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Onboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer, dubbed the most luxurious ship at sea

3rd May 2017

Updated November 2017

Six star cruise line Regent Seven Seas is well known and loved for the all-inclusive nature of its cruises; they boast unlimited shore excursions, unlimited premium spirits, pre-paid gratuities, free WiFi, and more all inlcuded in your fare. The newest ship in the fleet, Seven Seas Explorer is trademarked as 'the most luxurious ship ever built'. She graces the seas with the highest guest-to-space ratio ever seen in the cruise industry, plus the largest suite balconies of any cruise ship.

 

 

But what makes Regent Seven Seas Explorer the most luxurious ship at sea? Our Direct Marketing Manager, Becci and Events Manager, Ellen, find out. Speaking of their travels from Venice to Corfu, Becci shares her diary of their fabulous time onboard.

 

Day 1


We arrived at the cruise port to the impressive sight of three cruise ships - one of course being our luxurious home for two nights; Seven Seas Explorer. After a stress-free embarkation, we boarded the ship and enjoyed a chilled glass of bubbly whilst we booked our evening meals with the friendly concierge team. With so many choices of speciality restaurants, we couldn’t choose and so asked which ones they would recommend to us; Prime 7 and Pacific Rim. We booked these, and then headed out eager to see the sights. Of course, when in Venice you have to indulge in a gondola ride – it would have been rude not to! We took the water taxi from the cruise port into Venice, and before we knew it we were sailing through the beautiful canalways of Venice.

 

 

Sailing out of Venice aboard Seven Seas Explorer at sunset was something we’ll never forget; the colours of the sky, mixed with the views of the whole of Venice from up on deck is something that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

 

After a few cocktails to toast our goodbyes to Venice, we made our way to Prime 7 - known for its sublime steak. The surf and turf tasted so good, it’s difficult to put into words! The steak just melted in our mouths and the lobster was cooked to perfection – we both highly recommend it. After dinner, we retreated to the Observation Lounge, and indulged in a couple of post-dinner cocktails accompanied by melodic piano music; what an end to our first day experiencing Regent Seven Seas.

 

Day 2


We can’t deny how comfy the beds are onboard, so much so that even getting out of bed for our breakfast on the balcony was a struggle. One thing we loved was the option to order your breakfast the night before and have it delivered to you the next morning at your desired time, served out on your balcony - heaven. We enjoyed a delicious selection of breakfast items (our eyes were bigger than our bellies unfortunately), whilst sailing into the port of Dubrovnik. The excursions on offer were superb; coaches lined up one after the other to take fellow passengers off onto their chosen adventures. After taking the complimentary shuttle bus into the old town, we explored the city walls and took in the views of the harbour at our own pace.

 



Back onboard and with many passengers still out on their excursions, we made the most of the ship being quiet and decided to try out the spa - Canyon Ranch Spa Club. With a sauna, steam room, snow room, a mood shower and heated recliners, we were certainly not disappointed. The thing that topped it all off for us was the beautiful infinity pool at the back of the ship, just outside the spa.



Dinner tonight was at Pacific Rim, the superb Asian-infused restaurant onboard. Tucking in to delicious crispy duck, beef tartare, duck spring rolls, lobster, and deep-fried asparagus, we were also recommended some of the finest wines to complement our food; a nice touch. We made our way to the Constellation Theatre to watch a musical ‘Parisian,’ performance and once again retreated to the Observation Lounge for a few cocktails. Arriving just in time for the music quiz, we joined in with a lovely couple from the USA to try and win some great prizes. We didn’t win (unsurprisingly), but as the music got going and the dancefloor slowly started filling up, we couldn’t resist a bit of dancing.

 

 

Day 3


Waking up to the blissful sunshine in Corfu was spectacular, and a hearty breakfast on the balcony of La Veranda started off our morning perfectly. Today was our last day on board, so we made the most of the weather and spent a couple of hours around the pool area -sunbathing, swimming, and taking a nice long soak in the Jacuzzi. It was so relaxing – and a great end to our unforgettable time on board. We were sad to disembark, but all good things must come to an end as they say!

 

 

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Top 20 Extra special touches on a Regent Seven Seas Cruise

25th October 2016

Updated November 2017

Award winning luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, offer a deluxe all-inclusive sailing experience, with all-suite accommodation, gourmet cuisine, sublime service, and magnificent attention to detail.

Eager to see this in practice, we sent Dave from the Iglu Cruise Commercial Team to find out exactly what level of detail can be expected on a Regent Seven Seas Cruise. Read on for Dave’s Top 20 extra little things that make the Regent cruising experience so special.

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Dave’s Regent Seven Seas Explorer Diary

When it comes to the Regent experience, one of the things people often comment on is the amount of extra little things, and the attention to detail that's offered onboard.

Having just sailed from Rome to Athens, I can 100% vouch that this advanced level of care permeates everything onboard.

All drinks, dining, shore excursions, tips, flights, entertainment, bottles of spirits in your suite, and welcome champagne, are included as standard. In addition, here are my top 20 extra little things that I think make a BIG difference with a Regent Seven Seas cruise, and of course, it’s all complimentary.

1. Handmade chocolates, differently flavoured with lovely travel epithets waiting for you on your pillow each night.
2. A complimentary laundry and ironing room, where you can watch TV (with movie channels & sports) as you wait/press.
3. Phenomenal touches including a rose petal towel cake, bubbles and a card to celebrate a birthday.

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4. Incredible light installations all over the ship. Regular corridors resemble top boutique hotels.
5. Barista served speciality coffees as standard for breakfast.
6. A gloriously heated aft facing Infinity pool, that when looking out to sea really does go on forever.
7. The best and most up-to-date library I’ve ever seen at sea.
8. HUGE walk-in teak wardrobes as standard, complete with hangers.
9. Again, largest Balcony areas I’ve seen, with plenty of room for two loungers. Perfect for on-balcony dining.
10. In-Suite dining - being able to order anything from the main (Compass Rose) restaurant each night is a nice touch.
11. Huge queen sized bed, facing the balcony, so you can have a view of the ocean as you doze.
12. Quality L’Occitaine Mer & Mistral toiletries and bubble bath replenished daily.
13. Huge Grohe rainfall marbled shower area, separate to the bath.
14. Coupled marble wash hand basins.
15. Verandah dining in the Sette Mare restaurant felt like a top signature dining experience on any other line, and it doesn’t need pre booking.
16. Hand squeezed lemonade as standard, whenever you ask for it, even brought to you whilst sunbathing!
17. The hottest and most delicious Green Thai Curry I’ve ever tasted in Pacific Rim.
18. The first and only announcement you’ll hear are announcing disembarkation times before you leave (with a heavy heart).

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19. The best, quickest and most elaborate room service at sea:


Dave - “Could you bring some popcorn and hot chocolate with Marshmallows as we’re watching a movie?”
Regent - “But of course!”


20. Some of the best gelato and toppings I’ve ever had. I can heartily recommend dulce de leche and double choc combination with biscuit sprinkles.

 

See the extra special touches for yourself with a Regent Seven Seas cruise


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My Regent Seven Seas Voyager Experience

9th September 2013

Updated August 2019

 

We sent Sarah from our sales team out to go and find out more about the highly-esteemed Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship, Voyager. Find out just what she thought of the ship in her detailed review below.

 

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Looking beautiful…

As I arrived at the port of Southampton, the beautiful Seven Seas Voyager stood before me, gleaming in the bright sunshine. The ship looked striking from the outside, boasting stunning balconies and a clean, pristine exterior.

The boarding process was easy and there were no queues or frustrated passengers in the terminal, which has a small café and comfortable waiting chairs where you could watch the passengers waiting eagerly to board the ship. It was lovely to see people looking so happy and ready for their holiday.

Entering the ship was a different experience to what I've seen before.  With many ships, you enter into a large Atrium area, whereas on Voyager there was a much smaller, more elegant looking Atrium.  This set the scene of a stylish, sophisticated and graceful ship and I could not wait to see more.

Sophisticated interior…

From the entrance I took the elevator up to the top so that I could work my way from top to bottom. The pool deck was beautiful. I was blown away with how clean and pristine everything looked - the onboard crew must work extremely hard to ensure every single inch of the ship looks immaculate.

 

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A large pool and two Jacuzzis glistened beneath the sun rays. It was 28 degrees at the time, so you can imagine how much I wanted to just take a dip! Sun loungers lined with pure white Regent towels stood perfectly around the pool. There was also an outside café that had a selection of foods and a BBQ. I could imagine enjoying this beautiful deck while cruising around an exotic destination - my idea of a dream holiday. I could have stayed by the pool all day, but I needed to go and explore the interior, so from here I headed to go and see the restaurants.

La Veranda offers a more casual style dining venue compared to the other restaurants onboard. A variety of dishes presented in a buffet style showcased a diverse range of food including grilled lamb chops and sea bass. I didn't want to stare at people eating, but I couldn't help notice everybody appearing to greatly enjoy their food.

 

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I then took myself to Signatures which is Regent’s famous French restaurant. The décor within this venue was breathtaking. Deep blues and gold's created a luxurious French cosmopolitan restaurant feel. The menu sounded divine with dishes including Quiche au Camembert and Melted Potato Garnishes.

The second speciality restaurant onboard, Prime 7, was my next stop. Upon entering the restaurant, I had to remind myself I was on a ship! Its glamorous, luxurious. and immaculate décor made me feel like I was in a high-end American steak house. The deep brown colours accompanying burnished wood tables and large leather seats create the ultimate setting, before even looking at the menu. The menu had my taste buds going wild; oysters, jumbo lump crab cakes, and 28 day aged prime beef just to name a few.

Looking at all of this made me hungry but I wanted to explore more of the ship before I went to lunch.

So much to see for a 'small' ship…

The Observation Lounge is a quiet, relaxing venue with spectacular views. With panoramic windows covering three sides of the lounge, it is the perfect place to catch the best views of the spectacular destinations that Voyager sails to. The Voyager Lounge and Horizon Lounge are perfect venues to hang out with friends, grab a cocktail and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Again, decorated in luxurious, neutral décor and boasting immaculate, stylish furniture. The Connoisseur Club is a stylish and inviting space, perfectly adorned in dark woods, leather furnishings and deep colours. Here smokers can enjoy a fine cigar and a cognac.

 

seven seas voyager smoking

 

The Constellation Theater appeared smaller than theaters I had seen on other ships, however presented an intimate and comfortable venue to watch a variety of shows. The library, art gallery and internet café were all a reasonable size and provided up-to-date facilities. The casino was small but created a fun, intimate area that I can imagine hosts many fun-filled evenings. The spa was beautiful and definitely somewhere I would want to spend my time. Decorated in warm, neutral colours it created the ultimate relaxation for people going for a treatment. The private treatment rooms were warm and tranquil and would easily allow people to switch off from the stresses of everyday life.

 

Rooms fit for Kings and Queens…

I was lucky enough to go and see the various categories of rooms, and couldn't wait to get back and share with everyone how amazing they are. From all the ships I have been on, these were some of my favourite rooms. All categories boasted spacious, beautiful rooms with the best range of amenities.

The Grand Suite is my favourite of all the rooms, maybe due to the fact it has an area with a private hot tub. The bedroom area is huge - with a large bed that was made so nicely I was scared to touch it. The marble bathroom is stunning, boasting luxurious bathroom amenities and amazingly soft towels. The large living area is perfectly arranged, and it's easy to imagine spending an evening in here, snuggled up watching a film in comfort.

 

regent seven seas penthouse

 

I was also lucky enough to see the ultimate room - the Penthouse Suite. This is huge, boasting a very large living area, private bar, eight-person dining table, and two large bedrooms. Definitely a room for those who are looking for the best in luxury cruise accommodation.

Food as amazing as the ship…

After my full morning of exploring it was now time for me to see if the food was as amazing as the ship. 

The dining room is beautiful, I could certainly tell I was on a luxury liner. With its warm coloured décor, perfectly laid tables and intimate lighting it offered an impeccable atmosphere for the ultimate in cruise dining. The friendly staff assisted me to my table and explained the menu, as well as offering me a choice of wine and water.

The five course meal was one of the best I have ever had on a cruise ship, I could not fault one thing about it and everything was cooked to perfection. The first course was a lobster timbale with melon and guava dressing, followed by a pumpkin soup with lemon grass and ginger. Both dishes tasting out of this world. For my main course it was a choice of halibut with roasted fennel, plum tomatoes and spinach or roast tenderloin with porcini jus. I opted for the tenderloin and was more than satisfied. It actually melted in my mouth and had the most delicious, unique taste.

 

regent seven seas dining

 

I could not resist the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake for dessert which again, was unbelievable. The warmth of the cake with its melting centre accompanied with vanilla ice-cream was a dining experience hard to put into words. Finally, friandises and coffee completed our meal perfectly.

My Regent Summary…

My day onboard Regent Seven Seas Voyager could not have gone any better. I was truly blown away with all it has to offer. The pristine and elegant open spaces give you a feeling of warmth and remind you exactly what luxury is within the cruise world. The rooms are perfect and some of the best I have ever seen on a cruise ship and the food was truly divine. Regent Seven Seas are an all-inclusive luxury cruise line who will offer you the best in luxury cruising. Flights, transfers, excursions, food and drink are all included within your price so it allows you to have a stress-free time with no hidden charges or large onboard spend bills. I can now see why people choose to sail with Regent again and again and they certainly offer a truly outstanding product. I cannot express enough how much I know you will have the cruise of a lifetime if you choose to go with Regent Seven Seas and I certainly hope I will be back on Voyager one day.


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