The title “The World’s Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built” of Regent Seven Seas Cruises latest ship Seven Seas Explorer surely has had many in the cruise industry curious. But after my almost 3 weeks on board this beautiful ship I could not agree more.
She truly is the most beautiful ship I have ever seen and her Christening was well planned. The selected venue is the most luxurious port in the world – Monte Carlo and the God Mother… H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco.
The Luxurious Design:-
To achieve the commitment Regent turned to three excellent design firms—Tillburg Design, ICRAVE and CallisonRTKL—to deliver the ship’s highly detailed décor. These companies, which were personally overseen by Del Rio himself, used extensive Carrera marble (45,900 square feet of it) in the main hallways, restaurants and lounges. Many of the public spaces feature more than 250 chandeliers and lighting fixtures made of high-priced crystal or Murano glass.
No expense was spared or alternatives chosen when it came to the details. One of the new signature restaurants, Pacific Rim, has a giant bronze prayer wheel at entrance which weighs more than 6000 pounds and cost more than half a Million with installation.
Best Art work at Sea:-
Almost all the art is personally selected by Mr. Del Rio (CEO of NCLH) himself, keeping in consideration tastes of Regent guests (Regent has one of the highest repeat guest ratio in the industry of more than 70%).
Most guests don’t go on a cruise to experience the art, but Seven Seas Explorer might be one of the first ships to feature art as a major attraction, in the future there may even be an on board art tour considering the huge and exquisite collection of art on board. There are works by Picasso, Chagall, Miro and other masters, along with top contemporary artists that makes Seven Seas Explorer a literal floating art gallery, with Regent executives vowing to publish an art catalog for the Seven Seas Explorer later this year, and put plaques identifying the artists for every piece.
The largest suites on a cruise: –
The Regent Suite at a whopping $10,000-per-night is the talk of the town. This Suite features 4,443 square feet of space overlooking the bow on Deck 14. The suite is complete with a $150,000 bed in the master bedroom, an in-suite spa with unlimited spa treatments and massages is included. The room is full of ultra-exquisite touches from the Gold leafed ceiling above the dining table, to the $120,000 Lalique glassware displayed at the entrance and a $250,000 Steinway piano in the living. (I will soon write a separate blog to detail the Regent Suite and give you a full 360 Virtual tour of the room, Subscribe here to get updated)
However all 375 suites on Explorer are much more spacious than any previous Regent ship and many of Regent’s competitors. Suites also have some of the largest and deepest balconies at sea, with a full set of deck chairs, chairs and tables. Suites are designed with small details in mind, including larger bathrooms with both showers and tubs, large flat-screen TVs, and larger sitting areas.
Extensive and Exquisite gourmet dining choices: –
A “Foodie” him self, Frank Del Rio has a clear and tasteful influence over the cuisine onboard. Instead of selecting a celebrity chef, Del Rio says the company decided just to pay its highly trained chefs more than any other crew member. The buzz is that some of his chefs are more expensive than the captain.
The Seven Seas Explorer’s main Compass Rose restaurant now has a redesigned and extensive menu that offers guests the option to combine items in almost any way they choose. The new Chartreuse classic French restaurant, which will be rolled out throughout the Regent fleet over the next year, was already proving to be a hit, as was the new Pacific Rim pan-Asian restaurant, another first for Regent. The ship also offers Prime 7, the signature steakhouse already available on other Regent ships.
Finally, there’s La Veranda, the ship’s buffet featuring regional specialties that reflect the cuisines of the countries visited by the ship. In the evenings, La Veranda is transformed into Sette Mari, the ship’s Italian restaurant. Also Separately, The Culinary Arts Kitchen, which is located on Deck 11, is a hands-on cooking school where guests can learn new culinary skills and eat what they cook.
The most inclusive experience at sea:-
Regent has become known for offering one of the most completely inclusive products at sea. Interestingly even though the cruise fare cost seems bigger compared to other similar products, the total cost for the traveler is same and sometimes even less but the Regent client does not have to think of his expense unlike other cruise guests. Access to all restaurants, even the specialty dining venues, is included in the cruise fare, as well as most of the shore excursions, something unheard of until Regent instituted the policy roughly five years ago. Regent even offers business class air fare as part of the price. That may mean the fare is a bit higher than some competitors, but Regent executives argue that when everything is included, their line still offers a better value. Better yet for travel agents, the all-inclusive nature of the product means higher commissions overall. And Regent’s high percentage of repeat customers (roughly 70%, according to the company) also would seem to indicate more satisfied clients.
All new top entertainment in the main theatre
Seven Seas Explorer’s two-tier 694-seat Constellation Theater offers four brand new production shows developed in partnership with NCLH renowned entertainment team. Each show appeals to a slightly different demographic and is much more elaborate than shows on its other ships.
The four shows are My Revolution, a dance production by Burn the Floor that takes the audience back to Beatles; Peggy Lee, an original show that pays tribute to the American jazz and popular music crooner, other British rockers and more; Paradis, a Parisian-style burlesque-type show that blends dance, song and spectacular costumes; and A Day in Hollywood, based off the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, which tells stories from Hollywood’s golden age.
Get Pampered in the largest spa on a luxury cruise:-
Canyon Ranch Spa Club has been a most cherished feature with the Regent guests, as well as on all of sister brand Oceania Cruises. But on Seven Seas Explorer, Canyon Ranch had a major role in the design and development of the spa, so the result is a larger facility spanning over two decks that seems much bigger than the offerings from many competitors.
In the spa, there are seven treatment rooms and two large fitness rooms. The ship also features an outdoor relaxation area in its stern, complete with an infinity pool, an all new ice room and two hot tubs.