has also included Business Class international air for all passengers residing in the U.S. and Canada. So, at least in this case, there has been no economizing.
I understand that people in Germany, in general, can speak English but their preferred language is likely German and, as English Voyager indicated, there is a formality there that people in the U.S. and Canada are not used to. While we love immersing ourselves in the local culture (and did this for years before we began cruising), we now prefer the ambience, food and luxury of the newer cruise ships that provide an all-inclusive experience. All of us have our own preferences which is why it is great that we have so many cruising choices.
P.S. I would not want to be on an all British ship either - even though there is only a slight language barrier. No prejudiced here - my DH is British and feels the same way that I do (usually)