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Explorer's CanyonSpa infinity poolLuxurious Ship

The “most luxurious cruise ship in the world,” as Regent Seven Cruise Lines calls it, was launched last month, and most people wouldn’t argue with that description. Christened by Princess Charlene of Monaco, the Seven Seas Explorer cost $450 million to build. Its inaugural season will start in Europe, after which it will cruise the Caribbean for the 2016/2017 winter season.

All-Inclusive - and they mean it!

The Seven Seas Explorer, like Regent's other ships, is all-inclusive. Unlike several other luxury lines, Regent really means all-inclusive. The cruise fare includes specialty restaurants, unlimited beverages (including fine wines and spirits), open bars and lounges, unlimited Wi-Fi, transfers between the airport and ship, 24-hour room service, pre-paid gratuities, and unlimited shore excursions.

With a crew to guest ratio of 1.36, that’s 552 crew serving 750 guests, it isn’t surprising that Regent is known for its impeccable guest service. 

Beside its service, makes it luxurious? How about 158 crystal chandeliers throughout the public spaces; 45,876 sq ft (square feet) of marble; 51,909 sq ft of balconies (it is an all-suite, all-balcony ship); it serves 2,000 pounds of lobster during an average 14-day sailing; has a self-serve caviar station for breakfast; the Canyon Ranch SpaClub features a private outdoor deck with an infinity-edge plunge pool; and the Regent Suite is the largest suite on the seas with two bedrooms, 3,026 sq ft, its own custom Steinway piano, and a marble top bar.

Concierge Suite on Regent Seven Seas ExplorerSpacious Suites - the largest in the industry

Speaking of suites, across all categories they are among the largest in the industry (Conierge Suite pictured right).  Here is a sample:

  • Deluxe Veranda Suite - 253 sq ft
  • Superior Suite - 332 sq ft
  • Penthouse Suite - 448 sq ft
  • Seven Seas Suite - 577 - 655 sf
  • Explorer Suite - 1,013 sq ft
  • Master Suite (2 bedroom) -  1,064 - 1,114 sq ft
  • Regent Suite (2 bedroom) - 3,026 sq ft

Balconies range from 55 to 994 sq ft, with an average of 238 sq ft - the highest in the business.

Explorer's Chartreuse RestaurantGourmet Dining Options

Dining is another area where the Seven Seas Explorer excels. Many of the ships top chefs were recruited from France and are paid more than the captain. In addition to Prime 7, one of the best if not the best steakhouse on the seas, there are two other specialty restaurants. Pacific Rim offers Pan-Asian food from Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. Chartreuse is reminiscent of a Parisian café serving modern French cuisine.  Guest are offered at least one free night at each specialty restaurant on each cruise.

Explorer's Coffee BarThe main dining room is the Compass Rose, while the buffet is La Veranda, an outdoor glass enclosed space offering 270-degree ocean views), which transforms into an Italian-style al fresco restaurant, Sette Mari at night offering a combination of buffet and menu items. The Pool Grill has typical grill food, but also features a lunch menu with local flavors, plus you can get a milkshake or malt – one of my weaknesses.

The Café coffee bar is popular in the morning with its wide assortment of teas, coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes are offered, all included in the cruise fare.

Comfortable Dress Code

Like many luxury lines, the dress code is elegant casual, meaning slacks and a collared shirt at night for men; and, skirt, blouse, dress or pant suit for women. During the day it is more casual with shorts, and jeans common accompanied by a shirt or T-shirt on all. On cruises over 16 nights there are two formal nights, but elegant casual is entirely appropriate on those nights, although you’ll see a number of male passengers in coats.

Foodie Options

Culinary KitchenThe dining experience is enhanced with an optional ($89/person) “Culinary Arts Kitchen” experience where each participant has their own culinary workstation complete with an induction cooktop, stainless steel pans, and all the cooking ingredients and essentials. Each class teaches techniques used by chefs, how to build a recipes and skills that you can use at home, and exploring the tastes and flavors from each port of call. The sessions are very hands on and appropriate for beginners to experienced chefs.

If you are a foodie, consider the “Gourmet Explorer Tours.”  Each tour is customized for the port. You might have a sumptuous lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant Barcelona, or take a walk through a local market in Portofino with the chef explaining how to pick the best ingredients, as well as how to use them, followed by a class in making pasta. When asked how she designs the tours, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Executive Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly said she starts with the question: “A visit to this port would not be complete without experiencing…” You’ll find her answer to that question is spot on.

Speaking of shore excursions, at least one free shore excursion is included in each port. However, most ports have a couple that you can choose from.

Entertainment

Explorer's Constellation TheaterFor entertainment, the Explorer has several venues. First the two floor Constellation Theater is designed in a cabaret style, with Murano glass lamps with their soft glow and offers elaborate production shows. The Explorer Lounge with its rich mahogany wood, leather chairs, and deep blue tone features resident musicians. While the Observation Lounge has a brighter and more energetic feel. If you are just looking for a place to relax and meet fellow guests, try the Meridian Lounge with its expansive bar, relaxed arm chairs, and music by resident performers. Of course there is a casino if you are feeling lucky.

While Regent's fares are higher than some other luxury lines, once you add in the other line's extra charges you're likely to find Regent Seven Sea's fare is competitive if not actually lower. We’ll cover that in Part 2.

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Brian RaymondWritten by Brian Raymond 

Brian owns Out Destinations, a premier gay travel agency featuring gay & mainstream cruises and tours, as well as customized vacations. Out Destinations also offers group travel, and social organization fundraising opportunities. For a free consultation, contact him toll free at 855-949-1500 or email him at brian@outdestinations.com.

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Phone: 623-349-4822  |  Toll Free: 855-949-1500
in     by Brian Raymond 08.03.2016
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5.00 of 1 votes
 

Explorer's CanyonSpa infinity poolLuxurious Ship

The “most luxurious cruise ship in the world,” as Regent Seven Cruise Lines calls it, was launched last month, and most people wouldn’t argue with that description. Christened by Princess Charlene of Monaco, the Seven Seas Explorer cost $450 million to build. Its inaugural season will start in Europe, after which it will cruise the Caribbean for the 2016/2017 winter season.

All-Inclusive - and they mean it!

The Seven Seas Explorer, like Regent's other ships, is all-inclusive. Unlike several other luxury lines, Regent really means all-inclusive. The cruise fare includes specialty restaurants, unlimited beverages (including fine wines and spirits), open bars and lounges, unlimited Wi-Fi, transfers between the airport and ship, 24-hour room service, pre-paid gratuities, and unlimited shore excursions.

With a crew to guest ratio of 1.36, that’s 552 crew serving 750 guests, it isn’t surprising that Regent is known for its impeccable guest service. 

Beside its service, makes it luxurious? How about 158 crystal chandeliers throughout the public spaces; 45,876 sq ft (square feet) of marble; 51,909 sq ft of balconies (it is an all-suite, all-balcony ship); it serves 2,000 pounds of lobster during an average 14-day sailing; has a self-serve caviar station for breakfast; the Canyon Ranch SpaClub features a private outdoor deck with an infinity-edge plunge pool; and the Regent Suite is the largest suite on the seas with two bedrooms, 3,026 sq ft, its own custom Steinway piano, and a marble top bar.

Concierge Suite on Regent Seven Seas ExplorerSpacious Suites - the largest in the industry

Speaking of suites, across all categories they are among the largest in the industry (Conierge Suite pictured right).  Here is a sample:

  • Deluxe Veranda Suite - 253 sq ft
  • Superior Suite - 332 sq ft
  • Penthouse Suite - 448 sq ft
  • Seven Seas Suite - 577 - 655 sf
  • Explorer Suite - 1,013 sq ft
  • Master Suite (2 bedroom) -  1,064 - 1,114 sq ft
  • Regent Suite (2 bedroom) - 3,026 sq ft

Balconies range from 55 to 994 sq ft, with an average of 238 sq ft - the highest in the business.

Explorer's Chartreuse RestaurantGourmet Dining Options

Dining is another area where the Seven Seas Explorer excels. Many of the ships top chefs were recruited from France and are paid more than the captain. In addition to Prime 7, one of the best if not the best steakhouse on the seas, there are two other specialty restaurants. Pacific Rim offers Pan-Asian food from Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. Chartreuse is reminiscent of a Parisian café serving modern French cuisine.  Guest are offered at least one free night at each specialty restaurant on each cruise.

Explorer's Coffee BarThe main dining room is the Compass Rose, while the buffet is La Veranda, an outdoor glass enclosed space offering 270-degree ocean views), which transforms into an Italian-style al fresco restaurant, Sette Mari at night offering a combination of buffet and menu items. The Pool Grill has typical grill food, but also features a lunch menu with local flavors, plus you can get a milkshake or malt – one of my weaknesses.

The Café coffee bar is popular in the morning with its wide assortment of teas, coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes are offered, all included in the cruise fare.

Comfortable Dress Code

Like many luxury lines, the dress code is elegant casual, meaning slacks and a collared shirt at night for men; and, skirt, blouse, dress or pant suit for women. During the day it is more casual with shorts, and jeans common accompanied by a shirt or T-shirt on all. On cruises over 16 nights there are two formal nights, but elegant casual is entirely appropriate on those nights, although you’ll see a number of male passengers in coats.

Foodie Options

Culinary KitchenThe dining experience is enhanced with an optional ($89/person) “Culinary Arts Kitchen” experience where each participant has their own culinary workstation complete with an induction cooktop, stainless steel pans, and all the cooking ingredients and essentials. Each class teaches techniques used by chefs, how to build a recipes and skills that you can use at home, and exploring the tastes and flavors from each port of call. The sessions are very hands on and appropriate for beginners to experienced chefs.

If you are a foodie, consider the “Gourmet Explorer Tours.”  Each tour is customized for the port. You might have a sumptuous lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant Barcelona, or take a walk through a local market in Portofino with the chef explaining how to pick the best ingredients, as well as how to use them, followed by a class in making pasta. When asked how she designs the tours, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Executive Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly said she starts with the question: “A visit to this port would not be complete without experiencing…” You’ll find her answer to that question is spot on.

Speaking of shore excursions, at least one free shore excursion is included in each port. However, most ports have a couple that you can choose from.

Entertainment

Explorer's Constellation TheaterFor entertainment, the Explorer has several venues. First the two floor Constellation Theater is designed in a cabaret style, with Murano glass lamps with their soft glow and offers elaborate production shows. The Explorer Lounge with its rich mahogany wood, leather chairs, and deep blue tone features resident musicians. While the Observation Lounge has a brighter and more energetic feel. If you are just looking for a place to relax and meet fellow guests, try the Meridian Lounge with its expansive bar, relaxed arm chairs, and music by resident performers. Of course there is a casino if you are feeling lucky.

While Regent's fares are higher than some other luxury lines, once you add in the other line's extra charges you're likely to find Regent Seven Sea's fare is competitive if not actually lower. We’ll cover that in Part 2.

.
Brian RaymondWritten by Brian Raymond 

Brian owns Out Destinations, a premier gay travel agency featuring gay & mainstream cruises and tours, as well as customized vacations. Out Destinations also offers group travel, and social organization fundraising opportunities. For a free consultation, contact him toll free at 855-949-1500 or email him at brian@outdestinations.com.

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