Regent Seven Seas Cruises says it’s out to set a new standard for luxury at sea when it launches the Seven Seas Explorer in 2016.
The 750-guest all-suite, all-balcony ship is designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built, according to Jason Montague, president of chief operating officer of Regent Seven Seas, which gave a preview to announce that it will start taking bookings on Jan. 19.
When Explorer debuts in July, 2016, “This ship will offer our guests a new level of grandeur throughout, from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants,” Montague says.
It’s Regent Seven Seas’s first new ship since 2003. However, the line has recently spent more than $150-million on upgrading its other three vessels.
Here’s a first look at what’s on offer:
The Deluxe Suites and Penthouse Suites will feature the largest verandas in the cruise industry, the line promises.
A new category, the Regent Suite, measures a vast 3,875-square feet and features two bedrooms and an in-room spa retreat with personal sauna, steam room and treatment area.
All fares on the ship include dining, shore excursions and tips, but the price of the Regent Suite (about $5,000 a night per guest) also includes unlimited spa treatments, laundry services, a private car with driver and guide for port calls, an onboard on-call butler and limousine transportation to and from the ship.
Designer Dining Options
The signature steak house Prime 7 will feature a new décor highlighted by dark purple hues, silver accents and plush leather seating, reminiscent of a private London club. Alcoves are designed for intimate tables for two.
The main dining room, Compass Rose, will features a cascading aqua-blue chandelier that conveys a whimsical grotto feel throughout the restaurant.
At La Veranda on deck 11, guests can choose between casual indoor or al fresco dining. In the evening the area transforms into the Italian themed Sette Mari at La Veranda.
The two-tiered Constellation Theater has an abstract design motif of lighting and tile work evoking a swan. It features cabaret-style seating and cocktail tables that feature hand-blown Murano glass lamps.
The Observation Lounge has a Roaring Twenties theme with a palate of silver, gold and black and white.
Just off the ship’s atrium lobby, the Explorer Lounge provides more of a country club vibe with mahogany wood columns, leather chairs and deep blue fabrics.
The maiden voyage for Seven Seas Explorer will be a 14-night sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice starting July 20, 2016. The ship will sail 11 inaugural voyages in Europe. with destinations including Barcelona, Ibiza, St. Tropez, Venice, Istanbul, Alexandria and Jerusalem.